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contents 10 President's letter Celebrating our 50th Anniversary

12 2013 nkba design competition winners We unveil the Oscars of the Industry.

14 Best Kitchen Raise a glass to this stunning kitchen.

18 best bath A room that truly blings it on.

57 2013 student design competition winners Grandma gets a kitchen and bath that suits her special needs.

67 nkba 50th anniversary retrospective Then & Now: Enhancing Lifestyles, Leadership through Learning, Raising Consumer Awareness

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maga zine Editorial

2013 NKBA Executive Committee

Editor-in-Chief | Leslie Hart, O'Reilly-DePalma Editorial Assistant | Ash Sukumar

President | John K. Morgan President-Elect | John A. Petrie, CMKBD Vice President | Carolyn F. Cheetham, CMKBD Treasurer | Debra H. Robinson, CMKBD

Art & Production Creative Director | Debra Holm, O'Reilly-DePalma

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Official Member Publication of the NKBA NKBA Magazine is published by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. 速2013 by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. All rights reserved. Subscriptions are free to members of the NKBA. Materials may not be reproduced without written permission. Postmaster: Send address changes to The National Kitchen & Bath Association, 687 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

Secretary | Denise M. Dick, CMKBD Immediate Past President | Alan W. Zielinski, CKD

2013 NKBA Board of Directors Blue Arnold, CKD, CBD Jenifer Bruno Ric Coggins Joseph Feinberg Robert R. Gabert, CKD Karl Harte Jane Heiling Tony A. Izzo, CKD Paula Kennedy, CMKBD Mark Kovich David Linzer, CKD

Lorenzo Marquez Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD Dennis H. Sass Cathy Sparling, CKD, CBD Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD Barbara Szurek, CKD Barry R. Tunbridge, CKD Peter Webb Miles Woodall Bill Wyman Lilley E. Yee, CKD, CBD

NKBA Senior Staff Chief Executive Officer | Bill Darcy Director of Learning | Nancy Barnes Senior Director of Finance | Steve Graziano

Contact the NKBA National Kitchen & Bath Association 687 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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NKBA Mission Statement The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

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President’s Letter: Enhancing Lifestyles for 50 Years >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


elcome to our special 2013 Design Issue unveiling the winners of our annual NKBA Design Competition. As our Association celebrates its 50th Anniversary, the pages of this NKBA

Magazine showcase the heart and soul of what our members have done for half a century — enhance the lifestyles of consumers by creating beautiful, functional and safe kitchens and bathrooms. At its founding in 1963, the Association, then the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers (AIKD), called for training schools, accredited colleges, certified designers, and design contests to “increase consumer confidence in our members.” Within a year AIKD held its first kitchen school, launched its first conference including a session on “Unusual Designs in Kitchens,” and laid plans for the Design Competition that continues today. The Association received 30 entries in its first contest where Danish Walnut and Spanish style projects came out on top. Since then we’ve seen Mediterranean, Early American, French Provincial, Tuscan, European…you name it. Our special 50th Anniversary Retrospective in this issue, beginning on page 67, recaps changes in the two most important rooms of the home, as reflected in the work of our members over the years.

Warm Regards,

What hasn’t changed is the Association’s dedication to on-going learning and professionalism. Our new Kitchen Planning and Bath Planning books are just two examples, as is our robust new Learning Program.

John K. Morgan, 2013 NKBA President

The beautiful rooms you see in this magazine come to fruition thanks to the combined efforts of all of our members. While our designers and dealers may interact most directly with consumers, NKBA helps connect and educate every segment of our industry from manufacturers creating new products, to the distributors, reps and showrooms that bring them to market. Everyone plays an important role in bringing

Become Involved

to life these amazing projects. We hope you enjoy this special Design Issue celebrating the best of NKBA, yesterday and today. We look forward to many more years of helping our members serve homeowners by creating the best kitchens and baths ever.

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Volunteerism, leadership, education, networking – continuing to build on your foundation.

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About the NKBA Design Competition Categories


The competition is divided into the following six categories.

The competition entries are scored on:

+ Small Kitchen (less than 150 sq. ft.) + Medium Kitchen (150-350 sq. ft.) + Large Kitchen (more than 350 sq. ft.) + Powder Room (must contain a sink and a toilet, no tub or shower) + Small Bathroom (less than 55 sq. ft.) + Large Bathroom (more than 55 sq. ft.)

1. Safety & Ergonomics 2. Elements & Principles of Design 3. Design Planning 4. Creativity 5. Presentation Each of the industry experts selected to judge is either a CMKBD, or both a CKD and a CBD.

Category Prizes First Place: $2,000


Second Place: $1,000


Specialty Awards

+ Best Kitchen: $10,000 + Best Bath: $10,000 + People’s Pick Kitchen and Bath: $2,000 + Before & After Kitchen and Bath: $2,000 + Budget-Friendly Kitchen and Bath: $2,000 + Green Design (Kitchen or Bath): $2,000 + Universal Design (Kitchen or Bath): $2,000

Honorary Award

+ Builder/Remodeler Award: In honor of Clay Lyon, CR,

Third Place: $500

Judges consider the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines with Access Standards when scoring entries. Thank you to the judges of the 2013 NKBA Design Competition:

+ Becky Sue Becker, CMKBD, CAPS + Nancy Blanford, CMKBD + Alena Capra, CKD, CBD + Robin Rigby-Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS + Leslie Holland, CKD, CBD + Lyndell Kline, CMKBD + LeAnn Randolph, CKD, CBD + John Torelli, CMKBD

2012 NKBA Secretary (1962 – 2012)

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Unveiling The 2013 NKBA Design Competition Winners By Ash Sukumar



ince its inception in 1965, the Association’s annual Design Competition has celebrated

space, given that room proportions, family

what our members do best — enhance the lifestyles of consumers by creating

sizes and client expectations all differ.

kitchens and baths that are attractive, functional and safe. The contest has grown

Nevertheless, the Association recognized

from 30 entries the first year to more than 500 now. And the prize money has increased from


its original $100 purse!

design — creating rooms that "help keep





our spirits high." Designers from previous generations would likely be stunned by the size, scope, creativity, materials and innovations showcased in the breathtaking 2013 winning projects. Yet

The winning kitchens and baths of the 2013

underneath all the 21st Century dazzle, these winning rooms embody the principles taught by

NKBA Design Competition, unveiled on

the Association for 50 years. In a 1968 Kitchen Specialist Training Class, the American Institute

these pages, certainly excel at keeping our

of Kitchen Dealers (now NKBA) acknowledged there is "no universally right way" to design a

spirits high.

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Photo: Dennis Martin

Winner of the

Best Kitchen Award

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Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD Designs for Living | Manchester Village, VT

Large Kitchen – 1st Place

Photo: Dennis Martin

Raise a Glass >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The grand scale of this kitchen in a new home overlooking an 18-hole golf course posed a challenge in creating convenient work and entertainment areas, as well as carving out an intimate space for two. Another challenge was to incorporate all of the appliances the enthusiastic cooks required, keeping the spaces functional and integrated, and fulfilling the client’s desire for drama and workability, all within the given architectural parameters. Designer Wendy Johnson, CKD, CBD, devised several creative solutions to divide and conquer the space. With the focal point being the glass wall and views of the golf course beyond, the large center island forms the heart of the kitchen, open to an elaborate wall of cooking, refrigeration and storage. A small dining island for two doubles as an auxiliary plating counter. The sweeping L-shaped island provides the hub for cleanup, prep, baking and steam cooking; dividing the large space into two comfortable areas, kitchen and lounging, without blocking the surrounding views of the golf course. For him, it offers bar seating for seven. She got a baking center with a hidden “appliance garage�, storing the mixer and bread maker below the island counter in a custom designed lift.

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Photo: Dennis Martin

provides a symmetrical balance to the generously sized room.

Suki Medencevic

The central fireplace made of raised stone, around a square wood-burning grate pit,

countertop materials for different areas. “Wenge with a permanent finish adds a warm touch to the dining Island. Terrazzo

The designer further fulfilled the clients’ wish list by mixing materials including generous

provides a great pattern and total

use of glass, accentuating the ceiling height, and using both linear and curved elements

functionality in the working and cooking

in the plan.

spaces. Oiled wenge is perfect for the bake center. And the glass for the bar

The combination of warm linear rift oak and cool stainless steel cabinets of varying

adds drama, shine, and textural interest

heights provides a serene balance to the interior, and the floating LED-lit glass


bar, colorful glass cabinet inserts, recycled glass tile backsplash and pendant lights

says Johnson.




add the right amount of drama. The wall cabinets above the refrigerator and freezer The dramatic tile floor is imported

glass backsplash tiles add another reflective element that repeats the massive glazing

marble, with the scale, color and pattern

in the space, and offers a contrast to the soft stainless sheen and the organic oak of

chosen for their grounding weight in the

the cabinetry.

large flowing entry and living spaces. Photo: Dennis Martin

columns and over the bar/TV area have striking glass inserts with interior lighting. The

This visually interesting and functional Johnson mixes warm wood and stainless cabinetry, to bring drama, as well as cool relief,

room lives large yet feels intimate at the

juxtaposing the greens and blues of the Texas landscape. She also incorporates different

same time.

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Photo: Dennis Martin

PRODUCTS Cooktop: Wolf; Dishwasher: Miele; Ovens: Wolf; Microwave Oven: Miele; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Ventilation: handcrafted metal with custom copper finish; Cabinetry: Bentwood, St. Charles; Countertops: Dex, ThinkGlass, Grothouse Lumber; Faucets/Fittings: Waterstone; Lighting: Task, Tech; Sinks: Mila, Kohler, Link-a-sink; Flooring: Marble Tile

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Barrer Photography

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stained glass wall, he was able to create a custom faucet and vessel sink to match. The Baroque-style mirror in a bright white lacquer finish stands out from the stained glass wall. The vanity was strategically placed in the space so that the mirror would reflect the tranquil white bedroom that sits across from it. The pendant lights are made of Swarovski crystals, which were used in details throughout the space such as on the drawer pulls, towel bars and toilet paper holders, in the bedroom drapery tie-backs and on buttons of the tufted upholstered bed. The wall behind the vanity, made of cut stained glass, features a pattern that was hand-drawn – each piece of glass was meticulously cut out to fit the pattern. The vanity itself is a serpentine chest – a piece with feminine curves and delicate legs, with a custom pink metallic finish and Swarovski crystal drawer pulls. The finish gives the piece a smooth texture to contrast with the texture of the wall, while remaining reflective. The Thassos marble top on the vanity visually separates the vanity from the sink and faucet.

The Forward Fashionista: Bling It On

Open shelves that house the shoe and

This Baroque-style bathroom with hand-cut glass wall, and hand-blown sink and faucet, mirrors

of custom acrylic, colored through to match

a high-fashion boutique. Designer Shea Pumarejo drew inspiration from her fashion-forward

the vanity. The acrylic is lit all the way around

teenage client’s closet, as well as her own personal sense of style. Using her client’s enviable

the sides by LED strips which add a glow of

collection of shoes and handbags, the designer rendered a space that projects the look and

backlight to highlight the shoes. LED lights

feel of a posh Rodeo Drive emporium that would make any “it” girl jealous.

were chosen for their longevity and also

“I wanted the vanity to really draw you into the bathroom with tons of color, pattern and texture, and just the right amount of bling,” says Pumarejo. During the renovation, the door to the bathroom was re-positioned in order to let the vanity take center stage as the focal point from both the bedroom and bathroom. The pure white room with pops of bold color features clean and simple lines of marble flooring and shower wall tiles, juxtaposed against the curves of the serpentine vanity, Baroque mirror, and glass faucet and sink. “I have done many bathrooms with hand blown glass sinks, and I think it adds that one-of-akind custom look I was trying to achieve,” the designer says. An artist, Jim McKelvey, created the beautiful fluid shape she was looking for. Based on a sample piece of the glass from the

handbag collection are backed with a piece

because they were available with enough lumens to be visible through the acrylic back. Clean, bright, white lighting adds the finishing touch to this drop-dead diva space.

PRODUCTS Cabinetry/Vanity: Custom cabinetry Michael Edwards; Vanity: CR Currin; Countertops: Custom Thassos Marble Stonemasters of Texas; Faucets/Fittings: Custom blown glass Jim Mckelvey; Flooring: Thassos Marble; Lighting: AXO Light; Sinks: Custom blown glass Jim Mckelvey; Tile: Shower Pantheon, Glass Mosaic Mixed Up Mosaics; Toilet: Kohler

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Photo: Chipper Hatter

Winner of the

Before & After Kitchen Award

Richard Ourso, CKD, CAPS Co-Designers: Vickie Mire, CKD, CAPS Michelle Livings, AKBD, CAPS, LEED Ourso Designs | Baton Rouge, LA

French Country Flair Rough hewn finishes and salvaged wood planks help recreate the Old World French dĂŠcor the clients truly desired. A custom hood was created, using copper, copper rivets, forged-iron strapping and an old beam, and the finish was left with a naturally dark patina. The island top is made from longleaf yellow pine boards, tied together with forged-iron strapping, while the island itself was faux-finished in a shade of bluish gray. Open shelving, made from longleaf yellow pine and then sandblasted, projects the look of beautiful old wood, set off with black metal supports. Perimeter countertops in the kitchen and the dining room console feature 3-cm black granite with a Tuscan finish and a chiseled-edge treatment. Whitewashed, old-wood flooring and old beams in the kitchen ceiling and dining room unify the areas and recreate the feel of a French farmhouse kitchen. A French door added to the kitchen exterior wall allows more daylight to flow through.

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PRODUCTS Cooktop: Jenn-Air; Dishwasher: Bosch; Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave: GE Advantium; Oven: GE; Refrigerators: Jenn-Air; Ventilation: Vent-a-Hood; Cabinetry: Medallion; Countertops: Soapstone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler

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Photo: Eric Hausman

Warm Outlook Warm but modern, and an ultimate space to relax – this remodeled bathroom is built exclusively with natural materials: slate, pebbles, walnut, teak and stacked natural limestone. Limestone flooring, tub front and chocolate brown large-scale tile decking create uniformity and add to the overall calmness of the space. A rug of pebbles creates a Zen-like path leading to the master bath. A luxurious shower was created using six body jets, one stationary shower head, one large rain head, one hand-held shower and a state-of-the-art steam unit. A large bench serves as the perfect spot to sit, relax and linger. Dark-brown porcelain tiles create the cozy, warm feel that was much desired by the client. An elegant tub is set gracefully against a large picture window which opens to a beautiful outdoors.

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PRODUCTS Bathtub/Whirlpool: Bain Ultra; Countertops: Ceasarstone; Faucets/Fittings: Brizo; Flooring: Porcelanosa; Lighting: Modern Organics; Shower Enclosure: Porcelanosa; Sinks; Kohler; Tile: Oceanside Muse (mirror frames); Wall: Porcelanosa; Ceiling: Teak

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In Retrospect Housed in a mid-century modern, post-and-beam gem, this kitchen was remodeled to reflect its original charm. The center section of the dropped ceiling was opened up to expose original beams and a long row of unusual tilt-down vents. A dash of charcoal, turquoise and red Formica, colorful pulls, plus linear cooktop arrangements take their inspiration from the good old days, then kick it up a notch to bring it into the 21st Century. Architectural restoration of rare 1940s plywood, a two-bay breakfast area, the “alkalizer” water niche with mini-sink, refurbished “boat-cabinets,” and a modernism-inspired sculpture contribute to the kitchen’s vintage “wow” factor. The shiny beverage center with drawer refrigerators and wine rack is topped with a glass shelf. The bouncy cork flooring invites us to step into the 1950s.

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PRODUCTS Cooktop: Miele; Dishwasher: Miele; Refrigerator: Miele; Oven: TurboChef; Disposal: Franke; Drawer refrigerators: U-Line; Ventilation: Vent-A-Hood; Cabinetry: Serrao, Columbia; Countertops: Matrix Granite and Silestone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler; Flooring: Cork; Lighting pendants: Cleveland Art; Lighting sconces: Lamps Plus; Sinks: Custom; Tile: Ultraglas

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Change of Scene A complete change of scene from outdated oak cabinets, tile countertops and plain white appliances, this new European-inspired kitchen provides all the style and function the client had hoped for. Glass doors flanking the plate rack over the sink, custom-built hood, recessed niche and carved corbels make for beautiful focal points on the walls. Open shelving with detailed valances, cabinets with plenty of drawer space, diagonal lazy Susan corners and updated appliances add that touch of simple elegance. With muted tiles and light granite countertops pulling the space together with soft color tones, the kitchen is style and functionality at its very best.

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PRODUCTS Dishwasher: Miele; Microwave Oven: GE Monogram; Range/Oven: Wolf; Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid; Ventilation: Best; Warming Drawer: Wolf; Cabinetry: Medallion; Countertops: In Home Stone; Sinks: Franke; Tile: In Home Stone

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Photo: Anice Hoachlander

Jonas Carnemark, CKD Carnemark l Bethesda, MD

Small Kitchen – 3rd Place

Not at All Retiring With their move to a retirement community, the clients wanted built-in flair and function for years to come. This kitchen, a medley of modern amenities and tasteful classic design, features stainless appliances, gray flat-panel cabinetry with sleek long handles, thin slate counters and a splash of color in painted-glass backsplash that pops against a neutral palette. An apartment-sized speed oven, reduced-height counter, bottom freezer for longterm accessibility, a tall pullout pantry, wall-mounted fold-down cutting board and a double banquette, among other features, afford all-time ease of storage and accessibility. Roomy, well-lit and purposefully designed to serve within reach.

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PRODUCTS Cooktop: Miele; Dishwasher: Miele; Garbage Disposal: InSinkErator; Range/Oven: Miele ; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Ventilation: Zephyr; Cabinetry: SieMatic; Countertops: SieMatic; Flooring: Shaw; Lighting: Lightolier/Hera; Sinks: Julien

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Snow White Sparkles Meticulously designed to optimize natural lighting, storage and comfortable seating, this kitchen accommodates multiple people working at the same time. The peninsula with strikingly dramatic legs seats four and still has room for prep space and a prep sink. The dark floor is the perfect counterpoint to the white kitchen, which gets even more light from an eight-foot door leading to the back porch. Custom planked walls add to the serenity with their horizontal lines.

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PRODUCTS Dishwasher: Asko; Garbage Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave Oven: Wolf; Range/Oven: Wolf; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Ventilation: Best; Cabinetry: Pennville; Countertops: Marble; Faucets/Fittings: Rubinet; Flooring: Saulnier; Sinks: Dawn; Windows: Marvin

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Photo: Greg Riegler Photography

Beach Ball Here’s a perfect rendition of a contemporary twist on a classic beach cottage. This kitchen in a rental was designed for the easy navigation of a large number of guests. The island offers generous seating areas and plenty of counter space aptly crafted to serve multiple cooks. This open kitchen plan reflects the Gulf Coast color palette and creates a cheerful coastal atmosphere for guests to enjoy. High ceilings, balanced neutrals and pops of turquoise mirror the freshness of unobstructed water views from the adjacent living areas. White glass-front cabinets feature turquoise backs that keep plates and glasses in the limelight. The porcelain floors, black walnut counter section with prep sink, vibrant backsplash and aluminum swivel stools make the space a cool, modern beach retreat.

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PRODUCTS Clothes Dryer: Maytag; Dishwasher: KitchenAid; Microwave Oven: GE Advantium; Range/Oven: Jenn-Air; Refrigerators: KitchenAid ; Washing Machine: Maytag; Ice Maker: KitchenAid; Cabinetry: In Detail; Countertops: Hanstone and Black Walnut; Faucets/Fittings: Hansgrohe; Flooring: Tile Cobsa USA; Lighting: lsland

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Copper Elements This is a special rendition for a half-artist, half-engineer client who appreciates practical, clever solutions mixed with a sense of humor and philosophy! Fanciful swirling metal pulls, fun red sculptural wall elements and a copper backsplash break free of the ordinary, granting the client’s wish for wit and whimsy. This newly designed kitchen was relocated to the living room space, thereby maximizing the view of the surrounding valleys, improving space usage and flow, and providing easy outdoor access via the patio door. Two sinks and two pullout trash containers eliminate prep conflicts. Generous counter areas avoid bottlenecks for large prep, along with two appliance garages. A raised bar with comfortable seating invites everyone to admire their striking surroundings. The client designed and made the copper sink, and also made the custom copper pulls created by the designer.

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PRODUCTS Dishwasher: Asko; Garbage Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave Oven: Sharp; Range/Oven: Electrolux; Refrigerators: Thermador; Ventilation: GE Monogram; Wine cooler: Thermador; Cabinetry: Hayes Cabinets; Countertops: Caesarstone; Faucets/Fittings: Delta; Flooring: Cork Kraus; Lighting Under counter: Juno; LED: WAC; Windows: Milgard; Custom copper pulls designed by Rhonda Knoche

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Photo: John D Smoak III

Step Back in Time This renovated kitchen in an historical home features antiqued, hand-painted finishes and a large antique Chinese print on the soaring wall over the stairs – a step into historic modernity! Oversize cabinets contrast with dark countertops and the hefty details on the island. The original heart pine floors, large arched windows and exposed brick and beams add to the unique character of the soaring space. The copper hood becomes another focal point. A custom walk-in cooler is housed under the staircase

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PRODUCTS Cabinetry: Premier Custom Built – custom milk painted finish in revere pewter grey and black; Granite countertops: Matrix - 6cm laminated; Range: Wolf; Refrigerator/Freezer: Thermador; Hood: custom copper Abbaca

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Grab Your Mackintosh


Reflecting the homeowners’ love of the Arts and Crafts movement, this kitchen is reminiscent

crowd. On the opposite side of the room,

of the Rennie Mackintosh style, but with all the modern conveniences needed today. Mellow,

a secondary kitchen/wet bar area provides

toned quarter-sawn oak cabinetry intermixed with black hickory cabinets helps achieve this

additional workspace, along with wine

outcome. Authentic Motawi tiles in rustic colors of the period complement a fully functional

storage and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry for fine

kitchen, featuring a 36" electric cooktop, stainless steel hood, a fully integrated refrigerator,

china and crystal. All in all, a striking modern

and microwave drawer in the island. A wraparound, built-in banquette comfortably seats a

homage to the spirit of Mackintosh.

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PRODUCTS Cooktop: Bosch; Dishwasher: Bosch; Garbage Disposal: Kitchen Aid; Microwave Oven: Dacor; Oven: Bosch; Refrigerators: Miele; Ventilation: Bosch; Water Delivery System: Everpure; Beverage Center: Kitchen Aid; Cabinetry: Grabill; Countertops: Honed Black Absolute Granite and Capolavoro Granite; Lighting: Hinkley; Sink: Kohler

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Photo: Suki Medencevic

Out of Africa A powder room fashioned to replicate the client’s childhood memories of South Africa captures the essence of that country with unconventional elements such as wood-lined walls, leather-look vanity, chiseled-limestone counter, slate flagstone flooring and natural branches. The room becomes a mini museum with artful niches highlighting a large wood sculpture of an elongated African man, a shorter friend and other artifacts. The framing plan accommodates a hidden tank for the wall-hung toilet, four narrow medicine cabinets, plus lighting strips alongside the mirror. The curved-front vanity covered with faux leather, plus a clever use of branches as functional pieces to hold towels, capture the earthiness of the African landscape.

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PRODUCTS Cabinet/Vanity: Serrao; Countertops: Vicenza Limestone; Faucets/Fittings: Watermark; Flooring: Slate; Lighting: WAC; Sinks: Kohler; Toilet: Toto, Geberit; Windows: Velux skylight

Photo: Cabin 4D Images

Curve Appeal This sensuous Tuscan-inspired powder room is a paradoxical blend of rustic and refined. The vitreous china sink inscribed with turtles, fish and intertwining sea serpents, hand-carved travertine pedestal, solid-bronze hanging sconces with hand-blown glass globes and the limestone slab floor give this room an earthy, yet elegant feel. A metal cantilever shelf partially frames the columned sink pedestal. Mosaic tile with elaborate rope trim contributes even more visual interest up against the faux painted decorative walls and dramatic ceiling. The soft lighting, adorned by Gothic hanging pendants and LED tape lights, leave the room with a warm and welcoming ambience in an unforgettable style.

PRODUCTS Cabinetry/Vanity: Cactus Stone; Countertops: Metal; Faucets/Fittings: Sonoma Forge; Flooring: Buxy Uni Limestone; Lighting: Johnathon Browning; Sinks: Kohler; Tile: Syzygy; Toilet: Kohler

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Photo: Jon Mancuso Photography

Getting to the Point Dramatically curved quartz slab top with a 6" custom Alder wooden apron comes to a point, giving this Southwest bath a personality of its own while showcasing the twin copper sinks and bronze fixtures. The same shape is echoed in the sculptural open shelving. Rustic textures and neutral colors underscore the earthiness of this powder room. Frosted-glass tiles and shimmering specialty finishes add depth, richness and a soothing sense of calm. The artful mix of wood and stone brings warmth to the space. Simple yet dramatic lighting is achieved by the creative use of LED ropes concealed under the counter and ceiling soffit. Brilliant hanging pendants put guests in the best light possible.

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PRODUCTS Cabinetry/Vanity: Custom Alder apron; Countertops: Morisca Quartz; Faucets/Fittings: Brizo; Flooring: Giallo Antico Travertine; Lighting: Pinnacle; Sinks: Stone Forest; Tile: Cello; Toilet: Kohler

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People’S Pick bath Winner More than 16,000 consumers voted on and chose this as their favorite bath.

Photo: Bernard André Photography

Room to Grow An eight-year-old client can enjoy this grown-up refuge now and for many years to come. A built-in perch makes for a perfect nook to try on clothes and shoes, apply nail polish, or even send out a quick text. Framed stone mosaic circular medallions dress up the tub walls. The same pattern repeats at the face of the bench while circular sconces support the rhythmic pattern. A chunky marble chair rail molding frames the mirror and an elegant gray Roman shade mimics the dark gray accents of the stone tile. Ballerina-pink ribbon on the shades and the cabinetry’s turned wooden legs, bun feet and clear-glass handles add a decidedly feminine touch.

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PRODUCTS Bathtub/Whirlpool: Americh; Cabinetry/Vanity: High Quality Custom Cabinetry; Countertops: Carrara Marble; Faucets/Fittings: Newport Brass; Flooring: Richards & Sterling; Lighting: Restoration Hardware; Shower Enclosure custom: Burlingame Glass; Sinks: Toto; Tile: Richards & Sterling; Toilet: Toto


Showers Expected A streamlined look and feel, coupled with traditional touches such as inset doors and handmade subway tile walls, maximize the visual impact of this bath originally built in the 1920s. The entire room serves as a shower floor, with diverter panels and two shower floor drains keeping the water from the sink and toilet areas. Clear-glass shower deflectors, along with clever placement of floor tile behind the toilet and the sink bump-out, contribute to the clean and open composition of the room. The built-in vanity and tall cabinet ensure personal care at its convenient best.

PRODUCTS Countertops: Corian; Faucets/Fittings: Grohe; Toilet: Kohler

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Mosaic Moment The myriad patterns and materials in this bathroom intertwine in seamless luxury, creating visual excitement and openness. The focal point is the wall, covered with multicolored mosaic tiles. The hutch cabinets lined up with the existing window provide plenty of storage as well as a sense of being architecturally integrated with the space. The stepped tile pattern on the shower wall creates a dynamic effect, drawing interest to the bathroom, yet giving a sense of closure, as the mosaic lands on the floor.

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PRODUCTS Cabinetry/Vanity: Kitchen Craft; Countertops: Caesarstone; Faucets/Fittings: Hansgrohe; Lighting: Dolan Designs; Toilet: Kohler

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Photo: William Lesch

Having a Field Day The artful mixing of walnut travertine field tiles with rustic walnut blend mosaics on floors and walls, and the juxtaposition of a limestone vanity top, spells textural drama for this bath. The glass shower lets the tile shine through. The custom carved alder vanities and dual sinks offer plenty of room for couples to share the space. Natural finishes, detailed patterns and subtle textures are all woven together for a true bathing beauty.

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PRODUCTS Cabinetry/Vanity: Custom Carved Alder; Countertops: Buxy Uni Limestone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler; Lighting: Minka Lavery; Sinks: Kohler; Toilet: Kohler

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Bang for the Buck The challenge: to renovate a small bath to make it more modern and spacious, all on a budget! A half wall between the shower and toilet, along with frameless glass doors and panels, makes the space feel more open, while maximizing the natural light. The original bath’s chrome cup/ toothbrush holder, an oversized mercury glass pendant, as well as other cabinets, faucets and accessories were re-incorporated into the final layout. The shower area was completely waterproofed by using Schluter Shower components prior to the installation of tiles to the ceiling. An Amish-made custom vanity is one of the many special features of the bathroom that is both easy on the wallet and the eyes.

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PRODUCTS Vanity: Burkholder Custom; Medicine Cabinet: Kohler; Countertops: Granite; Faucets/Fittings: Delta; Flooring: Daltile; Sinks: Allora; Shower Walls and Floor: Emil America; Toilet: Kohler

Photo: Richards Photo

On a Mission The kitchen in this 1920s Storybook Mission home was designed to make the space more accessible to a client who uses a wheelchair. The design enables the client and two friends, also wheelchair users, to access all the appliances comfortably and move freely between the cooktop and sink. A custom-designed, versatile soapstone sink, with a shallow end as well as a deep end, allowed for a garbage disposal unit. The cabinetry features maple and quarter sawn oak with three different finishes, and the appliances are carefully placed at the right height, with all doors dropping down to provide the easiest access. A solid kitchen table on casters furnishes dining space in front of the TV, enabling the client to prep large dinners while also entertaining. Glass doors above the refrigerator feature a cable box and a stereo, which can be operated with a remote control. Functional, practical and ready to serve!

Products Cooktop: Jenn-Air; Dishwasher Bosch; Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave: GE Advantium; Oven: GE; Refrigerators: Jenn-Air; Ventilation: Vent-a-Hood; Cabinetry: Medallion; Countertops: Soapstone; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler

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Photo: Dean J. Birinyi Photography

A Family Affair This inviting and expansive space caters to the client’s long-time desire to host quality family gatherings. The traditional, compartmentalized floor plan for this original 1950s home lent little space for entertaining. The remodel featured custom cabinetry with spacious work stations, allowing for cooks to interact with guests. The light and airy finishes combined with dark-wood floors provide an expansive, warm and inviting feel to the space. A dual-purpose baking center with ample counter space serves as the perfect platform for a buffet. Touch technology faucets, fully dimmable color-corrected LED lighting, and decorative niches are some of the special features that make the remodeled space exceptional. Beautiful colors, textures and finishes represent a setting truly fit for a cozy family affair.

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PRODUCTS Cooktop: GE Profile; Dishwasher: GE Profile; Garbage Disposal: InSinkErator; Microwave Oven: GE Profile; Refrigerators: GE Profile; Ventilation: Wolf: Cabinetry: Custom Cabinetry by Design; Countertops: Granite; Faucets/Fittings: Brizo; Flooring: Hallmark; Sinks: Blanco; Tile: Crossville

Photo: Averill Lehan

Respectfully Remodeled This beautifully renovated master bath not only exudes contemporary visual appeal, but also revels in carefully planned green design. The Cambria “White Cliff� countertops, made of a recycled quartz material, define simplicity and pureness. The cabinets have a water base finish and are 100% VOC free, and the low-flow shower head and rain head along with a low-flush toilet ensure maximum water efficiency. The walls are embellished with recycled tiles, eliminating the need to be painted, and LED lights illuminate the bath efficiently. This modern retreat offers elegance and efficiency at its very best.

PRODUCTS Bathtub/Whirlpool; Maax: Cabinet/Vanity; Bamco: Countertops; Cambria: Faucets/Fittings; Riobel: Sinks; Duravit: Toilet; Toto: Wallcovering; Ikom Nero Tend

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2012/2013 Student Design Competition Winners

The Kitchen Project The client desired •

feature, electric wall oven, microwave,

The challenge in the 2012/2013 NKBA Student Design Competition was to create safe,

dishwasher and pot filler.

functional rooms in a mid-century modern style for a 74-year-old widow moving into a basement apartment in her son’s ranch home.

Space for a 20-lb. electric sausage stuffer to be mounted permanently

At 5-ft. tall and 170 lbs., Edita, who is right-handed, has arthritis in her knees and uses a walker.

where Edita can sit to operate it. The

She likes to watch TV, read, and cook her native Lithuanian specialties, especially sausage.

machine is 16" L x 10-1/2" W, with an

She’ll make dinner in her kitchen while the rest of the family is at work. She loves the doo-wop

overall height of 24-3/4".

music from her teen years and often reminisces about happy days of the 1950s. Students in the competition, sponsored by Sub-Zero/Wolf and Waypoint Living Spaces,

An electric cooktop with lock-out

A sitting area with a TV, small end table with good lighting, and a recliner

were to use the NKBA Planning Guidelines and Access Standards when designing the

lift chair 20" W x 19.5" D. Whether

kitchen and bath for her.

incorporated into the kitchen or separated by a wall, the area had to be shown on the 11" x 17" kitchen plan. •

Mid-century modern style

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> She chose stainless steel throughout, in the appliances and as accents. The main accent wall was finished with light marble slabs to create a focal point at the fireplace. The ceiling and trim were painted blue to contrast with the cognac maple cabinetry and white walls. To complete the look, Schwindt used Lucifer recessed LEDX dimmable down lights and under-shelving lighting to provide a safe but reflective sheen off of the stainless steel accents.

Best Student Kitchen - 1st Place

To cater to Grandma Edita's love of cooking, the designer chose a full-sized

Chelsea Schwindt

refrigerator. Her choice and placement of the

Lakeland College I Vermillion, AB Canada

easy access. Schwindt incorporated a pull-

Chelsea Schwindt wanted to create a suite that is not closed off from the outside world, like

out system for the mounted sausage maker

many basements are. “I incorporated lots of windows and used natural colors such as white,

with the appropriate cabinet and counter

blue, green, and browns, creating an open, airy, fresh take on mid-century designs,” she says,

space, following the NKBA’s Guidelines for

creating an open and free-flowing suite with a design of “pure simplicity.”

the correct height.

dishwasher, wall oven and cooktop afforded

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The most unique part of Saavedra’s kitchen is the center island in the shape of a soda bottle, the focal point of the red, white and black room. He chose Coca-Cola red for all of the appliances, black and white checkered tile for the floor, and white for the walls. Saavedra designed the kitchen to maximize the space for Edita’s love of cooking.

Best Student Kitchen - 2nd Place

Andres Saavedra

When creating the center island he paid particular attention to Guideline #12 Preparation/Work Area, to ensure the proper dimensions of the continuous countertop.

Henry Ford Community College I Dearborn, MI “I think the client will love the Coca-Cola concept Andres Saavedra traveled back in time to the 1950s and chose “Coca-Cola” as his

because she will be reminded of her 1950s teen years,”

theme for Grandma Edita’s kitchen, evoking an era of drinking malted milks and

said Saavedra. “This will bring back those happy days

Cokes at the local soda shop.

of doo-wop music and her joyful, younger days.”


with the look, she chose a modern but retro dishwasher, white refrigerator, a dinette booth with a tulip table plus glass penny-round tiles in white, aqua and orange for the backsplash. The cooktop has a lock-out feature for safety, and the microwave drawer and wall oven were placed at a lower level for easy access. Cabinets were set at 32 inches above the finished floor to accommodate either a wheelchair or a walker. The wall cabinets were left

Best Student Kitchen - 3rd Place

Robin DeRuyter

Arapahoe Community College I Littleton, CO

open to display the 50s inspired glassware, dinnerware and any special collectibles of Grandma Edita’s. DeRuyter used accent lighting and task lighting to illuminate the kitchen and open shelves. She selected vinyl plank flooring not only for the natural look, but also

“I love the clean, modern simplicity of the architecture and furniture design, as

to be comfortable underfoot when Grandma Edita uses

well as the colors from the 50s and 60s period,” Robin DeRuyter said. Keeping

her walker and wheelchair.

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Chanel Marie Gardemann Brigham Young University I Rexburg, ID The colorful Lithuanian culture formed the backdrop for Chanel Gardemann’s design. “I incorporated traditional, visual textures into the wall tiles of the backsplash, reminiscent of the patterns seen on Lithuanian Easter eggs,” she explained. Her color palate included white, sea foam green and turquoise with a splash of red. The designer created an area that is simple, clean, as well as functional for Grandma Edita’s age and physical challenges. Gardemann’s design included adjustable countertops and cabinets for easy access and storage. Her sausage-making counter used the NKBA Guidelines with Access Standards Guideline #12 for the correct knee height. She selected an ergonomic Zody chair for comfortable prepping. Her appliance and cabinet selection gave the

Best Student Kitchen - Honorable Mention

completed project a feel of high quality and craftsmanship.


Callie Harkness Georgia Southern University I Statesboro, GA Callie Harkness designed a space filled with natural light, close to the look and feel of the outdoors. Using accessible tall cabinets helped open up the space. Her cabinet design for the sausage maker included an appliance lift located close to the sink for easy cleanup. Instead of a traditional oven, she opted for an easy access French door wall oven. The designer chose wood flooring compatible with radiant heating, recycled glass for the countertops and a color scheme of blues, yellows and greens. Using the NKBA Guideline with Access Standards #7 Walkways

Best Student Kitchen - Honorable Mention

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and #11 Landing Areas, she completed her winning design for Grandma Edita.

The BATH Project The client desired • Grandma

Edita requires a shower that has a seat and can

accommodate her mobility aid. • She

also desires a bidet, or a washing system that is incorporated

into the toilet. • The

bathroom will need storage space for a set of queen sheets,

six bath towels, three hand towels, three washcloths, toilet cleaning apparatus and products, and six rolls of toilet paper. • The

grooming area should have a place for Edita to sit while

• The

family laundry will be relocated upstairs, but Grandma Edita

wants a “mini-laundry” that can accommodate one person within the bathroom space and be hidden when she is not using it. She will store a bottle of bleach, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and spot remover within this laundry area. She is unable to carry a laundry basket with her walker, and needs a space to fold clothes when she removes them from the dryer. Grandma Edita also requires a place to hang six outfits. • The

clients wish to have radiant heating, and the students were

asked to specify the make of the radiant heating on the Mechanical Plan and research acceptable flooring materials.

dressing. She also needs to store medicines, make-up, hair products, toiletries and a blow dryer within easy reach.

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feeling of being near the Baltic Sea. “The yellow flooring represents the sand on the beach and the bluish green mosaic coupled with the wavy wall tiles reflects the ocean,” she said. The red vanity top with mid-century lighting serves as the focal point. In addition to the shower area, Chan selected a walk-in tub that Grandma Edita can use as a therapeutic aid to soak her arthritic knees. To ensure

Best Student Bath - 1st Place

Mei Fun Chan West Valley College I Saratoga, CA

the safety of her client, the designer specified grab bars not only in the shower and toilet area, but also around the vanity table, using the NKBA Guidelines with Access Standards Bathroom guideline #14 Grab Bars. The mini laundry includes a front-loading

Mei Fun Chan’s bath design “Freedom” was inspired by her own experience as an

combination washer and dryer that can be used from

immigrant in a new country with a love for the home country. Done in the colors

a seated position. A custom cabinet in the mini laundry

of the Lithuanian flag – red, green and yellow – this bath reproduced the soothing

provides ample storage for all of the requested items.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> accessible pull-down drying system that allows her client to hang clothes with a little extra room to spare. Oranges and blues created that unique splash of “doo-wop” colorfulness, along with maple cabinets and Corian bench and countertops. For a special ambiance, Nikolaj added an in-wall ethanol fireplace for Grandma Edita to enjoy while doing her laundry or getting dressed.

Best Student Bath - 2nd Place

Lauren Nikolaj Lakeland College I Vermillion, AB Canada

The student designer said, “I believe the interesting shape in this floor plan is what makes it unusual but also practical.” She paid particular attention to the NKBA Guidelines with Access Standards #4 Clear Space, keeping the flow of traffic open throughout the room.

Lauren Nikolaj’s design is light and lively, providing a fresh and fun bathroom for Grandma Edita. Thinking of her client’s future needs, Lauren kept her design linear

With the use of acrylic resin in both the kitchen and

and open, providing full access for a wheelchair. The combination washer/dryer

bath, she achieved her goal of creating a space that

is at the perfect height for washing and folding clothes. Nikolaj also provided an

has unique materials.

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result was a design that featured circular patterns throughout including round fixtures, mirrors, flooring and wall coverings. Port-hole clerestory windows, as well as circular pendants completed the scheme that uses warm orange as a color base. Stevenson included a shower seat and plenty of grab bars as well as a convenient combination washer/dryer and a wardrobe pull-down rod to hang clothes. The vanity area served a dual purpose – a space for Grandma’s grooming needs, as well as for folding clothes. With a combination of natural and artificial light, the designer created a warm and gentle ambiance that enhanced all the rich colors of

Best Student Bath - 3rd Place

Emily Stevenson Brigham Young University I Rexburg, ID

the space. Stevenson felt the most important NKBA Planning Guideline with Access Standards for this room is Bathroom Guideline #9 Shower Size, which she used for Grandma Edita’s future needs.

Emily Stevenson’s inspiration came from Grandma Edita’s Lithuanian heritage and a small round pocket mirror received from her mother as a young child. The

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cabinet hid a raised combination washer/ dryer. The unit sits on drawers that can be used to store laundry soap and other related items.

Best Student Bath - Honorable Mention

Nicole Reyes West Valley College I Saratoga, CA

The shower was designed for limitless flexibility with a seamless shower floor for





convenience, there is a combination of a rain showerhead and an adjustable-height, wall-mounted, hand-held shower. All have

Vinyl records from doo-wop days inspired this design by Nicole Reyes, from the countertop

controls and grab bars within easy reach.

to the storage area. The color palette consisted of muted oranges and greens that blended

Niches in the shower wall accommodate

perfectly with her choice of cabinets, countertops and fixtures. In the laundry, a custom

personal bathing items.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Mary Smith created a fun and functional design based on mid-century modern metal wall sculptures with bold horizontal and vertical lines. Made of dark metals, they provided a balance of negative and positive space with shadow effects that blended well with the blue green color scheme. A single-lever faucet, soap and shampoo dispensers all offer hands-free technology. The shower area features a fold down seat, hand-held shower and a trough drain. The lavatory and make-up table are accessible from a wheelchair. Storage is provided by

Best Student Bath - Honorable Mention

Mary Smith Arapahoe Community College I Littleton, CO

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an uplift cabinet near the make-up area, and a recessed wall cabinet. A combination washer/dryer at wheelchair height doubles as a folding area and a hanging storage area, using an electronic drop-down rod.

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Then & Now

Enhancing Lifestyles for Half a Century For half a century, our Association members have been enhancing the lifestyles of consumers by championing excellence in the heart and soul of the home: the kitchen and the bathroom. A year after its founding, the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers (now NKBA) launched its annual design competition for the purpose of “promoting public confidence” in member

1965 Lavender blue cabinets Photo courtesy Kitchen + Bath Business

products and services. Besides accomplishing that goal, winners over the subsequent years have provided a front-row seat to the changing tides of kitchen and bath design trends, from Mediterranean to Modern. For example, starting in 1965 with the first contest, prizes in the showroom category went to a Danish Modern den unit as well as a Spanish refreshment center, both created by association founder Bob Wieland, who later became the first CKD. Another showroom winner that year was an innovative angular design with a “split cooktop” of burners placed in a V shape across a curve. The room’s soffit treatment blended with the ceiling wallpaper, that’s right . . . ceiling wallpaper, that matched the facing on the refrigerator. The cabinet color was lavender blue. A mid-60s showroom winner encompassed one Provincial, two contemporary, two Early American, one Colonial and one Mediterranean kitchen, touching all style bases of the era, and proving that then, as now, no one style reins supreme. Throughout the 60s, AIKD Design Contest winners often sported oak cabinets with cathedral

1965 Yellow tops with walnut cabinets

arch doors, spindle or gallery rails of oak or wrought iron, faux brick walls and coppertone appliances. If the appliances had starburst glass fronts, so much the better. One 1968 winner was cited for its fresh new “Mod Look” thanks to a “bold, abstract” vinyl yellow and orange flowered wallpaper, complemented by a yellow steel hood. The look was “toned down” though by contemporary flush oak laminate cabinets. Toward the end of the 60s, harvest gold and avocado appeared, going on to dominate in the 70s. This was a decade of design contrasts. The 1976 Bicentennial fueled an Early American revival, with exposed brick, cherry and oak cathedral-door cabinets and black glass appliances. But suddenly the Europeans arrived, exhibiting at the NKBA show and bringing an entirely new contemporary look with frameless cabinets, most often with slab laminate doors. Continued on page 68

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Enhancing Lifestyles (continued) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

A 1973 AIKD contest winner featured oak cathedral raised panel cabinets, white walls, brown leather laminate top, random wood plank floor, black glass wall oven, and the appliance of the decade, a smooth Corning cooktop. Built-ins, both large and small, were all the rage: grills, griddles and barbecues, clocks, intercoms, blenders, toasters, radios and more. A 1975 AIKD contest winner had a total of 15 built-in appliances. The energy crisis began to make Association members more cognizant of

1967 Yellow, walnut and white scheme

environmentally responsible design, and the seeds of sustainability were planted.

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In the 1980s, the master bath became the must-have amenity when remodeling. Many of the AIKD bath winners in the early 80s featured whirlpool tubs, often for two. And since it was early in any serious discussion of universal design, quite a few were either sunken or raised on stepped tile platforms! In kitchens, the ubiquitous look showcased in a 1982 AIKD design contest winner was the Americanized version of the European look; that is, almond laminate cabinets with recessed oak pulls and butcherblock tops. Wood cabinets, mostly oak, were paired with cream-colored tops. Gradually other countertop materials, Corian and granite, gained ground. By the end of the 1980s, almond was giving way to white. An NKBA survey in 1989 found that half of baths and 41 percent of kitchens were white. Almond had dropped to 26% of kitchens. Eight out of ten kitchens had wood cabinets. Solid surface comprised a quarter of all kitchen countertops and about a third of all vanity tops. Continued on page 70

1968 Vinyl flowered "mod" wallpaper

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1970 Time magazine handed out awards

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1968 Two-tiered island with spindles

1973 Colonial cabinets, vinyl brick floor

Typical 1970 Kitchen $4,200 AIKD and Time magazine collaborated in 1970 on a consumer kitchen remodeling survey. The respondents, all of whom had done their kitchens with Association members, reported spending a “whopping $4,200” on average on their kitchens, primarily because they wanted “new styling” and “up-to-date” equipment with new features. Three-quarters of households put in a freestanding or “slip-in” range with a median price of $368. Nine out of ten chose plastic laminate countertops. Eight out of ten changed out floor coverings, going predominately for carpet! Respondents had household incomes averaging $17,629, almost double the national average then of $9,430. Their favorite magazines were Readers’ Digest and Life. And their favorite TV shows were Marcus Welby, M.D., and the Lawrence Welk Show. SieMatic-AD13-BA2-SG016-8'375x5'25_v1_SieMatic Ad 3/18/13 3:41 PM Page 1


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Enhancing Lifestyles (continued) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

In that 1989 study, the typical kitchen remodeling job by an NKBA member was $17,803 and the average bath, $9,749.

Ten Years Ago

In the 1990s as sophisticated consumers increasingly traveled, the demand for Country French, Tuscan and English Country looks with elaborate moldings, trims and detailing grew. Open plate racks, apron sinks, colored cabinetry and inset doors characterized this look, along with frosted and glazed finishes. So popular was architecturally style based design, NKBA published its Kitchen & Bath Theme Design book to help professionals execute a variety of authentic styles. Well-traveled consumers also became more interested in food and wine, and restaurant-style or commercial-style appliances boomed. At the same time during the 1990s, NKBA updated its Kitchen and Bath Guidelines, and produced books and classes on Universal Design, so members became more cognizant of creating kitchens and baths with better access for everyone. At the turn of the century, designs gradually simplified, dropping the ornamentation and often adding color. The 2002 NKBA Design Competition winners were notable for their “splash of color.” Winners used more exotic wood species such as anegre and wenge and

Ten years ago Peter Salerno,

rediscovered mid-Century modern.

CMKBD, Wyckoff

Peter NJ,




Inc., NKBA

Recently NKBA Design Competition winners have showcased more eclectic designs,

Design Competition for this richly

personalized spaces, color and texture, signaling a return of exuberance. Style-wise, who


knows what’s ahead? But our Association will continue to foster the best in design and

kitchen. Last year his winning

creativity, while never losing sight of safety, ergonomics and expert space planning.

kitchen evoked today’s design




sensibility with a restaurant-style

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Photo courtesy Kitchen + Bath Business

1982 Whirlpool tub set at an angle in a mirrored niche with tiled platform and step.


Sunken whirlpool tub with laminate surround and full-height facing mirror.

room complete with 11-ft. stainless steel island, but softened by natural walnut and white painted maple cabinetry.

All in the Family For many in the kitchen and bath business, NKBA has now educated two or even three generations of design professionals. When 1995 NKBA president Cameron Snyder, CKD, Roomscapes Luxury Design Center, Rockland, MA, first started his business, he quickly joined the Association. “I found that the NKBA was the leading source of information, training and education. I wanted to mingle with other owners in the industry, especially

Design Competition Winning projects by Cameron Snyder, CKD, above, and his daughter Jessica below.

those with more experience,” Snyder recalls. Both his son and daughter are now involved with NKBA. And following in her father’s footsteps, Jessica has won several NKBA Design Competitions. Speaking about the on-going value of being an NKBA member, the past president says, “Whenever I need to get some information, research a new product, or just see how others are doing business and changing with the times, I can call or email one of many friends I’ve made. This valuable feedback has helped me considerably over the years, through both boom and bust cycles, and has exposed me to resources I would not have access to otherwise.”


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Then & Now

Leadership Through Learning

In 1963 H. Dean Church, president of the newly formed American Institute of Kitchen Dealers (now NKBA), announced the Association’s first kitchen schools, calling them “sorely needed.” Half a century later, 2013 president John K. Morgan says, “Learning is NKBA’s number one objective right now.” In the intervening 50 years, the Association has conducted countless kitchen and bath classes across North America and overseas, certified thousands of designers, established a network of over 60 accredited and supported colleges, produced dozens of books on everything from business management to universal design, established 58 definitive planning guidelines, and taught generations of designers to draw using pencils on graph paper and then cursors on computer screens. While some tactics may have changed, the fundamental goals and the ever-present need for learning have not. Now, as the National Kitchen & Bath Association celebrates its golden anniversary, it is rolling out its most visionary and widest-reaching learning program ever available industry-wide 24/7, 365 days a year through a convenient Learning Management System (LMS). “NKBA, as a thought leader, is taking a 360-degree approach to learning,” notes Morgan. “While design is important as always, the NKBA has expanded its Learning & Development programs to encompass one’s entire business.”

LMS is certainly a far cry from the 60 typewritten pages that comprised the Association’s




training book in 1965, accompanied by

The new approach is based on Learning Paths. “It looks at learning as a continuous process

manuals from the University of Illinois

of performance improvement rather than just taking a single course,” explains Nancy Barnes,

Small Homes Council. In 1972 AIKD and

NKBA Director of Learning, who has more than 15 years of corporate instructional design

the University began development of the

experience. “The paths offer a well defined step-by-step sequence that takes learners from

first set of five Kitchen Industry Technical

introductory through experienced, even executive levels.”

Manuals. Then in 1992 the Association revised the kitchen manuals and produced

The Learning Paths provide development in eight competency areas: Talent Management,

the first Bathroom Industry Technical

Communication, Adapt & Innovate (Change Management), Focus on the Customer, Business


Management, Leadership, Sales & Marketing, and Design & Inspiration. Both became the basis of study for the The Learning Path through each competency may comprise as many as 40 courses covering


wide-ranging topics. For example, Communication subjects could include basic business


writing, email communication, presentation skills, workplace conflict, negotiation skills,

professionalism. The Certified Kitchen

networking essentials and leading team meetings.

Designer (CKD) program was launched in

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certification levels


1968; the Certified Bath Designer program (CBD), in 1989. The CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer) and the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) programs rolled out in 2001. In



NKBA and



















Manuals, creating the full-color Professional Resource




volumes. NKBA is now updating the books, with Bath Planning and Kitchen Planning released earlier this year. Clearly the learning never stops.



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Then & Now

Raising Consumer Awareness Promoting Association members as the go-to professionals for kitchens and baths has been a key goal since AIKD, now NKBA, was founded. Promising that “Happiness is a New Kitchen,” AIKD conducted its first national consumer promotion in 1968, and chapters have run their own local or regional events over the past 50 years as well. National Kitchen & Bath Week was created in 1982 to stimulate consumer demand, expanding to National Kitchen & Today, homeowners who download the

Bath Month in 1988.

Planners subsequently receive NKBA’s In 1995 NKBA developed the first Lead Generation Program and the


First Consumer Kitchen & Bath Workbook, now the Kitchen Planner

momentum going and promote members





and Bath Planner. The NKBA’s “Direct to Your Door” consumer

as the most reliable resource for kitchens

marketing program generated 4,000 leads that year.

and baths.

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