Kitchen Remodeling Barnaby Woods | Home Renovation DC
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Kitchen Remodel in Barnaby Woods

Nestled beside Rock Creek Park is a 1980s-era planned community of homes which feature lovely woodland views. Upon purchasing their home, our clients sought out our design-build team to reconfigure their living spaces. Read more about the project below to see how we opened up their space and transformed their home to better fit their needs.

Washington, DC Remodeling Project Details: Open Kitchen, Dining Room & Living Room

The problem

The existing rooms were compartmentalized, dated, and not suited to modern informal family living. A too-big, inefficient kitchen took up more space than was required and isolated itself away from the rest of the first floor.

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Gutting the old interior provided a clean canvas for new design solutions. A generous space, measuring 17 x 37 feet with 9-foot-high ceilings, enabled the creation of a new open plan living-dining-kitchen area which took advantage of the forested surroundings and surprisingly abundant natural light, while working within the restrictions of the community’s HOA.


The statement-maker in the remodeled kitchen is the large, custom 8-foot island with storage and display. Not only does it anchor the kitchen, but it also provides set space for buffet-style dining. The rectangular island is also echoed by a bespoke walnut dining table of similar proportions. Rectilinear forms repeat throughout the space, in everything from the choice of subway tile to the cabinet fronts to the proportions of the framed openings.

Large scale 4 x 8 inch subway tile placed in a zigzag pattern provides a fresh, updated take on a more traditional material. A votive-like frosted glass fixture in the dining area, and pendants reminiscent of hurricane lamps in the kitchen, provide understated yet ample lighting.

Dining Room & Living Room

The dining area features an accent wall in a dark gray-blue which complements the wood tones of the furniture and art—and also connects thematically to the kitchen and dry bar through the use of color. The new custom built-in dry bar with wine storage acts as a focal point for an existing entry which bisects the open space and defines the family room from the dining area.

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The architectural design incorporates framed openings which clearly define the kitchen, dining, dry bar, and family areas, while allowing for informal modern living. The rhythm of the openings acts as an organizational system for design choices including the color palette, lighting, and furniture selections, all of which provide aesthetic consistency throughout the remodeled space.

Tying the Space Together

Each of the remodeled areas features a blue-gray focal point:

  • Countertops at the perimeter and island cabinetry (kitchen)
  • Painted accent wall (dining room)
  • Bar (in the same paint color as the island) that acts as a focal point for a side entry (between dining and family room)
  • Large windows that welcome in the blue-gray sky (family room)

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By reorganizing the space to provide more storage in a smaller footprint and removing unnecessary walls to open up the space (in a pleasing enfilade), our team was able to provide light and woodland views throughout the home. The Wentworth team has many years of experience remodeling kitchens and opening up homes in the DC metropolitan area.

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“ I appreciate everyone's hard and beautiful work on the kitchen! ”

J.H., Capitol Hill, SE, Washington, DC