A right-sized addition on the side of this 1940s Silver Spring house allowed us to create a beautiful and functional kitchen and add a well-proportioned island that works for the couple for a night at home or when entertaining friends.
“I was most satisfied with how they were willing to do walk through with us and make changes mid-course. When something was clearly not heading in the direction that we wanted they worked with us to make it more of what we wanted. We are amazed that we got in on time with the holiday season and it has been a very positive relationship.”–The Clients/Homeowners
The new kitchen has great flow and connection to the rest of the house. It works smoothly for just the couple, the family, and for entertaining friends. Since the couple likes to cook, they wanted professional-style appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Wolf range.
An approximately 16-foot by 18-foot addition allowed us to accommodate the new kitchen. One side is the working area with the stove and refrigerator. The other side of the L-shaped kitchen has a large double wall oven with a drawer underneath for baking supplies.
The room is open to the dining area and adjacent to a new rear entry mudroom that is in place of the original kitchen.
The elegant arched window floods the room with natural light and echoes the arched opening between the kitchen and dining room. Once the homeowners could get a feel for the framed space, they opted to change the square opening into an arched opening.
The homeowners liked the modern look of the Allmilmo cabinetry, but also liked that the off-white cabinets have a subtle texture. They worked with our subcontracted interior designer to select the palette of materials used in the kitchen. The off-white contemporary flat panel cabinets are topped with Caesarstone quartz countertops in Deep Ocean. The backsplash is a custom blend of iridescent glass and stone. The line is called Muse Cadence by Oceanside. There is also a new oak floor that were feathered into the existing floors of the home.
The ceiling in the kitchen is flat across most of the room, but we added a vaulted ceiling to add drama and volume. It also draws the eye to the arched window. This required some creative framing of the roofline.
The small window in the backsplash of the kitchen was not in the original design. Once we framed the large window, our clients decided that a small window to the right of the large arched window would add sunlight from another direction and enhance the natural light in the space. They were willing to give up one of the cabinets for that window.
The homeowners also wanted a desk area for their phone, cookbooks, a laptop, and handling mail. We installed a paper shredder in a pull-out drawer.
The homeowners added a chalkboard wall near the desk area so the family could have a focal point for notes.
This light-filled new kitchen is now the command center of the house. The homeowners have traveled extensively and the new kitchen shows off many of the art and furniture pieces they have collected over the last two decades from four different continents.
This is what the clients had to say about their experience: “I was most satisfied with how they were willing to do walk through with us and make changes mid-course. When something was clearly not heading in the direction that we wanted they worked with us to make it more of what we wanted. We are amazed that we got in on time with the holiday season and it has been a very positive relationship.”
October 30, 2014