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Kitchen Remodel in Kensington, MD

A longtime Kensington couple, who are recent empty nesters, decided it was time to remodel the kitchen in their handsome 1961 Ranch house. They felt that the dated kitchen as well as the layout and adjacent laundry room did not maximize the available space. Although they wanted to expand the kitchen, they did not want to build an addition.

Project Details

Kensington, MD Kitchen Renovation

By reconfiguring the existing kitchen and mudroom, the design team was able to add storage while also retaining the convenience of the nearby mudroom with its rear entry, which is a practical aspect they did not want to sacrifice. They were, however, willing to make the oversized mudroom smaller in order to enlarge the kitchen. They also requested additional windows, preferably casements, to overlook the landscaped back yard. In essence, the kitchen and laundry room were gutted and remodeled, while the existing powder room in the mudroom remained.

The owners had a kitchen table previously, which took up too much space and was not essential to the new design so they requested a kitchen island to seat four people in the new layout. They also wanted a full-size oven, microwave, larger refrigerator, and kitchen sink near a window, as well as the dishwasher relocated for ease of use.

New design features include:

  • Oak floors that harmonize with the adjacent wood flooring and make the spaces feel contiguous
  • Granite counter tops and a tile backsplash that give the kitchen easy care materials and a polished aesthetic
  • Painted kitchen cabinets with a custom striated finish that provides a traditional look.

In addition, the house is heated by hot water baseboard radiators, which required alterations for the remodel. For lighting, pendants were selected for over the new island and recessed lighting was used elsewhere. Under wall cabinet lights illuminate the work surfaces, while plug molding keeps the outlets out of the tiled backsplash.

Kensington, MD Kitchen Remodel

Adjacent Laundry Room

Laundry room details were thoroughly considered in terms of storage and equipment. A deep wall cabinet with a flip-up door allows storage for a hamper and laundry detergents. A clothing rod was installed to accommodate hanging garments above the dryer. Additional mudroom accessories include tall wood wainscot paneling to dress up the space, a custom cork bulletin board to post messages, and a wall of hooks to holds jackets, scarves and umbrellas. The porcelain tile floor easily accommodates wet feet.

Kitchen Renovation Services in the Kensington Area

If you live in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia and want to remodel or build an addition, Wentworth can help you achieve your dream home as well! We invite you to visit our portfolio and get in touch with us to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to working with you.

“ I would STRONGLY recommend using Bruce Wentworth up at Chevy Chase Lake -- it's a design-build firm so you have an integrated team working for you.  We started out a kitchen-family room project with another design-build firm and it would be hard to communicate exactly how much BETTER the design that Bruce came up with was. Bruce and his team also did a project for my daughter and her husband this past fall which was amazing. ”

L.M., Chevy Chase, MD
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