The National Kitchen and Bath Association has announced its awards for last year's top designs for completely renovated rooms that appeal to the eye. Photos and descriptions of the top kitchens and baths are posted on their website. The winning entries should give you a lot of great ideas if you're considering a make-over for your own home.
The dazzling 2009 Pinnacle of Design Award Winner went to Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Jennifer L. Gilmer, for her "Ocean Oasis" kitchen makeover. She used gold marble kitchen countertops and top-end walnut cabinets with a cherry wood finish to set off the room. A 72" butcher block table and seating booth help open the space, and frosted glass and floating shelves bring a spaciousness to the kitchen. View the design here.
The award for Best Overall Kitchen in 2009 went to CKD, Siri Evju. The so-called "Teak Retreat" design knocked out a wall to the dining area to open up space; arranged the kitchen in a u-shape; and added a large stove, a central dining island, black granite countertops, and curved metal stove hoods. All the details helped to bring together the look of flat panel teak cabinets and white oak flooring. A winner! You can see the kitchen here.
Sustainability Finds High Favor
The award for Best Sustainable Kitchen of 2009 went to designer Laurie Belinda Haefele. The room peers out over an expansive harbor vista through glass and terrace. White cabinets made from reconstituted materials and a blizzard white sink and countertops done in Caesarstone open out this "Room with a View" design with a sophisticated spaciousness. Travertine flooring and metal table and chairs complete a modern, European flavor without detracting from the view. See the kitchen here.
Top Bathroom Designs for the Year
The Best Overall Bathroom/Powder Room Winner was designer Lori Carroll. Her "Industrial Appeal" bathroom combines scarlet red walls with fired-steel panels that frame the room in a simple, but sizzling, mixture of naturally appealing lines and contrasts. The sinks, flooring, and countertops are concrete and pendant lighting adds Italian flavors. You can see the kitchen here.
The 2009 Best Sustainable Bathroom Winner was designed by architect Brian M. Johnson. The effect was to transport the look and feel of Montana from the outdoors into this "Wild Plum" master retreat and personal spa. It combines bamboo, walnut, and stained concrete floors. See sustainability here.
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