The Georgia Chapter of NKBA announced the winning entries of their inaugural statewide Design Competition at the Calla Awards on May 16, 2008 at an invitation only, black-tie event held at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. Judged by certified kitchen and bath professionals from the NKBA Carolinas Chapter, the winners were recognized with this prestigious award for their adherence to the national planning guides with access standards for kitchen and bath design as set forth by the NKBA.
Amongst the winning entries is a kitchen design by Becky Sue Becker, CKD of Designs by BSB. The project was designed for a traditional home in the Midtown area of Atlanta, Georgia. The kitchen received 1st place in the Large Kitchen Catagory and will be featured in the upcoming Atlanta Home Magazine and TRENDS publications.
Homeowners, contemplating a kitchen or bath remodel or new construction, need to know why national design standards are important to their new design and their impact on the functionality of their new living space. Clients tend to focus on the aesthetic aspects of their new kitchen or bath and it is our responsibility as professionals to combine beauty with the important technical elements for functionality, universal design and safety.
Large Kitchen Winning Entry – Design Statement
A stunning large kitchen to entertain family and friends was on the top of the client’s wish list. Soft white cabinets with a warm glaze offer a calming atmosphere, while the use of furniture elements, such as turned posts, valance toe boards, heavy base board and corbels, along with a cherry island gave the kitchen a traditional feel.
The open floor plan easily accommodated two islands – allowing adequate room for guests to serve beverages, help prep or simply visit comfortably at the furthest island, while others could attend to serious cooking activities along the main back wall without congestion. The use of all Viking stainless steel cooking and refrigeration appliances gives a stage presence that this client is serious about cooking and entertaining. With double microwaves, ovens and warming drawers they are assured to fill any order, in a timely fashion – and hot!
Interior accessories were not overlooked. An abundance of pull out spice racks, double trash bins, tray storage, cutlery dividers and pull out pantry system gives the client all the right tools to keep a well organized kitchen.
Details were kept simple to avoid a cluttered look in this large kitchen. Emphasis was placed on the symmetrical balance of all the elements in the design, including the heavy beams on the ceiling, stainless steel appliances and dual islands. The iron pot rack gave the strongest focal and offered a staple to the center balance of the room. In the end the clients’ order was filled – being presented with a warm and engaging space that caters to their every need and want!