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Almonte created a functional work triangle.

A pantry cupboard provides copious storage.

BEFORE: The existing kitchen.

Crisp, white cabinetry is offset by island and pantry cabinets in navy blue.


A fresh vibe takes a Bethesda kitchen from faded to fabulous

Tired of their dark, dated kitchen, homeowners tapped designer and architect Charles Almonte to reimagine it. First, Almonte tackled issues of function and flow caused by a separation of the pantry and double ovens from the rest of the kitchen. “We integrated one oven and added a breakfast bar with storage and functional counter space,” Almonte recounts. “The clients liked the idea of a walk-in pantry, so we designed a full-height cabinet that feels like a traditional pantry but doesn’t take up additional floor space.” The redesign also accommodated a spacious island and larger appliances, including a built-in Sub-Zero fridge and a Wolf range.

Dark-cherry cabinetry made way for white peripheral cabinets, while the island and pantry cupboard were painted in Sherwin-Williams’ Naval for contrast. A marble-tile backsplash in a herringbone pattern animates what is now the hub of the home.

Interior Architecture & Kitchen Design: Charles Almonte, AIA, ASID, Charles Almonte Architecture | Interior Design, Silver Spring, Maryland. Renovation Contractor: Accent General Contracting, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland.


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