2008 NKBA Design Competition Category 2 Medium Kitchen Finalists Provide Spectacular Design on a Grand Scale Medium Kitchens (35 – 50 sq. ft. of countertops)

Peter Salerno, CMKBD, of Wyckoff, NJ-based Peter Salerno, Inc., designed this kitchen to be warm and inviting, despite its grand scale. Salerno selected a range from Wolf Appliances and created a hearth of cherry veneer and Venetian plaster above to create a focal point. Cabinetry from Craft-Maid Handmade Cabinetry is featured throughout the room and conceals a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. Material combinations create a homespun aesthetic, such as granite countertops paired with terra cotta tile and hardwood flooring. A pantry with an integrated wine closet provides storage.

Custom elements allowed Sandra L. Steiner-Houck, CKD, of Steiner & Houck, Inc. in Columbia, PA, to create a truly unique layout. In the cooking area, a custom antique copper hood from Cheng Kask – a true art form with a chiseled slate wall – serves as a focal point. Other elements include dishwashing drawers, multiple sinks, a wine cooler and a steamer. Steiner-Houck fully integrated a Sub-Zero refrigerator to blend in with the Premier Custom Built cabinetry. Jungle green and black honed granite, teak wood and an antique copper bar top complete the look.

The time Sarah Grace Michalowski, CKD, spent designing this 1912 bungalow kitchen can be called her “restoration period.” Indeed, the goal was to restore the space back to its original charm. Michalowski, of Studio City, CA-based DeWitt Designer Kitchens, and fellow designer Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD, removed the laundry area, which provided room for an eat-in kitchen. The pair teamed cabinetry from Columbia Kitchen Cabinets with vein-cut, honed silver travertine countertops and a Spekva USA Iroko wood tabletop.

Beverly Staal, CKD, CBD, for Showplace Design & Remodeling in Redmond, WA, updated a dark, 1950s-style galley kitchen by making it the bright spot in the home. The radius end cabinets widened and softened the entry into the kitchen from the dining room, leading to the room’s main section. The cabinets are completed with Red Dragon and Absolute Black granite slabs. The layout also includes a Sub-Zero refrigerator, GE microwave, dishwasher from KitchenAid, sink from Franke Consumer Products, Dacor warming drawer and Marvel wine refrigerator.

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