Remodeling: Drawing Board

Strong Connection

The cramped, out-of-style kitchen of a traditional house was ready for an overhaul. The owners hired designer Wesley Thompson, who collaborated with architect John Linam to create an enlarged, updated space with an emphasis on function and style that would better connect with the rest of the house.


Then Now
The kitchen was configured in a narrow “L” shape with an inconveniently angled island in the middle. The exterior wall was extended two feet to enlarge and center the island. The room became a more functional rectangle.
The house was part of a development of houses with the same layout, so nothing about its interiors stood out. A narrow doorway to the dining room was replaced with twin archways that distinguish the space.
Dated cabinetry, wallpaper, and colors cried out for a more current look. Old tile covered the floors. Thompson combined seafoam, white and black. Custom cabinets are topped with honed black granite and white Cambria. Wood-like porcelain tiles unify the whole main floor. Distinctive pendants from Currey & Co. finish the look.


ARCHITECTURE: John Linam, JR., AIA, NCARB, John Linam Jr Architect, PLLC, Reston, Virginia. INTERIOR DESIGN: Wesley Thompson, Simply Wesley Interior Design, Annapolis, Maryland. BUILDER: Courtney Camp, CT Camp Construction Co., Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: Gwin Hunt.