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Kitchen Winners! Outstanding kitchens from the
2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show


The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) revealed this year’s 18 category and 11 specialty award winners at an exclusive awards ceremony on the eve of the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS®).

The frontrunners of the competition include Best Kitchen Winner Tim Scott of XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario, whose project was a clear high-scorer on various criteria, including safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation.

Tim Scott’s Medium Kitchen project was designed for a family of four that loves to entertain. It features two work zones, good storage options for point-of-use essentials, and other state-of-the-art features. The creative play of a chunky, back-beveled marble background, walnut cabinetry, wavy backsplash tiles and a lava stone floor, among other elements, bring a wow factor to this space.

“This year’s winners offer a stunning variety in themes, styles and finishes,” says 2014 NKBA President John Petrie, CMKBD. “From English Cottage to Farmhouse styles and Contemporary Asian to Coastal themes, these winning designs demonstrate creativity, precision and versatility! I’m very proud of my fellow member designers, who are indeed a vital part of our association.”

While expert industry designers served on the judging panel to select the top designs of 2014, consumers had a say as well. The NKBA People’s Pick Awards, featured on HGTV.com, declared two winners, selected solely by consumer votes. More than 15,000 votes were cast, the designs were viewed more than five million times, and the images were re-pinned on Pinterest more than 7,000 times.

A panel of seven certified industry experts evaluated nearly 400 entries for projects from across the United States and Canada in the 2014 Design Competition. Each judge was either a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) or both a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and a Certified Bath Designer (CBD).

While each winning designer embraced myriad styles, materials and finishes, they conformed to one common motif: excellence.

This year’s competition was supported by the following sponsors: Platinum: Jenn-Air, Waypoint Living Spaces, DuPont Surfaces, and GE Monogram; Gold: Delta Faucet and Hafele; Silver: 20-20 Technologies, Miele, SieMatic, The Home Depot, Mode, Danze, American Standard, Rev-A-Shelf, Wellborn Cabinet, HGTV Remodels.com, and True Professional Series; and Bronze: Hansgrohe, Joneca Corporation, and Pixi.

This month, Lifestyles & Homes features the professionally designed, prize-winning Kitchen winners. Next month, the Bathroom design awards will be showcased.

The Kitchen competition is divided into the following categories:

• Small Kitchen (less than 150 sq. ft.)

• Medium Kitchen (150-350 sq. ft.)

• Large Kitchen (more than 350 sq. ft.)


Best Kitchen Winner and Medium Kitchen, 1st Place

Tim Scott,

XTC Design Incorporated

Toronto, Ontario


The Timeless Amethyst — A family of four that loves to often entertain desired a modern, yet warm kitchen that fea­tured two work zones, good storage options for point-of-use-essentials, and other features such as a six-burner cooktop, ovens, large re­frig­erator, recycling bins, and a small TV. The main design challenge of this space was the fact that the designer had to work from an ar­chi­tectural plan for a yet-to-be constructed new home; one with an exterior architecture featuring a mix of ’60s material and style.

In order to cater to the clients’ wish list, the designer relocated the planned entrance to the mud room and the walk-in-pantry to the back wall of the kitchen. In addition, the windows were slightly relocated and the previously planned window style was also modified to blend in with the design.

The kitchen is now essentially separated into two galley sections for preparation/cooking and clean-up/storage. The tall units are placed along the back wall, between the newly located pocket doors, partially recessed into the strapped-out and wood-clad wall. The central double-sided is land topped with striated, chunky back-beveled marble brings the wow factor to the space! De- mi-high oven units next to the central cooktop, create a vertical median line and open space for wall art.

Special features of the kitchen include vertical bi-fold doors hiding a TV, a stainless steel island base with built-in lighting, stainless steel custom ventilation hood, an entertainment island sink, stainless steel cooking counter and steel-clad drawers among more.

Large Kitchen – 1st Place

David McFadden

Past Basket Design

Geneva, Ill.


The King’s Feast — If there is a kitchen that’s truly fitting for a house with strong industrial aesthetics, this would be it! Functionally, the kitchen is ideal for quick family meals or large social gatherings — warm, organic and sturdy materials enrich the integrity of the design. The work zone consists of an outer island that anchors the kitchen space, providing transition, storage and seating. The dish and glass storage is supplemented by 42-inch full height base cabinets at the outer island. The outer island counter overhang, supported by a custom steel post, is designed to resemble the ceiling trusses.

What’s more, the round hood stack, above the top of the upper cabinets creates the feel of a building detail. Refrigerator drawers in the island make for a tight prep triangle, and strategically placed matching cabinetry in the pantry conceals the room’s open shelving. Other special features such as polished concrete flooring, stone and wood walls, exposed trusses and vaulted ceiling add to the grandeur of this kitchen, perfectly crafted for a modern-day feast!


Small Kitchen – 1st Place

Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD,

Peter Salerno, Inc.

Wyckoff, N.J.

The Antique Jewel Box — From a small apartment galley kitchen to an elegantly crafted jewel box, this gourmet kitchen has undergone a transformation that completely satisfies the client’s passion for cooking and entertaining. The wall between the kitchen and dining area was removed to allow the free flow of natural light into the space. The designer maximizes on storage space, making the best use of the entire room, from floor to ceiling.

The rich cherry wine/dessert server functions as an ideal serving area for fine dining and parties, and the pantries on either side are ideally located for food
storage. The custom antique tin hood, the jewel of the kitchen, serves as the main focal point, only to be complemented by the custom hand-painted tile backsplash. An elegant table centered under a beautiful crystal chandelier, makes room for that impeccable dining experience.


Before & After Kitchen

Kaye Hathaway, CKD, NCIDQ, ASID

Dea Design Group, LTD

Island Lake, Ill.

At the Heart of Hospitality — This kitchen is an exemplary combination of functionality and pizzazz, designed for a couple that entertains at least once a week. While the couple had adopted separate roles of chef and host in two different levels of the house, they realized the need for a space where they could best entertain together.

By moving the dining room to the existing den area and removing two walls, the designer successfully created a larger kitchen space as well as a more open plan. Repositioning of the two entry doors improved traffic flow and maximized available wall space, and the installation of a tray ceiling above the 8-foot ceiling enhanced propor-tions of the new larger room.

The kitchen features two areas for entertainment and cooking, separated by the prep island, with the refrigerator adjacent to both of these spaces. A lighted, carved glass backsplash behind the cooktop, a curved range-hood, paneled refrigerator and pantries designed to look like an oriental cabinet, curved cabinets, countertops and a serpentine sink in the entertainment area, and a special nook for the family’s dog are some of the highlights of this stunning kitchen.

Touch-free faucets, an induction cooktop and touch/remote operated cabinets serve as some of the other conversation-starters of this space! Glowing in soft shades of gray and green, this kitchen extends its glowing warmth to the guests.


People’s Pick Kitchen and Medium Kitchen, 3rd Place

Jane Lockhart

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Toronto, Ontario

English Cottage Charm — A traditional kitchen with contemporary flair and whimsical touches is what the client desired. Influenced by an English cottage design, this kitchen emphasizes the quaint and soft details of this style. The steel-blue solid maple cabinets, modern floral pilows decorating the eating area, splashes of strong pink, and the hand-painted backsplash tiles lend an artistic quality to this kitchen. The hood mantel center arch is recessed, with an added plate rail displaying the client’s antique plate collection. Leaded glass doors on either side of the hood mantel create depth and add soft light.

The cabinetry, designed slightly deeper than the average to mimic traditional furniture, also maximizes upper and lower storage. With the exposed face framing around all drawers and doors, the extra bead detail adds texture and a handcrafted flair. Flaunting excellent craftsmanship and wonderful English cottage detailing, this kitchen ensures a feast for the eyes.


Budget-Friendly Kitchen Winner and 2nd Place Small Kitchen

Germán Brun, LEED AP,

Den Architecture, Miami, Fla.

Vogue Meets Vintage — The kitchen in this 1941 cottage was located uncomfortably far from the rest of the house, as a result of certain unsuccessful home additions. In the new, centrally located kitchen designed for a young couple, the overall aesthetic was inspired by the days of early pioneers. Elements such as alligator-patterned porcelain, rustic beechwood butcher block, a white farmhouse sink, and vintage-style filament slight fixtures employ an antique material vocabulary with a modern design language.

This kitchen features an inexpensive, rustic butcher-block counter that contrasts with the modern white
cabinetry. Wrapped butcher-block is also integrated around the upper cabinets and island, contributing to
the consistency in design. A doubled breakfast island increases counter space, while also providing additional storage with the concealed lower cabinets. Dark porcelain plank-format floors throughout the house emphasize and complete the subtle and natural feel created in the kitchen, while allowing continuity and integration with adjacent rooms.

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Kitchen Winners! Outstanding kitchens from the 2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

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