2018 Susquehanna Valley Design Awards

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce a call for entries in the Susquehanna Valley Design Awards contest. As part of the NKBA mission to inspire, lead and empower, the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the NKBA would like to promote local NKBA member designers by recognizing design excellence in the kitchen and bath industry.

Call for entries July 15 – September 15, 2018

Winners announced December 13, 2018

All entries must be submitted digitally. Limit three entries per designer.

Why participate

Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting your career, having your design work recognized by a national association among your peers and within your marketplace is a rewarding personal and professional achievement. There are many design competitions, including the national NKBA contest, but being a winner of the Susquehanna Valley Design Awards provides an additional opportunity for you to gain career-building recognition–right here in your own backyard.

Here are a few more reasons to participate:

  • Local media attention – the contest will be promoted in Susquehanna Style magazine, social media channels, and other media outlets throughout the contest period.
  • Get work published – Susquehanna Style magazine will publish winning projects in the January issue of their magazine. Use this opportunity to work for your CMKBD accreditation. NOTE: the publisher reserves the right to make final decision on photos published based on image quality and photography.
  • Be more marketable – as a winner of a design contest, you create new opportunities to market your professional, award-winning design as both a business and personal achievement.
  • Receive special recognition – as a category winner, you will be personally recognized during the December 2018 Chapter Holiday Gala for your achievement. In addition to receiving an award to display at your office, winning projects will be featured on the Susquehanna Valley NKBA website and Chapter social media.

Project eligibility

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to enter the Design Awards contest.

  • Project must be completed between January 1, 2015 and September 15, 2018
  • Projects that have been awarded in other national contests are eligible with the exception of NKBA national design competition winners
  • Past Susquehanna Valley Design Award entries that were not awarded may be re-entered if all eligibility requirements are met
  • Entrants must be a NKBA member in good standing as of September 15, 2018 Not an NKBA member? Learn about member benefits here.
  • Co-designer entrants are not required to be members of the NKBA; a maximum of two designers per project
  • Entrants do not have to be certified designers

Design award categories

The Susquehanna Valley Design Awards includes the following categories:

  • Category A: Kitchens (less than $40,000)
  • Category B: Kitchens ($40,001 to $75,000)
  • Category C: Kitchens ($75,001 to $150,000)
  • Category D: Kitchens ($150,001 and over)
  • Category E: Powder Room (must contain only a sink & toilet; does not have a tub or shower)
  • Category F: Bathrooms (less than $40,000)
  • Category G: Bathrooms ($40,001 to $75,000)
  • Category H: Bathrooms ($75,001 and over)
  • Category I: Outdoor Kitchens
  • Category J: Use of Residential Cabinetry in other areas
  • Category K: Best Before and After

Special “Best of Show” award  

The winner of each category will automatically be entered to win the Best of Show award. Susquehanna Style’s editor-in-chief, Keely Childers Heany, will select from the winning entries to determine the editor’s choice for the ultimate honor in this design contest—the best of show.

Special “People’s Choice” award

We are also excited to announce that Susquehanna Style will run an online/social media campaign with their audience to vote on the best kitchen and bath design. A People’s Choice Award will be given to the most popular kitchen and bath based on votes received for each. This is another great opportunity to receive more exposure for you and your business by participating in the contest.

How to enter

Each project submission will require the following elements completed prior to submitting projects digitally:

  1. Completed entry form and required design statements
  2. Designer/Client release form
  3. Photography release form
  4. Product listing (product brands such as appliances, countertops, wall paint color, etc.)
  5. Before photos (optional)
  6. After photos (3-5 images recommended)
  7. Design Statement
  8. Floor Plan
  9. Elevation drawings
  10. Perspective drawings (optional)

Entry deadline is midnight on Sunday, September 15, 2018.

Entry fee

Now through August 31, the entry fee is free.

On or after September 1, the entry fee is $50/entry.

Entry fees are non-refundable. You will be billed following the contest entry period. Payment is not required at the time of the project.

Limit three entries per designer

To get started, download the required forms using the button below.



When you have all the required documentation completed and ready to submit, use the “Submit Your Entry” button below to start uploading your project.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Upload one entry at a time. For a second entry, click on the button above a second time and append your last name with a “2″. For a third entry, append your last name with a “3″.