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Row-House Redo

A clever makeover infuses a kitchen with light


A Capitol Hill row house needed a facelift. The owners contacted Jennifer Gilmer and Scott Stultz of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath to give the traditional kitchen/family room at the back a brighter, more contemporary look, still in keeping with the home’s classic style.

“We created a warm-contemporary vibe by blending white-painted and flat-fronted, light, European rift-oak cabinets,” Gilmer says. They topped the counters with Monte Bianco marble, updated the appliances and added storage. Though the layout didn’t change, the center island was enlarged.

On the wall facing the kitchen, a traditional gas fireplace was replaced with a sleek, updated version. Its tile surround picks up the hue of the oak cabinets for continuity.

Kitchen Design: Jennifer Gilmer, CKD; Scott A. Stultz, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd., Chevy Chase, Maryland. Interior Design: Barbara L. Franceski, ASID, PMP, Barbara Franceski, LLC, Alexandria, Virginia. Contractor: Ari Fingeroth, Federalist Builders LLC, Washington, DC.

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Cabinetry: premiercb.com through gilmerkitchens.com. Countertops & Backsplash: gramaco.com. Appliances: subzero-wolf.com, geappliances.com through fretz.com. Plumbing Fixtures: franke.com through ferguson.com. Fireplace Tile: architecturalceramics.com. Pendant over Island: lindseyadelman.com.

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