Central Jersey House and Home March 2011 : Page 46
2011 Central Jersey CotY Award Winners Billingham Built, LLC Residential Kitchen Over $100,000: CotY Winner The 1830 canal house kitchen needed updating to accommodate the young family’s needs. Desiring more storage and more modern conveniences, the homeowners turned to Billingham for solutions. Since the fireplace in the kitchen was a focal point but was not well functioning, nor did the design fit with the home, Billingham used a glass fireplace insert, faux stone that mimics the Bucks County shale of the area, and a reclaimed beam for the mantle. Radiant heat was inserted under the floor; cabinets were reconfigured to provide ample storage, single pane glass windows were replaced, and lighting was updated. The functionality of the home was increased yet the design remains true to the 180-year-old home. . 2011 Central Jersey CotY Meritorious Award Winners K&D Contractors Residential Kitchen $30,000 – $60,000: Meritorious Open floor plans for easier traffic flow, increased space, and comfort topped the list of homeowner needs. But maintaining existing features can be a challenge during design. To expand this kitchen, Ken Dahler of K & D needed to remove a knee wall but not disrupt the floor, so a transitional perpendicular oak board was installed, identifying the space, but not breaking it up. The new cherry cabinets are attractive, and taller units on the walls create more storage space. By reducing the size of the twin window over the sink, additional cabinet area was garnered for the homeowners. New overhead lighting further enhanced the functionality . 46 CENTRAL JERSEY NARI 2011 ANNUAL DIRECTOR Y . A&E Construction Residential Kitchen Over $100,000: Meritorious The beauty of some projects is enhanced by the innovative solutions to problems faced. To provide the homeowners the design and floor plan they desired, Greg Fontaine of A& E Construction reconfigured the kitchen layout, flipping the work area into space used as the dining room, and putting the dining area into the space created by taking down the wall between the kitchen and family room. A drop beam to conceal the HVAC ductwork was inserted in the ceiling between the dining and family room, with a support post hidden by a decorative column. The new layout assists in increasing the workflow, storage and work space, as well as the aesthetics of the home.
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