K+BB Design Award Winners
Scott Dresner of Dresner Design in Chicago raised the ceiling height in this kitchen and lightened and brightened the finishes to give the illusion of more space and openness. He chose elements he thought would best complement the existing architecture, including a one-ton Calacatta Gold marble kitchen island.
Dresner and his team redid the electrical and created cabinetry to house a ventless washer and dryer.
Before the renovation, the ceiling had been accessed several times to add new ductwork for central air conditioning, and as a result, it had been lowered to 8 feet. Dresner demolished the existing ceiling and removed the existing 6-in. cans to allow him to raise it back to 9 feet, making the room feel larger.
The overall goals of this bathroom renovation – by Design Studio 15 and Keesee and Associates – were extra closet space, creative storage ideas, ample lighting – daylight and LED – a large shower space and a one-of-a-kind ceiling.
A portion of the shower is housed in an outside private extension, which is also home to the dray sauna, lounge area and fountain.
The stone tub from Aquatica is set to life by dramatic LED lighting in the high-polished quartz flooring.
Chicago-based designer Mick de Giulio conceived the concept for the layout, which also included Mick Ricereto and the SieMatic team under the direction of André Backemeier, head of corporate architecture and design. One of the two “apartments” in the showroom is a classically designed, traditional space with the SieMatic BeauxArts.02 line, which features stainless steel and glass door cabinets, polished nickel handles and mirror-finished, metal toe kick spaces.
The second apartment features the SieMatic S2 cabinetry collection, a handle-free design that includes a butler’s pantry made with the original SieMatic BeauxArts cabinetry. A t-shaped dining table on the center island illustrates the popularity of an open-plan kitchen.
A long wall of windows had previously been covered by displays and back office functions until the design team decided to open up this view to the entire space and embrace the New York City skyline.
The goals of better utilizing and brightening the space in this bathroom renovation – by Tamera Overstreet with Accent Cabinets and Keith Blair of Keith Blair and Associates in Houston – were accomplished by a wall removal, clever reuse of the linen closet space and the elimination of a never-used tub.
Frameless birch plywood cabinetry finished in an acrylic high gloss was used to create additional light reflection.
Dimensional, decorative tile was used in subtle tones on the walls of the wet room in this bathroom designed by Suzanne Lasky of S Interior Design in Scottsdale, Ariz. The linear drain in the shower is an LED multi-colored light that turns on when it gets wet.
The designer incorporated custom-designed, floating vanities of rift-cut oak stained a rich, dark brown with ample storage and built-in, hidden outlets. She also managed to include a sit-down vanity in the design plan.
Amy Yin custom designed eight antique-mirrored cabinet doors with fretwork inspired by Chinese wooden window screens from her grandmother’s home province of Suzhou, China.
Lauren Levant Bland added touches of glamour to this kitchen design, including retro-modern, crystal chandeliers, chrome-studded leather detail, the tin ceiling and a water-jet-cut marble mosaic.
This year’s judges were impressed by the ceiling detail, the tile as a focal point behind the stove and the interesting concept of the two islands facing each other. “She nailed it,” said Chantal Devane. “This design is beautifully classic and elegant.”
Textured, stamped, non-slip concrete was chosen for the flooring in the Frisbees Kitchen & Bath Showroom in Sioux Falls, S.D., to create the racetrack illusion.