The New Wentworth Studio Blog

We are pleased to announce that Wentworth Studio is now blogging here on our newly designed website. Visit the Wentworth Studio blog to read about Wentworth Studio news, awards announcements, and recent projects. We also invite you to take a look around our redesigned portfolio gallery, where you can view examples of recent Washington, DC area home remodeling projects.


Vote for Wentworth, Inc. in the d5R's Kitchens: Transformed Contest!

Chevy Chase, MD Kitchen Transformation
The d5R recently featured our 2010 NARI Metro DC Chapter CotY award-winning kitchen in their Kitchens: Transformed contest. Voting is now open and only requires a few seconds of your time. Check out the project here and see why one commenter said it's "truly an example of out of the box thinking". Voting is open until 5 
PM Monday, March 7. Thanks! 


A Wentworth, Inc. Kitchen Remodel in Today's Daily 5 Remodel!

Here at Wentworth, Inc. we were excited to see one of our recent kitchen remodel projects featured in today's Daily5 Remodel! This Chevy Chase, MD kitchen remodel is also a 2010 National Association of the Remodeling Industry Metro DC Chapter CotY winner. Check out the great feature here.


Wentworth, Inc. in the News: A Small-Scale Estate in McLean, VA

December 2010, Viva Tysons
Wentworth, Inc. transformed a 3-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath brick rambler in Mclean, VA into a stunning neo-craftsman style contemporary with outbuildings. The owners, who, according to Bruce Wentworth, AIA, "were looking for a wholesale makeover of the entire property - one with clearly differentiated architecture," got exactly what they desired - and then some. Their property is now a small-scale estate that is evidence of the importance of a good marriage between form and function. For more on this project, check out John Byrd's story, "Neo-Craftsman Style Architecture Transforms McLean Rambler Into Distinctive, Small-Scale Estate," in the December 2010 issue of Viva Tysons.

Before and After: A Dramatic Transformation


Wentworth, Inc. Wins Two 2010 NARI Capital CotY Awards!

On January 29th at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia, the National Assocation of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Metro DC Chapter awarded Wentworth, Inc. two awards: the 2010 Capital CotY Grand Prize in Residential Exteriors and the 2010 Capital CotY Finalist Prize in Residential Interiors.

Wentworth, Inc.'s Steven Barnard,
Accepts the Capital CotY Grand Prize Award
Wentworth, Inc.'s President, Bruce Wentworth, AIA, and Production Manager, Steven Barnard, were in attendance to accept the awards. "The Capital CotY Awards are the highest honor in the remodeling industry," said Bruce Wentworth. "Wentworth, Inc. is thrilled to be among the winners of the 2010 Capital CotY Awards."

The 2010 Capital CotY Grand Prize in Residential Exteriors went to a spectacular remodel of a 1960s home in Silver Spring, MD. The finished project is a stunning transformation of the home's front facade, resulting in a home that is sophisticated and modern.

2010 Captial CotY Grand Prize Winner, Residential Exteriors

The 2010 Capital CotY Finalist Prize in the high competitive Residential Interiors Category was awarded to Wentworth, Inc. for a dramatic reconfiguration of interior space. A 1980s Chevy Chase, MD home featuring an outdated and compartmentalized floor plan was given new life in this remodel of a kitchen, adjoining breakfast space, family room, and laundry room.

2010 Capital CotY Finalist, Residential Interiors
Award-winners spanned over 30 categories ranging from "Best Green Home Construction to Best Bathrooms under $30,000." Eighteen Maryland companies took home 30 CotY awards, and Wentworth, Inc. is honored to be included in a group as talented as the firms belonging to the NARI Metro DC Chapter.

For more information about the winning projects or to discuss a future home remodeling project, contact us via email at bwentworth@wentworthstudio.com or via phone 240-395-0705 Ext. 100. For more information on NARI and NARI members, please visit http://www.narimetrodc.org/.

About NARI Metro DC: This Metro DC Chapter of the National Assocation of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is comprised of 500 remodeling companies. Membership in this organization ensures that member companies adhere to a strict code of ethics and professionalism. Membership is comprised of full-service contractors, design-build firms, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, subcontractors, and other profressionals who work in the remodeling industry.


Doing More with Less: A Townhouse Kitchen Remodel

Space Sacrificed:
An Unused Porch Before
 A tiny and dark galley kitchen in an urban townhouse usually equals a variety of daily frustrations: cramped cooking space, difficulty entertaining guests while slicing and dicing, and the cliched, yet extremely common too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen issue, among many others. Often the only solution is a smart and carefully executed remodel. That's where Wentworth came in.

Space Gained: Sunny
Kitchen Addition After
When a couple downsized from a suburban home to a 1920s historic townhouse, the tiny kitchen had to fit their lifestyle. Working within the confines of a small space has its limitations, but our clients were willing to sacrifice their back porch for additional kitchen space. This sacrifice paid off: a sunny breakfast nook with a view of the garden now sits where the porch used to be. The space is cozy, warm (thanks in large part to the kitchen's energy-efficient radiant heated floors) and sure to be enjoyed year round.

Let the Sun Shine:
The Finished Kitchen

Innovative design features maximize space elsewhere in the kitchen - from cabinets with roll-out shelving to turning unused space under a stair into a pantry. These features and the resulting open-plan kitchen fit the client's informal lifestyle, proving that you never have to sacrifice style for function or space. For more on this project, visit the Hill Rag's January Home & Gardens Feature, Making the Most of Townhouse Kitchen.


The Stroke of a Feather: How Inspiration Meets Design for Wentworth’s Interior Designer Christopher Patrick, ASID

Christopher Patrick, ASID
Wentworth, Inc.’s interior designer, Christopher Patrick, ASID, knew from an early age he’d be painting clients’ rooms in bright and bold colors with successful results. At the age of 10, when most parents are fretting about dirty handprints on walls and muddy footprints on freshly cleaned rugs, his parents already trusted him to paint his bedroom. It wasn’t long before he’d moved onto bigger, more important rooms.
Fortunately for Wentworth, Inc.'s clients, Christopher is involved in more than just paint choices. Because Wentworth, Inc. is uniquely able to offer architecture, interiors, and construction under one roof, Christopher’s aesthetic as a designer, which he defines as clean and streamlined, informs all aspects of a client’s home remodel.

The Stroke of a Feather
Christopher says his design sense, a mix of the old and new, is often inspired by nature. A recent remodel of a client’s study/home office was transformed with the stroke of a peacock feather. Actually, says Christopher, the peacock feather was more of an inspiration, a way to convince a client who wasn’t afraid of color to paint her new study/home office bright teal and an adjacent bedroom pale olive. “This certainly wasn’t your traditional color pairing, but I convinced her through a series of images showing how pale green and teal make an excellent, albeit nontraditional, color combination.”
Christopher has a knack for working with Wentworth clients to make sure their vision is carried out, while simultaneously guiding them through the many nitty-gritty product and finish choices that come with a remodel. Even though clients often come to Christopher with an idea – pictures, samples, advertisements – of what they’d like their room to look like, Christopher works with them to find their way through a world of endless options.
Looking a Little Green
As an interior designer, it’s Christopher’s job to keep abreast of the trends, from the newest in green innovations to the hottest paint colors. A recent kitchen remodel offered just the opportunity to utilize the latest green building products, and Christopher was more than happy to help the client navigate through the growing pool of eco-friendly building products. When the client decided on an Oceanside Glass backsplash comprised of a combination of pre-consumer, post-industrial, and post-consumer recycled material, Christopher suggested they also consider using Icestone for their island countertop. Made of recycled glass and concrete, Icestone is as beautiful as it is eco-friendly. Although the client was originally concerned with the durability and cost of a green product, Christopher knew it was the right choice. And it was. The client was thrilled with the finished look.
And that, Christopher says, is what it’s all about at Wentworth: “A client will usually tell you what they want, the givens - bed in the bedroom and table in the dining room - but how we style it and bring it all together, it’s a collaboration between us and the client. We take a vision and make it happen.”