Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: Terry and Christina Murphy and their three children
Location: McLean, Virginia
Size: 466 square feet (43 square meters) plus a pantry
Designer-builder: Dean Turner of Evolution Design + Build
Architect: James Finn
Before: The 1980s center-hall Colonial had closed-off rooms with a boxy feel. The right side of the kitchen, above, served as a hallway leading to the mudroom and garage.
The Murphys wanted to open things up and have a kitchen that could serve as the hub of their busy home. “I’m from a big family and we have a lot of big family gatherings,” Terry says. “No matter the layout of the house we’re in, we all wind up gathering in the kitchen. We wanted an extra large island to put out large spreads of food and to gather around.”
Evolution Design + Build owner Dean Turner listened carefully to what the family wanted from its new kitchen. Then he brought in architect James Finn to collaborate on the redesign and a breakfast room addition. The renovations also included remodeling the mudroom-laundry room to incorporate a high-functioning landing zone, a new pantry and a workstation.
Expanding the mudroom took over the area of the kitchen from the window to the range, pushing the new kitchen into the eat-in area.