Challenge: To update and better integrate the L-shaped kitchen into this lakeside home. Designers dramatically changed the look and flow by creating “zones.” Judges appreciated: the varied finishes that define spaces, steel and light wood in the kitchen, teak in an informal dining area.

Location: Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Designer:  Arclinea Boston, Boston, Mass.
Contractor: KM Woodworkers, Braintree, Mass.

See list of all 2008 RDA winners.