Client request: The wife wanted a European-style kitchen manufactured in the United States for her home in Plantation.
The result: The design is contemporary but organic. It features Zebrano wood veneer on the cabinets, porcelain on the floor and backsplash, a quartz countertop and a composite wood panel on the front of the bar. At night the bar lights up underneath. Kuritzky made a cardboard model of the kitchen before construction began. One of his suggestions was the addition of a wood beam over the window as an architectural element.
Trends: Combination of light and dark finishes on the cabinets, waterfall edges on the bar and cooktop, floating cabinets in the dining area and a high shelf with a mosaic in the background to display little-used items.
Advice: Research and go to the National Kitchen and Bath Association website (nkba.org) for lists of certified kitchen designers, says Reif, who is certified.
The collaborative remodeling effort between Lewis Reif and Harlan Kuritzy in this 20-year-old Plantation home is distinctive because of the unexpected finishes, including the Zebrano wood veneer, porcelain floor and backsplash, engineered quartz countertop and white painted cabinets.