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House Review

Kitchen Design Inspiration and Ideas

The power of the hearth warms and connects rooms throughout the home  

By Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD, House Review Lead Designer August 27, 2018
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath's design for a kitchen in a 1911 coach house
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath transformed this 1911 coach house kitchen in Washington, D.C., into a rich, eclectic space. (Photo: courtesy Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath)
This article first appeared in the September 2018 issue of Pro Builder.

For most of us, the kitchen is considered the most important area in our home. Even for those who don’t spend a lot of time preparing and cooking food, the kitchen is still a key place for socializing, entertaining, and gathering.

While there’s recently been mention of the “open” kitchen falling out of favor, connecting the kitchen with dining and living areas continues to find enthusiastic acceptance, as does minimalist detail and natural wood or painted cabinet finishes.

Let’s face it, no matter where it’s located, the kitchen is like a magnet drawing family and friends to it. Ranging from a smaller, narrow-lot design to luxurious high-end custom homes, each of our design team’s projects acknowledges the fact that the kitchen is one of the home’s most crucial areas.


Artesian Estates Plans 1 & 2

ARCHITECT: Dahlin Group Architecture | Planning, marketing@dahlingroup.com, 925.251.7200

PLAN SIZE: Plan 1 — Width: 81 feet; Depth: 94 feet; Living area 4,502 sf

Plan 2 — Width: 94 feet; Depth: 93 feet; Living area: 6,060 sf


Situated on the periphery of a master planned community featuring scenic trails, Artesian Estates is part of a phased plan of oversize one- and two-story single-family homes for the luxury homebuyer that utilizes lot-specific plotting to offer a semi-custom product. (Photos: Eric Figge)

Plan 1 offers a one-story, open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen including a large island at its heart. The den, dining room, California room, and great room seamlessly flow around the kitchen.


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Plan 2 enjoys an additional story with a bonus room and two bedrooms, while the first floor lives like a single-story ranch estate with a chef-par kitchen at the center of an open floor plan with connected breakfast, California, and great rooms.

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ARCHITECT: TK Design & Associates, Todd Hallett, AIA, 248.446.1960

PLAN SIZE: Width: 66 feet, 4 inches; Depth: 82 feet; Living area: 3,352 sf


Photo: Brad Ziegler Photography
Photo: Brad Ziegler Photography


Generally, kitchens are becoming less formal and much simpler than in years past. Clean lines and open vistas dominate the modern kitchen, and delineation between rooms is often achieved through ceiling and flooring treatments. 


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(Faye photos: Brad Ziegler Photography)


Lottery House

DESIGNER: DTJ Designs, Seth Hart, shart@dtjdesign.com, 303.443.7533

PLAN SIZE: Width: 47 feet; Depth: 100 feet; Living area: 5,320 sf


Lottery House DTJ Designs
Photo: Merle Prosofsky Photography


This project was designed as a show home and grand prize in an annual lottery event for charity. As a show home, demonstrating luxurious living and contemporary design was a must. The multifunctional island serves as a gathering space for entertaining and a prep area for cooking, as well as an informal breakfast nook. The gray and white color scheme with the added rich accents of natural wood make this space feel sleek and modern but still comfortable and inviting. The range wall floats in front of a wine cellar, prep kitchen, walk-in pantry, and tech niche that all serve as a massive extension of the kitchen.


DTJ Designs Lottery House   DTJ Designs Lottery House


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(Lottery House photos: Merle Prosofsky Photography)


Peak I at 5390

DESIGNER: KGA Studio Architects, John Guilliams, jguilliams@kgarch.com, 303.442.5882

PLAN SIZE: Width: 21 feet; Depth: 48 feet; Living area: 2,354 sf


Peak I Series at 5390
Photo Courtesy: KGA Studio Architects


Galley kitchens are not what they used to be. The term “galley kitchen” often conjures visions of dark, cramped kitchens with limited counter space and barely enough room for one person to comfortably cook. Today’s galley kitchen is different. Driven by density and the need to create more affordable homes, lot sizes are becoming smaller and home footprints are shrinking accordingly. Efficiency is key in designing narrow product, and the reimagined galley kitchen is a perfect fit for narrow spaces.


Peak I Series at 5390 KGA Studio Architects

Peak I Series at 5390 KGA Studio Architects


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(Peak I at 5390 photos: courtesy KGA Studio Architects)


1911 Coach House

DESIGNER: Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Meghan Browne, info@gilmerkitchens.com, 301.657.2500

PLAN SIZE: Width: 15 feet, 7 inches; Depth: 23 feet; Living area: 1,400 sf


1911 Coach House Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath


This home in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood was originally built in 1911 as a coach house, and its eclectic past offers the perfect vehicle for displaying the homeowner’s antiques from all over the world. The paneled refrigerator and base cabinets were painted a custom red with black glaze and light distressing, inspired by the homeowner’s heirloom Chinese furniture. The warm-yellow painted glass backsplash was a custom choice based on the client’s travels to Morocco. The island counter is a deep blue, and the cabinets are a charcoal gray, drawing on the industrial aesthetic of the home. A custom waterfall countertop surrounds the repurposed antique Chinese cabinet that offers additional storage and was strategically placed at the end of the island to set the tone for the entire room immediately upon entering the space. 


1911 Coach House Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath    1911 Coach House Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath


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(1911 Coach House photos: courtesy Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath)

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