A Sink with a View actually has a few views: the kitchen, the hallway that leads to it, and the park outside. This remodeled kitchen won the judges’ approval for its inviting layout and smart design. “Windows create a nice moment,” said the jury of floor to ceiling glass panes that look out on DC’s famed Rock Creek Park. The judges commended the smart design of the main kitchen island, topped with stainless steel. Curved on one side, it accomplishes a deft feat, drawing friends and family into the kitchen while steering them clear of the cook’s work area. It includes an integral sink that faces the room (rather than the wall), further encouraging interaction. Perpendicular to the main island is a smaller one that includes seating and a smaller sink. Tucked away beyond the secondary island is a desk that’s close enough to be within earshot of the action yet sufficiently tucked away to provide space and quiet for sending email, paying bills, or doing homework.

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