Beyond the cooktop and hood the breakfast nook offers a comfortable spot to sit.
A wall of windows stretches from the working end of the kitchen to the eating area.
Opposite the breakfast nook, a shelving unit stores kitchen items and frames artwork.
Stainless-steel appliances contrast with the wood veneer of the cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops.

A Fresh Start

In the hands of designer Sandra Meyers, a rundown 1950s kitchen becomes a streamlined oasis.

January/February 2010

When Larry Jacobs and Steven Snapp moved into their Rockville, Maryland, home, it was in dire need of an overhaul—especially the kitchen, which had not been renovated since the house was built in the fifties. The couple had very specific ideas for their kitchen redo, and turned to designer Sandra Meyers to make it all happen. 
“They liked the look of ‘engineered modern,’” Meyers says. To achieve this look, the designer made small structural changes with big impact. She designed soffits above the cabinets, which add interest to the room while creating a built-in appearance for the cabinetry. The windows have bigger panes and narrower frames than the originals so they seem larger; gaps between the windows are concealed behind custom flat-paneled trim to give them the clean lines of a single casing. Each window is fitted with a motorized shade.
To achieve an industrial feel in the kitchen and also reduce their impact on the environment, Jacobs and Snapp asked Meyers to utilize only manmade materials. She chose dyed veneer cabinets from Bellini Collection that mimic an exotic wood grain and topped them with three-inch-thick Caesarstone quartz countertops. A seven-inch stainless-steel toe kick connects beautifully with the stainless-steel upper cabinets and appliances. Textured vinyl covers the walls, and the custom banquette boasts a sleek kitchen table made from a laminate—a perfect fit for the space, and for the kitchen. 
 
KITCHEN DESIGN: Sandra Meyers, Allied ASID, Sandra Meyers Design Studio LLC, Rockville, MD. CABINETRY: Bellini Collection, Kitchen & Bath Depot, Rockville, MD. COUNTERTOPS: Oyster Caesarstone. SINK & FAUCET: Blanco. APPLIANCES: KitchenAid, Bosch, Jenn-Air, GE, Kenmore. Photography: Lydia Cutter, McLean, VA.

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