Chevy Chase, MD, Kitchen Remodel - $57,000
Making It Work
Corie and Phil purchased their Chevy Chase home four years ago. The kitchen was not original to the house. A craftsman style kitchen would be nice, but the kitchen was okay. The cabinets were a medium-dark wood stain. The floors were wood-look laminate. The countertops were a dark granite, and the appliances were useable but dated. The L-shaped kitchen technically worked, although the room was a little on the darker side even with two windows. For added storage and countertop space, Corie added a rolling island. While it provided more workspace, it closed off the kitchen. It created a bottleneck from the backdoor, basement stairs, and dining room entrance. Her kitchen wasn’t perfect, but she could make it work.
After four years of using her kitchen, Corie had a long list of things that didn’t work. The cabinets were of poor quality, as was the laminate floor. The stove was electric, and Corie preferred cooking with gas. As for space, despite the rolling island, there just never seemed to be enough.
Time for a Change
We looked for ways to expand and brighten the space. The current layout had a blank wall because of a window. We had to lose a window to expand the work triangle, but it was a sacrifice worth making. We closed off the side window and relocated the cooking area to this wall. This took the kitchen from an L- to a U-shape. We kept the refrigerator and the sink in their original locations. Still, we flipped the dishwasher and moved the microwave off the counter. To get rid of the bottleneck, we took out the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. Removing the wall gave more straightforward access to the back and basement doors while creating an open concept for the entire area.
The Difference is in the Craftsman Style Details
Craftsman style kitchen cabinets in Maple Hazelnut Shaker brighten the space, as does the off-white Silestone quartz countertops. The refrigerator is now a gleaming stainless steel 36” French door with bottom freezer. We added an ultra-quiet stainless steel Bosch dishwasher and a multifunction microwave, too. When it came to a new stove, Corie wanted a stove to equal her cooking skills. A 30” stainless steel gas Wolf range was the only one that would do. We added a stainless steel and glass chimney hood with halogen lighting to balance the heaviness of the range and to let the backsplash tiles shine through. The backsplash of handmade subway tiles, in three shades of green to add that craftsman style, give the kitchen an organic, crisp look.
With the dividing wall gone, we took the dining room’s oak hardwood flooring into the kitchen. The transition is seamless, no threshold required. The continuous floor flows from the dining room into the kitchen, creating one big room, perfect for the usual kitchen gathering. Simple brushed satin knobs decorate cabinet doors and drawers, and two glass cabinet doors allow some of Corie’s collectibles to be displayed.
Corie donated her old kitchen to either a person in need or a charity organization. Corie got the kitchen she wanted, and others got the kitchen they needed.
Check out what Corie had to say about her experience remodeling with Merrick: