2014 Chrysalis Award for Best Kitchen $75,000 to $100,000 - Open Layout Historic Kitchen Remodel

Award Winners Before and After

2014 Chrysalis Award for Kitchens 75 to 100 main

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

PROJECT SUMMARY:

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 a bold black hood above a large white peninsula as a focal point. The black and white theme is repeated throughout the room, particularly in the concrete backsplash. Typical for an older home, this area was separated into three rooms with walls and doors. The kitchen is now open to the dining room and family room after the removal of two walls. Natural light and circulation now infuse the area with a bright sense of energy. The classic design blends hints of European charm with a modern sensibility and retains its sense of place in historic surroundings. The clients are thrilled with their new open space, which easily welcomes gatherings large and small into an area designed with bold elements and subtle details for a truly uncommon experience.

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2014 Chrysalis Award for Kitchens 75 to 100 main 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 Chrysalis Award for Kitchens 75 to 100 main After 1

Two walls were removed to create an expansive space encompassing the kitchen and dining areas. The room is now filled with natural light and the layout is ideal for entertaining.

2014 Chrysalis Award for Kitchens 75 to 100 main Before 2

While the original kitchen had some storage capacity, it was inefficiently planned. The kitchen felt cramped when preparing and cooking meals.

2014 Chrysalis Award for Kitchens 75 to 100 main After 2

White cabinetry throughout the new kitchen provides a plethora of organized storage options and conceals all the major appliances for a clean, uncluttered appearance.

2014 Chrysalis Award for Kitchens 75 to 100 main Before 3

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 Chrysalis Award for Kitchens 75 to 100 main After 3

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