2013 NKBA Award-Winning Before and After Bath Design

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Drury Design transitional master bath has won Best Before and After Bath honors at the 2013 National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2013 Design Competition. Here’s a look at the Homer Glen, IL bath remodel that took home this special award.

Drury Design wins two 2013 NKBA Design competition awards!

Because we know you love to go behind the scenes as much as we do, here’s the 2013 NKBA Design Competition award-winning before and after bath design project profile. Read about the corrisponding NKBA award-winning large kitchen design project here.

What fascinates us most about this bath remodel? Three things: The teak ceiling. The “pebble” rug. And, we applaud the homeowners for having the vision to create an in-home spa to revitalize them and keep them at their best for their family of three youngsters.

Award-Winning Chicago Area Before and After Master Bath Design

A busy young couple with three very small children, the homeowners dreamed of replacing their cold and cavernous bathroom with a new bathroom to become their in-home oasis. In an ultimate relaxation space, they pictured a modern, but warm environment with natural materials and a private shower retreat.

Brigitte designed a soothing, neutral color palette using only natural materials including slate tile, a “rug” of pebbles, walnut cabinetry, a teak ceiling, and limestone counters; all contribute to the calming environment. An elegant soaking tub frames the view from a prominent picture window. The private shower is the perfect place to recharge or unwind with six body jets, one stationary shower head, one large rain head, one hand-held shower, and an integrated steam unit.

Design Objectives:

-Create a unique and modern spa-like retreat

-Separate his & her vanity areas

-Create a private shower retreat area

Design Challenges:

-Vaulted ceiling with poor ventilation

-Excessively large space that felt cavernous and cold

-Lack of storage for such a large space

2013 Award-Winning Transitional Bath Remodel

2013 NKBA Design Competition “Best Before and After Bath Remodel”

Design Solutions

-Re-worked ventilation system and increased number of fans

-Created an enclosed and very private steam shower area with body jets and large rain head, as well as a heated floor in the shower for the ultimate shower spa experience

-Allowed for his & her vanities backing up to the shower on one side and the water closet on the other side to creating privacy, and personal storage

-Used modern, yet, textural/earthy materials such as slate, stacked stone and natural walnut to convey warmth and a serene environment

-Increased storage by adding open niches flanking the tub, floating storage cabinets separate linen closet, as well as drawers under each sink utilizing U-shaped drawers to allow for plumbing

Brigitte has won numerous awards for her work, including a first-place in the NKBA Midwest Design Vision Awards. She says, “From the time I was very young, I’ve always been drawn to art and architecture. As I developed this interest, I saw the perfect opportunity to combine the two in the field of cabinetry design. Form and function, theme and variation, are my starting points for every home. Combining exterior aesthetics with interior elements and client tastes creates a unique space each and every time.” 

Brigitte graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with a bachelor’s degree in communications and served as an Adjunct Professor of Kitchen and Bath design for Harrington Institute of Design in Chicago.