Getaway at Home

Hampton Roads Magazine sponsors Homearama Fall 2012’s Coastal Idea House, a full-time residence that offers a daily vacation



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The “galley” kitchen defies its name by opening up on three sides to the surrounding spaces. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are expected. What might not be is an undercounter oven to conserve counter space, as well as a deep 10-foot island that, because of its counter-height, does triple duty for food preparation, buffet service and additional seating. 

A French farm house range hood serves as a tastefully understated focal point flanked by glass-fronted cabinets with graceful arcs of caning that reveal sparkling dishware set off against painted back accent walls. This red carpetworthy kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a trio of movie set–inspired pendant lights over the island. What? Sound like an odd choice for a beautiful beach house? Somehow it works. 

Referring to kitchens as “the new living rooms” Quick and his company built in a generous transitional space at the juncture of the family room, kitchen and breakfast room beyond, bordered by an expansive built-in hutch/message center.

Anyone who entertains would never question the function of this floor space. It’s simply where people want to congregate, and here they can do it naturally and stylishly.

This space flows onto an enclosed corner porch to which the master bedroom also opens, all through gracious French doors. In this way, the enclosed porch serves as a master sitting room.

Completing the master suite is a hidden laundry area, a haberdashery style closet and a deluxe bath featuring a shower that is practically a room unto itself.

Just off the porch, an inviting pergola-topped outdoor space, designed by Robert Nye of Renaissance Outdoor Contracting, links the main house with the garage/guest house. This paver patio boasts an outdoor kitchen with a generous L-shaped, granite-topped island as well as dining and sitting areas appointed with a natural gas fire wall, a shape that is both sleek and more space-efficient than a fire pit.