The Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards are fast approaching, and in light of the season we're sharing some of our favorite kitchens from past years.

Whether it's used for cooking meals or entertaining guests, the kitchen quickly becomes the heart of any home. What makes one truly warm, however, are the details that can be tailored to reflect its owner's lifestyle and taste.

Purposeful and innovative design are qualities the competition celebrates, so if you're looking for inspiration, these five kitchens are sure to supply plenty of fresh ideas. Click below to take a look at some of the award-winning homes with the most memorable kitchens.

Riverview House Kitchen, Wayne, ILL.

Kitchen Central, Washington,DC

Prairie Dog Kitchen,Washington,DC

Craftsman Kitchen, Minneapolis

Converted Barn Kitchen, Greenwich, Conn.