Grand Award: New Victorian

Central to the gut remodel of a stick-style Carpenter Gothic Victorian home is the overhaul of the kitchen to create a bold-colored space with work zones for multiple cooks.

Part of a whole-house renovation, this kitchen and adjacent laundry room injected bold color and space-saving functionality into a challenging footprint.

Built in 1898, the Emma Benjamin Lake House is registered as a San Diego Historic Home. Shown: one of three doors in the 225-square foot kitchen.

The cabinets are Arclinea "Papaya Giallo" in laminate. "The clients saw the color in a showroom and loved it," says designer Lisa Wilson-Wirth of Arclinea San Diego. They ditched their traditional kitchen design and started over.

Stainless steel counters, integrated appliances, and roll-up and sliding-door storage minimize unnecessary obstruction.

Two tall homeowner-chefs and ceiling heights of only 7'10" necessitated efficient space design. Upper wall units have acid-etched glass doors.

Instead of the usual kitchen triangle, there are four work zones: wet work, storage, cooking, and dining.

Modern appliances include an integrated European espresso machine and a combination steam and convection wall oven.

From the double pantry (sliding doors in acid-etched glass), a peek into the adjoining laundry area. Cabinets there are Arclinea's "Rosso Paprika" -- a complementary dash of color and function.

Custom, integrated dining table has stainless steel legs and a CaesarStone top.

The table is 36 inches high, helping it double as a work counter. "You don't want a low counter when you're 6-feet tall," says Wilson-Wirth.

Unique storage solutions include a roll-up small appliance garage in anodised aluminum that also provides a pull-out breakfast bar and additional work surface.

The old and the new: view from Victorian parlor into kitchen.

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