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2018 Award Winners



Kitchen, $50,001 - $100,000


Kitchen with a View


Lumberton, N.J.

Architect/Designer | K4 Design

Builder | Amiano & son Construction

Photographer | Jonny Shiver

This modern farmhouse kitchen remodel had several design goals to achieve while keeping function in mind. The original kitchen was dark with many ceiling obstructions, making it feel small and closed-in. The wall behind the stove and soffits were removed to create an open floor plan.

The team used a simple white Shaker cabinetry, white subway tile, and reclaimed shiplap on the island. For optimal light, windows were taken all the way down to the countertops. Tasked with bringing the rustic charm of the older house into the kitchen, the team used modern features, rustic elements, and industrial-inspired accents. Color palette is very important when creating modern farmhouse style, combining white, black, and wood tones.

The team removed the door that once cut off the kitchen from the laundry area and laid down a new rustic bamboo floor that created visual flow between the areas. The windows and doors were trimmed with a large colonial-style trim that gave the expanded eat-in kitchen a consistent look and complemented the large cabinets and island layout.

From the Judges
This update is dramatic. Judges loved how the dark detailing is carried throughout the design. The corner nook is unique, and the windows and infusion of natural light are stunning. The wood on the island provides a nice contrast in the space.

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