NKBA 2004 Design competition: Category 2: medium kitchens

The goal of every homeowner is to turn a house into a home by adding a personal touch. However, the homeowners in this instance were looking to turn an old firehouse into a contemporary home no small task even for the most ambitious designer.

When it came to the kitchen, Beverly A. Alig, CKD, of Kitchen Encounters in Annapolis, MD, took on the hot challenge. In addition to the clients' request for high-end cabinets and stainless steel appliances, Alig also needed to include an eating bar and room to display a folk art collection to meet the owners' needs.

Neff cabinets, which were painted white to match the walls, were installed at varying heights for visual interest. Slab doors and drawers with contemporary pulls, as well as a matching front panel on the Bosch dishwasher helped to keep the area visually uncluttered. All of the other appliances, including a GE microwave, Viking range and refrigerator and Zephyr Ventilation hood are featured in stainless steel for a sleek design.

An odd corner of the room serves as a walk-in pantry, complete with glass door for an added contemporary effect. The walls are stepped to allow light into the eating area of the kitchen.

A green glass bar top, which acts as the eating counter, is attached to a center island via stainless steel legs. The green of the bar top matches the glass of the backsplash while it contrasts with the dark granite countertops from Annapolis Marble & Granite. Pendant lighting hangs over the eating area, enhancing the room's modern design.
A sink from Kallista with Grohe faucet sits amidst the stark cabinets. A concrete floor that has been stained in a dark hue and then waxed completes the contemporary design.

Wall space and space above the cabinets provide room to display the clients' folk art collection.