The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Ontario Chapter gathers annually at its 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, as well as eight specialty categories including People’s Choice. Additionally, the prestigious Pinnacle Award is given to MARTIN DE SOUSA of DESIGNSTRÖM INC. and MICHAELA BURNS of MICHAELA BURNS INTERIORS. representing the best of all entries and selected from all the first-place winners.
The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest run by NextHome + RENO+DECOR. Select kitchens from the competition entries are nominated and voted upon by industry peers and the public. This year’s winner was Kitchen No. 41, designed by CHRISTINE DA COSTA and MARIA PERKETA of ASPIRE DESIGN GROUP. The winner of the $250 Home Depot Gift Card, valued at $250, was ERIN BEAM.