Chappaqua Kitchen

Project Location

Chappaqua, NY



Case Study: Chappaqua Kitchen

Lots of people like to entertain in the kitchen, but few like Marissa Hardie. The celebrity chef based in Chappaqua, N.Y. – not far from a former U.S. President and Secretary of State – is renowned for the culinary classes and “at home” cooking demonstrations she hosts in her big, beautiful kitchen. The spacious kitchen includes all the appliances and utensils one would expect for a professional kitchen, as well as spare lines, ultra-modern finishes and an ample, two-tiered island.

It also includes two NanaWall WA67 wood framed (with exterior clip on aluminum extrusions) folding systems with NanaScreens, opening the kitchen and an adjacent great room area to the long, open Ipe wood deck outside. The rocky, natural landscape beyond almost becomes a feature of the sleek, haute-tech kitchen.

Creating a Flexible Design for a Hard-Working Kitchen

The project was ideal for architects Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP, and Annmarie McCarthy, AIA, NCARB, a married couple that leads Fivecat Studio – a leading residential practice also known as McCarthy LePage Architects, PC – in nearby Pleasantville, N.Y. “We have also designed restaurants, so we have worked with chefs before,” says LePage. “Marissa does a lot of everything as a professional chef, so we designed her personal kitchen so it could be as flexible as she needs it to be.”

“Two walls of windows open onto a deck built into rock outcroppings, and the space is as peaceful as it is hardworking.”

The NanaWall is a significant benefit for Hardie’s events, demos and parties, LePage adds. “We had double French doors in the layout earlier on, but to make it more flexible we chose the two big opening panel units, which open up the whole side of the house,” he says. “Now our client enjoys it on a daily basis, and when she has a bunch of people over for a class or party, she can overflow onto the deck.”

With NanaWall, this accomplished design firm rose to Hardie’s unique challenge. “First, we could not change the footprint of the house, period,” she says. “Then, I had a list of must-have's, and a list of wants, and the must-have's drove the design.”

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