Showplace Kitchen Focuses on Gourmet Cooking

Showplace Kitchen Focuses on Gourmet Cooking

By Daina Darzin

FAIRFAX, VA

Unfortunately, the existing space in their Arts and Crafts, charmingly retro home which featured cottage-style doors and woven art that the wife, Lois, makes on her own loom, as well as furniture made by her father - left much to be desired.

"They had a small, galley-style kitchen in a completely different style small, dark, cramped, with heavy birch cabinets and ugly linoleum floors," recalls Fairfax president Nancy L. Boriack, CBD, who redesigned the space with Alison Martin, CKD. "Their goal was to cook with their three children," explains Boriack. 

First, a six-foot addition expanded the square footage from 180 to 288, she notes. This turned out to be the biggest headache of the project, since "The clients' did not want to have any headers or columns that would make the space look added-on," Boriack explains. 

To achieve this aim while removing the back wall, all of the master bathroom plumbing had to be rerouted. In the process of doing this, it was discovered that, because of the construction, a beam needed to be buried up in the ceiling. 

"A lot of other people have remodeled kitchens in this neighborhood to add space, but they all have a big header or column. We only had to [bring] the ceiling down one inch it's a contiguous ceiling, it looks like it's part of the house. Our structural engineer cleverly designed a Micro Lam beam to accomplish that."

The added space enabled Fairfax to eliminate the biggest problem with the existing kitchen severe lack of counter space for the clients' specialized cooking equipment, which included a big KitchenAid mixer and a couple of Cuisinarts. "They also love to cook using a griddle, so they wanted a 36" stove with an integral griddle," she adds. A Viking range with integral griddle filled the bill nicely. The appliances are all stainless steel, and include a large GE refrigerator and an ASKO dishwasher. 

"Because they entertain a lot, they wanted a really quiet dishwasher," says Boriack. "We chose a European dishwasher that they love. The kitchen is so large and open, you can be doing dishes while the company is still there, and still be able to carry on a conversation." 

The stainless steel appliances are complemented by Royal Sheffield cabinets in maple with an antique white wash, with a combination of a bead and batten door with a simple flat raised panel. "It looks like wainscotting or paneling," says Boriack. 

The couple's particular storage needs included a place to put their large collection of pots and pans. "We were able to use the big, deep pots-and-pans drawers, and that's gotten rave reviews," reports Boriack. "There's also a lot of open shelving in the kitchen, because they have beautiful pottery mixing bowls, fruit bowls and the like, mostly in green hues that they use on a daily basis, but wanted to [also] display."

The Corian countertops reflect Lois' desire to have an integrated sink, while the center island caters to Paul's affection for deep granite colors. "They had to take into consideration their three children, notes Boriack. The center island features a second sink, this time in stainless steel, with a smaller bar faucet. "The kitchen has two completely separate food preparation areas  a real need for them."

Another concession to the kids was a desk area with a computer, so the youngsters ages 6, 10, and 13 could do their homework while the parents prepared dinner. The desk reflects the cabinets with a similar finish and is located in the kitchen itself. 

The walls are also currently painted a plain antique white, Boriack notes, but the homeowners eventually plan to add homemade murals. 

When the job was over, a party was in order, Boriack reports, as all objectives were more than reached. "Paul is one of seven children, so he had his family in and they really used their kitchen. In fact, they sent us Christmas cookies."

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