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2022 Award Winners



Kitchen, $75,000 – $125,000


Otto Stark House Kitchen


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Architect/Designer | Deidre Interiors

Builder | New Urban Home Builders

Interior Designer | Deidre Interiors

Green Verifier/Rater | GreenEdge of Michigan

Photographer | Geoff Shirley Photography

This renovation revitalized a 1967 modern home by noted Chicago architect Otto Stark — reportedly, the only residence Stark ever designed outside of his own. The design goal was to honor the home’s architectural significance while increasing livability for its new owners.

A key objective was to reconfigure a public wing on the main level to better accommodate casual entertaining. The focal point became a reimagined kitchen.

The home’s original kitchen was small, enclosed on three sides, devoid of windows, and both literally and aesthetically disconnected from surrounding spaces. The solution was to remove it and build an entirely new one at the front of the house. At twice the size of the original, and featuring an expansive island and nearby sitting area, the new kitchen offers ample space for gathering. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the surrounding woods. Warm, white oak floors and oversized Douglas fir cabinetry replace cold linoleum and metal cupboards, and new appliances with Douglas fir paneling blend seamlessly into the room. A piece of statement art provides a joyous pop of color. The updated floor plan now visually connects the new kitchen, dining and living areas, creating a comfortable and flowing environment for guests.

From the Judges
The finishes in the kitchen are amazing—it’s clear the designers put care into every detail. The warm hues, the creative table layout, the well-integrated hood and overall clean lines add a modern polish while still respecting the home’s original mid-century aesthetic. 

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