Rather than build a new house from scratch, a Baltimore couple asked architect Vince Greene and designer Jay Jenkins to update the traditional interiors of the house the two had created eight years earlier with a fresh, contemporary look. “The kitchen was a priority,” says Jenkins. “It was too dark, and needed a connection outside to feel more open and spacious for entertaining.”
The solution extended the family room to an outdoor terrace, enabling the design team to slide a new kitchen into an 18-by-30-foot area with sightlines to a forest glade. Ceiling supports reinforced the open space and facilitated the construction of a wall of windows overlooking the woods.
Jenkins worked with Pennsylvania-based Lyndon Heath Cabinetry to refashion sleek cabinets from the pre-existing ones, adding contemporary stainless-steel hardware. New venting technology allowed the hood placement high in the ceiling. Its stainless-steel surface is repeated in piggyback Wolf wall ovens the clients love for their ease of access. A retro-style pendant over the breakfast table is also stainless but lined in orange that echoes the popular Modernist hue in other parts of the room.
Jenkins bounced the windows’ dappled light off highly polished Glassos countertops. Nature gets another nod in flooring composed of rectangular blocks of rustic limestone that accentuate the room’s geometric shapes. “The contrasting round table and Klismos chairs are utterly clean and stripped down,” says the designer about the breakfast seating. “My clients wanted a transformation. We gave them a big wow factor for the entertaining they enjoy.”
ARCHITECTURE: VINCENT GREENE, AIA, Vincent Greene Architects, Baltimore, Maryland. KITCHEN + INTERIOR DESIGN: JAY JENKINS, Jenkins Baer Associates, Baltimore, Maryland.
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