Congratulations to our Colorado Student Designers!
Two Colorado women earned top prizes in The National Kitchen & Bath Association's annual Student Design Competition, which was themed around Universal Design and incorporated the landscapes, colors and vistas around Chattanooga, Tenn., in creating plans for a local kitchen and bath renovation.
Deseray Mann, who graduated in May from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colo., took home top honors for her kitchen design, while Joan Marks, who earned her kitchen and bath certificate this summer from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., won first place in the bath competition.
The assignment was "Smart Design for Active Seniors," a remodel of a kitchen with a dining nook and master bathroom for King and Selina Duncan, a retired couple in their 70s, who recently downsized and moved into the single-story home. While still active, the couple wanted the space to be one in which they could "age in place," so the aspiring designers followed the principles of universal design to accommodate current and future needs, regardless of physical abilities.
More than 200 students from 26 colleges submitted entries for the competition, which was sponsored by Waypoint Living Spaces, a custom cabinet brand and division of American Woodmark.