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2016 NARI CAPITAL COTY
MERIT AWARD WINNER2001 sterling, VA home was owned by a middle aged couple wanting a lot more out of their kitchen. Because of their added grand children and visiting relatives, this kitchen has become the grand central of their daily lives both accessed through the kitchen. The entrance to garage was oddly placed in garage, limiting them to have a bigger kitchen. The pantry closet and butler area were both tight spaces as their existing dining room was much bigger that they needed. We had to take 6 ft from dining room and give it to kitchen and pantry in order to create a much larger and desired kitchen. That meant moving load baring walls, relocate duct and plumbing. Relocate garage entrance for better traffic path. We enlarged the window and relocated the sliding door to maximize the work space. Bulkheads and plumbing were all over the place. They had to be removed and contains were to be re-routed. Massive amount of plumbing work were to be done. Homeowners wanted to show off their nicely landscape backyard through larger glass into the kitchen. The old shallow closet with its adjacent duct work was reworked and replaced with taller and deeper pantries. This created a lot more storage space. The new lay out now has the professional range , large appliances as their Italian cooking lifestyle required it. We ran plumbing to put a pot filler above the stove. A prep sink and second dishwasher was placed on the east wall making the other side of kitchen used during larger gatherings Main event has been the large Island with seating all around it creating a much better traffic flow, and facing the back deck through new French door. Lighting meant everything to this new space. Better use of task, under cabinet and recess lights brightened up the entire first floor. Extension of wood flooring throughout the house has created a seamless connection, as lighter and taller cabinets rejuvenated this kitchen. Now they have grandkids running all over with no interruptions. Entertaining inside and out has been a lot simpler with this new layout. “the Archway to my heaven” as she calls it was the interconnection between new dining room and kitchen space. The family old dragged brick fireplace was revamped with stacked ledgerstone with TV hung above just facing the new Island.2016 NARI Capital CotY Merit Award Winner, Residential Kitchen $100,001 to $150,000
2016 NARI CAPITAL COTY
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD WINNERProfessional single woman living in a 15 years old townhouse in Lowe’s island area of Loudon County is tired of looking at builder grade Kitchen of hers since she moved in. According to her walls closing in on her. She has not much room to maneuver, especially when she has her social club groups over for dinner or cocktails. After consulting several firms she has chosen our group to help her bring this kitchen project to reality. Our concept was more revolutionary and out of the box for her, and that is why she wanted us to redesign this kitchen. Our staff, saw her problems, and despite the challenges and difficulties of bearing walls and relocating a lot of duct and soil stacks, but that was the price to pay to achieve the ultimate kitchen. The first thing to go was partitions between kitchen and breakfast area, then the load bearing wall (home to soil stack from upstairs two baths and duct chases). They all had to be relocated to shared side walls and then installing a beam caring the second floor load. That opened up the field for a center working island. The sink plumbing was relocated to east wall while the gas cooking shifted further down to make room for cooking area. All bulkhead were eliminated, along with its plumbing and electrical contains. This allowed us to implement taller cabinets. By the way of opening up the wall between kitchen and dining room we were able to add a length of extra 10 ft. into kitchen cabinetry on the east wall. The tall elements such as pantry and fridge were all relocated to west wall and out of sight creating a more open illusion of space. The clever use of various lighting sources such as LED recessed and LED under and inside cabinet lighting along with decorative mini chandeliers have made this ultimate kitchen specular & unique. The new Brazilian Walnut in wide plank replaced the old vinyl tile floor and was continued throughout the entire first level. This act was part of grand skim of open floor plan. she gets to have her friends and “book club” over to get together s without worrying that the place is too tight and small and more2016 NARI Capital CotY Honorable Mention Award Winner, Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $60,000
2016 NARI CAPITAL COTY
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD WINNERThis family recently purchased a Lager home in Great Falls area because its private lot, beautiful scenery, tennis court, and pool. The home was a larger scale but it was in desperate need of face lift. Kitchen was closed up from main family room and adjacent hallway. Dark color cabinetry, counter top and dated appliances were all had a negative impact on any buyer walking through the door. Our design staff has seen the potential of the space and went to work with new homeowner designing a much elaborate and upscale kitchen. Thinking out of the box, they have proceeded with removing couple load bearing walls to adjacent family and hallway, incorporated the hallway by removing partition wall and relocating larger scale appliances into them, opening up the stairway wall to allow more light into staircase and create a bigger illusion of space. Smart use of light color custom cabinetry with large scale trim molding, and carefully selecting a complimentary exotic counter top stone has brightened up the horizon for this new kitchen. The lighting was completely redone with direct and indirect lights and use of upscale hanging chandeliers. The lady of the house always dreamt of cooking on professional scale appliances and we granted her wish with a very nice high ends cooking and refrigerators, Colors mattered so much to her and we have been working hard to achieve her soft yet interesting color schemes to create the seamless connection with the rest of her home. She and her family could be any happier with outcome this rejuvenated Kitchen project. Soft and Classy is how she described her new headquarter.2016 NARI Capital CotY Honorable Mention Award Winner, Residential Kitchen Over $150,000
2016 CHRYSALIS AWARD
SOUTH REGION WINNER2016 Chrysalis Award South Region Winner, Residential Kitchen $75,000 to $150,000
2015 NARI CAPITAL COTY
MERIT AWARD WINNERBaby boomers resides in a fairly settled neighborhood of Vienna are ready to roll up their sleeves and got on with building their dream kitchen The old kitchen was dark, had short cabinet, limited storage space , the back sliding door left no room for cabinet and counter space, garage entrance limited them not be use a large wall of kitchen, The partition wall among kitchen and dining room made this kitchen small and totally disconnected from entire first floor. Design team met up with the couple and heard their objectives of lighter, brighter and open floor plan. Message was clear, bust through walls; make them an all around beautiful, well led kitchen that creates a flow to rest of the house. The challenges were removing a major bearing wall and transfer the load while not inserting a big pole in the middle of the kitchen, relocating the garage and its entrance inside the garage to take advantage of the long left side wall. Conversion of sliding door to a big bay window. This allowed us to locate the sink and a large portion of base cabinetry on the south wall without losing the daylight from south side. We have torn down the bulkhead; relocate the duct work to toe kick of cabinetry and one in the island. Then implemented a large island with room to seat four or more in the middle of this kitchen. Smart use of down lights, large pendent light s and LED stripe lighting made this kitchen brighter than ever. Designer brought a soft shade of cream cabinetry carefully complimented by a rare exotic stone top to accomplish their light and bright goal. They cleverly complimented the tumble stone back splash to make the uniqueness of counter top pop. Conversion of cooking to gas from old electric stove and locating all tall wall oven and build in refrigerator on the left wall and out of sight were few of the major changes in this project The decorative carved legs on the island both serves as additional support and deign feature of this major furniture piece in middle of this beautiful kitchen,. Moving back into this kitchen has been a new beginning for this baby boomer couple and they couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. She said “ new kitchen , new life” that how she sees it.2015 NARI Capital CotY Merit Award Winner, Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $60,000
2015 NARI CAPITAL COTY
COTY GRAND AWARD WINNERThis young military family after coming back from couple tours of duty from Middle East is now ready to concentrate of what they have been working hard for: family and their home. Kitchen was first on their list: The builder grade thermo foil white cabinet and laminated top were no longer fulfilling their vision of the future kitchen. Middle island cook top and narrow kitchen were all stories of past. Major changes were about come. Busting through an adjacent middle wall between kitchen and mudroom/powder room was necessary to add extra width into this kitchen. This required moving all plumbing and return air stack to open up necessary space. It also brought up major relocating of washer and dryer and reconfiguration the mudroom/laundry room to better utilize the space. Relocation of cooking space into a dream professional 48” range to far wall of kitchen freed up the center of this kitchen. Use the back wall as a feature while implanted a niche with embossed decorative tile was all by design. Roman style was her vision for this kitchen from what she has seen on her overseas visits. We have converted all openings to roman arches and wide trim has accomplished this goal. Changing the small sink window to a wider arch fix glass allowed both more lighting and tie to rest of arches of the house. The soft color brushed stroke cabinetry brought back to roman era back into this kitchen. White a dark aged furniture piece took over the center island of this kitchen. The embedded added space is now home to a double door wine chiller and a butler space area .Massive amount of pantry space was added in adjacent mudroom. Bringing in Forged Iron fixtures as a symbol of the Roman era tied the center Island color scheme and dark spot of beautiful counter top stone. Molding details of this project such as large ropes and dentil with crown molding and arch trims all contributed to glorifying this master piece. Now more than ever this family love to cook and entertain their family since their return to one and only “home sweet home”.2015 NARI Capital CotY Grand Award Winner, Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $60,000
2015 NARI CAPITAL COTY
FINALIST AWARD WINNERYoungsters ages one through nine, two dogs, a cat, an Au pair plus the two well rounded busy parents formed this busy household. “Grand central” is what their kitchen was called.
2015 NARI Capital CotY Finalist Award Winner, Residential Kitchen Over $150,000
- A big kitchen, with lots of amenities
- Professional appliances
- Several fridge and freezer storage
- Big first floor Laundry room
- A decent side entrance covered with a porch
- Powder room in a location that could be used by kids
- Work station
- A large mudroom and lockers, closet, etc…..
- Products used in the project must be easily maintained and serviceable
- A big wall separating the old pantry and small mudroom was bearing the entire second floor
- Not enough space in existing floor plan
- The middle wall was holding the hot water heater flu, duct work and plumbing to second floor bathrooms
- Working in the house while everyone lives in it
- Solutions & Design aspects:
- Use one of three bay garages adjacent to old mudroom
- (Client planned to add four bay detached garages at the end of their driveway just after this project finished)
- The freed up about 10’x24’ to our proposed floor space
- Remove the middle bearing wall by way of installing steel beam of 24’ wide and install purposed steel post underneath in basement level and adding footers to carry the transferred load
- Relocating the stack of second floor plumbing and flu and duct chases to a new outer wall and then carry them through the floor joists
- Relocating the old powder room opening just next to formal dining room and now located outside of the mudroom (servicing the kids and traffic from the pool)
- Relocating the side entrance and create a side stoned covered porch with covered roof to new Mudroom (what used to be the garage)
- Create a stone covered (gate space for garbage cans, recycled and stock products out of sight. Taking advantage of 10 ft high ceiling and stacked taller cabinetry for display and added storage. Design to large center island each 5’x12’, one holding the main farm sink, double faucet, and dishwasher and used as Mom’s space
- And 5’ apart from that a second island having coffeemaker, icemaker, microwave, warming drawer, overhang for all kids to eat at counter, and Dad’s space for making espresso and prepare snakes and foods for kids
- We turned the south wall of this kitchen into a chef’s heaven. A 60” Wolf range with custom made Copper hood, pot filler, and a backsplash Niche covered with tumbled stone mosaic
- The east wall now is the home to a 36”refriagrator, and 36”feezer, double large pantries, new sinks under the new windows, second dishwasher and lots of counter space.
- West wall severs as butler area, with a glass front 36” refrigerator (for kids), a 36” under counter beverage center and added glass cabinetry
- New mudroom with a door connecting the garage into it, filled with locker style benches and hangers, pantry cabinet, closet, then an 8’x8’ laundry space, slope sink and upper cabinets.
- Bridging over the mud room to kitchen was designated for 7’ of pantries on one side and desk /computer station (for kids to do homework close by) on the other. Equipped with charging station, WIFI, AV and sound equipments
- Design team has suggested white inset custom cabinetry covered with a high exotic white stone (not to mention 3 ½ thick double layered) counter tops
- The entire space was covered with high quality porcelain plank (wood looking) tiles with a heated underlay.
- The color scheme of white and soft taupe had set off this project from all in its class
- The 4’ areas between kitchen and dining room previously was the powder room now serves as a butler area, with a wine chiller, glass displayed cabinetry, surrounded with a dark tone of grass cloth wall paper.
- The New 5’x5’ powder room was just popping with the modern scones and backround wall covered with stacked marble to ceiling and rest of wall with a complimenting patterned wall paper.
- This kitchen stand Tall with it’s exquisite color schemes, innovative lighting sources and above all a fully functional space for this busy household and their everyday chors
2015 NARI CAPITAL COTY
GRAND AWARD WINNERBusy household of four lived in a fairly new home in Sterling wooded area of Virginia. They were happy with overall layout of their home. They have recently remodeled their staircase and repainted some of the rooms around the house. They removed some heavy molding as it was clashing with their vision for their home. When they wanted to meet with our design staff, their main objectives was to lightened their kitchen, upgrade the kitchen to its maximum potential both spaciously and decoratively. Their vision was contemporary but upscale. A bit of Ranch style mixed in with new design elements. They have lived in southern California in past and liked to bring in few of those elements into this space. The fact that we had 10 ft of ceiling space to work with was a plus. The sunroom behind kitchen was not efficiently used. The small opening did not maximize the daylight from back huge windows. Also opening connecting the two spaces was not wide enough for a good flow of traffic. We have drafted a revamping plan, opening up the pass through, adding a stone ledge, widening the entrance to sunroom. Take out the rail between kitchen and family room and placed a large serving peninsula instead of it. This has offered large amount of storage and counter space for them to entertain without taking any space from kitchen. A hutch cabinetry was added in east wall of the sunroom creating continuation of space into that space. Lighting is everything in this kitchen, new recess lighting in sunroom, kitchen, indirect lighting, inside cabinet and a very “interesting pendent light” to emphasis the contemporary aspect of the design was hung over the new and hung Island. We have created a box soffit above the Island to draw attention to center of this kitchen. The south wall of kitchen was taken by closet, duct and limited pantry space. By relocating duct and insert couple of beams we have opened up this space to hold larger size refrigerator and give some additional cabinet space just next to it. The pantry space was widened & redesigned with custom build shelving and a matching door to cabinetry. Another major drag was the laundry room, the door was taking to much space , crazy angles of the room was not leaving much space to work with. We have widened the entrance and installed a very interesting Barn door to resolve traffic path, Stacked the washer and dryer to create more space and brought plumbing for a slope sink. Also we created space for locker and pantry cabinet in the same weird angled room. The design staff has spend numerous days to come up with most interesting custom cabinetry, Inset Cherry, distressed wood with a Sage finish complimented with a dark cherry brown Island. The Quartzite composite (Highly exotic) counter top was carefully selected (not to mention months a research). We have installed heated floor throughout remodeled space to comfort her and daughter feet as they walk bare foot all the time. While installing a planked Porcelain wood look tile floor enhancing the haze color tones of kitchen. The back splash tiles are to die for. Just the right touch to make this kitchen pop. Second sink in Island made the husband or shall I say the Chef more comfortable to easy reach ingredients from the fridge and cook on his massive 60” professional range. I probably can go on for days and point out the smart and gorgeous elements of this kitchen but the pictures would say it all.2015 NARI Capital CotY Grand Award Winner, Residential Kitchen Over $150,000
2015 NARI CAPITAL COTY
GRAND AWARD WINNERRetired couple lived in their split foyer Mount Vernon home for over 30 years. Their dream has been a large kitchen foe her to be able to entertain her baking skills to its max. They had no main level powder room which has been a big problem for years. They own couple of large birds that has been with them for years and fly freely in the house. They needed a space for contain them while being able to monitor them. The back concrete patio was falling apart and needed to be removed, while the slope of the backyard created a big problem to replace the patio with a bigger and more usable space. We had to suggest a big overhaul of backyard, changing the grading and excavating 25 ft of backyard to allow new addition and patio in that space. We have implemented a retaining stone wall to control the runoff and grade of back yard. The back bearing wall of the house was demolished to connect this new 10’ x 24’ addition to old kitchen. This required a major beam to take over the bearing wall in order to have a flush and seamless connection. The outside was carefully matched with old style shingle siding to keep up with original Cape Cod style. A new large window and French door was installed on back wall allowing maximum southern exposure, while side windows in bird’s room, hallway, kitchen and powder room brought daylights from all angles. The old kitchen was dragged, dark and uninviting, galley style with limited access. The wanted brighter and lighter , a large working island to offer casual seating , prep sink, wine fridge and whatever they can get their hands on. Task while sound simple not was pretty involved and complicated, wiring was old, under size breaker box, leaking cast iron plumbing and a lot of skeleton in closet. The new space now owns a large sink under double window, a prep sink in island, double microwave/ ovens for her baking events. The bird’s room was separated with a double French door to allow light from west side. A small hallway was built with window at end connecting to the new powder room. Detail molding over soft color painted shell color cabinetry lightened up the space. An Exotic stone was carefully selected to further enhance the look of this kitchen. Pendent lights, and marble brick look backsplash were all part of grand scheme of this major project. The seemliness connection of hardwood flooring tithed the back addition with rest of first floor, The side wall of the kitchen was moved two feet to dining room creating a wider kitchen, (closet and duct return was relocated to allow this task) Walking from this beautiful kitchen through the French door into the new flagstone cover patio and taking advantage of backyard breath taking scenery now is making this transformation most amazing one. This project has been the talk of town among all neighbors and made the couple most proud.2015 NARI Capital CotY Grand Award Winner, Residential Addition Under $100,000
2015 Chrysalis Award South Region Winner, Residential Kitchen Remodel $100,000 to $150,000
Retail Price: $64,136 1956 rambler in the heart of city of Falls Church, VA owned into a rundown galley kitchen. Dark and cramped is the best way to describe this home. An addition of 20’x20’ was added in 1968 with a leaky flat roof over the old flagstone patio. The recently new owners bought into this property with full intention of gutting and remodeling the first level as soon as their budget allowed them. The leaky roof of sunroom brought this date much closer than they were anticipating. The old Galley kitchen was over concrete slab floor. 6’x 20’ kitchen with a brick chimney flue and wall oven on the right, and stove and short run of cabinet on the left. We have removed the bearing wall between Kitchen and living room and implemented structural beam to create a seamless connection of two spaces. Then excavated the concrete floor to move all plumbing and gas lines embedded in slab floor. The is large Island was designed to be taken over the center of this floor with new farm sink, and other amenities, room to serve four or more people. The old brick wall was demolished and now is the home to a professional range and unique style wooden hood. The cabinetry wrapped around the entire kitchen and under both north side windows to alleviate shortage of storage. Meanwhile, we have added a hutch in the dining room area and double angle transition butler cabinetry just to add more flair to this project. The hot water radiator bases were redesigned and relocated. The lighting was revamped and redesigned for the entire space, a couple of hanging pendant over Middle Island. A timeless backsplash tile was installed to spruce up the soft color granite top which carefully selected to harmonize with cabinet and floor color schemes. The bearing wall in addition was widened to improve the flow between two spaces. Wide plank distressed hardwood flooring were installed all over the kitchen and now so called new dining room space. With all new appliances, linen stained maple cabinetry and distressed wood Island, old world hickory floor and more this project moved from its dysfunctional status to fun and funky.2015 Chrysalis Award South Region Winner, Residential Kitchen Remodel $50,000 - $7500
Estate home with a 5 acre lot in Great Falls, VA occupied by a busy household of six and growing. The current kitchen was dysfunctional and would not serve them well. Pantry space was limited, storage space was always short, and the center island was placed at an angle and was limiting the accessibility and traffic pattern. The cook top in the Island created a hazardous environment for their kids wanting to hang around the island. Kitchen entrance from the back hall and garage was mostly blocked by the old placement of the fridge. Doorways were narrow. Getting around this kitchen given its size was not as easy as you can imagine. Challenges:
- They wanted to add a 60” professional gas range, but natural gas was not available in this neighborhood.
- The back hall was a maze. They needed a large entrance to the backyard instead of the windows, the single side door from the kitchen to the backyard was poorly situation and always interfered with the table.
- Laundry room needed to move upstairs and the 10’x12’ room had to be used for better purposes for kids stuff.
- The full bath of the back hall had no use for them.
- The disconnect of this kitchen from the rest of the house through lots of narrow doorways was bothersome.
2015 CHRYSALIS AWARD SOUTH REGION WINNER, RESIDENTIAL KITCHEN REMODEL OVER $150,000
- Delete all bulkheads and their containments and replace with taller and double stacked cabinetry to maximize the storage space.
- Relocating the cook top center to the far left wall, bring gas lines to accommodate the new 60” professional range and its beautiful customer made mantel hood.
- This required us to excavate and place a large in ground propane tank in the back yard and run gas line for a new stove.
- Across the room there was an unused wall that now contains 36” tower fridge and freezer (all covered with matching panels) and a tall cabinet contains microwave, steam unit and warming drawer. All tall elements are hidden out of sight and do not create any visual barrier when entering this kitchen.
- A proportional island with a prep sink, second dishwasher, beverage center and space to accommodate seating for four or more carefully placed in the center of this kitchen.
- The doorways were widened with placing structural support.
- The side door was closed up and now a contrasting color Hutch has taken its place to show off the prized china.
- Quad-tall double hung windows were placed on the back wall to maximize daylight.
- In the back hall the back windows were replaced with a set of French door and added decking to create a direct access to deck and backyard.
- The full bath was demolished and the tub space was given to adjacent pantry. The entire pantry was designed for maximum capacity.
- A new powder room was created from a remaining bathroom by the way of relocating toilet and sink.
- The old laundry room was reconfigured to have lots of locker space for all kids and added cabinetry for storage. A double entry door separated the new mudroom from the rest of the back hall.
- New matching hardwood flooring was installed instead of the old tile to create a seamless transition between kitchen, back hall and the rest of the house.
- Use of white color cabinetry with complimenting white carrera marble top and full back splash of marble lightened up this kitchen.
- The contrasting distressed Ebony Island and hutch allow a transition between casual and contemporary flair to flow through back and forth.