New Yorkers by heart this young family needed a local place close to their growing Washington, DC business. After moving in, a flood destroyed part of their existing kitchen and floors throughout. The damage was so extensive that all the cabinets had to be removed in the kitchen.

Given the current situation with the damaged cabinets, they weren’t going to be living here full-time. The homeowners were wondering how they should design the new kitchen around their growing family, so they contacted Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath to see how we could make this dark, cherry filed, builder grade kitchen feel more uptown. Fortunately, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath had a team of experienced designers used to all sorts of remodeling situations.

Unfortunately, under the existing floor was 18” of solid concrete that didn’t allow us to move or add electrical or plumbing. With that in mind, we kept to the existing mechanical locations but were able to move things around on each run. Whenever the designers take on a new project, a problem always seems to occurs and it’s their job the tackle it.

Sarah Turner, the designer on this incredible kitchen said, “we specified a mix of textured laminate, which provides very low maintenance in terms of clean-ability, and high gloss melamine cabinets. High gloss cabinets reflect light, the new light bleached French oak floors keep the light going throughout.” Sarah Turner has been working with Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath since 2014. Sarah oftens gets praised for her energy and motivation she brings to each job.

Being a minimalist style kitchen, the backsplash was “fun in it simplicity,” says Sarah. The white marble 12×12 tiles were etched in think lines and then painted with a brass paint to create small lines and  textural interest. The tiles added some dazzling darker tones in this modern kitchen and a thick floating wenge island top looks like it floats effortlessly over the seating and adds some warmth on the arms of those seated there.

The team paneled all the appliances we could to avoid swaths of stainless in an otherwise small space. The appliance garage hides the coffee maker and the microwave is tucked away on the back side of the island. By incorporating an appliance garage into a kitchen, the kitchen appears less cluttered and saves valuable space.

View more of this kitchen by Sarah Turner here.


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