2022 Master Design Awards: Whole House $300,000-$700,000 — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

S&W Kitchens

Orlando, Fla.

Location: Orlando, Fla. | Square Footage: 3,187 | Project Cost: $112,000

The clients are very eclectic. They have a great eye and have been collecting art pieces from their travels for years, so art integration was a big focus. The clients wanted a cleaner line than their previous traditional 1935 built home but did not want things too modern or stark. The biggest concern, they did not want it to “feel like a condo”. The main design goal was both form and function. Having a smaller space to work with, every bit of storage and every appliance counts. But the aesthetic was a big driver on this project to keep the ‘house’ feel. They wrapped wing walls at the range with matching black cabinetry panels and incorporated niches with glass  shelves for spice storage. A small prep sink makes the area fully functional, and the full height porcelain backsplash is both easy to clean and looks like authentic marble.

Working in a condo presents its own set of issues. For example, they had to crane in 10’ Porcelain slabs and huge pieces of artwork that wouldn’t fit in the elevator or up the stairs. Some walls had to remain as they housed vent stacks and drain lines from units above and below. They shifted what they could and worked around what had to stay. They added walls, or soffit elements to make the wall sections they had to keep feel intentional. This was critical to the success of the project. Firewalls that could not be touched and working around sprinklers are challenges unique to condos that they ran into as well. Air-conditioning can be particularly hard to deal with when trying to eliminate soffits or raise ceilings, but minimizing soffits, and adding linear diffusers in lieu of standard ones kept the cleaner line and updated aesthetic they wanted.


Cabinets: Holiday
Countertops: Macchia Vecchia porcelain slabs
Cutting board/Countertop: Grothouse Zebrawood
Backsplash: Macchia Vecchia porcelain slabs

Appliances: SubZero Wolf
Coffee Station: Miele
Dishwasher: Bosch

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