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Woodland Residence contemporary-kitchen

Woodland Residence

The renovation of the Woodland Residence centered around two basic ideas. The first was to open the house to light and views of the surrounding woods. The second, due to a limited budget, was to minimize the amount of new footprint while retaining as much of the existing structure as possible.

The existing house was in dire need of updating. It was a warren of small rooms with long hallways connecting them. This resulted in dark spaces that had little relationship to the exterior. Most of the non bearing walls were demolished in order to allow for a more open concept while dividing the house into clearly defined private and public areas. The new plan is organized around a soaring new cathedral space that cuts through the center of the house, containing the living and family room spaces. A new screened porch extends the family room through a large folding door - completely blurring the line between inside and outside. The other public functions (dining and kitchen) are located adjacently. A massive, off center pivoting door opens to a dramatic entry with views through a new open staircase to the trees beyond. The new floor plan allows for views to the exterior from virtually any position in the house, which reinforces the connection to the outside.

The open concept was continued into the kitchen where the decision was made to eliminate all wall cabinets. This allows for oversized windows, unusual in most kitchens, to wrap the corner dissolving the sense of containment. A large, double-loaded island, capped with a single slab of stone, provides the required storage. A bar and beverage center back up to the family room, allowing for graceful gathering around the kitchen. Windows fill as much wall space as possible; the effect is a comfortable, completely light-filled room that feels like it is nestled among the trees. It has proven to be the center of family activity and the heart of the residence.

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July 26, 2013
lglassman wrote:
Cabinetry and island - I would love to know the make and color of the cabinetry. I am also in northern Virginia. Also what are the dimensions of the island - how much is the seating area? Thank you !
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The cabinets in this home were custom built by Dovetail Millwork, Inc., based out of Rixeyville, Virginia. Dovetail's Master Craftsman, Matthew Spence, does amazing work and we would highly recommend him. The color of the cabinets is Ben Moore's Shenandoah Taupe. The island is 10'-9" x 4'-0" and the seating area is 2'-6" x 4'-0". Thanks for your interest!
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May 27, 2013
kschweig wrote:
what color is this granite, and is it honed?
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The stone is Charles Luck's Antico Sagebrush honed granite. Thanks for your interest!
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