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Huntwood Cabinets’ 2017 Design Contest


December 11, 2017

Above: First Place winning project, completed by Kent, Wash.-based designer Jill Peyton

Huntwood Cabinets recently announced the winners of its 2017 Design Contest. Open to all Huntwood kitchen designers and direct representatives, entrants were judged on the completeness of drawings, elevations and floor plans; their ability to overcome challenges encountered; and the documentation of the design, construction and completion phases.

“I was very excited to see the quality and attention to detail for Huntwood’s first-annual Design Contest,” said Ted Hunt, director of sales for Huntwood. “I could tell the designers put a lot of thought into the juxtaposition of various materials and cabinetry.”

1st Place
Jill Peyton, Kent, Wash.

This project was a remodel for a contemporary home, which was surrounded by windows with spectacular mountain views. The kitchen had three islands of various heights – all with large drawers – to accommodate entertaining and multiple cooks. The client really wanted thermofoil cabinets, since they are easy to clean and maintain. However, the homeowners had a very specific color and texture in mind – a neutral tan with some graining – that was hard to locate.

Peyton proposed combining white thermofoil with a wood species in a horizontal grain. Rift-cut white oak was suggested, but the color was too gold for the client’s liking. After speaking with the factory about a project that was recently produced in a matte finish on rift-cut white oak, a sample was shipped from the plant. The color with the matte finish was perfect and was approved for the project.

The result is a light-filled space with calming neutrals, plenty of room for hosting and durable materials.

2nd Place
Dean Boerigter, Bellevue, Wash.

Boerigter’s client was a walk-in prospect looking for a quality manufacturer to provide design and cabinetry for an upcoming new-construction home. The design needed to be contemporary with extensive cabinetry throughout the house.

The final design incorporated the use of ¾-in. panels to provide a wrapped look around the cabinets, which were black. This contrasted the marble-look countertops and the stainless steel hardware and appliances.


3rd Place
Jarmyn Bartel, Edmonton, Alberta

This was a show home for a builder, so it was important to have everything perfect for their grand opening. The builder wanted an industrial, modern look. Bartel had many discussions with the builder to determine what materials to use, and they finally agreed upon the combination of vintage black and rift-cut white oak cabinets. The resulting kitchen is a mixture of elegance and natural appeal, complete with open shelving and black subway tile.

4th Place
Ed Dick, Edmonton, Alberta

This project is a complete remodel and design, where the kitchen was completely gutted; this included tearing out the corner pantry, removing one window and relocating another. Besides the challenge of dealing with the details regarding electrical, plumbing and framing concerns, the existing bulkhead along the fridge wall was out of place and not deep enough to allow for crown molding to tuck in underneath it. The owners agreed to rebuild it to the dimensions suggested.

The final kitchen is complete with traditional white cabinetry, white quartz countertops, modern appliances and glass pendants for decorative lighting.


Honorable Mention
Karen Horte, Calgary, Alberta

This unique design was heavily influenced by the clients’ immigration from Africa to Canada. African design involves a variety of natural materials, so the design uses a mix of stone, green-tinted brick for the backsplash, unfinished oak wood and frosted glass. Either side of the hood is clad with the rustic stone and creates a dramatic archway reminiscent of African kitchens. The clients also wanted stacked glass cabinets to modernize the rustic look. The island features light wood, which contrasts the dark cabinetry around the perimeter. A sparkling light fixture above the island and a black-and-white countertop add intrigue and character to the space.