December 7, 2021

Shining Stars

The recipients of the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence for 2021 were recently named, including 24 winning projects in the Kitchen and Bath categories.

The awards, which were launched in 1994, honor designs in 28 categories of residential and commercial remodeling. Winners are selected for each of four geographical regions of the U.S. The regional winners are then judged to select a national winner for each category.

The competition is open to any professional remodeler or designer, and all of the projects considered for the 2021 awards were completed after January 1, 2018. The winning projects were determined based on overall design, creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original kitchen or bath.

Kitchens Over $150,000

Studio Stratton

This traditional kitchen was newly built to accommodate the needs of a young growing family. The large windows created some challenges with regard to upper cabinets. The designer chose to solve this issue with a unique glass-fronted built-in cabinet in a different gray color with Cremone bolts to highlight the homeowner’s collection of decorative plates and serving pieces.

  • National/Regional Award: Studio Stratton, San Diego, CA
  • Regional Award: MA Peterson Designbuild, Edina, MN
  • Regional Award: Platt Builders, Groton, MA
  • Regional Award: dB Atlanta, Alpharetta, GA

Kitchens $75,000-$150,000

Daniel Contelmo Architects

To update the dated aesthetic of the original kitchen, coffered ceilings were added to help scale down the existing tall ceilings, and the color palette was lightened to keep the kitchen bright. The upper cabinets were made larger and the detailing of the moldings was simplified to provide a cleaner look. The chevron pattern of the tiling is simple but adds texture and definition to the space.

  • National/Regional Award: Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie, NY with Tiffany Eastman Interiors, LLC, Fairfield, CT
  • Regional Award: TreHus
    Architects, Golden Valley, MN
  • Regional Award: S&W Kitchens, Longwood, FL
  • Regional Award: Slater Interiors, Bothell, WA

Kitchens Under $75,000

Studio Stratton

The homeowners of this contemporary kitchen wanted a high-end appearance on a tight budget, so the designer created a luxurious look using a two-tone cabinetry selection. The kitchen was also opened up to adjoining spaces for a more modern and sophisticated approach. Numerous elements were used throughout the kitchen to create a sleek, contemporary feel.

  • National/Regional Award: Studio Stratton, San Diego, CA
  • Regional Award: Knutson Residential Design, St. Paul, MN
  • Regional Award: RS Mannino Architects + Builders, Rutherford, NJ
  • Regional Award: Carriage House Custom Homes & Interiors, Franklin, TN

Baths Over $75,000

Innovative Construction

Functionally, the homeowners wanted a lot of storage. The project included recessed medicine cabinets and scads of cabinetry on the his-and-hers vanity. A countertop cabinet was also included in the space. Drawers were created beneath the cabinets and some of the cabinets contained specialty pull-outs, including one for trash and one for the scale.

  • National/Regional Award: Innovative Construction, Peachtree Corners, GA
  • Regional Award: Marvista Design + Build, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Regional Award: Marrokal Design & Remodeling, San Diego, CA

Baths $50,000-$75,000

S&W Kitchens

In the original bathroom, the client wanted a larger shower area, removal of the tub and more storage space. A rich wood vanity provides plenty of storage via doors and drawers, along with a tall linen cabinet. A white countertop with classic pale gray veining provides a dramatic contrast with the cabinets and an elegant look. The large shower features classic neutral tones against a dramatic tile floor and dark-toned fittings and hardware throughout.

  • National/Regional Award: S&W Kitchens, Longwood, FL
  • Regional Award: Advance Design Studio, Gilberts, IL
  • Regional Award: Carnemark design+build, Bethesda, MD
  • Regional Award: Studio Stratton, San Diego, CA

Baths Under $50,000

C&R Remodeling

This farmhouse was typical of a bygone era when the main floor bathroom served the entire house. To improve convenience and family harmony, a second-story bath was added that includes a single vanity in an olive green shade, along with an abundance of white subway tile given a fresh upgrade with gray grout. A wet room includes a rainshower, hand-held shower and soaking tub under skylights.

  • National/Regional Award: C&R Remodeling, Salem, OR
  • Regional Award: Jaque Bethke Design, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Regional Award: OA Design Build, Minneapolis, MN
  • Regional Award: Great Northern Builders, South Berwick, ME
  • Regional Award: TEW Design Studio, Raleigh, NC

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