2018 Master Design Awards: Residential Interior More Than $100,000
Project name: 1909 St. Paul Remodel
Project location: Saint Paul, Minn.
Square footage: 3,681
Project cost: $294,874
Built in the 1990s, the interior of a 1909 American traditional home did not fit into the beautiful design of the original house. The active family of five needed a drop zone separate from a small foyer in the existing kitchen, and a closet large enough to store their ski equipment. The clients also wanted to draw more natural light into the kitchen, which did not suit the historical aesthetic.
Connecting the kitchen to the dining area and sunroom through larger arches opened up the floor plan. The addition of a mudroom, ski closet and powder room creates a smooth flow throughout the first level. New windows and doors permit natural light to penetrate deep into the interior of the home, and the use of natural materials helps reclaim a bit of history by tying into the classic aura.
Field tile: New Ravenna
Floor tile: Keope
Cabinet knobs: Belwith
Shower rod: Kingston Brass
Steam oven: Wolf
Wall oven: Wolf
Main faucet: Kohler
Main sink: Kohler
Prep faucet: Ferguson
Powder sink: Ferguson
Powder faucet: Ferguson
Photos: Jenna & Lauren Weiler
Rusk Renovations, Inc.
New York City
Architect: Plainspace Architecture and Design
Interior design: Shari Pellows Interiors
Project name: Apartment Worth the View
Project location: New York City
Square footage: 2,650
Project cost: $1.7 million
The scope of the project entailed reconfiguring the layout of two units in a modern mid-town high-rise and combine them into one exquisite apartment. New mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems were installed, along with custom built-in millwork throughout, as well as top of the line fixtures, finishes and appliances.
One challenge for contemporary tower living is balancing the relationship between the breathtaking view outside and the beautiful interior of the apartment. When a view is this spectacular, the construction details and craftsmanship must be to be incredible to measure up to the vistas. The gorgeous stone clad walls, custom built wine room, and superior millwork from Switzerland hold their own here.
HVAC: Climate Master
Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel
Wine cellar: Wine Guardian
Radiant floor: NuHeat
Plumbing fixtures: Dombracht
Breakfast nook chandelier: Fuse London Chandelier
Dining room chandelier: Ralph Pucci Lianne Gold
Bar sconces/pendants: Holly Hunt Lighting
Pendants: Studio Joseph Watts
Master bath pendants: Ochre Celestial Pebble
Single linear LEDs: Luminii
Photos: Paul Rivera Architectural Photography
Designer: Paul Blumfield Architects
Project name: Ultra-Contemporary Interior
Project location: Philadelphia
Square footage: 3,350
Project cost: $520,000
A 1950s ranch home in suburban Philadelphia was radically transformed into a sleek, bright, white, ultra-modern interior. Famed architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe was well known for coining the phrase, “Less is more.” Similarly, the Swiss designer who collaborated on this project, Leslie Sturm, noted that “Sometimes, simple and minimalistic can prove to be the most challenging.”
The remodeled home features concrete flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. Walls throughout the home feature a half-inch reveal in lieu of baseboards. All door casings are invisible. And there is custom millwork throughout the home. In the end, the white-on-white open space allows room accents with color to pop and achieves the clients desire for European design aesthetic.
Photos: Aliza Schlabach Photography