Master Design Awards Honor Three Kitchens

Gold was awarded to three kitchens entered in the 35th annual Master Design Awards, presented by Qualified Remodeler, sister publication of Kitchen & Bath Design News. QR’s team of six judges had a wide array of exceptional projects to choose from, but only one kitchen in each category walked away with the highest honor. Kitchen categories in this year’s awards program were: Kitchens More Than $100,000; Kitchens $50,000 to $100,000, and Kitchens Less Than $50,000.

Each of the award-winning kitchens is distinctive in its own right, yet they all share common elements, such as an open floor plan, a center island and simple, clean lines. Each kitchen is a truly livable space, with innovative storage, ample prep areas and inviting gathering spots for family and friends.

Following are the three Master Design Award Winners for Kitchens.


Kitchens More Than $100,000

The homeowners of this existing 1930s brick colonial in Washington, DC wanted a large kitchen with a dining area that would accentuate their views of Archibald Glover Park located behind the house. The design team from Landis Construction in Washington, DC created one great room/kitchen from the first-floor suite of rooms that connects with the back deck and woods beyond. A structural wall was removed to create the 400-sq.-ft. eat-in kitchen, and different floor elevations were brought to one level and finished in 2-1/4" white oak flooring. Painted maple custom cabinetry from Old River Cabinetry brightens the perimeter of the space, and contrasts with the darker wood of the island. A hutch also features the painted maple, along with glass doors for decorative display and a bar sink and faucet. Calacatta Gold marble tops the island and works as the backsplash along the perimeter wall. A farm sink was chosen to complement the marble. For optimum function, a Viking range, Asko dishwasher and Sharp microwave are also featured in the space.


Kitchens $50,000 - $100,000

Opening up this kitchen to the two-story living room and the views of the spacious backyard beyond was one of the goals for CG&S Design-Build of Austin, TX. Another goal was to update the space so that it complemented the contemporary art and furnishings of the homeowners. To begin, the solid wall that separated the spaces was replaced with a large, freestanding island with countertop-height seating, a Wolf cooktop and Arc range hood from Zephyr. A large, rectangular light cove that drops from the ceiling spans the kitchen area and defines the space. Espresso-stained alder custom cabinets from Amazonia Custom Cabinetry contrast with the clear-coated MDF paneled walls of the adjacent foyer, where the panels alternate with illuminated recessed arches. River White granite countertops brighten the space and provide a contrast to the darker wood of the cabinets. Iridescent glass tiles in a smoky gray tone on the backsplash cover the entire wall and extend around the corner to the pantry. A paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and Wolf microwave oven provide additional functionality.


Kitchens Less Than $50,000

Originally a narrow galley kitchen that barely accommodated more than one person at a time, this award-winning design from RisherMartin Fine Homes in Austin, TX showcases a space that is now bright, modern and open. To open up the space in this mid-century kitchen, the design team used the formal dining room space and turned the kitchen to face the living room. New Jenn-Air appliances with white floating glass faces were added to bring a sharp, clean feel to the design and blend with the contemporary white cabinets. Behind the cooktop, a marble backsplash was added to create a textured element in the sleek room. A Hanstone countertop from Hanwha Surfaces tops the island, increasing counter space, and white barstools invite family and friends to gather. Birch wood floors add warmth the room.