N Street Village Kitchen Renovation

Alison Victoria takes a sledgehammer to the old countertop as employees from SCK Contractors look on. Photograph by Paul Kim.
A brand new workspace for the residents. Photograph by Paul Kim.
The new range. Previously the residents had been using microwaves and toaster ovens to prepare meals. Photograph by Paul Kim.
The contractors installed several new shelves under the counter for extra dry storage.
A before shot of the kitchen. “It looked like a commercial kitchen,” says Victoria. “We wanted it to feel like home.” Photograph by Paul Kim.
An after shot of the communal dining space. Serene colors were chosen to put the residents at ease. “The most important thing is to give these women a space to come to cook and eat and feel that camaraderie,” said Victoria. Photograph by Paul Kim.
The new fireplace and flat-screen TV. “[The kitchen] is the heart of the home,” says Victoria, and this adds to the feeling of warmth and fellowship. Photograph by Paul Kim.
A before shot of the dining space. Photograph by Paul Kim.
An after shot of the new granite countertop—“to make it feel more residential,” said Victoria. Photograph by Paul Kim.
A before shot of the space. Many of the appliances didn’t function, and there was no dry storage or range. Photograph by Paul Kim.
N Street Village residents enjoy their first meal in the new kitchen. Photograph by Paul Kim.

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