A ‘60s East Hampton Kitchen Reaches New Heights

The new cathedral-style ceiling elevates the classically designed space

Image of white kitchen with island, pendant lights and dining area

Project: A 1960s East Hampton kitchen renovation

Before: Ann was looking for a contractor for over two years to renovate the kitchen in her East Hampton, New York, home. She just couldn’t find the right fit—price-or-quality-wise. Her dark and dated kitchen, in a one-story house built in 1964, had a faux brick backsplash and the original cabinetry. It just wasn’t cutting it for Ann, a big entertainer, with lots of family members who love to come over and cook. However, after finding Sweeten and reading other renovation stories on the blog, she made a move and posted her kitchen renovation project. She matched with an East Hampton contractor who’d help turn the old-fashioned kitchen into host-worthy space.

Image of kitchen before renovation with brick walls and brown cabinets Image of kitchen before renovation with brick walls and white fridgeAfter: Ann worked with her Sweeten general contractor and architect Daniel Gomes to reimagine the room. Daniel drew up the plans for an open kitchen, including removing the wall between the dining area and cook space and lifting the ceiling to a cathedral style (which was the contractor’s suggestion). Fortunately, those changes had a dramatic effect on the brightness and size of the room. 

The homeowner wanted a very timeless aesthetic. Flat-paneled white cabinets set the foundation for the classic look, complemented by white, taupe, and black granite countertops and gold cabinet hardware. Lighting above the island and the black-and-gold sink faucet echo the metallic hardware, tying it all together.

Image of kitchen after renovation with white cabinets and stone countertopsImage of closeup of silver backsplash tileImage of kitchen after renovation with white kitchen islandImage of golden kitchen sink faucet
As a first-time renovator, Ann was happy to have Sweeten Client Services available throughout the project. “It was great to know somebody was there for you,” she shared. She also had a great time working with her contractor, who encouraged her to take time picking out the materials. Above all, he told her to not rush it—a renovation is not something that’s done every day. 

Patience was Ann’s main focus from the very start, since she waited to find a contractor she felt confident in. The homeowner suggests that future renovators do the same: shop around, speak with as many people as you can, and do research. This isn’t a process worth speeding through!

Image of kitchen and dining room with island seating and dining tableImage of kitchen after renovation with white cabinets and pendant lightsImage of closeup pendant lightingUltimately, her fortitude paid off: “I just love having the open space, where everyone can sit and hang out together,” Ann said.

Bonus: The kitchen island is packed with storage, including a beverage cooler for wine, soda, and water.  [Find out more about other perks of kitchen islands from this Real Simple article.]

Thank you, Ann, for sharing your East Hampton kitchen renovation story with us! 

Style finds
: Kitchen island pendants: Build.com. Kitchen cabinets: Forever Kitchen and Bath. Gold-tone cabinet hardware and mosaic backsplash: Art3d. Granite countertops: MSI.

This is how much it costs per square foot to renovate in the Hamptons.

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