While many at his age are moving toward retirement, PB Kitchen Design Owner, Dave McFadden continues to be very active in his day to day kitchen design business. Dave was recently honored at the annual prestigious Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, FL, on January 8, 2018. Winning the 2018 National Kitchen & Bath’s (NKBA) 2nd Place in the Medium Kitchen Division, Dave is among top designers in the country. Senior Designer, Debbie Larson who has a history of winning designs, is known for her attention to detail, and was recognized as Co-Designer on this project. The General Contractor is Sean Springer of Tite Construction in Lombard, IL.
“I’m thrilled to be honored for something I love to do.” – Dave McFadden
Filling a niche
During his 29-year career in corporate engineering management, Dave derived great pleasure from developing new products – satisfying a need, filling a niche well in advance of his competition. He brings this same determination to the field of kitchen design. The business had humble beginnings, when his wife, Linda, opened Past Basket in 1976, a small retail store in St. Charles, Illinois. Offering unique artisan made accessories for the home, Past Basket grew to become a sought after destination in historic Geneva, Illinois. In 1988, Dave entered the business, recognizing a need for finely crafted kitchen cabinetry and design. And the rest they say is history. He, his son, Dan, and their select PB Kitchen Design team continue to find inspiration from outside the confines of traditional kitchens.
“When I created the company, kitchens were not designed like furniture. One of our first kitchens incorporated architectural elements from old buildings.”
This year’s award-winning kitchen reflects the homeowners’ desire for permanence and a timeless design that both honors their Geneva home’s history, and also incorporates modern and relevant features. In addition to dark juniper green painted cabinets, a medium dark stain appears on the kitchen’s show stopping island. Additional features include a custom hand hammered pewter sink, custom Italian-made forged wrought iron Queen Anne legs, hammered limestone perimeter counters, and Thermador appliances.
“The table island sets the tone for the kitchen. It’s also designed to be less imposing than it would have been had it covered the floor like a typical island. This design, while aesthetically pleasing, doesn’t help for storage. So we created a platform at the stairwell leading into the basement for access to pantry items.”
Patience Pays Off
Dave’s patient and thoughtful approach to each project resonates with his customers. An attentive listener, he continues to embrace changes in the industry – whether in design preferences or technology. The Geneva, Illinois, showroom is a reflection of that. It does not define a particular style or trend. The vignettes are designed to enlighten and inspire. Dave has received numerous accolades over the years, including a 1st Place Award in the 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Design Competition.