According to Lois Kennedy, it’s important for a kitchen designer to get in on the ground floor of a project. That’s what happened when she designed a kitchen addition for an antique farmhouse in pastoral Madison County and was able to deliver the level of quality and detail her clients desired.
“The clients, Laureen and George Gennin, do a lot of entertaining,” she says. “They love cooking together and including guests in the process.”
Kennedy defined the areas of the kitchen with the placement of three sinks, each with a different function. A four-foot-wide granite clean-up sink accommodates large pots and pans while copper sinks occupy the prep area and the breakfast bar, which features a coffee station, icemaker and wine storage. The couple “wanted the most advanced cooking equipment,” Kennedy says. “They chose the La Cornue oven.”
Because they live a half-hour away from the nearest grocery store, they needed lots of storage, so Kennedy designed a long butler’s pantry down the center of the house to accommodate their needs; it also functions as a bar area during parties.
The Gennins envisioned a rustic yet elegant style for their kitchen. Kennedy chose light cabinetry with details such as mini-Corinthian-style columns, then combined it with other finishes: dark cherry lower cabinets, black shelf units with mesquite wood surfaces, and Golden Sun granite countertops. Oak beams and heart pine floors complete the picture.
KITCHEN DESIGN: Lois Kennedy, CKD, principal, Portfolio Kitchens, Vienna, VA. CONTRACTOR: Ace Contracting, Charlottesville, VA. CABINETRY: Premier Custom Built; Acorn Kitchens (butler’s pantry), Ontario, Canada. COUNTERTOPS & FARMHOUSE SINK: Golden Sun granite, Cogswell Stone, Palmyra, VA. BACKSPLASH: Tumbled Turkish Travertine, Wainwright Tile & Stone, Charlottesville, VA. APPLIANCES: La Cornue Grand Palais 180 through Purcell Murray Appliances; Sub-Zero, Miele, Dacor. FIXTURES: Herbeau Brass. FLOORING: Antique heart pine, Appalachian Woods, Stuart’s Draft, VA. PHOTOGRAPHY: Lydia Cutter, McLean, VA.
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