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2023 Award Winners



Kitchen, over $125,000


Van Wezel Estate


Sarasota, Florida

Architect/Designer | Cooper Johnson Smith

Builder | Ross Built Custom Homes

Interior Designer | HSH Collective

Photographer | Ryan Gamma Photography

The mission of this project was to resurrect this space, which had previously fallen victim to subpar renovation, while paying homage to the home’s historical significance and architectural heritage.

The design approach skillfully marries the old and the new. The kitchen now boasts state-of-the-art appliances, including a rotisserie, and modern amenities, ensuring functionality for contemporary living. Simultaneously, it retains the charm and elegance befitting this historic residence.

Two islands provide ample workspace and enhance the kitchen’s functionality. Intricate panels covering the refrigerator and freezer were seamlessly integrated into the design, adding to the kitchen’s visual appeal. An open concept design allows for spacious entertaining, a key requirement of the home owners.

Reimagining this kitchen has not only enhanced its utility but also elevated its aesthetic, harmoniously blending modern convenience with timeless allure. The restoration preserves the essence of the Van Wezel Estate while delivering a culinary space that is as functional as it is captivating.

From the Judges
This elegant project did a good job blending the updated kitchen with the existing design, including the implementation and retention of a lot of the arches. The flooring follows a similar shape and texture of existing flooring to maintain continuity. The massive hood is very well done—providing a ‘wow’ factor immediately when you see it —and the ceiling details are great. This kitchen feels very comfortable and casual, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

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