Waterfront Outdoor Kitchen – Newburyport Kitchen Tour Pt. 3

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

Architect: Alfred DiBiaso Architect LLC  |  Landscape Design: Riverfront Landscape

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.
Main St front exterior Waterfront

There’s  a putting green in the front yard!

Main St Exterior putting green Waterfront

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.

Main St Waterfront outdoor sitting

Waterfront outdoor kitchen rattan seating area
Photo courtesy of K. Hunter

The path descends to the backyard where the full on waterfront views become visible.

Main St Waterfront curved stair

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.

Main St Shibui House yard view Waterfront outdoor kitchen
Photo courtesy K. Hunter

Can’t you just imagine spending long hours relaxing here and possibly napping inside the little house when it gets hot?

Main St Shibui House waterfront outdoor kitchen
Photo courtesy of K. Hunter

Main St Shibui House. waterfront outdoor dining

The house and yard enjoys an expansive view of the river.

Main St back yard Merrimack 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.

Main St Waterfront outdoor kitchen house rear exterior
Photo courtesy K. Hunter

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!

Main St Waterfront outdoor kitchen 1

The counters are honed Kashmir white granite and the grill, power burner and sink are from Lynx and Big Green Egg outdoor cookers.

Main St Waterfront outdoor kitchen 2

Main St Waterfront outdoor kitchen detail

Main St Waterfront outdoor kitchen table top

Stepping inside, the lower level of the house features an “in-law” style space with a beautiful “Summer Kitchen” and so much more.

Main St Summer Kitchen straight on Waterfront outdoor kitchen

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.

Main St Summer Kitchen Waterfront outdoor kitchen

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!

Main St Living Room 1

Main St Sitting Room 1

Peek-a-boo! (the blogger mirror selfie strikes again!)

Main St. Full bathroom

The bathrooms feature leathered Cygnus granite countertops, Native trails vanities and sinks, Kalista faucets and bath accessories.

Main St. Powder room

There’s a small bedroom that opens into the front seating area of the little apartment.

Main St Bedroom

Dining with a view of the backyard!

Main St Tablescape dining table Waterfront outdoor kitchen

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.

10 thoughts on “Waterfront Outdoor Kitchen – Newburyport Kitchen Tour Pt. 3”

  1. Oh my, Linda: what a beautiful home and gardens. I could easily live in that little cottage overlooking the river. And hello to that stunning outdoor kitchen! I loved your explanation of shibui, and I really love the way that kitchen was finished out, under the cutting block. Thank you for touring us around your area during this wonderful 3 part series!

  2. Oh my gosh! This would be my dream house…the architecture, the views, the kitchens…WOW! I’d even settle for the little side cottage :) Thanks for the great tour, Linda!


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