2014 Best Kitchens

It’s the heart of the home. It’s where everyone gathers during a party. It’s also one of the most commonly renovated rooms in the house. Check out the stunning before and afters kitchens we received for this year’s contest!

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Before
Kitchen - 1st Place

Kitchen - 1st Place

Kandrac Kole Interiors
(770) 514-9699
Kandrac-Kole.com
Architect: Barry Coyle
Contractor: Burgess Properties, LLC

Photos courtesy of Kandrac Kole Interior Designs, Inc
Photography by Emily Followill

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Outdated kitchen before renovation

Built in 1974, this kitchen contributed to the congestion in the house, had inadequate storage, and had too much wasted space for a busy family of six.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
View of kitchen backsplash and vent hood

This kitchen design is wonderfully unique from the Jade tile backsplash complimented by a stunning vent hood.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Cramped entryway into the dining room

This narrow space lacked purpose and gave a poor opening into one of the main social areas of the home.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Soothing colors from cabinets, drawers and pillared opening into living room.

The deep drawers used for pots and pans provide adequate storage with help from the cabinets, installed with frosted glass for added texture.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Dining room wall art, table, light fixtures

These mismatched frames provide character and reflects that a real family lives here. With the large lanterns hanging over the dining table, this gives the room a shabby chic feel.

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Dining Room, wall art, frames, lighting, Remodel and Design
After
Computer nook with comforting lighting and seating

Before, this home had a desk area that was never used and went to waste. Now, this handy computer nook grants this family with a comfortable and functioning space giving it a warm, homey feel.

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Desk nook, computer nook, Remodel and Design
After
Entertainment center with natural light and high beams

This cozy family room values and obtains the natural light given off from the big windows. Added storage is installed on the wall to make the room much more easy going. With the help from the vaulted ceiling, this room just feels more open.

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entertainment center, natural light, Remodel and Design
After
Large windows in the family room.

The 12'x6' rug is kid and pet friendly made up of carpet tiles that can be changed in case of any accident. A room like this is perfect for this family of six to snuggle together on the extra deep sofa and watch the amazing view outside of their window.

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Windows, sofa, high ceiling, Remodel and Design
After
Artistic painting living room

Companies & Products Information

• Kitchen Walls: Sherwin Williams 6206, Oyster Bay
• Kitchen cabinets: SW7012 Creamy
• Family Room: Sherwin Williams 7016 Mindful Gray
• Family Room built-ins: SW7018 Dovetail
• Distressed dining chairs: Bramble
• Large glass lamp and driftwood lamp in family room: Currey & Company thru the trade
• Sofa: Four Seasons available through the trade
• Dog art: Sugarboo Designs available through the trade
• Large lanterns over dining table and large arc reading lamp: Pottery Barn
• Dining table: Renewed Traditions
• Coffee Table: Lexington Furniture through the trade
• Desk and Vintners side table: Stanley Furniture through the trade
• Hardware on kitchen cabinets: Top Knobs
• Kitchen backsplash: 3”x6” Flagstaff Artisan subway tile in Jade available at ProSource.
• Fireplace tile surround: Shoo Studio, Big Styx polished stone available through ProSource.
• Fireplace hearth: Metro cream honed limestone available through ProSource.

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kitchens, island, bar top, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Kitchen - 2nd Place

Kitchen - 2nd Place

MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers]
(770) 670-6022
MosaicGroupAtlanta.com

Photos courtesy of MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers]
Photography by Gregg Willett (After Photos)

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Dysfunctional, small kitchen layout

This kitchen was remodeled to have a working L-shape design. Unfortunately, the opposite was achieved. The layout brought awkwardness and did not provide enough storage for this active family.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Close up of kitchen space and storage

This expanded kitchen is a place for everything. While incorporating the mixed textured of the floors, backsplash and countertop this kitchen is very much the new traditional.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Small, cramped kitchen space

This previously remodeled kitchen was constricted and inadequate for an active family of six.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Open concept kitchen with huge island

This open concept kitchen provides comfortable seating for the whole family. With room for everyone, this kitchen becomes a great social area for friends.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Kitchen banquette from hallway

This kitchen space opens up into a quaint breakfast banquette added for extra seating and storage. With a mix of some of the old and some of the new, this banquette is a little tip of the hat to history.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Kitchen island view
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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Kitchen - 3rd Place

Kitchen - 3rd Place

Desired Home LLC
(770) 617-6800
DesiredHomegc.wix.com/desired-home
and
Pipa Bradbury Design
PipaBradburyDesign.com

Photos courtesy of Pipa Bradbury

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Dark and small kitchen

This kitchen lacked in design and seating space. What should be a place for family and friends to enjoy, is actually dark and cold.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Close up island view

This kitchen certainly went from drab to fab. To create a light and open European design, LED lighting strips were added in the glass cabinets to give an intimate home feel between the kitchen and reading room.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Close up view of kitchen

New French doors and a larger window were added to allow more light to enter the kitchen. Installed were white marble surfaces with Walnut solid hardwood to bring out the contrast in this kitchen. The island and the light fixtures give this room a contemporary, but not cold, feel.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Close up of kitchen countertop and appliances

Companies & Products Information

• Special White Marble Premier surfaces Alpharetta
• White custom Kitchen: IKO LLC Ivan Kononchuk from Alpharetta
• Backsplash Tile: Pure Dusk Matte Glass Tile Floor and Decor
• Flooring: Bali Hand Scraped Walnut Solid Hardwood Floor and Decor
• Microwave: Sharp Insight Pro
• Stove: Electrolux 5 flame gas
• Oven: Whirlpool
• Pendants c lighting

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kitchens, island, bar top, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Kitchen - Honorable Mention

Kitchen - Honorable Mention

Construction Ahead
(770) 234-0911
ConstructionAhead.net

Photos courtesy of Construction Ahead, Inc.
Photography by Nelson Salivia

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
Before
Close up view of kitchen

This family was in desperate need for a larger gathering space that did not feel so cramped. This kitchen lacked storage and the two tiered bar top instantly created a divide.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Full view of kitchen

This beautiful kitchen dramatically changes its style and function for the family. With a new and improved design, the space automatically feels more open and a great place for friends and family to gather.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Cabinet and appliance view in kitchen

This wonderfully lit kitchen adds natural color to the clean feeling kitchen. The SubZero refrigerator is beautifully created to match the cabinetry. With an added appliance garage and state of the art appliances, it most certainly adds to the custom elements of this well-rounded kitchen.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Backsplash view in kitchen

This beautiful mosaic backsplash adds sparkle and shine to this kitchen. The overhead lights gracefully hit the backsplash and automatically create a bright and innovative space.

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kitchens, cabinet/countertop, backsplash, Remodel and Design
After
Island view in the kitchen

The warm walnut island and leathered quartzite countertops give this kitchen the dramatic effect the homeowners were looking for. Additional storage was added alongside the island sink, which is great for interacting with company.

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kitchens, island, bar top, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design
After
Close up view of kitchen appliances and nooks

Companies & Products Information

• SR Appliances: Sub Zero / Wolf
• Rohl: Ferguson Enterprises
• Custom Cabinetry: Jackson Cabinet Company
• Pendant and Sphere Lighting: Masterpiece Lighting
• Mosaic backsplash: Specialty Tile
• Hardware: Amerock

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kitchens, island, bar top, cabinet/countertop, Remodel and Design