BUILDER'S CHOICE AWARDS
Each year, BUILDER magazine receives hundreds of submissions for its prestigious national housing design competition, the Builder's Choice Design Awards. The celebrated competition is one of the oldest and largest in the industry, with results that are eagerly awaited by architects, designers and manufacturers alike.
This year, as BUILDER marks 30 years of the award contest, Dacor has been named in one of the winning projects. The project, titled "Loft Conversion" won in the category of "Single Family Interior Architecture." Judged by top builders and leading architects, a Builder's Choice award win is a top honor in the indsutry.
With projects being evaluated on quality, design and innovation, the Dacor products included embody each criterion and contribute to the project's renovation and beauty of design.
The winning project, a loft conversion in Washington DC designed by Steven Spurlock of Wnuk Spurlock Architecture, was originally two separate loft spaces. When the second loft became available the owners bought the space and tasked Spurlock with a design that would embody the traditional loft aesthetic and stick closely to the feel of the original structure. By knocking out portions of the original dividing wall between the two units, Spurlock allowed the kitchen, living, and dining areas to span one large, open space, which he unified with new bamboo flooring.
The kitchen's dark-stained riff-cut oak cabinets conceal all of the appliances except for a gourmet cooking range and hood by Dacor. If you're interested in the same high style look, Dacor's Distinctive 30" Dual-Fuel Range offers the perfect balance of stylish design and premium performance, and the benefits of cooking with a luxury appliance at an affordable price.
A matching, furniture-like island featuring the same dark wood cabinetry holds a fireplace and media cabinet on one side and casual bar seating on the other, making the space an ideal place for entertaining.
There were places, however, where the original wall was kept intact as it came in handy for dividing up small functional areas. The second foyer was converted into a laundry and utility room, providing a "back door" for catering and deliveries, plus a walk-in pantry. On the opposite side, a sliver of square footage left over behind the new kitchen made for a tidy little wine room. For a similar wine room, you may consider including a wine steward, such as Dacor's Epicure WineStewardTM with single- or dual-temperature zones. The undercounter refrigeration system allows you to preserve and serve wine and chilled beverages at a precise temperature and humidity level, keeping you ready to entertain guests or enjoy a bottle from your wine collection anytime.
The loft conversion is a beautiful example of how to work with space efficiently and beautifully, incorporating traditional elements necessary to any living space, while preserving the look and feel of a vast loft apartment. Taking into consideration lighting, space, and the owner's living needs, the loft project is a perfect combination of style and functionality- something that any Dacor customer can appreciate, and very deserving of a 2010 Builder's Choice Award.
For more details about this award winning project, visit Wnuk Spurlock Architecture.
Photos contributed by: Brandon Webster, Photographer
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