Best Kitchen Design

Builder/Remodeler
Private Residence
$500,001 – $750,000

The homeowner sought a more open, modern kitchen with increased storage, better lighting and more working space. The remodel eliminated the divisions between the existing kitchen and the adjacent great room, while incorporating numerous features chosen to bring more light and greater livability into the space. A larger island with ample seating, food preparation space and a built-in sink increased functionality for cooks and diners alike. This functionality was enhanced with strategically selected appliances such as a base cabinet drawer microwave, a custom vent hood, a Sub-Zero built-in tall wine storage cabinet, a Sub-Zero built-in fridge and freezer tower, an induction cooktop and built-in oven, and a double-drawer dishwasher concealed with cabinet panels mounted on the face. Handmade solid maple inset cabinetry, much of which was constructed on site, as well as white shaker inset cabinets by Southern Stone and Conestoga Wood provide ample storage while brightening and modernizing the space. Recessed LED lights, LED under-cabinet strip lighting and lighted display cabinets further brighten the room while providing targeted illumination for kitchen tasks. Specialty storage features were added to address the homeowner’s expressed needs; numerous Rev-a-Shelf accessories, including a pull-out spice rack and roll-out trays, were built into the cabinetry to enable easy organization that naturally melds with the look of the room. Innovative materials were intentionally incorporated throughout the design to enhance both beauty and functionality. The Top Zero stainless steel sink with a touch faucet, without a recessed edge, creates a clean look against the surface of the island, while the Cambria Annicca™ quartz countertops and backsplash provide contemporary style along with the convenience of an easy-care natural material. Under-cabinet GFI outlet strips are readily accessible without disturbing the look of the backsplash. The renovation was capped with a custom-designed 10-foot cloud ceiling, adding architectural interest and complementing the newly modernized space.