Outstanding Bath Designers
Winning Baths And Powder Rooms Make A Splash At NKBA
The winners of this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competiton show a steady stream of imaginative design solutions for challenges that included a badly designed original layout, a bath shared by a home theater and a guest bedroom, a need for expanded space, the client’s desire to hear a flowing stream outside, and individual client desires for European touches, specialty finishes, contemporary upgrades and classic/vintage touches.
More than 30 designers earned top honors across six main and eight specialty kitchen and bath categories at the award ceremony held in January. A panel of six industry experts evaluated nearly 400 entries for projects from across the U.S. and Canada. The NKBA Kitchen Design winners were featured in the July issue of Lifestyles & Homes.
This year’s competition was was supported by (Diamond) Jenn-Air; (Platinum) Monogram; (Gold) Delta Faucet and The Home Depot; and (Silver) 2020, Rev-A-Shelf and DuPont.
Whether you are going to build a new home, remodel your existing one or want to get ideas, these innovated designs will get your imagination flowing.
Tanya L. Woods, AKBD, XSTYLES
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
The Mystic Oasis – The client was not satisfied with the original architectural layout of the master bath that had two separate vanities across the room from each other, two separate water closets, an obtrusive peninsula tub deck in the middle of the room, and a small shower out of scale with the rest of this 260-square-foot space. Working with the constraints of being unable to deviate too much from the original plan, the designer planned for the arced wall, removed one water closet, plumbed the new double vanity wall, and also moved electrical to key locations. Opposite the arced shower wall is the Amalfi tub against the modularArts Bloom panels. The custom double vanity creates a visually striking triangle amidst these three elements. The choice of the Oceanside Blu iridescent glass mosaic and the Sherwin Williams Quest Gray paint are motivated by the clients’ spirituality and love for the color purple. The room is contemporary and linear, but softened by the floral curves of the modularArts and arced shower wall. The new serene layout creates a sense of togetherness.
Powder Room: First Place
Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll & Associates
Co-designers: Esthela J. Celaya, Originate Interior Design LLC; Debra Gelety,
Lori Carroll and Associates
The Rays of Dusk – The rich hues in the specialty paint finish and a glass-bead wall covering became the backdrop for layers of light. Hand-formed, angle-cut crystal rods are infused with mineral crystalline that creates a spectacular display over the vanity. Another level of lighting provides depth as it illuminates the polished onyx countertop and glass sink from underneath. Textured metal banding serves as backsplash and apron around the countertop. The crystalline sconces spotlight the beautiful objects throughout the space. Backlighting with LED brings out the tones and deep layers of the material. Ambient light, quality materials, and rich tones and textures add to this amazing space.
Powder Room: Second Place
Stephanie A. Bruntz, CKD, Studio B Design
Classic Vintage, Modern Touch – The clients asked for a guest powder room that combines vintage elements and materials with modern styling. The designer created a custom vanity with modern leg design, rolled towel storage and a hidden area for the plumbing to the wall rather than the floor. The integrated marble vanity top features bumped corners, heavily sealed for stain resistance. A classic white undermount sink accents the depth of the marble vanity top. Special features include a custom-designed vanity with curvature replicated in the tile border. The curved style on the faucet repeats the lines of the mosaic tile. Decorative pendants and mirror frame give an artful sense to the room. The vanity anchors the space and marries the old vintage of the marble to the vanity’s modern sensibility.
Powder Room: Third Place
Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, Arizona
Co-designer: Debra Gelety
The Euro Trip – The client desired a European-inspired powder room with a few glitzy nuances set against products with neutral colors and lustrous finishes that illustrate both simplicity and sophistication. A translucent glass countertop finished with LED lights fills the room with soft luminescence. Glass tiles laminated in silver leaf sparkle and shine. A classic white vessel sink, polished chrome fixtures, and a frameless mirror all look great and highlight the glass features without overshadowing them. A floating vanity with a minimal fascia has a smooth, horizontal grain finish. Satin nickel pulls add another level of European flair and add to the moderate décor of this cultured powder room.
Large Bath: First Place
Emily Miller, CKD,
Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh
West View, Pennsylvania
Co-designer: Thomas S. Trzcinski
The Urban Minimalist – This master bath in a condominium with a spectacular city view was positioned in the center of the unit with limited natural light entering the space. The clients requested a minimalist design style with as much natural light entering the bath while preserving their privacy. The white laminated glass in the Shoji style pocket doors allows natural light from the master bedroom to spread through mitered glass transom windows. The freestanding chroma-therapy air tub was positioned in front of a three-sided shower enclosure. A ceiling-mounted tub filler was used to keep a clean appearance around the tub, and a floating ceiling was designed and engineered in order to lower the tub filler height. Each vanity has a designated cosmetic/toiletry drawer, and a docking drawer with an electric outlet. A make-up table was partially recessed into the wall between the master bedroom and the bathroom to allow proper walk space.
Large Bath: Second Place
Anne H. Grice, Anne Grice Interiors
A Streamside Retreat – The client desired plenty of natural light, the ability to hear the small stream outside, and maximized square footage and storage options. To work within the constraints of a small space, the designer created a 68-square-foot addition using unused deck space with a roof. A wet room was created by combining the showerheads on opposite walls and adding a large soaking tub. The water closet space with frosted glass maximizes space and allows light. Operable windows were installed while raising the sill height of the large window so the client could bathe while listening to sounds from the stream. A wall-hung faucet maximizes counter space. The designer delivered a space that goes beyond the client’s needs and expectations.
Large Bath: Third Place
Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll & Associates
Co-designer: Debra Gelety
Serene Sophistication – Pureness and serenity surround guests with simple shapes, the mixture of smooth and rough textures, and a soothing color palette. Beautiful bronzed laminate, creamy stone, and luminous glass add up to a durable yet elegant bathroom. Honed limestone on both the floors and countertop are perfect choices for this bathroom where the matte finish tends to make the room feel warmer and more inviting. Contrasting that natural component with frosted Brown Sugar glass tile intensifies the elegant effect and highlights the quality materials. Nickel and opal glass sconces, sleek plumbing fixtures and deco stainless steel hardware add to the setting’s graciousness.
Small Bath: First Place
Laurie Haefele, Haefele Design
Santa Monica, California
A Posh Perspective – This bath is shared by two rooms in the house – one, a custom-designed home theater, and the second, a “Chanel-esque” guest bedroom. The clients were looking to wow their guests with this design. Theatrics is the theme, with high contrast and drama attained. The walls were tiled in a white subway tile with an elongated scale. The crown and cornice tile pattern draws the eye. A plain tile wraps the mirror while the floor tile is in a chevron pattern. The most difficult design challenge was engineering the sink vanity cabinet. The solid acrylic drawers are mitered to the fixed side panels. The center sink door is flush with touch latch hardware and a recessed toe-kick. In order to keep the room as open and large as possible, the shower walls were made of glass.
Small Bath: Second Place
Cindy Garten, Unique Techniques
El Dorado Hills, California
The Eclectic Beauty – The objective of this project was to visually and physically increase the size of the bathroom, provide heating options, and add eclectic textures with contemporary styling. The designer enlarged the bathroom depth to provide the space needed for functional use of the sink and toilet. A frameless tempered glass shower enclosure with a pivoting door replaced a pony wall and a glass block, adding more width without changing the footprint. Pebble flooring increases visual width. An existing wall-mounted custom medicine cabinet was re-used and recessed into the vanity wall. Wood-look tile covers a custom support for the sink and acts as a shelf in the shower.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the nonprofit trade association that owns the KBIS®. With nearly 14,000 member companies representing more than 60,000 individuals, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).