The natural wood hues and wind-swept grays and blues of Northern California were Sheryl Steinberg’s inspiration for the kitchen renovation in her own Bethesda home. Having moved from that region with her family, Steinberg held the California coastal vernacular close to her heart—along with a determination to remodel as sustainably as possible.
The original kitchen was cramped and dark. “We knew immediately that we were going to want to open up the kitchen,” she says. “We took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create an open, eco-friendly space with better flow.”
Now that the dining room is only separated from the kitchen by a peninsula, light bathes both areas. Steinberg installed two small windows high up along a wall that faces the busy street to admit light while still retaining privacy.
At the other end of the kitchen, a former walk-in pantry has been replaced with a wall of decorative cabinetry. Steinberg bumped one wall out three feet and borrowed space from the former dining room in order to accommodate a spacious island.
Sustainable materials abound. The cabinets, made from rift-cut oak by Holiday Kitchens, use pre-consumer recycled fibers and are finished without VOCs, PVCs or formaldehyde. They’re paired with Green Guard-certified Silestone countertops, no-VOC ceramic-tile floors and energy-efficient appliances. A backsplash of sculptural clay tile from Heath Ceramics in Sausalito completes the space.
KITCHEN & INTERIOR DESIGN: SHERYL STEINBERG, Allied ASID, Sheryl Steinberg Interior Design, Bethesda, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: BETHESDA CONTRACTING COMPANY, INC., Chevy Chase, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: SANDY KAVALIER PHOTOGRAPHY.
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