Family-Friendly Kitchen Renovation in Friendship Heights
By incorporating an adjacent pantry, we were able to create a large new kitchen that encompasses all of the client’s needs. A large bank of windows connect the kitchen to the backyard and deck where the family often entertains. Larger door openings provide the kitchen with a better connection to the adjacent breakfast nook and hallway. The working areas of the kitchen have space for multiple users/cooking stations. This home is on a lovely wooded lot in the Friendship Heights neighborhood in Washington D.C.
Grand Award, Residential Kitchen, over $120,000, 2014 NARI Metro DC Chapter Capitol CotY Award
“I highly recommend Landis to anyone considering any scale of remodeling. Ours was a relatively large project and we worked with Landis from the initiation of the design process through the remodel itself. The integration of design and build processes with one company really streamlined our experience; friends are shocked when we tell them our kitchen re-do, which involved some major changes to the structure of the back of the house, took only four months from start to finish. The staff are experts and artists and great people to have in your home. They care about their work and it shows every day and in the final product.” – The clients/homeowners
This home is a square with a large center hall. The kitchen is on the rear of the house with the breakfast area, dining and living rooms stacked to the right. The owners wanted a more open, central kitchen for family activities and entertaining and needed a better connection to the back deck, where they often entertain. They also wanted more countertop space and more storage. They began working with an architect, who came up with a plan to swap the existing kitchen and dining room. However, that design was cost-prohibitive. We came up with the idea of keeping the kitchen in its current location, but expanding it into the adjacent pantry. We also suggested enclosing a recessed open porch on the back of the house to create a small mudroom that is open to the breakfast nook.
The home was built in 1929 and did not have exterior insulation in the walls or ceiling. We used spray foam to create a tighter envelope. When we opened up the kitchen ceiling during demo, it provided us an opportunity to add insulation to the sidewalls in the 2nd floor dormer above the kitchen as well.
This is what the homeowners had to say about their experience during the design stage: “To date this has been a very positive experience. We were well guided by out designer and team leader. We exceeded our own budget but that is on us, not Landis and they worked with us on value engineering it to a level we could live with. The turn arounds were quite timely and we broke walls on the day initially projected three months ago.”
The products in the home include:
- Taj Mahal Quartzite: natural stone
- Smoke soapstone for bar area and pantry
- Cherry Cabinets with Autumn Haze-Ebony Glaze
- Kitchen sink : Vault Undercounter Offset Smart Divide Sink;
- Stainless Steel; With Apron Front; For 36″
- Thermador appliances
- Sub-Zero wine fridge for bar area
- Pella Pro-Line casement windows in kitchen
- Pella Architectural Series French doors with sidelights
- White oak flooring
- Cristezza subway glass tile in Slate (By Giorbello)
The home has plenty of storage space for the owners’ cooking supplies.
We hired a structural engineer to design the support for the cantilevered awning. There is a steel plate on the exterior that is bolted to a steel plate on the interior. It’s connected with through bolts on top and lag bolts on the bottom. Steel brackets are welded to the exterior steel plate. In our shop we made decorative eave brackets from 4×6 Douglas fir timbers that complements the other eave brackets on the home.
Before Floorplan of the First Floor:
After Floorplan of the First Floor: