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Winning Designs Showcase Cabinet Trends

Clean and beautiful designs packed with personality were the top finishers in Huntwood Cabinets’ recent design competition.

authors Anita Shaw 

LIBERTY LAKE, WA From traditional to contemporary to rustic, in tones from light to dark, cabinets of a wide array of styles and designs were represented in the 2017 Design Contest sponsored by Huntwood Cabinets. Four winners, as well as an honorable mention, were chosen from all of the submissions, with all representing varying design aesthetics.

The kitchen design contest was open to all Huntwood kitchen designers and direct representatives. Entrants were asked to submit details of the project; challenges, solutions and project scope; before, during and after project photos; floor plans; and costs. Each submission was judged on the originality of the design; completeness of drawings, elevations and floor plans; ability to overcome challenges encountered during the design process and turn the customer’s vision into reality; and documentation of the design, construction and completion phases.

Winners received award designations of first place through fourth place, along with an honorable mention. The first-place winner received a trip to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando, or $1,000. The second-place prize was $250, with third place awarded $250 and fourth place given $50. Presented here are the 2017 Design Contest winners. ▪


Jill Peyton, Huntwood Industries, Kent, WA


This contemporary kitchen provides plenty of punch with the incorporation of three islands and dramatic light fixtures, yet provides the ideal neutral backdrop that allows the spectacular view from banks of windows to be the main statement maker. The client, who was interested in thermofoil cabinets in a specific color and texture that was hard to locate, was happy with the designer’s suggested alternative – white thermofoil paired with a rift-cut white oak in a horizontal grain, produced in a matte finish. The door styles are from Huntwood’s Frameless line: Cielo door in Rift-cut White Oak and Maniago door in White Gloss. Cream-toned counters with waterfall edges flank the two main islands, which feature large drawer banks for optimum storage. The prep island also features a cooktop and sink, located opposite a large refrigerator/freezer and assorted wall ovens.


Dean Boerigter, AKBD, Kitchens by Dean, LLC, Bellevue, WA


This new-construction home with a contemporary flair required quality products that would provide a cohesive look throughout the space. Since cabinetry was featured throughout the home, a simple, clean design style was favored. Chosen was Huntwood’s Frameless Napoli in cherry in the dark, rich Ridgestone color. The final design incorporated the use of ¾” panels to provide a wrapped look around the cabinets. The cabinets’ deep tones play well against the pale shades of the backsplash and coordinating waterfall island countertop, as well as the stainless steel appliances.


Jarmyn Bartel, Huntwood Industries, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Created as part of a show home for a builder who wanted a kitchen with an industrial, modern vibe, this space provides an ideal balance of dark and light to keep the mood chic rather than somber. Frameless Novus cabinetry in Vintage Black blends seamlessly with the matte black countertops and appliances, and the black backsplash tile. Punctuating the rich tones are touches of light wood shelving and upper cabinets in Napoli door style in natural Rift-cut White Oak.


Ed Dick, Huntwood Industries, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Challenges abounded for this kitchen design, which included moving the actual house from one city to another. The kitchen was completely gutted, along with a corner pantry, and windows were also eliminated and relocated. The finished design is a traditional kitchen with a classic, updated feel that includes marble-inspired counters, cup pulls in a rich finish, stainless steel appliances and detailed faucetry. The door style is Huntwood’s Carlisle with flush beaded overlay in heartwood, finished in Heirloom Eggshell. Crown moulding completes the classic touches.


Karen Horte, Cardel Homes Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Heavily influenced by the client’s immigration from Africa to Canada, this kitchen design mixes a range of nature-influenced elements such as textured wood, stone and glass. For the wall cabinets on either side of the hood, which is cladded in stone, the clients wanted stacked glass cabinets with integral ends that were flush with the front of the doors. The perimeter cabinets are Huntwood’s Frameless Savannah door style in maple, finished in Ridgestone. The statement-making three-tiered waterfall island includes the Savannah door style in dramatic rustic alder, finished in Spice.

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