In the design of a Rehoboth Beach kitchen, Jennifer Gilmer took advantage of water views.

Best in Show: Modern Farmhouse

Medium Kitchen—First Place

Clients with a home on a canal near Rehoboth Beach hired Jennifer Gilmer to design a kitchen that would take advantage of water views. Working with architect Amy Gardner, who designed the home, Gilmer created a welcoming space with an industrial edge and a “modern farmhouse” aesthetic. At the clients’ request, she emphasized sustainability in her design choices.

The unique material palette combines two styles of cabinets. One resembles horizontal-grain, textured barn wood and the other smooth, vertical-grain gray wood—both are made of high-pressure melamine. The island and cooktop console, framed in hot-rolled steel, convey the look of furniture; countertops are made of granite. Strips of fir border the tops and bottoms of the cabinets and floating fir shelves display dishware. The cabinet wall continues into a sitting area where a TV is concealed behind a sliding door.

Exposed ductwork at ceiling level adds to the kitchen’s modern, industrial style.

The Details KITCHEN DESIGN: Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., Chevy Chase, Maryland. ARCHITECTURE: Amy Gardner, FAIA, LEED AP, Gardner Mohr Architects, Silver Spring, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: Beachwood, Inc., Showell, Maryland. CABINETRY: COUNTERTOPS & BACKSPLASH: APPLIANCES:,