In July, the GE Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 30 under 30 designers. These designers were nominated by their peers and have already shown impressive results in their careers. And they are a lot of fun!
We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences so far. Today’s profile highlights Ebony Stephenson with Criner Remodeling in Newport News, Virginia.
SRFD: How did you become interested in design?
Ebony: Legos, Lincoln Logs, and Barbie’s. As a child I had a serious passion for building and creating things. That passion blossomed as I got older and went to art school to study architecture. From there I continued to follow my heart and went to Virginia Tech where I studied Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Kitchen/Bath Design.
SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.
Ebony: It is hard to pick just one project because each project that I work on is so different and exciting. One that really sticks out though was a whole house remodel for a family. The father had a terrible accident and was confined to a wheelchair now. We added a large addition to his small ranch home and made it ADA accessible. We added a new ramp to a large deck made of composite materials, a “man cave” for his new huge flat screen TV, dining room, brand new kitchen, living room, laundry room, full wheelchair accessible bathroom (with a flat screen TV), hall bathroom, and updated all of the bedrooms. The homeowners were the sweetest easy going couple and it was just a pleasure working with them. At the end of the project I actually cried because I didn’t realize that my designs made such a huge impact on their way of life. Oh and the finished product was beautiful!
SRFD: A trend you’re over?
Ebony: Not really a trend but I am over white ceilings. I made a vow to not do anymore white ceilings. I love using color on my projects and the ceiling is such a large piece of real estate to waste.
SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?
Ebony: I am excited about the trend of doing whatever you want. I was never one to follow trends or fads. I encourage my clients to use their gut and incorporate their personal tastes in each project. Do what you love, its your money.
SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?
Ebony: I learned so much in Louisville. I learned the most from the speed oven and the convection cooking. I can’t wait to remodel my own kitchen so that I can incorporate this technology in my own home. I love cooking but at the end of a long day designing and dealing with clients its hard to spend time cooking a meal. I learned that these would help me so much. And they are easy to use, no learning curve.