Ikea, 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, 301-345-6552; Potomac Mills, 703-494-4532; ikea-usa.com. Known for reasonable prices, this Swedish chain is an especially good choice for small kitchens and younger homeowners. You’ll find cabinets, ranges, sinks, faucets, and accessories. Ikea can put you in contact with a professional and provide resources for do-it-yourselfers to install their own kitchens.
Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens, 12223 Nebel St., Rockville; 301-984-9484; jackrosen.com. This family-owned company does kitchens in traditional and contemporary styles. Also offers custom cabinetry.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, 6935 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-657-2500; jennifergilmerkitchens.com. Gilmer’s 11-year-old, award-winning firm designs high-end kitchens that are creative and current.
Kitchen & Bath Factory, 4624 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 703-522-7337; kbfactory.com. Owner/designer Bob Kay, in business 29 years, specializes in smaller kitchens and offers reasonable prices.
Kitchen and Bath Studios, 7001 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-657-1636; kitchenbathstudios.com. Specializes in high-end kitchens in a variety of styles including contemporary, early American, French, and Victorian.
Kitchen Guild, Northwest DC, 202-362-7111; Fairfax, 703-323-1660; McLean, 703-893-8900; Alexandria, 703-518-5006; kitchenguild.com. This 54-year-old company specializes in full renovations but will also do just cabinetry and counters.
Kitchen Planners, 12140-B Parklawn Dr., Rockville; 301-231-9068; kitchenplanners.com. Design and design/build services for kitchen or whole-house renovations and additions with ecofriendly materials.
Lobkovich Kitchen Designs, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Suite 150, Vienna; 703-847-0601; lobkovich.com. An architect-owned firm specializing in high-end custom cabinetry for kitchens around the country. Showroom open by appointment.
Pedini, 3340 Cady’s Alley, Georgetown; 202-640-1976; pedinidc.com. This Italian company, which designs and builds modern kitchens and baths, opened a showroom in Georgetown last year. It specializes in using environmentally friendly materials.
Portfolio Kitchens, Vienna, by appointment only; 703-242-0330; portfoliokitchens.com. Owner Lois Kennedy specializes in high-end kitchens in traditional and contemporary styles.
Reico Kitchen & Bath, 8123 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-6000; 7500-B Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-748-0700; 6790 Commercial Dr., Springfield, 703-914-4900; also Annapolis; reico.com. If you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer or working with a contractor, you can save money by using Reico’s stock cabinetry line. The large appliance selection includes Miele and Dacor lines.
Stuart Kitchens, 1359 Beverly Rd., McLean, 703-734-6102; 8203 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 240-223-0875; 10440 Furnace Rd., Lorton, 703-690-4045; also in Culpeper, Waldorf, and Pasadena; stuartkitchens.com. This company, in business more than 50 years, designs and installs high-end kitchens throughout the area.
Tunis Kitchen & Bath Showroom, 7032 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-5513; tuniskitchens.com. From full-kitchen renovations to custom cabinetry.
Voell Custom Kitchens, 4788 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 703-528-1776; voellcustomkitchens.com. This nearly 60-year-old firm is known for traditional styles and high-quality materials. It also designs contemporary kitchens.
Large AppliancesThese wholesalers and distributors can be a good choice for hard-to-find imports, and the large selection often means more competitive pricing.
ADU (Appliance Distributors Unlimited), 729 Erie Ave., Takoma Park, 301-608-2600; 14911 Bogle Dr., Chantilly, 703-263-2300; adu.com. Showrooms open by appointment; service to builders, designers, and consumers. Large selection of high-end brands such as Viking and Wolf.
Appliance Builders Wholesalers (ABW), 8834 Monard Dr., Silver Spring; 301-589-1445; abwappliances.com. High-end brands such as Miele, Dacor, Sub-Zero, and Wolf.
DAD’s Appliance (Discount Appliance Distributors), 12200 Distribution Pl., Beltsville; 301-937-0222; dadsappliance.com. DAD’s works mostly with builders and designers, but it also serves consumers directly and carries such brands as Viking, Bosch, and Miele.
Ferguson Enterprises, multiple area locations; ferguson.com. Designers recommend this national chain for appliances, fittings, fixtures, and sinks.
Counters, Floors, Tile, and Other Features
Architectural Ceramics, Bethesda, 301-718-8343; Rockville, 301-762-4140; Alexandria, 703-299-6200; Falls Church, 703-714-0161; architecturalceramics.net. A favorite of architects, designers, and homeowners; the large tile selection includes custom and hand-painted.
Arena Stone, 9020 Edgeworth Dr., Capitol Heights; 301-499-2100; arenastonemd.com. Large showroom with natural-stone selections including granite, limestone, onyx, and slate.
Arlandria Floors, 1800 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-548-4848; arlandriafloors.com. Large choice of flooring including laminates, bamboo, cork, rubber, wood, and tile.
Bartley Tile Concepts, 6931 Arlington Rd., Bethesda; 301-913-9113; bartleytile.com. Wide selection of high-end, customized stone plus hand-painted ceramic tiles, both imported and from its own line, the Donna Marie Collection.
Best Tile, 11601 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, 301-984-3386; 8196 Terminal Rd., Lorton, 703-550-2352; besttile.com. National importing chain that carries ceramic, glass, metal, mosaic, porcelain, and stone tile. Also offers tumbled and antique stone.
Bray & Scarff, 11 area locations; brayandscarff.homeappliances.com. This nearly 80-year-old local chain is known for reasonable prices, but customers have complained about service problems.
Classic Floor Designs, 2120 L St., NW; 202-872-9860; classicfloordesigns.info. This company has a 5,000-square-foot showroom with hardwood, vinyl, stone, rubber, and leather flooring.
Concrete Jungle, 4510-J Metropolitan Ct., Frederick; 301-874-1001; concretejungleonline.com. Fabrication and installation of custom concrete countertops, sinks, benches, and wall and floor tiles.
Design Tile, 8455-B Tyco Rd., Vienna; 703-734-8211; design-tile.com. This showroom’s wide selection of ceramic tile, stone, shell, glass, and metal is arranged by color and composition.
Design Within Reach, 4828 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda, 301-215-7200; 3307 Cady’s Alley, Georgetown, 202-339-9480; 1838 Columbia Rd., NW, 202-265-5640; dwr.com. Creative, modern furnishings for the entire house. For the kitchen, you’ll find contemporary counter and barstools as well as stainless-steel tables and worktops.
Firuze Tile, Kitchen, and Bath, 5650 General Washington Dr., Alexandria; 703-663-1190; graniser.com/firuze (Web site under construction). This manufacturing and distributing company recently opened a 22,000-square-foot showroom, and early reactions have been positive. Firuze, which makes its own Italian-style ceramic, porcelain, and marble tile, also specializes in custom Italian cabinetry and contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.
Floor Gallery, 12108 Wilkins Ave., Rockville; 301-770-3366; thefloorgallery.com. In business since 1919 and in Washington since 1969, this company specializes in custom vinyl tile; you’ll also find linoleum, cork, and hardwood.
Marble Systems, 2737 Dorr Ave., Fairfax; 703-204-1818; marblesystems.com. Natural stone including granite, slate, limestone, and marble in a variety of surface finishes such as polished, leather, and antique.