2000 Design Winners Blend Comfort, Style

2000 Design Winners Blend Comfort, Style

Time spent preparing meals now doubles as quality time spent with family and friends. While entertaining at home is on the rise, formal dinner parties in the dining room are being replaced by more casual gatherings in the kitchen. Guests now interact with hosts during meal preparation, so current designs offer areas for high traffic and comfortable seating. Extra counterspace, easy-to-clean surfaces, and multiple appliances are also figured into the designs to accommodate more than one cook.

In addition, other hot trends noted by the NKBA in this year's designs include:

  • Stainless steel appliances for easy cleaning.
  • Products from nature, including wood cabinets and flooring and granite countertops.
  • Display cabinets for collectibles and fine glassware.

Bathrooms offer another area of escape from the busy world, and interest in luxury items remains high. Glamorous designs that feature glass block walls for dramatic effect were prominent. These rooms were worked to be highly functional, and often included dual sink, vanity and storage areas for individual personalized spaces.

This year's designs offer a balance of casual sophistication and comfort, mixing high-tech convenience, functionality and style.

Contest categories

Categories for this year's contest included: a complete residential kitchen of 150 sq. ft. or less in a new construction or remodeling project (Category A); a complete residential kitchen of 150 sq. ft. to 250 sq. ft. in a new construction or remodeling project (Category B); a complete residential kitchen of 250 sq. ft. or more in a remodeling project (Category C); a complete residential kitchen of 250 sq. ft. or more in a new construction project (Category D); a complete residential bathroom of 65 sq. ft. or more in a new construction or remodeling project (Category E); a complete residential bathroom of 65 sq. ft. or more in a remodeling project (Category F); any complete residential bathrooms of 65 sq. ft. or more in a new construction project (Category G); an individual kitchen/bathroom/ other room display in a retail showroom environment (Category H); an individual kitchen/bathroom/other room display, photography set, model home, exhibition booth or other marketing endeavor actually built, but not created for a retail showroom (Category I); utilization of cabinetry in other rooms, excluding commercial or institutional applications (Category J), and kitchen conceptual design solutions created by students of an NKBA-endorsed college curriculum (Category L). 

Judging criteria
Entries for the 2000 Design Competition were judged by a panel of 12 industry experts, all of whom are practicing professionals who have achieved the Certified Kitchen Designer and/or Certified Bath Designer designation.
Winning projects are graded based on "the NKBA's guidelines for kitchen and bathroom planning, as well as design continuity, balance and emphasis," notes the NKBA. "The designer's ability to solve stated problems and the application of materials and products are also evaluated."

All entries must first pass a preliminary scoring procedure; those that met or exceeded the preliminary scoring grade moved on to the final judging phase, where the judges assessed several criteria, including the professional presentation of the plans and drawings; the written design statement; how the use of space solved the design problem/was it the best use of available space; how the designer's creativity enhanced the solution; overall aesthetic value; the creativity/ functionality of the lighting system; and how the design solution followed the principles of design.

Judges for this year's Design Competition included Anthony Stuart Binns, CKD, CBD; Judith R. Bracht, CKD, CBD; Alice M. Hayes, CKD, CBD; Sharon L. Hopkins, CKD, CBD; Tess E. Giuliani, CKD; Daniel J. Lenner, CKD, CBD; Stephanie M. Martin, CKD; Lynn David Monson, CKD, CBD; Greg Richard Rawson, CKD, CBD; Karen Richmond, CKD, CBD; Donna L.A. Riddell, CKD, CBD, and Erica S. Westeroth, CKD.

Conceptual designs
To create an optimally working kitchen, the first requirement is a strong conceptual design. Accordingly, the annual NKBA Design Competition gives recognition to conceptual kitchen design solutions created by students enrolled in an NKBA-endorsed college curriculum. The winners in Category L are selected based on their ability to design a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional, solving specific problems while meeting the NKBA's guidelines for good kitchen design.

Each student needed to deal with challenges in remodeling a kitchen. The imaginary client requested that the redesign allow her to entertain guests in an informal atmosphere while she cooked, and that she have a place to display her teapot collection. Problems included a refrigerator too far from the table and an awkward laundry area. 
First place award recipient Beverley Leigh Binns, a student at Ryerson Polytech in Ontario, Canada, began by opening up the laundry area by removing a partition and closet. The front-loading washer/dryer pair were then stacked inside a custom-made cupboard, while the refrigerator was placed at an angle across from the laundry section, allowing easier access to the dining area. Open shelving above the refrigerator and the cupboard offers an effective display space for the teapot collection.

A built-in dining table and island enables guests to visit while the client prepares the meal. The island also features a raised planter with repetitive 45° angles, which creates a focal point for the room. It is trimmed in traditional molding that is repeated throughout the room. 

Second place award winner Sheri Sloane, a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, removed the wall between the cooking and laundry areas. Tall cabinets were added on each side of the washer/dryer, which were placed in a base cabinet with retractable doors. 

A triangular work station was created by placing a built-in refrigerator next to a separate cooktop and oven. An island features a built-in downdraft vent so the client can cook and interact with guests without interference. Wall cabinets with leaded glass doors and low-voltage task lighting are featured in the island, designed as a display section for the teapot collection. 

Sandra Kay Lewandowski, a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and third place award recipient, removed the existing laundry wall and large foyer closet. The washer and dryer were placed inside cabinetry located against the corner walls. Countertops on top of the appliances create a space for folding laundry, and the cabinet adds storage. Paddle doors provide access. 

A peninsula forming a "G"-shaped kitchen enables the client to visit easily with guests while cooking. The refrigerator, located at the end of the "G", offers access from the table area. Two main display sections and several smaller spaces were created to house the client's teapot collection. 

Showroom Display Boasts Country Appeal 

Then designers Julie Loehner, CKD, Bryan Zolfo and Kathy Lee Svendson, CKD, of the Barrington, IL-based Insignia Kitchen & Bath Design Group, conceived this showroom display design, they knew they wanted a place that would showcase a "rich, warm and inviting environment." 

Additionally, they wanted a design so appealing, it would continue to hold consumers' attention even upon repeat visits to the showroom.

Finally, they wanted to provide multiple points of interest with a mixture of materials, colors and design details.
The design team faced multiple challenges with this project, including the need to incorporate barn-style beamed ceilings and a number of unfitted elements into the design. The creative way they addressed these challenges helped to win them top honors for Best Overall Design in this year's Design Competition, garnering Loehner, Zolfo and Svendson the competition's coveted James H. Foster, CKD Memorial Award.

Since the beamed ceilings were impossible to conceal, the design team decided to use them as an added design element, making use of the way the unique ceilings naturally draw the eye upward. The barn-style beam ceilings not only provide tremendous visual interest, they also effectively complement the relaxed, country feel of the entire display. 

Potted plants and a chandelier were then used to highlight the country beams, adding a touch of class.
The island, too, has eye-catching appeal, with a distressed look that underscores the cozy natural look, and plays up on the theme set by the barn-style beamed ceilings.

To further emphasize the warm, country feel, Loehner, Zolfo and Svendson selected 
traditional style Grabill Cabinet Co. mixed-color cabinets, with a slight distressing that echoes 
the very distressed island's natural wood look. The Travatine and Rustil Bronze color scheme continues the natural, country-style theme.

Another eye-catching detail is the Lead N'Glass, Ltd. double silver wire mesh featured on the display cabinets. 
Mixing materials, colors and textures also helps to keep a display visually interesting, so the design team utilized a combination of stainless steel, wood and Kirkstone countertops, blending the sea green, butcher block and stainless steel to create a richly textured appearance.

Although the look was cozily traditional, the design team wanted to emphasize function, as well. Accordingly, a host of time-saving appliances were built into the display, including a Thermador Pro gas cooktop, a Thermador electric oven, a Bosch dishwasher, a Thermador ventilating unit, a Viking micro chamber, a Thermador warming drawer and a Sub-Zero #650 refrigerator and freezer bottom.

More aesthetic appeal is found in the range hood's outer shell, done in Giallo marble with an etched finish, from Materials Marketing Corp. A swiveling Chicago Faucet gooseneck faucet is mounted above the Thermador stainless steel range, providing a sophisticated touch designed to appeal to the gourmet cook. 

Also adding richness and elegance is the Chadwicks Surface International marble tile floor and backsplash.
The kitchen display features two sinks: a stainless steel, single-bowl sink from SFFI Fabricators, and a Franke stainless steel single-bowl vegetable sink. Both use Franke faucets.

Convenient kitchen accessories include a Franke hot water dispenser and Franke lotion dispenser.
To keep the display light and bright, the design team installed incandescent general and task lighting from Task Lighting Corp., and incandescent accent lighting from Steel Crafters.

Comfortable seating in the form of Design of the Interior barstools finish the look.