Modern Update

Third Place: Large Kitchen

This makeover completely transformed the cramped, poorly functioning kitchen of a 1920s DC row house. Working together, architect Carmel Greer and kitchen designer Davida Rodriguez enlarged the space by removing a pantry and powder room. Their design introduced an open, streamlined floor-plan featuring plenty of space for storage and their clients’ new appliances—including an Urban Cultivator (next to the ovens) that grows herbs and organic greens all year round.

“Opening up the space from the front of the house to the back created a dramatic effect,” says Rodriguez. “The vertical lines of the cabinetry add to the drama, drawing the eye up.”

Two-toned contemporary cabinetry and waterfall quartz countertops convey a modern aesthetic, but the project also preserves the home’s original rustic brick and beams. A copper backsplash brings texture and reflectivity into the finished space.

Architecture & Interiors: Carmel Greer, AIA, LEEP AP, District Design, Washington, DC. Kitchen Design: Davida Rodriguez, CKD, Davida’s Kitchen + Tiles, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Contractor: Oscar Tellez, H.I. Contractors LLC, Bethesda, Maryland. 

THE DETAILS   Brookhaven Cabinets: wood-mode.com. Refrigerator: subzero-wolf.com. Dishwashers & Range: kitchenaid.com. GE Cafe Series Oven: geappliances.com. Hood: mieleusa.com. Urban Cultivator: urbancultivator.net. Chandelier: potterybarn.com.