The Phila Van Pelt Project

A Chrysalis award winner for kitchens under $75,000, this 500-square-foot remodel in Philadelphia is optimized for social gatherings with its free-flowing floor plan and generous banquette seating. The banquette is angled, as are a convex-shaped island and table, to create visual interest. Above a cooktop, a pair of triangles, in contrasting cherry and maple wood, provides a focal point in the space while concealing a Best ventilation system. To keep costs down, the design uses cherry cabinets by Crystal Cabinet Works, and Basaltina lava stone and concrete countertops.