Daniel Contelmo Architects
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Project name:
Multi-Functioning Banquette
Project location: Chappaqua, N.Y.
Square footage before: 343
Square footage after: 397
Project cost: $120,000


The homeowners requested a unique space that would function well for day-to-day activities and make entertaining easier. They wanted to double its storage space and counter area, add a wet bar and bar seating, and carve out a breakfast nook with built-in seating. Adjustments in the structure would be necessary to enlarge the kitchen space and open up the area to an adjacent family room.

An outside wall of the kitchen was bumped out 4 feet, and the family-room wall was removed to open up the two spaces. This action created a better flow and enabled access into the banquette in the center of the kitchen. The banquette is bordered on two sides by counters and cabinets as well as a stool space for entertaining guests. Waterfall countertops help complement the modern style.

Products installed

Doors: Tru-Stile
Tile: Artistic Tile
Flooring: Bayker
Moulding/trim: Spiegel Architectural Woodworks
Lighting: Worlds Away
Cabinetry: Modern Cabinets
Countertop: MSI
Sink: Rohl
Faucet: Newport Brass
Range: Thermador
Exhaust hood: Custom Copper Hoods
Oven: Thermador
Drawer appliances: Thermador
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Freezer: Sub-Zero
Dishwasher: Bosch

Photos: Daniel Contelmo Jr.


Lisman Studio
Midvale, Utah

Project name:
A Bountiful Beauty
Project location: Bountiful, Utah
Square footage: 2,500
Project cost: $97,000


While the former kitchen had plenty of space, its style and function did not meet the needs of the family. It was not working for the wife and mother of four girls. She is an avid baker who not only bakes for her family, but also regularly bakes cakes and other treats for parties and weddings. The remodel allowed the homeowners to bring the Craftsman style in the rest of the house into the heart of the home. The design team added cherry wood beams to the kitchen ceiling to add some classic Craftsman warmth. The new floors are hickory with a clear finish.

The dual-height kitchen counter, flanked by stools in two different fabrics, is where the girls do their homework while watching their mother bake. The ends of the counter and the central island feature stripes of glass mosaic tiles that provide a custom touch. The custom baking center is on the back wall between the dual ovens and the built-in refrigerator. It has large fold-back doors, which provides room for her mixer, bowls and ingredients, with a work space in the area and double ovens nearby.

Products installed

Pendant lights: Charleston, Franklin Ironworks
Countertops: Blue Marine, The Stone Collection
Exhaust hood: Sheet Metal Specialties
Paint/stain: Sherwin-Williams
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Range: Viking
Sink: Native Trails

Photos: Lucy Call


Normandy Remodeling
Hinsdale, Ill.

Project name:
Opening Up a Colonial
Project location: Wheaton, Ill.
Square footage: 328
Project cost: $141,500


The owners of the Colonial home had a traditional layout that just was not working. The kitchen and dining room were closed off from each other, which made it difficult to entertain. They desired a more up-to-date, open floor plan to improve the flow between rooms. They also wanted to update their kitchen with brighter, more durable finishes.

The kitchen aesthetic has a Cape Cod influence with a dash of farmhouse. The glass backsplash tile provides a nice pop of color and honed quartz provides an alternative to soapstone that is easy to maintain. Other selections include a farmhouse sink and custom metal hood and walnut shelving, which provide some warmth against the white, charcoal and blue colors.

Products installed

Dishwasher: Asko
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Range: Wolf
Blower insert: BEST
Exhaust hood: Schulte Studios
Microwave: Sharp
Countertop: Silestone
Kitchen sink: Kohler
Kitchen sink faucet: Kohler
Garbage disposal: InSinkerator

Photos: Normandy Remodeling

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