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Announcing the 2011

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Competition Finalists

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Announcing the best kitchen and bath designs of the year. Technology and fine-tuned innovation have created a higher level of personalization than ever in the home.

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ON THE COVER – 2011 NKBA Design Competition Finalists Cover photos (clockwise from top left): Designed by Victoria Shaw, Photo by Tim McClean Photography; Designed by Holly Rickert, Photo by Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer; Designed by James E. Howard, CKD, CBD, Photo by Alise O’Brien Photography; Designed by J. David Ulrich, CKD, Photo by Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer; Designed by Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD, Photo by Averill Lehan/PAI; Grab bar photo by Thomas Manion Photography; Designed by Chris Berry Novak, Photo by Alise O’Brien Photography Photo courtesy of Kohler, Co.


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Awareness = Good Design and a Healthy Planet

An effort towards water conservation and an eye towards good design. Kohler, Co. and other manufacturers are working to educate.


17 Three Tenets to a More

Beautiful Large Kitchen A well-proportioned space, when space is not an issue.

How to go about furnishing the architecture of large spaces.



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My Fellow NKBA Members, I’m excited to begin 2011, a year of anticipated growth. I’m filled with enthusiasm for what the next 12 months will bring, and have chosen to summarize the year with one theme: “Take the next step.” I strongly encourage each one of you to take the next step in strengthening your business or career. I’ve introduced this theme not only in word, but in practice, and intend to apply this to my role as the 2011 NKBA president. Whatever your next individual step may be—enrolling in a professional development course, pursuing a certification, volunteering as an NKBA chapter officer or industry segment advisory council member, or attending or exhibiting at KBIS—I urge every professional to take action and pursue your next goal. As an association we will be taking the next step, as volunteer leaders work with NKBA staff to enhance education programs and certifications, while continuing to meet the ongoing needs of our members. I look forward to the future of this organization and I look forward to individuals pursuing and achieving their personal and professional goals with the support of the leading association in the kitchen and bath industry. I’m greatly honored to have my induction celebrated with an exciting event at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on January 22, 2011—a day marked by the governor as Kitchen and Bath Day in the state of Virginia. I hope this declaration will serve as a big step for the industry and in promoting NKBA membership. Ours is an exciting industry, and you need to look no further than this issue of NKBA Magazine to find proof of that. In these pages, you’ll find the work of some of our outstanding member designers across the United States and Canada. Be inspired by your fellow members. You’ll also find the latest concepts in water conservation, an innovative way to look at geometry in design, and the beauty of a functional necessity—the grab bar. You can also take a look at what’s going on at KBIS this year. Pat Croce—author, motivational speaker, and former President of the Philadelphia 76ers—is our keynote speaker, along with so many other engaging presenters who are there to provide you with the knowledge you need for a successful year in business. Las Vegas has rolled out the red carpet for us with many affordable options. I hope you’ll find it an investment in your business that will allow you to take the next step.

2011 NKBA President, David Alderman, CMKBD Setting the tone for 2011–”Take the Next Step”

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I appreciate the support of a vast network of colleagues and friends that I’ve developed through my involvement with the NKBA, and I wish you a growing and prosperous year in 2011. Warm Regards,

David Alderman, CMKBD 2011 NKBA President | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


feedback The Last Quarter of 2010 – What’s Cooking in the Kitchen? Looking to you, our designers in-the-field and across the nation – the NKBA asked the following question:


What products or elements in design have you noticed as prevalent in the past three months?


Brian DalBalcon


A more efficient and effective use of space is being sought out by homeowners, through remodeling projects.


Darker woods and finishes in cabinetry is more prominent than ever, and replacing some of the lighter woods of even a year or two ago.


Alternative counter top options are being requested, moving away from granite as the leading counter selection.


Neutral, neutral, neutral – even if homeowners are not planning a move, they are concerned with resale, and are opting for neutral palettes.


White is still prominent - many clients are maintaining a classic white kitchen with a contemporary look, and traditional elements.


Homeowners are requesting less bulky commercial items, and more cook tops, warming drawers, as well as under counter products.


Consumers are focused on less complicated designs and a more simple style, moving away from high-maintenance products.


Fewer wall cabinets are allowing for more open spaces, and to replace the storage, furniture style pieces are being included.

Designed by NKBA member Shiela Off, CMKBD Signature Woodworks, LLC., Gig Harbor, WA


Grey is the new black, I’m seeing more grey tones in the palettes.

doors with modern panel are popular.


A lower, less conspicuous backsplash – 2” is commonly being used.

Consumers are going back to classic finishes and warm earth tones for counter tops and backsplashes.




Dark natural woods (Walnut, Mahogany, and Dark Cherry) are preferred in cabinetry and flooring. Many are asking for work center sinks. Five-piece

Darker finishes and woods are preferred for cabinetry.


People are choosing multiple | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


feedback als for different counter top surfaces, as a contrast and to accommodate the use of the surface.




A combination of French and Swedish style, as overall themes – many of the products are very much like what you would find currently in the Restoration Hardware catalog.


Euro Contemporary style is influencing American kitchens.


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Clean lines, simple moldings and detailing are making a strong statement in their simplicity. I’m still seeing interest in painted finishes, with two contrasting colors, and farm sinks.


There is clearly and increased interest and a better understanding of sustainable products.


Microwave drawers are becoming more and more popular.

Easy to clean and maintain products are being selected, such as epoxy grout soaking tubs, replacing air-jetted tubs.




Homeowners are looking for a more cleaned-up and tailored look to design –a sleeker appearance overall.

More maintenance-free products are being specified, for convenience and ease of care.

A: Clients are requesting unique and personalized

storage requests (i.e. charging stations, pet supply stations) to eliminate the clutter that can easily happen in the kitchen. A:

More steam ovens are being used,


Fewer wall cabinets are part of

and two types of countertop materials,

kitchen designs, and instead furniture

one for the island and one for the other

style pieces are being implemented.

work surfaces.

A: Clients are requesting unique and personalized storage requests (i.e.


Shades of grey are creating lots

of impact in the color palettes.

charging stations, pet supply stations)


to eliminate the clutter that can easily

nents seen as indulgences, and more

happen in the kitchen.

high-impact functional items that are


People are opting for less compo-

personalized to their lifestyle. Prettier grab bars are becoming

more common in all bathroom designs


and they do not look like grab bars, but

and additionally, glass shelves in cabi-

rather an accessory item.

nets are strong.



Designs are including either no walls

I have seen more use of glass overall,

Multipurpose islands allow lots

or half-walls, which goes toward creat-

of flexibility in the use of space, and

ing an open space.

lifestyle needs.

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Smart Products Awareness = Good Design and a Healthy Planet

An effort towards water conservation and an eye towards good design. By Matthew Marin, Article and Photos Provided by Kohler Co.


It is believed that water covers about 70 percent of the earth and is vital to the survival of every living organism on the planet. While the earth might seem like it has an abundance of water, less than one percent is available for human use. The rest is either salt water, fresh water frozen in the polar ice caps, or just inaccessible. As the earth’s population continues to grow and the demand for freshwater resources increases, the supply is becoming limited. In the United States, conserving water is becoming a growing concern. Americans use water everyday for drinking, cleaning and other sanitary purposes in the home. The average family uses over 300 to 400 gallons of water per day. Communities across the nation are facing challenges regarding its water supply, prompting some states such as California and Arizona, to restrict outdoor water usage and initiate public outreach campaigns, as a result of droughts. But more can be done to reduce water usage, especially in the home. The bathroom accounts for most of the average American homeowner’s water consumption. Toilets, showerheads and faucets use more potable water than is actually needed. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toilets account for nearly thirty percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption, showers account for nearly 17 percent, and faucets



account for more than 15 percent. If all inefficient toilets in U.S. homes were converted to WaterSense labeled models, more than 640 billion gallons of water per year could be saved - the equivalent of 15 days of flow over Niagara Falls, also according to the EPA. Manufacturers of bathroom plumbing fixtures realize the gravity of the situation and are designing expanded lines of water-conserving products in an attempt to save one of earth’s most precious resources. Appealing to environmentally-conscious designers and consumers, these manufacturers are making water-saving technologies and designs – across all product categories and price points – as mainstays in their lines. Manufacturers are also cognizant that while developing plumbing products that save water is essential, these products must also maintain elements of good design to attract customers to even consider them. That means incorporating materials, finishes and styles that captivate the most discerning designer, from those who prefer sleek modernism to those who desire traditional detail. Many of these low-consumption products can be ideal alternatives for retrofit or new installation and meet the specifications of the EPA’s WaterSense label – a volunteer product labeling program that promotes the encouragement of water efficiency in several plumbing products. By designing an entire bathroom with WaterSense-labeled plumb-

Loure Widespread Lavatory Faucet

Persuade Curve Comfort Height Toilet

Cimarron 1.28 gpf Toilet with Class Five EST Technology

Purist 1.75 gpm showerhead

Wellworth Toilet and Pedestal Lavatory

ing products, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year. One simple way for designers to encourage their clients to be more economical and eco-friendly is to replace older, inefficient toilets found in more than half the homes in the U.S. There are millions of toilets in use that flush 3.5 gallons or more per flush. This is considered to be the main source of wasted water in the entire home. WaterSense-labeled, high-efficiency toilets (HETs), on the other hand, could save nearly 2 billion gallons per day across the country—that equals nearly 11 gallons per toilet in the average home every day. Limiting water use does not mean limited choices. Today, there are The hundreds of styles available today include 1- and 2-piece, single- and dual-flush, and standard and Comfort Height toilets. “This past year, Kohler converted half of its 1.6 gallons-per-flush, high-performance gravity toilets to flush a mere 1.28 gpf. The gravity technology employed in these toilets ensures a consistent performance while saving about 20 percent of water per flush. The goal is to convert 100 percent of our toilets to 1.28 gpf by 2014,”

said Robert Zimmerman, water conservation and sustainability manager for Kohler. In addition to toilets, waterless urinals, typically used for commercial applications, are also finding their way into homes. These urinals can save 40,000 gallons of water per fixture annually and are becoming more commonplace in some residences, especially in the basement. “It’s wonderful, especially if you have a lot of males in the home,” said Nicole Facciuto, LEED AP, eco-friendly designer of HGTV’s Red Hot and Green. Showering is second to toilets regarding water usage in the home, accounting for about 30 gallons per household on a daily basis. That’s nearly 1.2 trillion gallons of water used in the U.S. annually. Attempting to conserve water but also contributing to the overall showering experience, manufacturers have reinvented some of their most popular shower spray designs into a collection of water-efficient showerheads. Not only saving water but also satisfying expectations from an aesthetic and experiential standpoint, there are many 1.75- | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Persuade Curv Ensemble

gallon-per-minute (gpm) shower sprays that offer significant water savings without sacrificing the feel of luxurious water coverage provided by these stylish oversized showerheads. “You can conserve water but still create a great shower experience,” said Lynn Schrage, channel manager for the Kohler Stores. For example: an average family of four taking approximately seven-minute showers, 1.75 gpm showerheads equal a 35 percent water savings over typical 2.75 gpm showerheads. Bathroom faucets account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water across the U.S. each year. WaterSense-labeled, bathroomsink faucets can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more without sacrificing performance. Faucets with 1.5 gpm watersaving aerators offer a 45 percent water savings over inefficient 2.75 gpm faucets. For the average household, this can equal over 14,700 of gallons of water saved annually. As with toilets and showerheads, many companies are converting their lavatory faucets to more water-efficient versions by featuring water-saving aerators, which increase the oxygen saturation of the water. The converted faucet models flow at 1.5 gpm, 30 percent less than the federal mandate of 2.2 gpm. These faucets not only save water but also come in multiple finishes; single, center set, wall-mount or widespread configurations, as well as modern and traditional styles to complement any bathroom to satisfy the varying tastes of consumers. Making the switch to water-saving products, however, remains a hurdle for many homeowners. One of their biggest misconceptions is that water conservation means sacrificing form and function in favor of efficiency. But today’s high efficiency showerheads, faucets and toilets not only save water but also meet or exceed performance criteria compared to other products on the market. “Style, aesthetics and the experience of the product are as essential as the water that you’re saving,” said Diana Schrage, senior interior designer at the Kohler Design Center. “Our products are beautiful, highly functional and responsible to the environment in terms of saving water.” The average consumer may not even be aware that the latest



Bathroom faucets account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water across the U.S. each year.

Steward S Waterless Urinal

water-saving products exist. The current demand for water-saving fixtures is being driven by green designers, architects and builders, but mainstream America has not quite caught on just yet. Some manufacturers are conducting outreach educational campaigns, such as Kohler’s “Save Water America” in 2009, where they reached out to tens-of-thousands of consumers and trained more than 8000 professionals on water efficiency. Additionally, plumbing manufacturers continue to step up their efforts by supporting and driving awareness of the EPA’s WaterSense program to include the familiar logo on product packaging and displays, and on their Web sites. Water-saving benefits are also featured prominently on displays, so customers can easily draw comparisons. In showrooms nationwide, WaterSense-labeled plumbing products are on display, educating homeowners about the program with messages about their water-saving benefits. Many of these displays are self-contained, plumbed units, meaning people can actually turn on faucets and showerheads, and flush toilets to “test” the performance and see for themselves. “There’s so much more engineering in all these products,” said Diana Schrage. “These products are environmentally responsible and the goal is to increase consumer and industry awareness.” Kitchen and bath industry companies and professionals are the link between the consumer and increased awareness in conservation. The bottom line is that greater awareness of smart products and the application of smart practices is necessary as a protective measure for preserving the planets resources, but will also save the homeowner money, and this equates to a win-win outcome.

Matthew Marin is a freelance writer who specializes in covering the newest kitchen and bath products, cutting-edge design installations and best practices for remodeling. He is a former editor for Kitchen & Bath Business and Multi-Housing News.

Three Tenets

to a More Beautiful Large Kitchen A well-proportioned space, when space is not an issue. By Mark Rosenhaus, CKD

Three cheers for those long, tall, wide open kitchens. Designers look around and lick their chops at the opportunity to show their stuff, just as the proud homeowner looks for assistance in creating a comfortable approachable space. This article will address how to go about furnishing the architecture of the space. It is not about materials, mood or style, but even more importantly, proportion, movement and focal point. After the basic needs or lifestyle of the client’s functions, appliances and amenities are satisfied, we attempt to create a work of art. Art, in any form – music, dance, painting or sculpture - is in the eye of the beholder, and in order to captivate the viewer, certain geometry must be apparent. We are at first attracted to beautiful colors, materials, make up or scent, but it is the object’s inherent proportion that retains our attention. A building requires good bones, a face needs a pleasing shape, and a flower possesses an array of petals. Most people however, are unaware and unable to articulate why they do or do not like something. Leonardo DaVinci’s well-known Vitruvian Man — the pen and ink drawing of a circle around a man’s body is about proportions – arm span in relation to height. In an art history lecture you may have been introduced to the relationship of the human body and the concept of geometry in nature. This influence and approach is also useful in kitchen design when choosing cabinet dimensions and their arrangement leading to the focal point. Proportions in nature are based on the Golden Rectangle from the Fibonacci Sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144,…etc., whereby adding consecutive numbers equals the third, and dividing adjacent numbers (e.g. 21/34) produces the 62% Golden Ratio. These numbers have been verified to four thousand places and their importance cannot be overemphasized. The DNA double helix molecule is

Leonardo DaVinci’s well-known Vitruvian Man — the pen and ink drawing of a circle around a man’s body is about proportions – arm span in relation to height. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Proportions in nature are ba Rectangle from the Fibona

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, built within this same module, and its influence is undeniably imprinted in our brain. Based on several surveys comparing rectangular shapes, the width-to-length golden proportion of 62% was preferred by 75% of the people. In the human figure, beauty can be measured in the incremental lengths of the joints of a finger; by the width of the mouth in relation to the width of the cheeks, the chin and height to the eyebrows; and even the floor to navel distance in the height of Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. It’s in the design of animals, fish, plants, the clockwise and counter-clockwise seed patterns of sunflowers, the grouping of birds within the distinctive flying ‘V’ formation, and of course, the Parthenon’s columns are 62% of the overall height of the temple. Modern designs include the upper portion of the Empire State Building, the wingspan-tolength relationship of the Space Shuttle, and the relocation of the portrait on the $10 bill.


The ultimate presence of dynamic symmetry is the fascinating spiral of the Nautilus seashell as it emulates the rotation of the galaxies in the universe, as well as the curve of the thumb and forefinger on the back of your fist. Conceptualizing a design for the Earth and beyond is easiest following just one plan from microscopic to telescopic. With the harmonious relationship of patterns so prevalent, there is no doubt that nature inspires the geometry of art.

1. Proportion A golden rectangle (GR) is comprised of a square, plus a smaller GR turned the other direction. The most pleasing shapes are a vertical GR; a square and double square. A horizontal GR is too squatty. A better shape that conveys strong horizontality is 2.5 times wider than high (plus or minus a few tenths). To calculate custom cabinet sizes according to the golden rectangle: multiply the width by 1.62 to determine the height or to calculate the width: multiply the height by 0.62. Standard cabinet sizes that are close or nearly exact GR are: 15x24, 18x30, 21x33, 24x39, 27x42, and 30x48. Other cabinet sizes where the individual doors are nearly ‘golden’ are: 27x21 (the doors are 13.5x21, which are Fibonacci numbers); 30x24 (the doors are 15x24)



and 36x30 (the doors are 18x30). Horizontal cabinets might be 27x12, 30x12, 33x15, 36x15, and 42x18. These widths are between 2.2—2.5 times the height. When stacking doors, the top door looks best as a square, 50% or 62% of the lower door. One wide door should have the width sized between a golden rectangle - 1.62) to 2.5 times its height. Remember all doors must still be in proportion. For tall spaces, two examples of stacked cabinets are: GR 27x42 with a 27x15 GR upper door and the lower doors - double squares, 13.5x27; a 36x48 with an 18” high horizontal double square on top and 18x30 lower doors. A poorly stacked wall cabinet 36x42 with 27” lower doors, will have two 18x15 top doors, which is not the best looking proportion since it is neither a square or GR. It’s not even the best functioning door if hinged separately since it is wider than its height. The dimensions of a hood should also be in proportion. The overall width-to-height in a vertically oriented traditional hood should be a square or 62%. The width at the top can either be half the bottom width or 62%. Remember, you may include the

sed on the Golden cci Sequence:


34, 55, 89, 144... crown molding in the height dimension. A horizontal hood looks appealing as a double square, or better yet, 2.5 times wider than the height. A custom hood designed for a particular ceiling height should specify the length of the flue so that the intersection of the two angles of the hood touches at the ceiling.

Open space around the hood should have golden proportions with the hood slightly smaller proportions. The hood should have a minimum size in regards to the stove and also needs to be proportional to the space. A hood too narrow will feel squeezed. We also don’t want it to go ‘through the roof’. If it’s too tall it may give the impression of a stand-alone item similar to a skyscraper, rocket or church steeple, in that it does not relate to the ground, or in kitchen design, is not part of a cohesive cabinet composition. Any oversized item in the center area will result in small adjacent cabinets looking like add-ons. The human eye never stays still. The dimensions only need to be close to give us the impression of a pleasing shape. The Impressionist painters gave us feelings, not an exact

Designed by NKBA member Mark Rosenhaus, CKD

representation of the painted objects. When the proportions are right, we instinctively know it. When they’re not, we won’t have the same affinity for it. The varieties are endless. It shouldn’t be viewed as a limited formula, especially as compared to musicians, who have only eight notes with which to work.

2. Movement We are constantly looking for clues to make order out of chaos. Monuments such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Taj Mahal have key architectural elements properly proportioned and aligned similar to stars in constellation: corners of doors and windows, edges of the building, molding, etc. Masterpieces by such painters as Jan Vermeer and George Seurat similarly position precisely sized objects around the canvas directing the scene as in connect-the-dots.

Monuments such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Taj Mahal have key architectural elements properly proportioned and aligned similar to stars in constellation: corners of doors and windows, edges of the building, molding, etc. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Our eye will natu 1-2-3-2-1 seque proportions from In kitchen design, the same method of ‘generating lines’ creates movement by aligning the following: corners of cabinets, corners and edges of molding, the angle or curve of a hood going up to the ceiling or downward to a specific spot on other cabinets, counter top corners across the room or a sequence of knobs leading towards a window, doorway or special feature. Symmetry originally was the balance of harmony and proportion based on weight or mass—similar to different sized people on a see-saw. The modern definition has regressed into axial, or mirror symmetry—a line with equally sized objects on each side. On a large scale it is obvious and monotonous. Dynamic symmetry adds vitality and movement to the arrangement when the objects and features are golden proportions.

The Taj Mahal and Cathedral of Notre Dame have the flanking and center arches the same 62% proportion as the widths of the cheeks are to the mouth in a beautiful face.

The Taj Mahal and Cathedral of Notre Dame have the flanking and center arches the same 62% proportion as the widths of the cheeks are to the mouth in a beautiful face. At Stonehenge, the distance from the outer edge to the boulders is 62% of the distance between those boulders. Dynamic symmetry can also be applied to kitchen cabinetry. As in a beautiful face, if the wall is divided into three sections, the outer two are 62% of the width of the middle. On a 100” wall, the center is 45” and each side is 27”. On a 140” wall if the center space is too large for one cabinet, divide the space into five sections. Each area must still be 62% of the adjacent area where the center is the largest dimension. The center would now be 48” and the adjoining spaces on each side would be 30” and 18”. Our eye will naturally follow this 1-2-3-2-1 sequence of cabinet proportions from smallest to largest and vice-versa as it leads to an important feature in the room. When the ceiling is high enough, the wall cabinets can be placed in a stepping-up arrangement using the same proportions as a stair step. Proportions are not only beautiful, they’re practical and comfortable. Steps are approximately 11”x7”, which is 62%. Convey this to a customer and they’re sure to be in awe of your knowledge. They’ll know you’re the best designer for them. Using the example of the 140” wall, place the 30” cabinet 11” higher than the 18” cabinet and the 48” cabinet 18” above the 30” cabinet. Remember, the height of the crown molding can be included in the dimension. In this configuration, the corners of the cabinets are aligned, confirming proper placement and proportion. The phrase “Architecture is frozen music” originates with this rhythm. Additionally, the cabinets can placed to transition from light to heavy in visual weight. Since they are varied sizes, you might consider they look differently, as well. Eclectic is fashion-



rally follow this nce of cabinet smallest to largest… able. Try multiple depths, heights, details, angles, door styles, open shelves, colors, glass and varied materials. Cabinet variations within the same color are like family members having different personalities. This offers variation when looking from point A to point B. Mirror symmetry is an honest architectural statement when both ends of the wall are the same. When the wall is enclosed on each end, heavier cabinets should lead to a light center section. With two open ends, the dominant object should be in the center and secondary cabinets at the open ends. What if one end of the wall abuts a corner and the other is an open end? Placing a large cabinet (i.e. refrigerator, pantry or oven) on each end to force mirror symmetry will only fool some of the people some of the time.


The golden proportion, Fibonacci sequence, 3-2-1, works it’s magic to guide in the direction of the flow of the room. Use the bulkiest cabinet in the corner followed by lighter cabinetry as they proceed to the open end. You’ll find the arrangement holds its balance because of constant eye movement in and out. A ballerina in the arabesque position is balanced at the center of gravity of the sacrum, upheld by the tip of her toe and outstretched leg. When she moves, the beauty of that moment is gone.

3. Focal Point Relating to the architecture of the space is the key to a successful composition. In a tall space, short on floor area, having all the

Designed by NKBA member Mark Rosenhaus, CKD

cabinets go to the ceiling may be too imposing. One large cabinet installed to the ceiling, with open space above the remaining cabinets may be impressive enough in leading the eye to the room’s highest point, then back down, using the generating lines created by the alignment of important features. Another method of lowering the perceived height of a tall space is to extend crown molding or a light box below the ceiling line similar to the overhanging eaves by Frank Lloyd Wright. The horizontal line will elongate the linear distance and like a headband, the eye will focus below the ceiling. There are two forms of compositions I have understood at this point in my career: ‘The lead singer with backup members’ arrangement, and the ‘ensemble group’. The ‘lead singer arrangement’ most often has a focal point with equidistant supporting cabinets. You can also use the 3-2-1 sequence with the dominant cabinet off to one side or between members for a more dynamic composition as on a see-saw. The ‘ensemble’ has all the cabinets taking turns complementing each other. Think back to your childhood when you would place assorted blocks and variously colored shapes into a pattern. By arranging golden proportion cabinets, you can create artistic, three-dimensional, Mondrian-like arrangements that relate to the space much more than repetitive boxes. Stacked cabinetry can literally be taken to new heights. Horizontal cabinets with doors that lift, flip, swing up, or slide can be offset so the corners create diagonal generating lines that express the entire wall. Various widths, heights, depths, including curves, angles and open (negative) space along with the generating lines of cabinet corners, the directional length of handles and pattern of knob placement can be composed as sculpture to guide the eye around the composition. The vitality of cabinets rotating clockwise or counter clockwise in the spiral of a seashell provides never ending excitement to kitchen compositions. Did you ever feel cabinets should be more than boxes on a wall? Knowing proportions is a means to an end that reduces guess-work and double checks as to what is comfortable and beautiful. Your eyes and also your client will thank you for bringing ‘order to the chaos’. By relying on the golden rectangle, you’re now creating art.

Mark Rosenhaus, CKD, Pratt graduate and award-winning designer, has placed in the following competitions: NKBA, Wood-Mode, Sub-Zero, GE and also served as judge three times, for the NKBA Student Design Competition. He is a founding member and Past-president of the NKBA Manhattan Chapter. He has given expert presentations on Geometry in Nature - The DNA of Design, in numerous NKBA chapters and as a result, received 2009 NKBA Best Program Contest. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Beyond Function:

Beautiful Grab Bars A necessary and attractive solution.


By Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS, CAASH

Certainly we all know that grab bars provide necessary support and yet many times they are not part of our bathroom designs. Whether it’s due to client resistance or our own reluctance as a designer based on our perception of an awkward appearance. For whatever reason, they are too often absent. Historically, there has been a void in attractive options, and the products available were approached with an institutional appearance, which was visually disruptive to the overall design. Today however, the options have been greatly expanded and improved, and there are some outstanding looking support systems and grab bars. With careful examination of intended function, and a higher awareness of available products, we can now improve our designs by regularly including grab bars that will enhance and enrich not just the function, but the aesthetics of a space. First, let’s review the purpose of grab bars. As designers, we are aware that anytime person moves, particularly to stand, sit, or bend, it can be helpful to have support, and this is especially true if movement involves balancing, and particularly when the surface one is standing on may be wet or slippery. To look at function, we can start with a review of standard guidelines for grab bars, with the recommended diameter being 1 ½ inches-2 inches, because most hands can grip this dimension. The distance from the wall is specified at 1 ½ inches, with the reasoning being that most hands



can easily pass through this space to grip the support, but no arms would slip through. While there are standard guidelines for lengths, heights, and positioning of the bars (see American Disabilities Act – Accessibility Guidelines), I prefer to place the grab bar where a client will most likely reach out if support is needed. To allow for this flexibility in placement, reinforcement must be placed in the wall wherever the bar might be needed and appropriate installation must include specific hardware that will hold the weight of anyone who might use the bar. Beyond these guidelines, the truth is that if a person needs support, as to avoid a fall, he will grab whatever is within reach, so one school of thought is that these criteria should apply to anything that might be “grabbed” when needed. Keeping this in mind, in private residential spaces where access codes and related guidelines are not applicable, we can be pretty creative with the supports we include in our bath projects, and to that end, let’s look at some of the options in use today. Some wonderful design talent has been at work to improve our selection of grab bars, and I’m going to include just a few here. Generally, many of our accessory lines include grab bars in finishes and details to match the other accessories. Also, more and more, designs are going away from the wrapped or molded “U-shaped” bars to brackets that will hold rails of your design to coordinate with other accents in the space. Great Grabz (www. offers a huge selection of unusual shapes and finishes, with a favorite of mine being the “Hand Hold” that is only 10 inches in length. Kohler has introduced a support system,

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Designed by NKBA member Linda McKenna, CKD, CBD Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins, Oakland, CA Thomas Manion Photography Thomas Manion Photography

Designed by NKBA member Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD Andros Kitchen & Bath Designs, Mississauga, ON

These are only a few of the fantastic options and beyond the products, there are applications that inspire. One favorite of mine is in the home of Universal Design Guru, Cynthia Liebrock. In her glass-tiled master bath, there are two tiles on either side of the toilet that can be removed to reveal the hangers on which drop-down grab bars can be placed when wanted or needed ( In his home, Universal Design Architect, John Salmen used brackets from Great Grabz to install cherry support rails throughout his home, blending with the surrounding finishes (

Take hold of this growing trend Great Grabz,, offers unique styles such as these grab bar sets from their signature line (above middle and bottom), which are ADA complaint and also function as towel bars and toilet paper holders. Thier new Heritage Stone line (opposite page) features Unique Touch. These acrylic grab bars are made with stones inside and are available in 20 colors.

the Belay tile-in handrail that is integrated into the wall of a shower or tub truly blending with its design and finish (www. There are manufacturers who have incorporated support into items such as corner bath shelves and toilet paper holders, wrapped with a grip bar and a graceful grip arch that encircles the bath or shower control. European manufacturers have long offered great variety in these items and if you’re looking not to blend the support into its surroundings, but to contrast, there are stand-out bars to accent the space in myriad colors.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully, your interest has been peaked and with a little bit of research, the misconceptions will be dispelled. The options are there for the inventive use and application. A great deal has been done to improve the roles that grab bars and support play in our projects. With increased use and exposure, we’ll continue to shape the ways we can enhance the beauty and the function of these critical components in the spaces we design.

Mary Jo Peterson is president of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc., a Connecticut-based design firm. Author, educator and national speaker; Peterson has received national recognition for her expertise in Universal Design along with her work with aging-in-place. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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4. Open Plan Kitchen Pg. 35 5. Powder Room Pg. 38

6. Small Bathroom Pg. 41

7. Large Bathroom Pg. 44

8. Master Bathroom Pg. 47 9. Showroom Pg. 50


Competition entries are scored on the following five core areas: 1. Safety & Ergonomics 2. Elements & Principles of Design 3. Design Planning

4. Creativity 5. Presentation

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Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer

Category 1 Small Kitchen

Rose Marie Carr

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Kitchens by Rose Ramsey, NJ


Quaint & Contemporary Cottage This turn of the century kitchen was brought to the contemporary standards of a kitchen of today with the quaint authenticity inherent to the period in which it was built. Original Carolina Pine wood floors were painstakingly restored, as compliment to a mix of distressed hickory and black antique sand-off on the inset cabinetry doors. Honed black ash granite countertops, antique wheat vertical bead board backsplash, original brass spring hinges and push plates, and an artfully- crafted hammered copper sink are some of the outstanding components that convey a care-worn comfortable yet contemporary environment. A brick wall exposed, an original swinging door restored leading into the dining room, and an antique buffet featured as a center island for food preparation are the finishing touches on a space recreated.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Christiana, Rittenhouse inset door, Hickory wood stained, Rustique Distressing, Hardwood Maple, Black forest Paint with rub thru; Countertops, Granite Black Ash Honed; Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel; Faucets/Fitting: LaToscana, Ducale series; Flooring: Oak and Yellow North Carolina Pine; Microwave: Sharp, Micro Drawer, Stainless; Range/Oven: Bertazzoni, 6 Burner, Convection; Refrigerator: Jenn-Air, French door, Panel Ready; Ventilation: Best by Broan; Sinks: Copper, Star Design Farmhouse, Antique Copper; Special Features: Backsplash by Christiana Cabinetry, Maple Bead Board, Custom Paint Glaze


Armen Asadorian Photography

Category 1 Small Kitchen

Nature’s Serenity

Dana Jones, CKD The Kitchen Consultant Long Beach, CA

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Through the removal of a wall, repositioning of the sink and cook top, addition of a skylight and the introduction of serenity and order that’s prevalent in Japanese design, a dark galley kitchen has been transformed. The open and inviting space is an appealing succession of complimenting components beginning with bamboo cabinetry with horizontal grain. The narrow glass tiles form a vibrant backsplash and reinforce the natural horizontal flow around the room. A furniture style dish cabinet contributes a contrasting anchor, and upper shoji panels are a reinforcing partner to the overall Japanese influence. High windows on the cook wall offer natural light and ventilation, while obscuring the view of a neighboring home. Fresh green bamboo joined together with the darker tones of flooring and countertops create a comfortably assimilated space that offers a pleasing backdrop for guests and entertaining.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Custom, Wright, Plyboo Edge Grain, Natural, Stained Alder; Cooktop: DCS; Countertops, Cambrian Black Granite, Leather Finish, Stained Alder, Granite Tops by CB Tile and Stone; Dishwasher: Bosch; Disposal: Waste King, Legend; Dryer: LG; Faucets/Fittings: Blanco, Tapmaster foot pedal control; Flooring: Oak; Lighting: Pendant, Kozo, Oil-Rubbed Bronze; Microwave: DCS; Range/Oven: DCS; Refrigerator: KitchenAid; Sink: Blanco; Tile: AEC, Gigi Groovy Stix, Limolicious Non-Iridescent; Ventilation: Zephyr; Washing Machine: LG; Water Delivery System: Tankless Water Heater, Noritz | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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Chris Novak Berry brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths St. Louis, MO Co-Designer: Julie Gragg

Category 1 Small Kitchen

Alise O’Brien Photography

Classic Harmony PRODUCTS: Bar top: Marron Cohiba suede granite; Backsplash: Granite, Marron Cohiba suede, Stainless; Cabinetry: brooksBerry, Soft Clay paint, German Chocolate stain; Countertops: Marble, granite and wood; Dishwasher: Asko; Disposal: Insinkerator Evolution Excell; Faucets/Fittings: Waterstone Fulton; Flooring: Natural oak; Lighting: Design with Reach George Nelson Bubble Lamp; Microwave: Wolf, 24” drawer; Range/Oven: Wolf; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Sinks: Franke; Sink top; Perola Bonita polished marble; Ventilation: Zephyr Okeanito



A suburban split level required an update. The young homeowners wanted a clean transitional design that would bring additional light and openness, as well as a hard-working more efficient traffic pattern for the two-cook kitchen. On a limited budget, key details have created a standout design, well-integrated with the home. The stainless feet on the range are duplicated on adjacent base cabinets. An inset made of window screening sandwiched between sheets of acrylic was created for the tall china cabinet. Warmer hued cabinetry and wood flooring is balanced by the numerous touches of stainless interspersed throughout the space. Removal of a pantry and soffits, along with the incorporation of wellappointed lighting has eliminated the once cramped and dim environment. This design is a beautiful example of form, function and integration in harmonious accord – one that will sustain for years to come.

Alise O’ Brien Photography

Category 2 Medium Kitchen

Tropical Treasure

James E. Howard, CKD, CBD Glen Alspaugh Co., LLP St. Louis, MO

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Although it lacks the seaside location, guests in this pool house kitchen are sure to feel tropical breezes stirred by a slow turning fan, and hear ocean waves through an open window. This open plan kitchen was designed to accommodate entertaining and began with a vibrant palette selected by the homeowners. Dark stained ceiling beams, a tall plaster hood extending to a 13 foot ceiling, and Spanish-inspired backsplash tile bring a non-intrusive touch of the Mediterranean to this eclectic and artful space. A Sub-Zero under-counter wine cooler, refrigerator drawers and icemaker are some of the convenient high-capacity appliances that ensure convenience for guests and hosts alike. The cabinetry was given a multi-color distressed finish by a local artisan, providing a look that incorporates well with the overall palette and artistic style.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc., Frameless, Raised Panel, Custom On-Site Painted Finish; Countertops: CaesarStone, Pacific Reflections, Quartz Perimeter, Blue Boquira; Dishwasher: Asko; Disposal: ISE, Evolution Pro Excel; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler, Hi-Rise, Polished Stainless Steel; Flooring: Imperia Tempora Travertine; Microwave: Wolf; Range/Oven: Viking; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero, Drawers, Wine, Ice; Sinks: Kohler, Smart Divide; Ventilation: Wolf | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Suki Medencevic

Category 2 Medium Kitchen

Elina KatsioulaBeall, CKD

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DeWitt Designer Kitchens Pasadena, CA

Feng-Shui Function & Form The designer’s challenge was to create a contemporary kitchen with Asian emphasis. Appropriate homage was paid to ancient Feng-Shui principles, and attention given to the client’s favored cherry blossom theme. The double octagonal ceiling above an octagonal island serves not only as a good Feng-Shui energy but also as a multi-sided work spaced for food preparation. The surrounding red-stained maple cabinetry offers vast organizational and storage solutions, including a lattice-door china hutch near the table holding glasses and dishes for everyday use. The cooking area is framed by black granite columns, and boasts a mosaic of a cherry blossomed branch against a rising sun. This composition resting on granite conveys balance, and the antique shoji screens beside it anchor the prep area. Stainless hardware, fixtures and appliances create a balanced look between contemporary style and a more traditional Asian approach. As central focal point on the baking and oven wall, the Chinese symbol of prosperity carved in wood, stands as a sign of good fortune in this home.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Columbia, Benchmark, Columbia Maple Slab Door Style, Mahogany, Lattice Doors Custom by BenchMark Cabinetry; Cooktop: Miele; Countertops: Empire Marble, Granite, Absolute Noire; Dishwasher: Miele; Faucets/Fittings: Brizo, Pascal Brilliance, Stainless; Flooring; Existing, Ceramic; Lighting: Liton; Microwave: Thermador, Combo Unit; Range/Oven: Thermador; Refrigerators: Miele; Sinks: Mila; Tile: Ultra Glass; Ventilation: Miele; Special Features: Francois and Co., Cooktop Backsplash: Custom Mosaic, Design By Elina Katsioula-Beall



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Category 2 Medium Kitchen

Fun at its Finest

Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD Andros Kitchen & Bath Designs Mississauga, ON

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The clients’ passion for wine and hosting friends was at the core of their requests in an updated kitchen. The designer opted for an island with multiple levels allowing the hosts to prepare food, serve it, and also have a spot conducive to guests standing around and visiting. In addition to their existing wine cellar, the homeowners requested wine storage close-at-hand, which came in the form of a full length wine refrigerator incorporated into the new kitchen. The shaker style cabinetry in rich warm chocolate acts as a softer ally to the sleek horizontal tile backsplash in alternating, sharply contrasting colors. Stand-out ingredients in this cohesively refined space are quartz countertops, a honed marble island top with an L-shaped wrap around corner, the elevated boomerang glass surface with stunning pendant fixtures overhead. This central space is certain to be the gathering space for any occasion, formal or casual.

PRODUCTS: Acorn by The Bamco Group, Montana Maple, Custom Dark Chocolate Color; Countertops: Ceaserstone, Natural Stone, Honed Bianco Carrera marble; Dishwasher: Bosch, Ascentra; Faucets/Fittings: Blanco, Diva, Alta; Flooring: Porcelain Tiles, Paradox Grey; Lighting: Dainolite, 3 Coned Satin Chrome Pendants; Microwave: Thermador, Stainless Steel Built-In Convection; Range/Oven: Thermador, Pro Harmony Dual-Fuel Range with 6 Star Burners; Refrigerators: Thermador, Freedom 3 Door Bottom Freezer; Sinks: Kindred, Double Apron Sink; Tile: Polished Mixed Glass, Random Mixed Glass Linear; Ventilation: Thermador, Masterpiece Series, Stainless Steel Wall Hood; Wall/Ceiling: Porcelain Tiles, Paradox Grey, INAX Lascaux Black Tiles, Ceramic Atlante Rosso Siso; Special Features: Clear Polished Glass, Boomerang Shape; Thermador Wine Fridge, Freedom Wine Preservation | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Preview First

Category 3 Large Kitchen

Cheryl HamiltonGray, CKD

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Hamilton-Gray Design, Inc. Carlsbad, CA


Hacienda Home Standout structural and decorative elements such as arched entryways and openings, exposed ceiling beams, and wrought iron fixtures with authentic detailing, set the tone for this hacienda style kitchen. Warm yellow tones throughout make this a sunny and comfortable, yet expansive kitchen. This is no ordinary space with meticulous attention to detail in the wall nichos to house cabinets, a cozy sitting area with a fireplace, a custom carved cabinets, refrigerator panel, and doors, reclaimed terracotta pavers and custom painted backsplash tile, as well as skylights situated between reclaimed wood ceiling beams. Requirements of the clients were fulfilled in a large preparation area for her, convenient access to the breakfast prep space for him, as well as an overall user-friendly approach for the children. A custom marble topped furniture piece opposite the clean up sink acts as a convenient partner to the baking area.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Landco Custom, Framed Flush Inset, Rift-Cut White Oak, Carving on Shallow Drawer Heads; Countertops: Granite, Butcher Block, Marble, Calypso Gold, Maple, Statuary White; Dishwasher: Bosch; Faucets/Fittings: Maurice Herbeau, De Dion, Chimere; Flooring: Parfuille, Reclaimed French Terracotta; Disposal: Insinkerator; Lighting: Steven Handelman, Mimosa, Eclipse, Carmen, Casitas, Adair; Microwave: Dacor; Range/Oven: La Cornue Cornufe Refrigerators: Sub-Zero, Thermador; Sinks: Stone Forest, Copper; Tile: MA Tile, Custom, Legends Glazed Ceramic Field and Decor, Dore Royal Marble Trim, Time Worn Giallo Reale Marble Liner; Ventilation: Best, Custom Shroud; Warming Drawer: Dacor; Special Feature: Sub-Zero, Icemaker, Wine Refrigerator


Brandon Barré

Category 3 Large Kitchen

Contemporary Vintage

Jane Lockhart Jane Lockhart Interior Design Toronto, ON

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This fresh space breaches the divide between family-friendly and adult entertaining through classic contemporary and timeless touches. Custom-built maple cabinetry conveys precise and clean lines in shaker doors with a wide rail, and a simplistically styled crown molding. The centrally situated custom furniture style island, although substantial in size, is kept unobtrusive through the open front, and decorative legs. The single slab of “Super White” granite offers a stunning focal point through the artistic flair of nature. Back countertops were created from gray quartz as a coordinating and durable partner to the island top. The backsplash was constructed using white marble slabs in varying sizes to add texture and visual interest. An integrated china cabinet appears to be original to the home, while the functional hood floats above the range as a contemporary sculptural element. Large globe pendants suspended above the island contribute a touch of vintage to a classic kitchen in this 1910 Edwardian house.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Custom Cabinetry by Brice’s Fine Furniture; Countertops: Granite, Super White, CaesarStone, Stone Grey; Dishwasher: Miele, Diamante; Faucets/Fittings: Ginger’s Bath Kelly, Polished chrome; Flooring: Red Oak Planks, Stained to Match Existing; Lighting: Ginger’s Bath, Extra Large Hicks Pendant, Polished Nickel; Microwave: Panasonic Genius Inverter Stainless; Range/Oven: Wolf; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero, Existing; Sinks: Ginger’s Bath, Monza LD Pro; Tile: Backsplash, Cercan Tile, Blanco Hizhou; Ventilation: Vent-a-hood, Euroline Pro Series | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Alise O’Brien Photography

Category 3 Large Kitchen

James E. Howard, CKD, CBD

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Glen Alspaugh Co., LLP St. Louis, MO


French Country Classic Originating with the classic French palette of blue and butter cream, this grand yet comfortable appearing space is the outcome of immaculate and impressive attention to the finest detail in design and product selection. A ten-foot cabinet height helps to visually lower the expansive ceilings with their dramatic truss-style beams. Some of the notably sumptuous components such as the lavish chandelier, an antiqued copper and carved stone hood, and two massive islands are given balance and made palatably non-pretentious by the warmth of the black walnut island top, wood flooring, overall creamy hues, and particular aging effects and glazed finishes on the cabinetry. A substantial space deserves the ability to endure substantial entertaining. This space is well-equipped to serve, with the primary kitchen containing two sinks, dishwashers and trash compartments, in addition to a butler’s pantry that holds two additional refrigeration units, another sink, dishwasher, and another trash pull-out.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Premier Custom Built, Inc., Westminster Raised Panel, Mt Rainer Blue, Hale’s Navy Blue; Cooktop: Wolf; Countertops: Distressed Black Walnut, Giallo Napolean Polished Granite; Dishwasher: Asko; Disposal: ISE, Evolution Pro; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler, Vinnata Oil Rubbed Bronze; Flooring: Distressed Wide Plank Black Walnut; Microwave: Wolf, Drawer; Range/ Oven: Wolf; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Sinks: Native Trails, Kohler, Hammered Copper Farmhouse; Tile: Angelica Honed Travertine w/Imperial, Black Basket Weave Insert; Ventilation: Best; Warming Drawer: Wolf; Special Features: Stone Age Designs Hood, Marie Antoinette, Scagliola Limestone, Copper Finished Concave Stack NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011 |

Edmunds Studios

Category 4 Open Plan Kitchen

Honest Architecture

Terri Schmidt Dream Kitchens, Inc. Delafield, WI Co-Designer: Linda Eberle, CKD, CBD and Keven Schmidt Rendering by Waypoint™ Living Spaces

This project began with the brilliant beginnings of the honest architecture and style so inherent to the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. The empty-nester homeowners wanted a kitchen in-keeping with this prevailing theme, and one that would accommodate the entertaining they enjoyed. The designer incorporated mahogany cabinets with strong heavy horizontal lines, granite countertops coupled with mahogany tops on accent pieces, and bamboo cabinets on the perimeter island for contrast. Varying heights in surfaces continue a layered and horizontal visual appeal. Single ovens are side-by-side and elevated, as an L-shaped counterbalance to the L cooking island. A walk-in pantry with double sliding doors supports daily needs and smaller groups, as well as larger catered events. Multiple seating and dining options provide various social vignettes, and a wrap-around wet bar complete the scene as a guest-friendly space with a strong sense-of-self in its origin.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Corsi, Custom Door, Mahogany Multi-Step; Cooktop: Wolf Pods; Countertops: Granite, Silver Spark; Dishwasher: Asko; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler, Avatar; Flooring: Margaritelli, Wood, Iroko; Microwave: Sharp, Drawer, Stainless, Range/Oven: Wolf, Stainless Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Sinks: Kohler, Smart Divide, Deerfield; Tile: Oceanside Glass Tiles Muse, Prose; Ventilation: Wolf; Wall/Ceiling: Ledge Stone, Wood, Mahogany; Special Features: Sub-Zero, Wine | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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Category 4 Open Plan Kitchen

William Landeros, CKD bulthaup by Kitchen Distributors, Inc. Denver, CO

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Co-Designer: Jed MacKenzie, CKD


Sleek & Simple Palette A clean, sleek kitchen graces this penthouse residence. This was accomplished by anchoring the space with a gleaming dark wood floor and then building a palette of stainless steel, grey anodized aluminum, black oak, and warm Alder veneer wood. Horizontal lines create a sculptural effect and can be seen throughout in stainless steel handles, horizontal wood veneers, wine storage shelves, and the 9 cm.-thick edge of a prominent Alder countertop for casual dining. The seethrough visibility of the kitchen into the extended living space created the need for every detail in the kitchen elevation to be finished with a panel on top to conceal cabinetry below. A floating buffet and horizontal hood suspended above the cook top complete the look for this kitchen set high above a city.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: bulthaup, Grey Anodized Aluminum, Alder Veneer; Cooktop: Gaggenau; Countertops: Natural Quartzite; Dishwasher: Miele; Disposal: Kitchen Aid; Faucets/ Fittings: Dorn Bracht, Elio, Chrome; Flooring: Wenge, Ebony Wenge; Lighting: Dasal; Microwave: Sharp; Range/Oven: Gaggenau; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; Sinks: Franke; Ventilation: bulthaup; Water Delivery System, Instant Hot by Franke; Special Features: Soap Dispenser, Dorn Bracht, Chrome


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Chris Novak Berry brooksBerry Kitchens & Baths St. Loius, MO Co-Designer: Emily Castle

Category 4 Open Plan Kitchen

Alise O’Brien Photography

Log Cabin Living – In Style A circa 1820’s cabin with unspoiled river view to one side and lush woods on the other has received not only an update in period, but an upgrade in luxury and lifestyle. This once rough cabin now boasts a refined kitchen with elements such as fumed wide pine wood flooring paired with natural limestone flooring and walls, mahogany cabinetry with mesquite cabinet center panel accents, and Typhoon Green honed granite countertops. Hard-working storage solutions were incorporated in a walk-in pantry and two refrigerator freezers, double-sided extra deep peninsula cabinets with dish drawers below and a beverage center wall of shelves and cabinets above, to accommodate the country living and entertaining this is certain to occur in this rustically contemporary space. The updated kitchen offers a light-filled and spacious gathering point in this ridge-top cabin home.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Main-Rutt Hancrafted, Draper DBS, Rutt-Modern Craftsman Doorstyle, Stained Mahogany, Foursquare Door Style, Glazed Stain, Sapele, Mesquite Center Panels; Countertops: Granite, Typhoon Green Honed, Wood, Grothouse Lumber Co., Distressed Black Walnut; Dishwashers: Miele, Fisher Paykel; Disposal: Insinkerator; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler, Karbon, KWC, Eve; Flooring: Natural Limestone; Lighting: Ken McElvey, St. Louis; Microwave: Wolf; Range/Oven: LaCanche, Cluny Chocolate; Refrigerators: Sub-Zero, Miele; Sinks: Kohler, Stages, Franke, Stainless Steel Apron Front; Tile: Natural Limestone; Ventilation: Rangecraft Custom Copper; Special Features: Sub-Zero Icemaker, Wine Cooler | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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Ines Hanl The Sky is the Limit Design Victoria, BC Co-Designer: Kimberly Lewis Manning

Category 5 Powder Room

Works Photography

Industrial Innovation PRODUCTS: Cabinetry/Vanity: Custom, Reclaimed solid birch, Stainless steel and bambooin-resin panels, Stainless steel door frame; Countertops: Acribela, White resin; Faucets/Fittings: Techno; Flooring: Szolyd, Polished concrete; Lighting: Forecast, Ecoframe; Sinks: Stone Forest, Black granite bowl; Toilet: Neo-Metro, mini loo; Wall/Ceiling: Ralph Lauren, Finished exposed concrete, Cafe on the Boulevard; Special Features: Crescent Moon Forgery, Raw steel post made locally; Mirror, Custom, Full-height wall



Warm cedar and bamboo serve as the gentle counterparts to rough concrete and cool shining stainless steel in this highly contemporary powder room. Cabinets constructed from reclaimed birch said to be submerged in the Great Lakes for several hundred years provide an ageless quality to an industrial modernistic design. A windowless room appears to benefit from natural light emanating from an illuminated upper resin bamboo-front cabinet. A dimmable wall sconce casts a warm glow and partners the lit panel in resin and bamboo. Utilitarian effects include an exposed concrete wall and floor, as well as a raw steel support and cross bracing to the sink and countertop, which also act as towel bars. A 4” thick white resin vanity top holds a raw polished granite vessel sink, making compatible and deliberate companions out of a smooth refined surface and a rough one.

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John Mills Davies, CGBP Marrokal Design & Remodeling San Diego, CA

Category 5 Powder Room

Marrokal Design & Remodeling

Elegant Sensibility This sophisticated powder room is adjacent to a second floor wine bar and ocean view roof deck. Using the sustainable Ecowood for all cabinetry and wood panels, provided not only a green approach, but also offers visually complex contrasts in walnut and zebra wood. A custom wall-hung vanity is constructed from two thick slab walnut shelves cantilevered from the recessed zebra wood wall panel. A polished glass vessel sink with clean horizontal lines, sits atop the first vanity shelf and a contemporary wall-mounted faucet above it allows the water to drop down into the vessel. This begins a succession of step-down components on the vanity wall. The lower shelf offers storage for towels or other items and a walnut linen closet along with zebra wood display shelves is positioned opposite the sink and vanity. Natural light filtering in through a rectangular skylight completes this savvy space.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry/Vanity: Imperial Custom Cabinets, Alder, Chestnut satin finish; Countertops: CaesarStone, Honed Desert Limestone; Faucets/ Fittings: Porta Faucets, Kubrix; Flooring: Bamboo; Lighting: Justice Design Group, Custom design, Sinks: Flotera; Toilet: TOTO, Pacifica; Wall/Ceiling: Imperial Custom Cabinets, Zebra wood wall panel | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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Holly Rickert Ulrich, Inc. Ridgewood, NJ Co-Designer: Julia Kleyman

Category 5 Powder Room

Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer

A Natural Beauty PRODUCTS: Cabinetry/Vanity: Woodmode, Sturbridge, Inset, Bistro on Cherry; Countertops: Grothouse Lumber Co., Endgrain, Carbonized bamboo; Faucets/ Fittings: Jado, Monoblock; Flooring: Provenza; Lighting, Sonneman, Puri pendant; Sinks: Stone Forest, Black Granite; Tile: Provenza, Lignes, Karu; Toilet: TOTO, Nexus; Wall/Ceiling: Fischer Tile, White gold and Brazilian black slate; Windows: Existing; Special Features: Toilet Mirror, Galaxy Glass; Accessories, Ginger, K2; Sink Drain, Linkasink, large leaf with frog



This is a petite and impactful space. Withstanding the many daily uses of a family, as well as the duties of a powder room to visiting guests, this area provides a powerful yet calming presence. Natural slate walls and herringbone wood grain porcelain tile floors form the sturdy skeletal support for this striking beauty. An oversized 30” fabric chandelier suspended overhead and a substantial black granite vessel sink sits on the upper of two thick bamboo cantilevered counter surfaces. Two large antiqued mirror cherry cabinets provide storage and the mirrored alcove adds a layered dimensional quality. Through each of these strong components, there is unity in a graphically-appealing space. The vivid qualities belie the hard-working materials at its core. Substantial in functionality and visual impact, the designer has achieved an exceptionally well-rounded design.

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Victoria Shaw Binns Kitchen + Bath Design Pickering, ON

Category 6 Small Bathroom

Tim McClean Photography

Black & White Delight Beginning with a clean honest palette of white with black, and adding to it the friendly compatibility of squares and rectangles as a geometric-centric foundation – this bathroom is sumptuous in its simplicity. A traditional bathroom was wellintegrated into a traditional home. A curved drop in tub creates the feeling of more floor space, and the inclusion of glass paneled vanity and cabinetry doors as well as a glass shower enclosure all work together to create an open, less confined environment. A comfortable spa shower, zoned lighting areas for control and convenience, ample storage and a light bright bathroom are the benefits these homeowners enjoy. The challenges of a petite space and an angled ceiling appear non-existent in the outcome of this smartly accomplished remodel project.

PRODUCTS: Bathtub/Whirlpool: Maximizer, White acrylic; Cabinetry/Vanity: Tidal Canada, Heritage white, White lacquer; Countertops: Tidal Canada, Midnight black granite; Faucets/Fittings: Kohler, Bancroft, Chrome; Flooring: Olympia Tile, Black and Ciot, Basket weave, Black and white; Lighting: Low Voltage, Holagen, White trim; Shower Enclosure, MAXX, White; Sinks: Tidal, White; Toilet: TOTO, Carlyle, White; Wall/Ceiling: Olympia Tile, New Excel, White gloss | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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Ellie R. Baker, CKD, CAPS, CGP Soleil By Design, LLC Brier, WA

Category 6 Small Bathroom

Roger Turk - Northlight Photography

An Oasis with Attitude PRODUCTS: Cabinetry/Vanity: Vision Woodworks, Inc., Custom, Sapele Pommele wood veneer cabinets, Custom medicine cabinet (designed by Soleil By Design, LLC); Countertops: Pental Granite & Marble, Verde Karzai, Satin granite slab; Faucets/Fittings: Kraus, Millennium, Satin Nickel, and Grohe, Rainshower Rustic Series; Flooring: Pental Granite & Marble, Crema Marfil; Lighting: Access Lighting, Lynx; Sinks: Renaissance Glassworks; Tile: Shower Accent, Daltile, Cepac, Luminous Series, LUM-12 Abalone; Walls: Pental Granite & Marble, Crema Marfil; Floor, Oceanside Glasstile, Tessera, Double Wide, Harvest Iridescent; Toilet: Kohler, Persuade Curv Series; Wall/Ceiling: Benjamin Moore, Dried Parsley; Special Features: Shampoo Shelves, Kohler, Pilaster Series 42


Sapele Pommele African exotic wood cabinets, a Verde Karzi Satin granite countertop, the custom blown glass vessel sink and a two-person shower with a glass mosaic tile floor are only some of the indulgences selected to be part of this bathroom design. Warmth from below through a heated tumbled Cream Marfil Marble floor and natural light from above through a 3-paneled skylight offer luxurious pampering for the senses and soul. An artistic hand is apparent through the creative invention of a quirky and engaging medicine cabinet design, as well as the tiled wainscoting topped with a hand-glazed mosaic porcelain border, and two-piece Sapele Pommele wood chair rail. A sculptural looking faucet above a sink that is natural appearing in its imperfect shape contributes yet another artful accent as a focal point to the vanity wall.

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Scott Gjesdahl Bristol Design & Construction Lynnwood, WA Co-Designer: Sandra Gjesdahl

Category 6 Small Bathroom

Roger Turk - Northlight Photography

Back in Bali The homeowners fell in love with the outdoor showers they enjoyed during their travels to Bali. They incorporated as much of that feel as they could into this interior bathroom and shower. Outside the home, sits a 1/2 acre Asian-inspired garden. In striving to create a natural transition from the garden to the interior and particularly into the shower, stacked pebble accent tile, a black basalt shower floor and other natural stone materials were incorporated. Porcelain copper tile imitates a worn wall, while honed Maron Bois granite counter and shower shelf bring to mind smooth cool river rocks. An exotic Indonesian environment is brought home by the careful selection of organic materials. This consideration paired with touches of cultivation seen in the European style sconces and a freestanding furniture style vanity has produced a restful space that is simultaneously moody and stunningly tranquil.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry/Vanity: Bristol Design, Afromosia and Wenge Wood; Countertops: Maron Bois Granite, Honed; Faucets/Fittings: Hansgrohe, Axor Citterio; Flooring: Gris di Sinai, Honed Limestone; Lighting: Valli & Valli; Shower Enclosure: Distinctive Glass; Sinks: Duravit; Tile: Island Stone, Stacked Pebble; Toilet: TOTO, Nexus; Wall/Ceiling: Corten Tile, Copper | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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Lori W. Carroll Lori Carroll & Associates Tucson, AZ Co-Designer: Mary Roles

Category 7 Large Bathroom

Jon Mancuso

Unforgettable Natural Wonder PRODUCTS: Faucets/Fittings: Sonoma Forge, RampBridge Deck, Oil rubbed bronze; Flooring: Anasazi Stone, Inc., Autumn Blend (Random Cut); Lighting: Terzani, Bobino Pendants, Bronze; Sinks: Sonoma Cast Stone, Concrete Wave; Tile: Corrugated Tile, Antique Iron Corrugations Tile and Travertine Tile, Roman Walnut Blend; Toilet: Kohler, Cimarron, Comfort Height; Wall/Ceiling: Marrakech Marble



An intricately appropriate amount of detail is present in this discreet and elegant design. It is quiet and warm in color and ambience, but loaded with the light touches of an artful designer. Moroccan Marrakech marble slabs embedded with delicate fossils and polished to reveal the geological treasures within, are the natural wonder that offers a memorable focal point wall above the sink. Corrugation tiles in a finish called antique iron, give a roughly layered and dimensional quality to the wall that makes an attractive partner to the smooth yet visually textured marble. A floating Sonoma Cast Stone Wave Sink alludes to a silent shifting sand slope with the unassuming oil-rubbed bronze faucet allowing water to slide down from above. Wire spool Bobino pendant lighting drops down on either side of a suspended ripple framed mirror – both minimalistic in their contribution to the exotic and unforgettable space.

Tim McClean Photography

Category 7 Large Bathroom

A Luxury Spa for Two

Victoria Shaw Binns Kitchen + Bath Design Pickering, ON

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With the confinement of condominium restrictions, the designer set out to give the homeowners what they wanted – a light and luxurious, functional space for two. A stone wall above the vanity and along one long wall in the wet room not only served to unify the two connected spaces but also set the tone for an elegant space. Rough raw stone is the contrary and yet cohesive partner to the smoother floor and wash basin surfaces. A large walk-in shower replaced an unneeded whirlpool tub, a bidet was removed, and zoned lighting on separate dimmers was incorporated to offer the homeowners conservation and convenience. A grander double door entrance was created as the opening to the master bedroom. A sumptuous spa was a born out of the blending of indulgent textural contrasts and a gratifying level of creature comforts.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry/Vanity: SieMatic, Light oak laminate; Countertops: Dupont, Corian, Custom design; Faucets/Fittings: Hansgrohe, Axor Citterio, Brushed nickel; Flooring: Bone honed limestone tile, rectified, honed; Lighting: Low Voltage, Holagen, White trim; Shower Enclosure: Custom, Clear glass, Brushed nickel hardware; Sinks: Custom Corian trough (Designed by Victoria Shaw); Tile: Opus “E” Stone, Natural Stone; Toilet: Kohler, Escale, White; Special Features: Hand Sink, Custom Corian (Designed by Victoria Shaw) | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer

Category 7 Large Bathroom

Holly Rickert Ulrich, Inc. Ridgewood, NJ

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Co-Designer: Julia Kleyman


A Garden of Serenity This restful place provides a peaceful reprieve, and according to the client’s wishes, follows the Japanese tradition of family style bathing accomplished outdoors. The window was a natural choice for the graceful tub, which has an in-line heater and sits in loose river rocks within a drained fiberglass pan. A wood-textured porcelain tile floor follows the gentle curve of the tub to mirror a seemingly natural path of the rocks. A large walk-in shower and separate water closet were incorporated into a space that had been an extra guest closet in an adjacent room. The water tiles provide a rain shower rinse and the slide bar offers traditional showering. A curved wall defines the shower space and contains a drained planter and shampoo storage. With lush treetops seen outside a generous window and the thoughtful selection of materials and products, this family bathroom appears to be tucked away in the recesses of a quiet garden.

PRODUCTS: Bathtub/Whirlpool: Cabuchon, Pleasance Plus; Bidet: Toto, Washlet seat S300; Cabinetry/Vanity: Brookhaven, Vista, Bistro on Cherry; Countertops: Stone Surfaces, Black slate; Faucets: Rohl and Sigma, Sink, Rohl; Shower, Sigma; Lighting: Xenflex, LED, and Jesco, Track; WC Enclosure: Clifton Glass, Acid-etched; Sinks: Wetstyle; Tile: Provenza, Lignes Karu and Wall Tile, Ann Sacks, Metro, Pearl gray; Toilet: TOTO, Nexus; Wall/Ceiling: Kuiken Brothers Company, Inc., Clear cedar; Windows: Anderson, Tempered; Special Features: Cabinet Insert, 3 Form, Thatch; Stones, Bergen Brick, Mexican beach pebbles


Christina Bregou

Category 8 Master Bathroom

Contemporary Comfort

John A. Granato II, CKD Master Designs Syracuse, NY

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An updated space takes on a new shape in this renovation project. One of four second floor bedrooms is repurposed and transformed into a contemporary master bathroom haven. The opening from the bedroom was aligned with a new window situated over a deep generous soaking tub. The location of both, allow the homeowners a view of their picturesque landscape while still reclining in bed. A private yet non-isolated toilet compartment was desired, and this was achieved with the integration of a particularly-placed custom shower with a center column. A floating mirror provides a focal point and also serves as concealment for the double hung window. Elevated cabinetry evokes a lighter less rooted feeling, and is reinforced by the sleek shallow lavatory sink tables. Simple seamless lines created by the table edge and hardware-less cabinet fronts, as well as the broad floor tiles define this well-integrated portion of a master suite.

PRODUCTS: Bathtub/Whirlpool: Victoria Albert, Ios-White; Cabinetry/Vanity: Kraftmaid Cabinetry, Venicia, Capri, Bianco satin; Countertops: Custom Corian, Glacier White; Faucets/Fittings: Danze, Sirius Series, Chrome; Flooring, Maple Hardwood, and Tile, Happy Floors, Living Grey; Shower Enclosure: Custom, Glass with chrome hardware; Sinks: Alex Vitet Design; Tile: Shower and Accent Wall, Happy Floors, Satin Series, Gris; Toilet: Toto, Carolina, White; Wall/Ceiling: Benjamin Moore, Decorator White; Windows: Anderson, 400 series; Special Features: Bath Fans, Panasonic; Cabinet Legs, Hafele | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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Christine Salas, CKD, CBD Cocina Interior Design, LTD Calgary, AB

Category 8 Master Bathroom

Brian Charlton/OBEO

Soul-Soothing Tranquility PRODUCTS: Bathtub/Whirlpool: Victoria + Albert Baths, Amalfi; Cabinetry/Vanity: Custom, Shaker, Solid cherry; Countertops: CeasarStone, Nougat; Faucets/Fittings: Riobel; Flooring: Ames Tile & Stone, Format, Fog; Lighting: Alicio & Kendall, Satin Nickel; Shower Enclosure: Urban Glassworks, Custom, Kiln Cast, Gibraltar; Sinks: Kohler, Hansa Stela; Steam Shower: Steamist; Tile: Ames Tile &Stone, Julian, flow, black(steam shower), Glass Cristali Bamboo, Pearl grey, Porcelian, Desert Glow; Toilet: Toto, Aquia; Special Features: Fireplace, Regency, Stacked slate, multi brown; Floor Heating, NuHeat; Doors, Zen Shoji, Cherry wood with linen glass



This master bathroom is a cool grey collective blend of function, form and indulgence. From the dual-sided fireplace, steam shower, and free-standing tub to a heated floor and accents of the client’s personal art collection – it offers a highly personalized and pampered way to start or end the day. A shower made for two allows ease in the morning routine, as well as two sinks and mirrors separated by storage shelves for a convenient two-person vanity space. A glass mosaic tile backsplash, quartz countertop and custom cherry cabinetry with oversized stainless steel pulls are some of the elements that enhance this contemporary design. Heated porcelain floor tiles continue up an integrated half wall that surrounds an open concept steam shower. A bench offers a relaxing spot to soak up the steam and pebble stone shower flooring completes the space with sensory stimulation for your tired feet.

©2010 Robert Reck

Category 8 Master Bathroom

Ocean View Elegance

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A sparsely adorned and elegantly comfortable master bathroom was composed through components such as a floating vanity, a suspended self-illuminated mirror and a sloping tub that floats placidly under the ocean view window, and mimics the shape of the sink. Touches of rich dark chocolate wood against creamy walls and floor space create visually interesting outlines. This beautifully consolidated space offers the client two things non-present in the original bathroom – a soothing view of the ocean maximized and comfortable access from the bedroom. Abundant in function and form, this peaceful retreat relies on a precise and minimalistic approach. Sculptural shapes and dimensions define a wide open space and achieve a Zen-like contentment in energy and ambience.

Elizabeth A. Rosensteel

PRODUCTS: Bathtub/Whirlpool: LaCava, Suave, and LaCava wall mount faucet; Cabinetry/ Vanity: LaCava, Custom Wenge; Countertops: Custom, Wenge and glass; Faucets/Fittings: Shower Diverter and Hand Shower Lacava, Suave, and Shower Head, Hansgrohe, Clubmaster; Flooring: Jerusalem Stone; Lighting: Electric Mirror, Custom self illuminated; Shower Enclosure: Custom, Glass and stone; Sinks: LaCava, Suave; Tile: Jerusalem Stone; Toilet: Toto, Carlyle | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer

Category 9 Showroom

J. David Ulrich, CKD

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Ulrich, Inc. Ridgewood, NJ


Classic Elegance for Inspiration This front window display offers a timeless classic approach to bathroom design. As ingredients to a successful elegant master bath, this display features a mahogany furniture style vanity with crystal knobs, towel pull outs and marble top. Arched wanes panels and sconces, and statuary marble in the shower contribute luxurious detail, not to be forgotten by window shoppers or customers. Marble flooring in a grid pattern created with honey onyx helps to define the expansive display and unify the overall space. A splendid chandelier suspends from a lighted ceiling dome and draws attention to the grand arch over the sink and vanity and the complimenting arches over the tub and shower opening. An enviable showroom space received the lavish attention of a designer as if creating an in-home bathroom - successful in design and effective in marketing.

PRODUCTS: Bathtub/Whirlpool: Bain Ultra, Thalassa White; Cabinetry/Vanity: Draper DBS, Small Cyma Raised, Mahogany, light honey; Countertops: Stone Surfaces, Marble, White Vianca Statuary; Faucets/Fittings: Rohl, Perrin & Rowe, Polished Nickel; Flooring: Fisher Tile, Statuary Select and Gem Stone Onyx, honed; Lighting: Juno/Elite, Aristocrat (mini chandelier); Shower Enclosure: Clifton Glass; Sinks: Rohl, White Vitreous China; Tile: Adex, Neri White; Special Features: Plaster Dome, Felber Ornamental Plastering Corporation; Glass Knobs, Hardware Resources


Roy Timm Photography

Category 9 Showroom

Art Nouveau on Display

Artur Leyzerov Symphony Kitchens, Inc. Toronto, ON Co-Designer: Oleg Vasyliychuk

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The organic lines that move across this display create movement as your eye follows the inspiring motif. Clear glass was used in the pantry door to emphasize the outline of the curved detailing. A vivid and artistic hood offers an interesting focal point, which belies its functional purpose and presence. Decorative posts became pull-out spice racks on either side of the pot drawers. Every detail in this kitchen display was hand-carved and applied to draw interest in the showroom. This work of art was painted in a silvery grey tone with a sanded finish. This showpiece was created to offer consumers fresh new thinking in modern kitchen design and to inspire the open-ended concepts.

PRODUCTS: Cabinetry: Custom, Symphony Kitchens, Modern, Plywood and carved medium-density fiberboard, Painted sanded finish, Soft close plywood drawers with Blum under-mount slides; Countertops: Granite, Nerro Assoluto; Wall/Ceiling: Black paint | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


Averill Lehan/PAI

Category 9 Showroom

Areti Tanya Rentzos Andros Kitchen & Bath Designs Mississauga, ON

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Co-Designer: Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD


High-Impact Appeal Modern and ultra sleek was the objective. High gloss finishes in clean straight lines and European design influences helped to achieve this stunning outcome. The designers opted to continue the stainless steel from the hood along the lower part of the upper cabinets and then implement under-lighting, which casts a spotlight glow at various points on the vibrant purple backsplash wall and shimmering stainless surface. An induction cook top, Miele refrigerator and LED lighting were some of the ways the designers strove to convey conservation as a focus for potential design clients. An eating area was incorporated to offer a more casual option to formal dining and also to use for in-showroom client presentations. The high-fashion approach to this display shines through the vivid palette selected for its edgy appeal.

PRODUCTS: Cooktop: Miele, MasterChef Series; Dishwasher: Miele; Refrigerators: Miele; Ventilation: Miele, Stainless Steel; Cabinetry: Dolce Mano, Custom white finish, Flat Slab door, White high gloss, Black stain (10% sheen), Flat slab door, White Oak; Countertops: Stainless Steel, and Compac, Absolut Blanc; Faucets/Fittings: Franke, Mythos, Satin Nickel; Lighting: ET2, Starburst 37 Light Pendant, Satin nickel with Globe W Star Violet glass; Sinks: Blanco (island); Custom (main kitchen), Precision U Mini, Stainless steel; Special Features: Interior LED lighting, Hettich, Novara Sensor; Interior drawer system, InnoLine; Under-cabinet lighting, City


2011Kitchen & Bath Style Report NKBA research uncovers the 2011 trends. By Timothy Captain

More than 100 designers who are members of

that kitchen and bath styles will take this year.

the National Kitchen & Bath Association, and

Below are 10 kitchen trends and 4 bathroom

have designed kitchens or bathrooms during the

trends that are poised to take hold in 2011.

last three months of 2010, participated in an

These are overall trends across the United States

NKBA survey to reveal design trends in the mar-

and Canada; they won’t necessarily appear in

ketplace for 2011. The results of this survey sug-

all geographic areas.

gest there will be some changes in the direction

Note: All manufacturers featured are members of the NKBA.

KITCHENS K1. Shake It Up

Courtesy of O’Neil Cabinets

The Shaker style began a rise in popularity in 2009 and gained momentum in 2010. By the end of the year, Shaker has supplanted Contemporary as the second most popular style used by NKBA member designers. While Traditional remains the most popular style, having been used by 76% of designers surveyed over that last three months of 2010, that’s a slight drop from the previous year. Meanwhile, the percent of respondents who designed contemporary kitchens fell to 48%, while Shaker rose to 55%. Cottage was the only other style to garner at least 20% of the market, as it registered at 21%.

O’Neil Cabinets®: O’Neil Cabinets shaker style – O’Neil Cabinets custom-grade product lines feature various styles and finishes, check for more details.

K2. Maple Cabinetry

Courtesy of KraftMaid Cabinetry

As 2010 began, cherry was specified by more NKBA member designers for use in kitchen cabinetry that any other wood. NKBA research showed that 78% of designers used cherry in the past three months of 2009, compared to just 64% for maple. This year, however, those numbers are nearly reversed, as cherry has fallen to 71%, while maple has risen to 76%. The only other type of wood to be used by at least 20% of designers surveyed over the last three months of 2010 was Alder, which came in at 28%, but that represents a sharp decline from the previous year, when Alder was used by 39% of surveyed NKBA designers.

KraftMaid Cabinetry: The maple kitchen in KraftMaid’s Modern Farmhouse style features the new Garrison raised panel door style in two new painted finishes mushroom and sage. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


K3. Dark Finishes

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Dark natural finishes overtook medium natural, glazed, and white painted finishes to become the most specified type of finish toward the end of 2010. While medium natural fell from being used by 53% to 48% of designers, glazed from 53% to 42%, and white painted from 49% to 47%, dark natural finishes rose from 42% to 51%. Light natural and colored painted finishes remained fairly common, as each rose slightly from the previous year: 24% to 25% for light natural and 24% to 29% for colored paints. Distressed finishes dropped significantly from a year ago, when they were used by 16% of designers, to just 5%.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.: This kitchen features cabinets in Sonoma Maple, Midnight with Bristol Maple, Pebble. Wellborn’s extensive line of door styles includes stains and paints in dark finishes.

K4. A Place for Wine

Alan Bisson

While the incorporation of wine refrigerators seems to be on the decline (see Bonjour Réfrigérateur), unchilled wine storage is growing in popularity. While only 39% of surveyed designers incorporated wine storage areas into their kitchens at the end of 2009, just over half—51%—did so as 2010 came to a close. While other type of cabinetry options remain more common, most are on the decline, including tall pantries (89% to 84%), lazy Susans (90% to 78%), and pull-out racks (81% to 71%). Appliance garages also seem to be falling out of favor, as their use declined from 36% at the end of 2009 to 29% a year later.

Huntwood Cabinets: This elegant Huntwood kitchen features stacked wall cabinets, glass doors, rich raised panel doors, classic crown moldings, and a prominent island with built-in wine cubbies.

K5. Solid Surfaces

TC Studios

While granite and quartz will retain the number 1 and 2 spots in the countertop market in 2011, solid surfaces have emerged as the clear number 3. Both granite and quartz essentially held their dominance from a year earlier, as the percent of designers incorporating these countertop materials into their kitchen designs in the last three months of the 2010 changed very little from a year earlier—90% to 89% for granite, and 72% to 70% for quartz. However, while laminate dropped from 21% to 17%, solid surfaces rose from 14% to 25%. Rising out of a niche, butcher block increased from 7% to 12% and marble from 7% to 14%.

DuPont™ Surfaces: DuPont™ Corian® solid surface in Sorrel. Sorrel combines earth town swirls with subtle silver metallic flecks to create a fashionable and unique contemporary aesthetic.

K6. Goodbye, Color



Miro Dvorscak

Homeowners seemed to be afraid of color as 2010 drew to a close. The use of every color except beige and gray was either flat or down across the board from a year earlier. Even neutral browns have been deemed too bold by many clients. While brown tones were used by 50% of designers in the final quarter of 2009, that figure dropped to just 42% as 2011 approached. Meanwhile, whites and off-whites dropped only slightly, from 62% to 59%, while grays increased from 10% to 16% and beiges and bones rose from 46% to 55%. The only other colors to be used by at least 20% of designers were bronzes and terracottas, which remained flat at 24%.

Poggenpohl: Clean lines and open spaces define this Houston kitchen designed by Cheryl Carpenter featuring Poggenpohl Teak Décor Lava eco-friendly cabinetry, a textured dark grey laminate.

K7. Bonjour Réfrigérateur

Liebherr: Liebherr’s 2060 series is available in freestanding, fully-integrated, and stainless integrated designs, providing consumers the opportunity to customize based on their preferences.

The French door refrigerator has strengthened its position as the type specified most often by NKBA member designers. While freezer-top refrigerators were only specified by 8% of designers as 2010 drew to a close—down from 10% a year earlier, freezer-bottom models fell very slightly from 60% to 59% and side-by-side units actually rose slightly from 46% to 49%. Meanwhile, French door refrigerators jumped from 67% to 78%. Among smaller units, refrigerator or freezer drawers remained flat at 31%, while undercounter wine refrigerators fell sharply from 50% to 36%, an interesting change given the increasing use of unchilled wine storage.

K8. Inducting a New Cooktop Thermador -

Thermador: Thermador’s MasterpieceTM Series 36-inch Silver-Mirrored Induction Cooktop uses exclusive component technology that is as responsive as gas and as convenient as electric.

Induction cooktops haven’t overtaken gas and electric models, but they’re closing the gap. As we entered 2010, gas cooktops had been recently specified by 76% of NKBA designers, compared to 38% for electric and 26% for induction. However, while the incorporation of gas cooktops has fallen to 70%, electric cooktops has risen slightly to 41%, while induction cooktops are up to 34%. Meanwhile, single wall ovens are down from 46% to 42%, although double wall ovens are up from 68% to 74%. In addition, warming drawers are down from 49% to 42%, and ranges are down sharply from 81% to 68%.

K9. LED Lighting Kichler Lighting

Kichler Lighting: Design Pro LED Create light layering and use 75% less energy. See a range of options from over-cabinet, to under-cabinet, toe kick, tray ceilings, and more at

Incandescent lighting continues its journey to obsolescence. While 50% of NKBA member designers incorporated incandescent bulbs into their designs at the end of 2009, only 35% have done so a year later. Instead, designers are clearly opting for more energy-efficient lighting options. While the use of halogen lighting is down from 46% to 40% over the past year, LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has increased from 47% to 54%. Designers aren’t turning to CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) as a solution, though, most likely due to the poor quality of light they frequently produce; their use by designers remained flat at 35%.

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Rev-A-Shelf, LLC.: The 4WCBM Series features Rev-A-Shelf’s patent pending Rev-AMotion™ Soft-Open/Soft-Close slide system (left). The soft-closing 5349-9WM-C is ideal for the environmentally conscious (right).

A greater emphasis is being made to address trash considerations in the kitchen. Some 89% of kitchens designed by NKBA members in the final quarter of 2010 includes trash or recycling pull-outs. In addition, garbage disposals were incorporated by 86% of designers, up from 75% the previous year. Trash compactors have also become more common. Entering 2010, they were recently used in designs by 11% of designers, but a year later, that figure had climbed to 18%. These changes may be due to an increase in sustainability awareness, but they certainly indicate an increase in concern toward trash generated in the kitchen. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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BATHROOMS B1. Quartz Countertops

Quartz continues to take away market share from granite in the market for bathroom vanity tops. A year ago, 85% of NKBA bathroom designers incorporated granite into a recent design, compared to just 48% for quartz, but now, that gap has narrowed to 83% for granite and 54% for quartz. Unlike in the kitchen, solid surfaces haven’t gained much popularity in the bathroom, increasing only from 23% to 25% over the past year. Meanwhile, solid marble has declined from 46% to 37%, while cultured marble and onyx have increased from 12% to 19%. No other material has even 10% of the market.

DuPont™ Surfaces: DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surface in Bianco Carrara. Part of the OKITE® collection, Bianco Cararra features a white stone, with the beauty of gray veined movement.

No, we’re not referring to eco-friendly spaces—we literally mean green bathrooms. A year ago, green color palettes were used by only 14% of NKBA designers, but at the end of 2010, that figure had risen to 24%. Still, whites and off-whites, beiges, and browns are the three most commonly used color tones in bathrooms. However, while white and off-white palettes are up slightly from 57% to 60%, beiges are down sharply from 66% to 57%, while browns have dropped from 48% to 38%. Other common color tones include blues at 22%, grays at 21%, and bronzes and terracottas at 17%.

Delta Faucet Company

B2. Green Bathrooms

Delta® Faucet: Inspired by the delicate scallops of a seashell, Delta’s Addison® Bath Collection in chrome finish brings a fresh, inviting look to the bath.

B3. A Worthy Vessel

Courtesy of Kohler Co.

Undermount sinks continue to dominate newly remodeled bathrooms, with 97% of NKBA bathroom designers having specified them over the last three months of 2010, up from 95% a year earlier. However, vessel sinks have become the clear second choice among designers, as 51% of NKBA member designers have specified them in the final quarter of 2010, up from 39% a year ago. Integrated sink tops were also up from 34% to 38%, pedestal sinks were up from 21% to 29%, and drop-in sinks were up from 23% to 27%. This shows that bathroom designers have been specifying more lavoratory sinks across the board.

Kohler Co.: The Conical Bell Vessels® lavatory bring classic washbasin design into a new era of décor. Available in a palette of colors and designs, this vitreous china lavatory is engaging in its simplicity.

B4. Satin Nickel Faucets



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This trend relates to both bathrooms and kitchens. From the end of 2009 to the end of 2010, the percent of NKBA designers who specified a satin nickel faucet rose from 41% to 63% in the kitchen and from 45% to 57% in the bathroom, while the percent who specified a brushed nickel faucet fell from 61% to 48% in the kitchen and from 66% to 38% in the bathroom. Other popular faucet finishes in both the kitchen and bathroom are bronze and oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome, and polished nickel. However, while stainless steel is popular in the kitchen, specified recently by 44% of designers, that figure drops to just 16% in the bathroom.

Kohler Co.: Kohler’s Margaux™ line features solid brass construction, finishes that resist corrosion and tarnishing, and ceramic disk valves the all exceed industry standards of durability by over two times. Mark Ehlen/Ehlen Creative Communications

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Designed by NKBA Member Lynn David Monson, CKD, CBD

THE KBIS 2011 ExHIBITor CEU Program At KBIS, earn NKBA CEUs right on the show floor through free

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30-minute presentations at exhibitors’ booths. These sessions will take place at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm each day of the show. A listing of exhibitors participating in the KBIS CEU Program will be available at and in the KBIS Show Directory.


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Why attend Exhibitor CEU Program Seminars?


Receive 0.1 CEUs for every two seminars

Complimentary for all KBIS attendees

No pre-registration is required

Located in the NKBA Booth, complimentary Center Stage topics include:

Choose whichever seminars you like

• Social Media Marketing

Takeaway materials will be provided

• How to Get Published

To receive CEU Credit: •

Before each seminar...Check in at the exhibitor’s booth to verify attendance.

During each seminar...Attend the entire 30-minute session.

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An Industry Destination – April 26-28, 2011.

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Each year KBIS offers the best, brightest and biggest opportunities for networking, new product awareness, education and the professional rejuvenation needed to be exceptional at your craft. Whether your role in the kitchen and bath industry is as a dealer, designer, architect, remodeler, wholesaler, or custom builder, there is no other single destination that can provide as complete an opportunity for you to better yourself professionally and increase your business success, than the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Las Vegas is offering a vast array of affordable ways to stay, and the options for after Show Floor entertainment and dining are endless. Allow onPeak, the official KBIS housing partner, to assist you in selecting from one of many hotels that are convenient to the Las Vegas Convention Center and are offering discounted rates as part of the official KBIS room block.



You’ll find the line-up of speakers to be among the top authorities on their subject, and this is your source of information and knowledge as an attendee of KBIS. There’s no better place to gain this level of professional education. This, paired with the design trends and new product exposure that can be gained from time spent on the Show Floor, makes KBIS an unbeatable one-stop bargain. Pat Croce, renowned motivational speaker, author, and former President of the Philadelphia 76ers will kick-off the conference at the Opening Keynote on

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April 26, and from there the list goes on to include Dennis Snow, 20-year Disney veteran and Customer Service Guru; Scott Deming, Marketing and Branding expert; Karen Strauss, President of Masco Cabinetry, who will be provide the State of the Industry Address, Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS, CAASH, Universal Design Specialist, Brian Kraff, Senior VP of Service Professional Solutions, ServiceMagic, talking about Optimizing Your Business Online, and many more. Special events include: the much-an-

ticipated announcement of the winners of the 2011 NKBA Design Competition, revealed during the Design Competition Awards on Tuesday, April 26, and the International Connection featuring speaker, James Wall, JD, LLM, principal of J.H. Cohn Accountants and Consultants, offering his expertise on tax implications, export incentives and the U.S. tax structure.

designed, for the first time ever, a Virtual Conference Package, where you can watch live streaming video straight from the conference session. Go to to see how you can purchase individual sessions or a package that includes: Business & Leadership, Trends & Insight, and Sales & Marketing. You’ll be able to watch and learn, just as if you were there, and view archived sessions up to a year following.

We hope you’ll join us in Las Vegas and be part of the biggest industry event of the year, but we don’t want you to miss out if you’re unable to attend. That’s why we’ve

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Sarah Reep, CMKBD

Connect with the new consumer generation.

By Annette Gray

Sarah Reep, CMKBD, Director of Designer Relations and Education at Masco Cabinetry will be sharing her expertise as presenter of the KBIS 2011 Trends & Insight Conference Session. Reep is a nationally recognized leader in the kitchen and bath industry, an award-winning designer, and an experienced educator in the United States and abroad. She is a contributing columnist for Kitchen and Bath Design News, and her project design work and expert opinion have been published in a wide number of other trade and consumer publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, This Old House and Renovation Style. She often works with Home & Garden Television (HGTV) and is a regular consultant on ABC television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Reep’s experience and expertise includes trend forecasting, product design problemsolving, innovation processes and the development of CEU presentations.

NKBA: What is the overall scope of your role at Masco Cabinetry? SR: My new role allows me to take my past experiences and apply it by working with my peers in our industry. I look forward to bringing new ideas and opportunities to the industry and its designers. My KBIS presentation is one example of my new role’s contributions. I have been looking at our industry, our next consumer and have identified gaps and opportunities for ensuring we remain vital to the next consumer. I also look forward to bringing this conversation of our new consumer to our industry - so together we can be ready for the market changes that are and will occur.

NKBA: In assessing and tracking today’s consumer market, what are the primary generational segments that you’re looking at that are purchasing new kitchens and bathrooms?

SR: The three main consumer generations are Gen X - busy with family and needing the home spaces that accommodates their lifestyle and ensure that the time spent there is quality time. The next is the Baby-Boomer generation, who is looking at this home



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as their last one, and trying to ensure that the home will allow them to remain there as long as possible with an aging-in-place approach to the design of the rooms. And then Gen Y – this is the consumer that is 17 to 30 years of age and they are estimated at 184 million strong. Some are new parents and homeowners that are becoming more rooted and established.

NKBA: Do you feel the Kitchen & Bath Industry is meeting the expectations and requirements of Gen Y? SR: This is where I believe there is a gap. We need to gain a better understanding of how Gen Y shops and what they feel is relevant. Only then will we be able to attract and retain them as customers. There needs to be greater focus and purpose when it comes to hiring Gen Y, training them, and developing merchandising plans that will engage them as customers.

NKBA: Are you presently developing any CEU-earning courses that will address this gap? SR: I am working on this, and there are some programs in development that will in address lifestyle, lifestyle changes, design trends, consumers and showroom retail as it pertains to this generation. Applying her accumulated experience in trend forecasting, product design problem solving, innovation processes and education, Reep will provide in her KBIS presentation, a comprehensive look at the changing face of the consumer market and how to meet buyers’ needs. She will explain the “Gen Now” approach to buying, product selection, and how to accommodate them with multimedia based tools. You will come away from this session with Reep’s real world examples of how to connect with today’s consumer and implement a strategy that results in business growth and sales success. Sarah Reep, CMKBD will present the Trends & Insight Conference Session on Thursday, April 28 2011, 2:30 – 3:30 pm at KBIS 2011 in Las Vegas.

Knowledge Paths Every conference session, course, and many other events at KBIS fit into one of four KBIS knowledge paths, allowing you to quickly find the events vital to your business’s success.

Business & Leadership

Trends & Insight

Design & Inspiration

Sales & Marketing




John K. Morgan

Find technology for growing your business.

By Annette Gray

John K. Morgan, 2011 NKBA Vice President, Owner, Morgan Pinnacle LLC, learned early on, the importance of packaging and marketing his product. The respectable baseball card collection he holds today is the result of careful cultivation from a young age. He simply applied the sales and marketing savvy that seemed to come inherently to the youngest member of a group of neighborhood childhood friends. The collection that according to Morgan, contains pages of Reggies, Nolans, Goose Gossages, Willie Stargells among others, is the result of selective trading and packaging. I would suspect the charisma and energy that Morgan is known for, may have also contributed to the successful equation even back then.

NKBA: Was your aptitude for sales and marketing apparent early on in your life? JM: Absolutely, I think it is genetic. We would all get together in the neighborhood to trade baseball cards and I knew that the other boys would trade anything for Oriole Players so I would spend my time trying to collect average Orioles to trade with. I’d package a Mark Belanger and a Rich Dauer to trade for a Reggie Jackson or a Nolan Ryan. I was trading two or three Orioles at a time in exchange for the superstars of the day. It was all about packaging what they wanted in the right way. NKBA: You’ve been giving a well-received chapter presentation that overviews the latest technology and how it can specifically be applied to the kitchen and bath industry. Where does this aptitude for technology and knowledge in the latest applications come from? JM: My chapter presentation comes from my experiences in the field. My business is providing both technology and cabinetry to industry professionals and it gives me a unique view of how technology marries to our industry at the consumer interaction level. The success of the presentation has been in the sharing of ideas. I am able to share with the professionals in the room how other kitchen and bath professionals are using technology. I am able to bring ideas from across North America directly to the members of any local chapter. It is successful because we are learning from each other. NKBA: When was your first exposure to the NKBA? JM: My father was a member of the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers (AIKD) in the 70’s, and I can remember tagging along with him to functions. I recall going to kitchen shows in the 70s, and visiting my father on the show floor on the last day because that was the only day kids were permitted. I can honestly say that AIKD/NKBA have been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. NKBA: How did leadership become part of your NKBA involvement? JM: I have been fortunate to have served in many

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different roles. From councils, to committees, to the Board, to the EXCO to Ad Hocs to Task Forces. I’ve led, I’ve followed, and whenever I have tried to get out of the way there have always been leaders that grabbed hold of me and made sure that I did more. I am very fortunate. If I was asked to share advice with anyone thinking about getting involved, it would be this - just go out, work hard, and do your best every time for the association. If you do that for the association, you’ll be amazed at what the association will do for you.

NKBA: What do you believe is the greatest strength of the NKBA as an organization? JM: The NKBA’s strength comes from the diversity of its membership. We are not an organization of just manufacturers, or distributors, or designers, or dealers. We are many varied segments all pulling together to better each other and the industry. I like to equate it to a basketball team. If you build a basketball team entirely out of 6’ 10” Centers, you are going to lose. If you create a team of only Point Guards, you will lose. The team needs a Point Guard, Center, and Power Forward, all working together toward a mutual success. The NKBA wins and will continue winning for all of us because we are a diverse team all working towards a common goal. NKBA: What transitions or changes do you foresee for the NKBA as we continue to ride out an economically challenging time? JM: I challenge the question. I do not think we can look to just ride out the economically challenging times in our businesses nor as an association. We need to grab hold of this historic opportunity to build something new and even better than it was before. If we look to rebuild the past we will fail, we need to build for the future, and change is a huge part of that. We must be willing as professionals to change our businesses to meet the expectations of today’s consumer whether it’s products, communication or process. As an association, we need to be willing to put ourselves in the forefront, adapting to the changing needs of the members. We must be ahead of the curve; none of us can afford to be behind it today.

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Listening to the Experts

KBIS Conference Sessions and Education Courses. In addition to the two conference speakers highlighted on the last two pages, the NKBA has compiled an impressive group of expert presenters to offer you the most complete and convenient set of educational opportunities at KBIS 2011. Opening Keynote “Achieve the Impossible” Pat Croce Pat Croce is a renowned motivational speaker, NBC commentator, host of a nationally syndicated daily show, and author of the New York Times bestseller, I Feel Great and You Will too!, but is probably best known for his dramatic success as former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers. He is coming to share his “Pat Croce Pointers” on everything from the art of listening to the power of a positive attitude. With equal doses of enthusiasm, energy and humor, attendees will receive the benefit of his extraordinary journey from the training room to the board room.

State of the Industry Address Karen Strauss, President, Masco Cabinetry Group NKBA CEO Don Sciolaro will begin this session with a State of the Association report, and followed by Masco Retail Cabinet Group President, Karen Strauss, who will be discussing the State of the Industry, including how the economy is influencing business decisions, and how to take the challenges and make them an opportunity for change.

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Industry Segment Connection “Leading a Culture of Service Excellence” - Dennis Snow Sponsored by Waypoint™ Living Spaces An all-segments presentation based on the leadership principles learned, lived, and taught during his 20 years with Walt Disney World Dennis Snow will offer proven methods on how to incorporate service excellence into the culture of any business or organization. You will learn the skills to lead through effective communication, hiring, training, and carrying out a non-negotiable policy for accountability. Designer, decorative plumbing and hardware professional, dealer, fabricator, builder or remodeler – all can benefit and apply Snow’s expertise in the highest level of customer service success.

Sales & Marketing Session “Emotional Brand Building for Sustainable Success” - Scott Deming Scott Deming will address the question, “What comes first, marketing or service?” Drawing on almost 30 years of real corporate successes, failures, and celebrations, along with the satisfaction of owning and operating a multi-million dollar national advertising and marketing firm, Deming offers a expertise on successful branding for every business. Described as a speaker with both sizzle and substance, Deming will convey what real branding and emotional brand building is all about and how to apply it immediately.

Education – Business & Leadership “Optimizing Your Business Online” - Brian Draff Presented by ServiceMagic As consumers research qualified kitchen and bath professionals on the Internet, they often make choices based on the website, rather than the professional. Brian Kraff, Senior Vice President of Service Professional Solutions at ServiceMagic, will explain how to develop a professional website, avoid pitfalls, and ensure that local consumers find you online.

Education – Design & Inspiration Universal Design Today - Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS, CAASH Sponsored by BLUM Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame member Mary Jo Peterson, an author, speaker, and educator nationally recognized for her expertise, will offer a fresh look at universal design, which is becoming an integral part of any good design. Discover emerging products and technology trends and learn how to best apply these principles to develop your business in this expanding market.

EDUCATION – SALES & MARKETING Better Business Strategies - Ken Jones, MBA Ken Jones, Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston, will incorporate 25 years of experience forming, building, and selling businesses into a strategy-filled two-hour workshop. Learn to shorten your sales cycle, increase marketing effectiveness, reduce the costs associated in landing new business, and put your business back on track.

EDUCATION – TRENDS & INSIGHT International Kitchen and Bath Trends Jennifer Foresman Presented by The Home Depot As Senior Manager of Trend and Design at The Home Depot, Jennifer Foresman scouts the latest trends in the design world and translates them into marketable product concepts. She’ll reveal the latest trends originating in Europe and Asia that influence the North American market, and will show you how to spot upcoming styles, colors, and products.

Viva Las Vegas!

So much to offer outside the show floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center – the site of KBIS 2011.

Come to KBIS 2011, and be one of the 37.5 million people that visit Las Vegas each year. As the saying goes, “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Vegas” – but you won’t want it to, you’ll want to share your experiences with everyone you know. There’s much to see and do, in addition to your time spent in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Soar to the top of the nearby Grand Canyon’s West Rim in a luxury jet helicopter or go river rafting down the white water rapids of the Colorado River through the steep cliffs of the Grand Canyon. Take a helicopter tour of the city lights and the glittering Las Vegas Strip, and you’ll see among other things, Vegas Vic — the well-known neon cowboy that has been welcoming guests to Fremont Street since 1951, and is the world’s largest mechanical neon sign. Lake Mead, a national recreational area created by the construction of the Hoover Dam and the damming of the Colorado River, boasts fishing, camping, waterskiing, swimming and boating. In addition to the sporting appeal, design profession-

als and enthusiasts may find interest in the Hoover Dam – the immense structure that forms a border between Nevada and Arizona by straddling the Colorado River. This massive and engineering marvel, relative to its time of construction, contains Art Deco detail incorporated into portions of the Dam. Built in the 1930’s, the dam’s four towers, spillways and power plant are graced with elegant Art Deco designs. The Nevada side plaza features two Modernist-style bronze sculptures call the Winged Figures of the Republic and a polished terrazzo floor. Free attractions in the Las Vegas area include a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium located in the Silverton Hotel, and the CBS Television City Research Center at the MGM Grand, where attendees can watch screenings and weigh-in on the latest television offerings from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom networks. If your interest lies in nature and wildlife, enjoy the Conservatory at Bellagio, the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo, or the Lion Habitat at MGM Grand. For a stop-off after dinner, see the Volcano at the Mirage or Caesar’s Palace fountain show. Chocolate-lovers, you’ll want to include time in your schedule for a tour of Ethel M Chocolate Factory or

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M&M’s World – these are both complimentary admittance as well. The dining that you would expect to find in Las Vegas, home to 17 of the 20 largest hotels in the U.S., is present and amazing in selection and quality. The hotels also offer extensive options for nightlife that may be just the reprieve you need after a tiring day on the show floor. Whether your preference is dancing in one of the numerous nightclubs or seeing a show while you’re in town – the choices are endless. Just a few of the top shows and acts to see are: David Copperfield, Criss Angel, Penn & Teller, Blue Man Group, Jersey Boys, Mystere, Cirque du Soleil, Zumanity, Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, and Disney’s Lion King. Well beyond the scope of the casinos and activities to be enjoyed there, Las Vegas boasts a vast array of activities, sports and sights-to-see. The line-up of entertainment options is limitless. KBIS 2011 is just the opportunity to head to the desert, and visit the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon, relax poolside at one of the many luxurious hotel pools, and see one of the amazing shows. For more information on attractions, entertainments and dining around Las Vegas, go to | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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2011 NKBA Executive Committee The incoming national leadership.





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President David Alderman, CMKBD

Secretary Carolyn F. Cheetham, CMKBD

Dave’s Cabinet, Inc. – Chesapeake, VA David Alderman, CMKBD started Dave’s Cabinet Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1980. Today, he and his partner fabricate granite countertops and manufacture face frame and frameless cabinets, closet systems, and millwork. An NKBA member since 1984, Alderman served the Virginia State Chapter as President, Chapter Representative, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Professional Development, and Treasurer. He has also served nationally on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Chapter Leadership and Development Committee, Membership Committee, and Governance Review Task Force. He has received the Certified Kitchen Designer National Merit Award three times.

Design Works by Cheetham – Red Deer, AB, Canada Carolyn Cheetham, CMKBD became a Certified Kitchen Designer in 1995, a Certified Bathroom Designer in 1996, and a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer in 2006. Through her business, Design Works by Cheetham, she uses her skills as an architectural technologist and CMKBD to design complete house plans and renovation projects. Her experience as an NKBA volunteer leader began in 1993 as a chapter officer. Since then, Cheetham has served as a national leader on the Advisory Council of Designers, Board of Chapter Representatives, Board of Directors, Canadian Ad Hoc Membership Parity Committee, International Task Force, and Sustainability Task Force, as well as a judge for two NKBA Design Competitions.

President- Elect Alan W. Zielinski, CKD

Treasurer John A. Petrie, CMKBD

Better Kitchens, Inc. – Niles, IL Selected as one of the industry’s Top Leaders by Interior Design Magazine, Alan Zielinski, CKD is the president and CEO of Better Kitchens, Inc., a 50-year-old design firm located outside Chicago. With 25 years of kitchen and bath experience, Zielinski is a talented and creative designer with great technical knowledge. Very active within the NKBA, he has served as a chapter president and as a member of the Board of Directors. Zielinski has been a judge for both the NARI Contractor of the Year Award and the NKBA Design Visions Award. He presents the “Edmund L. Zielinski, CKD Memorial Award” each year for excellence in design to the top kitchen and bath designer.

Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry – Mechanicsburg, PA John A. Petrie, CMKBD has been working in the kitchen and bath industry since 1987, designing custom kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, wine cellars, and home theaters. His early education was in architectural design, but his defining specialty and advanced training have been in kitchens and baths. Petrie is the owner of MH Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and has served the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the NKBA as Treasurer, Vice President of Communications, and President. Petrie has also served the NKBA as a member of the Certification Task Force, Nominating Committee, and Board of Directors, as well as a judge for the 2010 NKBA Design Competition.

Vice President John K. Morgan

Immediate Past President Mark L. Karas, CMKBD

Morgan Pinnacle, LLC. – Glyndon, MD John Morgan is a 20-year kitchen and bath veteran. A manufacturer’s representative, consultant, trainer, and speaker, he has served on advisory councils of industry manufacturers, as well as Virginia Tech. He authored the popular “Rep’s View” column in Kitchen & Bath Design News for nearly a decade, and currently represents nationallyknown cabinet and technology companies through his Baltimore/ Washington-based agency, Morgan Pinnacle. For the NKBA, he has chaired the Certification Task Force, Council of Manufacturers’ Representatives, Nominating Committee, and Development Task Force. He also served on the Ad Hoc CAD Design Committee, Ad Hoc Governance Committee, and Board of Directors.

Adams Kitchens, Inc. – Stoneham, MA With over 30 years of industry experience, Mark L. Karas, CMKBD, is the General Manager of Adams Kitchens, Inc. in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Active in the NKBA for more than 20 years, Karas has served as President, Vice President of Communications, and Vice President of Programs for the Northern New England chapter. Nationally, he has served on the Board of Governors of Dealers and the Ad Hoc CAD Design Committee, as well as chair of the Certification Subcommittee, Professional Development Committee, Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee, and Certification Task Force. Mark is also a member of the NKBA Ambassadors’ Club and teaches at the Boston Architectural College, an NKBA-accredited school.




V-A-H Marketing – Buena Park, CA A Vent-A-Hood of California Company


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Thermador – Scottsdale, AZ


Signature Kitchens by Design – Carrollton, TX


Allied Kitchen & Bath – Wilton Manors, FL

KEVIN J. FINNEGAN, CKD, CAPS Quartz Concepts – Tucson, AZ


Harte Associates – Winston, GA

ALAN HILSABECK, JR., CMKBD Hilsabeck Design Associates, Inc. Flower Mound, TX


Sears Holdings - The Great Indoors Hoffman Estates, IL


Timeless Kitchen Design – Redmond, WA


Lyon Construction + Design, LLC. Mission Hills, KS


K&S Enterprises – Laguna Niguel, CA


the numerous member benefits, you’ve become accustomed to, please contact the NKBA Customer Service Department at 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522) or e-mail and include these words in the subject line - “I want to renew my membership”.

With the start of 2011, comes the close of the membership renewal period. Although dues were to have been received by the NKBA as of January 1, 2011, you can still renew your membership, and there’s not a moment to waste. If your membership becomes inactive, you are no longer entitled to access the member section of and are no longer eligible for member discounts on products and services or member rates on KBIS registration for attendees or exhibitors. You will also be required to suspend use of the NKBA logo, so don’t hesitate, be certain to renew today. If you would like to reactivate your membership and continue taking advantage of

The NKBA recognizes NKBA members who have contributed to the growth of the membership by recruiting new professionals into the association. In appreciation of their hard work, we honor these individuals as inductees into the NKBA Ambassadors Club. The new inductees receive a plaque, name tag, and portfolio as a thank you for their participation. By helping to expand the membership and your own professional network, you will also receive the recognition. Why not expand your network? You will gain industry recognition and prestige. Some of the other benefits are being featured in NKBA Magazine, impress potential clients, complimentary VIP package for KBIS. One of the special awards you can strive for is the Diplomat Award. This award is presented to three individuals who recruit the highest number of new member companies during 2011. The more new member companies you recruit the better chance you have to receive this award: • Diplomat Award certificate • $200 American Express Gift Card • Recognition on • Additional exposure in NKBA Magazine and NKBA News For further information or to request an NKBA Ambassadors Club recruitment kit, with membership applications, call the NKBA membership department at 1-800-THE-NKBA (8436522), or contact

Absolute Woodworks, LTD – Lancaster, VA

DEBRA H. ROBINSON, CMKBD Kitchen Expressions – Sheffield, AL


C. Spar Designs, Inc. – Addison, IL

MARIA STAPPERFENNE, CKD, CBD Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths Whitehouse Station, NJ


F.W. Webb Company – Gardner, MA


2010 LOCAL CHAPTER AWARDS Each year the NKBA recognizes members who support their chapter and contribute towards the growth of the chapter by hosting a meeting, encouraging professionals to attend meetings, securing a marketing partner or help in other ways to make their chapter more successful. The NKBA’s strength is in its membership, and this award was created to honor the volunteerism displayed by so many active members. The award-recipients will be presented with a certificate of appreciation, and a crystal award during a designated chapter meeting. The NKBA would like to congratulate the following recipients supporting their local chapters. Aloha Rick Presser

Nebraska/Kansas Phyllis Markussen, CKE, CBE

San Diego Donna Tran, AKBD

Chicago Mid West Rick Banter, CKD

Northern New Jersey Victor Libman

South Florida Patricia Myer, CKD

BilL Wyman

Maine Shad Hall

Ohio Valley Tara Lee Briley

West Michigan Stephanie Witt, CMKBD


Michigan State William McKay, CKD

Puget Sound Paul Valley

Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Diane Erdman, CBD

Mid Atlantic Carol Fitzgerald, CKD

Rocky Mountain Jane Horton

Du-Craft – Wall, NJ

Michael Werner

Globe Union Group, Inc. – Woodridge, IL Creative Countertops, Inc. – Poulsbo, WA Lilley Yee Interiors – San Mateo, CA | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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FTC Warns Against Misleading “Green” Claims in Advertising Updates in Green Guide.

By Edward S. Nagorsky, Esq., NKBA General Counsel & Director of Legislative Affairs

Increasingly, the public is becoming more environmentally conscious, and demanding that the products and services they buy be environmentally sound. Manufacturers, designers and kitchen and bath showrooms, in their quest to satisfy public demand, have found it necessary to market their products and/or services as being environmentally friendly or “green”. But what exactly does “green” mean? According to a recent report by TerraChoice, an environmental marketing and consulting firm, while the number of “green” products on the market has skyrocketed 73% in the last two years, more than 95% of consumer products failed by committing at least one of the “seven sins of greenwashing” (i.e. the deceptive use of green PR or green marketing in order to promote a misleading perception that a company’s policies or products are environmentally friendly). In October, 2010, in response to the increased use of “green” marketing, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted on its website sweeping changes to its regulations governing such claims. The FTC first issued its Environmental Guides, informally known as the “Green Guides,” in 1992, and revised them most recently in 1998. The updated Guides are intended to help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims. When final, the FTC regulations will establish significant new rules for companies that advertise the environmental attributes of their products, services, or business practices. The changes to the “Green Guides” include new guidance on a marketers’ use of product certifications and seals of approval, “renewable energy” claims, “renewable materials” claims, and “carbon offset” claims. This will apply to all forms of marketing for products and services: advertisements, labels, package inserts, promotional materials, words, symbols, logos, product brand names, and market-



ing through digital or electronic media, such as the Internet or email. “In recent years, businesses have increasingly used ‘green’ marketing to capture consumers’ attention and move Americans toward a more environmentally friendly future. But what companies think green claims mean and what consumers really understand are sometimes two different things,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “The proposed updates to the Green Guides will help businesses better align their product claims with consumer expectations.” For example, the revised Guidelines caution marketers not to make blanket, general claims that a product is “environmentally friendly” or “eco-friendly” because the FTC’s consumer perception study confirms that such claims are likely to suggest that the product has specific and far-reaching environmental benefits. In a very strongly worded caution, the FTC noted that very few products, if any, have all the attributes consumers seem to perceive from such claims, making these claims nearly impossible to substantiate. The proposed Guides warn marketers not to use unqualified certifications or

seals of approval if they do not specify the basis for the designation. Unqualified product certifications and seals of approval (i.e., those that do not state the basis for the certification) likely present a general environmental benefit claim, and marketers should clearly and prominently limit claims to specific environmental benefits that can be substantiated. Third party certifications do not eliminate a marketer’s obligations to have substantiation for all claims made. The proposed revised Guides further caution marketers about how consumers are likely to understand certain environmental claims, including that a product is degradable, compostable, or “free of” a particular substance. For example, if a marketer claims that a product that is thrown in the trash is “degradable,” it should decompose in a “reasonably short period of time” – no more than one year. The proposed Green Guides also offer specific guidance for companies claiming that products are “made with renewable materials.” Such claims should be substantiated with information regarding: (1) what the material is, (2) how it sources the material, and (3) why the

2011 NKBA Region Restructure material is renewable. The FTC further indicates that renewable material claims should be qualified if the product is not made entirely of renewable material, excluding minor, incidental components. It should be noted that either because the FTC lacks a sufficient basis to provide meaningful guidance or because the FTC wants to avoid proposing guidance that duplicates rules or guidance of other agencies, the proposed Guides do not address use of the terms “sustainable,” “natural,” or “organic.” Although the Green Guides do not have the force of law because they are only administrative interpretations of the law, if a marketer makes claims that are inconsistent with the Green Guides, the FTC can take action for unfair or deceptive practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act, the consumer protection law that the FTC enforces. Already we have seen increased interest in bringing suits for deceptive “green” advertising, and once the Guidelines are final (sometime in 2011), they may be used as grounds for consumer class action and state attorney general suits under state deceptive trade practice laws, as well as lawsuits brought by competitors under the federal Lanham Act. The FTC has publishes a two-page Green Guide’s Summary of Proposal1 and website2 which contain links to additional information, as well as the text of the 229-page proposed revision3. Companies currently making any environmental marketing claims to consumers, whether through traditional advertising, web sites, or social media, need to be aware of the existing and newly-proposed guidance to avoid a violation of the law. guidesproposal.pdf 2 3 101006greenguidesfrn.pdf 1

NKBA members in different geographical areas experience different markets and needs. Recognizing that, the NKBA increased its number of regions from 8 to 10. Through this expansion of regions, chapters will experience a greater voice in the NKBA, nationally.

1. American Northeast Maine Manhattan Metro New York New York Tri State Northern New England Northern New Jersey Southern New England Westchester

2. Greater Northeast Central New York Mid Atlantic Ontario/Canada Pocono/Northeast Susquehanna Valley Western New York

3 . Mid Atlantic Central Baltimore/Washington Central Ohio Kentuckiana Ohio State Ohio Valley Pittsburgh Tri State Southern Ohio/Kentucky Virginia State

4. Upper Southeast Carolina Eastern Carolinas

Georgia GA/SC Coastal Piedmont Blue Ridge Carolina Tennessee East Tennessee Middle/West

5. Lower Southeast Alabama Central Florida Emerald Coast Florida Treasure Coast North Florida South Florida Chicago Mid West Indiana State Iowa Michigan Stata Minnesota State Missouri/Southern Illinois Northern Michigan West Michigan Wisconsin/Upper Michigan LA/MS/AR Nebraska/Kansas Oklahoma Texas Gulf Coast Texas Hill Country

8. Mountain Arizona Arizona South Mountain States New Mexico Rocky Mountain Sierra/Nevada Southwest Desert

9. Northwest

6. Midwest

7. South Central

Texas North Plains Texas South Plains Subchapter

Alaska Big Sky British Columbia Columbia River Olympic-West Sound Palouse Subchapter Prairie Provinces Puget Sound

10. Southwest Aloha California Capital Central Coast & Valleys Northern California San Diego San Joaquin Valley Southern California

Why Attend Chapter Meetings? There are a number of strong reasons for making sure your Chapter Meeting attendance is consistent. One benefit is the Professional Development presentations that bring the latest in industry-wide knowledge and updates, right to your local venue. Another aspect of staying ahead in business is the relationships you build and professional network you establish. Chapter Meetings are a unique way to connect specifically with those in your industry that are also in your area of the country. This allows you to communicate and exchange ideas and business leads with others who are conducting business in the same market. This network can result in new clients, new projects and benefitting collaborations. In addition, the personal relationships which stem from initially professional ones offer an invaluable support network that may be assistive down the road, in ways you would not anticipate. As you grow in your participation, you may also consider a volunteer leadership position. Regional leadership carries on the leadership training and development that begins within the chapter. The development and skills that would contribute toward you becoming an effective NKBA leader will carry over into your professional pursuits and ultimate success. If you’d like to find out more about what’s going on in your chapter or who to contact to find out, go to and look under Chapter Meetings, and your chapter webpage. Take this opportunity and the start of a new year, to become part of your local NKBA network. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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NKBA to Support New Standards for Learning Setting the bar for excellence in education.

By Laura Domanico, NKBA Director of Education

The NKBA is proud to announce that its certifications AKBD, CBD, CKD, and CMKBD have achieved LERN Gold Standard. NKBA Education continues to work toward maintaining the highest possible level of excellence in industry education and is proud to announce this level of measurement. We are also working towards a more accurate measurement of the educational environment. In the new economy and environment, businesses, employers, and employees are all moving to embrace outcome based measurements for productivity. This also means that professional education for the workplace needs to replace time or attendance based measurements with new outcome based standards. That’s why the NKBA is working with the Learning Resources Network (LERN); the largest continuing education association in the world, to transition to new standards for NKBA education programs. These new standards will not only measure outcomes but will also help to enhance the reputation and image of certificates and certifications to the benefit of businesses and employees alike. Certificate and certification programs are a major delivery format for workplace improvement. These programs are supported by employers, who want an objective third party to document the knowledge skills of current and future employees. Certificates and certifications are popular among employees, as a specific way to both gain knowledge and have that knowledge documented for employers. Over the next several years, the NKBA education programs will transition from seat time standards to a new higher stan-



NKBA EDUCATION Taking Professional Development to a new level.

dard for learning based on learning outcomes. The International Learning Unit, or ILU, measures knowledge skills rather than just attendance. It demonstrates the participants’ learning and employees can be proud to earn ILUs. Employers will receive evidence that their employees have achieved a given knowledge skill level. The NKBA will also be working to gain recognition for meeting new certificate and certification standards, giving its members and consumers even greater assurance of the educational quality of the NKBA education programs. The new standards were created by educators and association professionals from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and have been approved by more than 1,000 continuing education organizations belonging to the Learning Resources Network (LERN) continuing education association. LERN cites themselves as the largest continuing education association in the world. The LERN Standards for Certificates and Certifications is a standard of excellence in education and the measurement of learning and knowledge. According to the organization,

they are intended to give LERN member organizations and other providers of certificate and certification programs a standard of excellence by which they can develop, promote, gain recognition and defend quality. NKBA Certifications have met the four LERN Gold Standards criteria points below:

1. Categorize the Certificate and Certification based on objectives and intention for the intensiveness of the program. 2. Work toward converting course study from a time measurement to an outcome measurement. 3. Benchmark the knowledge skills in the certification comparing assessment scores by analyzing scores within the defined audience for the certification. 4. Create a curriculum by levels of difficulty to allow Approving Agencies, employers, participants, and other organizations to understand and judge the level of difficulty and types of knowledge skills gained from the certification.

Chapters Encourage Hosting Interns Connecting with NKBA Students.

By Sherylin Doyle, AKBD, NKBA Manager of Academic Relations

Do You Have What it Takes to be an AKBD? Do you know the correct size for a toilet drain and the minimum recommended cfm for a hood over a standard range? Do you have at least two years of kitchen and bath experience and at least 30 hours of NKBA education or equivalent college coursework? If so, then show off your knowledge, experience, and education to customers and other industry professionals by earning the AKBD certification.

During these challenging economic times, it requires the efforts of many at the NKBA Headquarters, local NKBA Chapter Officers, educators, college and university career placement personnel, and NKBA firms to help students meet the NKBA’s 160 hour internship requirement for graduation from an NKBA-accredited program. The AKBD exam will be conveniently offered six times at KBIS 2011, at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm each day of the show— April 26, 27, and 28. Special pricing is available at just $190 for NKBA members who take the exam at KBIS 2011—this is a $169 savings, as the exam is priced at $359 for members during the rest of the year. Register at by February 22 to lock in this low rate.

Online CEU Submissions As a more effective method of processing your CEUs, the NKBA has launched an online system for each certified member to submit CEUs through a simple online form. This quick and easy process will allow your CEU credits to be recorded quickly and accurately. Please note that mailed, faxed, or e-mailed forms will no longer be accepted, as all CEU submissions are now processed online. To use this new, streamlined process, visit

Meeting this requirement allows students to complete the NKBA Graduation Verification form to receive a certificate of Recognition of Achievement, at least 30 NKBA education hours to qualify to attempt the exam, and a coupon to waive the AKBD Certification Exam application fee. R. Gary Rauch, AKBD, and VP of Academic Relations for the NKBA Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter, knows very well how important it is for students to complete their internship. Rauch teaches the Advanced Kitchen and Bath Design course at St. Louis Community College. One of the most frequently asked questions from students is, how to connect with industry professionals to find internships. His chapter, like so many chapters across the country stepped up to the plate to plan a special meeting to encourage interaction between students seeking internship or employment, and NKBA member firms. The solution was a meeting sponsored by Daltile, and conducted in a “round-robin” format with educators from the college, NKBA professionals, and students participating in question and answer sessions. R. Gary Rauch, AKBD, described the occurrences that followed an initial icebreaker contest between students, “After the social hour, we split into two groups. One group was for students to learn about internships - What is required? What they can expect to learn? What they might be doing? How to interview? What employers are looking for? The other group was for business owners and managers to inform them of what they can gain by hiring an intern as well as what they need to provide. The groups were moderated by professionals who had experience with interns and instructors from the St. Louis Community College program who could answer questions about the curriculum”. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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NEW ACCREDITED AND SUPPORTED PROGRAMS Megan Bittle, Chief Operating Officer for NKBA Member RSI Kitchen & Bath located in St Louis, Missouri knows the value of hiring students that are properly trained in kitchen and bath design. “Our local NKBA affiliated college has consistently delivered talented, mature, intelligent designers that are highly employable on day one. The availability of this talent has been an integral part of our success and growth.” Megan is grateful that her local college has become an NKBA Accredited Program and she readily promotes the program to others. Members that wish to hire students that are studying design will want to be sure to visit the to find a list of schools that have programs in kitchen and bath design. These students have learned about cabinetry, proper

kitchen and bath planning, computerized drafting, and assessing the clients needs. Be sure to ask the student if they are enrolled in a program accredited by NKBA. Reviewing the student’s portfolio is a great way to assess the student’s knowledge of kitchen and bath concepts and confirm participation. To find out more about hiring an intern, take advantage of the employer guidelines and responsibilities offered by the NKBA in the Host an Intern section under the industry tab. These guidelines offer information on planning for an intern, and interviewing, training and evaluating the intern’s success, as well as legal issues involved with interns. Businesses interested in hosting an intern can post their internship online by visiting the NKBA Member’s Career section.

NKBA Student Design Competition

The 2011/2012 Competition challenges student designers to remodel a Federal Row House. By Sherylin Doyle, AKBD, NKBA Manager of Academic Relations The NKBA is proud to release the 2011/2012 NKBA Student Design Competition sponsored by Sub-Zero/Wolf and Waypoint™ Living Spaces. Each year more than 400 entries are received by the Association from students across North America wanting to be recognized as outstanding in kitchen and/ or bath design by their peers and industry professionals. The competition project asks aspiring designers to renovate a 19th century Federal Style Row House according to the needs of their clients Michael and Jolene Matthews and Thor, a nine-month-old Alaskan malamute. The Matthews desire a transitional style with accessories and colors to reflect the old world charm of the row house.

To enter, NKBA student members should visit the Student Scholarship section of for more information and to view the Frequently Asked Questions.



The Academic Relations Department is pleased to welcome St. Louis Community College and Sullivan College of Technology and Design as the newest additions to the NKBA Accredited Program list. St. Louis Community College –Meramec campus located in Kirkwood, Missouri has received a five-year accreditation for the Kitchen and Bath Certificate program comprised of 35 semester credit hours. The program has incorporated the kitchen and bath coursework into existing classes and features three specialized studios dedicated to kitchen and bath design. Sullivan College of Technology and Design located in Louisville, Kentucky has received a five-year accreditation for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design comprised of 192 quarter credit hours. The program has incorporated the kitchen and bath coursework into the existing classes and features two specialized studios dedicated to kitchen and bath design. The association is proud to announce that Henry Ford Community College located in Dearborn, Michigan and Front Range Community College in Fort Collins have submitted applications for supported status, the first step to NKBA Accreditation. These schools have been issued an NKBA Support Status. The schools have 3 years to complete the process to earn a full accreditation. This process includes kitchen project and bath project work sample submissions must meet NKBA Standards and a successful verification visit conducted by a team to include a peer educator that is NKBA Certified. For a complete list of NKBA Accredited/Supported Programs visit

Student Banner Competition WINNERS The Academic Relations Department announces the four $100 winners of the NKBA Student Chapter Banner Competition. To increase brand awareness and recognition of the NKBA on college campuses, the 41 NKBA student chapters were challenged to create a banner using the NKBA Student Chapter logo on their banner that they can proudly display at their chapter meetings and events. Displaying the NKBA Student Chapter logo is an effective way to develop success through alignment with the NKBA brand. The entries were judged on originality and use of the NKBA student logo. The regional winners are: Regions 1-2-3-4 – Boston Architectural College Regions 5 & 7 – West Valley College Region 6 – College of DuPage Region 8 – Century College Congratulations to all participants.

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The Sink Center

The sink center is the most used center in the kitchen because it is the place of both food preparation and cleanup. The following is an excerpt from the NKBA Professional Resource Library volume Kitchen Planning. For more information, visit To order, call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522). Placement Because the sink center is the most used space in the kitchen, place it in a central and accessible spot. Plan to locate the sink in between or across from the major cooking area and the refrigeration storage area. In traditional kitchens, a window was often planned at the sink so that a view to the outdoors was available while the cook worked at the sink. This made sense in kitchens before dishwashers during clean up. And it can also be appropriate in today’s kitchens if a view to the outdoors is desired, or when the cook is supervising children in outdoor play. A sink placed so that the cook can look into the social areas of an open kitchen may also be appropriate. Sinks placed on an island or peninsula encourage the cook to interact with family and guests, supervise homework or watch television. The sink drain line must be vented in order to work properly and meet building code requirements. If the sink is placed near the corner of the kitchen arrangement, then the 24-inch landing area can be located on the adjacent arm of the counter. Plan 3 inches of countertop frontage between the sink and the corner and then plan at least 21 inches of countertop frontage beside the corner. A sink in or near a corner may restrict access to the sink to just one person at a time and may not be a good choice for a two-cook kitchen, unless a second sink is also planned. If the countertop areas adjacent to the sink are at different heights, then there should be a minimum

24 inches to one side of the sink and 3 inches on the other at the same height as the sink. For example, if a raised dishwasher is being planned next to the sink on a lowered work area to include the sink, then there should be at least 3 inches between the sink and the raised area. The raised area will have to serve as the other landing area. Having only 3 inches between the sink and a vertical surface might cause some problems with water spray and splash, so consider finishing this surface with water-resistant materials.

Preparation area Counter space will be needed immediately next to the sink for mixing and other preparation activities. This will serve as the primary preparation/work area. The recommended size is at least 36 inches measured along the countertop frontage and 24 inches deep. The cook will primarily work within a smaller arc of 16 inches, but will be able to reach a larger arc of 24 inches. Therefore the requirement for the preparation area is deeper than the landing area requirements because a cook will use the complete depth of the counter for assembled ingredients and work in the front area. When planning a kitchen for two cooks, consider how they might use the preparation area. Research has shown that at least two different cooking patterns occur with two cooks. With the student-teacher cooking pattern, one cook helps another. This might occur when a mom helps children bake cookies or one roommate shows the other how to bake lasagna. A preparation area of 60 to 72 inches is needed for two persons to stand together to work on one task. Independent cooks work on separate recipes or foods at the same time. Two separate preparation areas, each at least 36 inches, need to be planned for these cooks. When multiple preparation areas are planned, consider varying the heights and providing a knee space to accommodate different cooks.

NKBA Professional Resource Library – 25% Off Sale From now through March 15, complete sets of the NKBA’s Professional Resource Library are 25% off. Individual volumes are discounted 15%. In addition, you’ll receive a free copy of the NKBA Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards with your order. Whether you’d like to purchase the entire Professional Resource Library or any of the nine volumes in the set, now is the perfect time to buy, but don’t wait; this offer ends on March 15, 2011. Please note this offer does not apply to NKBA-accredited program students, bookstores, or other book resellers. To place your order, visit the NKBA Online Store at or call NKBA Customer Service at 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522). | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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The NKBA President-Elect pursues flying, designing, and volunteerism with the same enthusiasm. NKBA President-Elect Alan Zielinski, CKD began his career with an associate degree in architecture technology, and then entered the profession of commercial aviation. He continued to follow his love of flying by practicing a different form of aviation; hot-air ballooning. He has since continued to balance a career and personal life that includes both of his passions –architecture and aviation. NKBA: When and how did your experiences with flying begin? AZ: I learned how to fly in 1973. At that time, I was already

working as a cabinet installer for our family’s kitchen design firm. After completing my initial flight training I spent most of my non-working hours logging flight time. In the early 1980’s I began a second career as a commercial pilot and became jet qualified. I was dating and eventually married my wife, and began piloting professionally for a manufacturing corporation owned by my wife’s uncle. I went on to become Chief Pilot; a position I retired from in 2002 after more than twenty years of service.

NKBA: In what way are you involved with piloting today? AZ: I still fly professionally an average of 3 days each month. I hold 6 world speed records in the Citation series jet, and am also an aviation instructor. I’m a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), which means that I’m authorized to issue pilots licenses. I’ve logged over 10,000 hours of flying time–in planes, gliders, and hot-air balloons.

NKBA: How did piloting carry over into ballooning? AZ: I was introduced to ballooning in 1979 by my cousin, who was a balloonist in the Denver area. I greatly enjoyed my first experience and my cousin then asked me to join his crew for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. I’ve been participating, with my own balloon, every October since.

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NKBA: What do you enjoy most about ballooning? AZ: Ballooning is the only form of aviation where you’re part of the wind, kind of like sailing is to boating. It’s grass roots flying. When you step into the basket and step off of the earth, it almost seems as though time slows down and the earth slowly revolves below you. It’s amazing! NKBA: What part of your career pertains to your other love–architecture? AZ: I’ve always been a fan of the architecture that belongs to my hometown of Chicago–a style that emerged following the Great Chicago Fire. I’ve been able to incorporate this into a role within my family’s business, Better Kitchens, Inc., which was founded by my father 54 years ago. My father accommodated the scheduling needs of my dual career, and I was fortunate to be able to pursue FLYING HIGH Alan W. Zielinski, CKD spends professional and kitchen and bath design as well personal time pursuing his love of flying. as piloting. NKBA: How did you come to be part of the leadership of the NKBA? AZ: I have followed in the footsteps of my father, Edmund L. Zielinski, CKD, who was one of the founding fathers in the industry and in the NKBA, beginning back with the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers (AIKD). At his urging, I began volunteering at my local chapter level, holding all chairs and later spending twelve years on the National Board of Directors before continuing on to become part of the Executive Committee. My philosophy has always been that if you give your best, you will get the best back in return–volunteer leadership has been a natural and rewarding part of that.

NKBA Magazine – SPRING 2011: The KBIS Issue

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Student Winners

2011 Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame Inductee is announced. The hottest trends seen in the NKBA Design Competition.

Achieving the highest level of customer service consistently. 2010/2011 NKBA Student Design Competition – the winners are announced. | NKBA MAGAZINE–WINTER 2011


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