Award Winner – Residential Kitchen $60,000 - $100,000
Award Entry Description:
The customers wanted to update and enhance their outdated kitchen and
adjacent wet bar. The large kitchen was on one end of a large family room
but the 90” dropped ceiling and soffits made the room seem smaller.
Their existing “builder special” oak cabinets were showing wear
and tear and sandwiched the door to the adjoining dining area between the
oven and refrigerator. Fluorescent lights in a recessed well centered over
the kitchen floor meant a shadow was cast over every task performed on a
showing kitchen and bar areas.
The customer wanted to retain their refrigerator and cook top, but would
get a new hood over the range, and a new double oven. They also wanted to
add a wine cooler in the bar area.
The new design lifted the ceiling to 8’ and expanded the countertop
space, while adding better storage and lighting. The sense of spaciousness
was enhanced with cabinets on the far wall spaced 6” from the
ceiling. Moving the double oven to the other end of the kitchen and placing
a 27” wide countertop with a microwave shelf next to the refrigerator
removed the tunnel-like access from the adjoining dining area while
providing more counter space near the cook top. Shortening the peninsula
increased the aisle space near the pantry and refrigerator.
Energy efficient fluorescent indirect lighting was installed above the
lowered wall cabinets while 26 watt compact fluorescent down lights
positioned above the countertops provides the principal kitchen lighting.
Under-cabinet low voltage xenon lights added dual-function task &
accent lighting. Each lighting function is independently switched from both
kitchen entry points. Recessed halogen lights were positioned over the
breakfast area controlled by a dimmer switch.
The new cabinets are Nutmeg Cherry shaker style with crown mouldings. The
design features a pantry with roll-out shelves, corner susans,
a double trash can drawer, and a file drawer near the
The design anticipated a required ceiling soffit in one corner of the
kitchen to cover a drain line from the upstairs bathroom. However, the
width of the soffit was miscalculated in the initial cabinet design, so two
wall cabinets had to be reordered to conform to the actual soffit contour.
A granite countertop was installed as part of the remodel agreement and
tile flooring was installed by another contractor throughout the first
floor of the residence.
The result is a spacious custom kitchen with increased functionality and
storage and dramatic lighting choices. Most importantly, the customer is
delighted with the results and the reasonable time frame from the start to
a functional kitchen in six weeks
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