Sustainable Style

This kitchen by Jennifer Gilmer won an NKBA Award for Small Kitchen - Best of Class


When the time came to renovate a mid-century split-level in Bethesda, Maryland, Jennifer Gilmer was tasked with updating the cramped kitchen while ensuring that it reflect the rest of the home’s new sensibility: eco-friendly and contemporary.




 Gilmer’s design integrated the kitchen with the adjoining living and dining rooms, delineating it with a peninsula and an island.

Two-level counters of granite and renewable bamboo butcher block add interest and lots of natural light counteracts the dark-stained Purebond Plywood cabinetry and black countertops; a vibrant orange wall behind the cooktop provides a focal point. Appliances are all Energy Star-rated.

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