Kitchens Below $50,000

1st Place Winner
Patricia Davis Brown Cabinetry, Vero Beach, Fla.

Second Place:
SawHorse, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

Third Place:
Castle Ridge Construction, Basking Ridge, N.J.

Set on Florida’s beautiful Indian River, this homeowner’s dream kitchen featured a functional, yet updated look and also a room that reflected his love for the water. Patricia David Brown Cabinetry, Vero Beach, Fla., transformed this once ’80s-style kitchen to a stunning seaside escape.

The view from out of the kitchen was the main focus because it was blocked by cabinetry, and the view from the family room back into the kitchen was also an important element. The designer decided to take out the header and the corner of the kitchen that jutted out into the family room. This change helped to give the appearance of a wider family room and kitchen. The view was now the river and not cabinetry in your face, says Brown.

To give ample storage space to house a treasured collection of canister’s that had once belonged to the client’s grandmother, Brown inserted a dish pantry that gave a furniture quality design.

Layered countertops were used in the design, granite at the kitchen counter height, and soapstone on the raised counter butted the mahogany which was slightly higher.

“The use of several different counters lends to a very dramatic look and adds life to the design,” adds Brown.