Designer Spotlight

Elle Hunter

Case Design Remodeling, Washington, DC

Questions and Answers

Tell us about yourself and your firm, your design style and/or passion/inspiration?
Case Design Remodeling is a large D.C. metro design/build firm specializing in residential remodeling. We do everything from very traditional to super contemporary residential remodels and love the opportunity to get creative with projects!
Where do you go to get new ideas and inspiration?
Houzz is a fantastic resource for ideas and trends. I also attend KBIS or other kitchen and bath expos as often as possible and keep an eye on the major design publications as well.
Describe the room/project and how it fulfilled your client’s plans for the space.
This narrow (13 feet!) late 1800’s Capitol Hill rowhouse was down to the studs when we first saw the space. The client was open to any design ideas we came up with. We relocated the refrigerator and sink, but left the range on the wall where the gas came in, to avoid having to relocate the gas line. We were thrilled when the client agreed to a strong color for the range and hood -- the teal really pops against the black and white cabinets and full height natural marble backsplash!
Did you run into any challenges with this specific project?
Venting the hood was a challenge for sure. We couldn’t vent it out the adjacent exterior wall as there was a window that was too close for code regulations. We ended up running the ducting between the joists, then underneath the joists to make a turn, and hid the duct in the refrigerator wall cabinetry. One of the glass cabinets shows how we tucked the duct up into the top of the cabinet run. We also had to pad out the wall at the sink for plumbing so we could use a wall mounted faucet.
Tell us about why you chose the Atlas Hardware for this kitchen design.
We wanted a classic look that would stand the test of time. We love the textural interest of the Zanzibar Black Leather Pulls and appreciated the large range of sizes. The Skinny Linea Pulls added a simple, yet graphic, element to the upper cabinetry.
Which design trends are you most excited about?
I’m loving the use of color in kitchens! We’re seeing lots of fun blues and greens in strong tones used on island cabinetry. Bright and colorful backsplash tile also seems to be having a moment. Transitional style is very popular in the D.C. metro-area, and the pulls from Atlas radiate a classic look with a modern twist.
What’s trending in D.C. design?
We’re doing lots of plumbed coffee stations and steam ovens here in D.C. We’re also seeing clients go towards more contemporary looks, including waterfall edges on islands, and melamine or laminated slab doors on cabinetry. Textural hardware is also creating a buzz.
What’s the best interior design lesson you have learned?
That the client comes first! This is their home and they’re the ones who will use it for years to come. I’m always happy to advise and offer my opinion, but at the end of the day, what the client wants is what the client will get!
Where should we link so readers can learn more about you and your work?
Please tag me (https://www.facebook.com/Ellearmfieldhunter) as well as Case Design (https://www.facebook.com/CaseDesignRemodeling/)