Qualified Remodeler's Master Design Awards 2007 honor outstanding remodeling projects.
Below is featured Powell Construction's winning kitchen project.
Set in a forested location with Northern exposure and little sunlight, this room's low ceiling, hanging cabinets, and lack of good lighting completely closed in the space. (see photo on right) The intense color scheme, meant to brighten the space, made it seem dated.
A combination of rearranging its physical features and changing the surfaces created openness and radically transformed this space into a bright and airy kitchen. (see photo above)
Removing the hanging cabinets and vaulting the kitchen's ceiling (see photo above) created a more functional open work area. Extending the curvilinear countertop on the peninsula beyond the cabinet base created a multifunctional counter that now provides a larger buffet serving area and allows guests and family members to comfortably interact with the cook.
Here is a look at the floor plans:
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Design & Function
Recessed Shaker style cabinet doors and craftsman lighting provided clean traditional lines that modernized the room. (photo top)
Positioning a curved shelf on the end cabinet repeats the curvature of the countertop and provides a display and storage area. (photo right)
New cabinets have taller uppers that capture space previously wasted in soffits and allows for additional shelving in each unit. (photo below)
Appliances now remain hidden behind garages and help keep the kitchen clutter-free. (photo above)
A new custom bookshelf conveniently keeps
cookbooks close by.(photo right)
Finding creative ways to minimize costs allowed these homeowners to splurge on higher impact specialty items such as the Terrazzo glass tiles that give sparkle to the entire backsplash. (photo below)
Costs were minimized by:
Light maple cabinets (photo below) combined with a lighter bamboo floor visually brighten and open the room.
From dark and dated...
...to bright and airy, the affects of this radical transformation extend well beyond the kitchen itself. They lend a sense of serenity and beauty to the rest of the home.