2020 Kitchen & Bath Design Contest: Publishers Pick, Construction Ahead

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Sarah Jordan, Construction Ahead

Beautiful smiling woman in blue long sleeved blouse
Sarah Jordan, Photography by Krys Alex

Sarah Jordan, Design Manager for Construction Ahead, created this light and airy kitchen for a client who was looking for a sun-filled space for her family to gather while she prepared meals. “I wanted the island to be a special feature of the space. Keeping it light with a ceruse finish gave the space texture and good contrast from the white cabinets,” Sarah explains. The large window was a request from the client, but it also cut down on cabinet space. So Sarah utilized interior organizational components to make the most out of the remaining space. www.constructionahead.net

Kitchen Details:

  • Cabinets: Kemper
  • Kitchen Island: Dynasty Omega
  • Fixtures: Elkay & Brizo

Tips to Make it Yours:

  • Don’t be afraid to mix your finishes
  • Do what you love, it’s your space
  • Be smart with storage, more cabinets doesn’t always means better use of space

Uncut Q&A

1) What is your official title, and do you have any special design qualifications?

Design Manager

2) How long have you been designing kitchens and baths?

5 years

3) What was the most challenging part of this design?

The most challenging part of this design was giving the client enough cabinet space as well as finding the room to place the larger appliances. The large window was a must-have for her, which reduced the amount of wall space that could be used.

Interior kitchen shot with white countertops and red runner
Photography by Just a Little Photography by Billy Little

4) What were the client’s needs for this kitchen and in the end their favorite feature(s) of this design?

The client needed a space that her whole family could gather comfortably. She has two children and she wanted them to use this space for schoolwork, studying and hanging out with friends, while she was preparing meals. Her favorite feature of this design is the large window and how much light fills the room.

5) What is your general design philosophy when it comes to kitchens/bathrooms?

My general philosophy when designing a space is to remember that the finished space needs to work and accommodate the family’s needs. I like to use classic finishes, so the design stays relevant throughout the years. I incorporate different finishes and textures to give an eclectic feel. 

6) Did you have a special look, feeling, or feature in mind when crafting this space or what was your inspiration?

I wanted the island to be a special feature of the space. Keeping it light with a ceruse finish gave the space texture and good contrast from the white cabinets. I also wanted the window to be its own star and did not want the other finishes to compete.

7) What is a common mistake homeowners make when redesigning their kitchen/bath?

A common mistake is not going through and assigning a space for all your kitchen dishes, utensils, and miscellaneous items. Know exactly where you plan to put your Tupperware, the tall travel mugs, and all the small appliances, etc. Being picky about this in the beginning and it will help you transition to your new space with ease.

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