MERIT BEST KITCHEN IN A SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED CUSTOM HOME—3,000 TO 5,000 SQUARE FEET

LOTS ARE TIGHT IN MANHATTAN Beach, Calif. It's a fact of life that prompts many builders to go vertical to compensate for floor plans limited to 23 feet in width. When builder Matt Morris ended up with 9½-foot kitchen ceilings with cabinetry running clear to the top, he realized he needed a counterweight. The solution: a custom copper and antique brass vent hood.

From there, other handsome details in this eclectic French country kitchen fell into place, including a walnut butcher block island top, Calcutta marble countertops and backsplash, and a Rohl Shaw farmhouse sink. Beadboard under a bank of paned glass cabinets creates a vintage “china hutch look.” The 12-inch-plank hickory pecan floors were purposely specced at a lower grade to show knots and imperfections. “People will be tracking in sand from the beach, so we thought a distressed look made the most sense,” Morris says.

Entrant/Builder/Developer/Interior designer: Matt Morris Development, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Architect: Bartosik Design & Planning, Manhattan Beach

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