JEREMY KRISHNAN and Prasanna
Satpute-Krishnan relocated to the D.C. area
several years ago and were looking for a
house in a convenient, close-in location that
was also surrounded by nature. They chose
the Bethesda neighborhood of Carderock
Springs, which checked all the boxes, and
settled into a split-level house built in 1962.
The house was in original condition when
they bought it, “right down to the stove,” Jeremy says. The kitchen and main living areas
were small and too chopped up for this family with two growing children. “We wanted
to open it up and update it, but maintain
the modern style and midcentury spirit,”
Jeremy says. They enlisted Case Architects
& Remodelers in Bethesda to handle the
design and construction of a renovation that
entailed removing two walls, extending the
kitchen by 9 feet, and adding an attached
The kitchen is now exposed to the living
and dining rooms, and revolves around a
long island that measures 141-inches-by-40-
inches and is packed with functions. There
is seating for four, storage on both sides, a
wine cooler tucked into one end, and a full-
size range with an exhaust fan overhead.
The range has ample workspace, with a
full 24 inches of surface on its right side.
Sliding the range down to one end gave ;ex-ibility to the island, as the other end is open
for eating and serving. “When we do a range
like this, we put it away from where people
are hanging out,” says Case’s TJ Monahan,
who worked on the project.
The homeowners opted to break up the
long run of cabinets visually by using two different varieties from cabinetmaker Crystal
Cabinet Works: a carbonized bamboo and a
dark cherry with a sepia stain. The island's
snow-white quartz countertops set it apart
from the perimeter, which has gray countertops. The white quartz wraps one entire end
of the island for a waterfall effect.
The new space is now the epicenter of the
home’s main level and just what the Krishnans had in mind. It’s great for parties or a
quick bite, and the kids have even started
to help with food prep. “They love the island
and the low built-in microwave,” Jeremy says.
“Everything in here is easy for them.” ■