2009 NKBA Design Competition Category: Open Plan Kitchens (includes great rooms, breakfast nooks and dining rooms)

Removing a wall that blocked the view to the family room paved the way for this open kitchen. Designed by Siri Evju, CKD, CBD of Siri Designs, the cooking area – complete with six burner gas cooktop from Dacor and curved custom metal hood – acts as the room’s backdrop, and is surrounded by walls of grain-matched European flat panel teak cabinets on both sides. Cambrian Black Satin honed granite countertops play off of the copper inlay in the black granite backsplash, and a stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator is teamed with an Elkay sink, Grohe faucet and paneled Bosch dishwasher.

Meant for a family to enjoy meals together, this kitchen – designed by Erica S. Westeroth, CKD, Tim Scott and Sheena Hammond of XTC Design – features an angled prep island with a similarly angled light bridge above. The clean up area includes a Blanco Performa sink with Fisher Paykel dishwasher, flanked by a Sub-Zero wine chiller and Wolf wall oven, microwave and warming drawer and Miele coffee center. Linear ribbon mahogany cabinets from Neff Kitchens, natural Jatoba wood floors, etched glass backsplash tile and Typhoon Bordeaux granite counters finish the look.

A seamless traffic flow and a clear view of the surrounding harbor was the goal of this contemporary kitchen. Designers Laurie Belinda Haefele and Colin Duenbery, both of WmOhs Showrooms, used a combination of white, high-gloss polyester cabinets along the wall and reconstituted wenge with matte finish on the island while the opposite wall features flat panel doors. Included in the room are a Miele cooktop topped by a large stainless steel hood, a Miele dishwasher and oven and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

A high-rise view was the inspiration for this condominium kitchen. Designers Kenneth Fromme and Terri Milam of Millers Fancy Bath & Kitchen used cherry wood cabinetry, teamed with statuario marble countertops, to create a sleek look. Stainless steel appliances – including GE Monogram double ovens and wine chiller, a GE Profile microwave, Fisher Paykel dishdrawers, Miele coffee system and Thermador refrigerator and freezer columns – enhance the streamlined look, as does the stainless Franke sink and Danze faucet.

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