The 2017 Tomato Kitchen Design Awards

First Place Residential New Build: Stacey Parker, Habitat Studio

An energy efficient, fun and welcoming custom home were top priority for this young enthusiastic family. This house functions incredibly well. It looks and feels amazing and it achieved an Energuide rating of 84 through the use of smart construction techniques.This kitchen boasts an oversized prep island with plenty of storage. The layout creates a nice flow between the work triangle and encourages full engagement with guests at the island and within the great room. The walk-in pantry, linked to the kitchen and mudroom, creates useful and accessible storage for the groceries. A small bar for entertaining and early morning coffee is tucked off to the side The soft palette throughout the home is accented with warm wood elements (wide plank hardwood floor, wood furniture) and painted accent walls. The high gloss kitchen cabinets provide visual interest and allow the solid glass backsplash to showcase the soft teal hue, an accent colour used throughout the home. Incorporated with the ceiling detail is subtle and sophisticated pendant lighting, which creates a welcome and cosy sense for all. — Habitat Studio [/vc_column_text]

Judges comments The judges loved the efficiency of this kitchen and its ability to have more than one person cooking at the same time. They also loved the clean (no sink) sweep of the island “Simple and functional, with a nice selection of material”.

First Place Residential Renovation: Stacey Parker, Habitat Studio

This renovation brought a 1990s house into the 21st century! The original open concept main floor felt small and dark. The old kitchen was tucked away in a corner with an awkward layout. Freshening up the colours and removing a closet helped it become a functional showcase kitchen. The new galley kitchen is centrally located which lets more natural light spill in to the space and takes advantage of the river valley and downtown views. The high-gloss white minimalist cabinetry is accented by Guyana wood cabinets and ceiling detail over the island. The refrigerator is faced with the same material as the cabinets, which allows the stainless steel appliances to be low key and not overpowering. The kitchen island has a comfortable seating area for visiting when the cook is in action, and additional storage. The beverage centre with a wine fridge and coffee area is to one side. The view to adjacent spaces and the outdoors is free and clear due to the simple recessed task lighting.— Habitat Studio

Judges Comments The judges were impressed by how well the renovation opened up the space and connects to the living area. “It’s comfortable, it breathes and would be great for entertaining; it’s a good working kitchen.”