Harrell Remodeling Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.

Kitchen more than $150,000 | Gold

Project name: Ultra Contemporary Kitchen for Cooking and Entertaining

Location: Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Square footage: 345

Cost: $401,189

The kitchen, breakfast area and family rooms were on separate levels, each separated by two steps. That disconnection was unconducive to the homeowners’ desires to cook together and host large gatherings. Structural and foundational changes opened the space and all perimeter walls with storage were maximized while maintaining a large opening between the spaces. In the redesign, the team reframed the kitchen floor and raised it to the previous breakfast area floor level. Two steps with a wide opening connect the large kitchen and family room. Back-to-back cabinetry between the kitchen and family room wall of bookshelves maximize storage. The team also built in support for the cantilevered island countertop structure above the glass drawers by adding a wooden sub-top structure with a pony wall and partition supports between the glass drawer boxes. The resulting uber modern aesthetic includes high-gloss cabinets, integrated appliances, popping red and high-contrast colors and thoughtful storage solutions.