Grand Award: Floating Function

Not only does this remodel integrate a light-flooded, modern kitchen into a historically significant home without disrupting the integrity of the exterior elevations, it's also green.

"So understated," said the judges of this 315-square-foot kitchen.

Materials include dark-stained rift-cut oak cabinets, counters and shelves of Calcutta marble, a center island braced by nickel-plated steel, and flamed French limestone floors. Interior design was by Jennifer Youngblood and Jeff Eckmann.

The goal was to replace a dark and camped kitchen with an expansive space that opens gracefully to a renovated family room (formerly the mudroom) and existing dining room and entry.

The sculptural center island is topped by three-inch-thick, honed Calcutta marble.

The oversized island is supported by nickel-plated, L-shaped supports that create a sense of airness without sacrificing counter space.

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