The 2016 NKBA Northern California Design Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 NKBA Northern California Design Competition! Visit nocankba.org/design-awards to learn about the 2017 competition and view previous contest winners.

First Place: Small Kitchen
Designer: Amanda VanNortwick
Altera Design & Remodeling Inc., Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 938-1100, amanda@alteradesign.com

Photography by: John Hayes

A Bright, Contemporary Space
 A retired homeowner wanted to remodel the outdated kitchen in her 1980s townhouse to better fit her needs and contemporary style. A high-angled ceiling combined with floating walls and a suspended lighting soffit created a dark, isolated, oppressive-feeling space. By removing some of the floating walls, opening up the soffit in the middle, and adding a work peninsula and layered lighting, designer Amanda VanNortwick created a bright, contemporary, enjoyable space.
 
 
First Place: Medium Kitchen A
Designer: Leslie Kalish
LMK Interiors, Lafayette, CA
(925) 962-9610, lesliekalish@gmail.com
 
Co-Designer: Jennifer Hobson
Altera Design & Remodeling Inc., Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 938-1100, jen@alteradesign.com 

Photography by: John Hayes

Elegant Kitchen, Rustic Beams
 Designer Leslie Kalish and co-designer Jennifer Hobson designed a spacious-feeling, elegant kitchen within a restricted space by raising the ceiling 18 inches. This allowed for taller cabinets and classic molding, as well as gorgeous rustic wooden beams placed in a simple grid pattern overhead. The earthy atmosphere of the beams balanced the warm grey color palette of the elegant cabinetry and artisan tiles. The duo added a new stain to the hardwood floors to match the beams and tie the whole kitchen together.
 
 
First Place: Medium Kitchen B 
Designer: Marina Bojovic
Timeline Design, Saratoga, CA
(408) 741-3000, mbojovic@tldesign.net 

Photography by: Curtis Finger

 An Enlarged Kitchen Becomes A Delightful Haven For New Owners
 The new kitchen, courtesy of designer Marina Bojovic, pays homage to the homeowners’ enthusiasm for cooking. Bojovic and her team enlarged the space, which provided more room for storage and countertops, and they updated the previous materials. Bojovic says the extensive remodel marked a psychological transfer of ownership from the previous inhabitant; the remodel not only improved the new owners’ daily cooking, dining, and entertaining, but provided confirmation that they had made the home their own.
 
 
First Place: Judges’ Choice Kitchen, People’s Choice Kitchen, First Place: Large Kitchen, First Place: Before & After 
Designer:  Leslie Lamarre, CKD
Co-Designer: J. Michael McGinn
TRG Architecture + Interior Design, San Mateo, CA


Photography by: Bernard André

Gourmet Stunner, Modern Conveniences
 Designer Leslie Lamarre and co-designer J. Michael McGinn transformed an unattractive and disproportionately small kitchen into a contemporary gourmet stunner that features conveniences like pop-up outlets and servo drive drawers. They also added back-to-back kitchen sinks to make cleanup a breeze.
 
 
First Place: Small to Medium Bathroom
Designer: Genie Nowicki, CKD, CBD
Harrell Remodeling, Inc., Palo Alto, CA

Photography by: Bernard André

A Colorful Master Bathroom for an Artistic Family 
 Designer Genie Nowicki’s goal for this master bathroom was to create a comfortable, accessible, and safe space for the whole family while incorporating the owners’ passion for hand-painted Catalina tile. The design proves “accessible” doesn’t have to mean “sterile” or “boring.”
 
 
First Place: Large Bathroom
Designer: Amanda VanNortwick
Altera Design & Remodeling Inc., Walnut Creek, CA
(925) 938-1100, amanda@alteradesign.com

Photography by: John Hayes

A Spa-Like Private Retreat With an Innovative Design
Designer Amanda VanNortwick transformed this master bathroom into a private retreat with an innovative “wet area” design, including a separate soaking tub and shower behind a single, frameless glass enclosure. To lend a natural element and spa-like feel, VanNortwick used a combination of tiles with a warm color palette to resemble wooden planks and natural stone pebbles leading up to and throughout the wet area. The vanity’s deep espresso color anchors the room.
 
 
 
Judges’ Choice Bathroom, First Place: Master Bathroom Suite 
Designer:  Leslie Lamarre, CKD
Co-Designer: J. Michael McGinn
TRG Architecture + Interior Design, San Mateo, CA


Photography by: Bernard André

A Contemporary, Luxurious, Masculine Space 
 Designer Leslie Lamarre and co-designer J. Michael McGinn converted a chaotic master bathroom/closet into the contemporary, luxurious, and masculine space the clients wanted. The remodel allotted ample storage for the couple’s 100 lineal feet of hanging clothes and 200 pairs of shoes.
 
 
Peoples’ Choice Bathroom 
Designer: Sara Jorgensen
Harrell Remodeling, Inc., Palo Alto, CA 
(650) 230-2900 

Photography by: Bernard André

A Relaxing, Contemporary Space 
Frustrated by an awkwardly placed shower in direct view of the bed and a dysfunctional, oversized tub with unpredictable shower temperatures, these clients were ready for an overhaul. They craved a relaxing contemporary space with a spacious, functional shower, room for two at the vanity, and customized storage. With clever space configuration, www.buy-trusted-tablets.com Jorgensen helped them achieve their dream master bathroom. Custom amenities include an LED shower drain, self-cleaning toilet, and sculptural freestanding tub
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