The goal of every homeowner is to turn a house into a home by
adding a personal touch. However, the homeowners in this instance
were looking to turn an old firehouse into a contemporary home no
small task even for the most ambitious designer.
When it came to the kitchen, Beverly A. Alig, CKD, of Kitchen
Encounters in Annapolis, MD, took on the hot challenge. In addition
to the clients’ request for high-end cabinets and stainless steel
appliances, Alig also needed to include an eating bar and room to
display a folk art collection to meet the owners’ needs.
Neff cabinets, which were painted white to match the walls, were
installed at varying heights for visual interest. Slab doors and
drawers with contemporary pulls, as well as a matching front panel
on the Bosch dishwasher helped to keep the area visually
uncluttered. All of the other appliances, including a GE microwave,
Viking range and refrigerator and Zephyr Ventilation hood are
featured in stainless steel for a sleek design.
An odd corner of the room serves as a walk-in pantry, complete
with glass door for an added contemporary effect. The walls are
stepped to allow light into the eating area of the kitchen.
A green glass bar top, which acts as the eating counter, is
attached to a center island via stainless steel legs. The green of
the bar top matches the glass of the backsplash while it contrasts
with the dark granite countertops from Annapolis Marble &
Granite. Pendant lighting hangs over the eating area, enhancing the
room’s modern design.
A sink from Kallista with Grohe faucet sits amidst the stark
cabinets. A concrete floor that has been stained in a dark hue and
then waxed completes the contemporary design.
Wall space and space above the cabinets provide room to display
the clients’ folk art collection.