GOLD Less than 240 square feet: TIE Youtopia Design and Hamtil Construction

Why the judges love it: The green and copper tones play well together in this space. We love how the designers made it feel cozy and comfortable for the family.

Photography by Darin Wood Photography


Youtopia Designs in conjunction with Hamtil Construction opened up a dated kitchen that was closed off and uninviting. The new layout allowed the designers to incorporate a dining island that also provided much needed countertop space. The client required a dining table-height area to eat at so she could keep an eye on her grandkids while she worked in the kitchen. Heavy, dark stained cabinets were replaced with painted cabinetry that has a custom glaze to highlight the fine detailing of the panels and moulding. Quartz countertops featuring an ogee decorative edge provide contrast and interest to the backsplash tile and cabinets. Green painted pantry cabinets and island give a punch of color. The designers added decorative corbels to support the lower countertop on the island. The copper highlights in the hood and pendant lighting offset the black stainless steel appliances. This kitchen is well equipped with storage including large pantry cabinets, tray storage, trash and recycling pullouts, spice drawer and blind corner optimizer. A custom cabinet appliance compartment with a lift-up pocket door houses a much-used toaster oven.



Contractor: Hamtil Construction 

Interior Designer: Youtopia Designs

Tile: Tile Bar, Stutte Tile 

Granite: Russo Stone & Tile 

Appliances: Authorized Appliance

Painter: JT Pitts Painting 

Woodworking: Amish Custom 

Flooring: Mannington Flooring