Competing with hundreds of designers, builders and architects from across the country, Santa Rosa Beach-based design studio Kitchens Etc. was named Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge national runner-up for its residential kitchen project at Alys Beach. 

Interior designer and HGTV personality Candice Olson presented Kitchens Etc. owners Jennie Rowe and Eddie Hatfield with the prestigious award Sept. 26 in Irvine, Calif. They received $15,000 and the expense-paid trip to Southern California to visit the new Thermador Design and Experience Center.

“These are some of the brightest kitchen design professionals in the business, and seeing the amazing results from utilizing Thermador luxury appliances is incredibly inspiring,” said Zach Elkin, director of brand marketing for Thermador. “These designers know what culinary enthusiasts need and have created stunning, yet functional hubs of the home that beautifully showcase Thermador’s capabilities in the American kitchen.”

The Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge encouraged professional kitchen designers, builders and architects to enter their most impressive kitchens equipped with Thermador appliances.

“The Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge award is an enormous honor, and we’re grateful to be a recipient” said Rowe, co-owner and kitchen designer. “Our goal for this project, unlike any of our other projects, was to create a beautiful, functional space that flowed effortlessly into the rest of the home. To be honored for this work on a national level by industry leaders is amazing.”

Kitchens Etc. is recognized for an Alys Beach home kitchen design, which blended cohesively with the home’s Mediterranean style and met the homeowners’ needs — such as a distinct area for entertaining, an open floor plan, a large work area and a plethora of kitchen appliances.

There wasn’t just the standard refrigerator, range and dishwasher combo in this kitchen. Kitchens Etc. seamlessly incorporated a full-sized refrigerator column, full-sized freezer column, two double wall ovens, built-in microwave, warming drawer, dishwasher, built-in coffee machine, range top and electric griddle. By utilizing custom appliance paneling and creating multiple cooking stations, Kitchens Etc. was able to create an innovative, unique kitchen design that maintained the home’s contemporary style. 

Rowe and Hatfield have more than 30 years of cabinet design and construction experience, respectively. Rowe, who is the firm’s cabinetry designer and space planner, is recognized as a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) with the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Hatfield manages home renovation and cabinet installation for the firm.

The accolade from Thermador isn’t the first honor the Alys Beach kitchen design has received. Earlier this year, the kitchen was chosen from designs across the country by Omega Cabinetry, the kitchen cabinet’s manufacturer, to be featured in the company’s product literature.  

For more information visit Kitchens Etc. at 2282 West County Highway 30A, Suite 4 in Santa Rosa Beach or call 850-622-4081. Visit them online at www.kitchensetcfl.comor follow them on Facebook at Kitchens Etc.