Crafting a Photographer's Vision for a Firehouse Kitchen

For many years, Martin Vecchio Photography has been KSI's professional photographer of choice when it comes to capturing our designers' amazing work - so we were honored and delighted when Martin came to us for help in designing his new kitchen!

Vecchio Firehouse Live/Work StudioMartin and his family bought an old firehouse in Detroit to realize his dream of creating a live/work studio.  He wanted to retain the firehouse's charm and character while incorporating his modern and creative style (I mean, he is a photographer!). Martin was handling all of his own install; they spent a great deal of time fixing up the firehouse and restoring original details such as wainscoting, flooring, and trim.

Vecchio Kitchen featuring Dura Supreme Bria cabinetry in Graphite and Pearl on the Reese door style

Vecchio Kitchen Island and LightingWhen it came time to design the kitchen, Martin had a specific aesthetic in mind and came to KSI to help bring his vision to life. We explored inspiration, ultimately selecting Dura Supreme Bria full-access cabinetry to achieve a modern look with maximum functionality.  Martin originally considered foil doors for durability, but supply issues forced us in another direction.  We arrived at an exciting combination of Graphite and Pearl on Dura's Reese door style.  In contrast to the contemporary cabinetry, reclaimed materials played a part in the design as well: Martin repurposed wood that he had torn out elsewhere in the remodel for use in the innovative bridge feature in front of the window as well as shelves on either side of the range!

Vecchio Kitchen - soapstone countertop birdeye viewThe kitchen is on the second floor and accessed only by a narrow stairwell.  This provided a unique physical challenge for our delivery team, who had to carry each cabinet up by hand. Other aspects of getting the materials in place were even more challenging - Martin had to rent a forklift to carefully raise his soapstone countertops up to a second story window from the outside!



Martin Vecchio Firehouse Kitchen - Winner, Kitchen & Bath Design Awards 2022, Bet Kitchen $75,000 - $150,000 Gold, from Kitchen & Bath Design News   2022-BALA-Winner-Mark-Black.   

Photographing architecture for a living certainly gives Martin a unique perspective in understanding function and beauty in the kitchen. In a delightful affirmation of his vision, his kitchen went on to win a trio of national awards: the 2022 Best Kitchen $75,000 - $150,000 Gold Award from Kitchen & Bath Design News, the Gold Award for Kitchen, $75K-$125K in the Remodeling Category at the 2022 NAHB Best in American Living Awards, and the Gold Award for Kitchen $75K - $150K in the Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards! 

Martin Vecchio shooting a project for KSI Kitchen & BathMartin Vecchio is a photographer in Detroit. His passion for architectural photography brings out the best in designers' award-winning work.

Martin Vecchio Photography


Tori Olijar
Tori Olijar
Tori Olijar is an award-winning Designer at Maison Birmingham. She also collaborates with KSI at our Birmingham Design Center. Her accolades include the 2022 NAHB Best In American Living Gold Award for Remodeling: Kitchen $75K-$150K, and the KBDN 2022 Gold Award for Best Kitchen $75K - $150K.

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