Midcentury Kitchen in Chevy Chase, Maryland

After tackling several remodeling projects on the bedroom level when they first moved into the house a few years ago, the clients thought it was finally time to address the kitchen. They had lived in it and knew now what didn’t work for them, the first of many being the heavy French Country Style. Originally from California, Mrs. Byers had grown up with a mid-century modern aesthetic and a love for native Heath Ceramics which is made in San Francisco. That was the launching point of the project. Use the tiles with their clean lines and beautiful glazes. The footprint was left largely intact, we just anchored the new kitchen with most of the tall components; fridge freezer, pantry, and oven in order to let a narrow space be as open as possible. A long island provides seating for their son and additional storage. Both homeowners are cooks and with the double sink we created two distinct zones; clean up / prep and cooking. We built into the pantry a coffee station allowing the countertops to stay as unencumbered as possible. This client is a minimalist if I’ve ever seen one. All interiors are walnut; the doors are a combination of Architectural Wood veneer and Painted MDF to get the small rails and stiles. The countertops are Caesar Stone for easy maintenance.
Design by Sarah Turner
Photography by Bob Narod

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