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2010 NKBA Design Competition


James Howard, CKD, CBD PLUS: 2010 NKBA Design Competition Winners

Connecticut Hideaway Classical Designer Construction Permit So what’s cooking in the new kitchen? The kitchen was a long walk and a stairway from the lavish dining room seating12. There was only one ideal solution: Adding a new wing to house a new kitchen. Today, Paris-born designer Robert Couturier and his partner Jeffrey Morgan live elegantly among centuries of antique treasures. New among them is the six-burner, 48-inch gas range and double oven in their brand new GE Monogram kitchen.

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cover story 24 ART OF THE INDUSTRY The NKBA Design Competition “Best of” award winners are revealed.


James Howard, CKD, CBD - 2010 Pinnacle of Design award winner. Small kitchen photo - 2010 Best Kitchen Winner, Tim Scott Cover photo: Barlow Productions Small kitchen photo: Donna Griffith Photography Alise O’ Brien Photography


Announcing the eight “Best of” award winners including, for the first time ever, the new Consumers’ Choice Awards.


56 2009/2010 NKBA Student Design Competition Winners


The best designs from up-and-coming designers.

The psychology, impact, and influence of color.

Creating a room’s environment based on the effects of color. How perception, culture, and behavior are all part of color philosophy.

68 Top 10 Trends From The 2010 NKBA Design Competition Outstanding design trends for 2010.

The country’s top designers are implementing complex contrasts, vibrant colors, and a high level of personalization.

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With entries from more than 50 colleges, students applied creative thinking to solve the kitchen and bathroom challenge.



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Eco-Friendly Building Materials Incorporate green principles into your designs.



New Technologies at KBIS See the latest high-tech products at the 2010 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.


KBIS – Be Inspired KBIS hits the Windy City.


How to specify energyefficient lighting


Experience the green lights of home.

83 – National Notes 84 – Chapters & Regions 86 – Legislative Update


Certification and tHE successful designer Why pursue NKBA certification if you’re already successful?

89 – Certification 93 – Accredited Programs 95 – Publications


“One afternoon, a woman calls to ask if her toilet had arrived in the showroom. I pulled the paperwork and informed her that her toilet had in fact arrived that afternoon. What followed was one of the funniest conversations of my career.”

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in every issue 2010 NKBA/GE Charette Competition first place winner: Hillaree

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DEAR FELLOW PROFESSIONALS As you’re reading this, KBIS 2010 is well underway, and it’s with great excitement that I say to all who are attending, “Welcome to Chicago!” To those of you reading this from your home or office, take a look at the informative and inspiring content that we’ve packed into our show issue. Let me begin the spring 2010 issue by introducing it under the new name: NKBA Magazine. Our new name was chosen as an updated and more accurate representation of the focus of the magazine—our members. The NKBA is its membership. It’s the leading industry association because our members are leaders in the industry. This is an organization made up of leaders, innovators, and giants in the kitchen and bath industry. So read on and enjoy the inspiring designs from the winners of the 2010 NKBA Design Competition. Look at all KBIS has to offer in education, networking opportunities, new product introductions, and some of the most informative dynamic speaker presentations relevant to our industry. The NKBA, along with its sponsors have just awarded more than $100,000 to the winning designers of the 2010 NKBA Design Competition. These skilled members showed an unparalleled level of design creativity and skill. We’re proud to honor the excellence of their work and feature their designs on the walls of the Design Idea Center in the NKBA booth N5701 at KBIS. These amazing designs will also be featured on throughout the year. I’d like to encourage you to take advantage of NKBA educational and networking opportunities during KBIS and throughout the year. Maximize your NKBA membership and KBIS experience by giving your business the edge to compete in 2010.


Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, 2010 NKBA President leading the association through accountability and responsibility.

If you’re here in Chicago, I hope you enjoy the show! To those who were unable to make it, I look forward to seeing you next year in Las Vegas for KBIS 2011.



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“What did you think of the digital format used for our Green Issue (Fall 2009)?”

A: I love the paper version. After spending hours a day on the computer at work, the last thing I want to do at home is spend more time on the computer; I need a break. I also like to cut out photos & articles that I find interesting & file them and recycle the rest. We regularly visit family that lives out of town, so for road trips, I love to let my husband do the driving and use this time to curl up in the passenger seat and get in some reading that I don’t have time for in the week. I also like to read magazines every morning during breakfast.


– Dana Langreck, CKD, Middleton, WI


The digital version is nice for referring back to articles and/or forwarding photos for ideas to designers and clients, but I generally take magazine hardcopies with me in the car to read when I’m waiting for clients, at a kid’s track meet between events, or on an plane or in the airport. The bottom line is once I have seen the magazine and know what is in it, the digital edition is convenient, but without the hardcopy, I may never see the articles that are of interest. Gary Nesslar Largo, FL


I much prefer digital. I switched to digital versions of my favorite newspapers and magazines years ago. I realized there were so many more benefits. It’s incredibly convenient to sit at one source, my computer, and read any newspaper or journal available. Recently, as I was cleaning an office closet, I came across stacks of magazines in piles taller than me teetering on the verge of collapse. I took one look at that and thought how all the | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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while relaxing or watching TV. I also like to keep it as a reference guide. I don’t always want to be looking at a computer screen nor do I want to print out the whole magazine. Because of this, I really prefer it in print. Sharon Verea, CKD Sunrise, FL

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Incorporate green principles into your designs.

By Lisa Pearce

I’ve been designing and selling kitchen and bath products for well over 20 years. Over the last 12 years, I’ve had the privilege of working for two design-build firms, the last being the most influential on my current path to designing eco-friendly spaces. When I was pondering how to begin this article about how to specify “green” during the pre-construction phase, I looked to my previous projects, books, many magazines articles, and blogs, and I quickly became overwhelmed. I imagine that many homeowners feel the same way about green design and perhaps wonder what it is they can do to become savvier about the footprint they’re leaving.

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It all Starts with Planning

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one and then watch as they all fell in almost perfect sequence. This should be the blueprint for any remodeling or construction project. Introducing new ideas and eco-friendly materials is simple, and you don’t need permission to specify them. Just do it. If your services include complete budget development for a remodeling project of any size, you have the power to orchestrate what’s specified and how it’s | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


green home The time to start thinking about a project’s environmental impact is during the planning phase. Most remodeling clients have been considering their new kitchen or family room for two to five years, and some even longer! Most will accumulate numerous magazine clippings, photos, articles, and samples, and then hand you a large three-ring binder with their wish list enclosed. This is a great jumping-off point for most designers, and this is also your chance to see just how much your new client is thinking about sustainability.

While qualifying a potential client, are you presenting yourself and your company as environmentally sensitive? Kitchen and bath remodeling presents the ideal opportunity to present the various ways anyone can contribute to this worldwide effort. As designers and specifiers, we have an obligation to educate our clients and set an eco-friendly plan in motion that will fulfill the client’s wishes and dreams, while also solidifying our commitment to the earth. Green design isn’t a trend; it’s here to stay, like the old bead board wainscot in my family room. We have the talent to turn back the clock, to design and build homes that are made to last. Performance and durability equals longevity. This isn’t a new concept, but an old one. With all the amazing features now available in fixtures, appliances, and building materials, we have a great opportunity to create comfortable, thoughtful, and environmentally-friendly spaces. Identifying your clients green priorities can range from sustainable material requests to healthy-kitchen strategies. One client’s passion for green may be revolving around a family member that is sensitive to indoor contaminants, while another may want to minimize waste and make use of salvaged or recycled materials. Once your client’s goals have been

Alternative Building Materials

When choosing materials for a kitchen or bath remodel consider recycled glass tile, concrete countertops, natural lighting options like skylights, and linoleum flooring instead of vinyl, which is made of renewable materials such as pine resins, cork, and linseed oil.

defined, the journey begins. I suggest that you begin by seeking out like-minded green building professionals. Some “old-school” remodelers may be resistant to your green goals, while others have been practicing green principles without using the term green.

Alternative Building Materials When choosing materials for a kitchen or bath remodel, there are a number of green alternatives that you should consider in the planning stage. For kitchens, install Energy Star-rated appliances and don’t specify appliances that do more than what the client really needs. Some new microwaves take 220-volt wiring. Do you really need that much power to heat up leftovers? For cabinetry, install formaldehyde-free units to prevent the release of envi-



vinyl. To prevent off gassing in other areas, use low or no-VOC paints, sealers, and caulks. Other sustainable flooring options include bamboo, cork, and reclaimed wood. In bathrooms, choose toilets that are dual flush or low-flow models to limit the amount of water used. Also replace old showerheads and faucets, as most new models have flow restrictor washers for using less water. In addition, install a wall or ceiling exhaust to prevent any mold or mildew growth, and again use low or no-VOC paints, sealers, and caulks. Visit to see all the different types of building materials you can specify.

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Identifying your clients green priorities can range from sustainable material requests to healthy-kitchen strategies. One client’s passion for green may be revolving around a family member that is sensitive to indoor contaminants, while another may want to minimize waste and make use of salvaged or recycled materials. ronmental toxins or choose wood certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) to ensure that it was harvested in a sustainable way. Also consider recycled glass, tile, or concrete countertops backsplashes, and install natural lighting options like solar tubes or

If you specify any or all of the products we just mentioned, your builder or installer will also be influenced by your choices. You should always review product specifications and provide installation manuals prior to the final contract signing. Some of the more innovative products will require special consideration when installed. Be sure to prevent any misunderstanding by setting expectations before the project begins. Not all installers are in tune to the eco-friendly options available to them. Providing the contact information for local vendors who are supplying sustainable, energy-efficient materials is a great way to get builders and installers to try out new products. For larger design-build projects that involve complete specification, I work from the studs out and try to bring in green materials that can be purchased locally and improve the energy-efficiency of the home.

skylights wherever possible. Install light fixtures on a dimmer and incorporate fluores-


cent bulbs instead of incandescent or halogen bulbs. Since fluorescent bulbs contain

Icynene spray foam insulation is a highperformance solution that will improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and significantly reduce energy loss due to air leakage. If Icynene isn’t a viable option for your project, consider the use of cotton or wool batt insulation, both of which are

small amounts of mercury, look for fluorescent bulb recycling in the area. If you’re considering vinyl flooring, choose linoleum instead. Vinyl, which is petroleumbased, is less durable, can trap moisture, and off gasses vinyl chloride fumes. Linoleum, which is made of renewable materials such as pine resins, cork, and linseed oil, doesn’t off gas any volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and lasts roughly four times as long as | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


green home GREEN TIP available nationwide, are produced in the United States, and are recyclable. Lowering monthly energy bills is at the top of every homeowner’s wish list when remodeling. Windows and doors can be the main reason for energy loss in a home. Look for Energy Star-certified products. Specifying a low-E insulated glass, lowmaintenance window will eliminate air leakage and lower energy bills. If replacing an exterior door is part of your project, look for the same insulating and sustainable qualities you would look for in windows. If you’re salvaging a existing exterior door that has no real insulating qualities, specify a great storm door and weather stripping. A weather strip that can be cut into the door will be the most effective way to stop drafts.

lOCAl RESOURCES You may be surprised at the local resources your immediate region offers. Seeking out local business and the materials they offer will also contribute to the community as a whole. Being green isn’t just about the products you specify, but also where they come from. Living in a communityminded town, I make a point to network with local businesspeople and make sure that I’m offering their services whenever possible. The industry is always changing and the consumer will continue to rely on designers and specifiers to do what’s right for their homes and families, but also to help educate them with a wealth of sustainable options.

Lisa Pearce, owner of LI Designs in North Andover, Massachusetts, is experienced in all areas of kitchen and bath remodeling and design-build specification. Almost two decades after her first job as a lumber and millwork salesperson, Lisa is doing what she loves—creating beautiful, sustainable, and comfortable spaces for people to live in. For more information, visit



save water: As of August 11, 2009, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers are required to use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle or less. Older dishwashers use much more water than newer models. A dishwasher purchased before 1994 uses about 8 additional gallons of water in each cycle compared to a new *Source: ENERGY STAR qualified model.*

The Beauty of Less Water In the past, low-flow plumbing products not only offered questionable performance, but they also were unsightly to look at and more reminiscent of a 1950’s bathroom. today, however, thanks to the good corporate citizenship of major plumbing manufacturers, all that has changed. Achieving a beautiful yet sustainable design throughout the house is now a reality. Hand-blown recycled glass vessels adorn powder rooms with low-flow decorative finished lavatory faucets completing the look. Dual-flush toilets that lead the industry in performance are also more stylish that ever. Air tubs that use several inches of water instead of many gallons allow the bather to benefit from holistic therapies without suffering from big water bills. This sustainable plumbing, coupled with Energy Star-qualified appliances, provides a perfect match in promoting water conservation. In the kitchen, dishwashers that use one gallon of water per wash cycle will not only benefit the user, but they’ll also be a hot topic of conversation during parties. There’s only so much water on the earth, and these products are all great examples of green conservatism that we can share with our children for future generations of environmentally responsible individuals. It only takes one small step to make a big difference in your water bill and the world around you. Not only will your wallet feel better, but so will you. – JoDi FaZio

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New Technologies at KBIS


See the latest high-tech products at the 2010 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. The NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is well-known for all the kitchen and bath product releases made there each year, but over the years, introductions of new technology have become increasingly apparent on the show floor. Many kitchen and bath product categories will put new technological innovations on display at KBIS, but here, we’ll focus on three: appliances, plumbing fixtures, and hardware.

APPLIANCES GE – Booth N6607 & N6617

Industry leader GE will be spotlighting its pilot line of smart-gridenabled appliances. The new Hybrid Water Heater is the first smart appliance available on the market, to be followed by refrigerators, microwaves, and ranges. Following air heating and cooling, home


water heating is the largest in residential energy consumption. The Hybrid Water Heater can cut residential water heater energy costs in half. The inner mechanics of these smart appliances will talk to the utility grid, enabling the appliances to power down or delay operations to avoid drawing significant power during peak demand times.

Jenn-Air – Booth N7107 KBIS exhibitor Jenn-Air will showcase its Trifecta Dishwasher, part of its luxury appliance collection that also includes wall ovens, cooktops, and ventilation systems. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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The new Sensor Wash option gauges the load size and food particle levels and adjusts the wash cycle accordingly. Additional cycles include a one-hour wash option, a plate warmer cycle, a crystal and china cycle, a top rack-only option and a steam clean option. A variable speed motor adjusts to save energy and reduce noise—a benefit when entertaining at home. Ultimately designed to maximize load flexibility, the Trifecta Dishwasher was constructed with an adjustable upper rack, cup shelves with integrated stemware holders, and a lower rack with a Split & Fit silverware basket.

Fisher & Paykel – Booth N6012 Fisher & Paykel will be featuring its 36” Side by Side Energy Star Refrigerator, the latest edition to the DCS family of products. Offering a tri-sensor control system, this refrigerator includes a humidity drawer perfect for produce, an adjustable temperature drawer for meats and cheeses, and a beverage chiller designed to keep drinks cooler than the rest of the refrigerator. The refrigerator’s ergonomic design includes hidden hinges, multiple drawers, shelves that allow for maximum storage of large items, and a counter depth design that installs flush with cabinetry. This energy-efficient refrigerator is Energy Star-qualified and uses 20 percent less energy than required by current federal standards.



An industry leader in ovens, TurboChef will be featuring its 30” Double Wall Speedcook Oven, which features a top and bottom cook cavity. The bottom cavity serves as a traditional convection oven, while the top cook cavity incorporates TurboChef’s Airspeed Technology that can prepare food up to 15 times faster than a conventional oven. TurboChef’s signature design features premium stainless steel chassis and polished aluminum door handles with the upper door available in a variety of exciting colors. An analog clock and timer, precise dial-control knobs, and a color LCD interface featuring TurboChef’s Cookwheel and Cook Navigator functions maximize functionality, visibility, and ease of use.

True Professional Series – Booth N7401 KOBE RANGE HOODS

True professional Series’ products can be found in some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants throughout the world, and now that technology is moving to the home. The company will be featuring the True Private Reserve Wine Cabinet, a signature product from its line of residential, high-performance undercounter beverage refrigerators. Its balanced refrigeration keeps the desired temperature within one degree throughout the cabinet at all times. The True Private Reserve Wine Cabinet holds 53 bottles using state-of-the-art glide-out shelving.


Kobe Range HoodS – Booth N7124

DanbY – Booth N7701 Danby will be featuring a number of products at KBIS 2010, including its DDW1899BLS dishwasher. Featuring a built-in water softener system, this large dishwasher can hold up to eight place settings. The sleek black and stainless steel design also features a durable stainless steel spray arm and interior, and is also Energy Star-qualified. A number of programmable features, such as a delayed start function and seven different wash cycles, including one conveniently for glass, can accommodate crystal and fine china.




An innovator in range hoods, Kobe Range Hoods will showcase its CH-122 SQB Series Multi-Style Hood, a signature product that blends into any kitchen style whether used in an under cabinet or wall mount style. This sleek 6” high seamless Multi-Style hood features four speeds and Kobe’s QuietMode technology. Halogen lights effectively illuminate the cooktop and the dishwasher-safe stainless steel baffles give the unit a professional appearance. It also features a versatile multi-exhaust for top or rear venting. The unit also showcases a convenient 30-second delay shutoff feature.



Liebherr – Booth N6529 Two new products that Liebherr will be debuting during KBIS 2010 are the CS 2060 and HC 2060 36” Single Door Refrigerators. As part of Liebherr’s larger capacity product line, the high-performance features include a dual refrigeration system with separate superefficient variable speed compressors for the refrigerator and the freezer, double freezer drawers on telescopic rails, LED light columns, and ceiling lighting. Vegetable and freezer drawer illumination and an icemaker that features the most technically advanced water filter available for household appliances is also included. Both the CS 2060 and the HC 2060 36” Single Door Refrigerator are Energy Star-rated.

Kuppersbusch – Booth N8206 Küppersbusch will be showcasing one of its signature products at KBIS 2010—the Honeycomb Cooktop. The electronic Honeycomb cooktop can be fitted into any countertop material, with a number of layout options. Each honeycomb is controlled by a centrally positioned honeycomb with sensor touch controls that allow for programmable cooking times up to 99 minutes. The sleek surface allows for easy cleanup of spills and features pan detection and a child safety lock.



TOTO – Booth S1231 TOTO USA will be featuring the Aquia Wall-Hung Toilet (part of its Aquia Bath Collection), which incorporates vitreous china made using TOTO’s nana technology SanaGloss glazing, which prevents the buildup of grime with its super-smooth, ionized barrier. This toilet also offers TOTO’s Dual Max Flushing System to ensure that the bowl is thoroughly cleaned with each flush. It also saves 9 inches of room space, as the tank is hidden inside the wall, and the toilet is mounted off the floor, which makes cleaning a breeze.


Aquatic – Booth S631 At KBIS 2010, Aquatic will be featuring the Ava Bath, which sets the industry standard for those consumers limited with mobility issues. The new tub is a sleek, modern design that beautifies any bathroom unlike the typical accessible bathtub available today that often looks institutional. The tub’s easy-transfer automated door lowers to open and rises to close, making entry and exit simple for people who walk up or are in wheelchairs. The product also features a quick-drain feature that empties the 70-gallon tub in 30 seconds.


Blanco – Booth S2224 BLANCO will be featuring the BLANCO SALON, a high-tech compost bin with MicroEdge technology to collect everything from fruit and vegetable peels to egg shells and coffee grounds. This product coordinates with any sink and is an eco-friendly way to be environmentally conscious indoors and get a greener garden outdoors. The SALON’s built-in composting system doesn’t take up any countertop or under-the-sink space, and it has a sealed lid to prevent odors. It’s also dishwasher safe and easy to keep clean.


Hansgrohe – Booth S1223 Hansgrohe will showcase its latest PuraVida line during KBIS 2010. Thanks to a new dual process, PuraVida offers flowing lines and a stunning, never-before-seen combination of lacquered white surfaces and high-gloss chrome. The shower components in the PuraVida collection benefit from the company’s AIR Power technology, which infuses ambient air into the multiple water streams in a three-to-one air-to-water ratio. The airwater mixture creates a texture on the skin that is warm and gentle, yet energizing, while also resulting in less splashing since the water embraces the contours of the body and beads up on the skin like rain. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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2010 NKBA Design Competition

“Best of ” Award Winners By Annette Gray The NKBA Design Competition serves not only as an event to further the professional pursuits of those designers who enter and win, but also as an industry gauge. The entries and winning results act as a regional and national barometer of current design trends, consumer tastes, and an overall pervasive attitude toward priorities and lifestyle. The 2010 NKBA Design Competition showed a strong sense of identity in the home and intent focus on the indoor environment and quality of living. With great excitement, the NKBA is proud to present the following eight “Best Of” Award winners, selected from among hundreds of entries as the best representations in their categories.

26 Pinnacle of Design – $25,000 James Howard, CKD, CBD

30 Best Kitchen – $15,000 Tim Scott

34 Best Bathroom – $15,000 Ada Pagano

38 Best Before & After – $5,000 Ines Hanl

42 Best Sustainable Kitchen – $5,000 Brian M. Johnson, NCARB

46 Best Sustainable Bathroom – $5,000 Michael Bright

Consumers’ Choice Awards – $2,500 50 Kitchen – James Howard, CKD, CBD 51 Bathroom – John Sylvestre, CKD





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2010 NKBA Design Competition Judges The NKBA would like to extend a special thanks to the certified designers who lent their expertise and skill as judges for this year’s competition: • Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD • Mary Jo Camp, CKD, CBD • Lora T. Donoghue, CKD, CBD • Cheri Dubay, CMKBD • Rebecca Flynn, CKD, CBD • Alan Hilsabeck, CMKBD

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Pinnacle of Design James Howard, CKD, CBD

Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths, St. Louis, MO Co-Designers: Steve Levin & Sonja Willman



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James Howard, CKD, CBD took this high-rise condominium kitchen and the focused wishes of his client and crafted an open plan kitchen of almost contradictory perfection. The contradiction of this space surfaces with the environment of a welcoming farm kitchen paired with the view from a city high-rise. Howard’s professional history stems back to his childhood and Saturdays spent in the New York cabinet shop of his Italian immigrant grandfather. The old-world charm of this contemporary design seems an inherent product of the designer’s formative years spent under the tutelage of his craftsman grandfather. After graduating from a vocational drafting program in high school and time spent as a draftsman and photographer in the military, he followed a Fine Arts major in college. A diverse career, which included positions held in architectural, engineering and industrial architecture firms, eight years teaching high school drafting, owner of a remodeling firm, and owner of an antique furniture shop and restoration business, finally landed him at Glen Alspaugh Kitchens and Baths where he has been for the past 26 years.

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Howard labels the predominant style in his designs as “market-driven traditional old world style with a heavy emphasis on French/Mediterranean details.” Due to the St. Louis roots in French and Spanish culture, this is a popular styling seen in the area and one that is heavily ornamented. He describes this project as “a welcome departure from the local fare” and | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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also says that it required a break from his own biases and toning down his designs. “The homeowner was pleasantly persistent in her quest for an open plan with simplicity of details and an aged look,” says Howard. Beginning with the client’s existing selection of a Golden Water Onyx countertop with under lighting, Howard joined the project and began collaborating on this sprawling kitchen that offers a welcome embrace, from the moment you enter.


The worn-appearing green cabinetry has a comfortably broken-in feel, that of a rugged but refined farmhouse kitchen that has seen many family meals in its midst. Some of the conveniences afforded the homeowner are a built-in coffee machine, microwave drawer, warming drawer, double ovens, double built-in refrigerator and freezer, ice maker, single touch pad programmable lighting controls, and water treatment systems. Working with an interior designer, the color palette of red/green stained wood combination was selected early in the project, with refinements as it progressed. Beginning with a red finished hutch from the designer’s showroom as a color of interest, along with a sample of Barn Red, several colors were tried before settling on a light green, which was applied to cherry wood. The worn-appearing green cabinetry has a comfortably broken-in feel, that of a rugged but refined farmhouse kitchen that has seen many family meals



in its midst. The green finish is called “Payne Gray” and has an undercoat of “Barn Red” applied to a tongue and groove cherry wood with crackle and various aging techniques. The dark oak finish on the upper bar was also used on the refrigerator and lower bar cabinetry. This selection was made for its appropriateness to the look of an antique oak ice box. An experienced and well-rounded designer’s willingness to bend away from a region-driven style, the “pleasant persistence” and concise ideas of a client, as well as the joint collaboration of a talented interior designer and architect, brought this high-rise space to life. With every copper, wood, stone, tin, and appliance detail, the fine pieces of an intricate puzzle were linked together into a radiant example of old-world craftsmanship— the type that began Howard’s foray into his profession many years earlier.

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Best Kitchen Tim Scott

XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, ON Co-Designer: Erica Westeroth, CKD



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After studying fine art and illustration, Tim Scott graduated college with a degree in Design Arts. His background in fine art and passion for design, drew him toward kitchen and bath design. He credits some of his skill to other respected professionals that he’s had the opportunity to work with, as well as to a self-taught philosophy of learning, acquired through experience. Scott designed the kitchen to bring comfort and functionality to a different level of contemporary style. He finessed the fine details of the space using soft organic shapes, matte-finished metallic lacquer in warm rich purples combined with natural veneer, unique granite countertops, and simple neutral marble flooring. The space boasts such distinctive components as the spotlight effect on the rounded wood bar top, the complementing circular shaped soffits and ventilation hood, a concave bend in the wall, and artful curved lines in the island. Scott explains that the successful integration of contemporary style into casual comfort was achieved through organic shapes and unique coloration to the cabinetry, but he also stresses, “The key is matching the wall color to the cabinets, which contributes a calming feel.” He feels that if the walls had been painted in a contrasting or neutral color as backdrop to the strong purple cabinets, it wouldn’t provide the calm space that it does. In addition,

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the distinct and strong colors would be limited in their appeal. The more monochromatic approach provides a palatable set of strong contemporary characteristics. Scott describes his own personal design style as “contemporary with a timeless non-trendy personality, and a more straight-lined influence.�


All the elements of this design work together to create rhythm and balance, with the use of color and space contributing to the overall scale of the plan. The kitchen in this lakefront home was designed to capitalize on spectacular lake views. The latest in high-end appliances, custom ventilation, and state-of-the-art engineered and custom finished cabinetry are among the technologically advanced components, matching innovation with beauty in this spacious open plan kitchen. All the elements of this design work together to create rhythm and balance, with the use of color and space contributing to the overall scale of the plan. The kitchen in this lakefront home was designed to capitalize on spectacular lake views. Reflecting that, it offers wave-like fluid motion in the various



circular shapes incorporated into the room. Special attention was paid to the placement and angle of the cook space to allow a view of the outdoors while preparing meals. In addition, the sand-hued flooring further ties it to the outdoors through coloration. A balanced but non-symmetrical design was beautifully achieved through controlled curves, vertical lines balancing strong horizontal ones, and the allocation of mass. A contemporary and impressive kitchen with dining, seating and cooking areas seamlessly integrated is the result of careful attention to detail, and the eye of a fine artist applied through the hand of a skilled designer.

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Best Bathroom Ada Pagano

A. Pagano Design, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL




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Ada Pagano applied her 28 years of experience as a designer to the planning of this master bathroom, and beautifully fulfilled her clients’ requests. Her efforts resulted in a romantic world-class spa environment. As travelers who often stay in luxury spas, the clients wanted the bathroom in their home to duplicate the feeling of the spas they’ve experienced, while also including a romantic ambience. The level of detail is apparent as Pagano talks about how she maintains a balance between the duality of spa technology and comfortable warmth. “I balance the finish materials properly. For example, the cold reflective properties of mirror and stainless are softened by the use of a monochromatic color palette. Cream and ivory are used in lieu of stark white, and this brings a calm, soothing feeling to the space.” To best optimize the use of available space, the central floor area was left open. This allows for the most freedom of movement when the two hom-

eowners are in the space together. The sand-etched glass closet door and floating wall hung cabinetry with undercounter lighted spa rocks complement this openness by maintaining a clean, simple design approach. The openness of the space was continued in the frameless floor-to-ceiling glass shower enclosure. This also boasts a bench, body sprays, showerhead, and overhead shower for either a therapeutic massage or a relaxing steam. To promote water conservation, the bath incorporates lowflow fixtures and a WaterSensequalified dual-flush toilet. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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As the adjoining home is visible from the bath, eco-resin panels with a structured bamboo interior were installed with stainless steel connectors in both the shower and tub window. Translucent panels, three skylights, and the light colors of the finish materials all contribute to an airy space that requires little artificial light. The tub area is filled by a gentle stream of water originating from the ceiling, while the tub decking provides space where candles and incense can be placed. Combined with soothing music, these elements set the tone for the romantic mood of the space. In addition, an fireplace located within the spa stone-filled glass container of the wing wall room divider completes the scene.


All the materials used to fabricate the concrete originated from local suppliers, reducing the carbon footprint. The recycled, sustainable properties of the fly-ash component of the concrete materials selected for the primary floor, countertops, shower walls, and floor supported the sustainable intent of the clients. All the materials used to fabricate the concrete originated from local suppliers, reducing the carbon footprint. An additional benefit of the unpolished concrete floor is the non-slip texture. Pagano creates an appropriate palette for a room by considering a number of factors. “I begin to conceptualize the size of the space in relationship to the available natural light. I then consider the function of the space and how the client should feel in the room. Once those are determined, the color palette is revealed without effort.”



Pagano enjoys the challenge of customizing a space to the clients’ lifestyle and incorporating that aspect seamlessly into a stunning room. “Determining zones that provide ease of movement has always been very interesting to me. The initial floorplan reveal is really the most important step when designing. Kitchens and baths need to function particularly well in this way, because a great deal needs to happen efficiently within a limited space.” Beauty in function that surpassed the homeowners’ expectations is the flawless outcome of purposeful finish selections and careful editing, which this designer holds at the core of her design philosophy. “Each client comes to the project with their individual perspective. The focus on editing ensures that all detailing is necessary, appropriate, and purposeful. This is a recurrent theme within all the spaces I design.”



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Best Before & After Ines Hanl

The Sky is the Limit, Victoria, BC

Co-Designer: Kimberly Lewis Mannig



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Ines Hanl began her career as a seamstress. She was exposed to set design through six years spent as a professional costume designer in the theatre. After meeting her husband, who was working as a store designer, Hanl went on to pursue a university program in interior architecture that required more than four years of study in her homeland of Germany. Hanl and her husband then moved to Canada where she began working in a kitchen and bath studio with the intention that she would open her own design studio at some point. That point came in 2005 when they began their business together in Victoria, under the name The Sky is the Limit Interior Design Concepts.


Hanl is open to and enjoys any theme or style, which she attributes in part to her background and diverse design exposure in the theatre. Although she defines her style as limitless, she’s known in her region of Canada for a classic contemporary mix epitomized by this comfortably stylish open plan kitchen, and finds many clients coming to her for that result. Having lived and worked in Germany, she assigns a certain portion of her sense of design to the ‘bauhaus’ tradition, finding familiarity in a minimalist method through the use of concrete, steel, and glass. When Hanl met with the clients for the first time, she wanted to achieve a space that felt like a favorite “Ralph Lauren garment—comfortable, classic

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and spirited—something that looks young and ages well.” Hanl says that to accomplish this look, “It’s important to begin with high quality product, and ideally they’ll be made of natural materials, as they tend to age better than synthetic ones.” The balance of a room’s overall color palette is typically created through her own gut instinct paired with what Hanl indicates is an artist’s eye. “I see it a bit like creating a quilt or a mosaic. I want to find harmonious colors, with one slightly off-tone for excitement. I absolutely love to experiment with color, and am always amazed by the psychological effects of colors.” This balanced blend is apparent in the 16-color fine art composition that is her winning kitchen.


The contemporary diversions shine through in the use of colors on the island, blue countertop on classic white cabinetry, and a distinctive red post, which Hanl qualifies as “a single exalted piece.” Hanl has interpreted the classic influence on this kitchen by integrating unique moldings and door styles, a traditional approach to a ‘British hob style’ ventilation hood, turned legs on the islands, mullions in some of the cabinet doors, and oak flooring. The contemporary diversions shine through in the use of colors on the island, blue countertop on classic white cabinetry, and a distinctive red post, which Hanl qualifies as “a single exalted piece.” In addition a more contem-



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porary feng shui balance of shapes and space, the room features a sleek fireplace insert in a floor-to-ceiling tiled fireplace, as well as white canvas upholstery on the seating area, all of which offer touches of modernity against a classic turn-of-thecentury backdrop. A transitional element to the theme is the backsplash behind the cook space, which relies on a traditional tile in a non-traditional metal finish, along with the glass mosaic field tile in a custom blend. A part of what makes this transformation so dynamic, from before to after, is the cabinetry. Hanl describes custom cabinetry as one of the company’s mainstays. She enjoys this complex and challenging aspect to kitchen design, and describes Martin Zemp, the artist cabinetmaker on this project, as “her best teacher for all things cabinetry.” The Best Before and After project is one that successfully provides attention to comfort, an eye for detail, and a highly creative approach to design.

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Best Sustainable Kitchen Brian M. Johnson, NCARB

Collaborative Design Architects, Billings, MT



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When architect and designer Brian M. Johnson approaches a project, he does so with a great deal of consideration paid to sustainability and conservation, not as a label or trendy designation, but because he believes it to be an inherent and necessary part of a design’s evolution. “Over the past decade, the idea of building green has become a numbing cliché. The idea of designing a project with “green” practices in mind is a characteristic that should be imperative to a design’s evolution, not a punch line,” says Johnson, showing his commitment toward green practices. The onset of this new home construction project began with what Johnson indicates was his client’s desire for “honesty in architecture.” As a doctor, the homeowner has an appreciation for working parts, and wanted to have this incorporated into his home. Johnson’s design for the home and kitchen include exposed duct work, electrical conduit, concrete, and steel to allow for an uncovered view of functional components. To address the challenge of balancing cold steel and concrete with a warm, welcoming home, Johnson relied on a careful selection of materials and colors. “My solution was to integrate warm materials like woods and soft stones, such as soapstone, with a stained concrete floor, brilliant wall colors, and lots of natural light,” says Johnson. “The floor needed to have the appropriate balance of stain colors, so I chose chocolates and mochas balanced with a splash of rust and black. I felt these colors would pull out the

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warmth of the other materials used in the kitchen; wood, steel, quartz, and stainless; the floor acts as a common thread that pulls it all together.” Johnson, a registered architect in Montana, has been practicing professionally for the past 14 years and says he owes his passion for kitchen design to the GE Monogram team. After winning the national grand prize in the company’s America’s Dream Kitchen competition two years in a row, GE called him to their Design Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky to provide him with comprehensive appliance instruction, as well as time spent with members of their research and development team, which he describes as a “truly eye-opening experience.”


Some of the additional green techniques include insulated concrete formed walls, a low sloped roof structure for rainwater collection, and an irrigation cistern supply, along with flat roof areas for photovoltaic systems. Creating a sustainable space requires a number of key components. Initial consideration was given to the free green strategies, such as passive heating and cooling. This occurs by way of orientation of the structure, which allows the home to benefit from the morning sun and directional winds to crossventilate the spaces. The kitchen and home is kept at a comfortable 60 to 65 degrees year-round by the radiant slab powered by a recirculating boiler. The water flows through tubing in the floors, with the boiler also acting as the



home’s hot water system, eliminating the need for an additional hot water heater. Supplementary heat is provided by the radiant soapstone fireplace situated in the center of the open living space. Some of the additional green techniques include insulated concrete formed walls, a low sloped roof structure for rainwater collection, and an irrigation cistern supply, along with flat roof areas for photovoltaic systems. Internally, some of the kitchen selections include FSC-certified cabinetry and solid surface quartz countertops. An open and simplistic approach to the design, paired with assimilative sustainability in the building and daily living practices, stands as the foundation to this project. A kitchen design that is honest to the integrity of the structure and the client’s principles is the stunning result.

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Best Sustainable Bathroom Michael Bright

Bright Wood Works, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

Co-Designers: Sonya Faulhaber & John Sarkesian




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Michael Bright is the owner of a woodworking shop in St. Petersburg, Florida that’s developed his expertise in kitchen and bath cabinetry for the past twenty years. He terms his own sense of style as one with modern and clean lines. This spa-like master bathroom conveys a clean and unobstructed approach to design, with appealing contrasts and distinctive components that exude the qualities of a rejuvenating spa. The warm hues and natural light act as a foundational anchor for the sunny palette. Bright attributes the warmth to wood tones, a velvet-like countertop, and amber wall tile. These provide a soft reprieve and counterbalance to the contrasting stainless steel and glass. As a tactile-heavy complement to sleek, smooth glass and steel surfaces, the designer incorporated cabinetry with Florida cypress perimeter accent

wood, which is local in origin. A removable wooden skirt wrapping the wall-hung countertop and flooring of river stone and teak, add more layers to the textured environment. The scent and warmth of a sunny day can be felt in the air of this organic space. A surprising complement lies in the avant-garde utilitarian feeling paired with natural materials. Bright describes many of the choices made as being for “the better good of the space,” including the 100 percent recyclable stainless | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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tub, LED lighting, recycled wall tile, and a countertop made of paper. A green approach is at the foundation of the design, with additional components such as low-consumption plumbing fixtures, gray water recovery, a rainwater recovery retention cistern, and over 10 kilowatts of energy provided by solar photovoltaic panels.


The wall-hung vanity and glass shower contribute to the openness of the room, and allow for the uninterrupted feeling of stepping outdoors when paired with available views of a sunrise or sunset. The forward-thinking client and designer also approached the project with universal design in mind, incorporating a walk-in shower and wheelchair accessible vanity upon removal of the wooden skirt. The wall-hung vanity and glass shower contribute to the openness of the room, and allow for the uninterrupted feeling of stepping outdoors when paired with available views of a sunrise or sunset. Bright describes the ideal client scenario as this, “Occasionally, we have a client with exceptional taste and one who wants to brainstorm ideas. That’s when the magic happens.” It’s clear to see in this case that the result of the



magic is a shining and distinctive bathroom. The client surrounded herself with a top-notch contractor, interior designer, cabinet maker, and architects, seeing the value in relying on collective and collaborative expertise. Sustainability and a strong concept drove and determined the bathroom that can aptly be described as nature’s sustainable spa. The space is sustainable in building principles and materials, in addition to in its restorative quality for the homeowner.


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THE WAITING IS OVER. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2010 NKBA PROFESSIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION WINNERS. Every year the NKBA honors the best kitchen and bath designers in the industry, focusing on designs for living spaces that are a combination of artistry and function. Waypoint is proud to join in the celebration of their achievement. Make plans now to enter your most distinctive designs in the 2011 NKBA Professional Design Competition. Exactly what you had in mind

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James Howard, CKD, CBD Glen Alspaugh Company, St. Louis, MO Co-Designers: Steve Levin & Sonja Willman



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A skilled kitchen designer, interior designer, and architect, along with a focused homeowner came together with ideas and intent in a unified collaboration, much the way copper, stone, tin, onyx, wood, stainless, and pewter are woven layer after layer in this meticulous tapestry of function and form. An integrated refrigerator in the image of an old-time icebox, pewter chicken wire inserts in cabinetry doors, and rough-hewn beams all contribute to the rugged appeal balanced by contemporary components such as a backlit onyx bar top and the modern conveniences of a built-in coffee machine, warming drawer, and double ovens that would been absent from an oldtime farmhouse kitchen. This kitchen achieved not only designer acknowledgment and acclaim within the industry, but also found its way into the hearts of consumers as they overwhelmingly voted this formal farmhouse kitchen their personal favorite.



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As the grandson of an Italian immigrant cabinetmaker, James Howard, CKD, CBD took his early craftsman beginnings under his grandfather’s tutelage and applied it to a diverse career, resulting in one as a designer for the past 26 years. The fine craftsman in him shines through this contradictorily refined and rustic kitchen. This is a kitchen with a view not of cornfields or barns, but of a cityscape from the windows of a high-rise condominium.

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Consumers’ Choice Award

More than 27,000 consumers acted as the panel of judges and selected their favorite kitchen and bathroom from the finalists chosen by our professional judges. The NKBA is proud to present for the first time ever, the winners of the NKBA Design Competition Consumers’ Choice Awards.

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The NKBA Design Competition is entered by professional designers and judged according to the expertise of top certified designers. This time we let consumers make the choice.

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John Sylvestre, CKD

Sylvestre Construction, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

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John Sylvestre, CKD began with a small bathroom and turned it into a soothing space with the clean lines of a luxury spa. Granite, found in the colors only nature can produce, found atop a maple vanity and framed mirror set the tone for this classic design. Warm marble wrapped around a frameless shower and spacious drying area creates a pampered environment, which is complemented by a bench and built-in shelving for extra towels and lotions. In the winters of Minneapolis, this bathroom offers a warm reprieve. A transitional bathroom with the charming sensibility of its northern Midwestern location is conveyed through details such as warm cherry cabinetry with a chestnut finish and distinctive tile border, as well as furniture-style drawers for storage. The vessel sink and wall-mounted faucet offer unique contemporary touches to the room, while maintaining a balanced, consistent look throughout. Consumers found great appeal in this welcoming haven tucked neatly into a quaint space. As the more than 23,000 consumer votes came in, the majority saw this bathroom as the clear-cut bathroom winner of the Consumers’ Choice Award.

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2010 NKBA

Design Competition

Category Winners By Annette Gray From among hundreds of entries received, the judges have selected the best designs from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition. Highly intuitive and skilled designers stood out in their creation of unsurpassed kitchen and bath spaces. Purposeful, lifestyle-specific, and awe-inspiring in their beauty, the winning designs showed clarity of intent on the part of their designers. Blending art, function, and a heightened level of personalization, the following designers showed an exceptional aptitude for their profession. The NKBA is proud to honor the winners of the 2010 NKBA Design Competition.

Cat. 1

Small Kitchen First Place

Cat. 2

Thomas David Trzcinski, CMKBD

First Place

James Howard, CKD, CBD

Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Craig Thompson Photography

Medium Kitchen

Glen Alspaugh Kitchens & Baths St. Louis, MO Alise O’ Brien Photography

Co-Designers: Steve Levin & Sonja Willman

Second Place

Second Place

Kitchen Views Custom Newton, MA

Belle Kitchen, LLC Minneapolis, MN

Jessica Williamson, AKBD

Tricia Bayer

Co-Designer: Jean-Claude Desjardins Judson Abts Photography

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Third Place

Third Place

Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Inc. Westbrook, CT

Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Inc. Westbrook, CT

Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD

Jim Fiora Studio, LLC


Co-Designers: Kira Van Deusen & Eric R. Koch, CKD


Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD

Co-Designer: Eric R. Koch, CKD Jim Fiora Studio, LLC

Cat. 3

Medium Kitchen First Place

Cat. 4

Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD

First Place Tim Scott

Peter Salerno, Inc. Wyckoff, NJ

XTC Design, Incorporated Toronto, ON

Co-Designer: Diane Durocher Peter Rymwid Photography

Open Plan Kitchen

Co-Designer: Erica Westeroth, CKD Donna Griffith Photography

Second Place

Second Place

DeWitt Designer Kitchens Studio City, CA

Designs for Living, Inc. Manchester Village, VT

Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD

Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD

Co-Designer: Alex Esposito Suki Medencevic

Olson Photographic, LLC

Third Place

Third Place

Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio Glen Ellyn, IL

Steiner & Houck, Inc. Columbia, PA

Tina Lynne Muller

Eric Hausman

Cat. 5

Sandra L. Steiner-Houck, CKD

©2009 Peter Leach Photographer

Powder Room First Place

Cat. 6

Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD

First Place

Tess Giuliani, CKD

DeWitt Designer Kitchens Studio City, CA Suki Medencevic

Small Bathroom

Tess Giuliani Designs, Inc. Ridgewood, NJ Peter Rymwid Photography

Second Place

Second Place

XTC Design, Incorporated Toronto, ON

Sylvestre Construction, Inc. Minneapolis, MN

Erica Westeroth, CKD

John Sylvestre, CKD

Co-Designer: Tim Scott Donna Griffith Photography

©Karen Melvin Photography

Third Place

Third Place

All About Kitchens and More! Sacramento, CA

TRG Architects Burlingame, CA

Adel Visser, CKD, CBD, CID

Leslie Lamarre, CKD

Co-Designer: Erika Shjeflo Lazzarone Photography

Bernard André Photography | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010



Large Bathroom First Place

Cat. 8

Sandra L. Steiner-Houck, CKD

A. Pagano Design, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL ©Everett & Soulé

Second Place

Second Place

Elizabeth A. Rosensteel Design Studio Phoenix, AZ

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. Williston Park, NY

Elizabeth A. Rosensteel

©2009 Robert Reck

Kenneth Kelly, CKD, CBD, CR

Ric Marder Imagery, LLC

Third Place

Third Place

Neil Kelly Design Lake Oswego, OR

Dorig Designs Claremont, CA

Barbara Murphy, CKD, CBD

Neil Kelly

Cat. 9

First Place Ada Pagano

Steiner & Houck, Inc. Columbia, PA ©2009 Peter Leach Photographer

Master Bathroom

Adrienne Dorig, CKD

Ken B. Henry

Showroom First Place

Cat. 10

Karen Black, CKD

First Place Holly Rickert

A Karen Black Company Oklahoma City, OK Photoart Studios

Other Room

Ulrich, Inc. Ridgewood, NJ Peter Rymwid Photography

Second Place

Second Place

Casa Verde Design Minneapolis, MN

Peter Salerno, Inc. Wyckoff, NJ

Rosemary Merrill, AKBD

Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD

Co-Designer: Jennifer Forese ©Karen Melvin Photography

Peter Rymwid Photography

Third Place

Third Place

Casa Verde Design Minneapolis, MN

North Star Kitchens, LLC Minneapolis, MN

Rosemary Merrill, AKBD

©Karen Melvin Photography



Peter Harms

Sudio:23, LLC

Honorable Mention Winners The NKBA is honored to present the following designs–one from each of the competition’s ten categories –selected to receive Honorable Mention.

Category 1

Category 2

Neil Kelly Design Lake Oswego, OR

Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd. Chevy Chase, MD

Robin Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS

Jennifer L. Gilmer, CKD

Co-Designer: Jamie Rupprecht, AKBD Neil Kelly

Co-Designer: Amy Gardner, LEED ©Jim Tetro

Category 3

Category 4

Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, LLC Pittsburgh, PA

A. Pagano Design, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL

Thomas David Trzcinski, CMKBD

Craig Thompson Photography

Co-Designer: Emily Scott Fike

Ada Pagano

©Everett & Soulé

Category 5

Category 6

In Detail Kitchen & Bath Pensacola, FL

Binns Kitchen + Bath Design Pickering, ON

Cheryl Kees Clendenon

Greg Reigler Photography

Co-Designer: Stacy Snowden

Richard J. Farrell

Tim McClean Photography

Category 7

Category 8

Bright Wood Works, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL

Monson Interior Design, Inc. Minneapolis, MN

Michael Bright


Co-Designers: Sonya Faulhaber & John Sarkesian

Lynn David Monson, CKD, CBD

Co-Designer: Sandy J. Monson Mark Ehlen/Ehlen Creative Comm.

Category 9

Category 10

Lonetree Enterprises, Ltd. Vancouver, BC

Susan Fredman Design Group Chicago, IL

Tia Moras, CMKBD

Barbara Ince

Co-Designer: Irena Merki Gary Beale, B-Plus Studios, Ltd.

Nick Novelli, Novelli Photodesign

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2009/2010 NKBA Student Design Competition Winners The best designs from up and coming designers. By Sherylin Doyle, AKBD, NKBA Academic Relations Manager & Sally Spencer, NKBA Academic Relations Coordinator The National Kitchen & Bath Association is proud to unveil the winning designs of the 2009/2010 NKBA Student Design Competition, which received 235 kitchen entries—the most in the history of the competition, as well as 119 bathroom entries. Students from more than 50 colleges across North America participated in this year’s competition. This year’s competition asked students to design for Alexis and Cory Springer and their four children, as the family has recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest. The Springers purchased a 1910 Arts & Crafts “Shingle House” and want to maintain the historic fabric in style, finishes, and space planning during the remodel. The kitchen will be a challenge, as both Alexis and Cory want to bring modern touches into the remodel while maintaining the historic ambiance of the home. The bath project is to completely renovate the mudroom into a bathroom.

THE KITCHEN PROJECT The house originally had a butlers pantry from the kitchen to the dining room through an open doorway. Alexis wants to re-introduce this feature, which was removed in a 1970s remodel. This allows easy access to glassware, plates, and silverware, while providing a surface to set out appetizers, drinks, or dessert. In the area acting as the butler’s pantry, Alexis wants a warming drawer, auxiliary sink, a second dishwasher, and storage. Cory wants easy access to a temperature-controlled wine cellar that can hold 60 to 100 bottles of wine. Alexis prefers the kitchen cabinets to complement the historical theme of the home. After researching the decorative arts movement, she likes the idea of using iron, copper, oak and stone, softened with art glass windows and lighting, hand-made pottery, and rugs in the kitchen. Since there are six family members, a laundry area needs to be included in the kitchen instead of the basement. She’d like additional space for laundry supplies, a built-in ironing board, and compartments to hold clean and dirty laundry. She wants the laundry to be stored behind closed doors. The half bath may be eliminated since the couple is changing the mudroom into a full bath. The designer also needs to incorporate seating for six to eight people within the kitchen area. Alexis helps the boys with their homework during meal preparation. She wants a space near the food preparation area to accommodate two laptop computers, a writing area, and a printer. This space should also hold paper, computer supplies, pencils, and bookshelves to keep the children organized. In addition, the Springers would like easy access to the patio and backyard from the kitchen so they can watch the boys while they play. The window in the nook on the east side of the house is 51” AFF and 29” tall and may not be altered. The window over the sink on the east side in the kitchen is 40”



AFF and 40” tall and also may not be altered. The window in the existing half bath located in the kitchen project is 51” AFF and 29” tall and may be altered or removed. The south three windows near the bath entrance are 26” AFF and 54” tall and may be altered or removed. The overall dimensions of the kitchen/nook project must remain the same. The partition walls between the kitchen and the nook may be removed or altered.

THE BATHROOM PROJECT Grandma & Grandpa Springer come to visit often to help with the family’s four children. Since the home has only three bedrooms, guests must sleep in the living room on a pullout couch when visiting. The Springers want to remodel the mudroom into another full bath, so guests don’t need to go upstairs. Alexis wants the remodel to have a toilet, sink, and shower. Designers should plan the bathroom space to include towel storage and adequate space to change. She wants the remodel to stay as close to an authentic bathroom of her 1910 Arts & Crafts house as possible. Alexis would like to warm up the room with color, stained woodwork, period lighting, and candlelight. The mudroom will have to be completely rewired and new plumbing added.

Our sincere congratulations to the winners of the NKBA 2009/2010 Student Design Competition. The projects were once again challenging and the results amazing. Each year the contest sets the stage for students to solve design problems that help prepare them for future careers in the kitchen and bath industry. As you can see, the winners did a spectacular job.

Hillaree Harris

I would also like to recognize the colleges, instructors and coordinators all across the country for their contribution to the students, association and the industry. Without them, we would not have such well prepared future designers. So whether you had a winner this year, in the past or are planning on one in the future, we congratulate you. Waypoint Living Spaces, a brand of American Woodmark Corporation, is proud to sponsor this meaningful event for the sixth consecutive year. To the winners, we wish you every success. You make us all proud! Sincerely,

Clarisse McCann

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Director of Design Waypoint Living Spaces

On behalf of Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc., we congratulate the Teresa Simon

Piper Walters

winners of this year’s NKBA Student Design Competition. Your selection as the best of the best is very significant and something you can be very proud to have achieved. The ability to create beautiful designs on a blank sheet of paper takes dedication, skill, training, and self confidence. At Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc. we admire these attributes and we are proud to recognize them through this competition. It is only through developing skilled professionals that we can jointly raise the profession of kitchen and bath design in the eyes of your peers and allied associations as well as with the general public. As leaders in manufacturing residential appliances, we understand what it takes to succeed in a competitive market. Those are the skills you have demonstrated in achieving the winning kitchens and baths and the determination you have put forth in pursuing your education. A student’s passion for fine design, similar to our commitment to excellence, separates those individuals from others while ensuring a great future for the kitchen and bath design industry. We look forward to seeing more beautiful student work using our award-winning products. Keep up the excellent work and if there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Congratulations again, and best of luck in the future. Sincerely,

Lisa Womach Paul G. Leuthe, Corporate Marketing Manager Sub-Zero, Inc. and Wolf Appliance, Inc. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


A. Oak Cabinetry

B. Bronze Riveted Copper Hood

C. Granite Countertop

D. Cut Stone Wall


1st Place Kitchen HILLAREE HARRIS

Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg ID

First Place student kitchen design winner Hillaree Harris captured the attention of the judges with her design solution that addressed the needs of each member of the clients’ family. She also preserved the historic fabric of the home in style, finishes, and space planning. Inspired by two antique pieces—a jewelry box crafted in 1910 and a Blacker chair designed by Greene and Greene—Harris incorporated the details of these pieces into her winning arts and crafts kitchen design.

fire on a raised copper ceiling above the table contributes a warm glow. The designated homework area offers space for two laptop computers, along with writing space and a custom computer garage to house the printer.

Also incorporated were a hand-crafted copper hood with bronze rivet detailing, caramel colored custom oak cabinetry with an intricate inlay, and distinctive black and caramel granite countertops with a riveted rust silicon bronze tile backsplash. Hand crafted art glass windows, pottery, rugs, Greene and Greene Blacker chairs, and an iron light fixture above the seating area add distinctive personalization to the space.

The renovation included relocation of the back door and removal of a half bath in order to accommodate a bench with pull-out storage baskets. An angled cabinet was placed near the storage area, used by the children, and it conveniently houses a microwave drawer and snack drawers.

The hub of the kitchen is the eating area, which is complete with a fireplace wall constructed of cut stone. The reflection of the 58


The clients’ wish to reincorporate a butler’s pantry was honored, including dual wine refrigerators and wine storage to house an extensive collection. Dual warming drawers, a dishwasher, and dish storage provide a functional prep station for large family dinners.

Tucked behind a beautiful stained glass pocket door is a laundry area where the existing half bath had been. This area is complete with a washer and dryer, counter space, a concealed ironing board, and custom storage with pull-out drawers for laundry.


A. Banquette Covering


2nd Place Kitchen CLARISSE McCANN Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg ID Clarisse McCann’s theme was “History Combined with Modern Technology.” McCann says, “I wanted the kitchen to be a place where history, nature, and technology can harmoniously exist and create a perfect space for the family.” Her inspiration was the famous Gamble Door and its stained glass oak tree design. For the millwork and flooring, McCann chose white oak, a tree native to Oregon. The kitchen is adorned with a copper hood, countertops

B. Glass Backsplash Tile

C. Irom Metal Trim Tiles

D. Granite Countertop

covered in saber brown granite, and Egyptian Glass garnet wall tiles for the backsplash trimmed with age iron metal tiles. All these materials came together to contribute to a true Arts and Crafts historic feel. McCann says, “The butler’s pantry was designed to be a visual and acoustical insulation between the dining room and the kitchen. A temperature-controlled wine cellar with a built-in wine and glass rack was designed with Cory’s extensive wine collection in mind. Display shelves are also provided to showcase Alexis’ pottery collection. Seating for six is accommodated at the custom banquette table, which features a copper insert, brass rivets, and trestle base. The banquette is upholstered with green leather on the bench cushions and dining chairs, while red and gold-checkered fabric were used for the backs. A mosaic wall of an oak tree inspired by the tree of life on the famous Gamble Door found over the banquette is a focal point for the kitchen. The back corner of the kitchen is a quiet place for homework, and includes open shelves for book storage, a fold-down writing desk, laptop station with printer storage, and two ottomans on rolling casters. In the opposite back corner of the kitchen behind bi-fold doors is a state of the art laundry area.


A. Oak Cabinetry


B. Wall Covering

C. Wall Tile (not shown)

D. Banquette Covering (not shown)

glass details are featured over the corner sink. This pattern of low arches is repeated on the bottom profile of each cabinet. The cabinetry is made of quarter-sawn oak accented with square wooden knobs. The earth-toned tile wall acts as a contrast to the olive green wall color.

3rd Place Kitchen PIPER WALTERS Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN Piper Walters was inspired by her memories and experiences of living in Portland. She wanted to honor the location of the Springer’s home, so she incorporated original artwork depicting the near-by Multnomah Falls in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. The colors in this picture served as the color pallet for the room. To enhance the historic Arts and Crafts style, Walters repeated arches throughout the design. A series of three decorative arches with stained

A window over the banquette was added to brighten the kitchen and create symmetry. A pocket door between the kitchen and dining room defines the new butler’s pantry. The pantry area is comprised of one wall that incorporates an auxiliary sink, dishwasher, warming drawer, and glass front wall cabinets for storage of fine china. Wine storage is conveniently located on the right side of the pocket door. A large desk area with seating for two is flanked with a corner cabinet to display pottery. Upper storage for books, school supplies, and a printer is provided in this area. A new wall separates the homework and kitchen area from the south end of the room, which is set aside for laundry tasks. A shelfmounted ironing board housed in a cabinet is conveniently located near the dryer and the cabinets that store dirty and clean clothes. A pocket door conceals the washer and dryer, as well as storage for laundry supplies. The new sliding door provides access to the backyard. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010



A. Petrified Wood Paneling

B. Countertop

C. Wall Tile

D. Accent Tile



1st Place Bathroom CLARISSE McCANN Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, ID Clarisse McCann created a bathroom retreat that can be enjoyed by overnight guests staying in this classic arts and crafts style home. McCann attributes her inspiration for the bathroom as “the majestic gardens that often accompanied arts and crafts period homes. The design recreates the feeling of an adventure, discovering a secret garden and being one with nature.” The designer incorporated ceiling water tiles that invoke a gentle and soothing rain shower with integrated chromotherapy to provide mood-enhancing colored light, as well as wall tiles with a hydrotherapeutic body spray to enhance the spa-like experience. Candle niches in the walls, a stained glass window in the shower, and recessed lighting set the tone for this bath oasis. An authentic bathroom was achieved by using period colors of



beige, browns, and greens, as well as finishes such as iron and bronze. The theme of a period garden is supported in the custom stained glass window adorned by flowers and birds. This acts as a complement to the mosaic in the shower that depicts an oak tree. Distinctive petrified wood paneling provides a strong visual foundation for the garden-like environment of the room. A universal approach was incorporated by including grab bars and a built-in shower seat. A balance of functionality, flexibility, and form are incorporated into this accommodating guest bathroom. Hooks for bathrobes and towel storage, tilt-out slipper storage, custom vanity cabinets with closet rods and clothing drawers, along with a drawer for towel storage create a home away from home for visiting friends and family.

Here’s to a future with open doors.

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A. Wall Covering


2nd Place Bathroom LISA WOMACH West Valley College, Saratoga, CA Lisa Womach’s concept was a play on the homeowner’s last name “Spring(er) has Arrived,” using a tulip, the first sign of spring, as the motif. Her inspiration was a mission-style two-light pendant with lamp shades. “Once I had found the light fixture, the tulip wall border came next, and everything fell right into place”, said Womach. The white subway tiled shower includes niches for flameless candles. The spring theme is reinforced with the carefully chosen architectural

B. Floor Tile

C. Brass Hardware

D. Wall Paper Border

resin panels decorated with natural gingko leaves and reeds in spring like colors. This provides a soft glow when the candles are illuminated. Inside the shower, the tile features a mosaic flower pattern repeating the spring theme. Tulips were also incorporated in the wall paper border sandwiched between the warm red oak molding surrounding the room at ceiling height. The use of warm red oak for the substantial ceiling molding, chair rail, and custom cabinetry enhances the Arts and Crafts style that the homeowners wanted to preserve. The warm red oak cabinetry surrounding the shower door has open shelving, an enclosed cabinet, and three drawers to house towels for overnight guests. Knobs were added to the chair molding to function as clothing hooks. The custom cabinetry between the pedestal sink and the toilet will be the perfect place for Grandma Springer to get ready in the morning. This custom piece includes a pocket door that reveals a hidden vanity and mirror. Directly below is a pull-out shelf and stool convenient for makeup application and dressing. Capturing all the clients’ needs and wants, the designer has truly created the ultimate guest bathroom and remained true to the Arts and Crafts style of the home.



A. Wall Tile


3rd Place Bathroom TERESA SIMON Lakeland College, Vermillion, Alberta, Canada Teresa Simon’s unique “Onyx Glow” design showcases a large clearstory leaded glass window across the back wall to allow the light to filter into the room without losing necessary wall space or privacy. This custom window is accented with travertine/onyx tile to create a border. The size and pattern of the clearstory window border is replicated on the other walls using tile. Creating a wet space without a dividing wall accomplished Simon’s



B. Accent Tile

C. Granite Countertop

D. Teak Vanity

goal of creating a functional and spacious bathroom. In doing so, she paid careful attention to the clear space guideline, which recommends a distance of at least 30 inches from the front edge of all fixtures to any opposite bath fixture, wall, or obstacle. “It was important for me to design a space that felt spacious, not overcrowded, and was easy for people to maneuver in during the daytime activities, yet provide a fully functioning three-piece bathroom for overnight guests to use.” A large, custom six-drawer vanity made of teak wood has large drawers in the bottom for towel storage. An extraordinary tulip-shaped copper vessel sink reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts time period embellishes the top of the Calgary granite vanity countertop. Antique copper mission-style art glass single-light sconces are placed on each side of the mirror, which contains a medicine cabinet. Towel racks, robe hooks, and a toilet paper holder made of copper complete the historic motif. Simon writes, “I believe the best aspect of my design is that the client will enjoy the simple and organic materials, bringing the beauty of the outdoors in, with color and texture. In addition, the use of copper fixtures and accessories will help provide an authentic look.”

Honorable Mention Kitchen

Honorable Mention Bathroom



East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO

Lisa Lally’s kitchen design features cabinets with solid recessed panel doors stained in a honey oak finish and crafted in the Shaker style, which was made popular during the Arts and Crafts movement. The decorative square forged knobs add an interesting element to the historic style. A custom copper backsplash reminiscent of those crafted in the early 1900s adds authenticity to the design and complements the honey-colored cabinets. The L shaped kitchen gives the family an open space to gather, while allowing separate areas for homework, cooking, eating, laundry, and entertaining. Lally also re-introduced the butler’s pantry, which acts as a bridge between the formal dining room and the cooking area; a place to prepare appetizers, pour wine, store fine china, and keep food warm. The task of doing laundry is made convenient with the full-size washer and dryer behind bi-fold doors. The existing back door was relocated to make room for a cozy, quiet place to do homework.

The function of this space is what makes Sophia Hebener’s design unique. The design provides the Springers’ guests ample room to bathe in the large five-foot shower equipped with grab bars, a thermostatic valve for safety, and a rain shower head to imitate gentle rain. The designer incorporated a large storage cabinet and a vanity cabinet with two drawers. These period-style shaker cabinets will not only store towels, but can also accommodate linens for guests, and their personal items. The historic feel was maintained by adding small period details, such as a stained glass window with frosted glass, as well as hardware, accessories, and a wall-mounted faucet in a copper finish. A solid cast bronze vessel sink depicting the rustic quality of essential elements with its earthy patina finish is reminiscent of days gone by. The designers warm color choices of caramel and brown ensure that Grandma and Grandpa Springer will feel right at home.

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What does a penchant for passionate people, the fragrance of freshly mowed fields, and a taste for tartness have to do with choosing colors for your home? Actually, quite a lot, as does a fondness for buttercream frosting, heirloom roses, and rambunctious puppies. Because while many of us choose colors for decorating based on our personal tastes and our senses of aesthetics, an increasing number of color experts believe that colors are connected to our emotions. It only makes sense then, to be conscious of that before settling on a definite choice of color for your living space. “The way any of us responds to a color is the result of our experience, good or bad. Everything we see, hear, feel, smell, and touch informs our color perceptions,” says Cristina Acosta, a designer whose color blog is featured on, PPG Pittsburgh Paints’ website. “Each of our own stories influences those perceptions.” That explains in part, why it’s often so difficult to provide a rationale for our color choices. Color is an extremely sensory design element, and everyone has an opinion about it. Discussions about color choices for the home can become very subjective and emotional. Color is universal, and yet, so personal. It’s not just about what colors work well together or reflect the latest trends. It’s about an individual color identity based on a person’s psychological and behavioral makeup. That identity gives a color choice meaning and inspires confidence in the end result.



Some of the psychological effects of particular colors are well known and accepted by most people. In fact, those effects have been the subject of serious research and experiments that have generated scientific proof. But not all scientists agree on the validity of the results—nor do color experts.

Orange is supposed to energize, and certain blues are meant to infuse a place with calm, and yet we can all recall instances where orange made you feel squeamish or blue appeared cold and remote. It’s all about the context, and that’s why it’s so difficult to hold a completely objective conversation on the subject of color. To understand color on an intuitive and emotional level—how it can stimulate all the senses and stir memories from the past—context is indeed key. The context for color choice and its emotional con-

nection can be divided into three aspects: the psychology of color; its physical impact; and the influence of current trends on color perception.

The Psychology of Color When considering the psychological effects of colors, know that not all societies share Americans’ perception of those effects on our emotions. What we hold as an “objective” observation on a color is often nothing more than a reflection of our cultural affiliations, which have attributed properties to that color for generations. Separating the psychological from the symbolic can be difficult. The symbolic aspects are definitely cultural. Although we don’t realize it, they often influence our perception of colors and the emotions they stir. Black and white make for good examples. In Western societies, black is considered serious, dramatic, sophisticated, and sometimes sad. People are warned against its potentially depressing effects on a decorating scheme. Black is the traditional color of mourning. White, on the other hand, is associated with purity, peace, and optimism. Being married in white, to evoke virginal purity, dates back to the end of the 18th century in Europe. Before then, the bride-to-be wore her most beautiful dress. For many

centuries, especially in Europe’s country class, this favored dress was red, since red held its color better than other clothing dyes. In the West today, white remains the traditional color of bridal dresses. No one would think of attending a funeral in white. Nor would it necessarily occur to a bride to wear black. We simply remain convinced that it is not in the “nature” of those colors. Yet, in certain Eastern cultures, it is white, not black, that is the color of mourning. And many brides in China and India choose to wear red, the traditional color of good luck and auspiciousness, on their wedding day. There is, however, some overlap in the properties that different cultures attribute to certain colors. For example, Feng Shui, the traditional Chinese philosophy that distinguishes between good and evil influences, interprets colors much in the same way that many Western color specialists do. Fawn Chang, PPG National Color and Design Consultant, integrates the best of East and West with a designer’s eye. She focuses on mindfully creating spaces using colors, shapes, and furnishings in a way that fosters and nourishes health and well being. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


“For me, there’s no separation between East and West, or human and environment. Beauty and color are as vital to the human spirit and body as water and air,” says Chang. “I constantly seek to grow my knowledge about color and how to use its power to freshen our spaces, enliven our spirits, and change our world, one home or workplace at a time.” Is the phenomenon of East-West blending an example of the cross-influences that affect the thinking of cultures brought closer to one another by a certain Venetian named Marco Polo? Or does it suggest that colors have real natural properties that all humans, no matter what their geographic or cultural background, perceive in the same way? Let’s explore what color actually does from a physical standpoint.

The Physical Impact of Color The newly released Hacienda Style by Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr, award-winning authors of eight books on Mexican design, offers some striking examples of the natural and physical power of color to create emotional connections and a new perception of space.

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Brand Manager for The Voice of Color from PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Dee Schlotter is an NKBA member who travels North America to present color and design trends. Dee also launched the Pure Performance line of environmental paints and works closely with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and other environmentally-critical projects. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


Top 10 Trends 1 from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition. Concealed Kitchens

David Heide David Heide Studio, Minneapolis, MN

Susan Gilmore Photography

A kitchen is a room that shows its identity plainly and obviously—but not so with this riverfront penthouse condominium kitchen. With the level of personalization in design at an extreme high, even the more complex spaces in homes are being constructed with multiple purposes and with less intrusion in their presence. Designer David Heide created a sleek and distinctive kitchen comfortable in its own skin. “Our greatest challenge was to create a space with a distinctive identity, but fitting into the overall aesthetic of the open living area,” Heide said. He attributed some of the approach to a European influence, and the subtle orderliness inherent to European design. Harmony reigns between lifestyle, beauty, and multi-purpose function within the larger living space. Upper cabinetry fitted snugly into the wall rather than protruding from it, the refrigerator that blends almost seamlessly into a stainless wall, and an island that hides the conveniently placed wine storage are ways that the designer quietly incorporated functionality into this confidently unassuming and stunning kitchen.


In-Home Coffee and Wine Bars Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD Peter Salerno, Inc., Wyckoff, NJ

Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography



With an overriding theme of flexibility in design, and a heavy dose of lifestyle providing direction, personal spaces are becoming just that—more personal. Attribute it to economic times, a shift in family culture, or simply less conformity on the design front, today’s homeowners are being sensibly selective and intently focused on their preferences when they embark on kitchen remodels or new construction. Coffee and wine bars are often seen as more the norm rather than the exception in today’s kitchens. Designer Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD says, “Beverage stations are an integral part of a homeowner’s life as they will evolve and grow with the family.” He selected an ample furniture-style piece, which contains niches for appropriate stemware, cups, teas, a coffee/espresso machine, wine storage, and a bar top. It brings the tastes and requirements of the discerning coffee drinker and wine aficionado right into the heart of the kitchen. This comfortably unpretentious beverage station is like the extra slab of butter or the added layer of icing on times spent in the kitchen. Bottles of wine chilled to their optimum temperature, small cups of steaming hot espresso, and the perfect swirl of steamed milk atop a cappuccino are all on hand to offer guests and family members.

The shared attribute seen in hundreds of 2010 NKBA Design Competition entries is the use of fresh and highly complex design concepts. Limitless thinking appears to be the assignable source of the awe-inspiring kitchen and bath designs being produced by top creative professionals across the United States and Canada. Review and enjoy the progressive design trends for 2010, as seen in the 2010 NKBA Design Competition. By Annette Gray


Scaling of Elements

Kirsti Wolfe Kirsti Wolfe Designs, Bend, Oregon

©Paula Watts Photography

Complexly integrated and opposing contrasts are clearing a path for distinctive design, while also bringing a content balance to the overall scale of kitchens and bathrooms. Invigorating textures that make you want to reach out to touch a pebbled surface, and textures implied by the strong lines and veins in a smooth granite countertop are examples of the uninhibited elements being applied for their contribution to scale in design. This bathroom oasis, which includes a coffeemaker, stacked washer and dryer, and a wall-mounted fireplace, is a careful compilation of glass, tile, granite mirror, wood, fire and water. Water runs forward into fingertips over a faucet appearing to be a glass plate, heavy-toned granite overhangs a light bird’s eye maple cabinetry, narrow recessed niches backed with mirror, and the long vertical lines of spun glass pendant lighting all assist the selectively layered scale of elements applied by the artful hand of Designer, Kirsti Wolfe. Wolfe has created natural boundaries and geometrically defined spaces, which give this bathroom a pleasing sense of purpose and comfort in its balanced sense of scale.


Color with Energy

Adel Visser, CKD, CBD All About Kitchens & More, Sacramento, CA

Lazzarone Photography

Years back, design was all about neutral, implying that the neutral color palette of a room was just a backdrop. The neutral tones selected for cabinetry, wall color, and flooring were to act in their neutrality as the mild unassuming partner to anything you might want to place in the room. While neutrals can still be seen, they are playing a lesser and supporting role to their more vibrant leading counterparts. This kitchen’s confident palette begins with deep lush turquoise and robin’s egg blue paired with natural cherry cabinetry, Sapele mahogany wood tops, and copper colored porcelain tile floors in a balance of warm and cold. “I think the mood of the kitchen is energizing and uplifting” said the designer, Adel Visser, CKD, CBD, whose client initially came to her with a small bottle of turquoise paint as a reference for her favorite color: Tropical Ocean, which conveys the feeling of cool, calm water. When fearless colors are introduced artfully with the counterbalance of stainless steel and shimmering lights, the result is not only palatable, but perfection. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


Top 10 Trends

from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition.


Soft Geometry

Earl Lawson V6B Design Group, Vancouver, BC The strength of a line and the movement it induces as the line bends, carves a self-directed path throughout a room when incorporated with purpose. This can be seen in kitchen and bath design as the bended, rounded shape of an arch or light fixture directs not only the eye, but traffic and task path. This assists in creating defined spaces. Rounded hearth and ceiling arches, along with curved bar and countertop edges, give this kitchen a circular and organic appeal, while also softening the more angular aspects of the room. Designer Earl Lawson indicates that the initial directive from the client was their desire for a traditional space with casual elegance. “The curves provide both the casual and the elegance,” said Lawson, while also explaining that the challenge of an awkward space induced a creative solution in the shape of the island. From the challenge of an oddly shaped space, arose a stunning and classic kitchen that balances the border between contemporary and traditional tastes.

Jason Van Der Burg


Space Subtleties

Lori Carroll Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, AZ Fixtures once confined by location are now incorporated into kitchen and bath designs in almost limitless ways. Bold and uninterrupted space allowed to flow without disruption is subtle in its presence, but in this powder room, that space is created by the prominently placed wallmounted natural agate slab vanity. “I chose to float the vanity not only because this extraordinary slab needed to become the focal point of the room, but also because suspending it gives the illusion of spaciousness in a small area, especially against the mirrored wall,” explained the designer, Lori Carroll. Wall-mounted toilets and floating vanities allow for a design-driven room rather than one confined by fixtures and appliances anchored to the floor. In addition, the unobstructed and open floor space implies movement and a freer use of space. In the kitchen, appliances are stacked and positioned within islands and are signs of how space can be manipulated to achieve a desired result in the design.

©William Lesch




7. Design Framing

Tanya Rentzos Andros Kitchen & Bath Design, Mississauga, ON Just as framing is a way of preserving and calling attention to a valued painting or photo, so too can framing be used in the design of a kitchen or bath. It can be used to highlight a portion of a room or define the space in its purpose. Designers are bringing artistic details to new heights. In this kitchen, the integration of a soffit and width of wall surrounding cabinetry provides the outline necessary to create balance in the room. A non-asymmetrical balance has been achieved in this sleek space, designed by Tanya Rentzos. “I incorporated marble on the island, which extends down to the floor and frames the cabinetry. This added stability to the design and created interest by incorporating two different countertop materials,” Rentzos said, adding, “I wanted to emphasize the grain in the marble and set a frame for the piece of art—the kitchen itself.”

Averill Lehan/Pro Active Imaging


8. Varying Heights

Robert Kinsley Kinsley Design Group, Highland Park, IL Island tops, countertops, and partial walls are being customized to the task performed there and to the needs and lifestyle of the homeowners. “In this kitchen, varying heights, edge detailing, and finishes in the countertop help to define the formal and informal spaces,” says the designer, Robert Kinsley. Pairing lower desk and prep areas with higher breakfast bar surfaces provides convenient task-specific spaces, which fosters a greater level of family interaction in the kitchen, but has also been used to impose balance. Functional needs, such as a catch-all area for keys and cell phones, were addressed with a lowered cabinet, which separates it from the cooking and prep area. Various heights of bathroom countertops are implemented to allow for grooming space that doesn’t hinder the wash-up sink area. Proportional contrasts offer yet another tool for designers to implement balance, function, and beauty in an existing space or new construction.

Wendy Illian, Kinsley Design Group | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


Top 10 Trends

from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition.


Japanese Influence

Leslie J. Jensen, CMKBD Signature Woodworks, Tacoma, WA

Brian DalBalcon Photography


Japanese and Asian-themed decorative items are not new to the design world. However, Japanese influence is steadily seeping into kitchen and bathroom design across North America and no longer represents an afterthought item placed on a shelf, but as a primary ingredient and even the larger foundation of the design. The impact of Japanese design is subtle in clean lines, open spaces, and neutral color palettes with select bold splashes of color—and then more apparent in the inclusion of a primary component such as the Japanese antique buffet turned vanity in this bathroom. An anchor piece can be the catalyst, or the design may evolve as it did in this bathroom. “The Asian feel evolved after the sink was selected. I was striving for simplicity while still adding interest and texture to the space,” Washington-based designer Leslie J. Jensen, CMKBD said. “I think Japanese design is really the style behind what’s being called Pacific Northwest Contemporary.” Across regions and states, the 2010 NKBA Design Competition entries also confirmed this to be an influence not limited to a state or region.

Art Integration

Savena Doychinov, CKD Design Studio Int’l. Kitchen & Bath, LLC, Falls Church, VA An intense and heightened level of personalization prevailing in kitchen and bathroom design is taking on many different forms, depending on the homeowner. The introduction of a favored piece of artwork—perhaps a framed painting or an antique sculpture—as the basis for a design creates challenges, but also offers guidance and solutions for color and material choices. The personal nature of art to owner introduces an intimate quality to the room. “You want the room to convey the same feelings to the clients as the object,” says the designer, Savena Doychinov, who designed this children’s bathroom around a Haitian painting. “It can pose a challenge to interpret an object’s elements with currently available materials.” The object of art acts as the common denominator, pulling the threads of the other design components tightly together. It defines and unifies the room in a way that’s simultaneously new and comfortable, with the familiarity of the piece de resistance.

Bob Narod, Photographer, LLC



KBIS beinspired

KBIS 2010 – Be InSpIreD


KBIS hits the Windy City.

By Bill Darcy, NKBA Director of Marketing

If you’re here with us in Chicago, welcome to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Thanks for choosing to make an investment that’s certain to advance your business and career. The results of these three days will be felt industry-wide throughout 2010. Products seen on the show floor, and information gained through the conference program will help to shape the direction of kitchen and bath businesses as attendees take what they’ve learned and return home to apply it. If you were unable to make it this year, I encourage you to plan for KBIS 2011 in Las Vegas. The show floor is filled with energy and excitement—the excitement that comes from professionals with a shared interest coming together and the energy that comes from new concepts and products. The presentations being given are from some of the most dynamic speakers you’ll find anywhere. Surrounded by so many kitchen and bath professionals serious about their pursuit of educational and networking opportunities, the importance of KBIS is apparent.

We’ve just announced the winners of the 2010 NKBA Design Competition; their amazing projects can be seen in the Design Idea Center at the NKBA booth (N5701). New this year is the Consumers’ Choice Awards, offered in partnership with Over 27,000 votes were cast, and I encourage you to take a look at the results—view them here on pages 50-51 in our first issue of NKBA Magazine or online at As you continue in this section, I hope you’ll enjoy the photo essay on KBIS 2009 as we convey through images the complexities involved in the making of | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


KBIS KBIS. For the tens of thousands of you who have made the trip to Chicago this year, I’m sure you’ll be inspired by all that KBIS has to offer. Thank you for making the investment in KBIS, the industry, and most importantly, yourself.







KBIS 2011: Vegas, Baby

See what’s new since KBIS’ last trip to Vegas in 2007.

budgets. One of the newest attractions is The Mirage’s reinvented volcano, which features a state-of-the-art sound system and pyrotechnic effects, complete with fire shooters.

Year round, Las Vegas offers unmatched entertainment. Home to celebrity headliners Bette Midler and Cher, and Broadway favorites “The Lion King” and “Phantom—The Las Vegas Spectacular,” the entertainment scene continues to evolve and offer something for every taste. Cirque du Soleil offers seven resident productions, including its newest show, “Viva Elvis,” at CityCenter. And no visit to Las Vegas would be complete without taking in a showgirl classic such as “Jubilee!” or laughing along to a performance of “Blue Man Group.” While planning an evening of entertainment in town, look to the growing roster of gourmet restaurants offering unparalleled food and wine adventures. In fact, when famed Parisian restaurateur Guy Savoy chose to open a restaurant in the United States, he chose Las Vegas first. To accompany its growing list of world-class chefs, Las Vegas has attracted more master sommeliers than any other U.S. city. A host of fine dining and lifestyle magazines, including Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Robb Report, and Esquire, have honored the city for its fantastic fare and hailed individual restaurants for their exquisite cuisine, created by the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Joël Robuchon, Bradley Ogden, Hubert Keller, Alain Ducasse, and Wolfgang Puck. When it comes to shopping, Las Vegas has become one of the premium world-class shopping destinations in the U.S. Designers such as Harry Winston, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, and Dolce and Gabbana now populate the Strip at Fashion Show, The Forum Shops at Caesars, Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and Crystals at CityCenter. Las Vegas also has a variety of must-see attractions and entertainment options to keep you occupied. From thrilling roller coasters to exotic animal exhibits and erupting volcanoes to wax museums, Las Vegas’ attractions appeal to people of all ages, interests, and

Another way to heat up the night is to visit any of Las Vegas’ elaborately themed nightclubs that stay open until dawn, or the new wave of trendy, ultra-chic lounges sweeping the Strip. Visitors know when they step out in Las Vegas for the night, it’ll be an experience they won’t forget. After a night at the clubs, rejuvenate at one of more than 45 luxury spas. From massages and facials to body wraps and aromatherapy, Las Vegas spas provide a truly unique and ultra relaxing experience. Introducing the concept of “Social Spa-ing,” Qua Spa at Caesars Palace offers communal areas, such as the Laconium Room (providing ultra-heat therapy), the Arctic Ice Room (complete with snow falling from above), and a tea room staffed by a sommelier skilled at pairing teas with treatments offered. Adventurous couples can explore the desert landscape of the Southwest through the Adventure Spa at Red Rock Resort. Enjoy activities such as kayaking at Lake Mead, mountain biking at Red Rock Canyon, or a sunrise horseback ride. Then, follow your heart-pumping recreational activity with an indulgent therapeutic massage or aromatherapy session. For more information on what you’ll find in Las Vegas, go to To see what’s new and exciting, go to www.lvcva. com/press/press-kit.jsp?pressId=647. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010



KBIS Exhibitor CEU Program Schedule

Take advantage of this educational opportunity on the show floor! Be educated. Don’t miss the most current and cutting-edge live sessions from these NKBA CEU-approved exhibitors. All programs are 30 minutes long. For every two sessions you attend, you will earn 0.1 CEUs. EXHIBITOR


Jenn - Air

Downdraft Ventilation

Booth N7107

Built-in Refrigeration

Autokitchen Booth S3927

Warmup Inc. Booth N7925

Lutron Booth N7607

DATE(S) AND TIME(S) Friday, April 16 - 3:00 pm Saturday, April 17 - 3:00 pm

Designing Kitchen Spaces with AutoKitchen


Friday, April 16 - 11:00 am Saturday, April 17 - 11:00 am

Mort Block

Friday, April 16 - 4:30 pm Saturday, April 17 - 4:30 pm Sunday, April 18 - 10:15 am

Sara Ziadeh

Friday, April 16 - 10:00 am & 4:00 pm

How to Sell the Benefits of Electric Underfloor Heating Saturday, April 17 - 10:00 am & 4:00 pm

Regis Verliefde

Sunday, April 18 - 10:00 am Friday, April 16 - 11:00 am Saturday, April 17 - 2:00 pm

Light Control: Save Energy Beautifully

Friday, April 16 - 10:45 am Saturday, April 17 - 10:45 am

Mark Gasper

Chief Architect

Creating Custom Cabinets with Chief Architect

Booth S3040

Draft, Design, and Sell the Job with Chief Architect

Friday, April 16 - 2:45 pm Saturday, April 17 - 2:45 pm

20-20 Technologies

Auto Decoration

Friday, April 16 - 2:00 pm

Countertop Module

Saturday, April 17 - 2:00 pm

Linear Drain Applications and Benefits for Kitchens, Baths, and More

Friday, April 16 - 3:45 pm Saturday, April 17 - 3:45 pm Sunday, April 18 - 11:45 am

Wayne Phillips

The LED Advantage - A Primer on the New Technology

Friday, April 16 - 2:00 pm Saturday, April 17 - 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

Jeff Dross

i box - Behind the Wall

Friday, April 16 - 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, & 3:00 pm Saturday, April 17 - 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, & 3:00 pm Sunday, April 18 - 10:00 am, 11:00 am, & 1:00 pm

Jen Bruno

Booth S1240

Heelguard USA Booth S769

Kichler Lighting Booth S333

Hansgrohe Booth S1223

JSG Oceana Booth S1942

“Hard Roc” Glass Sinks Bring Beauty and Functionality Friday, April 16 - 1:00 pm Saturday, April 17 - 3:45 pm to Everyday Life

Interline Creative Staying in Front of Your Customers Group, Inc. Booth S108

KraftMaid Booth S1210

20-20 Enhancements for 2010 Google SketchUp for Designers (9 Different Presentation Topics Available)

Friday, April 16 - 3:30 pm Saturday, April 17 - 11:00 am

Jason Troye

Mort Block

Christine Denne

Jim Nowakowski

Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Paul Anater Eric Schimelpfenig Sunday, April 18 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Visit the KraftMaid booth for a complete schedule)

Alex Oliver

QUESTIONS? For more information regarding this program, visit the NKBA Design Idea Center (booth N5701) to speak with an NKBA staff member. You can also contact NKBA Customer Service at or at 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

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Interior Designer- John Martin, Turner Martin Design Lighting Designer- Randall Whitehead IALD Contractor- JP Malone Construction Photographer- Jeff Zaruba

Interior Lighting

Recessed adjustable low voltage fixtures using LED MR16s add drama to this richly hued kitchen. The pendant fixtures are fitted with CCFLs, offering a wonderful incandescent quality glow. LED strips offer shadow-free task light along the countertops.

How to Specify Energy-Efficient Lighting


Experience the green lights of home.

By Randall Whitehead, IALD

I’m a lighting designer who specializes in interior and exterior residential projects. I work with kitchen and bath designers, architects, interior designers, and homeowners to help make their projects come to life at night. My home, which is located down the street from my office, gets used as a living light lab to show off the latest techniques and products to prospective clients. Since I promote energy-efficient lighting to others, it only seemed right to install it in my own home. All the lighting there is energy efficient, except for the two incandescent lamps in my fridge and oven. Let’s face it—people have an inherent fear and loathing of fluorescent lighting… and little knowledge of LEDs (light emitting diodes) or CCFLs (cold cathode fluorescent lamps). Allowing them to experience these sources in an actual installation helps them see that energy-efficient lighting can also be alluring. Seeing is believing.

What’s the Buzz? The compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) sold in the big box stores and home improvement stores are the worst of the lot. The incentive was to offer a CFL for the cost of an incandescent light bulb. These low-cost lamps have a premature burnout rate, buzz, and are not dimmable. There are wonderful CFLs out there, but they cost around $12. Even at this price, they’ll save around $72 in energy costs over the life of the lamp. Top-of-the-line screw-in CFLs and CCFLs offer a dimmable light source (down to 30 percent) that can be controlled by a standard incandescent dimmer. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


members CCFLs have been around for awhile, but have stayed a bit under the radar. The glass tubing is very small, about the diameter of cooked spaghetti. This enables the tubing to be enclosed inside a outer glass envelope that looks very much like a standard incandescent lamp, flame tip, or globe lamp. They have full range dimming with an incandescent dimmer and last 18,000 to 25,000 hours. Presently, the maximum wattage you can get is 8 watts, which produces the illumination equivalent of 45 watts from an incandescent bulb. They take about 10 seconds to come up to full brightness, though. I have them in all of my decorative fixtures. They come in a variety of color temperatures, but my favorite is the 2250K, which has a very warm, incandescent glow. Nobody ever thinks that it’s a fluorescent source.

Top: For those individuals who

want full range dimming in an energy efficient lamp that looks like their incandescent counterparts, consider these CCFLs by Litetronics. These glass envelopes are clear to show the insides, but these all come with white glass envelopes as well.

BOTTOM: For an A-lamp

equivalent, try out the dimmable Litetronics MB-801DL-2250K. It has a beautiful warm incandescent color and provides 45 watts worth of light for 8 watts worth of power consumption.

Architectural Designer- Conrad Sanchez Interior Designer- Nicki West Lighting Designer- Randall Whitehead IALD Contractor- Sweet Construction Photographer- Dennis Anderson

For those of you who aren’t so sure of using any kind of CFLs due to their mercury content, there’s a new fluorescent-like lamp on the horizon called the ESL (electron stimulated luminescence). It will have no mercury, full range dimming and instant-on, like a standard incandescent. Hopefully, it will be out this year. You may not know that LEDs have been around since the 1960s. Until recently, they were essentially used as brightly colored indicator lights. About three years ago, manufacturers developed an LED source with the warm qualities of incandescent light. These newly developed LEDs use less electricity than standard incandescent sources. Many LEDs are available in dimmable versions, and some fixtures on the market can meet California’s strict Title 24 energy code, which dictates that 50 percent of the wattage in kitchens must be hard-wired high-efficacy lighting. Bathrooms must be 100 percent high efficacy or controlled by a switched motion sensor.

Another option for under-cabinet task lighting would be a series of LED puck lights or fluorescent puck lights. Flexible low-voltage LED strip lights and easy-to-install line voltage strip lights offer fresh alternatives for task and indirect light. LEDs can last from 30,000 to 50,000 hours, while emitting no ultra-violet radiation; they also contain no trace amounts of mercury like fluorescents do. Some companies offer screw-in and hard-wire LED kits as retrofits for existing housings; as well as IC-rated, airtight housings for new construction. LED versions of low voltage MR16 lamps are able to beautifully highlight paintings or sculpture without any harmful UV light hitting the art. Even those energy-eating xenon or halogen festoon lamps in the under-cabinet task lights and shelf light come in LED versions that are dimmable. Another option for under-cabinet task lighting would be a series of LED puck lights or fluorescent puck lights. Flexible low-voltage LED strip lights and easy-to-install line voltage strip lights offer fresh alternatives for task and indirect light.



Lighting a focal point

The square recessed adjustable low voltage fixtures are fitted with dimmable LED MR16 lamps, which emit no UV rays, protecting sensitive art.

Architectural Designer- Conrad Sanchez Interior Designer- Nicki West Lighting Designer- Randall Whitehead IALD Contractor- Sweet Construction Photographer- Dennis Anderson

Architectural Designer- Conrad Sanchez Interior Designer- Nicki West Lighting Designer- Randall Whitehead IALD Contractor- Sweet Construction Photographer- Dennis Anderson

Light Placement Left: A vintage photograph in a niche above the toilet is illuminated with new square adjustable low-voltage lighting. RIGHT: This sleek powder room has a cast glass countertop backlit with a linear LED strip. The two luminous squares

flanking the sink use dimmable fluorescents as their light source.

Decorative Fixtures Companies to Check Out

Top: The 13 watt GU-24 lamp and

base, such as this one by Maxlite, are the same size as a standard A-lamp and socket. This allows manufacturer to offer fluorescent options without re-tooling their fixtures. These dim down to 30% with a standard incandescent dimmer.

BOTTOM: For an A-lamp

equivalent, try out the dimmable Litetronics MB-801DL-2250K. It has a beautiful warm incandescent color and provides 45 watts worth of light for 8 watts worth of power consumption.

Many lighting manufacturers are now offering decorative fixtures in modern and traditional styles that have hardwired fluorescent sources. Many are using the new GU-24 socket and CFL technology, which is no bigger than a standard household bulb and socket assembly. These GU24 lamps with their proprietary sockets meet those pesky Title 24 requirements. Many of your favorite lighting companies may now offer the fixtures you already love in fluorescent versions, so give them a call or talk to their reps about what they have available.

The Secret Sauce We always incorporate light layering into all our lighting designs, blending decorative, task, accent, and—most importantly—ambient light. Ambient light (indirect lighting) softens the shadows on people’s faces, which helps them look more relaxed and youthful... like architectural Botox. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010



Kitchen Designer- Maria Bell ASID Lighting Designer- Randall Whitehead IALD Contractor- Mueller/Nicholls Photographer- Dennis Anderson

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This inviting kitchen uses only fluorescent and LED sources... except for the candles.

My recommendation when specifying a luminaire with an energy-efficient light source is to choose decorative fixtures with shades, or recessed fixtures with translucent lenses that hide the lamp. I like to call it stealth green lighting design. If people see a bulb that looks like soft ice cream, they automatically hate it. They just can’t get over their fear of fluorescents. If the lamp is out of sight...then it’s out of mind.

The Blue One I was working a retail location that took the “soups to nuts” approach to sales. The store would sell everything from just one screw to a complete kitchen remodel. One afternoon, a woman calls to ask if her toilet had arrived in the showroom. I pulled the paperwork and informed her that her toilet had in fact arrived that afternoon. What followed was one of the funniest conversations of my career: david summer - “Yes ma’am, it’s here.” Customer - “How big is it?” david summer - (Wanting to say “it’s about as big as a toilet”) “It comes in two boxes, one for the tank and the other for the bowl.” Customer - “Will it fit in my car?” david summer - (Hmmmm) “What are you driving?”

Randall Whitehead is an internationallyknown architectural lighting designer whose work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, House Beautiful, Kiplinger’s, Metropolitan Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Fine Homebuilding, and many more. He regularly appears as a guest expert on the Discovery Channel, CNN, HGTV, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, and writes a monthly column called “The Last Word in Lighting” for Residential Lighting Magazine. Randall has written seven books on lighting, including Residential Lighting, A Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design. For more information, visit



Customer - “I have the blue one today.” david summer - (On the verge of laughing out loud over the phone with her, I was expecting a make or type—sedan, minivan, Lexus, something... ) “Blue one, you got the blue one today? Probably won’t fit well; you should have your husband pick it up.” My apologies to any gender-sensitive folk, this is a true story and would have been just as funny if a male had made the call. - daVid sUMMeR, aRLington heights, iL

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nKBa proDuctS Order yours today.

By Claudette Hoffmann, NKBA Director of Member Services

NKBA products can give you a competitive edge and save you time and money. From brochures and workbooks to NKBA logo merchandise, these items can help you communicate the benefits of belonging to the only association dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry.

Why Should You Work with an NKBA Certified Designer Brochure

To request a catalog or place an order, call NKBA Customer Service at 1-800-THE-NKBA. Once your order is processed, you can expect delivery in 10 to 12 business days for orders within the U.S. and approximately 20 business days for orders outside the U.S.

Make sure that your staff knows how to plan safe and efficient kitchens and baths for their clients with the NKBA’s kitchen and bath planning guidelines. This handbook includes both kitchen and bath guidelines.

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Business Management Forms The NKBA Business Management Forms include professional-quality forms for such items as retainers, design fees, installation fees, labor charges, material and plan changes, and subcontractor agreements, as well as a variety of checklists to keep each project on track. The NKBA Business Management Forms are available on CD, giving you full access to the forms, as well as to the customizable templates. To view and use sample forms, visit the Members Resources section of

Becoming certified as an AKBD, CKD, CBD, or CMKBD is rewarding. Order enough of this brochure to give to prospective clients to tell them why they should retain you to design the kitchen or bath of their dreams.

Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines Handbook

Consumer Kitchen & Bath Planning Workbook Have a supply of consumer workbooks available at your showroom. Consumers can work through their kitchen and bath ideas with the help of this workbook from the NKBA.

NKBA Logo Magnets Show how proud you are of your membership in the NKBA with NKBA logo magnets on the displays in your showroom. The online store with NKBA promotional materials and publications will be available in fall 2010.

In Memory of a past president The National Kitchen & Bath Association is sad to announce that Don Nicholson, CKD, Past President of the NKBA, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2010. He was the founder of The Kitchen Shop and owned and operated the company until his retirement in 1993. He established Kitchen Shops throughout Michigan and Northern Indiana, including Jackson, Lansing, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo. Don was a Certified Kitchen Designer and had served as NKBA President from 1983 to 1984. He is survived by his wife Margie, three daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame The NKBA established the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame in 1989 to recognize and honor industry professionals. These individuals have played a key role in the growth of the kitchen and bath industry, and have moved the industry forward through their foresight, performance, and dedication. Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Stu Dettelbach, CKD, CBD said, “It’s a daunting task to review the names of so many individuals who have contributed to our industry and left a lasting impact on so many.” For a complete list of all Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame inductees, visit Only NKBA members can nominate candidates for the Hall of Fame, but all members of the industry—whether or not they’re NKBA members—are eligible for nomination. Consider nominating an individual for his or her design achievements, innovations, or industry involvement—someone who’s made a substantial impact on the industry. In late summer, the Hall of Fame Committee will review all eligible nominations and can recommend up to three candidate, which the Board of Directors will review at the annual fall Board meeting. The NKBA accepts nominations during June and July each year for the Hall of Fame, with a July 31 deadline for consideration. To present a nomination, contact the NKBA Member Services Department by e-mail at membership@ or by phone at 1-800-THENKBA (843-6522). – CLaUdette hoFFMann, nKBa diReCtoR oF MeMBeR seRViCes | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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repreSent your InDuStry Segment Join an NKBA advisory council.

By Kelly Hayes, NKBA Governance Coordinator

WorKIng toWarD a goaL The NKBA Advisory Council of Dealers is planning for the future at the Annual Planning Meeting in Palm Desert, California.

Would you like to have a big impact on the kitchen and bath industry? If so, represent your industry segment by joining one of the NKBA’s advisory councils. The are openings for builders/remodelers, dealers, DPH, designers, manufacturers/ suppliers, manufacturers’ representatives, multi-branch retailers/home centers, and wholesale distributors. There are also

nKBa InDUStrY SegMentS From top left (left to right): Builders/Remodelers, Cabinet Shops, Dealers, Decorative Plumbing & Hardware, Designers, Distributors, Fabricators, Installers, Manufacturers/Suppliers, Manufacturers’ Representatives, Multi-Branch Retailers/Home Centers

openings on the Certification Test Board Committee and the Exam Development Subcommittee. These council members help to define and influence strategies, programs, and services for all NKBA members. As a council member, you’ll meet with peers during a weekend meeting event held annually. It’s here that you’ll share ideas and gain insight into the workings of the kitchen and bath industry. This information can be invaluable to your own busi-

BecoMe a chapter offIcer To ensure that the National Kitchen & Bath Association continues to meet the needs of kitchen and bath professionals, the NKBA encourages our members to serve as officers in their local chapters. In that role, you’ll be uniquely positioned to network with other kitchen and bath professionals in your area. NKBA chapter officers are recognized as leaders in the industry by both consumers and other professionals. In addition to influencing the programs offered by the NKBA, chapter officers can attend many in-person NKBA professional development courses at no cost and are offered complimentary leadership training every two years. A brochure and self-nomination form will be available in the Design Idea Center at KBIS. Complete and fax the form to the NKBA at 908-852-7639. For more information, contact the NKBA at or at 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522). The brochure and self-nomination form will also be available at your next chapter meeting. Become recognized as a leader and gain consumer and peer recognition while influencing the programs offered by NKBA. - Janet LaLonde, nKBa Regions & ChapteRs ManageR

ness, and the experience gained is a great addition to your personal portfolio. When the self-nomination form and brochure arrives in your mailbox early this summer, fill it out and return it to the NKBA as your first step toward making a difference for yourself, your fellow members, and the entire industry. For more information, click the “Become a National Leader” link at or call NKBA Customer Service at 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

2009 nKBa chapter groWth aWarDS The NKBA congratulates the winners of the 2009 Chapter Growth Awards. The winning chapters have gone above and beyond in recruiting new members to ensure their chapter growth. In recognition of their efforts, each of the winning chapters receives a $200 check and a certificate of accomplishment. Greatest Percentage Increase in Membership alaska chapter: 26% membership increase Greatest Percentage Increase in New Members carolinas chapter: 29.9% new membership increase Most New Members georgia chapter: 100 new members Greatest Member Retention chicago Mid West chapter: 495 members



Top Chapter Programming Contest award winners

2009 NKBA Chapter Programming Contest AwardS The NKBA Chapter Programming Contest recognizes the best programs of the NKBA’s 75 chapters. Chapter representatives from the eight regions presented their chapter’s best program. Each of the NKBA’s eight regions then selected a winner. The 2009 winners are: Region 1: Northern New Jersey Chapter – “Bill Farnan Memorial Golf Outing” A morning breakfast buffet led to a putting contest and then a shotgun start for the day’s scramble at this annual golf outing. At the 9th hole, a lunch cart served attendees. Once participants completed the course, they purchased cards of tickets for the 19th hole auction prizes. The chapter used the funds to offer three $1,500 scholarships to high school juniors and seniors pursuing higher education in architecture or design.

Region 2: Susquehanna Valley Chapter – “Dynamic Symmetry: The Cure for the Common Kitchen” In kitchen design, dynamic symmetry fine tunes cabinet sizes and open space to assure that the uniqueness of a room is balanced. This geometry can be seen in both nature and art, from Parthenon and Michelangelo’s David to pineapples and beautiful faces. Now it can be applied to your home. The goal of this program was to provide an alternative to the clichés of mirror symmetry by directing the vitality and movement of balance toward a focal point. Region 3: Virginia State Chapter – “Organization: How It Affects Your Life” In this program, Certified Professional Organizer Mindy Godding reviewed how to create order and clarity in the world around us. She offered tips and tricks of the trade to maximize the organize and efficiency of a kitchen, office, garage, or other space. Her success in professional organizing has been built on her ability to help clients avoid becoming overwhelmed as they work to realize the potential and vision of their spaces.

Region 4: Central Florida Chapter – “History In The Making! Unveiling Kitchen Renovation at Casa Feliz!” The chapter partnered with local companies and craftsmen for a $95,000 kitchen and butler’s pantry restoration of the historic Casa Feliz, a magnificent Spanish Revival home museum. Faced with the threat of demolition, the community raised $1.2 million in sponsorships to save this 1930s home. Chapter members redesigned the undersized and ill-equipped kitchen to accommodate the onsite catering company, while remaining true to the original design elevations.

Region 5: Puget Sound Chapter – “2009 Puget Sound Design Awards” This local design competition encouraged chapter members to show off their best work, providing a terrific opportunity for designers to enter their projects into a small competition and gain the confidence to enter the national NKBA Design Competition in the future. Every project was on display to the local membership before the awards ceremony, and all the designers who entered now have a professional design storyboard for their showrooms and portfolios.

Region 6: Northern Michigan Chapter – “The Ultimate Up North Kitchen Tour” Some 19 Northern Michigan designers put their kitchens on tour to the

public like a parade of homes. The chapter partnered with Traverse Magazine/ Home & Cottage, a well-known regional magazine. Tickets were sold throughout Northern Michigan and part of the proceeds benefited the local Habitat for Humanity in each county represented in the tour. The event was advertised on local TV and radio and the magazine highlighted each kitchen designer and products shown.

Region 7: Arizona South Chapter – “Tour of Phoenix Showrooms” Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were provided, as chapter members met and loaded the bus for a tour of Phoenix showrooms. The day included a one-hour presentation offering CEU credit, followed by an interactive cooking demonstration with the help of the sponsor’s chefs as attendees prepared their own dinner. This was a terrific opportunity for attendees to use the appliances that they’d been hearing about before loading the bus for their return trip back.

Region 8: Texas South Plains Subchapter – “2009 Kitchen & Bath Design Symposium and Retreat” This all-day event was designed to introduce designers and industry members to a new phase in the field of kitchen and bath design, explaining the use of solar and green design and materials while creating an open dialogue and sharing of ideas among professionals. The symposium included a presentation of the NKBA guidelines and principles of design, while a panel of speakers addressed everything from design and installation to new products and applications. Two chapters tied for the best chapter program of 2009 and will split the $1,000 prize: the Susquehanna Valley Chapter from region 2 and the Central Florida Chapter from region 4. Congratulations to the winning chapters. – Janet LaLonde, NKBA Regions & Chapters Manager | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


members Legislative Update

To Lead or Not to Lead… That is the Question Learning about lead remediation.

By Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, CR, 2010 NKBA President

Are you working to minimize, contain and control dust on your projects? Are you working “lead safe?” Are you working “wet, smart, and safe?” These are the questions that you need to ask yourself in order to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s new lead paint regulations. The EPA has instituted a new regulation that will affect everyone involved in the renovation, repair, and painting of homes built before 1978. This new regulation will go into effect on April 22, 2010 and will carry fines of up to $37,500. If you’re a conscientious remodeling contractor and have taken precautions over the years to protect your clients and their

homes, then you’re probably already doing most of what these regulations call for, but without a doubt, there will be additional work and expense related to this regulation. You’ll need to purchase additional items such as HEPA vacuum, respirators, clean suits, and tack pads, but your clients’ homes will be safe and clean and you’ll be the professional that took the time to “do it right.” It’s the law and we all need to support it, comply with it, and promote our commitment to this industry. On March 5, 2010, I sat for the 8-hour course made available through the EPA. It’s designed to educate you on how to comply with this new regulation. Once you take this course and pass the 25-question test you will an EPA “certified renovator” (CR). As a “CR,” your responsibilities will be to direct the procedures, complete on-the-job training, be present while signs are posted and a

containment area is established, be available by phone with two hours notice, maintain a containment area within the work space, implement verification process, and prepare and maintain the required records. You can learn more by visiting either the EPA website or the NKBA website. At, select the Industry tab and then click “Lead-Based Paint Removal Rules” under Industry News. There, you’ll see a great explanation of the new rules from the Winter 2010 issue of Profiles (now NKBA Magazine). The article was written by NKBA Director of Legislative Affairs and General Counsel Edward S. Nagorsky, Esq. Change is difficult and incurring additional costs in this economy aren’t going to be easy for anyone. As NKBA members, we must always think about the health, safety, and welfare of our clients, our employees, and ourselves on every job.

A personal look at how designers create their own spaces.

My husband and I run our own kitchen and bath firm. We’ve both worked in the industry for over 25 years in various positions. When it came time to remodel our own kitchen, it was an amazing process, given that we’re both very involved in design and for each decision, we either agreed totally or someone had to compromise. We’ve performed three kitchen remodels over the years—in three different homes in three different states! This last remodel was done three years ago. We changed the layout of the space, but didn’t physically add on to the house. We changed windows and added French doors. New flooring was installed on the entire first floor of the home. New lighting was put in, compliant with California Title 24. This isn’t our favorite California law, but one that we’re proud to comply with and explain in detail to our clients. Of course, we selected the best appliances since we both love to cook! Our new kitchen fits our lifestyle and our home very well; it’s truly the heart of our home, our passion, and our lives! Every inch of space was

thoughtfully equipped, and I knew where every plate was going before we demoed the space. We started the installation of the kitchen over the Thanksgiving holiday since most of our clients’ jobs were already finished at that time. Our installers worked long hours and the job was finished in time for our Christmas party! I’m thrilled with the final results, especially when I’m cooking. There’s nothing I’d change, except for my compromise on the island countertop material. I wanted a beautiful Calcutta Gold marble, but my practical husband reminded me of how much use it would get and the stains and scratches it would likely endure, so I gave in. I still wish we’d used the real marble, as it would be a great sell-

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Debbie Nassetta, CKD, CBD and her business partner husband created the heart of their home in California.

ing point (good or bad) to explain to clients exactly how terrible it might have been. For the cabinets and countertops, we specified Wood Mode Cabinetry with three finishes and two door styles, Caesarstone countertops in two colors, and Spekva teak wood block on the island end. These were complemented by a custom Caesarstone sink and Perin & Rowe faucets. We selected a mix of stone and ceramic tile, using travertine floors with pewter inserts and Ann Sacks tile splash. For our appliances, we chose a Dacor range, hood liner, and warming drawer to go along with a Sub Zero refrigerator, freezer drawers, and refrigerator drawers, in addition to a Miele dishwasher and Sharp microwave drawer. – deBBie nassetta, CKd, CBd | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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Certification and the Successful Designer


Why pursue NKBA certification if you’re already successful?

By Laura Domanico, NKBA Director of Education

Does being certified in the kitchen and bath industry make you a better designer or a better professional than someone who is not? Not necessarily, but the knowledge and training you get gives you an edge over your competition. No matter how successful you are as a designer, NKBA certification can make you even more successful. What we do know in the world of consumerism is that all products and services are purchased based on their sense of value, benefits, features, and price. The NKBA offers certification designations that must be earned through years of hard work, education, training, and studying, which in turn becomes an identifier for the consumer. Consumers look for professionals based on a variety of things: word of mouth reputation, referrals, advertising, and whether or not the designer is certified. If the perception is that a certified designer is more skilled than a non-certified designer, then why play the odds?

Often, I speak with successful designers who happen to be non-certified about why they should go through the effort of taking all the education courses and then sitting for an exam. The answer is simple—certification tells a consumer that a professional has achieved a professional accomplishment above many of his and her peers. It’s a credential that must be earned, and that alone adds credence to your service and adds value in the eyes of the consumer—increasing your success. All certifications should be evident on business cards, letterhead, e-mail | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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signatures, websites, and social media sites. This generates more awareness of the certifications for the consumer; and, awareness sparks curiosity and questions. The better known the credentials are in the marketplace, the more in demand they’ll become. Certified designers also market these designations to their clients. Through marketing, the client knows immediately that you’re serious about your craft and your occupation. It gives the client an added sense of confidence during the initial project consultation and this confidence will carry them through the rest of the project. Anything you can do to enhance and elevate your skills, you should do. Remember too that being a professional in the kitchen and bath industry means that you work in teams. You might need to work with builders, plumbers, electricians, installers, and manufacturers. All the professionals you work with should also know you’re certified to give them even more confidence in your decisions.

aKBd on CaMPuS 2010 Students encouraged to become certified. By Laura Domanico, NKBA Director of Education

The second annual AKBD on Campus program took place in January 2010. The program that first debuted in 2009 allows students enrolled in kitchen and bath design programs accredited by the NKBA to take the AKBD examination while still in college and postpone the certification and application fees until after graduation. The AKBD on Campus program promotes the NKBA’s goal of a higher level of education and professionalism in the industry and educating our future workforce. This year, 130 students from 19 NKBA-accredited colleges in the United States accepted the challenge. The examinations were administered by CASTLE Worldwide, one of the nation’s leading certification and licensure testing companies. Many of the participating schools registered as CASTLE Worldwide testing centers in order to enable their students to take the exam without leaving campus.

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The NKBA currently offers certifications primarily for designers, but there has been a tremendous demand in the market for professionals from all segments of the industry to be certified. Because of this a new certification is now being considered for other industry professionals. In this economy, a certification for kitchen and bath professionals validating industry knowledge and experience,would be valuable to set you apart. It’s only a matter of time before a new certification will be in demand industry wide – just another reason to invest your time to be certified.



Alexandria Technical College – MN American River College – CA Arapahoe Community College – CO Art Institute of Colorado – CO Boston Architectural College – MA Brigham Young University - ID Century College – MN Cañada College – CA East Carolina University – NC Dakota County Technical College – MN Harper College – IL

Indiana State University - IN Montana State University - Great Falls – MT Montgomery College – MD San Diego Mesa College – CA Triton College – IL University of Nebraska at Kearney - NE University of Southern Mississippi – MS Virginia Polytechnic Institute – VA

Students who passed the exam have the advantage of entering the workforce with both a degree and a recognized industry certification, as well as a stronger connection to the NKBA. We’re looking forward to another successful event in 2011. Please encourage your local students now to participate in 2011. The registration form is available in the Educators Corner of under Forms. For more information, call 1-800-THENKBA (843-6522).

A+ NKBA Flash Cards Every winter and summer, the NKBA offers the Certification Prep Course. The first two days are spent reviewing information specifically designed for students preparing for the AKBD exam. On Wednesday, we’re joined by a new group of students preparing for either the CKD or CBD exam. Since we have students preparing for both the drawing exams and the academic exam, we cover NKBA Graphic and Drawing Standards, as well as the Kitchen Planning Guidelines on the third day. Before we start Wednesday’s class, I ask the AKBDs to share their advice for passing the AKBD exam. Over the past few years, their advice has been the same: read the Professional Resource Library volumes, join a chapter study group, and take the AKBD Prep Class. During my first class this past January, I heard the same comment from the first three AKBD designers I asked: buy the NKBA flashcards! At the January Prep Class in Boston, the members of the local NKBA chapter reminded me that the use of flash cards was their idea. They were gracious enough to forward the idea on to NKBA so all NKBA members could take advantage of the cards. Since the flashcards are such a big hit, I wanted to use this article to tell you about them if you haven’t yet had a chance to order them. The cards are available in four sets depending on your needs. The first set contains 1,050 cards and covers all nine books that comprise the NKBA Professional Resource Library. If you’re preparing for the AKBD exam, this is the set you need. Whether you’re studying by yourself or with a partner, the cards are just the right size for easy reading. Included in the set are all of the Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines, complete with the Access Standards. The second set contains only the Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines, plus the Access Standards. This 150-card set is evenly divided between the Kitchen and Bath Guidelines—75 for each group. For those of you who have passed the AKBD exam, you may want to order flashcards to prepare for the CKD exam. This “CKD Refresher Pack” contains 420 cards that cover kitchen planning, symbols, products, and more, including the 75 cards that cover the Kitchen Planning Guidelines. A “CBD Refresher Pack” is also available with similar bath-related cards. The flashcards are great for individual use or for studying with a partner. Many study groups are ordering the full sets and use them as they work through the 9 volumes of the Professional Resource Library.

Electrical Symbols There still seems to be some confusion about how to indicate the electrical connections for appliances and fixtures on the CKD

and CBD Mechanical Plans and Legends. The confusion may be the term “Dedicated Circuit.” If an appliance/fixture requires its own circuit breaker or fuse, we’d refer to that requirement as a dedicated circuit. Basically, we need a fuse or circuit breaker dedicated to that single appliance/fixture. The item will be either 110 to 120 volts or 220 to 240 volts, and will be either plugged into a receptacle or hardwired directly in a junction box. We have only two symbols to indicate a dedicated circuit for an item that will be plugged into a receptacle. One is for 110/120 volts. The other is for 220/240 volts. An example for each is shown below.

220/240 VOLTS

110/120 VOLTS

If the appliance doesn’t contain a cord with a plug on the end, it will need to be connected to a junction box. If the appliance you’ve selected for your project isn’t plugged in, you would indicate that item with the symbol below. Remember this symbol is not voltage specific, therefore it could represent a 120-volt ceiling heater in a bathroom or a 240-volt range in the kitchen. You may see this symbol with or without the center filled.

ting the symbols on the Mechanical Plan, you must list the appliance manufacturer, model number, and voltage. Amps are not required for the certification exams. The example below represents the range we’ve used in the Professional Resource Library volume Kitchen and Bath Drawing. The symbol indicates that it’s plugged in, as opposed to being hardwired. The small R at the bottom right indicates that the symbol is for a range rather than an oven, which might also be included in your kitchen plan



David Newton, CMKBD has been involved in the kitchen and bath industry for more than 30 years. His experience includes cabinet building, project installation, kitchen design and layout, and sales. A full-time kitchen and bath trainer since 1986, he is the author of Bringing Total Quality Management to Your Kitchen and Bath and the NKBA Professional Resource Library volume Kitchen and Bath Drawing. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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neW nKBa Ceu ProVider Hansgrohe offers educational programs at KBIS.

The NKBA is pleased to announce Hansgrohe as our newest CEU Provider Partner. Hansgrohe is an internationally recognized company with U.S. manufacturing headquarters that has remained in the expert hands of the Grohe family throughout the years, earning the company the title, “Das Original.” Hansgrohe has developed three new programs that have met the NKBA’s continuing education criteria. The first program is “Influence of Design,” which conveys the importance of creating an engaging experience that lifts emotions and remains in the memories of those who experience it. The second program, “The Naked Bathroom,” discusses the application of design techniques to complete a bathroom space. The third program is “The Bathroom through the Ages,” which reviews the bathroom from the very beginning of time when water was in abundance to the time of public baths, from design consideration and aesthetics to the delicate issue of water conservation. Each program is worth 0.1 CEUs and is listed on the certification section of the NKBA website at In the Hansgrohe booth at KBIS (booth S1223), the company will present yet another CEU opportunity with its revolutionary iBox presentation. Hansgrohe will also unveil a variety of new bathroom and kitchen designs including the PuraVida collection and the Universal Plus. KBIS visitors are welcome to take advantage of CEU training on this new iBox technology, offered every hour on the hour at the company’s booth. For information about Hansgrohe and training opportunities for professionals, please visit www.hansgrohe-usa. com or contact

Upcoming Certification Exam Dates CKD/CBD Design Exam: September 19, 2010 • Applications due by June 18, 2010 • 12 locations for hand drafting • 3 locations for Autokitchen, Chief Architect, and 20-20 AKBD Computer-Based Exam: September 18 – October 2, 2010 • Applications due by June 18, 2010 • Locations chosen by candidate via CASTLE Worldwide Online Registration • Exam is available at over 150 locations across the U.S. and Canada The AKBD, CKD, and CBD exams test on all 9 volumes of the NKBA Professional Resource Library, as well as the NKBA’s Graphic and Presentation Standards, Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines, and Business Management Forms (all found in the Professional Resource Library). See for applications and requirements. 92


CERTIFICATION SCENE A detailed look at NKBA-certified members.

Member Profile – CKD, CBD NAME: Lynn Masiello, CKD, CBD TITLE: Interior Designer COMPANY: LM Designs Hoboken, NJ MEMBER SINCE: 1997 CERTIFIED SINCE: 1997 (CBD), 2005 (CKD) WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME NKBA CERTIFIED? About 20 years ago, while working as a salesperson in a kitchen and bath showroom, I came into contact with many people who desperately wanted better guidance. They not only required a knowledgeable professional who specialized in kitchen and bath products, but someone who would listen to their needs and offer responsible design solutions. I became a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and eventually earned my CKD and CBD. With knowledge and education, coupled with a passion for my work, I can now provide all the things that I felt were lacking when I first set foot on this path many years ago. DO YOU USE NKBA MEMBERSHIP AND CERTIFICATION TO MARKET YOUR BUSINESS? As a national organization with a strong industry presence, both on the web and in printed media, the NKBA is a marketable brand with which I proudly align myself and my company. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT SINCE BECOMING CERTIFIED? Opening my own design firm. My strong, independent spirit was the critical motivator for starting up my own company. Being a certified member of the NKBA has been a tremendous help. My NKBA certifications have made me more credible for clients who may not be familiar with me or my work. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE CONSIDERING BECOMING CERTIFIED BY THE NKBA? It’s an achievement of which you’ll be very proud—you’ll be better off for all your hard work and can rest easy with the knowledge that you’ve joined a wellrespected group of professionals. WHAT LED YOU TO THE FIELD OF KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN? Rather than go straight to college after I graduated high school, I decided instead to take a short break. I had a strong sales background and an outgoing personality, so I took a job working in a decorative hardware showroom, which offered high-end products to the trade. This type of showroom—common to us now—was groundbreaking at the time. It took several years before I finally found my niche in the kitchen and bath industry, which is what eventually led me to become an NKBAcertified designer. WHY SHOULD CONSUMERS HIRE AN NKBA-CERTIFIED DESIGNER? An NKBA design certification is proof positive that a designer has worked diligently to learn their craft and that they take design responsibilities seriously. We’re held to a code of ethics and are participants in an organization that works diligently to maintain a positive image for the design profession.

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2010 nKBa/ge Charette CoMPetition WinnerS Designing an award-winning kitchen in three hours.

By Sherylin Doyle, AKBD, NKBA Manager of Academic Relations

If you’ve ever sat for the SATs or final exams, you know the pressure associated with having a time limit and you’ll appreciate the winners in this year’s NKBA/GE Charette Competition. Drawings had to be designed from concept to completion within a threehour period. The National Kitchen & Bath Association and GE are proud to announce the winners of the 2010 NKBA/GE Charette Competition, which awards students over $20,000 in scholarships. This competition recognizes students who each demonstrate kitchen design skill by planning a safe, functional kitchen in a very limited amount of time. More than 500 students from 31 colleges participated in the challenge, which tests students’ abilities to apply their knowledge of kitchen design by producing a floorplan with specifications, a design statement, and a perspective or elevation of a kitchen featuring GE appliances. Each of the 31 colleges chose up to three local winners to award $50 each.


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into their creations, along with special features that impressed the judges.

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Some 80 local winners advanced to the national competition. The top student designers integrated GE Monogram series appliances, which offer commercialgrade features, into the design for their clients, a young professional newlywed couple that just purchased their first home. Their main focus was for the kitchen remodel to be favorable to future buyers since they’re planning to move within five years as they start a family.

This year’s first place designer is Hillaree Harris, a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho, which offers an NKBAaccredited kitchen and bath design program. Hillaree focused on the work triangle to craft her winning design, saying, “All of the NKBA Planning Guidelines are important to create a kitchen that functions as well as possible. I feel the most important guideline I integrated into my design was the work triangle. The spacing and positioning of the appliances can make or break a kitchen design.” Her thoughtful positioning of the GE appliances paid off, as she earned a $5,000 scholarship.

The designers must provide seating for four, a beverage center, and storage for barware. All designs had to adhere to the NKBA Planning Guidelines, as well as to NKBA Graphic and Presentation Standards. The winning designers successfully incorporated these elements

“We’re always amazed by the winning entries,” said GE Market Development Manager Brandon Hochhalter, CKD. “They’re a testament to the skill and preparedness of students studying at NKBAaccredited colleges across North America to work in the kitchen industry.”

NKBA/GE CHARETTE COMPETITION NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS 1st place $5,000 scholarship - Hillaree Harris, Brigham Young University–Idaho, Rexburg, ID 2nd place $4,000 scholarship- Sanchali Srivastava, West Valley College - Saratoga, CA 3rd place $3,000 scholarship- Brittany McPheters, Brigham Young University–Idaho, Rexburg, ID 4th place $2,500 scholarship - Miriam Frost, Cañada College - Redwood City, CA 5th place $2,000 scholarship - Leah Henley, Alexandria Technical College–Alexandria, MN

$1,000 HONORABLE MENTION NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS • Emily Lutgen, Alexandria Technical College,

Alexandria MN

• Shannon Schaeffer, Cañada College,

Redwood City, CA

• Kendra Stewart, Arapahoe Community

College, Littleton, CO

• Meg Taraska, Boston Architectural College,

Boston, MA

• Joseph Panzer, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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SCHOOL SCENE A detailed look at NKBA Accredited Programs.


Alexandria Technical College-Alexandria, MN: Leah Henley, Emily Lutgen, Ashley Ryks; American River College-Sacramento, CA: Anne-Marie Cronir, Sarah George, Karla Gustafson; Arapahoe Community College- Littleton, CO: Harmony Bishop, Sophia Hebener, Kendra Stewart; Baker College of Clinton Township-Clinton Twp, MI: Stacey Burnick, Abi Gittens; Boston Architectural College; Boston, MA: Ken Dang, Karen Swanson, Meg Taraska; Brigham Young University–Idaho-Rexburg, ID: Hillaree Harris, Brittany McPheters, Alissa Mortensen; Cañada College-Redwood City, CA: Miriam Frost, Shannon Schaeffer, Alisha Zahursky; Century College-Minneapolis, MN: Shelly Berg, Elizabeth Bland, Marilyn Olwell; Dakota County Technical College-Rosemount MN: Clara Douglas, Rachel Tupy, Tasha Tyler; East Carolina University-Greenville, NC: Camellia Cuomo, Nina Giddy, Bethany Luthy; Harper College-Palatine IL: Hanne Michelsen, Albena Raditcheva; Johnson County Technical College-Overland Park, KS: Julie Gibson, Genevieve Hamel, Janeane Pittman; Joliet Junior College-Joliet, IL: Fran Fioretti, Ana Georgeff, Kristin Lorenz; Lakeland College – Vermillion, AB Canada: Deanna Severin, Ranita Wetmore, Stephanie Wiebe; Lansing Community College-Lansing, MI: Kera Joseph, Elizabeth Kuiper, Jennifer Nash; Montana State University College of Technology–Bozeman; Bozeman, MT: Ashley Johnson, Kerri Mulholland, Jordan Skovren; Montana State University at Great Falls: Donita Magnuson, Sherry-Ann Roos, Rachel Watts; Montgomery College-Rockville, MD: Stacey Mergner, Amber Nelson, Charlene Hui Ping Tan; Palm Beach Community College- Lake Worth, FL: Angelica Jimenez, Ashley McCoy, Jennifer Wilson; San Diego Mesa College-San Diego, CA: Elizabeth Bali, Mike Howard, Fiona Klerekoper; Seminole State College; Heathrow, FL: Luz Carroll, I-Ching Huang, Jennifer Patrick; University of Nebraska @ Kearney-Kearney, NE: Jenny Hamilton, Maasa Nakamura, Corinna Wright; University of North Alabama-Florence AL: Megan Nelms. Ashlie Orsborn, Brittany Powell; University of Southern Mississippi-Hattiesburg, MS: Haleigh Smith, Kristin Smith, Kristi Wittmann; Vancouver Community College-Vancouver, BC Canada: Corey Klassen; Virginia Polytechnic Institute-Blacksburg, VA: Oluwateniola Ladipo, Joseph Panzer, Courtney Peloquin; West Valley College-Saratoga, CA: Melissa Biser, Nozomi Galloway, Sanchali Srivastava; Western Carolina University-Cullowhee, NC: Kirsten Hart, Kelly Roberson, Danielle Shaurette

Student Profile NAME: Piper Walters E-MAIL: HOMETOWN: Boise, ID GRADUATION DATE: December 2009 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO STUDY KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN? Kitchen and Bath design is required coursework for the Interior Design major at DCTC, and so while I signed up for the class not knowing anything about kitchen and bath design, I quickly discovered that I really enjoyed it. Kitchen and bath design incorporates both problem-solving skills and creative design skills, and I like the challenge of working with the many different requirements, aspects, and options of these spaces to create a final design that’s both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I’d like to find a job in the residential field of interior design. My ideal position would include a wide range of work, from designing kitchens and bathrooms to projects that also include other areas of the home. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: A.A.S. Degree from DCTC, Rosemount, Minnesota, December 2009; Major: Interior Design (CIDA Accredited); President’s List B.A. Degree from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, May 2002; Major: Art Studio, Minor: Art History; Magna Cum Laude AFFILIATIONS: NKBA Student Member, ASID Student Member

Accredited Program Profile SCHOOL: Dakota County Technical College (DCTC), Rosemount, Minnesota K&B PROGRAM: Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design

2010 NKBA/K+BB Student Essay Contest


Student winners to be published.





The National Kitchen & Bath Association and Nielsen Business Media are proud to announce the finalists for the 2010 NKBA/K+BB Essay Contest, which was open to students enrolled in any of the 59 NKBA-accredited and supported kitchen and bath design programs at colleges across the United States and Canada. In all, 48 students 94


from 29 colleges entered the competition this year. The winning essays captivated the judges with their inspirational stories addressing the questions, “What or who inspired you to become a kitchen and bath designer?” and, “What do you hope to bring to the profession?” The competition was judged by NKBA Magazine Managing Editor Annette Gray, K+BB Executive Editor Alice Liao, and K+BB Managing Editor Sallie Moffat. The judges were not aware of the


students’ names or schools during the judging process, which makes Brigham Young University-Idaho’s achievement so impressive, as all three finalists this year hail from the school. Congratulations to BYUIdaho students Kevin Anderson, Clarisse McCann, and Angela Miller, each of whom received a trip to KBIS and is eligible to win a $1,500

scholarship for first place, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third. Join these students, Kitchen and Bath Business magazine, and the NKBA on Saturday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the NKBA Theater at KBIS 2010 for the awards presentation, which will be a broadcast live on K+BB Online. – SHERYLIN DOYLE, AKBD, NKBA ACADEMIC RELATIONS MANAGER

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NKBA Professional Resource Library Education Series

KitChen Planning Calculating cabinet space.

The following is an excerpt from the NKBA Professional Resource Library volume Kitchen Planning. For more information, visit NKBA. org/Books. To order, call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522). With more open plan kitchens, and rooms with numerous windows and no space for wall cabinets, providing adequate storage for a client today requires a new approach to planning. The NKBA presents a revised system for determining storage in the book Kitchen Planning, which is excerpted here. Base, wall, drawer, and pantry storage are still the main elements of a storage system in the kitchen. Storage recommendations are based on shelf/drawer frontage, not just cabinet size.

Shelf & draWer frontage Different amounts of shelf/drawer frontage are recommended for small, medium, and large kitchens: 1,400 inches for a small kitchen (less than 150square feet), 1,700 inches for a medium kitchen (151 to 350 square feet), and 2,000 inches for a large kitchen (greater than 350 square feet). The NKBA recommends using the guidelines as seen below, as a means to calculate the location of storage. Miscellaneous storage is more than 84 inches above the floor. These specific recommendations do not have to be met as long as the appropriate total shelf/ drawer storage is met for the size of the kitchen. For example, it’s not necessary for a small kitchen to have 180 inches of pantry storage. The kitchen may have no pantry storage and instead have more base, wall, and drawer storage than indicated on the chart. The guidelines do indicate that only the amount specified as miscellaneous storage can count toward the totals. Since this is somewhat inconvenient storage, it would be suggested that adequate storage above 84

inches for base storage be substituted. Cabinets have various shelf and drawer configurations that affect the amount of shelf/drawer frontage the cabinet offers. For example, a wall cabinet with three shelves offers more storage area than a two-shelf cabinet. A base cabinet with two 24-inch shelves holds more than one with one 24-inch shelf and one 12-inch shelf. Use the following formula to calculate the amount of shelf/drawer storage provided per cabinet: The cabinet size times the number of shelf/drawers times the cabinet depth in feet equals the total shelf/ drawer frontage. Note that standard cabinet width dimensions are usually given in 3-inch increments, i.e., 12, 15, 18 inches. Let’s examine how to calculate the amount of shelf/drawer frontage in a wall cabinet, a base cabinet, a drawer cabinet and a tall utility/pantry cabinet.

Wall CaBinet CalCulation The following example provides an application of the formula for the 36inch wide (W3630) cabinet: Multiply the cabinet frontage size (36 inches) by the number of shelves in the cabinet (3) and by the cabinet depth (12 inches = 1): 36 inches x 3 x 1 = 108 inches. Thus, a 36-inch cabinet with three shelves would provide 108 inches of actual shelf frontage. a 36-inch cabinet with three shelves would provide 108 inches of actual shelf frontage.


BaSe CaBinet CalCulation The following calculation is for the 27inch wide (B27) base cabinet with two 24–inch deep shelves. The cabinet also has one drawer. Multiply the cabinet frontage size (27 inches) by the number of shelves in the cabinet (2) and by the cabinet depth (24 inches = 2). Calculate the drawer by multiplying the frontage (27 inches) by the number of drawers (1) by the depth (24 inches = 2). For a cabinet: 27 inches x 2 x 2 = 108 inches. For a drawer: 27 inches x 1 x 2 = 54 inches. The 27-inch base cabinet has 108 inches of shelf frontage and 54 inches of drawer frontage storage.

draWer CaBinet CalCulation The following calculation is for the 18inch wide drawer cabinet with 4 drawers (BD18D4). Multiply the cabinet frontage (18 inches) by the number of drawers (4) by the depth of the cabinet (24 inches = 2): 18 inches x 4 x 2 = 144 inches. This is the same formula used when calculating a single drawer in a base cabinet.

PantrY CaBinet CalCulation A tall 24-inch wide utility cabinet (U242484R) has three fixed shelves. The following calculation would be used. Multiply the cabinet frontage (24 inches) by the number of shelves (3) and by the cabinet depth (24 inches = 2): 24 inches x 3 x 2 = 144 inches. If pull-out shelves were added, they could be calculated as drawer storage.




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EDUCATION “Professional development courses offered through the NKBA have given me the knowledge necessary to grow in my field, and feel confident that I’m staying ahead of industry trends. NKBA Certification has provided the credibility with potential clients that has led to new business.”


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By Annette Gray

NKBA member Kate Yamasaki, designer for Coastal Design Services in Santa Barbara, California, decided she had to do more than hand out cups of water to assist with the medical battle against breast cancer. Army of Women was born as an answer to the medical research community’s inability to connect with women who would be willing to participate in breast cancer research and is formed by a partnership between the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation for Women. Dr. Love felt that the problem was not that women would be unwilling, but simply didn’t know they were needed. The Love/Avon Army of Women offers women the opportunity to partner with scientists conducting research that will end breast cancer. After one short year in existence, the Army of Women has recruited over 320,000 volunteers–well on its way to reaching its goal of one million women. NKBA: What was the catalyst for you become involved in breast cancer research? KY: In 2003, I lost my grandmother to breast cancer. A few months later, I volunteered at the Barbara Ireland Walk for the Cure. The beneficiary that year was the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Before the walk began, Dr. Love gave an inspiring speech about eradicating breast cancer in our lifetime. As I waited for the runners to arrive at my water station, I read the brochure that was handed out and was drawn to the innovative mission of Dr. Love. She was trying to figure out what caused breast cancer so she could prevent the disease instead of just treating the symptoms. I knew I had to do more than just hand out water; I had to do whatever it took to help stop this disease from taking another woman’s life. I called the number on the brochure

and tried to sign up for the next research project that same day! NKBA: What’s your role as a research volunteer for Army of Women? KY: There are many different types of studies. Some might require you to complete a questionnaire, while others might need a WORKING TOWARDS A CAUSE sample, such as blood, saliva, NKBA member Kate Yamasaki participates in or tissue. Some are clinical trials cancer research as one of an army of women. testing a new detection marker or drug. The decision to take part is yours–and yours alone. Women who are interested in joining can register at You’ll receive e-mail updates announcing new research studies looking for volunteers. These updates describe the research project and who and what the researchers need. If you fit the criteria and you’d like to participate, all you need to do is click “Yes Sign Me Up.” Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

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NKBA: Of volunteers enlisted to date, do you know what number you were? KY: I’m number 9! NKBA: Have you ever been involved in any volunteer effort to this extent before? KY: No. I’m so passionate about this cause that I drive two hours each way to be poked, prodded, suctioned and scoped, and I’ll keep going back until no woman has to worry about the threat of breast cancer. For information on how to donate or to show your support through the purchase of a necklace or t-shirt, visit or call 1-866-569-0388.

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nKBa MagaZine – SuMMer 2010: the green iSSue

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How to incorporate sustainability into your business. | NKBA MAGAZINE–SPRING 2010


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