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Kitchen Collaboration

Kitchen Collaboration

Annapolis Home Magazine featured “A Kitchen for Every Style – Luxe Kitchen Re-Do” showcasing our collaboration with Kenwood Kitchens of a kitchen redesign and build in Baltimore’s Homeland neighborhood.

The collaboration of Glenn Donohue, Senior Designer at Kenwood Kitchens, and David Sutphen, founder of SouthFen Restoration Home Builders, produced a kitchen that elevates an older home in a well-established Baltimore neighborhood to a new (but undeniably tasteful) level.

A kitchen renovation is about so much more than choosing cabinets and a new backsplash. Construction was the first step to accommodate the new layout while working within the footprint of the home. A brick wall had to be removed to open up the kitchen into the dining room while keeping the load-bearing wall intact. The floor had to be leveled and uniformed a complicated process to suit the new layout which involved the kitchen and an office area that included a wall of wonderful new windows—perfect for working on a laptop on the Bolivian rosewood desk or zen moments taking in the view.

Donohue, of Kenwood, which also supplied the cabinets, tells us about the technical accoutrements used. A 48-inch Wolf dual fuel range, with its signature red knobs, is the cornerstone of the new appliances. The innovative gas cooktop and electric oven are a chef’s dream. Floating shelving above it guarantee easy access to the tools of the trade. A state-of-the-art ventilation system keeps odors down and surfaces clean. A microwave drawer is located below the island countertop to reduce visual clutter. The island is topped with double-thick marble.

A “15 year Dry Treat Sealer” was used, per the fabricator’s recommendation, rather than the standard sealer, because it is “honed marble” and guarantees a uniformed refined look. Kitchen countertops are in a dark green soapstone for a dramatic contrast. Illumination includes the out-of-the-ordinary square recessed lights.

A kitchen with custom details right down to the microwave drawer is created only by professionals obsessed with perfection. “We love working with contractors with similar goals like David Sutphen. It’s a win for all including homeowners looking for the best possible results” says Scott Waldhauser, an owner of Kenwood Kitchens.

Even the antique-styled wall mount faucet on the farm sink boasts a special side spray with hose for easy rinsing. This well-appointed kitchen manages to strike just the right balance between traditional and contemporary styles.

If you would like to know more about this project or the work that Southfen performs, please email me.