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Old World Kitchen

An Old World style kitchen with custom cabinets, marble counters, an Aga cooker, and vintage tile and chandeliers
Photo By: Jim Fiora Studio, LLC

Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Inc.
Westbrook, CT
Designer: Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD
Co-Designer: Eric R. Koch, CKD

2010 NKBA Design Award: Medium Kitchens - Third Place

Design Notes: This kitchen incorporates antiques the homeowners collected: vintage chandeliers, a vintage brass faucet, 1800s-era stained glass windows, and a backsplash featuring 100-year-old blue and white German tile framed by sections of black marble. Detailed moldings, wide windowsills, plate racks, and a large dramatic mantel also show off their collectibles.
Products and Materials: AGA cooker, Carrara marble and cherry wood countertops, Superior Woodcraft custom cabinets, Vent-a-Hood liner, Linkasink copper prep sink, Whitehaus Collection fireclay apron sink, hand-scraped wide-plank pine flooring.

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A Sophisticated Contemporary Kitchen

A contemporary gray kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a stainless steel backsplash
Photo By: 360 VIP

Belle Kitchen, LLC
Minneapolis, MN
Designer: Tricia Bayer
Co-Designer: Jean-Claude Desjardins

2010 NKBA Design Award: Medium Kitchens - Second Place

Design Notes: The restaurateurs who own this home sought restaurant style and convenience in their kitchen. A circular sink station built into the island, a stainless steel tile backsplash, floating walnut shelves, and textured gray cabinets add drama, while a coffee station, steam oven and warming drawers add functionality.
Products and Materials: Gaggenau appliances; KWC water station and Eve faucets; Mirage stainless steel tile backsplash; Leicht cabinets in Esprit Basalt Gray, CaesarStone quartz counters in Concrete; BR-111 Brazilian cherry flooring.

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A Charming Period Kitchen

NKBA Award Winning turn-of-the-century small kitchen design
Photo by Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer
2011 NKBA Design Award: Small Kitchens - Second PlaceKitchens by RoseRamsey, NJDesigner: Rose Marie Carr

Design Notes: A turn-of-the-century kitchen features modern standards while maintaining its original period charm. A vertical beadboard backsplash, distressed cabinetry and a hammered copper sink embody the style of the era, while the kitchen's original Carolina pine flooring, brass spring hinges and push plates bring true authenticity to the room.


Products and Materials: Christiana painted and distressed maple and hickory cabinets and maple beadboard backsplash, honed Black Ash granite countertops, LaToscana Ducale faucet, oak and yellow North Carolina pine flooring, Bertazzoni range


Oceanfront Kitchen

Beachfront kitchen with walnut cabinets, marble counters, and round butcherblock table
Photo By: Bob Narod Photography, LLC

Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd.
Chevy Chase, MD
Designer: Jennifer L. Gilmer, CKD

2009 NKBA Design Awards: Medium Kitchens - First Place,
Pinnacle of Design

Design Notes: Designed for a top local real-estate agent's own home, this kitchen needed to be a showcase that maximized the ocean view. The cabinets balance the warmth of walnut with frosted glass inserts in cool hues, with matching floating shelves suspended from cables on either side of the cooktop. A custom round butcher-block table on casters can be positioned on the island or moved to the side.
Products and Materials: Premier Custom-Built walnut cabinets with antique cherry finish, valley gold marble countertops with antique finish, Grohe faucet, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Gaggenau cooktop.

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Mediterranean-Style Kitchen

Mediterranean style kitchen with large island and two peninsulas
Photo By: Brian Bookwalter Photography

Kitchens by Design
Indianapolis, IN
Designer: Kristin Ann Okeley, CKD
Co-Designer: Lisa Stites

2009 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Honorable Mention

Design Notes: An ornate balcony railing salvaged from Argentina turns the island into this kitchen's focal point. Dual peninsulas wrapped around the island offer room for numerous people to work simultaneously. Coffee-colored cabinets with counters and accents in shades of cream and nutmeg create a warm neutral palette.
Products and Materials: Rustic German beech cabinets with a coffee stain and distressed paint accents; Thermador microwave, refrigerator, and range; iroko wood island countertops; Durango stone perimeter countertops.

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A Social Contemporary Kitchen

NKBA Award winning contemporary medium kitchen design
Photo by Averill Lehan/PAI
2011 NKBA Design Award: Medium Kitchens - First PlaceAndros Kitchen & Bath Designs Mississauga, OntarioDesigner: Anastasia Rentzos, CKD, CBD

Design Notes: With entertainment in mind, this kitchen allows the homeowners to prepare and serve food while visiting with guests. A full-length Thermador wine refrigerator couples with a Thermador French-door refrigerator. An elevated boomerang-shaped glass bar top offers a spot to park a wine glass and chat with someone working at the prep sink, while the island's honed marble counter with a wraparound corner adds stand-out style to this mingling spot.

Products and Materials:
Acorn Kitchens maple cabinets with custom dark chocolate color; Caeserstone perimeter counters, Blanco Diva faucet and Alta bar faucet, porcelain tile floor, Dainolite pendant lighting, Thermador dual-fuel range and ventilation, Kindred double apron sink, mixed glass backsplash


Clean and Open Kitchen

NKBA award winning minimal contemporary open plan kitchen design
Photo by Ron Ruscio Photography
2011 NKBA Design Award: Open Plan Kitchens - Third Placebulthaup by Kitchen Distributors, Inc.Denver, CODesigner: William Landeros, CKDCo-Designer: Jed MacKenzie, CKD

Design Notes: Clean, horizontal lines and a neutral palette give this kitchen a minimal, sleek look. A mix of materials-from stainless steel appliances to anodized aluminum cabinets, black oak flooring to a warm alder countertop bar-creates variation in neutral color schemes and texture. The horizontal theme echoes across the room from wide horizontal cabinet pulls to the cabinetry's horizontal veneer. A 9-centimeter thick alder countertop offers a casual dining space while accenting the horizontal design.

Products and Materials: bulthaup cabinets in grey anodized aluminum with an alder veneer, Gaggenau cooktop and oven, Sharp microwave, Sub-Zero refrigerator, bulthaup ventilation, natural quartzite countertops, Dornbracht faucet, wenge flooring in ebony, Franke sink


An Energy-Saving Kitchen

NKBA Award winning sustainable eco-friendly kitchen design
Photo by Michael J. Lee Photography
2011 NKBA Design Award: Sustainable- Best ofKitchen ViewsNewton, MADesigner: Jessica Williamson, AKBD

Design Notes: When this family of five moved from the city to the suburbs, they wanted to build an eco-friendly new home with an open-plan living space featuring a green kitchen. Environmentally conscientious products fill the kitchen, including LEED-certified cabinetry with a no-VOC finish and no added formaldehyde, a recycled glass backsplash, and a recycled redwood counter. A whole-house lighting system makes saving energy easier, and a PEX plumbing system allowed for the installation of a gray-water recover system. An island dining spot lets the kids snack while Mom and Dad cook on the Energy Star appliances.

Products and Materials: GE Monogram appliances, Caesarstone quartz countertops, GreenQuest by Crystal cabinets


A Fine French Kitchen

A traditional French style kitchen with large Wolf range, wood flooring, intricate carvings and moldings, and two kitchen islands
Photo By: ©2009 Peter Leach Photographer

Steiner & Houck, Inc.
Columbia, PA
Designer: Sandra L. Steiner-Houck, CKD

2010 NKBA Design Award: Open Plan Kitchens - Third Place

Design Notes: Designed for entertaining, this traditional French style kitchen includes two islands-one with seating and the other housing a prep sink, microwave, and warming drawer. A grand arched stone alcove holds an 8-burner range; across from it sit wide windows, a farmhouse sink and an integrated refrigerator with elaborate carved onlays.
Products and Materials: Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, cherry hardwood flooring, Kashmir Gold granite and teakwood counters, Premier Custom-Built cabinets, Perrin & Rowe faucets, Shaw's Original fireclay apron sink.

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Bright and Light Remodel

NKBA award winning best remodel kitchen makeover
Photo by Bob Narod
2011 NKBA Design Award: Before and After - Best ofDesign Studio International Kitchen & Bath, LLC Falls Church, VA Designer: Savena Doychinov, CKD

NKBA award winning kitchen remodel before its makeover


Design Notes: Remodeled to add extra light, work surfaces and storage, this kitchen now flaunts two French doors and a triple window, as well as a large island with work, storage and an eating area with plenty of seating. White cabinets and an airy neutral color scheme add to the lightness, as does open shelving to display the homeowners' pottery collection. With seven openings to this kitchen, traffic jams have ended and the room flows smoothly to the dining room and den as well as the outdoors.

Products and Materials: White oak flooring in driftwood stain; Adelphi Kitchens & Cabinetry custom cabinets, Thermador 36-inch Freedom collection refrigerator, Miele wall oven, dishwasher, and microwave and speed oven; Blanco Silgranit sink, Blanco faucets, honed Pietra grey marble countertops, Zephyr ventilation, Richelieu handmade hardware, Häfele dish organization system, Crate and Barrel stools.