Our judges have chosen the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for the finalists in each of 17 Considered Design Awards categories, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. You can vote once a day in each category, now through August 8.
In the Best Kitchen/Professional category, our five finalists are Medium Plenty, Mandy Graham Interior Design, Elizabeth Roberts Design/Ensemble Architecture, Space Exploration, and Emerick Architects.
Medium Plenty | San Francisco, CA | Cow Hollow Kitchen
Design Statement: "A remodel of a 1906 Edwardian for an art collector. The project focuses on introducing a modern aesthetic to a traditional palette."
Chosen by: Guest judge Diana Darling, founder of the Architect's Newspaper: "For a sophisticated kitchen with view of San Francisco Bay, I like the mix of wood and gray tones in the countertops. And the combination of organic lighting fixtures and casual open shelving enhances the creativity of the design."
Above: "The kitchen seen from the dining room, with a working butcher block at the end of the island."
Above: "A view from the dining room through the kitchen to the bay."
Above: "A backsplash behind the range; a concealed hood is installed above."
Above: "A detail of the steel shelf and backsplash."
Above: "Refrigerator and ovens are banked at one end of the kitchen."
Above: "A view toward the sink and beyond, looking out to San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz."
Project 2Mandy Graham Interior Design | Manhattan Beach, CA | Graham Kitchen
Design Statement: "This kitchen was created to enhance the experience of timeless modernism that runs throughout the house."
Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who says: "It's interesting to see a small, European-style house in Manhattan Beachâ€”unlikely, but it works. I like the fact that the designer focused on storage (a place for everything) and created a single, open living space encompassing kitchen, living, and dining. Not to mention the pale Dinesen wide-plank floors."
Above: "The cabinetry was built to emulate pieces of furniture. The gray aluminum lower cabinets ground the space while light is captured by a 14-foot-high skylight positioned directly above the single floating shelf."
Above: "The floors are from Dinesen and the walls are Benjamin Moore Paperwhite."
Above: "Cabinets are made by German company Bulthaup."
Above: "The refrigerator and all small appliances are integrated into the tall built-ins."
Elizabeth Roberts Design/Ensemble Architecture | New York, NY | Crosby Loft
Design Statement: "The Crosby Loft kitchen features a unique pink marble counter, backsplash, and integral sink. The island and the open shelf above the sink are built from the same wide-plank boards as the floors of the loft."
Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who says, "I love the way this small-scale kitchen maximizes the glamour quotient with the veined marble sink backsplash, stainless steel surfaces, and cool Corian countertop. Proof that size doesn't matter: You don't have to have a giant space to live large."
Above: "View from the bar. The island has a large Corian counter."
Above: "An overview of the design, with a glimpse of the hall beyond."
Above: "The marble sink, counter, and backsplash."
Above: "A look at the wide-plank custom-built island."
Space Exploration | Brooklyn, NY | Schoolhouse Loft
Design Statement: "This loft for a young family was formerly two classrooms in a school building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Space Exploration employed a language of light and simplicity to make the most of the apartmentâ€™s dramatic 20-foot ceiling height and existing period detailing. Classical architectural elements are distilled to their essence, highlighting the patina of the rich materials employed in both finish work and furnishings."
Chosen by: Diana Darling, who says: "It's a challenge to create an intimate, warm, and inviting space in a large, open room with very tall ceilings. With an extended light fixture and use of vintage furniture, this design utilizes the space well. And the black cabinetry with the gray countertops incorporates well with the classical detailing of the existing space."
Above: "A look at the open shelving."
Above: "An overview of the Schoolhouse Loft kitchen."
Above: "The kitchen viewed from the living area."
Emerick Architects | Seaside, OR | Old Salty
Design Statement: "This 1910 beach cabin was priced as a scraper house and valued only for its land. We bought it to showcase how, with a little love, some well-sourced eBay finds, and an edited palette of classic materials, we could not only save the cabin on a wafer-thin budget but also let this little gem shine again."
Chosen by: Diana Darling, who said: "Upgraded with the eBay finds and garage sale pieces, this old beach house plays right into my sense of design. The playful use of color combined with the casual outdoor space makes the kitchen the perfect setting for after-beach barbecues."
Above: "The back of the brick fireplace was left exposed and used to highlight one of our best garage sale finds: a 1927 fully functional gas stove. Not only is it beautiful but also it pulled off a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for eight with ease."
Above: "We were striving for a cabin kitchen that would be efficient but not overwhelming. It needed to also be sunny, welcoming, and easy to organizeâ€”who wants to open dozens of cabinet doors just to find a colander?"
Above: "Once again for a fraction of the price of a new retro fridge, we found this beaut. We bought it from its original owner who was in her eightiesâ€”it was the very first purchase she and her husband had made as newlyweds. All it needed was a new electroplating coating."
Above: "Unable to find a budget-friendly, unlacquered brass faucet (who wants to spend $1,500 for a cabin?), we instead found a trusty Chicago faucet design in chrome and then we had the plating removed. The whole thing cost a tenth of the alternative."
Above: "The new eating nook, situated in the southeast corner of the house, came to life with large fir casement windows that wrap around. An Etsy vintage light, coupled with more garage sale furniture and creamy beadboard walls complete the coziness."
Above: "The kitchen and nook from the outside. The same paint colors were used inside and out to keep the feeling warm and simple."
Vote daily now through August 8, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. Winners will be announced on August 9.