Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Today’s featured kitchen was designed by Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath and includes a custom Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top.
About the Designer: Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, founded Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in Chevy Chase, MD, in 1997 and has established itself as a leader in the greater mid-Atlantic region. Jennifer has designed more than a thousand kitchens during her 30 year career. She is the author of “The Kitchen Bible,” the essential guide for homeowners undertaking kitchen renovations. She is consistently recognized as one of the foremost authorities on kitchen design and her insights on design trends are frequently quoted in print and online.
A Tip from Jennifer: The previous kitchen layout was a cramped U-shape due to a load-bearing wall at one end. The layout was revised to take out that wall, which allowed for a large island as well as continuous traffic flow throughout the kitchen. Taking down the wall required a structural column, so we incorporated it into the corner of the island. The column was clad with Peruvian Walnut to match the island’s countertop. Instead of the column becoming an eye sore in the middle of the room, it became a unique architectural detail.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Premier Custom-Built Cabinetry in Chelsea Grey finish
Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs hardware in Brushed Satin Nickel
Countertops: R. Bratti Sea Pearl Quartzite countertop; Grothouse custom wood Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Top finished with Grothouse Original Oil™
Backsplash: Renaissance Tile in Hida Silk
Stove: Sub-Zero and Wolf range
Other Appliances: Miele speed oven, Miele 30″ refrigerator
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Photography by Bob Narod.
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