Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Garners 5 Prism Awards!
Our dedication and commitment to quality design and craftsmanship was once again recognized at this year’s PRISM awards with five of our projects receiving awards at the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston’s PRISM awards gala in October. The PRISM awards celebrate “achievement in building and design,” 300+ projects were submitted for consideration by the region’s most prestigious building and design professionals.
The projects awarded included:
Gold: Best Remodeling /Restoration between $250,000 and $500,000
In a large, stately home in Hingham, MA, Design Manager Julie Lyons reimagined and redefined the kitchen and several adjoining areas, completely transforming the space with a redesign and renovation. The kitchen was originally nestled within the interior of the home. With just one exterior wall, the lack of windows and natural light made the room feel dark and foreboding. Julie conceived a Rubik’s Cube of reconfiguration which opened the kitchen up to adjacent spaces, creating a sense of connectedness and flow from one room to another. The new configuration allows copious amounts of natural light to fill what is now a bright, welcoming space, increased storage, and added functionality.
Gold: Best Living Area Private Residence – Bath
As the cornerstone to a private master suite in an expansive home located in a golf course community south of Boston, this master bath needed to exude the elegance of the home overall, and its owners, while serving as a soothing, private space to begin and end harried days. Working in collaboration with Interior Designer Barbra Bahr Sheehan, Julie Lyons, the design manager at our South Shore kitchen and bath showroom, maximized the available space by lining most of one wall with his-and-her vanities and cabinetry. An armoire with the look of a piece of freestanding furniture provides additional storage and works to visually define the bathing nook where this is a soaking tub centered beneath two windows. The mirrored doors of the armoire reflect the gorgeous views of the golf course just outside and the sparkly chandelier over the tub. A soothing palette of gray and white creates a space in which the homeowners can relax and rejuvenate.
Gold: Best Bathroom Remodel between $75,000 and $125,000
For Design Manager Julie Lyons, the challenges in this bathroom remodel were numerous. Set in a historic sea captain’s overlooking a harbor, the space needed feel appropriate to the home’s historic pedigree, yet also be reflective of the homeowners’ love of the Italianate style. Each element within the room appears to be freestanding, in no way resembling the more modern concept of built-in cabinetry. Unexpected, ornate details – the tile selections, fixtures, lighting and mirrors – create a sense of Old-World drama. One of Julie’s largest challenges was in designing a structure that would complement the room’s aesthetic to support a 500-pound, solid marble sink the homeowners had fallen in love with. Julie did this with six Enkeboll corbels in a custom finish. Perfect!
Gold: Best Kitchen Remodel over $200,000
This kitchen remodel was part of a complete redesign and renovation of a home in Chatham, MA. Renovations began with the removal of most of the interior walls in main living areas. Because some the walls removed were “load bearing,” steel structural beams and columns were needed to support the second floor. Two columns are hidden within an extended wall behind the range. A small partition wall that accommodates a dining bar hides another. Rather than view the required support elements as a detriment, Design Director Judy Whalen saw opportunity, bookending the wall behind the range with shiplap-lined alcoves with glass shelves. By repositioning the sink to the wall away from the water view, Judy was able to add double sliders which capture the water views and fill the new dining space with light. The windows above the sink were increased in size, providing more light and a lovely view of the gardens outside. The new kitchen has improved flow, with access points moved away from the work zone, and allowing people to easily move between the kitchen, adjacent dining area and deck. A self-service bar shaped like a ship’s wheel serves as a transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces, and can be used as a raw bar and beverage chiller. In collaboration with Kathleen Hay Designs.
Silver Award: Best Kitchen Remodel under $125,000
The owners of this home, empty nesters who had recently downsized to a bungalow in a beach community, undertook an expansive renovation of the home’s primary living spaces. The principal goal was to ensure the home met the needs of a permanent residence, rather than a summer home as it had once been, with a look that spoke to its location by the sea. The homeowners love to entertain – frequently hosting casual dinner parties – and the husband is a professional chef. Not surprisingly, the kitchen was at the forefront of the remodel. Working within the kitchen’s fairly small footprint, Design Manager Julie Lyons reconfigured the layout to improve flow. The new kitchen features the perfect balance of cabinetry and open space, making it feel roomier than it actually is, and accommodates professional-grade appliances, an absolute must for the husband. Natural finishes complement the surrounding pristine natural environment. Artisanal details add an elegant touch.
“We are honored to be the recipients of five Prism Awards this year. I want to personally thank the Roomscapes community for their passion, hard work and commitment to clients, “said Henry Lombard, president of Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center.
Top photo (L to R): Roomscapes’ designers Lisa Lally, Julie Lyons and Kelley Antonuccio, and business development and marketing manager Lisa Fabiano.