Clarke Sub- Zero Wolf Design Contest



First Place

Opulence and high drama set the stage for this well designed open plan kitchen in this newly constructed home which includes a breakfast nook, desk area, posh butler’s pantry and all the amenities. The entire look is balanced around our client’s number one with list entry: a grand scale mantle which frames a six burner range top, perfectly creating the focus and heart of this kitchen.


National Kitchen & Bath Association

2010 Awards


Third Place

A small yet elegant kitchen/laundry room combo takes up all of 130 square feet in this Federal Style home in Essex, CT. Maintaining the clean classic look was accomplished by white raised panel doors adorned with crystal knobs, Calcutta gold marble counters, marble tile backsplash, and taupe silk wallpaper. Preservation of the original oversized exterior window was an opportunity to add bonus drawer space beside the stove. The adjoining side entrance area now houses the washer, dryer, brisker, and microwave. This keeps amenities out of sight but near at hand in this elegant classic petite kitchen.


Third Place

World travelers with a passion for collecting beautiful objects and of entertaining friends decided to remodel their kitchen around the AGA cooker from England. The constant warmth emanating from the stove is reflected in the selection warm yellows and mahogany stains colors. The Carrara marble counters were chosen with the intention of only increasing their good looks as they age. Antique chandeliers, church stained windows from 1800’s and 100 year old German blue and white tiles now look quite at home in this old world style kitchen.

National Kitchen & Bath Association

2009 Awards

Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD as 2009 NKBA Design Competition Judge

National Kitchen & Bath Association

2008 Awards


Honorable Mention

Covenant's winner for 2008 is a bright, airy kitchen in a newly built shingle style home.  The new home is located where the family’s summer home once stood.  At the center of the kitchen is a bank of windows where the brilliant marsh sunsets are reflected throughout the kitchen design.  The warm color palette, balance of the elevations, and the efficient use of space give this classic kitchen a casual elegance for family to reconnect and relax after a long day at work or play.

National Kitchen & Bath Association

2007 Awards


First Place


First PLace

The original design of this 1916 estate home, situated right on the water, offered breathtaking views from the dining area and great room but left the old kitchen confined to a series of small spaces. The new homeowners wanted a change and water views from the kitchen.

A renovation gutted the entire area and removed several interior walls in order to create an open plan kitchen and new butler's pantry with panache. A steel header was installed the length of the kitchen and the graceful arches in the existing windows were repeated in the kitchen design as an anchor throughout the space.

Pale yet vibrant violet walls set off the creamy yellow wall cabinetry with a walnut brown glaze. The island cabinets are a pale sage green to mimic the green granite on the perimeter counters. The curved seating section on the island ties in with the raised seating area between the kitchen and dining area. The new pantry room relates with walnut cabinetry and yellow walls.

The kitchen is stocked with a multitude of appliances, including two dishwashers, two undercounter freezers, range, wall oven, convention microwave and a warming drawer. The workflow and function accommodates the homeowners' busy lifestyle and offers space for entertaining.


Second Place

New construction doesn't have to be bland. This open plan kitchen, entertaining and dining space proves it.

Originally, the architect had planned a laundry/utility room that limited the space. Seeing an improved way to use the room, the designer asked that the utility room be relocated thus creating an open plan and providing room for a banquette.

The kitchen boasts pale ivory cabinetry with a walnut glaze against a polished onyx backsplash. The raised portion of the island is a flowing piece of curved walnut with perimeter and main island counter tops in marble. Guests seated at the table can watch the TV, which is housed in the paneled cabinetry space divider on a hydraulic lift that can be lowered out of view at the touch of a button.

The walnut sideboard-hutch was designed to house extra leaves for the dining room table, table linens and a 24-inch wine cooler. Across the room is an attractive white bar with lighted glass upper cabinets and a hammered stainless steel sink, finished with an extension of crown molding that graces the rest of the room.


Second Place

Driven by love for her color, the homeowner knew she wanted this bird's egg blue cabinetry for her kitchen the moment she saw it in the designer's showroom.

Designed to the period of the home, this kitchen keeps much of the 1932 Cape Cod feel, while giving it a functional update. The smallest details were kept in mind, including door styles, pulls, icebox latches and bracketed molding. The fir floors, stained in cherry, provide some orange tones that are a nice foil to the blue-gray tones of the cabinetry. White appliances won out over stainless in order to maintain that 1930s feel in the design. The hutch piece, with a stepped out cherry countertop, was created to showcase the owner's pastel Fiestaware collection. The wood top on the hutch also pulls in the tone of the floor.

The choice of a galley kitchen versus a great room-style kitchen was selected to keep with the look and feel of times gone by. In addition to keeping the kitchen as a committed food preparation area, having a dedicated room for the kitchen offers some definition in a home which otherwise has a very open floor plan.

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