Wentworth, Inc., Chevy Chase, Md.
Project location: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Sq. ft. before and after: 208
Project cost: $180,000
Aclassic, but cramped Capitol Hill row house needed an update for a couple who were returning to the city after several years abroad. They focused on the 11-ft. 4-in. wide by 14-ft. deep kitchen for several reasons. First, it led to a new outdoor living space. Second, it had undergone a terrible renovation in 1967. And third, with a new alignment, the space could be far more open and inclusive of the new outdoor vista, thus making the entire first floor feel more open and ultimately larger.
The solution offered by Bruce Wentworth and team at Wentworth Inc. was deceptively simple. They moved all of the appliances to the long north wall of the kitchen. This made room on the west wall for the tiny door to be enlarged and centered directly opposite a similarly sized new opening onto the garden. The new French doors and transom on the east wall open onto the beautiful new patio and garden and allow more natural light to stream through the entire first floor.
The clients also desired a place to stand, sort mail, charge phones, connect their laptops, pay bills, etc. The solution was a wall of storage space anchored under an existing window by a higher work surface with cubbies for mail, keys, leashes, etc. to be stored. Cleverly the cubbies contain electrical receptacles so that iPhones, MP3 players, mobile phones and laptops can be connected, used and charged over night.
Made of solid cherry to distinguish it from the other kitchen surfaces, the island doubles as a breakfast nook for the couple and really forms the visual anchor for the kitchen. Placement of the island was tricky given the tightness of the overall space. Pendant lights above the island are perfectly positioned in the center of a new coffered ceiling that helped emphasize the height of the room.
Says Bruce Wentworth: “The living spaces now flow front to back with the kitchen, acting as the link to the rear garden, integrating the home’s living space. Although a small scale house, it now feels spacious.
The new kitchen utilizes carefully planned, upscale detailing, that gives the home a sense of understated, practical luxury which suits its character. All is appropriate.”
Backsplash: Architectural Ceramics
Exterior doors: Weather Shield
Wood flooring: Heart Pine
Kitchen cabinets: Greenfield
Kitchen countertops: Silestone, Greenfield
Kitchen appliances: KitchenAid, oven and range, dishwasher and refrigerator
Lighting fixtures: Niche Modern and Lightolier
Paints/Stains: Benjamin Moore
Structural (ceiling): Custom wood beams
Trim: Warren’s Wood Work
Windows: Weather Shield
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