A kitchen designed by Michael Stehlik for CARNEMARK.
A view to the dining room through the kitchen.

A Modern Backdrop

Large Kitchen: Award of Disctinction

A Modern Backdrop MAY/JUNE 2012

With a growing collection of modern artwork to display, a newly retired couple decided to transform their traditional home into a contemporary, gallery-like space. They turned to Michael Stehlik of CARNEMARK to affect the changes they envisioned—none of which was more dramatic than the renovation of the kitchen from humdrum traditional to streamlined and sleek.

Stehlik began by removing the wall between the kitchen and family room to allow for connectivity between living areas. This made room for wider aisles with better work and traffic flow, more storage and a suite of professional-style appliances. The plan also connected the kitchen and dining room.

Sculpting the interior architecture created opportunities for Stehlik to install niches that showcase cabinetry and art. The glossy, gray lacquered and smoky-glass cabinetry along the periphery is paired with a marble backsplash and countertop. The island has matte gray cabinets, granite counters and a seven-foot-long, walnut-topped bar with ample seating.

Design/Build Renovation: Michael Stehlik, CARNEMARK, Bethesda, Maryland. Photography: Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Davis Photography. 

Cabinetry, Countertops & Backsplash: SieMatic through KONST, Bethesda, MD. Appliances: Miele through KONST, Bethesda, MD.

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