Jonas Carnemark paired Wild Chianti granite with SieMatic cabinetry in a quartered-teak veneer.
The designer installed a smoked-oak bridge table, attached to the counter, as a casual dining area.
The doorway from the kitchen to the dining room was centered on the wall and enlarged.
The doorway from the kitchen to the dining room was centered on the wall and enlarged.

Dream Kitchens: Open Plan

Warmth and light enliven a sleek kitchen by Carnemark design + build

Tired of their kitchen, which was closed off from both the dining room and the adjacent family room of their 1980s home in DC’s Palisades neighborhood, a couple turned to Carnemark design + build for help. “They wanted to open up the space and make it sleek, with nice flow to the other rooms,” says principal Jonas Carnemark.

He and his team removed the wall between the family room and kitchen, replacing it with a flush beam in the ceiling to allow a seamless transition between the two spaces. The doorway from the kitchen to the dining room was centered on the wall and enlarged.

A distinctive slab of granite with swirls of green, gray and black first inspired the owners, who chose it for their countertops. They preferred a warm yet minimalist look, so Carnemark paired the granite with SieMatic cabinetry in a quartered-teak veneer, foregoing upper cabinetry for lower-level storage and an appliance wall that houses two ovens, a fridge and a pantry cupboard. A large window behind the sink was replaced by two smaller ones, positioned high to admit light without sacrificing privacy from the neighbors on that side of the house.

Instead of a traditional breakfast nook, Carnemark installed a smoked-oak bridge table, attached to the counter, as a casual dining area. Above it, a sleek pendant illuminates the room. A pop of purple frames the appliance wall and the niche into which the windows, cooktop and hood are positioned, adding interest and a touch of fun to the room.

Kitchen Design & Contracting: Jonas Carnemark, CKD, Carnemark design + build, Bethesda, Maryland. Cabinetry: Konst SieMatic. Countertops: Wild Chianti granite. Backsplash: Back-painted glass. Appliances: Wolf, Miele. Sink: Franke. Faucet: Axor Starck through Hansgrohe. Pendant: Studio Italia Design