2022 Master Design Awards: Kitchen $75,000-$150,000 — GOLD

by Kyle Clapham

Donald Lococo Architects

Bethesda, Md. | lococoarchitecture.com

Architect: Donald Lococo | Location: Washington, D.C. | Project cost: $105,000
Square footage before: 133 | Square footage after: 284

Along with the common concerns of limited space and money, the homeowners had two novel goals. First, the young family of three had two cats who were also considered clients. The second was a result of an innovative sense of style coupled with their youth: to embrace the nature of the 1970s home. Because of COVID-19, the kitchen had to be redesigned to reflect a different world.

By using simple, primary shapes in the island and pendants—and emphasizing them in contrast of white and dark wood—a graphic playful countenance is evident. The selection of a dynamic grain of figured walnut also contributes, as this once-living material and its sinuous grain adds motion, rhythm and scale. The design sought era-specific furniture and materials of the decade. 


Jeld-Wen Siteline windows
Benjamin Moore Aura paint
Neolith Arctic White countertop
Elkay sink ECTRU30179RT
Vigo faucet VVG02031ST
Wolf range GR366
Prestige Pro-Series exhaust hood
Wolf oven SO3050PE/S/P
Sub-Zero refrigerator IT-36CI-RH
Cove dishwasher DW2450

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