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The best of the best, the NKBA Awards

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The best of the best, the NKBA Awards

The National Kitchen & Bath Awards gala event gives top honours to Ontario’s ever-growing talented interior design industry

By Allie Baxter, CKD, CLIPP

Last year proved to be a stellar year for kitchen and bath design. To honour the outstanding work we saw in 2019, the industry’s best gathered at the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge, Ontario on February 8th.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Ontario Chapter gathers annually at their Awards Gala to celebrate the talented designers and their exceptional design projects from the previous year. The standout, winning designs must be both visually appealing, as well as fully functional and safe.

This year’s panel of judges, all certified designers (CKD, CBD, CKBD, CMKBD), past winners, and industry experts, would agree the entries both met and exceeded the criteria. Qualifying projects are scored based on the NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. Awards are presented for design excellence and creativity within nine design categories, eight specialty categories including People’s Choice, plus the prestigious Pinnacle Award, which went to Dvira Ovadia of Dvira Interiors. This tribute represents the best of all entries and is selected from all the first-place winners.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest run by Homes Publishing Group. Select kitchens from the competition entries are nominated and voted upon by industry peers as well as the general public, receiving over 3,000 voters. This year’s winner was Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors.

Both Homes Publishing and the NKBA Ontario Chapter are proud to feature this year’s award-winning designers and their respective designs with you.

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2020 International Builders' Show: The Building Industry's Biggest Event

2020 International Builders’ Show – the building industry’s biggest event

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2020 International Builders’ Show – the building industry’s biggest event

Registration is open for the 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS), the largest annual home renovation and residential construction show in the world. The show, owned and operated by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers special registration discounts for international delegations.

IBS will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 21 to 23, where it will again co-locate with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for the seventh annual Design & Construction Week (DCW). The two shows are expected to host more than 2,000 exhibiting brands spanning more than one million net sq. ft. of exhibit space, for the largest annual gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

“It’s our goal for the NAHB International Builders’ Show to be the event of the year for our members and industry professionals,” says NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a homebuilder and developer from Torrington, Conn. “Nowhere else will you find top-level education sessions, a variety of networking opportunities, special events and an exhibit hall full of innovative products all in one place. This is truly an event you can’t miss.”

Attendees with a full conference registration will have access to more than 150 education sessions led by renowned experts on a wide range of industry topics. New this year, Master Workshops, previously known as Master Sessions, will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, the day before the show officially kicks off as part of pre-show education and will be open to all registered show attendees for an additional fee.

IBS will again feature six Centrals that offer specific areas of focus within the building industry with their own schedule of events. A variety of activities are available inside the Centrals including workshops, networking events, roundtable discussions and guided product tours of the exhibit hall. The High-Performance Building Zone will feature real-world construction demonstrations, and IBS Live will host presentations focused on what’s next in homebuilding. Additionally, the IBS show floor will feature the CEDIA Pavilion, a space showcasing exhibitors which specialize in technology solutions for the home.

The 2020 show will kick off on the morning of Jan. 21 with an Opening Ceremonies event featuring basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. That evening, OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace will host the Official IBS House Party. Other events throughout the week include the Young Pro Party Wednesday night at On The Record at Park MGM, followed by the IBS Closing Concert Thursday night with a performance by award-winning rock band, the Doobie Brothers.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour NAHB’s official IBS show homes, The New American Home (TNAH) and The New American Remodel (TNAR). The homes are designed to showcase innovative building technologies, emerging design trends and the latest building products. The showcase products in the homes are provided by members of the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council.

Groups of five or more international IBS registrants can take advantage of exclusive registration discounts and special show benefits when starting a delegation. Delegates receive complimentary expo pass registrations for their group, as well as discounts on 1-day education and full registrations. For a full list of offerings, visit: buildersshow.com/delegation.

The NAHB International Builders’ Show is not open to the general public. Renovation professionals and their affiliates are invited to register by visiting the show’s website at buildersshow.com.

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NKBA 2019 Design Awards

NKBA 2019 Design Awards – And the winner is …

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NKBA 2019 Design Awards – And the winner is …

This year’s gala event celebrates Ontario’s best and adds a new creative category to the mix

Designing an award-winning kitchen or bathroom is much more challenging than making the space look pretty. It’s about creating an attractive and stylish room while continuing to balance the practical demands of everyday life.

Each year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Ontario Chapter hosts a gala evening to celebrate the entries and reveal the winners of its annual design competition, and the calibre of this year’s winning projects proved to be exceptional!

There was excitement in the air as kitchen and bath designers, along with industry suppliers and leaders, gathered at the much-anticipated annual event, which took place February 9th at the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge.

Entries to the competition are judged by a panel of certified designers (CKD, CBD, CKBD, CMKBD) and industry experts. Qualifying projects are then scored on various criteria, including: NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. With 11 categories, six specialty awards including People’s Choice, plus the revered Pinnacle

Award, a total of 36 awards were presented for design excellence and creativity. A new category of Concept Kitchen was added this year where entrants could push the boundaries and create a space for an imaginary family without a budget to limit them.

This year’s Pinnacle Award Winner was Rose Barroso of Barroso Homes. This prestigious award represents the best of all entries and is selected from all the firstplace place winners.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest run by Homes Publishing Group. Select kitchens from the competition entries are nominated and voted upon by industry peers as well as the general public. This year’s winner was Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer). The NKBA Ontario Chapter and HOMES Publishing are thrilled to feature this year’s award-winning designers and their respective designs.

Pinnacle Award

Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

Compact Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

Small Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Linnea Lions, Designström

SECOND PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

THIRD PLACE Benjamin John Ouellette, Bjoid

HONOURABLE MENTION Beverley Binns, Binns Kitchen + Bath

Medium Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Beverley Binns, Binns Kitchen + Bath

SECOND PLACE Leanne Tammaro & Adolphina Karachok (Co-designer), Designtheory Inc.

THIRD PLACE Joleen M Constantis, Volumes of Space, Inc. & Hira Homes (Co-designer)

HONOURABLE MENTION Linnea Lions, Designström

Large Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Glen Peloso & Elizabeth Smith (Co-designer), Grafus Design Build

SECOND PLACE Frankie Castro, Square Footage Inc.

THIRD PLACE Andrea Pannaci, Olympic Kitchens Inc.

HONOURABLE MENTION Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer),

Concept Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Martin deSousa, Designström

SECOND PLACE Cassandra Nordell, William Standen Co.

Powder Room

FIRST PLACE Andrea Pannaci, Olympic Kitchens Inc.

SECOND PLACE Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

Small Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Brittany Oakley, Toronto Custom Concepts Inc.

SECOND PLACE Mark Ashton, Ashton Renovations

Medium Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors

SECOND PLACE Celeste Pilon, Total Living Concepts

Large Bathroom

FIRST PLACE Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

SECOND PLACE Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

THIRD PLACE Natalie Venalainen & Keith O’Brien (Co-designer), Men at Work Design Build Ltd.

HONOURABLE MENTION Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors

Other Room / Outdoor Kitchen

FIRST PLACE Laura Goard, Square Footage Inc.

SECOND PLACE Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes

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FIRST PLACE Yasmine Goodwin, My Design Studio

SECOND PLACE Erica Sibley & Beverley Binns (Co-designer), Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

Best Traditional Kitchen

Glen Peloso & Elizabeth Smith, Grafus Design Build

Best Before & After Kitchen

Frankie Castro, Square Footage Inc.

Best Before & After Bathroom

Alannah Bent, William Standen Co.

Best Budget Kitchen

Emma Doucet, Grassroots Design + Build

Best New Designer

Alex Deelen, Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

People’s Choice HPG

Svetlana Tryaskina, Estee Design & Ilona Peever, Irpinia Kitchens (Co-designer)

The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.


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NKBA 2018 DESIGN AWARDS: SHINE ON

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NKBA 2018 DESIGN AWARDS: SHINE ON

This year’s gala event gains momentum and puts the spotlight on an ever-growing pool of design talent in Ontario

By Fay Splett

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the 2018 NKBA Ontario chapter design competition winners.

The theme of Mixed Metals shined bright at this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Ontario Chapter awards gala. The annual design event, already in its 15th year, took place at the International Centre in Mississauga on February 10th where the winners and their design excellence were revealed and celebrated.

This annual affair had a record number turnout this year. The gala over the years has grown from a mere 50 attendees to over 300, and sold out a month in advance. It is a much-anticipated event each year by kitchen and bath designers, and the industry suppliers and leaders.

Growing yearly as well is the number and quality of designs that the competition attracts, as the calibre was exceptionally high this year. Some of the past winners have gone on to win North American kitchen and bath design awards.

Entries to the annual competition were judged by a panel of NKBA certified designers (CMKBD, CKD, CBD) and industry experts. All qualifying projects were scored on various criteria, including NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation.

This year, 36 winners including Pinnacle, were honoured and recognized for their creativity and design excellence at the gala event. There were 10 categories, six specialty categories, the prestigious Pinnacle Award and the People’s Choice Award. New categories added this year included: the Best Before & After Kitchen and the Best Before & After Bath awards. With the growing number of homeowners choosing to stay in their own homes and renovate instead of moving, there were many entries with great examples of dramatic transformations that warranted recognition.

This year’s Pinnacle Award winner was Beverley Binns and her co-designer, Erica Sibley from Binns Kitchen + Bath Design. This prestigious award is selected from all first-place winning designs and represents the best of all entries.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest, run by Homes Publishing Group, of all of the kitchen award-winning designs in the competition. The kitchens are voted on by industry peers as well as the general public. This year’s winner was Art Warren; CMKBD from The Affordable Kitchen Company/Designers Consortium.

By featuring the winning designers at the awards gala and in this publication, it brings awareness of the importance of professional design to both the consumer and within the industry.

PINNACLE AWARD

Beverley Binns Co-designer – Erica Sibley Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

COMPACT KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Martin de Sousa Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Aleem Ladha Andros Kitchen & Bath Design

THIRD PLACE Frankie Castro Co-designer – Laura Goard Square Footage Inc.

SMALL KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

SECOND PLACE Erika Floysvik Fia & Company

THIRD PLACE Erika Floysvik Fia & Company

HONOURABLE MENTION Frankie Castro Co-designer – Laura Goard Square Footage Inc.

MEDIUM KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Linnea Lions Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Charlie Coull Charlie Coull Design

THIRD PLACE Martin de Sousa Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

HONOURABLE MENTION Andrew Bansley Olympic Kitchens

LARGE KITCHEN

FIRST PLACE Beverley Binns Co-designer – Erica Sibley Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

THIRD PLACE Nathalie Tremblay Atelier Cachet

POWDER ROOM

FIRST PLACE Linnea Lions Linnea Lions Designs

SECOND PLACE Dvira Ovadia Dvira Interiors

SMALL BATHROOM

FIRST PLACE Erica Sibley Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

SECOND PLACE Anna Zhilkin Sosna Inc.

MEDIUM BATHROOM

FIRST PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

SECOND PLACE Dvira Ovadia Dvira Interiors

LARGE BATHROOM

FIRST PLACE Benjamin John Ouellette BJOID

SECOND PLACE Martin de Sousa Binns Kitchen + Bath Design

THIRD PLACE Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

HONOURABLE MENTION Paula Lang Braam’s Custom Cabinets Co-designer – Britt Elgner Olly and Em

OTHER ROOMS

FIRST PLACE Kemi Sijuwade Braam’s Custom Cabinets Co-designer – Joanne Ceranic Studio H Design

SECOND PLACE Victoria Shaw Eggersmann Toronto

PROMOTIONAL DISPLAY John O’Rourke The Brownstone

SPECIALTY AWARDS

BEST TRADITIONAL KITCHEN Art Warren The Affordable Kitchen Company/Designers Consortium

BEST BUDGET KITCHEN Andrea Panacci Olympic Kitchens

BEST GREEN KITCHEN Cassandra Nordell William Standen Co.

BEST BEFORE & AFTER KITCHEN Mary Ellen Lynch Lynch + Comisso Inc.

BEST BEFORE & AFTER BATH Laura Goard Co-designer – Frankie Castro Square Footage Inc.

BEST NEW DESIGNER Aleem Ladha Andros Kitchen & Bath Design

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Art Warren The Affordable Kitchen Company/Designers Consortium

The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

Fay Splett – Associate Publisher & Editor of ONTARIO DESIGN, myhomepage.ca.

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