The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry.

Kitchens $100,00+ 1st Place Sonja Gage–Waunakee Remodeling



2019 Professional Design Competition Winners

This year, we had 13 entries in 4 categories and the judging was done by three members of the NKBA Michigan Chapter. 

Scoring was based on 13 Criteria covering Presentation, Design and Layout, Finish Selections, and a Design Statement. Each criterium had a maximum value of 5 points and judges could score in half point increments. Total possible score was 65 points. Placing for awards was based on total average points awarded to an entry by the 3 judges.

The judges commented that the scoring was very difficult because all of he entries were very good! Indeed the top scores were very close. In all categories, 1st and 2nd place were separated by less than 2 points. We even had a numerical tie for 1st Place in one of the categories!

In addition to trophies and certificates, winners received cash awards of $250 for 1st Place, $150 for 2nd Place, and $100 for 3rd Place.


The NKBA Wisconsin/Upper Michigan chapter design competition recognizes excellence in the field of design, paying special attention to creative designs accomplished by the local chapter members of NKBA.

Success in the form of a winning entry in this competition means increased visibility, peer recognition, and valuable publicity opportunities.

Judged by a panel of industry professionals, this competition acknowledges the talent of kitchen and bath designers to plan safe, functional, personalized spaces, which incorporates imaginative design statements and aesthetically pleasing solutions.


Participation in this annual competition requires entrants to make complete presentations of their best design work in a manner representative of the high standards of the NKBA.

Design plans, interpretive drawings and other entry documents must demonstrate expertise and skill, and should reflect a high level of professionalism.



2018 Professional Design Competition Winners!


Pictured from L to R: Janet Plier: Welling Kitchens, Janean Spears-Dimmig: Time 2 Remodel

Margaret Falk: Indeco, LLC, Olivia Krohn: Waunakee Remodeling, Dondi Szombatfalvy: Bella Domicile

Jenny Larson: Waunakee Remodeling

Thank you to all who entered! This was the first year for our redesigned and all new online entry system. We also revised our categories to reflect total project cost. We have also added Universal Design Kitchen and Universal Design Bath categories which will be judged on Universal Design principles and standards according to the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Guidelines.

Click the link below to see the 2018 award winning projects!

2018 Pro Design Award Winning Projects


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