Azi Hendi and her husband, Ali, knew what they wanted in a
house: a California-style ranch with clean, modern lines and lots of
light. Though the one they settled on—in DC’s Forest Hills—needed an
overhaul, they could see its potential.
“The kitchen was our priority,” she says. “We live in the
kitchen.” The first order of business was to take down the wall separating
the kitchen from the dining area and to merge the two spaces.
“There wasn’t enough space in the work area, and perhaps too
much devoted to dining,” says Sean Ganey, the project leader for the
remodeling firm Bowa who oversaw the renovation.
Azi Hendi loved the long, narrow window that ran the length of
the kitchen’s exterior wall. Says Ganey: “These days, clients really want
to bring the outdoors in. By not treating the window like an element
itself but building it into the flow of the cabinets, we were able to
Jerry Weed of Bethesda’s Kitchen and Bath Studios created
custom rift-cut oak cabinets with minimal hardware and clean, flat panels.
In keeping with the streamlined feel, the dishwasher and microwave were
hidden behind cabinets, and the stainless-steel hood’s blower was mounted
externally to save space and reduce noise. “It was hard to find a hood
that wouldn’t overtake the kitchen,” says Hendi. “Moving the blower
outside allowed us to go with a smaller model.”
Beneath the hood is a two-level island consisting of a wooden
dining table and quartzite work space. The stove is hidden behind the
higher part of the island.
“My husband always tells me I focus too much on beauty over
function,” says Hendi. “I think I got both with this kitchen.”
This article appears in the October 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.