Part of a Craftsman-style makeover, this kitchen combines a wealth of natural materials with more contemporary accents

Modern kitchen sympathetic to American Arts and Crafts renovation, a hand-crafted feel and natural surfaces like quartzite, marble and walnut are features

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While a mix of materials is appropriate to the Craftsman style, this kitchen in a Craftsman house has a more contemporary appeal. With one owner an avid chef, the light-toned space features every modern cooking convenience.

It's a puzzle interior designers often have to solve how to continue a traditional theme into the kitchen while achieving the functionality and presence required by a busy modern chef. The answer is likely to lie in the details.

This kitchen by designer Nadia Subaran is part of a house remodel by architect Jim Rill. The project has transformed an unexceptional brick house into a roomy Craftsman-style cottage. There is also a new family room and kitchen in an extension at the rear, says Subaran.

"In keeping with the American Arts and Crafts feel, the walls and ceilings now have mouldings and panels a level of detailing that reflects the style's handcrafted aesthetic," says Subaran. "But because one owner is passionate about cooking the kitchen needed to have all the contemporary bells and whistles."

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This open-plan family room and kitchen are part of a whole-house remodel in the Craftsman style, by architect Jim Rill. The kitchen design is by designer Nadia Subaran. The family room features natural surfaces and has a soaring, barn-like ceiling.

To connect with adjacent rooms, the kitchen is lightly detailed, with an abundance of natural surfaces, continuing the layered, hand-worked appeal. There are three benchtop materials, two splashback treatments, and more than one cabinet finish, for example.

"The perimeter benchtop is in Taj Mahal quartzite, a hard-wearing surface with the look of marble. The butcher's block is in walnut and the island benchtop in a Silver Waves marble.

"Cabinetry on the island is also walnut, a wood the owners love, but this was too dark for the perimeter cabinets, which are in a pale oyster. This colour complements the darker wall tones in other rooms also typical of the style but at the same time is near to the white shade you might expect in a professional kitchen."

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This butlers pantry stands between the dining room and new kitchen in a remodel by architect Jim Rill

The space has other contemporary accents as well. For example, the island benchtop is separated from the dark wooden cabinetry by a stainless steel band. Stainless steel can also be seen on cabinets under the cooktop and on the penny-round tile backsplash. These elements, together with the ventilation hood, create a feature tower of stainless steel. The designer says the reflective surfaces bounce light through the room, which does not have its own windows.

The kitchen is equally well set up in terms of functionality. Disparate counter levels address the different heights of the owners, and every cooking convenience is close at hand.

The butler's pantry provides a buffer from the dining room, and features glass display cabinets and iridescent mosaic tiles.

Credit list

Jim Rill AIA, and Kay Kim, Rill Architects (Bethesda, MD)
Woodhaven Contractors
Pensi fan, Lilith chandelier and Hampton pendants by Hinckley, all from Lightolody in family room; rectangular shade pendant from Restoration Hardware in dining room
CKP Brand Premium Series; butler’s pantry, clear glass pulls in Katie Brown Collection, from CKP
Glass field tile in Cotton from the Naturals Collection by Architectural Ceramics; butler’s pantry, Specialty Mosaic White Riverstone Iridescent Oval; stainless steel penny round Metal Mosaic Tiles, Earthworks Series from Builder Depot
Grohe Ladylux Plus and Ladylux Pro
BlueStar Range
Kitchen designer
Nadia Subaran, Aidan Design
Paints and varnishes
Benjamin Moore Cabot Trail in kitchen and family room, Topeka Taupe in dining room
Kitchen cabinetry
Brookhaven by Wood-Mode, Sausalito full overlay door style in Dunes opaque paint on maple for perimeter; Vanguard Stainless Steel under range and Vanguard Plus in natural stain on walnut for island
Classic Taj Mahal quartzite on perimeter, Silver Waves marble from Classic Granite & Marble and end-grain walnut by Grothouse for island, from Grothouse Lumber
Kitchen sink
Blanco, stainless steel

Story by: Charles Moxham

30 Jun, 2015

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