2019 Silver Master Design Award Winner

Residential Kitchens over $150,000

Murphy Bros. Design | Build | Remodel has been honored with another Master Design Award. The national remodeling magazine, Qualified Remodeler, announced the winners of the 41st annual Master Design Award contest, which involved hundreds of entries in 22 categories from across the nation.

Murphy Bros. Master Design Award winning kitchen entry located in NowThen MN.

“I love it whenever our entire team is recognized for their awesome work,” said owner John Murphy, after formal notification of the Silver award for residential kitchens over $150,000. “It’s a pretty big deal when you consider this is a national competition against the best of the best.”

“You cannot win an award like this without a complete effort across the board, from a truly thoughtful design and careful project management to world class craftsmanship by our carpenters. It even reflects on the capabilities of our trade key partners,” explains Murphy.

The Silver winning entry featured the removal of obstructing walls and repositioning of windows, doors and appliances.

Cherie Poissant was the lead designer on the project and this is her second Master Design award. The project also won a regional CotY award and is featured in great detail with designer/homeowner video interviews here.

“This is really a lovely transformation," said Cherie about the project. "The Kitchen and adjacent rooms, once opened up and with the new windows and exterior door are now filled with light! The design details were all executed beautifully by master carpenter Mark Arntzen. The project turned out beautifully and really reflects the personality of its homeowners. I am sure they will enjoy their new space for many years to come!”

Murphy Bros. was last recognized with a Master Design Gold Award in 2015 in the Specialty Rooms/Niche Spaces category.

                • Senior Lead Designer — Cherie Poissant
                • Master Lead Carpenter — Mark Arntzen
                • Carpenter — Cody Schultz
                • Painters — Rick Dame, Michael DeJong
                • Custom Created Colors — Dan Flaherty

                • Marvin Windows
                • Kohler
                • Samuelson Custom Cabinetry
                • Country Lumber
                • Affordable Drywall

Said Craig Durosko, in the introduction to the the September issue of the Qualified Remodeler Magazine Master Design issue, “We’re seeing a lot of...really nice, large islands bringing the family together. I would say one of the big trends I see in the kitchen areas is opening up two adjacent rooms; a lot of family rooms being open to the kitchen, a big island, people taking walls down, bringing more natural light into this space.”

Judge Michael Menn, commented, “I’m still seeing a lot of white kitchens, even though this year we’ve probably seen more kitchens with color in them. But white is still there— it might not be a trend—but we’re still seeing white kitchens.

Judge Jeff Titus said, “The white cabinets still proved true, holding the test of time; but definitely we continued to see grays and even dark blues coming into the cabinetry. I think our traditional styling cabinet is still there, lots of inset and overlay doors.

Judge Jennifer VanderBeken echoed the sentiment, “White kitchens are going to be a classic staple that will be around for a long time [and] you always will see those. But you see them with a bit of a twist, whether they have accent, a tile that is exciting or various colors of islands or other cabinetry. But the white [kitchen] is a classic for people.

Complete judges comments can be seen here.

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