Clean Lines and Sunlight
Natural light is a central feature of this Vienna kitchen designed by architect Randall Mars of McLean. The south-facing window over the sink, which goes all the way down to the counter, brings in “wonderful morning dappled light,” says Mars. More light streams into the kitchen over the low wall dividing it from the living room.
On either side of the wall, the flues are for the Dacor range and living-room fireplace. Mars got the QuakerMaid cabinets from Harvey’s Kitchens & Baths in Sterling because the firm offers both the stainless-steel veneer, which he used for the island, and the maple, used in the rest of the kitchen. The heated floors are also maple.
The countertops are honed “absolute black” granite. The material shows fingerprints and other marks, but the owners don’t mind. “They keep it clean,” Mars says, “but they don’t obsess over keeping it immaculate. It’s just a sign that it’s being used.”