Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed the Best of Class winner for Large Kitchen.

Classic Contemporary

Best of Class - Large Kitchen

Classic Contemporary A circa-1980s kitchen in Baldwin, Maryland, needed an overhaul. The owners called in Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath to transform the outdated room with a better layout and more space for storage.

Bentham replaced the original peninsula—which left dead space in the center of the kitchen—with an island that would accommodate table-style seating at one end and a cooktop at the other. He topped it with a four-inch-thick slab of Peruvian walnut; weighing in at 2,200 pounds, its transportation was the project’s biggest challenge.

Peripheral cabinets are a combination of walnut veneer and white lacquer. Counters and backsplash are statuary marble, lending a classic touch to the modern space. Storage options abound and Link pendants by LZF in a wood veneer finish the look.

KITCHEN DESIGN: Paul Bentham, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Chevy Chase, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: Mike Thornton, M.R. Thornton & Sons, Inc., Woodbine, Maryland. CABINETRY: Premier Custom Built through Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath. COUNTERTOPS: Grothouse Lumber, Germansville, Pennsylvania. APPLIANCES: Grohe, Miele. FLOORING: Architectural Ceramics, Rockville, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: Bob Narod.