Open-plan designs, clean aesthetics and interesting use of space were all on display in this year’s Chrysalis Award winners. While the designs varied in size, scope, budget and style, each brought winning appeal to the table, with beautifully designed amenities, easy-to-navigate layouts and spaces that incorporated both aesthetic and functional pizzazz.
Founded in 1994, the Chrysalis Awards were designed to recognize exceptional design and remodeling work in a variety of categories, including kitchens and baths at a number of price points. More than 400 entries were received this year, with projects judged based upon the overall design, creative use of space and materials and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.
Following is a sampling of some of the winning designs.
Kitchen Remodel $50,000–$75,000
Mantis Design/Build, Minneapolis, MN
When Paul Linnebach of Mantis Design/Build was asked to remodel this kitchen, the clients explained that they wanted a family-friendly space that would allow for multitasking. Cooking was also important to the clients, so Linnebach set about designing a space that would accommodate the clients’ passionate love of cooking as well as their need for a space that would promote family time.
The large island provides a visual focal point with plenty of space for family meals, or for young cooks to help with meal preparation. At the same time, the island can also work as a space for doing homework or other activities.
Double ovens facilitate cooking for larger gatherings, while the open-plan design, which connects to the living area, also makes the space perfect for entertaining friends and family.
Kitchen Remodel Over $150,000
Jackson Design & Remodeling, San Diego, CA
An open-design plan, lots of light and European sensibilities were key drivers behind this kitchen remodel. The clients wanted to “dramatically open up the kitchen and living areas” and connect the space with their home’s natural environment, according to Todd Jackson of Jackson Design & Remodeling, which completed the project.
One of the key challenges was to create a flow between different spaces that did not relate to each other or the outdoors. To do this, the design team had to remove doors, windows, walls and even a fireplace to create an open space that would work for the clients’ needs.
Wood beams in the ceiling help provide balance, while new windows and glass doors provide plenty of light and better circulation of air. To provide a sense of balance and texture, several different woods are contrasted with the glossy white cabinetry and countertops, with white and dark colors and open and closed spaces creating visual interest.
The end result is a modern kitchen with plenty of open space perfect for entertaining or just enjoying time with family.
Bath Remodel $50,000–$75,000
Vujovich Design-Build, Minneapolis, MN
While the ‘80s bring back fond memories for many people, the clients in this 1960s-era home did not love the busy, shiny marble that covered nearly every surface in their 1980s-style bath, making it look dated, even while the slippery surfaces created a safety hazard.
The homeowners were seeking something a bit more quiet and modern, with clean lines and natural materials. They approached Beth Maimberg of Vujovich Design-Build looking for a more streamlined layout that would open up the space and make it feel more inviting. Storage was also high on their wish list.
Maimberg addressed the need for storage with slab-front, custom rift-sawn white oak cabinets in the perimeter of the space, which create a horizontal visual element while keeping clutter out of sight.
To create a softer feeling, neutral 12″x24″ tile is used on the floor and in the shower, providing a backdrop for the elegant Kohler Simplice fixtures and TOTO toilet. Added sparkle comes from the shimmering glass tile accents and satin finishes on the hardware and lighting fixtures. The end result is a calming, peaceful space that also has a modern aesthetic and plenty of charm.
Bath Over $100,000
Carnemark Design + Build Remodelers, Bethesda, MD
Increased storage, better lighting and a clean, contemporary look were on the clients’ wish list for this bath project. The design team at Carnemark began by reconfiguring the bath to provide better flow and increased functionality. To this end, the tub, shower and water closet were relocated, while an added linen closet and new cabinetry were incorporated to increase storage.
The tub deck extends to provide bench seating, and a spacious glass shower adds a luxurious note, while keeping the open visual feel of the space.
The pattern from the mosaic-tiled tub skirt continues into the shower, and is picked up as wainscot detailing throughout the space.
Two windows allow for the influx of natural light, while an eye-catching light fixture adds light and visual interest. The color palette of soft, neutral browns and grays adds to the warm, comfortable feel of the space.
Residential Universal Design
Glickman Design Build, LLC, N. Potomac, MD
While Universal Design has been getting more press in recent years, some universally designed spaces are more challenging than others. In this case, the client, who had ALS, needed an 18th floor condo bath converted into a space that would be accessible now, and into the future as the disease progressed. Russ Glickman of Glickman Design Build LLC was charged with the task, but there was a tight timeline, since the client was returning from Florida in less than a month and needed a quick turnaround on the job.
To make the space work, the floor plan needed to be opened up, with a barrier-free shower and sink with space underneath to accommodate a wheelchair. Easily accessible storage for towels and other items was incorporated, while a clean, neutral palette makes the space look warm and inviting.
Because of the client’s health issues, the project was completed in their absence, and Glickman notes that they were both shocked and pleased by the transformation, which provides both enhanced functionality and beautiful aesthetics that make the bathroom anything but institutional looking.