Kitchen + Bath: Case Study

What’s Cooking?: An Oakton, Virginia, kitchen goes from builder-grade to clean-lined classic

A run-of-the-mill kitchen in an eight-year-old home suffered from a poor layout and boring, builder-grade finishes. The owners contacted the team at Jordan Design-Build Group to redesign the space and impart greater functionality with a clean, classic sensibility.

In the original kitchen, a massive refrigerator was the unfortunate focal point. “It was the first thing you saw as you entered the room,” recalls principal David Jordan. First, the team shuffled appliances around, locating the range in an attractive niche in the refrigerator’s spot. Above it, a hood is concealed beneath custom paneling by Woodharbor. A Viking convection oven now sits to the right of the range and the fridge is tucked along another wall.

The new design left room for a beverage center, complete with drinks and wine refrigerators from GE Monogram. A built-in Miele coffeemaker is concealed behind cabinet doors.

The island has been extended to combine an eating area with prep space and storage. The Rohl farmhouse sink now occupies a corner by the window flanked by dual GE Profile dishwashers.

To achieve the classic look they were after, the owners selected white cabinetry by Merillat paired with oil-rubbed bronze hardware and Calacatta marble peripheral countertops. The island is topped with walnut and a beveled white porcelain subway-tile backsplash looks crisp and clean. Dark porcelain-tile floors with a leathered finish pick up the color of the walnut.

The lighting system and outlets are concealed to keep the space uncluttered. Pendants from Remains Lighting offer a distinctive touch.

Renovation Architecture: Tamara Beauchard, Hyattsville, Maryland. Builder: David A. Jordan; Interior Design: Shelley Vilov, IIDA, Jordan Design-Build Group, LLC, Fairfax, Virginia. Photography: Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

David Jordan’s Trade Secrets:

  • Do a thorough kitchen inventory before you begin your renovation. Plan for where and how everything will be stored.
  • Use a layered approach to lighting. Consider both natural and artificial light, and if possible, combine functional as well as decorative fixtures.
  • Don’t be swayed by trends. It is more important to focus on creating a kitchen that will function for your lifestyle.
  • Take advantage of high ceilings by using stacked cabinets. In this project, the ceilings are 10 feet and in the previous layout there were 18 inches of unused space above the cabinets. We stacked the cabinetry to the ceiling, creating a more tailored look as well as additional storage.
  • Don’t rush the design. Thoughtful planning up front will lead to a more successful renovation.