Designers Plumb Their Creative Depths To Give
Homeowners Unique Spaces
In today’s homes, bath and powder rooms are as beautiful, luxurious and unique as any kitchen or master bedroom. The winners at this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition take this once functional-only concept and let innovation flow! Described with a range of stylings – from elegant and royal to efficient – the winners include an outdoor shower and bathroom, one that suits water-loving scuba divers, and one that pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright.
A panel of eight experts evaluated nearly 300 entries for projects from across the U.S. and Canada. Consumers also had a say, choosing the People’s Pick Winner, featured on HGTV.com. The bath competition categories are Powder Rooms, Small Baths, Large Baths, Before and After Bath, and Builder/Remodeler Honorary Award.
This year’s competition was sponsored by (Diamond:) Jenn-Air, (Platinum:) DuPont Surfaces, GE Monogram, and Waypoint Living Spaces; (Gold:) Delta Faucet and The Home Depot; (Silver:) HGTV, SieMatic, Wellborn Cabinet, 20-20 Technologies, Rev-A-Shelf and Hafele.
As we have for several years, Lifestyles & Homes is once again bringing you fresh bath ideas to inspire you. Whether you are going to build new, remodel or just want to spark your immagination, these innovative spaces will get the ideas flowing.
1st PLACE, LARGE BATH and PEOPLE’S PICK
Luz Marina Selles, CKBI
Allure Designs, LLC
An Alfresco Encounter — This breathtaking bathroom that extends to the outdoors was constructed based on a new space plan that brought more functionality to the master bathroom. The exterior walls of the old space were removed to extend the master bathroom to the outdoors, creating a large and open space for the clients to enjoy. The designer created luxury master shower areas, one indoor and one private outdoor shower with a seating area. The indoor areas featured a new custom vanity cabinet with a makeup area as well as a linen closet and a dresser with clean, sleek lines. Frameless glass shower panels and the shower door add to the contemporary feel of the space, and all bathroom fixtures contain a chrome finish with a stylish modern design. The master walk-in closet has direct access from the master bathroom, and this facilitates a more private entrance to bath, out of the living room view.
2nd PLACE, LARGE BATH
Erica Westeroth, CKD, CAPS, ARIDO
XTC Design Incorporated
Co-Designer: Sheena Hammond
Fallingwater Inspiration — Working from the architectural plans for a yet-to-be-constructed new home, the designer allocated space for the bedroom and large walk-in closet and also created the footprint for the en suite bathroom. In addition to the entrance to the closet from the bedroom, the designer also created a second entrance directly from the bathroom, which allowed the clients to carry on with their daily routines without disturbing one another. Creating a symmetrical plan, the designer oriented the shower and the tub to face the windows and a view of the trees. A separate toilet room features an all-in-one bidet function toilet. Stacked wall storage units for paper products are arranged to mimic Frank Lloyd Wright’s stacked repetition detail. Flush shower ceiling tile and the wood ceiling alignment created an uninterrupted clean look. The wood-clad tray ceiling detail disguises a roof angle on one side of the room only, making the room appear symmetrical. The waterfall bench connecting the makeup console and its supporting end embraces the idea of flowing water of Wright’s Fallingwater house near Pittsburgh. Moreover, the wall-mounted faucets enhance the cascading effect of water, mimicking the stream running through Fallingwater. Porcelain floors and wall tiles with a subtle stone appearance, green/brown mosaic glass-feature tiles, teak wood veneer and metal details enhance the natural, organic look of this contemporary beauty.
3rd PLACE, LARGE BATH
Sol Quintana Wagoner
Jackson Design and Remodeling
San Diego, Calif.
Co-designers: Marisela Contreras;
Dare to Imagine — This master bathroom blends elements of a daring modern style with mid-century touches that bring bright energy and character to the space. The clients wished for a master bathroom that worked as a luxurious and inspiring space for them while also serving as a safe and comfortable place for their toddler’s bath time. Living in a home with an emphasis on bold hues, the clients hoped to stay away from neutrals and embrace the energy of powerful color combinations. The master bathroom now communicates fresh energy with imaginative color and natural light. A periwinkle blue vanity is illuminated by sparkling pendants made of textured hand-blown glass. Shoji-style doors provide privacy as desired without diminishing the open and airy feeling of the room. A walk-in closet allows for ample organized storage. The light in the room is accentuated by a wall of windows and the bright lemon yellow of the oversized wall tiles. The tile arrangement alternates between a glossy and matte finish, creating an intriguing sensation of depth. The wood flooring in the sink area transitions to a sloped floor to accommodate the open shower, while a textured wall and a series of niches delight the eye while providing functionality. Since each of the room’s areas can be used independently or together depending on the desired level of privacy, this layout is the most ideal for the young, multi-tasking family!
1ST PLACE, POWDER ROOM
Roshele Allison, CKD, CBD
NW Home Designers
Co-designer: Eric Gedney
Deep Sea Magic — Being ardent scuba divers, the clients requested that their show-stopping powder room be a true reflection of their marine expeditions! To create the illusion of flowing water, the designer installed aquatic patterned tile, which when put together, created the desired cascading effect. Complementing the light, flowing feel and effect of the tiles, a recycled Ocean Blue glass countertop creates a visual effect with a glow resembling a reflecting pool. A clear vessel bowl allows the beauty of the countertop to shine through and refrains from overpowering the vanity. A motion sensor enables the counter to light up automatically, welcoming guests into the powder with a soft blue glow. Anchoring this set-up is a dark-stained cherry slab panel door cabinet that hides the plumbing. The clients couldn’t be happier with this everyday fix to their deep sea calling.
1st PLACE, SMALL BATH
Erica Westeroth, CKD, CAPS, ARIDO
XTC Design Incorporated
Co-Designer: Sheena Hammond
Luxury À La Mode — This elegant bath was carefully crafted with repeating tapered shapes, angled bench seat and tapered shape light fixtures. The designer reduced the depth of the hall pantry/closet by eight inches or so and set into the newly created niche, a custom-built tall cabinet with adjustable shelves, complete with a slab door that was painted to match the hall paint color. The guest closet was also reduced by approximately four inches by removing the stud wall, and in the newly created niche was set a 24-inch-deep, custom wardrobe cabinet, trimmed with continuous ceiling crown molding. A 48-inch lift-up medicine cabinet was recessed into a void stud cavity space between the bathroom and bedroom behind. The knee wall allows for a deeper shower alcove with a seat. A full width vanity drawer fronts with offset interior drawer boxes, creating central void space for plumbing.
3rd PLACE, SMALL BATH
Adrienne Dorig Leland, CKD
Dorig Designs LLC
Eau Claire, Wis.
Contemporary Farmhouse Charm — The homeowners preferred a more space efficient bathroom that would flow with their rustic, yet modern farmhouse. The space was cramped with a clawfoot tub set at an angle, limiting the door swing. Adding to the challenge was the bathroom’s short ceiling and lack of storage. A number of approaches enabled the bathroom to feel bigger – installation of a new pocket door eliminated congestion and replacing the tub with a curbless shower removed physical as well as visual barriers. The sleek wall-mounted toilet conserves floor space with its tank built inside the wall. The new vanity provides the much needed storage and counter space with a small footprint. The wormy chestnut vanity was topped with a nine-inch-high concrete top and semi-recessed sink. In order to complement the rustic farmhouse look, the designer finished the floor and three of the walls with tiles made to look like weathered lumber. Tiling to the ceiling leaves the room seeming taller than it actually is.
BUILDER/REMODELER HONORARY AWARD
Name: Sandra Gjesdahl
Bristol Design and Construction
Co-Designer: Scott Gjesdahl
Moment of Zen — This stunning bathroom emphasizes Asian-inspired, pavilion-style architectural integrity and maintains the Pacific Northwest longhouse and Japanese structural design details. The designer incorporated a sitting area next to the tub that serves as an inviting place to read, enjoy a glass of wine or converse with someone soaking in the freestanding, contemporary slipper tub. A column integrated to provide a plumbing chase for both the shower and the tub is clad in beautifully textured glass accent tile. The small platform at the base of the plumbing column provides additional seating. The exterior sconces are installed in the wet location, lighting the bath and shower, while an Afromosia wood valance conceals a track that the pendants hang from. Frosted glass windows provide natural light and privacy. The resulting space is an extremely cohesive blend of centuries – respecting original architecture and structure – while implementing spatial changes that cater to the client’s contemporary lifestyle.
The nonprofit National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has 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 NKBA’s mission 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).
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