The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Ottawa chapter celebrated success at the sixth annual Design Excellence Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre on April 23.

There were more than 40 trophies, in 22 categories.

Astro Design Centre and Laurysen Kitchens each received several awards. Wael Bakr (Laurysen) received the popular-vote People’s Choice award in both bathroom and kitchen categories.

“It was quite a surprise,” Bakr was quoted as saying in the Ottawa Citizen. “I keep on telling my wife, ‘Pinch me. Did it actually happen?'”

The NAC Gala (from NKBA Facebook page)

The NAC Gala (from NKBA Facebook page)

The NKBA said on its Facebook page: “An awesome evening comes to a close and we must thank everyone for their support. Thank you to the sponsors, the designers, the National Art Center for a beautiful evening and to all of the Design Excellence Awards Committee for a night to remember (including) Sara Edgerton, Shelley Robertson, Eric Richer, Natalie Tambay, Shannon Callaghan, Natalia Pierce, Caroline Castrucci.”

Here is a list of the winners;

Creative concept

1st place: Nathalie Tambay, Designing to Stay

2nd place: Natalia Pierce, Detail By Design

Best new designer

1st place: Erica Naish, Out of the Box Kitchen Design

2nd place: Cynthia Marleau-Ryder, Sarah Kidder Design

Bathroom: Classic/traditional ($10,000-$24,999*)

1st place: Tim Rutherford, Elliott Renovation Inc.

2nd place: Shannon Callaghan, Copperstone Kitchens

Bathroom: Classic/traditional ($25,000-$39,999*)

1st place: Wael Bakr, Laurysen Kitchens

2nd place: Nathan Kyle, Astro Design Centre

Bathroom: Classic/traditional ($40,000+*)

1st place: Walter Bunda, Astro Design Centre

Bathroom: Contemporary/modern ($10,000-$24,999*)

1st place: Candace Sutcliffe & Alex Diaz, Art House Developments

2nd place: Darren Walker, Kitchen Craft Cabinetry, with Urbandale Construction

Bathroom: Contemporary/modern ($25,000-$39,999*)

1st place: Shannon Callaghan, Copperstone Kitchens

2nd place: Colin Meredith, Perspective Renovations

The look for less, bathroom (under $10,000*)

1st place: Sarah Kidder, Sarah Kidder Design

Powder room

1st place: Candace Sutcliffe & Alex Diaz, Art House Developments

2nd place: Julia Enriquez, Astro Design Centre

Kitchen: Classic/traditional ($20,000-$39,999*)

1st place: Peter Valiquet, Astro Design Centre

2nd place: Darren Walker, Kitchen Craft Cabinetry, with Cornelis Grey Construction

Kitchen: Classic/traditional ($40,000-$59,999*)

1st place: Heather Tardioli, Laurysen Kitchens

2nd place: Julia Enriquez, Astro Design Centre

Kitchen: Classic/traditional ($60,000-$79,999*)

1st place: Ewa Stys, Muskoka Cabinet Company, with Sonya Kinkade, Sonya Kinkade Design

Kitchen: Classic/traditional ($80,000+*)

1st place: Julia Enriquez, Astro Design Centre

Kitchen: Contemporary/modern ($20,000-$39,999*)

1st place: Tim Rutherford, Elliott Renovation Inc.

2nd place: Elnaz Shahrokhi, Laurysen Kitchens

Kitchen: Contemporary/modern ($40,000-$59,999*)

1st place: Dean Large, Astro Design Centre

2nd place: Dawn Tite, Muskoka Cabinet Company

Kitchen: Contemporary/modern ($60,000-$79,999*)

1st place: Stacey Price, ACCO Kitchen & Bath

2nd place: Candace Sutcliffe & Alex Diaz, Art House Developments

Kitchen: Contemporary/modern ($80,000+*)

1st place: Nathan Kyle, Astro Design Centre

2nd place: Dean Large, Astro Design Centre

The look for less, kitchen (under $20,000*)

1st place: Shelley Robertson, Centura Tile

Other rooms

1st place: Natasha Nash, Laurysen Kitchens

Best transformation, kitchen

1st place: Dean Large, Astro Design Centre

People’s Choice, bathroom

Wael Bakr, Laurysen Kitchens

People’s Choice, kitchen

Wael Bakr, Laurysen Kitchens

Doris Lacroix award

Jacques Cousineau, Prémoulé

*Does not include labour