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2023 Award Winners



Kitchen, up to $75,000


1850 Historic Restoration: Magnolia Cottage On Rope Walk Hill


East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Architect/Designer | Zarrella Develoment Corp

Developer | East Greenwich Cove Builders LLC

Land Planner | East Greenwich Cove Builders LLC

Landscape Architect/Designer | Wilfrid L. Gates, Jr., ASLA

Interior Merchandiser | Salt + Pine

Photographer | George Gray Photography

Adjustments in the structure of the main living space were needed so that the kitchen was not hidden behind a wall. To enlarge the kitchen space, the wall between the kitchen and dining area were removed, and ceilings were raised to allow volume to create a larger feel. The bathroom and an entry door were relocated. Subway backsplash and a waterfall island countertop contributed to the clean lines to create the feel of a larger space.

The team worked with the historical society to restore the original exterior and reimagine the interior to include modern conveniences with a nod to the home’s original grandeur. The end result is a mixture of 19th century-meets-sophisticated modern style, luxury finishes intermixed with elements saved from the home, including exposed beams and supports, the original front door and the relocation of the homes post-and-peg center stick off of the kitchen.

The 9-foot ceilings allowed volume to overcome the 1,400-square-foot floor plan. A colorful kitchen with underlit original 1850 wood beams allow for an interesting ceiling to this kitchen.

From the Judges
This kitchen is a true transformation. The design got a full facelift by getting rid of small powder room that interfered with the pre-existing sink to open up the space and provide more room for appliances. We also love the exposed ceiling—it really creates a bold statement.

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