The Grand Prize Winner




This is the ideal kitchen for the entertaining household. The homeowners and their kitchen designer, Hollie Ruocco of Creative Kitchen Designs, Inc. spent 18 months developing this masterpiece. The time and attention given to this kitchen are evident in the overall functional scheme, as well as the many small details that you discover when you take a closer look. 

This kitchen is the centerpiece of a Kenai River retreat, centered on hospitality and sharing life with new friends and old. The hickory cabinets wrap themselves warmly around the stainless steel ovens and range, and fully embrace the Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer hidden underneath matching hickory panels. Granite slabs were handpicked by the owners to provide the natural beauty seen in the countertops, while the polished concrete floors reflect the warm welcome provided by the open concept floorplan.


Ruocco enjoyed working with the homeowners to incorporate both their ideas and their own handiwork into the project. 

“The client actually crafted the custom range hood and the light fixtures himself,”
— Hollie Ruocco
“You’ll also find whimsical stone faces peeking out at you from the custom stone work.”
— Hollie Ruocco


The display area on the outward-facing end of the island provides visibility for several prized art pieces.

Since the construction site was a two-and-a-half hour drive from Ruocco’s office, perfecting the layout and design prior to installation was crucial. In addition to the kitchen, custom cabinets were designed and installed in several other areas of the home – the dining room, the home office, the laundry room and the mudroom. Ruocco credits the extra time spent with the owners during the planning and design stages for the smooth installation that brought the project to a close.