When it was time to overhaul their large but dysfunctional kitchen, homeowners turned to Jennifer Gilmer to make sense of the space, which was poorly laid out and felt disconnected from the rest of the house. Gilmer opened the kitchen up to the family room, creating a peninsula that serves as a bar area with a Sub-Zero wine cooler and beverage center. It’s flanked on the family room side by tall cabinets for storing glassware, and by decorative open shelving and storage on the kitchen side.
Previously, the refrigerator had occupied a focal point in the kitchen. Gilmer moved it to the other side of the room, replacing it with a Wolf range topped with a stainless-steel hood. The refrigerator is now concealed behind cabinetry.
Gilmer chose walnut cabinetry that complements the home’s interiors. A light blue/gray island keeps the room open and airy. The glass-tile backsplash provides the final touch.
Kitchen Design: Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., Chevy Chase, Maryland. Contractor: Andy Shaw, Shaw Contracting, LLC, Royal Oak, Maryland. Photography: Bob Narod.
Cabinetry: Premier through Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., Chevy Chase, MD. Countertops: Valley Gold marble and Kodiak granite through R. Bratti Associates, Alexandria, VA. Backsplash: Architectural Ceramics, Rockville, MD. Appliances: Miele through Miele USA. Sub-Zero, Wolf, Franke through Fretz Corporation, Columbia, MD.