Do you watch TV in the kitchen? Prepare food right from the garden? Maybe your children work on laptops at the counter and snack round-the-clock? Or does your 80-pound black Lab routinely beeline from the muddy backyard to a sunny spot on the kitchen floor?
Just how a family interacts with its kitchen space day to day guides professional designers when they decide such needs as the durability of materials, seating requirements, storage space, traffic patterns, and appliance models. “You should look at how you live in the space and develop a plan based on that,” advises Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, an interior designer based in Alexandria, Virginia. “Too many people get so caught up in trying to plan for the way they use the kitchen only 5 percent of the time that they lose sight of the other 95 percent.”
Cavin-Winfrey created an efficient but elegant kitchen and dining area for Steve and Carol Goldman that is based on the couple’s daily routines and the limited space of their rowhouse. The late-19th-century D.C. residence had no formal dining room, so the dining area had to serve both company and daily needs. The house also lacked an informal sitting area near the kitchen, and Carol wanted a place to hang out and watch TV, read, and work on her laptop. “We had to make all of that work in a small space,” notes the designer.
Tip #1: Two tall Wood-Mode pantry cabinets opposite one another hold tons of kitchen supplies. Plus, the unit that is diagonal from the corner banquette houses a TV mounted on an adjustable, retractable arm.
Photography: Gordon Beall
Produced by: Eileen A. Deymier
Architect: Michael Rouse, Hamilton Snowber Architects, 2741 Woodley Pl., Washington, DC 20008; 202/332-5416, hamiltonsnowber.com.
Interior designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, SCW Interiors, 228 S. Washington St., Suite B-20, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703/549-2449, scwinteriors.com.
Kitchen designer: Nadia N. Subaran, Aidan Design, 4701 Sangamore Rd., Suite L-3, Bethesda, MD 20816; 301/320-8735, aidandesign.com.