2010 National Kitchen & Bath Association Awards
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The annual competition among members of the Minnesota chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) brings out the best in local kitchen and bath transformations. If you suspect—or hope—there’s a kitchen or bath remodel in your home’s future, take a look at what talented Minnesota designers can do for you.
Photo by Karen MelvinClassic Character
Photo by Karen Melvin
Second Place: Large Bathrooms & Master Suites
(greater than 55 square feet)
Designer: Lori Jo Krengel, CMKBD
Kitchens By Krengel, St. Paul
The owners of this bathroom in a historic Summit Avenue home were looking for classic design, refined elegance, and period appropriateness. Lori Jo Krengel delivered with this understated update: white subway tiles, black Biedermeier-style vanity, and polished nickel hardware. The marble wainscot envelops the space, while the classic white basket-weave floor inlay provides a touch of grace. Krengel discovered an extra foot of ceiling during the remodeling process and raised the ceiling height accordingly, also adding a heated floor for wintertime warmth. The timeless style of this room is underlined by the neutral black, white, and gray hues, which add to its historic character.
Photo by Matt Schmitt Dogged Design
Photo by Matt Schmitt
Utilization of cabinetry in residential rooms or application other than kitchens or bathrooms
Designer: Carol Sadowsky, CKD
The Wood Shop of Avon, Edina
Co-Designer: Bruce Kading
Beson Kading Interior Design Group, Minneapolis
The laundry room of this newly constructed lake home has gone to the dogs—and that’s a beautiful thing. The owners asked Carol Sadowsky and Bruce Kading to incorporate a rustic aesthetic into a large, multi-functional laundry room that would serve family members, their weekend guests, and their dogs. The family’s two dogs gained private sleeping quarters, as well as a custom-designed dog shower suited to their size. The humans got two sets of washers and dryers, a concealed ironing station and seasonal clothes storage, open shelving for baskets, and ample counter space for sorting and folding. The room’s slate flooring, limestone countertops, and knotty alder cabinetry incorporates the same furniture-style look and custom finishes found in other areas of the house.
Photo by Karen Melvin Sustainable Tradition
Photo by Karen Melvin
Designer: Rosemary Merrill, AKBD
Casa Verde Design, Minneapolis
Rosemary Merrill of Casa Verde Design created this custom-crafted, built-in buffet and trestle table to demonstrate the compatibility of sustainable materials with classic design. She constructed the pieces from renewable resources, reclaimed wood, and vintage item. The buffet is made of Lyptus wood, which resembles mahogany, its glass doors are German antique glass, and its drawer pulls are recycled bronze. The buffet recalls a historical style, with its arch, raised-panel inset drawers, doors with finial hinges, and beaded face frame. The table is made from a 250-year-old white oak, reclaimed from an old cabin in rural Minnesota. It still has the original square nail heads embedded in the tabletop and butterfly joints connecting the wood where it has split.
Best Overall Makeovers
The editors of Midwest Home magazine awarded the best kitchen and bath makeovers.
The decision was based on the designer’s written design statement, solution to the client’s criteria, successful execution, aesthetic value of the space, and most dramatic before and after.
Photo by Susan Gilmore Keeping in Character
Photo by Susan Gilmore
Designer: David Heide
David Heide Design Studio, Minneapolis
David Heide transformed the small, outdated kitchen in this historic St. Paul home into a livable, twenty-first-century space-—yet kept its Prairie School demeanor. By adding to the rear of the house, and switching the placement of the dining room and kitchen, he connected the new space with the rest of the first floor. The custom cabinetry of vintage design hides modern appliances and adds new character to the old.
Photo by Mark Ehlen, Bath Reborn
Photo by Mark Ehlen,
Designer: Deborah A. Thompson, AKBD
Celadon Design, Minneapolis
From its humble beginnings as a typical 1980s-era bath—toilet, vanity, and shower crowded into a small, windowless room, Deborah A. Thompson fashioned a wonderfully airy, sleek, much more contemporary space. Removing a wall, adding plenty of glass and mirrors, and using warm, earthy tones for the tiles, she created a bath with precisely the spa-like ambiance the homeowner desired.
Kate Smith is an editorial intern at Midwest Home.
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