The Comfort of Home: Innovative Kitchen and Bath Designs

Sponsored by Marvin

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe ways in which color and texture can work in harmony to create innovative kitchen and bath spaces for a variety of residential projects.
  2. Discuss the range of design strategies, products, and materials used in the featured projects from functional and aesthetic perspectives.
  3. Explain how high-quality products, including specified appliances, can contribute to better kitchen and bathroom designs that meet current trends.
  4. Describe how kitchen and bath design can creative a cohesive space while embracing the individual lifestyle needs and preferences of family members.


1.25 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is part of the Custom Home Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

This course will examine nearly a dozen custom home projects featured in Architectural Record with a focus on standout kitchen and bath designs from around the world. These innovative projects feature a variety of approaches for creating functional and beautiful spaces through the strategic use of such elements as color, texture, and modern fixtures.

Ontario Residence by superkül
Tanisha A. Sykes

Chelsea Apartment by Neil Davies Architects
A London apartment's layout is reconfigured to create a sleek open kitchen.
Sheila Kim

Wonderland Park Avenue House by Assembledge+
Los Angeles
Paying extra attention to the kitchen, designers reconnect a Los Angeles residence to its lush context.
Leslie Clagett

Knightsbridge Residence by Jonathan Tuckey Design
A shopkeeper's London apartment is designed to be extremely versatile with "no names for rooms."
Kelly L. Beamon

Amagansett Residence by Bates Masi + Architects
East Hampton, New York
A cedar shingle-clad vacation home offers expansive ocean views to a couple from the West Coast.
David Sokol

Wine Country Farmhouse by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Calistoga, California
BCJ renovates a house in California's the wine country, making it a welcoming retreat for the owners of a boutique wine label.
Sheila Kim

30 Adelaide Street
When does a kitchen become an art gallery?
Sophie Davies

Park Slope Brownstone
Brooklyn, New York
While life as a family revolves around spending time together, it also necessitates moments of peace and quiet.
Janelle Zara

Spruce Street Residence
San Francisco
Some years ago, San Francisco architect John Maniscalco came across one of those opportunities that demand a certain stamina: an aging two-story house was available for a relative bargain price but required lengthy negotiations with the city’s historic-preservation board in order to overhaul.
Lydia Lee

Uehara Gardens Apartment
In Japan, a country that worships hot water, many people begin their day with a sip of green tea and end it with a soak in a deep tub.
Naomi R. Pollock, FAIA

Nevern Square Apartment
In remodeling an apartment, the choice of material for a kitchen backsplash is usually a late-stage design decision.
Chris Foges

The Comfort of Home: Innovative Kitchen and Bath Designs

Photo courtesy of Eric Laignel


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Originally published in May 2018