Award Winning Home Design
Award Winners Before and After
This project has won the following awards:
- 2011 Master Design Gold Award for Kitchens $40,000-$100,000
- 2011 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 3rd Place (Kitchen)
- 2011 Regional Chrysalis Award for Kitchens $50,000-$75,000
- 2011 CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award for Residential Kitchens $40,000-$80,000
This beach condo is a weekend getaway for a couple who desired a more modern, appealing kitchen to enhance the relaxed lifestyle they enjoy while on retreat from everyday life. The husband, an avid body surfer, wanted to make some changes to the kitchen design to better accommodate his arrival home from the beach in full wetsuit attire. The design of the new kitchen conveys a playful personality with limited space and a definitive lack of fuss. Various design details, such as the backsplash tile, the cabinetry, and the track lighting, are based on horizontal lines, achieving a sense of balance and unity. With square footage at a minimum and clients focused on living with a minimal aesthetic, innovative space planning was essential to the layout's success. The design conveys a modern California mood, in affinity with the condo's role as a getaway destination. The homeowners' fresh, uncomplicated lifestyle finds vibrant expression in their new kitchen.
The original kitchen reflects the design style of previous decades. Cramped and dark, it was hard to use, even just occasionally.
The inspiration for the room's lively color palette was found in a painting by one of the clients' favorite artists, who specializes in works that interpret the colorful beauty found by the ocean. Celebrating the natural radiance of sea and sky, orange and blue are the ideal choices for this beach-side home.
To accomplish the kitchen's clutter-free visual appeal, careful strategy was applied to the planning of countertops and storage. The cabinetry is made from a mahogany veneer with vertical graining and slat doors. Milky glass windows in the doors up top add luster, while puck lights placed underneath subtly and functionally illuminate the space.