Originally designed by noted architect Ulrich Franzen, this home on the private Gibson Island in Md., featured one-of-a-kind architecture and interiors. Shawna Dillon, principal designer at Alexandria, Va.-based Snaidero DC Metro, was hired to restore the home while taking into account its surroundings.
The kitchen floor plan was improved significantly by expanding the space by two feet and adding an island.
One of the most standout features of the home was the extended ceiling; the interior and exterior walls are seven feet tall, and another three feet of glass leads up to the mahogany ceiling.
It was a challenge to maintain an 82-in. height on the cabinets, especially considering that the refrigerator was 84 inches tall. The design team brought the tops of the cabinets up in front of the glass frame, which gave them the extra two inches needed without blocking the glass.
A mix of white glossy laminate and walnut matte wood helps lighten up the room, which could be potentially dark with the mahogany ceiling.