NKBA Recognizes Budget-Friendly Design Featuring Schrock Cabinetry

Designer kitchen named “Best-Of” award honoree in prominent kitchen design competition

JASPER, Ind. (May 16, 2011) — A kitchen design by Fort Walton, Fla. designer Allison McCowan, incorporating SchrockTM Cabinetry, was named a Best-Of award winner in the “Budget-Friendly Kitchen” design category of the 2011 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Competition during the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) on April 26 in Las Vegas.

Open only to NKBA members, the NKBA Design Competition honors the best kitchen and bathroom designs that represent the finest in function, personalization, innovative thinking and beauty.  This year the NKBA received nearly 500 entries exhibiting beautiful, yet functional designs. Best-Of awards are chosen by a panel of NKBA-certified designers based on visual appeal, creativity and function within each award category.

“My design was created for young homeowners on a tight budget, who wanted their kitchen to still have a high-end look,” McCowan said. “For this project, I chose to incorporate Schrock cabinets, which allowed me to achieve that upscale look at an affordable price.”

In addition to being recognized at KBIS for her winning design, NBKA magazine included a spotlight on McCowan and other competition winners. As a Best-Of award winner, McCowan also received a special $2,500 cash prize.

“Creating a design to fit a customer’s wants and needs as well as their wallet can often be an incredible challenge,” said Cathy Hitz, group brand manager, Schrock Cabinetry.  “McCowan’s kitchen design truly exemplified high-end style on a tight budget and we are delighted that Schrock cabinets were an integral feature to the overall design.”

McCowan is a designer with Linn’s Prestige Kitchens, a Fort Walton-based design company that has been serving the community with design expertise, and quality cabinetry and appliances for nearly 30 years. Linn’s Prestige Kitchens has three convenient locations in Fort Walton, Destin, Fla. and Pensacola, Fla. For more information on Linn’s Prestige Kitchens and Schrock Cabinetry, visit or

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