2021 Master Design Awards: Kitchen $75,000-$150,000

by Kyle Clapham

Behin Ha Design Studio & Suzumori Architecture

Brooklyn, N.Y. | behinha.com | suzumori.com

Designers: Behrang Behin and Ann Ha | Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. | Square footage: 250 | Project cost: $105,000

Photos: Cheng Lin

The design of the kitchen sought a balance between the preservation of the historic features of the landmarked townhouse and the addition of new, modern amenities and finishes. As part of a whole-house renovation, the homeowners wanted to relocate the kitchen from the garden level to the rear extension of the parlor level of the house, which had been originally used as a bedroom.

The new light-filled and spacious modern kitchen allows the clients to cook and enjoy informal meals in natural light from the south while also having easier access to the adjacent living and dining spaces. To accommodate the storage needs of the owners, the kitchen is equipped with plenty of custom ash wood finish cabinets, mixed with contrasting black metal open shelving.

Cabinetry: Pure Kitchen
Countertop: Leadstone
Range: Betazzoni
Exhaust hood: Miele
Refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel
Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel

mackmiller design+build

Eden Prairie, Minn. | mackmiller.com

Location: Eden Prairie, Minn. | Square footage before: 132 | Square footage after: 204 | Project cost: $96,436

Photos: John Walsh

The client didn’t want any changes the kitchen’s footprint, except to put a raised table base on back of peninsula, making it very difficult to greatly increase functionality. For example, the back of an underused closet sits to the left of the refrigerator, and half of it could have been another tall pantry cabinet. The kitchen sink wall could have extended left to the window and still left room for a home office area on the remaining wall.

The team worked to move the counter seating outside the working kitchen. It provides a raised eating area where the family can see one another and have plenty of room to eat. An unobstructed countertop next to refrigerator is a great spot to make coffee and prepare a quick breakfast as well as space to assemble more complicated meal prep. The undercounter microwave drawer frees up counterspace and upper cabinets, while moving the range to the peninsula creates a cook station with the right amount of space on each side for cooking and serving meals

A combination of closed cabinets and open shelving on the sink wall creates an unexpected asymmetric openness, featuring the personal touch of the client’s colorful mugs and bowls. Contrasting rich, organic wood with cool clean surfaces, unified flooring and a repeated tile motif remove visual barriers gives this architecturally contemporary home personality and functionality the owners desired. The soffit abruptly ended at the left side of the peninsula before the doorway. For a smoother transition, they extended it across the top of the doorway and had it smoothly die into the side of the upper cabinets.

Cabinets: Top Knobs Europa Finger Pulls
Faucet: Delta Trinsic Pre-Rinse Pull-down
Range hood: Zephyr Milano
Microwave drawer: Blanco
Countertops: Q Quartz, arctic white

Mantis Design + Build, LLC

Minneapolis, Minn. | mantisdesignbuild.com

Designer: Paul Linnebach | Location: Wayzata, Minn. | Square footage: 170 | Project cost: $120,000

Photos: Paul Linnebach

The galley kitchen was the first thing the client wanted to change when she bought her beautiful midcentury home. It felt dark and cramped, with cheap cabinets and outdated features. She called and asked if the Mantis team could help her create a modern, zen kitchen in a style that would harmonize with the rest of the home.

The first task was to open and connect the spaces on the main floor by removing the wall between the kitchen and living-dining room area. With open sight lines, the once-dark kitchen now feels bright and spacious. They chose warm walnut tones for the cabinets to balance out the steely blues and rich hues of the space. The refrigerator and freezer units were installed under the counter, an arrangement that helps the kitchen feel more open and spacious. Open shelves on the upper walls provide visual interest and keep the kitchen feeling spacious.

The range hood offered a great opportunity to create a unique element of interest that tied nicely into some of the steel elements throughout the house. Originally, the client wanted to use her old range hood, but they convinced her to go with something custom, to create more of a statement piece. The backsplash offered another opportunity to bring in some style and beauty to the kitchen space.

This project also included adding fixtures and finishes in the living room that would tie in with the kitchen. They added custom cabinets and a steel entertainment system that harmonized with the kitchen cabinets, creating more continuity between these newly connected spaces.

Tile: Settecento, Chroma Hex
Countertop: Silestone, Gris Expo
Sinks: Kohler, Prolific
Faucets: Kohler, Purist
Range: Signature Kitchen
Exhaust hood: Vent-A-Hood
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Freezer: Sub-Zero
Dishwasher: Bosch, 800
Microwave: Wolf

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