Before we dive into our Design Contest Winner post for this week – I wanted to recap and highlight some key elements to remember about our design contest and the wonderful extras that can come from winning – not just the money – even though that is pretty awesome too!!!
Our Yearly Design Contest has several different categories; Large Kitchen, Small Kitchen, Bath and Other Rooms – you can pretty much enter any space designed with Wellborn Cabinets. Each category has to follow the same guidelines for submission and design guidelines for the spaces that are being designed.
To me one of the greatest aspects about our design contest is the professional exposure that you as a designer can gain by simply entering your design work. Your winning designs could be featured in all of our marketing efforts; publications, websites, advertising, training, and social media. With the digital world we now live in – – – your work could be visible on a “global platform”!
So remember that when you are designing and building your portfolio consider entering your designs – you never know – you could be a “Wellborn Design Contest Winner” too!
Now it’s time to learn about Maggie Burns and the “Opportunities” she faced in designing for the Terry Family. So enjoy her design story.
Opportunity: How to integrate the awkward corner space left over after building on a new family room addition. A home addition provided the client and his family more space to entertain and relax in. However, the rear of the existing home, when opened up to the new space, became an awkward pass through.It was too small for a furniture seating group, but too large to waste as a hallway.
The solution was to build an entertainment bar, which would enhance entertaining, and highlight the space as a point of interest. We nestled cabinetry into the angle of the corner, and designed a radius bar that would curve gently out into the room. Angling it served two purposes. It kept it compact, as well as introduced it frontally to both spaces, further blending them together.
Opportunity: The homeowner wanted the cabinetry in the new spaces to closely match the home’s existing cabinetry. Matching existing cabinetry is almost always impossible, but because we were around a corner from the existing kitchen, we used the Wellborn door style (Bedford Square Poplar finished in dark) that most closely resembled that in the rest of the home. We also used the same dramatic granite, Oceanic Bordeaux in both areas to tie them together. The result is that as you move from one area to the next, the differences are imperceptible.
Opportunity: The client wanted this project to not only be functional, but very unique and conversational. We decided to offer something that was unexpected. The client wanted a flat screen television in the rear wall, but we decided to mount it under two way glass, so that when not in use, it was still an elegant mirrored bar. He loved that he could change the whole feel of an event by just “turning on the game.”
Opportunity: How to trim the curved bar wall. We ordered Wellborn finished panels, Wellborn matching stain, and flexible base molding from a building supplier. The 3/16” panels curved around the half wall, and the flex molding was stained to match and applied over the panels.
A great design that took a unused corner what was seen as a waste of space and turned it into a focal point of this great family room addition. Great design work Maggie Burns and kudos to your installation team on the island!!!
This week we spotlight the talent of Audra Lamb ASID, with Sunset Tile and Bath who won big in 2010-2011’s Design Contest in the Bath Category.
Design Mission: Create a more contemporary Master Bath for the McNail Household without adding more space or breaking the bank.
Design Mission Statement:
This Master Bath’s builder grade configuration limited possibilities of elongated vanity as well as tub area. Reducing the vanity size allowed for enlarging tub platform and installing a tile surround.
The customer wanted to allow for a taller tub splash due to the roman tub faucet being modified into a wall mount diverter and spout.
The counter top backsplash was incorporated into the tub splash by continuing the travertine ogee molding and tumbled mesh to create a cohesive look through the bath.
In order to give the customer and more contemporary look, Prairie Maple cabinetry with a Sienna finish was used and allowed the bathroom to have balance between the light and dark finishes.
The drawers were upgraded to wood dovetail drawer boxes to give the customer a higher quality finish, but still keeping the cabinet economical.
The shower layout was reconfigured to allow the customer to incorporate and shower bench connecting with the tub platform.
• The customers incorporated an adjustable shower arm to allow for customization between their different heights.
• We used natural travertine tiles in two colors and multiples sizes to give visual interest without being overwhelming in their space.
• We also incorporated a frameless heavy glass shower enclosure with clear glass to allow for easy visibility of the new tile patters as well as increasing the feeling of a larger bathroom.
The large format mirror was also replaced with two custom framed mirrors to give a more inviting look to the vanity area.
A slab travertine counter top with under mount sinks gave a neutral look to the vanity area and made the cabinetry more of a focal point in the room.
Mission Accomplished – Great Work Audra!
Audra Lamb, ASID
Sunset Tile & Bath
James Stratton of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a Dream Kitchen Designer and a Wellborn Design Winner!
James entered his “Townhome Treasure” in the (Large Kitchen (>42 sq ft of Countertops) Type: Remodel) Category and won.
We are proud to share his work with you! Enjoy the images and his design statement below.
When you walked into this Townhome you were faced with an outdated and cramped kitchen.
The customer wanted her guests to be greeted by a bright, “up to date” space which incorporated a warm classic style.
Now, as you enter this townhome you are drawn into the sophisticated, modern kitchen with its touch of European styling.
The diminutive space and placing of skylights made opening the kitchen difficult. By expanding the room into the laundry room both obstacles were overcome. The washer and dryer had to be placed inside the kitchen which created a blemish to the design.
By “hiding” the washer and dryer behind matching Wellborn cabinetry customized bi-fold doors, a balance and continuity was established which ultimately contributed to the design of this space.
With the extensive choices of door styles and accessories that Wellborn offers, cabinets that were oak and ordinary were replaced by Monterey Maple Cabinetry finished in Glacier. This made a homely kitchen come to life with sophistication and warmth.
White tile countertops were replaced with beautiful granite.
Using the colors in the granite a distinctive backsplash in a three-dimensional design was an artful addition, a pleasing change from the plain blue and white tile backsplash that existed before.
The design of the workspace is redefined by changing a closed “u” to a more open design.
The island has an elegant 6cm OG round over edge, giving prominence to the black granite composite under mount sink.
The heated tile floor provided a literal warmth which allowed the customer to function a little easier on those cold winter mornings, as opposed to the vinyl floor which existed before.
Recessed lighting, classy pendants and natural skylights created general and task lighting which made
a dreary kitchen more brilliant and workable, and added to the panache of the design.
Attention to detail was followed all the way down to the hardware on the cabinet doors in a collaboration of different
This created a customized look, which the client loved!
Designer: James Stratton
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Photographer: email@example.com
Gary Tilson’s Award Winning Milan Bathroom Design is a very clean minimalist design but is anything but simple….
The clients had already renovated portions of their home including new wood floors in the master
bedroom before coming to me for a design consultation.
They were ready to upgrade their outdated bath. Remodel Size:13’6″ x 11′ 4″
Meetings with them identified some key concerns and wishes for their new Master Bath.
They wanted a spa-like bath with clean lines.
They chose Wellborn’s Milan Cherry in Autumn Spice, setting the tone for the project.
Kohler vessel sinks and faucets continued the clean look.
Keeping with their minimalist tastes, they decided to do away with pulls. Where necessary, touch latches were added to aid in opening doors / drawers.
Matching Wellborn trim was added including a valance above sinks with recessed lighting, door casings, caps over the tile wainscot and window casings.
The original entry to the Master Closet was through the bath taking up valuable wall and circulation space.
The entry was closed in favor of a new door directly from the bedroom which freed up additional wall
space for the shower and toilet areas.
The original entry to the bath was from a nook at the far end of the bedroom.
The entry was moved to an adjacent wall which was already in the circulation path.
A pair of pocket doors freed up wall space for switches that would have been hidden behind a swinging
An Ecofires firebox with cabinets and shelving matching those of the bath were installed in the alcove
creating an intimate sitting area for reading.
Additional functional solutions to their needs include:
Hamper base cabinet, Milan doors on the tub surround to access Whirlpool pump,
Pilaster units each side of the sinks with doors and electrical outlets within,
Heated Towel Bar and Heated Floor, and a more efficient allocation of circulation space allowing a fuller use of the existing square footage.
The clean lines of the Milan door style with the warm rich Autumn Spice finish on Cherry along with the
other material selections helped to create the sophisticated contemporary result that the well-traveled
And also became an Award-Winning Design for Gary Tilson!
Gary Tilson Barefoot Kitchens & Bath
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner Announcement
Ashland, AL: Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. has successfully launched its sixth consecutive Dream Kitchen Makeover Giveaway and is proud to announce that a winner has been chosen! This is the first of many Dream Kitchen Makeover giveaways that will include open registration allowing each person to enter online on any of Wellborn’s websites.
Beth Hajek of Cromwell, Connecticut was randomly selected out of nearly 10,000 entries as the sixth Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner. Beth will receive a kitchen makeover valued up to $12,000 featuring cabinetry by Wellborn.
The winning dealer, Fiderio & Sons of Meriden, Connecticut has been working with Beth on ordering her new kitchen prior to being notified of her winning the giveaway. Beth was surprised “ambush style” in Fiderio & Sons showroom on December 5, 2012.
John Fiderio (owner) expressed “We are so happy that one of our customers has won Wellborn’s Dream Kitchen Makeover. We look forward to helping them create the kitchen of their dreams.”
Enter for your chance to win the next Dream Kitchen Makeover Giveaway beginning January 1st! Visit Wellborn.com for the Official Rules and details.
Or maybe we should say Undesigned islands are waiting!
When an island is wanted by your clients make sure that you have all bases covered. Storage, Appliances, Purpose of island and overall design, etc……
Create an island all their own with Wellborn!
This week is Thanksgiving and each Thanksgiving we have tons of “leftovers” and I never plan ahead to make sure my crew has their share for the week. This year is different! I have been on a quest to find every type of unique container that will hold enough food so my oven doesn’t have to come back on until Sunday and every recipe idea possible.
But also very important! Enjoy!