Modern Galley Kitchen

Our clients’ 1936 brick Colonial had been expanded in 1995 by the previous owner, but the rest of the home remained largely untouched. The original first floor layout was choppy and the spaces were disconnected, dated, and dysfunctional. We were entrusted to transform the house into our clients’ forever home – it had to be functional, but it also needed to reflect our clients’ eclectic style which leaned Scandinavian/Mid-modern with natural elements, moody colors and vintage nods thrown in. 

Expanding and updating the kitchen was our top priority – the new layout was designed to straddle the original house and the addition, creating work zones rather than the traditional work triangle. The modified galley layout more than doubled their countertop area and storage space. Extending the kitchen into the addition took full advantage of the vaulted ceilings and light-filled space. To improve flow and connectivity, we opened up a wall between the old kitchen and the front entry hall providing a straight path from front door to the new mudroom/drop zone and kitchen beyond. A door from the dining room into the kitchen was shifted to allow for a more generous kitchen.

The beautifully veined Calacatta Eiffel quartz counters and backsplash provide visual contrast with the black cabinetry and keep the space from feeling too heavy. A continuous ledge and floating shelves replace traditional uppers for a more open and modern feel. Stained wood is used throughout, from the bench top, to shelving, trim and custom millwork; it brings in a natural element and helps unite all of the spaces. A hood with a custom Venetian plaster finish is flanked by vintage inspired sconces and provides a stunning focal point in the room. A deep nook is home to a ‘bubble box’ that dispenses cold sparkling or still water on demand – the marble tile backsplash further differentiates this beverage zone. The brushed brass hardware stands out against the dark cabinets and adds a touch of warmth. With seating for three at the counter and the inclusion of a breakfast area banquette (with drawers), the home is ideal for family time and relaxed gatherings with friends.


Washington, DC

Project Size

Kitchen, Mudroom & Breakfast Area – 250 SF 

Year Completed