The 2014 Watermark Awards are upon us, and as entries trickle in, Custom Home Editor-in-Chief and Builder Senior Editor Amy Albert takes a look back at five of her favorite projects from last year's Watermark Awards.

Amy's favorite kitchen or bath projects all have practicality and luxe as the common denominator. There's no question why she would want to get her hands dirty in these sleek kitchens, and get clean in these luxurious baths.

Oh, and for those of you who haven't submitted a project for consideration in 2014's Watermark Awards, never fear—we've extended the deadline to February 28. May the odds be ever in your favor... 

Check out Amy's #1 pick, The Red Cottage >>

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Tucson, AZ, Omaha, NE, Austin, TX.