Winning ways

Annual competitions keep NKBA members at the forefront of good kitchen design and manufacture
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View of a new kitchen which was designed by Holly Bisby of West Side Lumber and was a prize winner featuring benchtops, wooden flooring, lighting, cabinetry and kitchen appliances.

In any kitchen, the things you can't see are just as important as the visual elements. Whether it's an innovative solution to a particular design challenge, an ergonomic feature or efficient storage, these are the things that make a good kitchen great.

The Chicago Midwest chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recognizes the talent of its members in its annual Design Visions competition. Aesthetics and functionality come together in projects that are judged on visual appeal and structural feasibility, as well as ventilation, safety and ergonomics.


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View of a kitchen which was designed by Tine Lynne Muller of Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio and was a prize winner featuring granite benchtops, wooden flooring, lighting, cabinetry and kitchen appliances.

As the kitchens on these pages illustrate, the award-winning designs reflect the wealth of talent and experience of chapter members.

The new Chicago Midwest chapter president, Linc Yates CKD, says NKBA members stay abreast of current trends by attending professional development courses that raise the bar for kitchen and bath design.

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View of a new kitchen which was designed by Julie Loehner of Kitchens By Julie and was a prize winner featuring kitchen island, granite benchtops, tiled flooring, chandeliers, cabinetry and kitchen appliances.

"A kitchen or bath remodeling project will substantially increase a home's value, but clients need to know they are dealing with a highly trained and experienced professional," he says. "Hiring an NKBA member provides this assurance. Homeowners will also save money in the long run by avoiding costly mistakes. There can be other cost savings as well, with members able to source products at competitive rates."

To help you plan your kitchen, the association has published the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Consumer Workbook a step-by-step resource that guides you through the process. For more information or to find a member in your area, contact the NKBA, phone tollfree (800) 843 6522. For a free copy of the workbook, visit the website: www.nkba.org.

Mar 04, 2009
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