Dream kitchen becomes reality

The owners had lived in their house for more than 20 years, always envisioning their dream kitchen and a small sitting room with a view to their backyard. Having this dream realized was one of their goals for a two-story addition on the back of their 1916 Craftsman-style home. The original plan was to expand their existing kitchen, but the final solution involved moving the kitchen and sitting room entirely into the addition and using the original kitchen as a butler's pantry/coffee-making area. Upon entering the home’s front door, one is met with the original stair foyer, but can see straight through to the backyard. This pulls visitors into the kitchen, but the circulation pattern does not go through the kitchen work spaces. As part of being true to the Craftsman style of the house, a fifteen-lite door from the second floor is used as the door into the new walk-in pantry off the kitchen. A stained trim around the addition's new windows and doors as an accent on floating shelves and on a large light shelf for the kitchen's clerestory windows echo the original dark wood trim of the Craftsman house. Although the kitchen cabinets came from a commercial manufacturer, a local mill shop made dark trim around the cabinets and shelves throughout. The project succeeded at harmonizing the addition with the Craftsman style of the house.

Project location: Washington, D.C.

Contractor: Landis Construction

Location: Washington, D.C.

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