Walking into area homes every week to feature a family and their unique style is nothing short of delightful. Some residents spend a great deal of money on their homes while others achieve unbelievable results with little cash and a lot of imagination. Here are some favorites from the past year:
Award for the Most Fabulous Kitchen Cabinets: Curt and Jahnae Erpenbach
I have seen a lot of truly incredible kitchens this year, including fantastic backsplashes, superior tile work, gorgeous countertops, well-designed layouts and stunning lighting. However, this pick was an easy one to make. Cabinets that actually curve through the corners and around the island are about as impressive as they can get.
Fashioned inside the home, these cabinets are chic and modern, which fits the rest of the spacious great room perfectly. Granite countertops from India top them for a fantastic finish and perfect contrast in color. The kitchen is simply a showcase.
“This big room is one of the reasons we bought the home,” said Curt. “It’s great for entertaining. The home is very unique and the builder didn’t cut any corners.”
Award for Amazing Bathroom Transformation: Bill and Cindy Byer
Truthfully, I want to give several awards to this couple. Not only have they done fantastic work on their house, Cindy has done the bulk of it with her own two hands — including the tile work in this bathroom, which is extensive.
Pink and mauve tile and fixtures reigned supreme before Cindy decided the retro 70s look was no longer welcome. Not fond of the appearance of a shower curtain or door that obscures the view of stylish tile, she reconfigured the space so she could do without either.
Retiling the floor, shower and bathtub area is only part of her work. Unpictured is the lovely area around the double-sink vanity across the room.