2023 Master Design Awards: Kitchen $75,000-$150,000 — BRONZE

by Emily Blackburn

MPR Architecture

Washington, DC

Location: Washington, DC | Project Cost: $475,000
Square Footage before: 3,082

The owner of a DC rowhouse desired an updated kitchen that would blend its historical charm with modern luxury. The project’s minimalist design program focused on sleek matte black lacquer cabinetry with innovative LED-illuminated bronze channels replacing traditional handles. The hard-working island houses a galley workstation, dishwasher, trash pullouts, and more storage. A custom under-stair wine room was also added.

The team ran into some challenges, including creating a useful entry hall to provide better circulation to the powder room and kitchen, and fitting the island design to the home’s historic character. They decided to include a deep paneled opening between the newly renovated entry and shorten dining room, create a hallway back to the renovated kitchen and powder room, and create ample use of custom cabinetry to maximize storage, functionality, and aesthetics.

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