In those last day of any remodeling project, when the dust has settled, the last towel bar is installed and the mirrors are polished, the anticipation is at a fevered pitched. There is nothing as wonderful as seeing our homeowners’ faces when they see the finished project for the first time. It is with great pleasure that we hand them the keys and give them back their home. Such is the case of this award winning remodeling project.
Back in January RJK Construction, Inc., was honored to receive a NARI Metro DC Chapter 2012 CoTY Award for this remodeling project in the category Residential Addition $100,000 to $250,000. RJK designed and built this project, with the design support of Designs By SKill, and is so pleased to have won the Grand Award. We hope to share more accolades in the near future as the project is presented to the NARI National CoTY Awards.
This project had its own set of challenges. This was the kitchen view of the backyard from a single window. Even with white cabinets, appliances and flooring, the room was dark and felt small. In order to add much needed space to the rear of the home we had to remove over 19 feet of the rear exterior wall on the first level of this home, as well as an existing screen porch. We then enlarged the space by building out 8 1/2 feet into the backyard. This required a custom fabricated 19 1/2 foot steel I-beam for structural support. With the new support we were able to rearrange the kitchen and powder room layout, as well as improve the traffic flow.
This is the view now, not from just a single window, but from many new windows and doors. A large center window flanked on each side by more windows. We added another set of windows on the side and a gorgeous pair of french doors too. Behind the beam the ceiling soars upward and features great architectural interest in the ceiling but has another bank of decorative transom windows rising up to the peak.
Avid entertainers, our homeowners desperately wanted more room for family and friends. The previous kitchen was very cramped. They wanted their new kitchen to feel open, airy and bright. They wanted lots of room for cooking and a large island, with seating for at least 6 guest. Their love of entertaining extended to the great outdoors. The new double french doors have created greater flow from the kitchen to the backyard. From the kitchen you see the doors but from the backyard you see a mudroom, with a soft colored porcelain tiled floor and bi-folding doors concealing the washer and dryer. At the other end of the area, a single french door leads to a covered porch.
With a view like this, who wouldn’t want to do the dishes? A large stainless steel sink was mounted under the gorgeous Ceasarstone countertops. A high arch faucet is accompanied by a complimentary soap dispenser. There’s plenty of room to load the new stainless steel dishwasher.
And then there’s the cooking area. The kitchen is a dream, with wide open areas for lots of cooks to enjoy. A large gas cooktop sits before an incredible glass backsplash, soaring to the ceiling.
The stainless steel chimney and glass ventilation hood is the perfect compliment to the glass backsplash. Geometric glass mosaic tile is found on the backsplash, but in three different sizes and shapes because the homeowner wanted each space to have it’s own character.
Adjacent to the cooktop, double stainless steel ovens are inset into a magnificent area, with a stone landing zone for hot pans and lots of organized storage. A wood encased opening leads to the dining room and is bathed in light from inserted recessed lighting.
In the dining room we installed custom shadow-box molding and a lineal pendant light.
The dining room also opens into the foyer which received a new porcelain tiled that unified the foyer with the rest of the space.
On the other side of the opening to the dining room is another area for setting things that you are taking out or putting in the large pantry cabinet.
The cabinetry then circles around to a large multipurpose area with a second sink, upper cabinets with glass doors for display items and a wine rack. A large french door refrigerator with bottom freezer offers water and ice in the door.
Beneath the wine rack, our base cabinets house an additional beverage center. Two glass front doors in cabinetry are home to the client’s collected seasonal crystal. We also installed custom glass shelving with puck lighting above to enhance the homeowner’s collection. To ensure safety, the glass front cabinetry features tempered glass door inserts and tempered glass shelving.
The island has ample space for everyone and lots of storage. The granite is bold, shimmering with colors found in the Ceasarstone, as well as the glass tiles. Subtle pendants add ambient light without detracting from the view.
The small screen porch was removed to make way for the addition and in its place, this gorgeous patio with space for several lounging areas, two dining areas and a bar too.
After a long unsuccessful search for the original brick to the exterior of this 1960’s home, we
decided to search for a stone exterior that would complement the existing home. We settled on
Eldorado Stone’s, “Cliffstone Cambria”, which would be hand laid and mortared.
We also wrapped the cliffstone around the exterior column that holds up the covered patio off of the addition. For the landing on the exterior, we laid large slate pieces edged by a brick rowlock.
What a fabulous project. A house that screamed the sixties now sings of a new millennium. This home has been transformed into a work of art for this entertaining family.
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