NKBA $100,000 Design Competition

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (August 26, 2008) - The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is proud to announce that the 2009 NKBA Design Competition: Art of the Industry will be the largest ever for this internationally acclaimed competition, which showcases the finest kitchen and bath projects of the past year.

Recognizing the importance of the competition in our industry, the NKBA has decided to more than double the cash prizes in 2009 to over $100,000. Of that amount, $25,000 will be presented to the winner of the Pinnacle of Design Award, which honors the year's top design, representing the peak of form and function. Two new categories have also been added to the NKBA Design Competition for 2009: Best Sustainable Kitchen, sponsored by GE Monogram®, and Best Sustainable Bath, sponsored by Rheem®.

In addition, the NKBA welcomes This Old House® as sponsor of the Best Before & After category and American Woodmark as sponsor for all of the competition's 3D modeling. The NKBA is also pleased to have Sub-Zero®/Wolf®, Miele™, and Dal-Tile® continue as sponsors for the Pinnacle of Design, Best Overall Kitchen, and Best Overall Bathroom awards, respectively.

The competition spans ten categories, from small bathrooms to open plan kitchens, and also includes showrooms and other rooms (e.g. dining areas and non-residential spaces). Each category will have a first, second, and third place winner, as well as an honorable mention.

The ten first place winners will each receive $2,000, while second place finalists will receive $1,000, and third-place finishers $500. In addition, larger cash prizes will be awarded to the six "Best of" award winners:

Pinnacle of Design (sponsored by Sub-Zero®/Wolf®): $25,000 Best Overall Kitchen (sponsored by Miele™): $15,000 Best Overall Bathroom/Powder Room (sponsored by Dal-Tile®): $15,000 Best Before & After (sponsored by This Old House®): $5,000 Best Sustainable Kitchen (sponsored by GE Monogram®): $5,000 Best Sustainable Bath (sponsored by Rheem®): $5,000

The 2009 NKBA Design Competition is open only to members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, but members do not have to be certified designers in order to participate. The entry deadline is October 20, 2008; designers can download an entry form at NKBA.org/Competition. Prizes will be awarded at the NKBA's 2009 Kitchen/Bath Industry Shows & Conference (K/BIS®) held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from April 30 to May 3, 2009.

A panel of 9 NKBA-certified designers will judge each project based on safety and design planning, ergonomics, elements and principles of design, creativity, and presentation, using the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines (NKBA.org/Books). Photos, floor plans, and design statements of the winning entries from the 2008 competition can be viewed by clicking 2008 NKBA Design Competition Winners at NKBA.org/Consumers.