Kitchen $50,000 -- $100,000


Jackson Design and Remodeling, San Diego, Calif.


After owning their beach condo for 20 years, the owners decided it was time for a kitchen that more closely reflected their personalities and lifestyles. Space planning was essential to the success of the new kitchen. Appliances were selected at smaller scales than usual, and cabinetry was kept as minimal and spare as possible. Creative storage keeps the space sleek and contemporary. The resulting design achieves a casual feeling in line with the condo’s role as a getaway destination and also communicates the owners’ fresh, modern and uncomplicated point of view.




Hanson Carlen Construction Co., Spokane, Wash.


The kitchen hadn’t been updated since the house was built 40 years ago, making it a candidate for a major overhaul and not just a tune up. The owner proposed adding more square footage to the redesigned kitchen by moving an outside wall about 10 feet. When that proved too costly, the decision was made to expand into an adjacent bedroom. This kept the design within the walls of the existing footprint and within budget. The change allowed for a more spacious kitchen and the relocation of the washer and dryer to the main floor.




SKD Studios, Lusby, Md.

The challenge in remodeling this Maryland kitchen was to create a more intimate space. In addition, the traffic flow in the room was not functional; seating at the island blocked the walkway and the refrigerator. The pantry looked dated, and the cabinets were too short for the room, making the ceiling feel very low. The room was updated with 42-inch tall semi-custom cabinets and contemporary stacked molding, which brought the cabinets closer to the ceiling. The island was traded for a narrower version with a round 36-inch tabletop at one end for intimate seating out of the way of the traffic flow.