FAIR LAWN, N.J.- The Ives Architecture Studio (TIAS), a full-service architectural firm based in Fair Lawn, recently accepted a “Special Focus” honor from the 28th Annual Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards. The prestigious, national awards program sponsored by BUILDER magazine recognized a comprehensive kitchen renovation TIAS completed for a residential client in Hunterdon County, N.J.
“The Builder’s Choice Awards program sets the standard for design and planning excellence,” quotes a letter to TIAS from Denise Dersin, editor-in-chief of BUILDER magazine. Of the 360 entries in this year’s competition, 54 winners were chosen in three categories; only seven Special Focus awards were presented. TIAS’s Tony Kowidge, designer and project manager for the Hunterdon kitchen project, attended the recent awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“The projects honored at the awards dinner were spectacular and many were very large scale – it was a humbling experience,” Kowidge said. “To be included among some of the nation’s top names in architecture was quite an honor.”
TIAS’s assignment that led to the award-winning renovation involved creating a design that would enable the contemporary-style home’s five adult occupants to employ its kitchen as a main living area. The owner desired an open feel and timeless, modern look that would showcase the property’s beautiful, natural surroundings.
“While the existing, small u-shaped kitchen was closed in and dated back to the early 1980s, the home’s steel-frame construction enabled us to gut it, along with an adjacent hallway, pantry, powder room, home office, sunroom, breakfast area and dining room,” Kowidge noted. “The space became one large area featuring the new kitchen, a sitting area, dining area and alcove pantry.”
A full exterior wall was blown out and reconstructed as floor-to-ceiling custom glass (a challenge considering the thick mullions required by the steel construction), framing a stunning view of a river and waterfall. At the work end of the kitchen, the architectural studio incorporated low-level strip windows that look out over a pond and brook. The entire backsplash is lined with tiny strips of brown glass tile, which brings the woodsy theme inside.
For flooring, the firm incorporated nine-inch, legally forested teak planking to achieve a loft-style feel. Frosted glass pocket doors to the new pantry and a breezeway beyond the kitchen complement a white frosted glass bar countertop and blue milk glass wall cabinets. Stainless countertops in the work area, and ebony-tone, high-gloss lacquered wood cabinetry create a stunning contrast. All appliances are of the highest end.
Kuche+Cucina of Paramus, N.J. provided cabinetry design and organization, including extremely complex construction details for this unique custom design. The firm adapted TIAS’s conceptual plan to accommodate rigorous mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements.
“Ultimately, this project took an outdated kitchen and modernized it in a way that invites nature indoors and caters directly to the homeowner’s vision,” said Joel Ives, TIAS’s founder. “We are proud of the outcome, and the recognition from the Builder’s Choice award is highly gratifying.”
TIAS brings to its clients more than 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design and planning. The company has designed thousands of projects – both renovations and new construction – throughout the northeast United States.Originally issued as press release. Edited and republished here by ives-arch.com.