A 1940s row house in Georgetown was sorely in need of an update. When a young couple purchased the house, they tapped Jonas Carnemark of Konst: Kitchen Interior Design to tackle the problematic layout while giving them a spacious new kitchen.
To create a more functional floor plan in the same footprint, Carnemark assigned new roles to the rooms. The cramped kitchen, sandwiched between the dining and breakfast rooms, became a butler’s pantry. The kitchen now occupies the back of the house where the dining room used to be and the dining room is at the front. “We puzzled for a while over how to make it work,” Carnemark recalls. “When we made the decision to move the kitchen to the back, everything fell into place.”
The homeowners selected matte-lacquered SieMatic cabinetry in the Beaux Arts style for both the kitchen and butler’s pantry, with quartz countertops and backsplash. On the island, where stools clad in cowhide provide seating, a wood slab fabricated by a family friend delineates the eating area.
The couple are “food connoisseurs,” Carnemark says. “They also love to mix drinks, so we went for it with a cocktail wall on one side.” This bartender’s dream includes beverage cabinets with solid and glass doors, a custom table for mixing and pouring and a Sub-Zero beverage fridge; the cabinetry is stained dark to set it apart from the rest of the kitchen.
French doors bordered by sidelites bring in natural light and pendants over the island finish the space.
• DETAILS •
Cabinetry: SieMatic through Konst: Kitchen Interior Design; konstsiematic.com. Countertops & Backsplash: Quartz composite through SieMatic. Appliances: Sub-Zero and Wolf through SieMatic. Stools: Calvin Klein through Arteriors; arteriorshome.com. Pendants: Harper through lampsplus.com.
ARCHITECTURAL & KITCHEN DESIGN: Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD, Konst: Kitchen Interior Design, Bethesda, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: Falcon Construction, Rockville, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Davis Photography.
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