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 condo near the beach is a weekend and summer getaway for a professional couple in their fifties. After owning their condo for more than 20 years, the couple decided it was the right time for a more modern kitchen that better reflected their personalities and lifestyles. 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. To accomplish the clients' desires, the design approach for this small space needed to be focused and innovative. Space planning was essential to the success of the layout. Appliances were selected at smaller scales than usual and cabinetry was kept as minimal and spare as possible. Creative storage methods keep the space sleek and contemporary.
The resulting kitchen design achieves a casual feeling in line with the condo's role as a getaway destination, while also communicating the homeowners' fresh, modern and uncomplicated point of view.
The original kitchen reflects the design style of previous decades. Cramped and dark, it was hard to use, even just occasionally.
The back wall was designed as one continuous expanse to lend visual unity to the space. The dual strips of glass tile with matte finish were patterned to resemble irregular cobblestone, inspired by one of the couple's favorite pieces of art. The cabinets are kept to a minimum since not much storage is needed for this weekend home.
The new island in the kitchen welcomes guests into a warm environment filled with color and energy. The island countertop is composed of a manmade material with tiny sparkles of glass, evocative of the tiny pebbles on a sandy shore. Once seated at the bar, a guest can chat with the cook, talk about the size of the day's waves, or watch the television mounted on the kitchen's wall.