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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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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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#Coverings2019 #KBtribechat

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Crossville Inc.

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Tile—it’s functional art for our homes. Today, tile is more versatile and beautiful than ever thanks to advancing manufacturing technology and global design influences. There are so many styles, colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns to choose from for our interior spaces. Tile’s visual appeal and performance capabilities really shine in kitchens and baths, making it a staple surfacing choice for homeowners and design professionals alike.

The annual Coverings Expo is North America’s largest exposition for the tile and stone industry. Hundreds of exhibitors from across the globe converge to display miles of tiles to tens of thousands of show attendees who are excited to experience the latest and greatest.

To keep you at the forefront of new products and all that’s happening in tile industry, we’re once again hosting our weekly #KBTribeChat from the Crossville, Inc. booth on Coverings show floor. If you’ll be in Orlando for the show, please join us in person to tweet up with friends at booth 2600. If you can’t attend the show, join us online for the chat and discover what’s new and inspiring in the world of tile!

For everyone who’s part of this tile-focused chat, get your photos ready! We want to see your tile designs during this special conversation for our industry!

Our KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: Latest tile trends—share!

Q2: Any innovations compelling you to spec more tile?

Q3: Where do you find tile inspiration?

Q4: Share how you choose/work with installers.

Q5: What are your priorities when spec’ing tile?

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April 3 at #KBtribechat – The Future of Kitchens

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.

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How will trends like urbanization and meal delivery affect kitchens in the future? Join us on 4/3 at 2 pm ET for a forward-looking Twitter Chat on the Future of Kitchens where we’ll touch on everything tech from Augmented Reality to app-guided cooking.

Our KBtribechat Questions:

1. How does tech influence kitchen design?

2. Do you think kitchens will remain the heart of the home? Why/why not?

3. Hyper-personalization is on the rise. How could your appliances be more tailored to your lifestyle?

4. How has VR or AR changed the way you shop?

5. Do you believe tech makes us better cooks? Why or why not?

6. How does the trend of urbanization impact kitchens?

7. Appliances 2.0: If you could create one new appliance what would it be?

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March 27 at #KBtribechat – Bathrooms That Wow!

A Twitter Design Discussion.

 

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A compilation of Bathroom Design Inspiration from our community on instagram. The Four Point image is their DXV Design Panel design. ❤️

 

Our KBtribechat questions: 

1.) Please share images of bathrooms you LOVE and tell us why you find them exciting!

2.) Stunning surfaces are often the focal point of beautiful bathrooms. Share installations that prove this point from showers to countertops to flooring and walls.

3.) Share your design crush faucets, sinks, shower fittings and tubs!

4.) What bathroom lighting has wowed you lately?

5.) What bathroom organizers, storage solutions or tech has WOWed you lately?

6.) Built-in appliances in (or near) the master bathroom? Yes, please! What appliances take luxury to the next level in the master suite?

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March 20 at #KBtribechat – Aging in Place

A Design Discussion

Hosted by John Kelsey

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We all look forward to living a long life. Not many of us look forward to growing old. For those of us in our 50’s and 60’s, we being noticing small changes in our bodies and mind. Activities and tasks that were simple and easy, even enjoyable, become annoying, too much, tiring and difficult to perform. The risk is home ownership begins to become a burden instead of a pleasure.

 

John’s KBtribechat Questions:

1.) In general terms, what are the biggest challenges will a client have to address who chooses to live/age in place into their later years?

2.) Functionality in the kitchen is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, even getting burnt or scalded as we plan a kitchen?

3.) Functionality in the bathroom is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, slipping, even getting scalded as we plan a bathroom?

4.) Slipping and falling is the leading cause of injury or death among older adults. What flooring solutions in the kitchen and bath can we provide that will help minimize this risk?

5.) As we age, our eyesight changes. Small print becomes impossible to read, as does that menu in the candle lit restaurant. What lighting solutions will make life easier for someone to use the kitchen or bathroom?

6.) Technology offers the potential of being a great enabler in four categories for those who opt for a living/aging in place lifestyle. Communication/engagement, Health and Wellness, Learning/Contribution and Safety/Security. How can it help? What are the risks?

 

7.) What features in the home would help facilitate a good aging in place environment?

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John wrote a comprehensive recap with MANY take-aways from this KBtribechat. Find it here.

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