Kitchen less than $50,000


Case Design/Remodeling Inc., Bethesda, Md.

The remodel of a Washington, D.C.-area condominium demonstrates that open space, great lighting and sleek design can be achieved even in small spaces. The owner wanted to update her kitchen to meet her contemporary style and taste and with an eye to renting the property in the future. The functionality of the space was limited, and a better link the kitchen and dining room was sought. A partition wall was removed to achieve this connection, and a peninsula with base cabinet replaced the storage lost by removing the wall.



Synergy Design and Construction, Reston, Va.

Updating a 20-year-old galley kitchen in a Reston, Va., townhouse involved new cabinets, countertops, tile backsplash, appliances, HVAC modifications and a new range hood that vents directly outside. The mantel and hearth of an existing fireplace were removed and replaced with large-format tile for an updated contemporary feel. The new design features an L-shaped kitchen with additional cabinetry and a wine cooler. The cabinetry was horizontally hinged for a clean modern look while maximizing storage. Recessed lighting substitutes for natural light in the evening.


Honorable Mention

Normandy Builders, Hinsdale, Ill.


Honorable Mention

Progressive Builders Northwest Inc., Portland, Ore.