And the Winners Are...

Designers aim to please with award-winning kitchen and bath renovations

We all know that times are tough. One minute the economy is improving, the next minute it’s back down, and the housing market is on what seems to be a never-ending roller coaster ride. Ten years ago when faced with a problematic kitchen or master bath, a homeowner might have considered putting their house on the market. Now homeowners are working with designers to re-invent their homes instead of selling. | Some of the best and brightest designers in our area shared their favorite kitchens and baths at a recent design competition sponsored by the Southern Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Take a look at the winners and pick a favorite of your own.


Caterers’ Kitchen

Kitchen renovation over $50,000

Designer
Debra Hupman, CKD, CBD, ASID allied, senior designer; and Becky Crook, AKBD, designer with Creative Kitchen & Bath in Lexington, KY

Project history
Hupman designed the homeowners’ original kitchen 25 years ago.

Client wish list
The homeowners are commercial caterers, so they always dreamed of having a commercial kitchen in a residential atmosphere. “They wanted the best appliances they could get,” Hupman explains. The homeowners also wanted two islands—one for prep work and one for entertaining.

Design challenges
The original kitchen was too small, so the exterior wall was knocked out to make room for the new kitchen. The homeowners wanted a coffered ceiling, but the ceiling was too low. Instead, Hupman added detail to the flooring with a beautiful wood inset.

Favorite feature
Hupman couldn’t be happier with the end result of this renovation. She loves the luxurious details found throughout the space that set it apart from other kitchens. The 12-foot tiger wood island is unique with its curved lines, the stainless steel floating shelves pop against a backdrop of subway tile, and the quilted stainless steel backsplash adds a commercial feel to the space.

Resources

Interior design: Michael Franklin, J. Michael’s Design, Inc.; Cabinetry: Dutch Made Custom Cabinetry; Faucets: Grohe; Appliances: Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator; Countertops: Quartz


Lap of Luxury

Bathroom renovation over $25,000

Designer
Debra Hupman, CKD, CBD, ASID allied, senior designer; and Becky Crook, AKBD, designer with Creative Kitchen & Bath in Lexington, KY

Project history
The original master suite was located on the upper level of their home. The homeowners made the decision to move it to the lower level to avoid daily trips up and down the stairs.

Client wish list
The homeowners wanted a very luxurious, spa-like space. “It’s a very traditional home, but they wanted modern touches,” Hupman explains, including a fireplace over their bathtub.

Design challenges
The homeowners needed ample storage space, but Hupman didn’t want that to take away from the design inspiration for the room. She utilized cabinetry with mirror and wood-paneled doors instead of glass. “It’s a great way to increase storage without showcasing what’s inside the cabinets,” Hupman says.

Favorite feature
Hupman loves the surfaces and textures in the space. Polished nickel fixtures, glass and marble mosaic tile and three-inch countertops give this master bathroom an opulent appearance.

Resources

Cabinetry: Dutch Made Custom Cabinetry; Countertops and flooring: Marble


Bye-Bye Builder Basic

Kitchen renovation under $50,000

Designer
Sara Flynn, CKD, owner Life Styles Kitchen and Bath Designs in Hebron, KY

Project history
Homeowner Carol Frerman says there wasn’t one particular problem area in her kitchen. She just wanted something different. “We literally gutted everything,” she explains. Flynn adds that the home still had the builder kitchen—basic amenities without much personality.

Client wish list
Carol wanted upgraded cabinets and appliances with a clean design. She also needed to keep space above her cabinetry for her holiday décor display. “I’m pretty streamlined when it comes to design. I don’t like a lot of knick-knacks sitting around,” Carol explains. “That is, until the holidays roll around. I have to have room for my Santa collection.”

Design challenges
The original kitchen included a peninsula dividing the kitchen and eating area. Flynn created more room and flow in the space by removing that section of cabinetry and counter space. She added any lost storage and counter space back along the opposite side of the kitchen against the wall. Carol had an outdoor flood light as her only source of lighting over her sink, so Flynn gave her more lighting.

Favorite feature
Carol loves a piece of cabinetry sitting in her dining area that Flynn designed to look like a piece of furniture. “It’s a multi-purpose piece of cabinetry that doesn’t take up too much room,” Carol says. “Sara added little touches that turned it into a piece of furniture.”

Resources:

Contractor: Russell Doll Remodeling; Cabinetry: Hancock in Antique Snowflake by Candlelight Cabinetry; Flooring: Hall’s Hardwood Flooring and Tile; Countertops: Tan-brown granite with waterfall edge by KBR; Backsplash: Glass and stone by Hall’s Hardwood Flooring; Sink: Revel, Ferguson; Appliances: Whirlpool, Custom Distributors; Lighting: Seagull Lighting in Antique Brushed Nickel finish by Ferguson


Who Says Bigger’s Better?

Bathroom renovation under $25,000

Designer
Sara Flynn, CKD, owner Life Styles Kitchen and Bath Designs in Hebron, KY

Project history
The homeowners had time available to be their own contractors while they completely renovated an old home. “They completely gutted it from the basement up,” Flynn says.

Client wish list
A large steam shower with all the amenities was at the top of the homeowners’ wish list. “They wanted body sprays, a seat, all the bells and whistles,” Flynn says. They also wanted his and her sinks and as much storage as possible.

Design challenges
The master bedroom door, an alcove, elevator shaft and guest bath in the hall all had to be worked around. Flynn made the guest bath smaller and took out a closet to give the master bath an L-shape. “We put the huge, walk-in steam shower next to the elevator shaft,” Flynn explains.

Favorite feature
“We gave them everything they wanted in a small space,” Flynn says.

Resources:

Contractor: Homeowner; Cabinetry: Andover in maple with matte finish in nutmeg by Wood-Mode/Brookhaven; Hardware: Iron Leaf by Wood-Mode/Brookhaven

 

 

 

 

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