BLOG #2 of 3 IN A SERIES: CotY Award Winner: First Place, Residential Interior: $175,001 – $250,000 

September 12, 2019

Our team at Dover was honored with the 2019 NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award: 1st Place, Residential Interior $175,001-$250,000, for this fabulous renovation. For the next 2 weeks, designer and Dover blogger Beth Orr will walk you through this award-winning remodeling project which features an open concept kitchen and shared dining/living space. Enjoy!


CotY Award Winner: First Place, Residential Interior: $175,001 – $250,000 

Creating an open-concept chef’s kitchen and living space with Tuscan flair

To give you a frame of reference for the individual design elements included in this open-concept interior renovation, these photos provide a snapshot of the before and after transformation, beginning in the dining and living room areas:

View from dining room into living room. Before:

View from living room into dining room. Before:


To create this open kitchen/sitting area, we made two big changes in the former dining room space: First, we eliminated the window to allow more wall space to accommodate the 60” Wolf range.  



Above the gourmet range, we used hand-painted custom 18” x 18” tiles (Stone Impressions: Chateau) framed by natural field tile (STI Palatium Tumbled, Travertine 3″X6″ Ivory) to create a rich, Tuscan look.


The other big change: We had to install a steel column under the steel beam to provide added structural support. To integrate that column into the design, we built it into the working island and then added an additional column for balance.



In the prep island and counters, we used neutral Zodiaq Quartz in Cygnus Pearl to contrast with the larger island; and chose a single bowl sink with a sleek Moen faucet that maximizes counter space (S62608srs Etch Single Handle High Arc Pull Down Bar Faucet)


Next week, I’ll go into more detail about the kitchen with notes about the fixtures and finishes.

Beth Orr