JMC Wins Contractor of the Year Award for Open Concept, Cape Cod Style Kitchen

Posted on:  February 3, 2017

There was a time when it was desirable to have separate kitchen and dining areas.  Today, for many homeowners, this type of floor plan is considered outdated and doesn’t allow for easy entertaining or flow of natural light. We recently transformed a home with a closed kitchen and dining area into an open concept layout that connects the two rooms with the outdoor living space. The new Cape Cod style space includes custom details throughout that were carefully planned by our designer to create the look and feel our clients requested.

We are pleased to announce that JMC was selected as the 2017 Regional Grand Coty Winner for this remodel in the Residential Kitchen category in the National Association of Remodeling’s (NARI) Contractor of the Year competition. The project also won the Grand Coty from NARI’s Northern New Jersey Chapter.

Read more about this remodeling story below, as told through a series of before and after photos.



The existing floor plan separated the dining and kitchen area. Our design involved opening up the wall between the two spaces, reconfiguring and enlarging the kitchen to allow for two people to work at the same time and adding an abundance of light and storage. A coffered ceiling with bead board and 7” wide plank oak flooring extends the entire space, creating key components of the Cape Cod aesthetic.



Previously, two large shelving units provided storage for food, dishes and small appliances that couldn’t be housed within the cabinets. The new kitchen provides a place for everything through a combination of cabinets, drawers, and shelving. Overhead recessed lighting, pendants over the island, and a triple window over the sink combine to make the space both bright and inviting. Decorative door panels on the refrigerator and trash compactor blend seamlessly with the rest of the cabinetry.



To accommodate two chefs, several prep stations were created and a sink was added to the island. A glass composite island counter provides a durable surface that requires minimal maintenance. A custom crafted hood and wainscot paneling add beautiful detail to the space.


A built-in coffee maker and steam oven free up counter space for other uses. A new walk-in pantry has a beautiful custom barn door.


One example of creative problem solving during design includes these pop-up outlets. They are waterproof and sit flush in the counter when not in use.

It was a pleasure transforming this home to bring the client’s vision of an open concept, Cape Cod style kitchen to life. The new spaces offer more light, storage, and improved functionality and connectivity to the home’s outdoor spaces and views.

If you enjoyed reading this remodeling story, you might also like this Project Spotlight about a Vintage Kitchen Makeover.

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