The Grand Prize Winner
By Juliana Weiss-Roesller
When Valerie Rizzo was brought in to remodel this kitchen, the clients’ needs were fairly specific: they wanted the space to feel lighter, to reconfigure the island, and to add room for a new 36” range where their pantry was at the time.
With limited room in the main kitchen area itself, Rizzo decided to relocate the pantry entirely, putting it behind the range in the hallway. Doing this allowed her to make it a spacious, custom walk-in, and she was able to make it feel like it was still part of the kitchen by designing matching hall and dining room cabinets (even the granite is the same). She also added an under-counter refrigerator and wine refrigerator in the adjacent dining room.
The kitchen itself has a cool, cozy, comfortable feeling courtesy of the way the Pumice-stain cabinets from Omega Cabinetry mesh with the Delirium Granite countertops from Alaska Marble & Granite, the stainless steel appliances (including the attention-getting range and hood from Wolf), and the pendant lights over the island. Rizzo turned the gorgeous stainless steel backsplash designed by the homeowners into a focal point by installing it on the wall above the range.
But there’s plenty of warmth here, too. The existing Brazilian Cherry flooring was refinished and added to adjacent rooms to tie everything together. Mounting the sinks below the granite creates the homey illusion of a farm sink. And the reconfigured island offers plenty of room for entertaining while cooking without dominating the room.
Rizzo was even able to turn the one real obstacle into a plus. Since she couldn’t move the column present in one corner, she decided to incorporate it into the design, creating a detail for the raised bar top which flanks the column on each side. The result is that the lackluster column was transformed into a welcome aesthetic detail that gives the space character and makes it more interesting.
In terms of functionality, the design offers counter space everywhere and plenty of room for movement. Including both a 48” sink along one wall as well as the 24” sink at the island means you never have to go far when cooking.
All-in-all, the feel of the kitchen is one that combines professional functionality and artistic beauty with a warmth that invites visitors to relax and settle in.
Photography by Dave Davis - DMD Real Estate Photography