With its hidden appliances and marble countertops, this kitchen flows seamlessly into the adjoining family room. Photograph by Anice Hoachlander
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Formal and Inviting
From the street, this house in McLean looks like an ordinary one-story rambler. But inside are some surprises.
Built into a steep hill overlooking the Potomac River, the home, which is actually four levels, offers good water views--especially from the downstairs kitchen.
The owners, who entertain frequently, asked Bowa Builders to create two kitchens: one for formal events and parties on the main level and one, shown here, for family dinners and informal gatherings with friends.
Patricia Tetro, principal at Bowa, says the homeowners wanted the space to be contemporary but still functional and warm. Walnut cabinetry with a horizontal grain was used to create long, clean lines. A row of stainless-steel cabinets and a stainless toe-kick along the bottom of the primary cooking island reinforce the design's parallel lines. The homeowners chose white Caesarstone for the countertops and backsplash. "They wanted something very monolithic," says Tetro.
A second island, which doubles as a kitchen table, helps foster a casual feel. The owners are able to cook and hang out with friends at the same time.
"The countertop and both islands have the same lines, same materials, and are the same height," says Tetro. "It pulls everything together."
The warm, neutral color palette is carried outside onto the adjoining deck, where French-limestone floors echo the white countertops and backsplash in the kitchen.
The project's architect, David Cooper of ACG Architects, says the kitchen's success lies in its simplicity: "It's classic and elegant."
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