228 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
MARY DEOREO AND HER husband,
Marc Lackritz, have lived in their home in
Bethesda’s Sumner neighborhood since
1983, and they don’t have any plans to
move. “It was a traditional four-bedroom
W.C. & A.N. Miller house, and we did a
major renovation in 1990, doubling the
size with additions and bump-outs,” says
DeOreo, who had three small children at
the time. It included a new kitchen, a few
steps up from the family room, with a large
island and a built-in banquette. “We loved
it, and it served our family well,” she says.
But 25 years and six grandchildren later it
had seen a lot of wear and tear.
The retired couple considered
downsizing to an apartment, but decided
to stay and remodel the space. They
didn’t have to expand the 225-square-
foot room, they just needed to update
the appearance and tweak the plan to
be more workable for two people. “We
don’t have to do everything in the kitchen.
Now we use the dining room to eat with
guests,” DeOreo says.
She turned to Case Design/Remodeling
in Bethesda and director of project
development Samantha Klickna, whose
team retained the layout but improved
the flow by reducing the size of the island
and replacing the banquette with a small
table. Relocating the wall oven under the
counter added 30 inches of counter space.
“We didn’t lose any storage and we made
everything fit in better,” Klickna says. The
island is still ample, at 3 feet by 6½ feet,
but notching it out for two counter stools
makes it look and feel lighter.
DeOreo chose bright white for the upper
cabinets and an earthy mushroom color
for the base cabinets and island. “This
color really spoke to me,” she says. “It’s
the warmer side of gray,” Klickna adds. A
marble and glass backsplash incorporates
both colors to create an eye-catching focal
point. The color combination is repeated
in the truffle color Silgranit sink that
punctuates the white quartz countertop.
“Instead of moving, we are taking each
room and bringing it up to date to feel
like new,” says DeOreo, who is currently
working with Case to renovate a first-floor
powder room. “We hope we can stay here
for 10 more years.”