The Latest Housing Trends – a Pre-PCBC 2019 Chat Co-Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation and PCBC

With #PCBC2019 less than a week away, it’s an ideal time to discuss the latest and most innovative trends in homebuilding and design! Join us on May 29 for a special pre-show chat sponsored and hosted by Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances*, and PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference), the premier homebuilding trade show on the West Coast.

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PCBC will welcome thousands of housing professionals and 350 exhibitors when it returns to San Francisco’s Moscone Center May 30-31. Sponsored by the California Building Industry Association and in partnership with Leading Builders of America, PCBC brings together the best and brightest in the housing industry. The event includes two days of networking, active learning, relationship building, and targeted, curated education sessions delivered by unconventional thought leaders from multiple facets of the industry.

Whirlpool Corporation will once again exhibit at PCBC, showcasing a diverse selection of innovative kitchen and laundry appliances from its strategically differentiated brand portfolio. For more than 107 years, Whirlpool Corporation and its family of brands — Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir — have been synonymous with breakthrough products, ideal for building industry professionals who want to offer their clients innovative appliances that meet the highest standards of performance.

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Make plans to join Whirlpool Corporation and PCBC on Twitter Wednesday, May 29 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET to discuss the latest housing trends.

To prepare for the discussion, here are our KBtribechat questions:
● What new home design trends are changing the way homes are built? How are generational preferences playing a role?
● What is a common design request you hear from people who are updating their kitchen?
● Where do you think laundry room design is headed?
● How are smart home innovations influencing home building and design?
● What colors/finishes are homeowners asking for most – from countertop surfaces to appliance finish?
● If you’re attending #PCBC2019, what are you most looking forward to seeing?

 

*Based on most recently available publicly reported annual revenues.

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May 22 at #KBTribeChat – Change the Way You Think about Sinks

A design discussion

Sponsored by Franke

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Entertaining should be fun, not stressful. Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 2pm eastern for a discussion on kitchens – including Franke’s innovative Chef Center, a kitchen solution that will change the way you think about sinks!

Thanks to its impressive Swiss design and all-inclusive accessories, Franke’s Chef Center makes entertaining effortless. From prep, to presentation, to party, the Chef Center is more Sous Chef than sink.

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Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks and faucets, specializes in creating innovative products that transform the kitchen into a hub for operating and entertaining in the heart of the home.

Let’s talk kitchen solutions that minimize stress, maximize creativity, and make entertaining the pleasure it ought to be. Join this Twitter conversation on May 22 by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What are the kitchen elements that make entertainment a breeze?

• What’s the most important feature in your kitchen (i.e.: sink, faucet, counter space)?

• What are your favorite sink accessories? Why?

• In your opinion, what are the top trends in kitchen innovation?

• What makes your kitchen the heart of your home?

Here’s a link to read the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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May 15 at #KBtribechat – Contemporary Kitchens

A design discussion!

This week we will be pinning to our KBtribechat group board – Contemporary Design.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1. How is a contemporary kitchen design defined?

Please share images of contemporary kitchens you like!

2. What are the trends in contemporary kitchens?

3.  What role do countertops play in contemporary kitchen design?

4. How does appliance design support contemporary kitchen design?

5. What role does color play in contemporary kitchen design?

6. Describe some basic design elements in contemporary kitchen design.

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from 2 to 3pm eastern

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May 8 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Health in Mind

A design discussion.

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We will be pinning to our Healthy Kitchens and Baths group Pinterest Board.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1.) In the design process, what details do you focus on when designing with health and safety in mind? Please share solutions you like!

Healthy material choices not only affect indoor air quality but it’s important to know how they affect the environment and if they are made from renewal resources .

Q2.) Are your clients asking for sustainable (healthy for the earth) and healthy products and design choices? Do these healthy building materials and design choices cost more?

Q3.) How can technology help us address health and safety concerns in the kitchen? What about in bathrooms?

Q4.) What features can help the end user make healthy choices in the kitchen?

Q5.) What features can offer healthful benefits in the bathroom?

Q6.) Do you take ergonomic principles into consideration when designing kitchens or bathrooms? Does this include the reasoning behind cabinet pull-outs and other cabinet features?  What about appliance considerations?

Q7.) In what ways can we plan for client safety in the kitchen and bath spaces we design? Please share important tips for designing spaces that work for all stages of life.

The reduction of clutter in our homes has not only been shown to reduce stress but simplification is a current design trend. How does this apply to designing healthy kitchens and bathrooms? 

Q8.) What are your go to design tips for reducing clutter in kitchens?

Q9.) What are your go to design tips for reducing clutter in bathrooms?

Share pictures of designs and ideas you like!

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May 1st at #KBtribechat – Stronger Together

A kitchen and bath industry discussion.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

1.) When doing smart home design do you ever collaborate with an AV pro for additional insights? Why or why not?

2.) Do you ever bring in other specific experts to consult on your projects? Lighting? Color?

3.) How do you get your product details for design and specification purposes? What can manufacturers do to help in this regard?

4.) Do you have any building industry or design certifications? Which ones?  If not, why not? If yes, has it been good for your career?

5.) Do you belong to any trade associations? Which ones? How has it been helpful? What do you want to get out of the membership?

6.) What industry collaborations have you found to be beneficial? Explain!

7.) How can KBtribechat help? Is there a topic you’d like to discuss in depth that we haven’t done yet?

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Building a Sustainable Future: Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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Whirlpool Corporation is inviting kitchen and bath professionals to a special Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat about sustainability in our industry.

With the growing demand for greater sustainability from consumers, it’s more important than ever for building and design professionals to incorporate eco-friendly and energy-efficient products and features into their projects.

For example, a new, global survey from Whirlpool Corporation showed that consumers favor appliances that help them decrease their environmental footprint:

  • Three in four respondents (74%) are interested in smart appliance features that reduce food waste
  • Three in four respondents (75%) are interested in smart appliance features that manage water usage
  • Two in three respondents (64%) say it’s important that their appliances help save on electricity costs

Across its portfolio of brands, Whirlpool Corporation offers high-performing appliances that conserve the earth’s resources and help homeowners do the same. The company continually monitors the environmental effects of its business, not only by creating many new and innovative products that consume less water and energy, but also by improving its manufacturing and distribution processes, and using materials that minimize the impact on the planet.

Join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 24 as we discuss sustainability in the kitchen and bath industry.

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Here are our chat questions:

1. What home building and design trends have helped make homes more sustainable?
2. What products do you find to be most eco-friendly and energy-saving for the kitchen?
3. Are you seeing a demand for sustainable laundry appliances? Explain.
4. How can smart/connected products help homeowners save energy and water?
5. How are you incorporating environmentally-driven solutions into your projects?

 

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This photo provided by Whirlpool shows the Whirlpool Duet Front Load ENERGY STAR laundry pair, including the HybridCare Dryer, in a laundry room. For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a widely respected seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include a new major household appliance. Dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s program, will be available in 45 Energy Star models throughout the country starting Presidents’ Day weekend, according to the EPA. (AP Photo/Whirlpool)

 

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from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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April 17 at #KBtribechat – Outdoor Kitchen Inspiration

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Polycor

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1.  Natural stone is an obvious way to blend your outdoor living space with its surroundings. Share some of your inspirations.

 

Q2.  With so many choices for surfaces, what’s the most important factor you consider when choosing a patio paver or countertop for the outdoors?

 

Q3.  Many light surfaces aren’t suitable for sun drenched days or high traffic, but limestone is a favorite of luxury builders. It stays cool underfoot and won’t fade/discolor. Do you prefer a light or dark surface?

 

Q4.  We’ve seen many barbeque islands incorporated into outdoor kitchens. What are some design trends you’re seeing? Please share pics.  Bonus points for food and drink pics.

 

Q5.  The outdoor fireplace offers an intimate space to relax and gather after a good meal. They’re being built in many sizes and styles. Inspire us with your ideas for this space.

 

Q6.  Let’s talk cabinetry. Adding veneer to the exterior of your cabinet framework will create a durable and solid structure. What veneer patterns are you seeing that are popular?

 

Q7.  Nothing compliments stone better than a hardworking appliance. With so many on the market today, give us your top outdoor kitchen appliance picks?

 

Q8.   No matter how gorgeous your outdoor oasis, you’ll need the aromas of delicious food to bring the family and friends together. Now that we shared those design tips, we invite you to share your favorite recipes. Cheers!

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