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2018 MBIA Kitchen Remodel And Addition Award


Harwood Residence – Kitchen Remodel

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Harwood Kitchen Renovation And Addition

Our clients purchased this property in 2016, drawn to the privacy that the almost 9-acre wooded lot provided.  Although the house had recently been renovated, our clients wanted to execute their vision of a home in the modern farmhouse style.

Beginning with just a kitchen re-design, our clients engaged the services of Brittany Meade with Kitchen Encounters in Annapolis.  After several meetings the scope of the project grew to convert the mudroom / laundry area into a formal pantry and update the adjacent bathroom that serves the pool area.  Once the conceptual plans were completed, we got involved. Our first task- to determine if the existing ceilings could be trayed or vaulted. 

The previous renovation included an increase in roof pitch to enhance the curb appeal of the original “L” shaped ranch home.  This characteristic was achieved by overbuilding the original low pitch roof with a new higher pitched roof.  Since there was no change to the original ceiling the previous contractor left the original roof in place, and simply built the second one op top of it. In order to achieve our client’s vision, we were challenged to physically remove the old roof from under the new roof without compromising the new roof’s structural integrity.  Once we had sufficiently removed enough of the old roof, we were able to restructure the new roof, stiffen the gable end wall and subframe the vaulted ceiling in the kitchen and the trayed ceiling in the new pantry.

Once the framing was completed, we were able to reorganize all the HVAC, electrical and plumbing to coordinate with the new renovations. We were also tasked with replacing all the interior door slabs, refinish the hardwood floors throughout the main level and paint.  In order to minimize effect on our clients (who were now living in the home) we organized all of these tasks to occur in the two weeks of their out of town vacation. This required coordination of the move out and replacement of their furniture, and protection of their home.  We were able to complete this scheduling and logistical feat and upon their return we cordoned off the kitchen to begin and complete its renovation.

The new kitchen is comprised of painted perimeter cabinets, with a soapstone counter top, a knotty alder island caped with a double thickness mitred edge piece of marble, and is outfitted with Wolf/ Sub Zero Appliances.  Other notable details are the multipurpose knotty alder floating shelves and faux wood beams that fit with the modern farmhouse style, but also serve to conceal wiring and lighting.  These wood details are highlighted by the contrasting whitewashed rustic pine tongue & groove ceiling. The same rustic pine was used as a shiplap on the walls as a backdrop to the finely finished cabinetry and decorative moldings. This juxtaposing of rustic and refined design details to create the modern farmhouse vibe was also employed in the pantry and bath as well.  Overall, we were able to execute the stylistic vison of the client on the property that checked off all their boxes, while minimizing the impact of the build process on the clients.