Darren’s Kitchen

Project: Darren’s Kitchen

Chevy Chase, MD, Kitchen Remodel - $76,000

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small u shaped kitchen

Darren loves to cook, but not in his Chevy Chase galley kitchen. Last updated in the ’80s, what little countertops the kitchen had were mauve.

We started updating this galley kitchen by opening the wall to the dining room and pushing it back. This new space allowed us to add base cabinets and countertops along the window wall. This gave the kitchen a new u-shaped footprint and added more workable counter space.

Rich wood cabinets have honed Merope Silestone countertops. We also added a white farm sink and a high arc faucet between pull-out trash bins and a quiet Bosch dishwasher. To complete the look, a french door bottom freezer refrigerator and gas range with double ovens was added. Finally, a sleek slide-in exhaust hood vents to outside but is virtually invisible when not in use.

For accent fun, we added a few spoon pulls to strategic doors and drawers, and our backsplash swirls with greens glass. The room is bathed in light from the new recessed ceiling lights to the undercabinet LEDs. When we opened the wall, the old window needed replacement so we kept adding energy efficiency to this kitchen with a new window.

But we didn’t stop there! In the dining room, we installed cabinets under the countertop for additional storage and added decorative feet for a furniture look. Darren’s mother is a sculptor, so we created a niche to displays her work.

Darren loves working so much more than he did in the old galley kitchen. And, with the added space, now Martha can do some of the cooking too.

We were very pleased with Merrick's craftsmanship and especially thrilled with Peggy Card's exceptional guidance and design. Merrick did everything they said they would do and any issues we had we were able to resolve them to our satisfaction. We had a very small kitchen and bathroom to remodel. They never treated us like a "small" job. In fact the workmanship was exceptional and had all the details you would find in a grand kitchen. In the end, our kitchen and bathroom remodel exceeded our expectations.

Even when vendors came back with unanticipated expenses, Merrick absorbed them and/or found ways to keep costs in line. Their selections and ability to order at a discount actually saved us money in ways we didn't anticipate.
You can't go wrong with Merrick!!
- Darren