Altera Design & Remodeling, Inc.

Walnut Creek, California

2017 Region 7 Southwest CotY Award Winner, Residential Kitchen $100,001 to $150,000

While remodeling the dated kitchen in her 1980s townhouse, the retired homeowner requested a softer, more contemporary feel to complement the style of the rest of her home, and a more open, brightly lit space, since she spent most of her time there. Challenges included a high-angled ceiling combined with floating walls and a suspended lighting soffit, which created a dark, oppressive feeling in the space. By removing some of the floating walls, opening up the soffit in the middle, and adding layered lighting above a new work peninsula and throughout, a bright contemporary enjoyable space was created.