2021 Master Design Awards: Kitchen Less Than $75,000

by Kyle Clapham

Carriage House Custom Homes & Interiors

Franklin, Tenn. | carriagehousecustomhomes.com

Designer: Sharon Hicks | Location: Franklin, Tenn. | Square footage: 230 | Project cost: $55,000

Photos: Kelsey Benson

The homeowners desired an open floor plan and more kitchen space, so the company eliminated a wall to the family room and a second staircase. Removing the staircase adjacent to the kitchen created much needed area for their pantry and laundry room. The company customized the added cabinetry to produce tall upper cabinets for storage and large drawers to help achieve clean lines.

Two-tone cabinetry, a full quartz backsplash, waterfall countertops, a custom handcrafted hood and built-in appliances successfully update the 1990s traditional kitchen to a sleek, modern style with a black and white color palette.

Cabinets: Dura Supreme
Countertops/backsplash: Caesarstone
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Rangetop: Wolf
Oven: Wolf
Microwave: Wolf
Dishwasher: Cove
Beverage center: U-Line
Hardware: Top Knobs
Faucet: California Faucet
Sink: Native Trails

Brynn Alden Interior Design LLC

Cottage Grove, Minn. | brynnalden.com

Designer: Kelli Mickelson | Location: Cottage Grove, Minn. | Square footage: 208 | Project cost: $74,030

Photos: Oneshot Media

The clients wanted to create an open concept for an updated kitchen/entertaining space that is functional for an empty nest couple that loves to cook together. To obtain this layout, a non-load-bearing wall was demolished between the kitchen and living room. Old sheet vinyl and carpeting were replaced with LVP in the entire kitchen and living room areas to create a cohesive look throughout.

Rearranging the footprint to create a better workflow by adding a second prep sink maximized every inch of storage with a built-in hutch/pantry area, the floor-to-ceiling, hidden spice cabinet and the extra storage under the island for their collection of serving vessels. By combining the blue-painted cabinets with gray-stained hickory cabinets, they created visual interest instead of the all-white kitchen of current trends.

The mix of modern and transitional materials, finishes and fixtures result in the perfect blend of their American and English cultures. Some hidden treasures include a floor-to-ceiling spice cabinet, a lift for the KitchenAid mixer, and extra storage for their collection of serving vessels under the island. Also, added was a second prep sink, commercial range and pot filler.

Tile: Lifeproof, Carrara
Flooring: AxisPro7, Jackson Square
Lighting: Ganeed
Cabinetry: Behnke Woodworking, Custom
Countertop: Island Cambria, Perimeter Han Stone
Sinks: Franke, Quantum
Faucets: American Standard
Range: Bluestar
Exhaust hood: Vent-A-Hood
Microwave: GE Profile

Michael Nash Design Build & Homes

Fairfax, Va. | michael-nash.com

Location: Reston, Va. | Square footage: 300 | Project cost: $55,000

Photos: Michael Nash Design Build & Homes

This townhome located on Lake Anna in Reston, Virginia, had a confined galley kitchen with a very limited cabinet space, short wall cabinets, a big closet taking over big portion of kitchen, duct chase creating a big barrier, plumbing chases causing bulkhead and a bearing wall header, to name a few of obstacles.

The clients’ dream was to walk in from front door and have a clear view of the wall-to-wall scenic view of the lake, modernize the kitchen, eliminate bearing walls, lots of storage, upgraded appliances and so much more. They had been chasing this dream for years and had been turned down by multiple firms due to level of difficulty of the project and budget constraints.

The main constraint was the bearing wall on the corner of the foyer and living room, which was a closet, main duct chase and return ducts, an obscene amount of plumbing and not to mention structural load. By the way of re-routing mechanical chases and reformulating all second-floor plumbing stack to back walls, and then inserting few structural beams that transfer the second-floor joists to front and back wall the team created the view open floor plan. Now the home has front to back clear view of the scenic lake.

Tile: Wood-look porcelain floor
Cabinetry: Dove White Shaker with Cinder Glaze
Countertops: Cambria
Faucet: Moen
Wine cooler: Zephyr
Sink: Royal

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