September 20, 2018

BLOG #3 of 3 IN A SERIES: Creating a contemporary European kitchen: Get the look

Our team at Dover was honored by NARI with a 2018 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award: First Place, Kitchen Remodel ($45,001-$60,000), for this townhome kitchen renovation. For the next few weeks, designer and guest blogger Amy Tilow will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this award-winning project. Enjoy the clean, contemporary design and ingenious space-saving amenities.


COtY Award Entry:  Kitchen Remodel: $45,001 – $60,000 

Creating a contemporary European kitchen: Get the look

In this final blog in this series, I’ll detail the homeowners’ product and finish selections, complete with some beautiful final project photos!

The homeowners wanted a clean, contemporary vibe in their new kitchen. We achieved that look with custom frameless cabinets in high-gloss white laminate with sleek brushed aluminum L-shaped pulls.

To balance the white, a medium-hue grey granite, Steel Grey from Rock Solid Stoneworks, was selected. The grey tones and subtle movement was perfect to add warmth against the coolness of the white.

The backsplash was an area of great discussion. The homeowners definitely did not want any mosaic, stone or glass. Together, we decided on subway tile, which seemed a bit traditional—until we found a 4” x 16” ceramic tile in a soft shade of taupe (Crossville Expressions in Haze). We installed the tile square-set up to the ceiling, creating a modern feel.

For the floor, we selected a 12” x 24” porcelain tile that echoed the look of the granite in color and pattern (Crossville Sands in Dark Sand). These tiles were installed one-third offset at an angle to the hardwood flooring. A polished steel light fixture adds sophistication and whimsy.


With the renovation of the kitchen, the entire townhome living space finally feels cohesive. The home now has a seamless design that reflects the inherent European aesthetic of the owners: Clean, modern, functional, and most importantly, elegant!




This project was such a delight for me! The homeowners were a joy to work with and it was a wonderful collaboration that resulted in a stunning new kitchen that they absolutely love. If you’d like more information about this project, connect with me at or call Dover at 440-777-7555.

Amy Tilow