Kitchen Karma

A rustic kitchen overlooks the Corsica River

The owners of a 1915 home in Centreville, Maryland, wished to transform what had been a service kitchen, typical of the period, into a family-oriented space. Architect Chip Bohl’s first move was to add a squared-off bay window that would take advantage of views of the Corsica River. To further the sense of connection with the outdoors, he designed a table that extends from the kitchen outside to the patio; crafted out of two panels of black American slate, it’s supported by brackets on the interior and exterior walls. “It was a simple design technique that decreases the visual barrier from inside to out,” notes Bohl.

The kitchen conjures a mid-century vibe, with walls and ceiling clad in tongue-and-groove fir bead board, and custom cabinetry topped by slate and stainless-steel counters. The floor is made of cork tile, sanded and finished to a low sheen.

Renovation Architecture & Kitchen Design: Chip Bohl, AIA, Bohl Architects, Annapolis, Maryland. Builder: Winchester Construction, Millersville, Maryland.