Dana Madalon, the owner of a Georgetown row house, wanted a kitchen that would reflect the traditional style of the building and neighborhood, but with clean, contemporary lines. The space, which measured eight feet at its widest by 24 feet in length, presented layout challenges as well; Madalon eventually turned to Jennifer Gilmer to solve her kitchen design dilemmas.
Gilmer’s first goal was to de-emphasize the kitchen’s long, narrow dimensions. To do this, she interspersed the mostly light-stained cabinetry with dark-stained cabinets because, as she explains it, “a variety of colors breaks up the length visually.” The upper cabinets are all light, while a tall black hutch defines the room at one end. At the other end, glass doors open the space to the rest of the house.
Gilmer implemented some structural changes to the room that also made it look bigger. The existing kitchen window was enlarged and a pass-through to the dining room was created that offers what she terms “a visual perspective to the back of the house.” Throughout the space, Gilmer chose traditional cabinetry, appliances and finishes—yet juxtaposed them in a way that feels fresh and modern. Madalon “is ecstatic,” the designer says. “It’s nicer than she ever thought it could be.”
KITCHEN DESIGN: Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath, Ltd., Chevy Chase, MD. CONTRACTOR: Lappas Contractors, Inc., Bethesda, MD. CABINETRY: Premier Custom Built, New Holland, PA. COUNTERTOPS: White Delicatus Granite, R. Bratti, Alexandria, VA. APPLIANCES: Miele, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Fretz Corporation, Columbia, MD. SINKS & FIXTURES: Elkay, Franke, Dornbracht, Ferguson. PHOTOGRAPHY: Bob Narod, Herndon, VA.