Glen Ellyn, IL, August 27, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- A contemporary kitchen remodel in Chicago’s northwestern suburbs recently won a prestigious 2014 Regional Chrysalis Team Award. One room in a complete townhouse renovation, the finished kitchen design is a great example of how an award-winning team can collaborate together. Chris Donatelli, founder and president of Donatelli Builders in Wayne, led the team. Gail Drury, CMKBD and president of Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
in Glen Ellyn, developed kitchen design plans. Vicki Ovitt, an interior designer based in Wheaton, contributed interior design expertise.
“We’re always honored to partner with leaders like Donatelli Builders and Vicki Ovitt. We admire their work and enjoy creating client projects as a team. Congrats go out to Chris, Vicki, and the homeowners on the Chrysalis award,” said Gail Drury.
Chris Donatelli said, “For this kitchen, I felt that Gail Drury of Drury Design would be a great fit. Gail went right to work by carefully reviewing the wish list and walking the clients through a 10-page questionnaire to fine-tune their family’s needs. She then developed four preliminary floor plans with completely different ideas in each. After some brainstorming with the team, a combination of the four plans was chosen, incorporating different elements that were most important to the owners.”
The purpose of the remodel was to transform a very small kitchen into the functional hub of a 2,500-square-foot townhouse. Although the space was sizable, like many townhouse units, the original builder’s plans did not capitalize on the townhouse’s full potential. Both avid cooks, the couple wanted to create a fully functional space for their young, active family and their guests.
To maximize the townhouse’s livability and fulfill the client’s wish list, design plans called for improving the kitchen design layout, upgrading appliances including a Wolf professional six burner range with dual fuel oven, and creating a distinctive eating area with a built-in granite table.
By relocating the laundry area to another level of the townhouse, removing the wall between the spaces, and expanding the range wall by removing a broom closet, additional space was created for the kitchen. Also added was a new mudroom area with plenty of storage and a message center. Contemporary cabinetry and other aesthetics were included to update the look to create a modern European feel with coordinated finishes and colors including glass tiles.
Contemporary Townhouse Kitchen Remodel Details
Builder: Chris Donatelli, Donatelli Builders in Wayne, Illinois
Kitchen Design: Gail Drury, CMKBD, Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Interior Design: Vicki Oviitt, Wheaton, Illinois
Range: Wolf range
Dishwasher: Miele dishwasher
Tile: Bliss Mosaic
Refrigeration: GE Monogram refrigerator and freezer with custom door panels
About The Chrysalis Awards
Since 1993, the Chrysalis Awards have honored the finest remodeling projects in the country. Our goal is to provide consumers, remodelers, designers, architects and editors with a resource for remodeling ideas and to identify those companies that produce award-winning work. All remodelers presented are recipients of the prestigious Chrysalis Award, which honors the talent, creativity and professionalism within the remodeling industry.
About Donatelli Builders
Recognized as a consummate professional, Chris Donatelli brings an innovative approach to custom home building, renovation and remodeling. As president of Donatelli Builders, Chris and his team of hand-picked tradespersons embrace each project with the meticulous attention to detail that the luxury and upper-middle home market demands.
About Gail Drury, CMKBD
As the president of Drury Design, Gail is nationally recognized in the kitchen and bath industry. A former National Kitchen and Bath Association [NKBA] instructor, Gail holds the industry’s highest professional design designation: CMKBD, certified master kitchen and bath designer.
About Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Drury Design's Client Focused Design™ approach integrates design recommendations, materials selection and construction management into one seamless customer experience. Nationally recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association [NKBA] many times, including twice for best Showroom Design, Drury Design's client projects are often recognized by industry peers for their design, beauty and function. Over recent years, NKBA Chicago Midwest Design Vision Awards has selected more than 30 Drury Design projects as winners in multiple categories, including Best of Show.
In 2014, Drury Design received two “Best Of Houzz” awards for Customer Satisfaction and Design. According to Houzz, less than 4% of Houzz pros receive a best of Houzz award (let alone both awards).
Suppliers have recognized Drury Design’s projects as well. Sub-Zero Wolf honored Drury Design with the Kitchen Design Contest Local Midwest Award. Grabill Cabinetry Company named Drury Design as a top dealer over a dozen times. Drury Design’s media mentions include Houzz, 50 Dream Kitchens, Better Homes and Gardens, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Country Home, Chicago Home and Garden, Daily Herald, HGTV, Distinctive Kitchens, Kitchen and Bath Business, Kitchen and Bath Custom Planner, Kitchen and Bath Design News, Liberty Suburban’s New Homes, Professional Builder, Qualified Remodeler, Shelter, Women’s Day, West Suburban Living, Trends, Luxe Magazine, HGTV.com and Kitchens.com.
Located at 512 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio is one of the largest showrooms in the Midwest. To interview Gail Drury, CMKBD, about kitchen, bath and home design trends or to request permission to use an image, contact Jim Drury at 630.469.4980. View Drury Design's kitchen and bath design portfolio at http://www.drurydesigns.com/portfolio/.