Modern Vision

A design team brings openness and light to a kitchen on the Chesapeake

Tasked with renovating a Shingle-style residence in Annapolis, architect Scarlett Breeding transformed the interiors from closed-off and compartmentalized to open, modern, fluid and light. Nowhere was her vision better reflected than in the kitchen, where she collaborated with colleague Richard Anuszkiewicz. “We don’t confine ourselves to one room when we do kitchens,” Breeding relates. “We look at the surrounding rooms, how they flow into one another. We approach each project through architecture.”

Establishing connectivity was key. Breeding removed the wall separating the kitchen and family room and widened the pantry doorways leading to the dining room and kitchen. Bleached-oak floors and updated crown moldings convey a contemporary feel.

Anuszkiewicz selected raked, quarter-sawn oak cabinetry and thick Calacatta Gold marble counters. A waterfall counter tops the island, where matching sinks and paneled dishwashers create dual work spaces. Ceramic subway tile graces the range wall and marble in a chevron pattern clads the pantry wall, exposed inside glass-fronted cabinets. The custom hood is a showpiece, designed by Anuszkiewicz in aged brass. “The idea was to create a simplified geometric form,” he explains. “Open shelving on either side speaks to the airy aesthetic we were embracing.” Because of the room’s new openness, the owners specified work spaces that could be concealed when not in use. Aged-brass accents crop up in fixtures and as drawer fronts, completing the look.

Renovation Architecture: Scarlett Breeding, AIA; Kitchen Design: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Alt Breeding Associates Architecture, Annapolis, Maryland. Interior Design: Huntley & Co., Washington, DC. Contractor: David Carlisle, Bayview Builders, Annapolis, Maryland.Resources
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