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It all started with their teenage daughter forgetting that she was heating cooking oil for french-fries.  Luckily the smoke detectors got her out of the house safely but the cramped, outdated galley kitchen didn’t fare as well.  These Fairfax Station homeowners saw the opportunity for finally getting their dream kitchen and turned to Kingston for design and construction.



Their dream list included expanded counter space, replacing formica with granite,  a kitchen island,  smoother traffic flow,  more lighting, a wine cellar, greater cabinet storage space, a larger window to the private back yard and room for a steam convection oven.

The solutions were not immediately obvious until the Kingston design team suggested removing an inconvenient stairwell in the back of the kitchen. This significantly expanded the existing footprint making room for a new nine foot island.   They also lengthened the floor area by moving the door to the garage into the laundry room.

The 87 square feet of 3 centimeter “Crema Bordeux”  granite was handpicked by the homeowners and amply met their need for more counter space.  The expanded footprint also comfortably accommodated their new Wolf convection steam oven and Marvel wine cellar.

The Yorktowne maple cabinetry with numerous pull-out trays wonderfully complemented the 18 x 18 Pueblo field tile and light walnut tumbled travertine backsplashes.

Kingston incorporated five lighting solutions:  an expanded picture window over the sink, ProLED HP Series 3 watt flexible LED 12V under cabinet cool white strip lighting,  two rows of dimmalble CR6 EcoSmart 6 in. 9.5 Watt CREE LED recessed lights, two dimmable pendant lights over the island and two Halogen task lights in the 600CFM Broan Range Hood.

The homeowners were ecstatic with the design and construction of their new kitchen and more than once liked to comment that it is so true that “behind every cloud there is a silver lining” but in their case the silver was granite and travertine.


Schmitt kitchen window


From start to finish the Kingston team was spectacular in every way.  They really understood what we were trying to do and not only really exceeded our expectations but were such a pleasure to deal with.”