When a remodel creates a kitchen that's both stunning and functional, it deserves recognition. So said the judges when they chose Tony and Kathy Mongillo's kitchen as a winner in our Dream Kitchen contest.
With a spacious floor plan, dark cherry cabinets and handicap-accessible features, the kitchen took the grand prize in the remodeled category.
Son Anthony, an avid cook, uses a wheelchair. So they knew the kitchen would need to be designed with him in mind.
"We bumped out the wall between the dining room and the kitchen to give him more room to navigate around the island," says Kathy, Anthony's stepmom. "We also indented part of the island to allow him more room at the fridge. Plus, we moved the wall in the dining area back 4 feet to give Anthony clear passage to the deck, so he can man the grill or get herbs from the garden."
With the help of a creative contractor, the Mongillos built a once-in-a-lifetime kitchen, from the durable porcelain floor tile to the double sinks.
"The kitchen is the most important part of our home," says Kathy, a registered nurse. "It's my dream kitchen because it was a gift from my husband and we planned it together. We love being in it and spending time together as a family." The family also includes daughter Cristina.
A pot-filler is a big help for making large servings of pasta on the six-burner Dacor stove. The appliances are finished in the same black glazed cherry wood as the cabinets. The contractor even added custom-designed molding.
The Mongillos were thrilled to learn their remodeled kitchen, a 4-month project, was a big winner. But their $1,000 prize money is already gone.
"We've already spent our winnings renovating the foyer," says Tony, "because Kathy was concerned that the Taste of Home cameras would catch a glimpse of our old wallpaper."
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