Kitchens $50,000 to $100,000

Gold Award

Team Entry: Grossmueller’s Design Consultants, Inc., Washington, D.C., and A.R.T. Design Build, Bethesda, Md.
Project location: Washington, D.C.
Sq. ft. before: 100
Sq. ft. after: 430
Project cost: $96,460

The owners had several objectives in mind when they decided to remodel their kitchen. First was to create a gourmet cooking kitchen with room for two cooks and space for entertaining. Second was to create a welcoming mud room and a secondary family entrance. Finally, the owners wanted to open the kitchen up to a small den so the family could be together during early evening hours.

The major challenge was a lack of space to accommodate all the functions the family wanted to incorporate into the existing kitchen area. It was obvious that an addition would be needed, but lot size, house placement and zoning restrictions limited the size and shape of any expansion. To create the open floor plan desired by the owners, a corner of the two-story brick house had to be removed.

The homeowners turned to Grossmueller’s Design Consultants, Inc. of Washington, D.C., for a solution. To accomplish the open floor plan and to satisfy lot restrictions, the remodeler expanded to the rear and the side of the house, eliminating a structural corner.

Steel support beams, added to reinforce the second floor and roof, became the cornerstone of the design as the coffered ceiling. The strong lines of the ceiling were then reflected in the shape of the island. The island provides ample counter space to support double work triangles to satisfy both of the cooks. It also creates a subtle separation between the work space and the informal seating area.

Once the functional needs were addressed, style became the focus. Distressed and glazed cream-painted cabinets with strong lines hint at the Arts and Crafts style. Honed, absolute black countertops were selected because, while modern, the matte finish keeps the kitchen informal. A time-honored farmhouse sink is made modern in a stainless steel finish. The subway tiles and bead board support the traditional style and echo the strong lines of the overall design.

Specified Products

Kitchen cabinets: KraftMaid
Backsplash: Dal-Tile
Appliances: KitchenAid, Viking
Kitchen sinks: Blanco
Faucets: Kohler
Lighting: Progress
Countertops: Granite
Flooring: Oak

Team Entry: Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor, Mich., and S.R. Stricklen Building Co., Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Honorable mention
Kitchens Direct, Inc., Hillsborough, N.J.