Best kitchen in a single-family detached custom or remodeled home—3,000 to 5,000 square feet

Designed for entertaining, this kitchen effectively mixes a variety of materials, glazed cabinets, and fine detailing in a traditional kitchen that does not seem too touchy feely. The judges approved.

“The owner loves to cook,” says designer Dawn Gogel, “so we wanted to present the furniture-look while making it functional.” As such, most of the appliances are hidden behind furniture-like panels. Though it has a galley-style floor plan, the space is wide enough to accommodate multiple cooks and has refrigerator drawers and spice towers strategically located near the cook top for convenience.

The designers seamlessly blend granite, a raised walnut bar, and a stainless steel sink/counter in the space. The trick to doing this effectively is balance, says Gogel, explaining, for example, that the gray and brown in the granite pick up the stainless steel and the brown in the cabinets and walnut top. The bar and the granite also share a similar curve profile and matching edges.

Hoppet Design & Construction, the designer and builder, is passionate about design, so the firm used a variety of details that lend the project a highly customized feel. For one, the backsplash is made with planus metal and features copper accent tiles. The wall sconces above the sink are made from standard lights but feature custom frit glass shades that were made by a local artist. Frit glass, a special type of glass that has textures and bubbles, is also used for the lit back-splashes flanking the wall oven. Simply made with Velcro, glass, and a hockey-puck fixture, the pieces add a personal touch.

The result is a kitchen that is the ideal spot for serious chefs but also a place where they can entertain family and friends.

Entrant/Builder/Designer: Hoppet Design & Construction, Gig Harbor, Wash.

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Cabinetry: Custom-SLM Cabinetry; Countertop: Granite-Canyon Construction/Wood Walnut; Faucets/fittings: Kohler; Flooring: White Oak; Sinks: Custom-US Sheet Metal;Other: Metal/Glass Back Splash by Caracol;

Tip Using custom pieces is always a good way to add a special touch to a kitchen, but it is often prohibitively expensive. Designer Dawn Gogel says it doesn't have to be that way if you deal with local artists, whose work may be more affordable. “Artists do simple metal and custom details that can give a project a one-of-a-kind look that's fun and interesting,” she says.

What's Cookin' Kitchen trends from floor to ceiling.

  • Butcher-block countertops
  • Flat-paneled cabinets
  • Brushed finishes
  • Floors with less grain: bamboo, birch
  • Walk-in pantries, butler's pantries
  • Two dishwashers
  • Ceiling treatments
  • Tech center/study areas
  • Two sink areas
  • Inventive cabinet doors: popups, bifolds, slides, scissor doors
  • Mixing countertop surfaces
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