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2020 Award Winners



Kitchen, $75,000 - $125,000


Hip Family Kitchen Reno


Houston, Texas

Architect/Designer | 2Scale Architects

Builder | Steven Allen Designs

Landscape Architect/Designer | Zone Nine Landscape & Design

Interior Designer | Pamela Hope Designs

Photographer | Julie Soefer Photography

A young family moved to Houston after spending 10 years in Amsterdam and brought their preferences for clean lines and sleek European design with them. This aging 1970s home had a great location and funky vibe, but the kitchen was a mess, with partial walls of laminated cabinets, plaid wallpaper, and a hideous brown ceiling fan.

The area was gutted to create an open-format great room and kitchen. Thermador refrigeration, wine storage, and a microwave are on one end, with a range and stained wood open shelving at the other. A large island provides a sink, ample counter space for food preparation, and space for eating.  Subtle details include light gray custom lower cabinets on the perimeter with white upper cabinets and island. A quartz countertop serves the busy family well.  With two young boys, the family cooks most of their meals at home and appreciates the highly functional kitchen. Sleek modern pendants and bar stools hint at the mid-century modern style favored by the wife. A breakfast nook brightened by a large window to the garden sports a tulip table, custom bench upholstered in turquoise vinyl, and colorful modern art by a local artist.

From the Judges
Judges praised the relocation of the kitchen. They noted the nook and the high-end appliances. The European-like details are beautifully minimal and simple in design.

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