Refresh Reinforces Masterpiece Standing – Kitchen & Tub Design Information

BETHESDA, MD — When the owners bought this beautiful rowhome in Washington, DC, they have been instantly drawn to its hovering cathedral ceilings, dramatic archways and customized particulars.

“They knew it was an architectural masterpiece,” says Melissa Wooden, designer/inside specialist/UDCP at Case Architects & Remodelers in Bethesda, MD.

Nevertheless, when contemplating the type and performance of the kitchen and adjoining nice room/entertaining areas, which had undergone a number of renovations over the house’s 150-year historical past, it grew to become obvious that they have been in determined want of a refresh. Wooden collaborated with fellow designer John Audet, director of venture growth/CKBR/CR/UDCP, to remodel the areas.

Inventive storage

Working throughout the unique footprint, the designers have been challenged to suit all of the facilities of a contemporary kitchen into its comparatively small footprint. The principle space is roughly 8’x12′ with an angled wall that extends one nook of the kitchen an extra two toes, giving the designers about 14′ of area at its widest dimension.

“Angled partitions, notably in small kitchens, pose challenges in design and infrequently trigger a lack of invaluable area,” Audet explains. 

As such, the designers needed to get very inventive with regard to storage, equipment placement and walkway/passage area, the latter of which, though not a great 42″, is an ample 36″. The owners needed to keep up an island, so the designers integrated larger performance into the brand new one. For starters, they tweaked its form by angling one edge to reflect the angled sink wall, which couldn’t be modified.

“It’s a tiny, weird-shaped island, however it is sensible for the area,” says Wooden, noting its distinctive silhouette was made potential with the usage of customized frameless Crystal Cupboard Works cabinetry, which is painted Matte Black. “Plus, the angle eliminates any sharp corners on that aspect of the island.” 

The designers additionally included a Wolf cooktop and downdraft system with the management knobs apparently put in into the highest panel of the cabinetry.

“It’s a element that most individuals could not discover, however it’s type of cool!” notes Audet.

To additional improve the island’s value, they included an overhang for in-kitchen seating whereas practical storage capabilities through open cabinets present quick access to spices and oils used throughout cooking.

The perimeter cabinetry features a pantry and panels for the fridge. Further home equipment embrace a wall oven, pace oven and warming drawer.

“Open cabinets, in addition to floating wall cabinets that we additionally included on this kitchen, are nice for storing décor items and cookbooks…actually something that you really want to have the ability to seize and use shortly, but preserve off of the countertop,” Wooden relates. “They’re additionally nice for recent herbs.

“On this kitchen, particularly, intelligent storage was key,” she continues. “The format and minimal storage alternatives have been difficult, so we tried to maximise them as finest as we may.”

Topping the island with MSI’s Calacatta Bruno Q quartz supplies for a sturdy, stain-
resistant work floor. Its white background and black veining tie collectively the black island and ‘Merely White’ perimeter cabinetry, which additionally contains panels for the Sub-Zero fridge and Miele dishwasher. Further home equipment embrace a Wolf wall oven, pace oven and warming drawer. 

Shiny white elongated subway tile provides texture and serves as a full-height backsplash alongside the sink wall. The white tile additionally supplies a distinction to the black-framed accent ‘window” that provides a view into the adjoining room.

Shiny white elongated 3″x12″ Kaleidoscope ceramic subway tile from Mosaic Tile Firm provides texture and serves as a full-height backsplash alongside the sink wall, which features a Signature white farmhouse sink accented with Brizo Litze kitchen and filtered water taps in a Brilliance Luxe Gold end to match the brass cabinetry {hardware} chosen by the home-owner. The white tile additionally supplies a distinction to the black-framed accent ‘window” that provides a view into the adjoining room.

“The black and white theme for a kitchen is unquestionably underrated,” Audet remarks. “However this kitchen is an ideal instance of how a black and white kitchen will be elegant, glossy and timeless all on the identical time.”

Repurposing creates a focus

The black portion of the black and white theme is additional supported by the black Prism flooring tile from Mosaic Tile that runs all through the area.

“It was fascinating that the shopper chosen a darkish flooring, which we don’t sometimes do,” says Wooden, noting the abundance of pure mild mixed with recessed and undercabinet lighting greater than adequately accounts for the inclusion of the darker components. “However on this residence, it actually provides to the area and to the structure. It provides a grounding impact and encourages individuals to search for into the ceiling.”

Moreover, a wall of shallow-depth, glass-front cabinetry within the nice room/entertaining space boasts a black hue that turned the boring and bland current cabinetry into a surprising focus that emphasizes the cathedral ceilings.

Shiny white elongated subway tile provides texture and serves as a full-height backsplash alongside the sink wall. The white tile additionally supplies a distinction to the black-framed accent ‘window” that provides a view into the adjoining room.

“The cabinetry was too shallow to include any kitchen operate corresponding to refrigeration or cooking, so we targeted on using it for kitchen and ornamental storage,” explains Audet. “And by repainting the present cabinetry, versus throwing it away, we have been in a position to construct sustainability into the venture.”

As inspiration, the owners had chosen SomerTile’s Harmonia Kings Evening 13″x13″ tile. The encaustic-inspired, low-sheen glazed ceramic tile options antiqued white stars in opposition to a light charcoal black background with scuffs and spots that mimic well-loved, century-old tile. Wooden and Audet constructed upon its classic industrial design by including a 2.5″-thick Grothouse finish grain walnut butcher block countertop. The homeowner-provided library ladder supplies quick access to the uppermost row of cupboards. 

“I personally love the wooden prime,” says Audet. “It provides some curiosity and heat to the area. It was a ‘late-in-the-game’ choice that actually provides a pop. And the library ladder is an ideal contact.” ▪

Rethinking Present Existence

Imagining alternatives past what presently exists will be tough for owners. However Melissa Wooden and John Audet inspired their purchasers to contemplate the probabilities when it got here to remodeling their kitchen and adjoining nice room/entertaining areas.

“Working with our purchasers to assist them envision completely different potentialities and pondering exterior the field is essential, particularly with difficult and small areas,” says Audet. “Speaking by how an area can be utilized versus the way it has been used is typically a hurdle.”

Such was the case for finding added refrigeration and storage inside a espresso/wine bar 20′ from the principle kitchen space.

“It could not have been a primary thought, however when working inside parameters of area and performance, typically we have to alter our pondering and loosen up our boundaries of area,” he provides, noting that they wanted to relocate a 7′-tall hydronic radiator to accommodate the cabinetry and home equipment.

The brand new wine/espresso bar space options further storage, a trash pull-out and a paneled Sub-Zero
dual-zone wine fridge and freezer drawers. The designers additionally repeated the shiny white subway tile and marble-inspired quartz from the kitchen to tie the areas collectively. The louvered glass doorways, which offer entry to an outside patio, are additionally UV protected to make sure secure storage for the wine.

“Purposefully finding the bar by the patio makes it helpful for visitors to seize drinks, with out having to go all the way in which into the kitchen,” provides Wooden. “General, we have been in a position to create a timeless however eclectic area with a mix of supplies that drew inspiration from the structure of the house.” ▪

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