Seeing stars: the kitchen and bath are the stars of the house, and these four winners of the first annual Kitchen and Bath Star Awards shine brightly indeed

Seeing stars: the kitchen and bath are the stars of the house, and these four winners of the first annual Kitchen and Bath Star Awards shine brightly indeed – 2003 Kitchen and Bath Star Awards

Leslie Ensor

Grand Award Best Custom Master Bath Private Residence, Prides Crossing, Mass.

Award Architect Adolfo Perez assembled a sensuous palette of natural materials to finish out this free-flowing master suite. Quartered sepele and ribbon-stripe mahogany casework rubs up against walls clad in red copper and limestone; sandblasted and clear glass modulate space, light, and views; and cool limestone floors contrast visually and tactilely with plush wool carpeting. The judges found the effect both warm and luxurious.

The suite occupies an entire wing of the new, 4,500-square-foot custom house. Its master bath is designed to embrace the openness of the entire contemporary home while providing each owner with plenty of privacy. His-and-hers dressing rooms lead to separate bathrooms linked by a common shower that can be entered from either space. The shower, equipped with a steam unit and two showerheads, provides a shoulder-high window that looks out to an Atlantic Ocean view.

Project Credits: Entrant/architect: Adolfo Perez, Architect, Newton, Mass.; Builder: Thoughtforms Corp., West Acton, Mass.; Photographer: Wheeler Photographics. * Resources: Bathtub: Kallista, Circle 459; Cabinetry: custom; Countertop and flooring: limestone; Faucets: Dornbracht, Circle 460; Sink: Bates & Bates, Circle 461; Toilet: Kohler, Circle 462.

Grand Award Best Custom Kitchen Private Residence, Grosse Pointe Mich.

From everyday family meals to casual dinner with friends to a catered affair for 250–this kitchen is designed and equipped to handle it all. “It functions for the owners and the caterers without looking like a hotel,” said the judges.

Designer Pamela Bytner-Kilbarger used two workstations–a big, bright-yellow professional range and a large, granite-topped island–to create smaller areas within the large space. That makes the room more comfortable for everyday use while providing the efficient prep and cooking surfaces professionals need.

The kitchen is fully loaded with equipment to satisfy the fussiest chef, including two big refrigerators and a professional cooking-holding oven. But the detailed whitewashed wood cabinetry, display space for the owners’ dish collection, and barrel-vaulted ceiling ensure this functional space feels just like home.

Project Credits: Entrant/designer: Bytner Design Associates, Clarkston, Mich.; Builder: Uznis/Deneweth Co., Royal Oak, Mich.; Architect: McIntosh Poris, Birmingham, Mich.; Interior designer: Ingrao Inc., New York City; Photographer: Steven Paul Whitsitt. * Resources: Cabinetry: Craft-Maid, Circle 463; Cooking-holding oven: Alto-Shaam, Circle 464; Countertop: Costa Smeralda granite; Dishwasher: Bosch, Circle 465; Flooring: limestone; Range: Diva de Provence, Circle 466; Range hood: custom; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero, Circle 467, and Traulsen, Circle 468; Warming drawer: Viking Range, Circle 469.

Merit Award Best Custom Kitchen Private Residence, Brookline, Mass.

Designed to be the hub as well as the centerpiece of a large suburban home, this stylish kitchen connects to all the major rooms in the house–living room, dining room, family room–plus the breakfast and mud rooms.

The kitchen’s tailored good looks make it a worthy focal point. Architect Adolfo Perez lined the 900-square-foot space with sleek, steamed beech-veneer cabinets and brushed stainless-steel appliances. They’re set off by brown granite countertops and a black slate floor. At the center of the room, a mezza luna-shaped island does triple duty as the cooking station, prep surface, and high and low snack bar.

Perez didn’t want to lose wall-cabinet storage to windows, so he captured the sun with an octagonal breakfast room added off the west-facing kitchen. Surrounded with windows, it’s the next best thing to eating alfresco on the adjacent bluestone terrace.

Project Credits: Entrant/architect: Adolfo Perez, Architect, Newton, Mass.; Builder: Bensley Construction, Cambridge, Mass.; Photographer: Peter Vanderwarker. * Resources: Dishwasher: ASKO, Circle 470; Disposal: In-Sink-Erator, Circle 471; Faucets: Hansgrohe, Circle 472; Range, range hood, and warming drawer: Thermador, Circle 473; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, Circle 474; Sinks: Franke, Circle 475; Washer and dryer: Maytag; Wine cooler: U-Line, Circle 476.

Merit Award Special Focus–Materials Kitchen Remodel Private Residence, Pale Alto, Calif.

The existing plain-vanilla kitchen that confronted interior designer Lou Ann Bauer said nothing about the people who owned this Pale Alto house. Their aesthetic embraced color and a contemporary art collection that Bauer describes as “out there.” So she got rid of the boring white wood cabinets, white laminate counter, white appliances, and dark hardwood floor and replaced them with a feast of color, pattern, and texture.

Working with a local cabinet shop, Bauer speced paint-grade faces for some of the cabinets and hired an artist to comb paint on them in a variety of patterns. The remaining cabinets have sycamore faces colored with aniline dyes. Setting off the cabinets are concrete counters in three separate colors.

The cabinets have an angular layout that saves steps for the cook and keeps the rectangular room from looking like a tunnel. To shine light on all the color, Bauer added a new bay window over the sink. A patterned, cast-glass panel behind the range lets the dining room enjoy some of that light as well.

Project Credits: Entrant/designer: Bauer Interior Design, San Francisco; Builder: Farrell Co., Los Altos, Calif.; Cabinet painter: Erik J. Seniska, San Francisco; Photographer: David Duncan Livingston. * Resources: Decorative hardware: Bauerware, Circle 477; Dishwasher: Miele, Circle 478; Disposal: In-Sink-Erator, Circle 479; Faucets: Kroin, Circle 480, and KWC Faucets, Circle 481; Glass backsplash: UltraGlas, Circle 482; Lighting: Resolute, Circle 483; Microwave oven: GE Appliances, Circle 484; Range: Wolf Range, Circle 485; Range hood: Best by Broan, Circle 486; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, Circle 487; Sinks: Franke, Circle 488, and Elkay, Circle 489; Warming drawer: Thermador, Circle 490; Water purifier: Everpure, Circle 491.

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