NKBA announces 2013 Design Competition winners

The best kitchen and best bath designers for 2013 excel in a wide variety of designs, specificially their creative use of glass.

April 23, 2013

Glass in all its glory—hand-cut, hand-blown and LED-lit—was creatively used by the winning designers in both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bath in the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The category winners in this annual contest were revealed on April 18th at an exclusive Design Competition Awards event at the Republic in New Orleans, during the 2013 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

Wendy Johnson, CKD, CBD, of Designs for Living in Manchester, Vt., took the Best Kitchen Award for her grand-scale room with a curved LED-lit glass bar overlooking art glass on panels in the cooking and entertaining centers, and an expansive golf course view.

Shea Pumarejo of Younique Designs in Helotes, Texas, earned the Best Bath Award for her Baroque style room featuring a hand-cut glass wall, and red hand-blown glass faucet and sink.

The two honorees were part of the winners’ circle that encompasses six categories—small, medium and large kitchens, small and large bathrooms, and powder rooms. In addition, the NKBA Design Competition recognizes Specialty Awards for Before and After Kitchens and Baths, Budget-Friendly Kitchens and Baths, Green Design and Universal Design.

“We take great pride in announcing to the public the topnotch kitchen and bath designers that our industry has to offer,” said 2013 NKBA President John K. Morgan. “Hundreds of entries are received every year, and our designer members continue to impress. The competition this year boasted of innovative concepts, creative expressions and cutting-edge designs.”

This year’s 400+ entries from across the U.S. and Canada were judged by a panel of eight certified industry experts. Each was either a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) or both a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and a Certified Bath Designer (CBD). The entries were scored on safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation.

In addition, approximately 16,000 consumers voted for the People’s Pick Kitchen and Bath on HGTVRemodels.com.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the National Kitchen & Bath Association has conducted a design contest since 1965 when the winners were Danish Modern and Spanish-style projects, and a kitchen with lavender blue cabinets accented by wallpapered soffit and ceiling.

Supporting this year’s Design Competition are Platinum Sponsors Jenn-Air, Waypoint Living Spaces and DuPont Surfaces; Gold Sponsors Delta Faucet and Hafele; and Silver Sponsors 20-20 Technologies, Miele, SieMatic, The Home Depot, KWC America and HGTVRemodels.com.

The winners of the 2013 NKBA Design Competition are:

Best Kitchen

Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD

Designs for Living

Manchester Village, Vt.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Raise a Glass' by Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD This kitchen translates into some serious cooking and baking for her, and a computer center and seven-stool raised bar area for him. With the focal point being the glass wall and views of a private golf course beyond, a large center island forms the heart of the space, open to an elaborate wall of cooking, refrigeration and storage. Photo: Dennis Martin

Best Bath

Shea Pumarejo

Younique Designs

Helotes, Texas

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'The Forward Fashionista' by Shea Pumarejo This bathroom mirrors a high-fashion boutique with tons of closet space and display shelves, perfect for storing those designer shoes and handbags. The pure white room with pops of bold color features clean and simple lines of marble flooring, shower tiles and cabinetry, juxtaposed against the curves of the serpentine vanity, baroque mirror, and hand-blown glass faucet and sink. Photo: Casey Dunn

Before & After Kitchen

Richard Ourso, CKD, CAPS

Ourso Designs

Baton Rouge, La.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Rustic Old World Charm' by Richard Ourso, CKD, CAPS Material and Salvage finishes recreate the Old World French décor the clients truly desired. A custom hood was created, using copper, copper rivets, forged-iron strapping and an old beam, and the finish was left with a naturally dark patina. Photo: Chipper Hatter

Before & After Bath

Brigitte Fabi, CMKBD

Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Sanctum of Solace' by Brigitte Fabi, CMKBD Warm but modern, and an ultimate space to relax – this remodeled bathroom is built exclusively with natural materials: slate, pebbles, walnut, teak and stacked natural limestone. Limestone flooring, tub front and chocolate brown large-scale tile decking create uniformity and add to the overall calmness of the space. Photo: Eric Hausman

Budget-Friendly Kitchen

Cheryl Kees Clendenon

In Detail Interiors

Pensacola, Fla.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Island in the Sun' by Cheryl Kees Clendenon Here’s a perfect rendition of a contemporary twist on a classic beach cottage. This kitchen in a rental was designed for the easy navigation of a large number of guests. The island offers generous seating areas and plenty of counter space aptly crafted to serve multiple cooks. Photo: Greg Riegler Photography

Budget-Friendly Bath

Elizabeth Schulz, AKBD

ABK Today

Lancaster, Pa.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Bang for the Buck' by Elizabeth Schulz, AKBD, The challenge: to renovate a small bath to make it more modern and spacious, all on a budget! A half wall between the shower and toilet, along with frameless glass doors and panels, makes the space feel more open, while maximizing the natural light. Photo: Mollie Swartz

Green Design

Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD

Andros Kitchen & Bath Designs

Mississauga, Ontario

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Green All the Way' by Anastasia Rentzos CKD CBD This beautifully renovated en suite not only exudes contemporary visual appeal, but also revels in carefully planned green design. The Cambria “White Cliff” countertops, made of a recycled quartz material, define simplicity and pureness. Photo: Averill Lehan

Universal Design

Sandra Tierney, CMKBD, CID

Cabinets by Design

Escondido, Calif.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'On a Mission' by Sandra Tierney, CMKBD, CID The kitchen in this 1920s Storybook Mission home was designed to make the space more accessible to a wheelchair-bound client. The design enables the client and two friends also in wheelchairs to use all the appliances comfortably and move freely between the cooktop and sink. Photo: Richards Photo

Clay Lyon Honorary Award

Angela Victoria Rasmussen

House 2 Home Design & Build

San Jose, Calif.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'A Family Affair' by Angela Victoria Rasmussen This inviting and expansive space caters to the client’s long-time desire to host quality family gatherings. Photo: Dean J. Birinyi Photography

Small Kitchen

First Place: Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD; Dewitt Designer Kitchens; Pasadena, Calif.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Modernism Rediscovered' by Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD This kitchen, housed in a mid-century modern, post-and-beam gem, was remodeled to reflect its original charm. Photo: Suki Medencevic

Second Place: Mark T. White, CKD, CBD; Kitchen Encounters; Annapolis, Md.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Simply Stylish' by Mark T. White, CKD, CBD A complete change of scene from outdated oak cabinets, tile countertops and plain white appliances, this new kitchen provides all the style and function the client had hoped for. Photo: Phoenix Photographic

Third Place: Jonas Carnemark, CKD; Carnemark; Bethesda, Md.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Ready for Retirement' by Jonas Carnemark, CKD With their move to a retirement community, the clients wanted built-in flair and function for years to come Photo: Anice Hoachlander

Medium Kitchen

First Place: Karen Swanson; New England Design Works; Manchester, Mass.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Snow White Sparkles' by Karen Swanson Meticulously designed to optimize natural lighting, storage and comfortable seating, this kitchen accommodates multiple people working at the same time. Photo: Evan White

Second Place: Cheryl Kees Clendenon; In Detail Interiors; Pensacola, Fla.

Third Place: Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD; Rhonda Knoche Design; Portland, Ore.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Funky and Fun' by Rhonda Knoche, CMKBD This is a special rendition for a half-artist, half-engineer client who appreciates practical, clever solutions mixed with a sense of humor and philosophy! Fanciful swirling metal pulls, fun red sculptural wall elements and a copper backsplash break free of the ordinary, granting the client’s wish for wit and whimsy. Photo: Cabin 4D Images

Large Kitchen

First Place: Wendy F. Johnson, CKD, CBD; Designs for Living; Manchester Village, Vt.

Second Place: Bryan Reiss, CMKBD; Distinctive Design; Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Third Place: Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD; Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio; Glen Ellyn, Ill.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Mackintosh Reincarnated' by Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD Reflecting the homeowners’ love of the Arts and Crafts movement, this kitchen is reminiscent of the Rennie Mackintosh style, but with all the modern conveniences needed today. Photo: Eric Hausman

Powder Room

First Place: Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD; Dewitt Designer Kitchens; Pasadena, Calif.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Out of Africa' by Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD A powder room fashioned to replicate the client’s childhood memories of South Africa captures the essence of that country with unconventional elements such as wood-lined walls, leather vanity, chiseled-limestone counter, slate flagstone flooring and natural branches. Photo: Suki Medencevic

Second Place: Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID; Lori Carroll & Associates; Tucson, Ariz.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'The Artisan’s Workshop' by Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID This Tuscan-inspired powder room is a paradoxical blend of ruggedness and refinement. The vitreous china sink inscribed with turtles, fish and intertwining sea serpents, hand-carved travertine pedestal, solid-bronze hanging sconces with hand-blown glass globes and the limestone slab floor give this room an earthy, yet elegant feel. Photo: William Lesch

Small Bath

First Place: Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID, CGBP; TRG Architects; Burlingame, Calif.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Petite Sophisticate' by Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID, CGBP An eight-year-old client can enjoy this grown-up refuge now and for many years to come. Photo: Bernard André Photography

Second Place: Jon Crabtree; Inspired Spaces; Minneapolis, Minn.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Showers Expected' by Jon Crabtree A streamlined look and feel, coupled with traditional touches such as inset doors and handmade subway tile walls, maximize the visual impact of this bath originally built in the 1920s. The entire room serves as a shower floor, with diverter panels and two shower floor drains keeping the water from the sink and toilet areas. Photo: sphotodesign.com

Third Place: Terence Tung, CKD; Kitchen Craft Cabinetry; Newcastle Wash.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Mosaics Meet their Match' by Terence Tung, CKD The myriad patterns and materials in this bathroom intertwine in seamless luxury, creating visual excitement and openness. Photo: Tom Redner

Large Bath

First Place: Shea Pumarejo; Younique Designs; Helotes, Texas

Second Place: Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID; Lori Carroll & Associates; Tucson, Ariz.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Getting to the Point' by Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID Dramatically curved quartz slab top with a wooden apron comes to a point, giving this Southwest bath a personality of its own while showcasing the copper sinks and bronze fixtures. Photo: Jon Mancuso Photography

Third Place: Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID; Lori Carroll & Associates; Tucson, Ariz.

2013 NKBA Design Competition Finalist 'Joie de vivre' by Lori W. Carroll, NCIDQ\ASID The natural finishes, detailed patterns and subtle textures of the soothing guest bathroom reflect the feeling of sand and surf, as well as the satisfying seaside lifestyle. Photo: William Lesch

People’s Pick Kitchen

Bryan Reiss, CMKBD; Distinctive Design; Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

People’s Pick Bath

Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID, CGBP; TRG Architects; Burlingame, Calif.

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