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Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 | 5 comments

Mark and Sally’s Upscale Dine-In Rowhouse Kitchen

Mark and Sally’s Upscale Dine-In Rowhouse Kitchen

We’ve seen quite a few rowhouse kitchen remodels since we launched DIY Del Ray two years ago, but nothing quite like this. When I walked into Mark and Sally’s rowhouse and saw the kitchen from the living room, my jaw dropped. It’s that cool.


Through the archway, the previous owners of Mark and Sally’s home turned the dining area and kitchen (two separate rooms originally, as is typical in these rowhouses) into one open kitchen and dining room.

This is a before shot from one of the neighbor’s rowhouses that shows the layout of the original home – and lets you see what’s possible with some imagination and know-how.


The dine-in kitchen was the feature that Mark says “sealed the deal” when he and Sally were looking at homes to buy. The only change they made was to change the paint color on the walls from a tinted to a neutral color.


The design succeeds in many ways, but the most striking is how well it maximizes the space. By spreading out the appliances, with the refrigerator on the far left, the sink and dishwasher against the middle wall, and the stove along the far right, there’s lots of room to move around. To deal with the ducts that, in these homes, are situated in the wall between the rooms, the contractor managed to nestle an existing air vent into the cabinet between the door and the window, so as not to impact the HVAC system.



They also have more than adequate storage space. The banquette seating is fitted with drawers underneath.



And the cabinets reach all the way up to the ceiling (incidentally, another way to give the effect of a bigger room).


The built-in banquette, by the way, is not only handsome but a perfect choice for this layout. They can squeeze more people around the table than the six in chairs that would probably fit around a traditional table. Plus, the entire piece sits snugly against the wall, allowing again more space to move around. They can bring out more seating when needed but then store them away.


I could imagine sprawling out on the bench under the bright back window and reading a book or knitting the afternoon away.


Sally’s Mom added her crafty touch to the kitchen by making this beautiful quilted runner and terrarium.



I love the color choices in Mark and Sally’s kitchen too. The rich fall colors in the cabinetry, the backsplash, and floor tiles add warmth, but the white tile on the countertops keeps the room from becoming too dark.



In all, a job well done.


We’ve been invited back to see the work Mark and Sally have done in their home since they moved in. Hint: Their back patio decor is innovative and stylish, and the rest of their interior design house is as well. Can’t wait to take you on the full home tour.

If you would like to share a kitchen remodel that you did yourself or inherited from a previous owner, we’d love to hear from you.


  1. Honestly, I think this is one of the best townhome kitchen remodels I’ve seen in Del Ray. This ubiquitous floorplan can be tough to redesign but everything about their now-combined kitchen and dining room is smart, smart, smart. Well done!

  2. The previous owners had exquisite taste!

    • Agreed. And creativity, musical skills, the list goes on…

  3. can you share who they used to do the work?

    • The work was done by a previous owner so we don’t have the name of the contractor. Sorry!

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