Design: The Goal to Create an Award-Winning Project
Homeowners Andy Smith & Maddie McCarthy came to Sun Design with a goal in mind. To create an award-winning kitchen.
Not only did they want an award-winning kitchen, but also one that had better flow to enhance their everyday life as well as entertain family and friends. They had plenty of square footage in their colonial home, but a lot of the space went unused. With the staircase in the middle of the home, the standard rooms were littered around it. A formal living room, dining room, then kitchen, family room, and office with a powder room shoved in to the main-level. So much space that went unused simply due to sight lines (out of sight, out of mind), poor lighting, and purpose.
Multiple kitchen options were laid out before them at the first design review, but after much conversation, the clients realized they really wanted much more storage space than what they had. That’s when the design took a turn for the better and became much more than a kitchen remodel.
“We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our new space. When we entertain it doesn’t feel so cramped anymore. The space is much more open now and we feel like we can breathe.” – Homeowner, Andy Smith.
Review the award submission below to get a better understanding of what made this a NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) CotY (Contractor of the Year) award-winning project in the Metro DC area.
About the Author:
Beth Walters, Director of Communications, joined Sun Design in January 2011. As the Director of Communications she analyzes the local market and proposes and implements strategies through market research, advertising and sales promotion programs. This involves designing, implementing, and facilitating annual marketing plans for the firm, translating business objectives and strategies to develop brand portfolio objectives, developing strategies to facilitate business growth, and developing all promotional and marketing materials.
She brings to Sun Design and its clients over a decade of experience in land development, community associations management, new home construction, remodeling, interior design and marketing. Before joining Sun Design, Beth was Marketing and Designs Manager for a leading new home builder in Virginia Beach, VA. Prior to that, she was the Community Associations Manager for KETTLER in McLean, VA. She has earned certifications from a number of urban planning, real estate and development organizations.
“I’ve always had a passion for architecture and then developed a craze for generating buzz. When my husband and I decided to move back to our home town I interviewed at a couple places, but when I met with Sun Design, it was love at first sight. The atmosphere in the office is electric… very addicting to one that likes high energy.”
Beth is married and has three little ones at home to keep her on her toes 24-7.
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