2023 Master Design Awards: Kitchen Less Than $75,000 — HONORABLE MENTION

by Emily Blackburn

Arch-Interiors Design Group Inc

Beverly Hills, Calif.

Location: Beverly Hills, Calif. | Project Cost: $75,000
Square footage: 620

The client purchased a 1974, 620-square-foot beachside condominium with big ideas for a small space. The scope for their kitchen remodel was to completely gut it, and with the new design make it larger for their needs. The design objective was to make a dark, galley-style kitchen more functional, feel fresh, add color and some dramatic elements, all while keeping beach side durability in mind. Another objective was to create as much seating and storage as possible while making it feel bigger, physically, visually and psychologically.

Establishing a physical footprint for a larger kitchen was the biggest challenge. To satisfy this desire, new cabinetry extended into an undersized eating area with matching wall paneling for a cohesive look that redefined and established the new kitchen space. The extension of the cabinetry allowed the team to create hidden drawers under the kitchen’s banquette, which was the first step to incorporate more seating for the client in the design. The second step was to enlarge a countertop on a peninsula to accommodate counter stools for guests to interact with the chef.

The project improvements included accommodating more seating, additional storage and brighter colors that add vibrance. The extensive use of millwork was the improvement to define a larger kitchen, making it more functional and easier to use. To satisfy the request of durability, oak vinyl flooring is a nod to the beach location.

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