We’re coming to an end of my 2019 Newburyport Kitchen Tour coverage. In Part 1 I showed you two large modern black and white houses and in Pt. 2 I shared three mid-sized stylish homes. Now, I’ve got something special to share – especially if you’re a lover of outdoor spaces, beautiful landscaping, water views and more!
Main Street Waterfront Outdoor Kitchen
Interior Design Assistance & Styling: Kristin Hunter | Tablescapes: Terrance Gleason, Greenery Designs
Nestled on the banks of the Merrimack River, the Main Street house is really only viewable from a boat. The front of the house is tucked on a small side street behind trees.
There’s a putting green in the front yard!
Join me as we follow the path around the side of the house where there are a series of seating areas tucked into the landscape.
The path descends to the backyard where the full on waterfront views become visible.
Nestled to the side of the property is the Shibui House. I had to look up the meaning of Shibui and came across an article on Architizer Journal with this quote:
In August of 1960, House Beautiful published one of its most popular issues of all time, with a front page that read “Discover Shibui: The word for the highest level in beauty.” Elizabeth Gordon, the editor the magazine, wrote about shibui, saying it “describes a profound, unassuming, quiet feeling. It is unobtrusive and unostentatious. It may have hidden attainments but they are not paraded or displayed. The form is simple and must have been arrived at with an economy of means. Shibui is never complicated or contrived.”
Well, this Shibui House is certainly unobtrusive and quiet feeling. It features a bluestone patio with seating and a steel fire pit. There is a raised bed vegetable garden and herb garden alongside as well.
Can’t you just imagine spending long hours relaxing here and possibly napping inside the little house when it gets hot?
The house and yard enjoys an expansive view of the river.
The rear view of the house shows that it’s been designed to take full advantage of the views. This is also our first peek at the waterfront outdoor kitchen.
Due to our relatively short outdoor season here in New England, fully tricked out outdoor kitchens still aren’t that common. But they sure can be fun!
Stepping inside, the lower level of the house features an “in-law” style space with a beautiful “Summer Kitchen” and so much more.
The counters are Sahara Beige quartzite, backsplash is Artistic Tile hammered metal, the stainless farmhouse sink is from Elkay and the cabinet hardware is from Rocky Mountain. Appliances from Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele.
I couldn’t get a really good photo of this space. I try very hard to avoid shooting spaces with people walking through and there were actually quite a few people touring this house at this moment. So, sometimes I have to shoot quick and move on!
Peek-a-boo! (the blogger mirror selfie strikes again!)
The bathrooms feature leathered Cygnus granite countertops, Native trails vanities and sinks, Kalista faucets and bath accessories.
There’s a small bedroom that opens into the front seating area of the little apartment.
Dining with a view of the backyard!
So, I could happily move into this space – it’s beautifully designed and finished, plus, views. How about you? The rest of the house was not available to the tour, but a little birdie tells me it might be in the future!
All photos ©Linda Merrill unless otherwise noted.