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2020 Award Winners



Kitchen, $75,000 - $125,000


Marlier Kitchen


Scottsdale, Arizona

Architect/Designer | Craig Wickersham

Builder | R-Net Custom Homes

Interior Designer | AB Design Elements

Photographer | Original Proofs

This kitchen and bar were part of a whole-home gut and remodel. The kitchen stayed in same location with a new layout and the addition of a bar, which is close to the kitchen and ties into the style. The design team was tasked with bringing a modern style into a previously rustic Southwest home. The exterior, per HOA, remains rustic stone partially sheathed in stucco, meant to give an aging Tuscan look.

To respect that aesthetic, the remodeled kitchen  incorporates textured surfaces, layered wood tones, and handmade tiles. The team added modern luxury appliances, stylish matte gold hardware and lighting, and a modified-inset slab cabinet door for an overall contemporary style. Key features included reorienting the layout toward the views and new appliances, including a new hearth oven that was the ‘Wow’ element for owners who love to entertain and cook interactively with guests. Other focal design elements are the dimensional hood material, the 10-foot ceiling-height cabinets, and the large realigned window that wraps the corner.Art objects and sculptural lighting were incorporated into the design. Custom glass inserts in the hutch cabinet conceal extra dishes and additional pantry storage. Hand-painted backsplash tiles were made locally. The natural wood tone balances the taupe cabinets, some of which have a wire brushed texture.

From the Judges
This was a huge upgrade from the existing kitchen. The bar area is well done. The judges praised the good use of windows.

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