2014 National CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award for Residential Kitchens $40,000 - $80,000

Award Winners Before and After

2014 CotY Award for Residential Kitchens 40-80K

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  • 2014 National CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award for Best Residential Kitchen $40,000 to $80,000
  • 2014 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award for Best Residential Kitchen $40,000 to $80,000

PROJECT SUMMARY:

For a client with an enthusiastic appreciation of retro design, this sunny ode to kitchens of the past is a cheerful and comforting retreat for today. The client wanted a kitchen that creatively expressed her fun, unconventional taste while providing all the modern conveniences of a contemporary home. Space was borrowed from an existing office to provide more open area and easier navigation in the kitchen. Bright, optimistic yellow sets the tone in the room, with retro-inspired appliances in buttery yellow chosen as key elements of the design. A generous apron-front farm sink gleams with clean white enameled cast iron and is outfitted with a rare retro faucet with spray and scrub brush attachments. Black trim against the yellow ceramic tile countertops defines the kitchen's lines. Simple maple cabinetry painted white with black ceramic knobs provides a modern level of storage. Playful positioning of contrasting tiles on the floor presents a modern, quirky interpretation of the traditional checkerboard pattern in this classic kitchen with an original point of view.

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2014 CotY Award for Residential Kitchens 40-80 Before

In the existing kitchen, dated cabinetry dominated the room. Appliances were old and clunky. The room lacked any kind of warmth or personality.

2014 CotY Award for Residential Kitchens 40-80 After

The visual energy of the new kitchen is lively, fun and full of the client's personality. Cheerful yellow hues dominate the room, with retro appliances setting the tone for the design. The flooring is an unconventional interpretation of classic checkerboard.

2014 CotY Award for Residential Kitchens 40-80 Before

A cramped corner of the original kitchen shows how difficult it was to organize the space and maintain an uncluttered appearance in the room.

2014 CotY Award for Residential Kitchens 40-80 After

The retro-inspired stove and sink shine against the disciplined simplicity of the design. New windows behind the sink were selected with black trim and treated with yellow folding fabric panels.

2014 CotY Award for Residential Kitchens 40-80 Before

Collecting magnets is a passion for the client, who now owns thousands. Some of her favorites are shown here in a "before" shot of the original kitchen stove.

2014 CotY Award for Residential Kitchens 40-80 After

Instead of a typical glass front, the upper cabinet doors were designed with metal inserts to accommodate the client's treasured magnet collection. This innovative solution satisfied the client's dual desires for displaying her collection and having a cleaner, less cluttered kitchen.