2014 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 3rd Place - Kitchens

Award Winners Before and After

2014 ASID award: 3rd Place - Kitchens

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  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 3rd Place 2014 Kitchens
  • 2014 Chrysalis Award for Best Kitchen $75,000 to $100,000


For a couple at retirement age who love to entertain their colleagues and family, the kitchen in their historical home was lacking in functionality and space. Over 90 years old, their home is in the Kensington District of San Diego, surrounded by other historic homes with a Spanish design influence. The couple wanted to significantly transform their kitchen while honoring the character of their home. The new design starts with the focal point of a Wolf range under a stunning custom built black stainless steel hood. The clients can now effortlessly prepare food and cook while interacting with guests. The black and white theme is repeated throughout the room, particularly in the concrete backsplash. The kitchen is now open to the dining room and family room after the removal of two walls. Natural light and circulation infuse the area with a bright sense of energy. New windows looking out on the historic neighborhood considerably brightened the sink area, framed by the bold accent of a black and white patterned backsplash. The clients are thrilled with their new open space, which easily welcomes gatherings large and small.

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2014 ASID Award 3rd Place - Kitchens Before 1

Like many homes built in the 1920s, the kitchen, dining room and family room were separated from each other by doors and walls, creating small, dark spaces.

2014 ASID Award 3rd Place - Kitchens After 1

Two walls were removed to create an expansive space encompassing the kitchen and dining areas. The existing oak wood floor in the dining area was meticulously duplicated and continued into the kitchen for visual continuity.

2014 ASID Award 3rd Place - Kitchens Before 2

The existing dining area was dark, small and separated from the kitchen. The layout was not ideal for people who love to cook and entertain frequently.

2014 ASID Award 3rd Place - Kitchens After 2

The kitchen and dining areas are now unified and open, allowing for easy conviviality while cooking and entertaining.

2014 ASID Award 3rd Place - Kitchens Before 3

The small window above the existing sink was in an outdated style and didn't offer much of a view.

2014 ASID Award 3rd Place - Kitchens After 3

The sink area is now a lively counterpoint to the peninsula and hood, echoing the black and white theme and presenting a vivid, memorable design statement. The concrete backsplash is perfectly flat with a fresco-like appearance and a hypnotic graphic pattern.