A long island is stained with an oiled-walnut finish and topped with White Fantasy granite.
Pantry cupboards are concealed behind a wall of cabinetry.
Painted Shaker-style cabinetry is topped with black Caesarstone counters.
Painted Shaker-style cabinetry is topped with black Caesarstone counters.

Timeless Modern

NKBA Awards • LARGE KITCHEN—Second Place

Bethesda clients with a disjointed, U-shaped kitchen and far-flung appliances turned to Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., to give them a more functional space in a style that would better reflect their taste. “They requested a timeless look with a modern twist,” Bentham says.

In the convenient new L-shaped layout, the doorway to the walk-in pantry was repositioned to create wall space for the refrigerator. Along one wall, an oven tower stands beside countertop pantry cupboards that house small appliances to keep work surfaces clear.

Bentham designed a mirrored stainless-steel hood that reflects light from the nearby window. Painted Shaker-style cabinetry is topped with dark Caesarstone counters, while a long island that houses the cooktop is stained with an oiled-walnut finish and topped with White Fantasy granite; its legs are capped with mirrored stainless-steel “socks” to tie in with the hood. Gray veins in the granite complement the glazed, handmade subway-tile backsplash and the painted interiors of the glass-fronted cabinets.

DESIGN: Paul Bentham, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., Chevy Chase, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: Marnic Contractors, Potomac, Maryland. CABINETRY: Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc., New Holland, Pennsylvania. COUNTERTOPS: Stone & Tile World, Inc., Rockville, Maryland. APPLIANCES: Jenn-Air. BACKSPLASH: Architectural Ceramics, Rockville, Maryland.