First Place National Award Winning Kitchen

NKBA First Place National Award Winning Kitchen 2016

As promised, I am finally sharing the details of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) First Place National Award Winning Kitchen. I have waited to share the before and after photos with my readers because I wanted to convey properly the beauty of this kitchen, the exquisite detailing and the unique features. You know I love before and after photos as I think they show the amount of decisions that need to be made at every step of the project. These homeowners were invested in each and every decision. In creating a design, I try to use a Five Phase process. Each of these phases has a varying number of steps within to accomplish the winning end result. This is especially true in kitchen and bath design.

The Five Phases I use:

1. Introductions

2. Pre-Design Consultation

3. Schematic

4. Design Development

5. Implementation

Window View
Window View

 

My approach tends to be a little different than most designers and architects. I plan to write an in depth description of each of these processes in another post.   Let’s focus on some of the steps we took to create this beautiful kitchen with photos. During my Pre-Design Consultation, I like to take lots and lots of photos. Every corner, every door way, all angles and surfaces. This always gives me a great reference with my measurements. Here are a few BEFORE photos at the initial visit of the existing kitchen.

Before-Window View
BEFORE-Window View

 

BEFORE North Wall
BEFORE North Wall looking from Family Room

 

Before appliance garage and Microwave
BEFORE Appliance Garages and Microwave

 

BEFORE North Wall looking into Family Room
BEFORE North Wall looking into Family Room

 

Original Fireplace and Family Room
Original Fireplace and Family Room

 

Originally the task was to design and complete the kitchen and then address some improvements in the Family Room and then update the Laundry Room and Powder Room. The tile floor was in poor condition and extended throughout all these rooms. Replacing the flooring in all areas was a big decision. While we concentrated on the kitchen design, conversations began to include upgrading the fireplace wall only because the TV placement was awkward. The fireplace wall was retrofitted with a new gas insert and pushed back about a foot to allow a more attractive bookcase area and TV nook. I will get back to the kitchen but I think you will find the same view of the AFTER design of the Fireplace and Bookcase Wall quite dramatic.

New Fireplace and Bookcase
New Fireplace and Bookcase Wall

 

Now back to the kitchen design. Brightening the kitchen was paramount in all planning decisions. The homeowner really liked the idea of a vaulted ceiling. It is a subtle change but allowed room for the chandeliers to contribute to the ambience. LED ribbon in the upper cabinets with glass also added to the sparkle. Recessed LED lighting placed in the redesigned soffit and over the sink as well as under counter lighting all contributed to the necessary lumens required for functional task lighting. Here are some of the photos as we progress through the renovation.

Objectives-

  • *Update to gracious chef-friendly space complementing grand architecture of home
  • *Brighten, lighten and incorporate energy efficient lighting
  • *Maximize storage in limited space
  • *Amplify counter space
  • *Locate phone/mail center outside kitchen

Design Challenges-

  • *Incorporate large size appliances for entertaining large extended family
  • *Display collection of treasured teapots without using premium storage space
  • *Increase lighting efficiently
  • *Integrate finishes with adjacent family room

 

Vaulted Ceiling Construction
Vaulted Ceiling Construction

 

Demo of the Old Fireplace Wall
Demo of the Old Fireplace Wall

 

Detailingthe new Flush Fireplace Wall
Detailing the new Flush Fireplace Wall

 

Fireplace Design Dimensions
Fireplace Design Dimensions

 

Installing the Sink Cabinets
Installing the Sink/Window Wall Cabinets

 

Sexy Cabinet Profile
Sexy Cabinet Profile Detail

 

Installing the backsplash tile
Installing the backsplash tile

 

Cooktop (North) Wall without Lighting
Cooktop (North) Wall with Slab Backsplash

 

Installing the Banquette
Installing the Banquette

 

 

Pet Approved Fabric Selection
Pet Approved Fabric Selection

 

switch-cover-colors
Selecting the All Important Finish Details

 

And now for the professional photos of the finished first place Kitchen and Family Room.

  • Special Features
  • *Phone/mail center located adjacent in family room ( shown in perspectives to South)
  • *Folding step stool in toe kick drawer is essential to reaching upper display cabinets
  • *Pullouts facing family room create additional storage in hollow wall
  • *Barrel vaulted ceiling curve is repeated in shape of valance and vent hood
  • *Trash/Recycle Drawer replaces small under-sink all-in-one refuse can
  • *Maximum counter space achieved with ergonomic placement of Microwave Drawer
  • *New built in Banquette provides seating for phone/mail center in family room
  • *Recycled existing decorative wall tile in Laundry Room renovation (not shown)
Leaded Glass Design
Leaded Glass Design

 

Window Wall with Sound View
Window Wall with Sound View

 

Vaulted Ceiling with Chandeliers
Vaulted Ceiling with Chandeliers

 

Integrated Refrigerator
Integrated Refrigerator

 

Banquette Installed at Window
Banquette Installed at Window

 

Another View of the Family Room
Another View of the Family Room and New Fireplace Design

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you. This elegant Kitchen and Family Room was a delight to design. Please feel free to comment,  share your thoughts and ask questions. Thanks for your interest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “First Place National Award Winning Kitchen”

    1. Hi Kala,
      The backsplash tile is Opal White Marble in 3 x 6. I wanted it to be as plain as possible so it did not conflict with the counter top. However it has a depth typical of a natural material which porcelain tile would not have provided. Thanks for asking!

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