2015 Design Awards

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Kitchen Winner


Kitchen Makeover: Nathan Taylor transformed an old, cramped kitchen into a spacious spot for the family to gather.

It’s no wonder this fun and eclectic kitchen has been added to more than 10,000 idea books on Houzz, or that it was featured on Houzz as the kitchen of the week. Bright and spacious, this kitchen is just plain dreamy. But when designer Nathan Taylor first walked in, it was cramped, dark and didn’t meet the growing family’s needs.

“It doesn’t matter how big or how small your house is,” Taylor says. “Everyone congregates in the kitchen, but there wasn’t room in this house.” But by the time Taylor and his team were done working on the room, the family had all the space they could dream of.

To open the room and improve its functionality, Taylor knocked down the load-bearing wall that separated the kitchen and the dining room. New appliances were brought in and rearranged in the space, new hardwood floors were installed, the walls were painted a brighter and more inviting color, and modern light fixtures and a subway tile backsplash were added to give the kitchen a pop of modern style.

The old narrow cabinets that required a force of nature to close were replaced with open shelving that used repurposed wood taken from Obelisk Home. The island features a butcher block top and drawers that can be pushed open from either side, which, with the fact that the whole island is on glides, makes this piece incredibly functional.

Once all the construction was complete, the finished product gives the family the perfect place to gather for dinner, entertain friends or just unwind from a long day. “The owners wanted the kitchen to feel in sync with the original home,” Taylor says. “This gives them the style they want with all the modern conveniences they were missing.”—E.B.


New and improved: New floors, cabinetry, appliances and a subway tile backspash all helped transform this kitchen into a gorgeous and functional space.


Dog Dining: Thanks to these new dishes, even the pets in the home benefited with the remodel.

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