Tracey Scalzo, CMKBD of EuroTech Cabinetry, Inc. has
been awarded First Place in the Small Kitchen Category of the 2012 NKBA
Design Competition. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
announced the winners of the 2012 NKBA Design Competition on April 24 at
Chicago’s McCormick Place during the 2012 Kitchen& Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
The competition drew almost 500 entries from across the U.S. and Canada.
Scalzo’s entry also garnered the "Best Before and After" award for the
"traditional-eclectic" remodel of a kitchen in the 100 Central Building in
Scalzo, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) has garnered
a number of national awards over her 22 years with Eurotech Cabinetry, but
says this one is particularly sweet. "I promised her that Eurotech would
install the best kitchen she’s ever had", says Scalzo, of her client, "and
I’m pleased to say that we delivered. She says she just couldn’t be
This kitchen also won HGTV's 2012 "People's Pick" for Best kitchen.
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While many might have been satisfied with the "before" kitchen, the
condo’s owner had a dramatically different aesthetic in mind. And she
likes to cook! Frustrated after spending time with other firms that
couldn’t grasp her vision, the client was delighted when Scalzo quickly
arrived at solutions to several problems. Due to the small size of the
kitchen, optimization of storage was essential, as was the incorporation
of high quality, performance appliances. The kitchen opens onto a formal
living room, so of course it had to look fabulous.
The workflow of the space was transformed by the rearrangement and
addition of appliances. By removing a return wall and borrowing just a few
inches from the adjacent foyer allowed the insertion of a stacked
microwave, oven and warming drawer. Fully integrating the refrigerator
minimizes its visual impact. Where there was once a marginally functional
micro/hood, a stunning faux stone hood commands attention over the
induction cooktop. All of the cabinets are fully accessorized with
pull-outs, a "magic corner", peg-board dish drawers, sliding towel bar and
drawer dividers making use of every last inch of storage space. HVAC
requirements and sprinkler system precluded significant changes to
existing soffits, so the ceiling recess was dressed up with paint, crown
moulding and cove lighting. Banquette seating nestled up to the half wall
behind the sink allows for comfortable dining while freeing up precious
floorspace in the Grand Room.
With no natural light of it’s own, the kitchen features layers of light
from the blown glass pendant to the rope lighting behind the toe mould
permitting several levels of illumination; from well-lit food prep to
subtle ambient lighting.
According to Scalzo , "There is nothing subtle or understated in the
client’s tastes, but she enjoys a surprisingly casual lifestyle".
Distinctly modern conveniences such as a TV niche and built-in coffeemaker
are tucked behind a newly configure angled wall divider so they are unseen
from the adjacent living room.
Scalzo says her client deserves a lot of credit for her finish selections
and commitment to only the finest products and accoutrements. The custom
copper-foiled mullions on the glass-fronted wall cabinetry echo other
copper details and provide a focal point as crystal and glass sparkles
beneath the puck lighting. Multiple hand-carved mouldings, stone splash
with copper tile inserts, and a fabulous stainless and copper basket-weave
apron front sink are just a few of the opulent details featured while the
distressed finishes of cabinetry, hand-scraped wood floors and chiseled
edges on the limestone countertops lean away from stuffiness and add
welcoming, touchable textures to the mix. The entire kitchen space looks
right at home among the eclectic mix of antiques in the adjacent spaces.
Fixed plumbing and HVAC locations
Accommodate collection of decorative stemware, cookware,
Provide pantry storage w/ minimal available wall space
Dark finishes desired in an iInterior location with little
Annexed minimal space from adjacent foyer
Utilized integrated appliances to minimize functional
Used recirculating ventilator in decorative hood
TV niche and coffee maker recessed to increase functional
space and decrease visual impact
Extensive use of cabinet storage accessories: roll-outs,
drawer dividers and pegboards, "magic corner", narrow pull-outs, etc.
Layers of energy-efficient, dimmable lighting and
light-reflecting limestone counters
Multiple decorative mouldings and onlays
Copper foiled mullions on illuminated wall cabinets feature
crystal and glass collection
Complementary worn and textured finishes
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