We invite you to take a look at a recently completed, timeless kitchen remodel in an early twentieth century townhouse located in SE Washington, DC. Our clients for this project, Casey and Clay, were great to work with, and the end result of our collaboration is a very stylish and more functional kitchen that promises years of enjoyment and memory-making. We all put in a lot of hard work making this happen, and the end result left Casey, Clay, and the rest of our team quite satisfied and happy.
The biggest challenge with this project was the fact that the existing kitchen was cramped. Sometime in the last 30 years, an addition had been built onto this home. The result was an add-on kitchen that was very small due to two large posts from the original exterior wall that had been left in place when the addition was built. Besides being structurally integral, one of the two posts contained the main soil stack—this made it very costly to remove the posts, which explains why they had been left in place until now. Because of the cost, Casey and Clay decided not to remove them, as their plan was to live in the home for only another five to eight years. The problem created by the posts was obvious—hardly any room for cabinets, and a sink and range practically on top of each other.
So we faced a challenge: it was cost-prohibitive to remove the posts and create a more traditional, L-shaped kitchen, so we would have to get creative using the space we had. The first order of business was cabinetry, as the existing kitchen was badly lacking cabinet space. We solved this problem by using a large wall directly across from the kitchen—after relocating the coat closet door, we were left with a perfect space for cabinetry. The finished design incorporates a large pantry cabinet, glass front wall cabinets, a drawer microwave, and a 36” counter-depth refrigerator.
In doing this, not only were we able to add badly-needed cabinet space, but moving the refrigerator freed up a great space adjacent to the main kitchen area itself for a beautiful induction range and hood that we made the focal point of the kitchen. We did all this using the GE Café line of appliances and a semi-custom line of painted cabinetry from Dura Supreme that offered the flexibility Casey and Clay demanded, while not putting their budget in a crunch. As cabinets are usually the big-ticket item in any kitchen remodel, finding the right blend of customization and economy is always crucial to a satisfying end result, and here we scored a success that really made the whole project work.
Using the space we created by relocating the range, we added more countertop space, as well as a large farm sink. The stunning Supreme Carrara marble countertops and white subway tile backsplash create an elegant background to highlight the satin brass cabinet hardware and faucet fixture—the effect is a very clean, timeless design that’s beautifully simple. With the dishwasher conveniently situated next to the sink, what used to be a cramped and ineffective space is now a calming and inviting place to be.
We also included a couple of design elements to give the space some color and character. We took a look at the original brick walls and found them to be in great shape, and exposed the brick on the dining room wall to give the room a bit of character and an industrial feel. We also included wood shelves on the wall above the sink (not seen in the photos, as they were custom-made and the final touch on the project) that break the white monotony of the subway tile in a very natural fashion. This small touch adds utility and beauty to the sink area, making the room much more inviting.
We hope this project has inspired you to take the first step toward the beautiful, functional kitchen you and your home deserve. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel in the Northern Virginia/DC area, start by completing our Kitchen Questionnaire. From there we can schedule a meeting at our showroom, where we can discuss your particular wants and needs, and give you the options and information you need to be a savvy customer and, ultimately, get you living in the kitchen of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you and making another happy customer.