BECAUSE OF THEIR (USUALLY) diminutive size and their single-loaded views, condos are challenging spaces to renovate and brighten, especially the kitchen area. Fortunately for architect William L. Feeney, this condo in a 1950s building had features he could work with.

Specifically, the unit had windows on the north, south, and east, meaning it had potential for the architect to introduce more natural light to the interior. To this end, Feeney opened up the compartmentalized kitchen to adjacent spaces and windows. In doing so, he transformed some of the kitchen's functional features, such as the sleek, tube-shaped range hood and the overhead light box, into architectural elements.

“We tried to promote light in the kitchen,” Feeney says. Highly reflective surfaces such as stainless steel countertops, backsplash, and appliances, help to achieve this goal, while full overlay wood cabinets add warmth.

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Entrant/Architect/Interior designer/Kitchen and bath designer: William L. Feeney, Washington; Builder: J.S. Construction, Rockville, Md.