Hudson took that very approach when the client happened to be herself. In 2000, she built a beach house in Bethany Beach, Delaware, about 150 miles south of Philadelphia. The house was designed to serve as a place where her entire family—including kids, grandchildren, and dogs—could gather on weekends and holidays. Hudson was sure that, despite the size of the group, meals at the house would rarely mean take-out. "I'm a cook, and we're all foodies," she says. "In fact, we cook more at the beach than anywhere else. So I knew I needed a kitchen that could accommodate major crowds, major food, and major people cooking it."