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A chic makeover elevates a row-house kitchen


A poorly laid-out kitchen dominated the main living area of a small row house in Old Town Alexandria, so the owners asked Shawna Dillon of Snaidero DC Metro to make it feel worthy of its central location. “The challenge was to improve flow and function without drastically changing how our clients occupied the home,” relates Dillon, who employed a convenient galley-style layout and removed soffits to emphasize verticality in the narrow space.

An eclectic material palette conveys interest and style. A mix of wood and aluminum cabinetry lines one wall while a Caesarstone-topped island features an attached oak bar. A niche lined with shiplap siding holds open shelving while a hand-painted terra cotta-tile backsplash reflects the wife’s Portuguese heritage.

Kitchen Design: Shawna J. Dillon, ASID, Snaidero DC Metro, Washington, DC. Contractor: Jason Remodeling Inc., Woodbridge, Virginia.

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