The  wall behind the countertops is covered in smoky-hued handmade tile.
A backsplash of Encore custom-blended mosaic tile in a fence pattern creates a focal point above the cooktop.
A new island with a Taj Mahal quartzite top is now dedicated to food prep.
A new island with a Taj Mahal quartzite top is now dedicated to food prep.

Sleek & Sophisticated

NKBA Awards • MEDIUM KITCHEN—First Place

Homeowners with an inefficient builder-grade kitchen hired designer Davida Rodriguez to renovate the space. The clients’ primary goals were to upgrade the cabinetry, create a clean-lined aesthetic that would still blend well with their home’s traditional interiors and add an area for wine storage.

Rodriguez reconfigured the layout, moving the cooktop from the center island onto an L-shaped wall also housing the sink, dishwasher and cabinetry. The opposite wall features dual ovens, a large stainless-steel refrigerator and a separate wine refrigerator, above which cabinets with glass doors store glasses in easy view. A new island with a Taj Mahal quartzite top is now dedicated to food prep.

Rodriguez created a focal point with a backsplash of Encore custom-blended mosaic tile in a fence pattern above the cooktop. The rest of the L-shaped wall is covered in smoky-hued handmade tile. The countertops and backsplash on the dry bar, clad in the same quartzite as the island, beautifully complete the kitchen’s new look.

KITCHEN DESIGN: Davida Rodriguez, Davida’s Kitchen & Tiles, Gaithersburg, Maryland. STONE FABRICATOR: The Paradise Stone, Elkridge, Maryland. TILE: Encore Ceramics, Rockville, Maryland. CABINETRY: Brookhaven. Appliances: Thermador. HOOD: Zephyr. WINE COOLER: Perlick.