|The Dacor drop-in cooktop in the island features a telescoping downdraft with a vent thorugh ductwork that was installed between floor joists. After photos by Severn Design|
KITCHEN UNDER $50,000
Remodeler and designer: Michael Nash Custom Kitchens, Fairfax, Va.
Adding storage, seating and cooking features in a kitchen as restricted as this townhouse in Alexandria, Va., was no simple task, says Sonny Nazemian, president of Michael Nash Custom Kitchens. But ultimately, the Fairfax, Va.-based remodeler worked design "magic," transforming this long, narrow space with a single window into a multifunctional work center that accommodates guests and has plenty of natural light.
Nazemian's clients, who entertain frequently, had decided their old kitchen woefully lacked storage and food prep options and looked outdated. "But they absolutely loved their home and its location, so they chose to remodel the space rather than to move," he says. "I've been in this business for 24 years and have redesigned countless kitchens. This, I think, was one of the most challenging projects that I've faced yet because of its space limitations."
The team began by recovering space from dead areas first, says Nazemian. Cabinets that provide more practical pull-out storage replaced an underused closet. A new wider island offers room for integrated appliances such as a drop-in gas cooktop and built-in microwave without sacrificing valuable counter or cabinet storage on the perimeter walls.
Finally, a sliding glass door was incorporated into an area that had previously been bare walls at the far end of the kitchen. In the same location, a custom-built table with a matching storage bench provides seating for six. Opposite this, an entertainment center holds family photos and conceals a television.
Nazemian addressed his client's desire for a more upscale ambiance by selecting high-end cherry cabinetry with glass doors and shelves; interior accent lighting; and built-in accessories complemented by dark granite counters and a tumbled marble backsplash.
The new design adds 73 percent more storage space to the kitchen as well as seating, says Nazemian. "The homeowners are thrilled with their new kitchen because it meets all of their needs. They also enjoy a better view of the outdoors and improved access to their backyard deck."