Merit Award: Tried and True

A traditional kitchen remodeled to be both practical and inviting.

The designers at Normandy Builders wanted the island to have the look of a furniture piece to create an inviting space for family and friends to gather in this renovated Wilmette, Ill., kitchen. The judges found the color palette to be inviting and soothing. "The kitchen is tastefully done."

This photo is taken from the family room looking into the kitchen. To be able to remove the wall -- which held the mechanicals -- between the two spaces, the designers zoned the entire second floor heating and cooling system and found alternative locations for the plumbing stack and the laundry chute.

The banquette allows for a multi-functional space for eating, homework, or just enjoying company say the designers. Materials, colors, and finishes in the kitchen space will stand the test of time.

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