During the Wood-Mode 75th Anniversary Design Awards, Kitchens Inc. of Dodge City was named the grand prize winner of the regional design award.

The award was based on a pool house project located in Larned, where Kitchens beat cabinetmakers and designers throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas.

The criteria for judging was based on creativity and use of space.

"It was truly an honor to receive the top honor in such a competitive territory," said Kitchens Inc. president Scott Bogner in a news release. "This project was a true custom-design, meeting the customers preference of transitional styled cabinetry complemented with rustic detail, all in a condensed space."

According to Bogner, the "poolside retreat" featured an amenity-filled kitchenette utilizing a countertop off a 140-year-old historic tree from the Fort Riley Military Base Cemetery that was struck by lightning, a guest bathroom and hide-away bed, bringing style and function to a small space.

"This took a fair amount of ingenuity, engineering and craftsmanship from our Kitchens team, led by designer Carson Robinson, and superior products from Wood-Mode to make this project a reality," said Bogner.

The showcase event awards ceremony was held in Hershey, Pa., this past September.

"Our primary goal is to recognize the talents of our highly-trained design partners because much of our success relies on their efforts and those of their award-winning showrooms," said Jeff Wolf, Wood-Mode director of marketing.

A Wood-Mode commemorative picture book will feature the Kitchens Inc. winning design coming this fall.

For more information, visit www.kitchensincdc.com.


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