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Honorable Mention: Kitchens


Rebecca Butikofer

Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, ID

Elaine Treadwell

Honorable Mention winner Rebecca Butikofer’s solution to meeting the client’s entertaining needs was to design a functional U-shaped kitchen with contrasting materials to emphasize the contemporary theme desired by the Fletchers. All the appliances are finished in stainless steel, in contrast to the base cabinets beautiful warm ebony wood and wall and tall cabinets black lacquer finish adorned with glass insets. The countertop materials are contrasting in black and brown quartz on the u-shaped island and are accented by the pink quartz circle inlay in the seating area. Electricity is brought to the island from the dropped ceiling through three poles three inches in diameter. The poles create a contrasting rhythm to the horizontal shelving units facing out from the island.

Honorable Mention recipient, Elaine Treadwell’s “Contemporary Retreat” creates completely separate dressing areas enclosed with textured glass doors on a barn door hinge system. This designer’s unique plan places the tub and shower area in the outermost portion of the space. This was accomplished by creating a 5 inch raised platform to accommodate the plumbing necessary for the bathtub. Custom glass dividers with rain texture create the walls that separate the space from the bedroom.

Virginia Lewis

Jennifer McKell

West Valley College,

Saratoga, CA The curvilinear walls of the architecture of the building and waves lapping against the shore of Lake Michigan inspired this designer to title her project Waves. Honorable Mention recipient Virginia Lewis divided the kitchen into two main work zones, the bar and the cooking area, to accomplish meeting the extensive catering needs of the clients. The wave theme is repeated in this open floor plan with the curvilinear custom glass bar top situated in the northwest corner. Custom glass curved shelves suspended on chrome poles display the client’s top-shelf liquor and fine stemware. An oversized base cabinet with a tambour door is large enough to store the additional 30 x 30 crates of glasses required by the catering staff and remains out of the way under the counter.


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Art Institute of Pittsburgh- Online Division, Pittsburgh, PA

This allows light from the exterior windows and capitalizes on the spectacular lake views. Conveniently located towel warmers adorn the wall adjacent to the tub and shower. The perimeter of the tub/shower area has a dropped soffit to accommodate the electric and lighting needs.

Brigham Young University- Idaho, Rexburg, ID In this winning design, titled Pearl Paradise, Jennifer uses mother of pearl chevron wall covering as an inspiration for the entire space. The chevron design is repeated in the tile throughout the space, in the wall covering, and the dressing vanities are placed on angles to repeat this motif. This simple design inspired by the work of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in his creation of the Barcelona Pavilion is functional, allowing for the couple to prepare for their day together. This notable design Pearl Paradise evokes feelings of relaxation by surrounding the couple with luxurious materials in soothing colors, and contemporary clean lined fixtures provide the glamour this couple desires in their living space.

NKBA Magazine Spring 2011  
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