Owing to the existing spatial parameters of this narrow, urban row house, the existing kitchen was thick and monolithic in appearance and had limited utility. It contained an endless series of wall cabinets, which further compressed the narrow space. The existing island was over-scaled and largely unusable due to a large cooktop that occupied most of it. Our solution incorporates sustainable practices to create a light, open kitchen.

We began by diminishing the amount of wall storage and re-proportioning the island. Seating was moved from the island’s side to the end, allowing its overall width to be reduced. We also swapped the locations of the sink and cooktop. The existing cabinetry was retained; it was refinished with low-VOC paint and modified with frosted glazing for the wall cabinets. Durable quartz countertops were installed along with a backsplash made of back-painted glass with recycled content. Additionally, energy-saving appliances and plumbing fixtures were installed.


  • Merit Award, 2008 AIA Cincinnati Design Awards
  • Merit Award, 2009 AIA Cincinnati CORA Awards


  • Cincinnati Magazine, December 2008
  • Kitchen & Bath Business, January/February 2012
Photography: Scott Hisey