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1st Place Small Kitchen - 2015 NKBA Design Competition

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Never was I a "first place" kind of a kid. I always had to work for everything, and I still do. Sometimes that little voice inside your head puts you down and sometimes it actually supports you. This year, I listened to the angel on the shoulder and did what I wanted. I am elated that I won 1st Place Small Kitchen in the 2015 NKBA Design Competition (International) and 1st Place Medium Kitchen in the 2014 NKBA British Columbia Chapter Design Competition (Provincial). I was complete mouth drop, weak knees, hand shaking shocked. SHOCKED! Just ask around, the reaction is very real still. But here's the thing.

This win comes at a big thank you to the entire team that collaborated to make this project what it is:

Thank you to my clients; you are notable and I am honoured to work with you through this whole process. From Skype meetings, to us screwing it up a bit on the tile selection, you have an amazing space that is unbelievably grown up and fits for a lifetime of family visits.

Now, Ian & Scott from Fifth Element Construction & Renovation Ltd., you guys are the very best at what you do and I'm privileged and honoured to work with you so much. Everything you see, from my design plans to the millwork carpentry of that bench seat and so very much more, it is all because of your dedication and professional that we continue to do great work for great people.

So, all you Designer's might be asking right now what makes this one an NKBA winner? Let me tell you:

  1. Drawings that are correct, follow graphic presentation principles, and are not scaled copies of a 1/2" = 1'-0" scale. Watch your printer outputs! This is a big one.
  2. Photography that represents the space as it is; avoid overly done photo corrections
  3. A design statement that justifies any questions, it's objective not subjective

That is it. It's not hard. My strongest recommendation for all the professionals reading this is to get your graphic presentation skills down to an art and have them vetted if you're unsure. This is our number one failure in the industry and communicating our design concepts are key.

Overall View of Kitchen & Dining Room

Overall View of Kitchen & Dining Room

Kitchen view from entry

Kitchen view from entry

View from Dining Room

View from Dining Room

Dining Room, expandable table closed

Dining Room, expandable table closed

Dining Room, expandable table open

Dining Room, expandable table open

One-hundred and sixty-eight hours: #KBIS2015

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It is that time of year again, time for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas! Yes, there are one-hundred and sixty-eight hours (or seven days) of epic design, kitchens, bathrooms, construction, furniture, and finishings to go though. As a part of a huge Design and Construction Week, the CKID Team is attending 5 major industry shows:

  • Las Vegas Market (LVMKT) 2015 for soft furnishings and accessories
  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2015 for all things kitchen and bath
  • The NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) 2015 for construction
  • The International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) 2015
  • The International Surface Event (TISE) 2015

And yet that is not all. During the prime time - the KBIS time - I will be participating in two Voices of the Industry Conference Sessions and two panel discussions on the KBIS Next stage. I'm really excited about Rent my Brain, Reduce the Pain© - Co-authored and co-presented with Judith Neary, CMKBD - where we are opening the flood gates on this new business realities of residential interior, kitchen, and bathroom design.

If you want to participate and engage, perhaps see what I'm hunting down for YOUR future project, you can always find us on the social media channels of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook all week long.

Be sure to stay tuned for a #topsecret announcement Monday night!