2009 KCH&G Best Kitchen Remodel over $120,000

The Goal: To update the existing 1980s-style kitchen to a more contemporary look with an open floor plan.

The Challenge: The homeowner wanted a more spacious look, so an existing wall needed to be removed and the ceilings raised.

The Result: The dining room and kitchen are divided by a base cabinet and suspended wall cabinet for an open yet separate look between the rooms. An island was installed and the wall between the garage pushed back for additional space. The ceilings were raised via a truss system, and skylights now offer natural light. The space has a modern look with granite countertops, mosaic tile walls and espresso-colored frameless cabinetry. A fireplace and walnut flooring stained different colors finish the look.

The Judges Liked: The kitchen’s 30-plus person dining space and its modern colors, fixtures and design.