A kitchen for tall people

kitchen redesign, charlottesville, va

The owners of this Belmont bungalow are world travelers, great cooks and they’re very tall. They wanted a kitchen where they could recreate meals they’ve discovered while traveling to such destinations as Argentina, South Africa and the Far East. They’re a busy, creative couple who had grown tired of the cluttered and dark kitchen in their otherwise updated house. The design opened the kitchen up to an adjacent sunroom addition, allowing for built-in banquette seating with a view of both kitchen and the garden.

Keeping a sense of consistency with the house was important, however.  Painted wood cabinets provided new storage for contemporary needs, while maintaining the handcrafted warmth that appealed to them about the bungalow. Working with a custom cabinetmaker, we were able to accommodate not only the idiosyncratic dimensions of an older house, but also the ergonomic needs of a pair of chefs who are 6′-1″ and 6′-5″.

The owners loved the existing enameled double drain board vintage sink, so we incorporated it into the redesign with a custom installation similar to a farmhouse sink. This required close collaboration with master stone fabricators at Cogswell Stone who provided the soapstone and marble countertops and windowsill. We were delighted to be able to hand select the stone and specify the exact layout of its characteristic veins.

Custom cabinetry by C.Corter Kerr, LLC., Madison, VA
Soapstone and marble counters and installation by Cogswell Stone, Palmyra, VA

Recycled vintage double drainboard sink with new soapstone counters.