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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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from 2 to 3pm eastern

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August 19, 2015 at #KBtribechat: Designing for Alzheimer’s

Hosted by @MyFixItUpLife and @DesignAllz

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Karen and Theresa

Their discussion questions:

1). Do you know someone who has Alzheimer’s?

2). What do you see as the top 3 design challenges for creating an environment for alzheimer’s patients and caregivers?

3). What are some design solutions that you have done (or seen)?

4). What products would you specify to make a safer or more comfortable environment?

5). Do you have any photos of projects that you have done, or of spaces you think have good design solutions?

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About DesignAllz:

Theresa and Karen are designing for Alzheimer’s. It’s more than just creating a safer place to live. They are sharing easy design ideas and tips to create a happier and calmer home for families living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. They’d love to hear your story of Alzheimer’s. Subscribe to their youtube channel, connect on Facebook or Twitter, or send a note at info@designallz.com.

Theresa Clement is a host at MyFixItUpLife,  the designer for Food Network’s ‘Save My Bakery’ and has designed for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and has contributed to multiple national television programs. She’s a published author with formal training in architecture and passion for creating beautiful projects. When she isn’t helping others with home improvement, she’s working on her 100-year-old house or out volunteering. She is a former competitive rower, recreational runner, and budding bass player.

Karen Salyer has over 20 years of experience in the design industry with a 17 year focus in kitchen and bath. She has collaborated on many media projects such as HGTV’s Dream Home Giveaway, HGTV’s Run My Makeover, and many more. Her work and collaborations have been published in Southern Living, Cooking with Paula Deen, and other publications. When she is not designing, Karen is gardening, cooking exotic recipes, or spending quality time with family, friends and fur babies.

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on Wednesday, August 19th

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2014 Kitchen Trends

There is nothing more exciting than starting off a new year. Fresh and full of possibilities, it is always fun to see what is emerging, especially in the world of design. And with KBIS 2014 just around the corner, what better way to start the year then with a discussion on ….Trends in Kitchen Design!

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Join us on January 8 to contribute your expertise and observations. We want to know what YOU are seeing in the marketplace and at industry shows. What new features, colors and materials are trending this year? Which ones are destined to become classics? Which ones will your clients actually live with? What in the kitchen marketplace are you lusting after?

Here’s what we’ll discuss:

  1. What trends are you seeing in kitchen cabinetry? New design options, materials, finishes, hardware?
  2. What countertop materials/colors are most popular?
  3. What color palettes and design elements are trending?
  4. What’s new in kitchen appliances and fixtures?
  5. What’s exciting in other kitchen products like lighting or flooring?
  6. Is “aging-in-place” playing a role in kitchen design trends?
  7. How important is luxury in 2014 kitchen design?
  8. What is your personal favorite kitchen trend and why?

P.S. I know an hour is not enough time to talk trends, but we’ll do our best to squeeze it all in!

As a little food for thought, here are some forecast trends from a few in the industry:

Elle Décor: Bejeweled Kitchens and lighter woods

Huff Post Homes reports the 3 biggest trends are black countertops, open shelving and dark paints:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/15/kitchen-trends_n_4442420.html

This survey by Houzz in October 2013 highlights what’s trending in actual kitchen remodels.

**If you’ve done a blog post on 2014 trends, tweet links to share them with the group! Use the hashtag #kbtribechat.

**Also, join us on Pinterest with our #kbtribechat board: http://www.pinterest.com/kbtribechat/2014-kitchen- trends/ Share examples of kitchen trends that will be popular in 2014.

Susie Feia, Feia Construction, LLC

Susie Feia is the host for this week’s chat. Susie is owner of Feia Construction, LLC, an award-winning design/build firm in Waukesha, WI. Together with her husband, this family team has been delighting clients for 28 years. Originally specializing in historic restoration, they have evolved into a full-service remodeling firm where they handle projects from design concept to completion and also occasionally build high-end custom homes. Whether a single room (like a kitchen) or an entire home renovation, they are known for their creative design solutions, very personal, collaborative relationships, and the highest quality craftsmanship. Their philosophy is to enhance the client’s unique lifestyle with functional, timeless designs, while capturing the client’s personality with style.

Passionate about what she does, Susie stays on the cutting edge of what’s new in design and remodeling. She is a board member of Milwaukee NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), founder of a women’s networking group, and is a member of Powerhouse Smart, a regional organization for the luxury market. She also volunteers her time with local community chambers, the Salvation Army and Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee. Susie is a speaker at KBIS2014 and other industry events, a frequent contributor to the press and radio programs, and is active on social media. Find her at Twitter, Pinterest , Facebook , G+ and LinkedIn.

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How Do You Design A Kitchen?

Work Centers? Work Flow? What Fits?

BLANCO and Modenus will be hosting and sponsoring #kbtribechat on Twitter, Wednesday October 30th  from 2 to 3:00 PM.  Join us to discuss current design approaches to the kitchen.

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Get the sink selected and placed correctly, and the rest of the design flows from there.

To determine the best kitchen layout and sink placement, it’s helpful to focus on four scenarios of kitchen use: families with children, people with limited mobility, multiple users and solo users.

Before we zero in on who is using the kitchen, let’s discuss some factors to consider no matter who’s in there. These include common layouts and work zones. Kitchen layouts begin several different ways, such as from a “what’s got to fit” point of view. This requires looking at specific appliances or a specific cabinet range to work around, even though this may limit positioning choices.

Another option is to begin from a “workflow” point of view, such as the classic “work triangle” method, which is a sink, refrigerator and range in any arrangement. Another way of establishing a kitchen layout is by creating “work centers” or zones, where each type of task revolves around a specific area and set of appliances.

Join us for a #kbtribechat on “who is in the kitchen” – tips for designing a kitchen for different user groups as well as common layouts and work zone options. We’d love to hear more about how you approach kitchen design and to share your tips on designing for families, limited mobility, etc.

To learn more, we have a complementary CEU on kitchen design as well as a strong how-to video library on our website.

To get updates on new products, events or inspiration please follow BLANCO on social media, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or visit our weekly blog at http://www.blancobydesign.com.

#kbtribechat on Twitter ~ Wednesday, October 23 ~ 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Improving on Good Design to Age in Place

A Kitchen and Bath Design Discussion during Aging in Place Week

In June, we at AFriendlyHouse asked the KBTribeChat community, Can safety be sexy? The response was a resounding yes… if you know how to sell it.  We then followed up with a conversation on the sexy, sleek, European-style wet room, which was again a spin to sell great design that was also safer. Now, with the start of Aging in Place week, we want to know what can we do to improve on good design to make it age-ready and what is our role as designers in getting our clients onboard?

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We use our expertise to advise our clients on products and design trends. Do we also have a role to play in steering them towards designs that will be friendly to their changing needs, like with the universally designed bathroom pictured above? In what ways can we contribute to the longevity of our designs (and maybe to our clients) by making them age-ready?

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At AFriendlyHouse.com we promote aging in place by showcasing projects that are both beautiful and age-ready.  We report on design success stories that have enabled people of all ages get around better in their homes and in their communities.  We hope to be a source for inspiration for your future projects by walking you through our own, like AFriendlyHouse founder Lynette Evans’ work on the interiors for her parents’ last home, where added details like a cleverly placed step within the toe-kick (below) provided stability while putting more storage in reach and a pull-out rolling cart could be loaded while hands were left free for balance (above).
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We’d like to continue the conversation on Pinterest! Follow and pin to our Improving on good design to Age in Place board leading up to and after the chat. You can also find us on Google+ and Facebook.

We hope you’ll join us for this kbtribechat discussion!

#kbtribechat on Twitter ~ Wednesday, October 23 ~ 2 to 3pm eastern time

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Universal Kitchen Design

This Wednesday, August 15th, we will be discussing  kitchen design with aging-in-place in mind. Pease join our Twitter discussion from 2 to 3 pm eastern time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our discussion questions:

1.)  Are you getting client requests to incorporate universal design principles?

2.) What are the key elements in a thoughtfully designed universal kitchen?

3.) How do you create a stylish kitchen but also make the space universally accessible ?

4.) Are there certain materials and finishes that are more #UD friendly than others?  Please share product finds!

5.) What kitchen cabinet storage solutions help in creating a universally accessible space?

 

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