Ernesto Garcia, ASID receives Award for Kitchen Remodel

by Tom Karl | Jan 2, 2012


This amazing transformation earned Ernesto Garcia, ASID a 2nd Place in the Residential Category from the American Society of Interior Designers – AZ North Chapter.

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1-2008 Excellence Award Winning Traditional Remodel-Kitchen-General View Before      2-2008 Excellence Award Winning Traditional Remodel-Kitchen-General View After

BEFORE – A dated 80’s Kitchen                                 AFTER – An inviting European/American Style Kitchen

For this Kitchen Remodel I was hired by clients who love European/American traditional styles. The residence they purchased had mixed design features that didn’t suit their preference for the harmonious, comfortable and relaxed elegance that traditional styles bring to a home.

The first thing I did in this space is create a more efficient layout by changing the “U” shape counter to a perimeter counter with a center breakfast bar and prep island.

I equipped the island with its own sink, a vast preparation area, refrigerator/freezer drawers, recycle bins, utensils drawers and generous lighting from recessed cans right above preparation area.

To define the breakfast counter, I used a long butcher block panel elevated from the main granite surface of the island. I brought down pendants with shades to avoid glare and embrace our complete design direction.

To give the space a greater sense of height, I sloped the ceiling and applied decorative wood beams to create a country kitchen atmosphere.

Regarding surfaces, I replaced the glossy small floor tile with a larger Vermont slate, this change gives the kitchen the texture and warmth it was missing. For the backsplash, I selected a light handmade crackled tile and only placed inlaid rosettes and liners behind the cook-top to create a focal point.

As for the cabinetry, I changed out the light maple wood for a rich mahogany. There is an almost luxurious quality to the deep red tones brought out by the contrast against the pale blue background of the walls. Using a raised panel door style and crown details, the layout was adapted to house state-of-the-art appliances.

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