Elements of an Award-Winning Kitchen

As the winner of the 2020 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award for Residential Kitchen Under $30,000, American Wood Reface understands the key elements to an award-winning kitchen.

(And this honor marks the 5th win for American Wood Reface as a NARI Contractor of the Year!)

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The homeowners were tired of dealing with serious flaws in their kitchen, due to poor design in the original build, from tough-to-reach storage to ill-fitting appliances.

Additionally, the kitchen’s outdated appearance and low-quality materials were not aligned with the home’s value. The homeowners also wanted the project to be low-impact to their household, with a modest budget.


  • Updated design for a fresh, bright kitchen
  • Higher-quality materials to match the home’s value
  • Larger capacity, more accessible, and easy-to-organize storage
  • Space for a larger refrigerator
  • Low impact project for their family
  • A modest budget


Cabinet refacing, especially with American Wood Reface’s solid wood refacing process that includes 1/4-inch solid wood was the perfect solution for high quality and high value. Cabinet boxes were expertly refaced with premium-quality, solid wood, then new, custom solid wood doors and drawer fronts were installed with new hardware. This high-end refacing process increases the quality and value of the kitchen comparable to new custom cabinetry at a significantly lower cost.

The homeowners’ problem of limited and hard-to-reach storage was solved by converting several cabinets to easy-to-access drawer banks and adding storage capacity in the island.  Plus, the team added space for a larger, more modern refrigerator.

Refacing solved the quality, appearance, and functionality issues while preserving the budget and keeping disruption to a minimum, as our craftsmen are able to complete the average kitchen in about a week.

Finishes include refaced white perimeter cabinets with leather-finished granite countertops, silver gloss subway tile, and a contrasting island in a forest black finish. Stainless steel appliances and LED under cabinet lighting help finish the space.


  • Refaced white perimeter cabinets
  • Leather-finished granite countertops
  • Silver gloss subway tile
  • Contrasting island in a forest black finish
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • LED under cabinet lighting

Ready for an award-winning kitchen of your own? Connect with our kitchen design team today, and schedule your free virtual consultation.

Create Your Own Cabinet Style With American Wood Reface

Choose from thousands of solid woods, beautiful finishes, and attractive door styles to complement your home, lifestyle, and taste. Our designers will help you mix and match to create a look you love.

Explore door styles, colors and finishes to envision a new look for your kitchen with our Custom Cabinet Palette Tool.