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2020 Award Winners



Kitchen, $75,000 - $125,000


Historic Rejuvenation


Providence, Rhode Island

Builder | Sweenor Builders

Interior Designers | Digs Design Company | Woodworking by Jutras Woodworking

Photographer | Greg Premu Photography

This nationally registered historic home was built in 1867 and has undergone several renovations. In fact, the house was used as a storefront at one time and then converted back to a dwelling. Over the years, the luster of the original interiors was covered up or removed entirely. As a result, the design team’s goal was to modernize rather than restore.

To open the floor plan, two structural walls were removed, including the wall between the existing galley kitchen and dining room, and the wall on the left side of the foyer, which connected to both rooms. To carry the load of the removed walls, the team installed laminated veneer lumber. A coffered ceiling was then built around the new structural beams, carefully matched to doors and windows. The focal point of the new kitchen is a custom curved range hood with polished brass trim and rivets, complemented with custom cabinets and crafted walnut accents with brass hardware. The kitchen island features granite with a walnut apron and custom- turned 6-inch top tapered matching walnut legs. The restructuring of interiors allows for a cozy seating area in the kitchen to make the most of gathering and entertaining.

From the Judges
The judges said the new kitchen feels more appropriate to the house and looks high-end. They praised the attention to details and noted the arch detail, which they described as historical, but progressive.

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