Indian Head House

The clients’ goals for the Indian Head House renovation were twofold: bring the outside into their home; and add-on a spacious kitchen, with an oversized island, to allow room for their family and friends to congregate. The wife is a horticulturist, who has covered her landscape with many varieties of plants, native to Maryland’s eco-region. Her interest in having a view to her mature planting beds, while inside her home, was paramount to the project. The husband is an avid cook, who enjoys the company of his guests while creating his culinary delights.

The existing kitchen was small, outdated, and inefficient; the new addition provides a spacious kitchen with flexibility, functionality, and ample cabinet space.  The slanted-raised ceiling creates additional height, and works with the oversized windows to flood the room with light. The outdoors are brought into the room, via the framed views of flowers and foliage.

Kitchen Cooktop, ©Tom Holdsworth

Completing the color palette, is a back-splash of multi-colored green, 2” x 6” Heath Ceramic tiles, installed in a stacked layout. Before installation, a random color-pattern was designed. The tiles were placed on the floor, to ensure the desired effect … to mimic the colors of the exterior views, seen through the kitchen windows.

The three PH 5 pendants, by Louis Poulsen, are centered above the island workspace, adding to the kitchen’s clean lines and timeless design. The rich dark-cherry base cabinets make an elegant contrast to the white upper cabinets; the simple chrome door and drawer pulls add to the slight bend toward the modern aesthetic.

A small first-floor powder room was added. Even though it fits neatly into a fairly snug space, it is quite comfortable. The cove lighting gives off an inviting glow, and the slim-rectangular sink, hugging the stone accent-wall, stimulates interesting comments when entertaining.

The second-floor hall and master bathrooms, plus the master closet, located at the center of this circa 1956 house, proved a challenge to accommodate all of the requested amenities. But, after adding two feet to the rear of the house, there was ample space to include a large walk-in shower, double sinks, a separate toilet room, and plenty of floor to ceiling storage, in the new master bath.

Though the modern kitchen is the most popular space in the home, attention was also taken to bring a functional relationship to the existing dining room and adjacent sunroom.  The Indian Head House renovation exceeded the client’s expectations.