Photos: Wentworth Studio
Author: Nigel F. Maynard
Source Date: September/October
Working on small kitchens and baths usually requires creative space planning, but large rooms need that kind of attention, too, says Bruce Wentworth, AIA, president of the Wentworth architecture firm. “Custom features and details are a smart way to make a home more personal and unique.”
Wentworth’s firm applied this credo to the remodel of a large brick townhouse in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood.
“This was a large kitchen, and the vertical dividers place on top of the corbels were an aesthetically pleasing way to break up the large space and integrate the wall cabinets with the coffered beam ceiling above,” Wentworth explains. But then members of the firm’s project team got a bright idea.
“Initially the vertical dividers were to be a void space.” Wentworth says. “During the installation of the cabinets, our lead carpenter and production manager thought it would be good to utilize the void space for the clients’ spice bottle collection. They fabricated the small door on site–from extra cabinet components–and even did some custom painting to match the cabinet’s paint finish.”