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Award Winning Designs

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show was held last week in Las Vegas in conjunction with the International Builder Show. The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) holds a design competition every year for design firms nation wide, and the awards are presented at a gala to kick off the week of KBIS.

Kitchen Encounters owner, Mark T. White, CKD, CBD and his wife, Cindi, attended the gala and the show. Mark was the proud recipient of TWO awards from the competition! He placed 1st in the Large Kitchen category, and 3rd in the Medium Kitchen category.


Here are photos of the two winning projects in the recent issue of NKBA magazine:

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See more of our Award Winning Designs in the Portfolio section of our website!



Art and Design

We are so honored to have such a presence in this month’s issue of Annapolis Home Magazine!

Not only did a photo of one of our projects (by Cathy Terranova and Mark T. White, CKD, CBD) make the cover shot, but there’s a 10-page feature story on that project as well! Here are a couple of before shots of the project on the Eastern Shore:

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Check out the article to see the drastic, artful change!

Another one of our designers, Tracy McGuinness, AKBD was responsible for the kitchen re-design of Decolart, the Annapolis art and design showhouse that was open in December! The great part about the showhouse is that we had done the original kitchen design back in 2002 when the church was originally converted to condos. Here’s some before shots of the showhouse kitchen, but you’ll want to see the photos from all the other rooms!

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What an exciting way to start the new year!

Contest Winner!

One of our Contemporary Projects was chosen as the Second Place winner in the National GE Monogram Design Contest!!

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The 80’s kitchen in this contemporary home was in desperate need of an update.

Everything from the old tile floors to the unstylish cabinets needed to be replaced and there was significant opportunity to improve the layout for better function and improved flow to the adjacent areas.

We started by exploring numerous layout options with the clients then combined the preferred design elements from different sketches to create the plan that would meet their needs and fit the space in the best possible way.

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The highlights of the new kitchen are:

-An added window in the corner increases the panoramic view, brings in more natural light and creates better symmetry around the sink area.

-A new passage from the kitchen to the family room was added for a more convenient traffic pattern and a round wooden counter extends from the corner for added seating.

The main work area consists of an L-shaped layout with an island. This arrangement includes the built-in refrigerator with TV above, an elevated dish washer with appliance garage, curved front corner sink cabinet and the cooktop with integrated curved front stainless chimney and glass backsplash.

The island offers plenty of storage, knee space on the inside for the cook and room for three more stools for dining and entertaining. The soft curves make it easy to move around and compliment the overall design very well.

The wall oven is on the back wall with landing space on both sides and extra storage by the sliding doors to the deck.

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The large walk-in pantry was reconfigured to allow for a wrap-around bar with sink, refrigerator drawers, additional storage and glass front upper cabinets.

The new wood floors have an inlay at the step to the family room for better visibility and safety. The wood counter and ledge flank the entry from family room to kitchen and match the floors, support post and cylindrical pedestal at the stools.

The entire transformation brought the kitchen up to today’s standards and meets all of the client’s desires for function and style.

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For more contemporary kitchens, please visit our Portfolio


Upcycle Planters Competition

For those of you who are either a part of, or who follow, the Annapolis Design District, you are probably aware of some of the projects we have going on to help beautify the neighborhood where many of our member businesses reside.

This week kicks off the first ever Design contest among members, and it was asked for those participating to create a unique planter made strictly from recycled materials! Here is the info:

Planter Competition

As a Premier Design member of the District, there was no way we were going to pass up this fun competition! A few of us from the Kitchen Encounters Team spent some time over the weekend putting together our entry:


And last night, we planted the flowers, herbs, and vegetables we had selected to finalize our entry before the judging tomorrow morning!


It was easy for us to design a bathroom, since that is part of what we do here at Kitchen Encounters, and here is a little write-up of how the project came together:

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This is the likely “the last chance” for everything used in our planter display.

The pallets are obviously left over from shipping something. The “wall caps” on the pallets were defective cabinet doors from a kitchen project.

The glass mullion door was the oldest least useful one in our collection of good doors salvaged from remodeling jobs. The door trim was saved so long it started to rot at one end. The hinges that hold the parts together are old mismatched rusty ones not useful for much else. The sink backsplash was a leftover cutout of plywood from a round widow opening.

All the paint was leftover from other jobs and the red was so lumpy it would not be good for any finer finished work. We also used old brushes and a roller that were at the end of their useful life.

The pavers were salvaged from an 1800’s home patio replacement and were piled next to a garage looking for a home for years.

The mirror came from an old wooden medicine cabinet that was salvaged and renewed for another project. The sink and faucet were sitting around for years waiting for a new purpose.

The galvanized wash tub was bent up and old but perfect for this outdoor shower. The shower head was another item lying around hoping to be used.

The planter boxes that create the “toilet tank” were in too bad of condition for use around the house and the toilet bowl was pulled from the ceramic “graveyard” at Second Chance where they throw things they think are of no value.

The tall grass, loriope, leek and viney thing are transplants from our home garden where we needed to create some space. The new herbs were the only purchased items and they will be moved to our home herb garden before winter.

Some new screws were used in the assembly and will be reused after the display is dismantled so I guess it’s not the “Last Chance” for everything.

We will have this on display out front of our showroom for several weeks and the winners will be announced at the Art in Action Fall Street Festival happening here in the Annapolis Design District on September 26th on Edgewood Ave from 11 am- 4 pm!!



Houzz Updates

In the past week, Kitchen Encounters has received two new badges from Houzz!

Houzz Recommended 2015 Houzz Influencer 2015

The “Recommended” badge is awarded to only the top rated pros on Houzz and the “Influencer” badge is given to pros whose advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community.

We also received a very nice review from a recent client:

Thank you for your kind words!

If you haven’t joined the Houzz community yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!!


Upcycle Competition

Have you heard about the Upcycle Competition that’s going on among the members of the Annapolis Design District?? In an effort to bring some beautification and to unify the businesses who are a part of our organization, we are hoping that each and every one of our members will participate!!

Planter Competition


The goal is to use up materials leftover from our home renovation projects and create something unique that we can display outside of our business and be used for live plants.

What kind of materials would you use to make a planter? What would you create?