Transitional Rowhouse Kitchen with LaCornue in Washington, D.C.
Built in 1892, this 124 year old row house had seen its share of renovations, leaving the existing kitchen with a slew of dated, mismatched materials.
The kitchen was poorly insulated and cold. Originally, it was a screened-in porch with a brick wall, which was the back of the dining room fireplace. There was a wall of two story floor-to-ceiling windows that allowed for lots of natural light but limited the usable wall space.
In our first design meeting this client had a clear objective, to make the outside more accessible, eliminate wasted space and provide more storage. We solved this by adding a pair of large French doors, raising a window to allow for more counter space and eliminated the heavy window trim.
The focal point of the kitchen is undoubtedly the La Cornue range. We emphasized the range with a custom built hood in matching stainless and copper. The cabinetry is light and the existing brick wall is minimized with paint in a complimentary color.
For storage, we brought the wall cabinets down to the countertops and equipped them with outlets to hide away small appliances. To the left of the sink, a door folds and slides out of the way to reveal a coffeemaker and tea warmer.
Reducing the size of a floor-to-ceiling window made space to move the sink to a side wall. This gives the cook a view of the backyard while freeing up space for a casual eat-in space in the sink’s former location. The wall opposite the sink now contains the pantry, with plenty of storage behind doors, and the refrigerator freezer, which is flanked by a tall, slim wine refrigerator.
To contrast with the sparkling range and hood, we finished the Magna Gold granite with a rustic leathered texture. The new kitchen has a touch of elegance that connects it with the rest of the home’s décor.
Photography by Bob Narod.