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April 07, 2014 10:00 ET

CliqStudios Announces Winners in Kitchen Makeover Contest

Dramatic Transformation of Connecticut Kitchen Judged to Be the First Place Winner

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwired - April 07, 2014) - CliqStudios announces Connecticut homeowner David Bienashski's dramatic kitchen transformation has won first place in the company's Kitchen Showdown Makeover contest. In a tight race after online voting by CliqStudio Facebook followers, 10 kitchen entries featuring CliqStudio cabinets advanced to the final round. A panel of industry experts selected Bienashski's kitchen as the winner, along with two runners up, based on three criteria: design, functionality and overall transformation.

"Our three winners exemplify the best of what is possible in kitchen design today," says Jay Swenson, CliqStudio's vice president of marketing. "By working directly with CliqStudios designers online, through screen sharing and on the telephone, these homeowners turned their dream kitchens into winning makeovers, and saved thousands by buying at factory-direct prices. We truly provide 'The Designer Kitchen You Buy Online'."

Bienashski, a contractor, completed his kitchen makeover as part of a whole-home remodeling project that included CliqStudios cabinetry in the kitchen, baths, bar and pool/entertainment area. Working online with Sammi Lindemann, a CliqStudios designer, Bienashski expanded the kitchen footprint, moving walls and adding windows to open the space and bring in natural light. The new layout improves the traffic flow from the kitchen to the living space and pool area. To create extra storage while keeping with the clean Shaker-style lines, the design called for extra deep upper cabinets to be recessed into the wall, concealing an additional four inches of functional space. The result is hidden storage inside the sleek appearance of a standard depth cabinet. Bienashski chose CliqStudio's Dayton Painted White door style for his kitchen.

Brad Rios of California captured second place in the voting with a dramatic update of his 1980s kitchen to a larger, brighter space featuring white painted Shaker cabinets with a complementary dark wood stain to create a focal point around the large center island. By modifying the upper cabinets surround the cooking zone and range hood, Rios and his CliqStudios designer, Elise St. Michel, were able to use varying depth to create visual interest draw attention to the professional level appliances. A similar design technique was used to set off the sink area by bumping out the cabinet and adding architectural detail with a pair of split posts. Rios chose CliqStudio's Dayton Painted White door style for his perimeter cabinets, and the Dayton Cherry Russet cabinets for the island.

Florida homeowners Chanie and Michael Kirschner took third place in the contest with a bright expansion of their existing kitchen. The previous layout lacked functionality and didn't take advantage of the natural light in the home. With an active family, the Kirschners needed more space for both storage and seating. By working online and over the phone with Jilda Mastrey, a CliqStudios designer, the Kirschners were able to lay out a new 16 by 18-foot kitchen. The result was new functional space for two key priorities: a semi-circle island to seat six people and a desk to serve as command central for the busy home. Now the Kirschners are able to cook, entertain and work comfortably in their new kitchen. For their cabinets, the Kirschners selected CliqStudios Rockford Painted White door, a mission style, perfect for an updated transitional design.

CliqStudios awarded a $5000 prize to the first place winner, $2000 to the second place winner and $1000 to the third place winner.

About CliqStudios

CliqStudios.com is a manufacturer of high quality kitchen cabinets that sells directly to consumers over the internet. Headquartered in Minnesota, CliqStudios provides 'The Designer Kitchen You Buy Online.' Our mission is to combine factory direct savings with the highest quality cabinets and a design service committed to give remodelers more for their money. We work with homeowners to turn their dream kitchens into reality. Visit http://www.cliqstudios.com for more information.

About CliqStudios

CliqStudios.com is a manufacturer of high quality kitchen cabinets that sells directly to consumers over the internet. Headquartered in Minnesota, CliqStudios provides 'The Designer Kitchen You Buy Online'. Our mission is to combine factory direct savings with the highest quality cabinets and a design service committed to give remodelers more for their money. We work with homeowners to turn their dream kitchens into reality. Visit www.cliqstudios.com for more information.

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