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2020 Award Winners


Interior Architecture & Design

Kitchen, Custom




Orlando, Florida

Architect/Designer | Phil Kean Design Group

Builder | Phil Kean Design Group

Interior Merchandiser | Phil Kean Design Group

Landscape Architect/Designer | Mills Design Group

Interior Designer | Phil Kean Design Group

Green Verifier/Rater | Two Trails Inc.

Photographer | Uneek Image

This home was built in a neighborhood of vacation homes priced at $5 million and up. The home’s earthy color palette and indoor/outdoor connections lend to the home’s name, Nyumbani, which means “home” in Swahili, inspired by the movie The Lion King.

The home was designed to accommodate a large family and guests. The oversized kitchen and its connection to outdoor living were planned to create a resort-like dining and entertainment atmosphere. With three islands, the first offers a breakfast bar; the middle features induction, gas, and Teppanyaki cooktops with a ceiling mounted hood; and the third supports the wine system with a bar sink and icemaker. The kitchen also has a built-in coffee maker, two dishwashers, and two pantries, one with a catering kitchen.   Inside the home, the kitchen opens to the family and dining rooms. It also opens to an outdoor counter bar for six via a large pocketing window. Beyond the bar is an outdoor dining room and summer kitchen.   The architectural details help create the luxury resort feeling. From the three-tier backlit floating ceiling, art niches, floating shelves, and use of warm walnut against a white canvas, the kitchen is a statement of thoughtful visual design.

From the Judges
The design fits the buyer's professional chef/cooking desire. The judges praised the “super-strong indoor/outdoor connection.” They noted the ceiling detail stands out and frames the kitchen. They liked the various uses for the islands.

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