Fishing camp-style kitchen

Fishing camp-style kitchen by Gregory Vaughan of Kelley Designs

Legend to plan of master suite: 1 foyer, angle, architecture, area, design, diagram, drawing, floor plan, line, plan, product, product design, structure, white
Legend to plan of master suite: 1 foyer, 2 first bedroom, 3 master bathroom, 4 closet, 5 second bedroom.

Kitchens are invariably at the centre of action in a holiday home the place where you plan the day, and the fishing trips, and then gather to relax and prepare the catch at the end of the day.

With adjoining family dining and living areas, it's easy to include everyone in on the plans and conversely it's easy for everyone to pitch in and help with meal prep.

This waterfront house, which sits on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, echoes the traditional architectural vernacular of the Low Country in South Carolina. Both its rustic styling and building materials reference this heritage. And it's a theme that has been brought inside.

Interior designer Gregory Vaughan says the owners Rick and Kathy Fairman wanted to embrace the local history, and they wanted the house to look as though it had evolved over time, much like a hunting lodge or fishing camp.

Traditional character defines this kitchen in a new cabinetry, ceiling, countertop, cuisine classique, dining room, floor, flooring, hardwood, home, interior design, kitchen, laminate flooring, living room, real estate, room, table, wood, wood flooring, wood stain, gray, brown
Traditional character defines this kitchen in a new Low Country house on the marshes. The kitchen was designed by Gregory Vaughan of Kelley Designs, Inc.

"This project was also about bringing the outdoors inside," says Vaughan. "For example, the large rangehood in the kitchen features tabby this is an indigenous stucco material made from a mix of oyster shells and lime. It also forms the base of the house on the exterior."

The furniture-style cabinets are in pecky cypress, chosen for its grain and colour. These were custom built by John Zook, with the sink unit jutting out a little to reinforce the sense of a kitchen that has come together over time.

"The cypress pantry door even has a hole right through one of the knots this is all part of the charm," says Vaughan. "Kathy loves an aged patina, so we were careful to ensure this looked very real and not like a faux finish. The painted cabinets, also built by John, are in a distressed teal green shade with a dark-brown glaze finish that enhances this look.

"John Zook fine-tuned the layout, adding all the little details that make this kitchen unique such as the open shelving flanking the tabby rangehood, and the table-style islands that are not fixed."

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This sink cabinet juts out into the room, like a piece of furniture that has been converted for use in the kitchen, which was designed by Gregory Vaughan of Kelley Designs, Inc.

The main food prep island has a butcher's block, which is bolted through the sides so that the wood won't separate or warp. Deep baskets along the front are used to store fruit and vegetables.

All the appliances in the kitchen, except for the large Viking range, are integrated into the cabinets, with the microwave oven kept in the adjoining scullery.

Another key feature is the mirrored splashback behind the range. This reflects the water view opposite, ensuring the owners always enjoy a close link to the great outdoors.

Credit list

Wayne Windham, Wayne Windham Architect (Bluffton, SC)
Kitchen designer
John Zook, wood Creations, Inc
Kitchen manufacturer
wood Creations, Inc
Costa Esmeralda granite from Distinctive Granite and Marble
Wall tiles
Traditions in Tile and Stone ceramic Tiles in Sienna Sage Tagina from Savannah Hardscapes
The Light Post
Perrin & Rowe English Bronze/Bridge from Ferguson
Interior designer
Gregory Vaughan, Kelley Designs, Inc (Hilton Head
The Stringer Group
Pecky cypress and alder
Oak by Rick Bent Flooring
Dining furniture
Dovetail and Hickory Chair
Rohl in Biscuit from Ferguson
Range and ventilation

Story by: Colleen Hawkes

03 Aug, 2014

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