Earthly Delights

In many whole-house remodels, homeowners must choose between keeping what they love and getting what they need. We look for ways you won’t have to make that choice—as in this home, which kept its abundant garden and manageable footprint and gained major space and naturally beautiful materials in the master bedroom and bath, kitchen, sunroom, and more.

An empty-nester couple wanted to enjoy their garden year-round, rain or shine. But their sunroom was too small and out of the flow—and the space went unused much of the time. An addition would have disturbed beautiful and valuable mature plantings. The solution required a sensitive design that stuck to the home’s original footprint without sacrificing space.

A tether of reconfigured space with floor-to-ceiling glazing now pulls the design together, connecting the kitchen, sunroom, and rear foyer. A former window becomes a striking arched opening, opening up clear sight lines from the living room to the outdoors.

In the new, seamless design flow, large windows maximize garden views. The floor throughout the rear half of the home looks as warm as it feels—it’s heated large-format tile that simulates corten steel.

This couple’s favorite part of the house was actually outside: their garden, full of mature plantings. So the enlarged kitchen had to bring in the light and space, without disrupting the natural paradise cultivated outside its windows. Clunky, exposed soffits gave way to new flush steel I-beams for a smooth ceiling an abundance of lighting, from recessed to a pendant lamp. A pot-filler faucet to save you a trip. Frosted-glass on cabinets. Heated floors extended to kitchen. An eat-in table extending from the prep island. Add it all together in an open, flowing design, and it equals a relaxing space for working and entertaining.

Counters, storage and shelving—space hits the trifecta in this kitchen design, with deep drawers, broad swaths of island and counter Silestone, and a mix of open shelves and frosted-panel cabinets providing plenty of room. Material choices reflect the homeowners’ love of the outdoors. Smooth Silestone and volcanic rock match up for the counters and harmonize with beech cabinetry and stainless steel hardware.

The bath is just part of a larger suite, with well-placed cutouts and alcoves—homeowners also gained a new, spacious master closet and a more-ample bedroom. Comfort touches include heated floors, limestone vanities, glass accents and a serene, neutral palette.

An awkward entry from the kitchen into the guest powder room was sealed, and a new doorway was constructed, connecting the freshly built mudroom and providing more privacy. A custom-cut black granite countertop resembles naturally weathered stone, creating an organic feel cohesive with the space and home.

Earthly Delights

Featured in Home & Design, Garden Spot, May/June 2011 and Remodeling Today, Garden View Makeover, Fall/Winter 2010.

Awarded the 2011 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Baltimore-Washington, DC Chapter Award: Award of Distinction for Large Kitchen Category; 2010 Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award: Finalist for Whole House $200,000 to $500,000; 2010 Chrysalis Award: National Winner for Kitchen over $100,000; 2010 Kitchen & Bath Business Award: Honorable Mention for Kitchen.

Photography by Anice Hoachlander