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Creativity Flows in Bathroom Design Winners

| January 1, 2016

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 the 2015 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition took 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.

The 2015 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 imagination, these innovative spaces will get the ideas flowing.

ARNAL PHOTOGRAPHY

ARNAL PHOTOGRAPHY

1st PLACE, LARGE BATH and PEOPLE’S PICK

Luz Marina Selles, CKBI

Allure Designs, LLC

Gilbert, Ariz.

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

PHOTO BY ARNAL PHOTOGRAPHY; DESIGNER ERICA WESTEROTH

2nd PLACE, LARGE BATH

Erica Westeroth, CKD, CAPS, ARIDO

XTC Design Incorporated

Toronto, Ont.

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

PHOTO BY PREVIEWFIRST.COM; DESIGNER SOL QUINTANA WAGONER

3rd PLACE, LARGE BATH

Sol Quintana Wagoner

Jackson Design and Remodeling

San Diego, Calif.

Co-designers: Marisela Contreras; John Kavan

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!

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3rd PLACE, POWDER ROOM

Sheena Hammond

XTC Design Incorporated

Toronto, Ont.

Co-designers: Erica Westeroth,
CKD, CAPS, ARIDO; Tim Scott

The Wright Influence — This powder room summarizes the overall feeling of the home with significant influences from renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The designer utilized the same overall finishes/color scheme as in the adjacent open plan kitchen, breakfast room and family room to emphasize continuity throughout the home. Influences from Frank Lloyd Wright were brought in with the rhythmic play of parts with the decorative vertical wood ladder detail, horizontal stacked bands of solid surface material and wood for the vanity. The solid surface countertop was made deeper than the vanity cabinetry to allow for extra sink depth, however, this also served as an interesting architectural detail with the overhangs. Additional warmth and interest was brought to the space with three stacked metal horizontal sconces. The vertical band of mirror visually expands the space, and the Chrome waterfall style faucet disappears into the mirror, creating a waterfall experience into the sculptural stone sink. The wall-mounted toilet and floating vanity free up floor space, creating a clean look. Overall, the design evokes a warm and natural feel with the organic inspired materials and architectural details.

 

1st PLACE, SMALL BATH

1st PLACE, SMALL BATH

Erica Westeroth, CKD, CAPS, ARIDO

XTC Design Incorporated

Toronto, Ont.

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.

 

PHOTO BY JAMES NETZ PHOTOGRAPHY LLC; DESIGNER ADRIENNE DORIG LELAND

PHOTO BY JAMES NETZ PHOTOGRAPHY LLC; DESIGNER ADRIENNE DORIG LELAND

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

PHOTO BY A-MEDLEY PHOTOGRAPHY; DESIGNER SANDRA GJESDAHL

BUILDER/REMODELER HONORARY AWARD

Name: Sandra Gjesdahl

Bristol Design and Construction

Lynnwood, Wash.

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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