May 31, 2012
-- Directions In Design, the best design company in St. Louis, has won an Architectural Finesse Award. DID has designed the top kitchen in the competition.
The homeowners wanted their kitchen and hearth room to be a spacious and enjoyable living space. To achieve their goal, the kitchen was designed with an open plan that connects to the stunning hearth room.
One of the biggest architectural challenges was removal of the upstairs bedroom above the kitchen. This allowed for a vaulted ceiling, visually doubling the space and echoing the existing hearth room ceiling. An interior wall between the kitchen and hearth room was demolished, resulting in a spacious, open area that is ideal for entertaining.
An existing fireplace was opened up to become double-sided and covered with cultured stone. Recessed can lights were added in both rooms to illuminate and highlight the artwork and dramatic stone features. Dark-stained, 5-inch-wide plank oak flooring was installed throughout the first floor, and a 54-inch window was installed in the kitchen to expand the view to the pool. The wall art in the hearth room is a striking focal point and enhances the natural tones.
Why the judges love it:
These spaces have been nicely integrated, disguising the fact that this was a remodel. Sophisticated and understated, the total effect is one of elegance, with colors that work well together, the warmth of the stain tone, great use of materials and attractive details.
Directions In Design, Inc. (DID) founded in 1975, has many years of diverse experience, in Hospitality (hotels, casinos, restaurants)
, Marine, Healthcare, Senior Living, Educational, Residential and Corporate projects. The woman owned (WBE and DWBE Certified) firm’s project base is built on extensive repeat business and a strong client referral network. As DID has grown, the firm has consistently earned awards for excellence.
Twenty professional design, purchasing, and support staff has accepted the challenge of projects ranging from extensive renovations to complex new construction. Resources include a large in-house library and Auto CAD allowing design teams to interface easily with owners, architects, engineers and other professional team members. Contact them at (314) 205-2010 and visit http://didstl.com
for more information.