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Our July 24 #KBtribechat Topic – Designing for Living In Place

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Rev-A-Shelf

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The discussion questions:

Q1. How many of you are currently designing with Living In Place in mind? Share a few of your favorite designs!

Q2. How do you bring ‘Living In Place’ into discussion with your clients? Share your talking points and tips!

Q3. Living In Place design increases accessibility and eases strain. Share your favorite kitchen and bath products that help achieve this!

Q4. Are there any products, technology, etc. that you wish existed that would benefit your Living In Place clients? Why?

Q5. Lighting is an important part of Living In Place design. Give examples fo how you incorporate lighting into your designs.

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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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September 12 at #KBtribechat – Design for Living in Place

Hosted by Dawn DeLuca

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Dawn’s KBtribechat Questions: 

1. Are you familiar with the term Living In Place?  Can you see how this all encompassing term works for not only those who are aging in place or Living with disabilities but for our entire Population?

2. How can the design community help clients  overcome the discomfort of talking about their Living In Place Needs?

3. What LIP products or design solutions do you wish your clients wouldn’t object to? And how do you overcome those objections?

4. Do you automatically incorporate LIP/Adaptable Design into your projects? If yes, how?  If no, why not? What is holding you back from doing so?

5. Share some photos of LIP Products & Design applications that appeal to you!  Is there a particular product that you always utilize?

6. Do you see an increase in the number of clients asking about Living In Place? Aging in Place?  When the subject is brought up are you prepared to discuss it?  What approach do you use? What tools would help you. Be prepared for the conversation.

7. How do we make LIP mainstream? What products, knowledge, & marketing materials would make it easier to introduce & implement LIP?

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Dawn DeLuca

Dawn DeLuca, AKBD, CLIPP, CAPS has been in the Interior Design/Kitchen & Bath Industry for more than two decades. After her studies, at Mercy College and New York School of Interior Design, she established her own design firm (Transitions). With a roster of national and international clientele Dawn continues to be thrilled to help you, our client, achieve your vision for a beautiful, functional, accessible and safe home or workplace.

A founding principal of Camille Rossy, Dawn brings in-depth hands-on experience in every aspect of design, business, construction and project management. Her wealth of knowledge guarantees that your projects move efficiently from phase to phase. Dawn’s strong design industry connections (both national and international) and her commitment to continuing education ensure that you, our clients, receive the most up-to-date ideas and information.

Dawn currently holds three certifications, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA); Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) from The Living In Place Institute; and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) from the National Association of Home Builders(NAHB).

With a strong commitment to volunteerism and seeing others succeed, Dawn actively participates in the NKBA, as a volunteer industry leader. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional spaces. Its mission is to inspire, lead and empower the Kitchen and bath industry, and ultimately the consumer, by providing Information, Education and Inspiration through marketplaces, networks and certification. A founding member of the Westchester Chapter of the NKBA, Dawn is currently a member of the National Generative Council. Is the immediate past Regional Director, of the American Northeast, and was a Member of the Board of Directors. This has led to a number of awards for her work, including 2012-2013 NAPW Woman of the Year.

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Residential Remodeling Trends for Interior & Exterior and the Boom for Your Bottom Line!

August 1 at #KBtribechat

Sponsored and Hosted by Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo

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Remodeling activity is already a record-setter, and on pace for another record year in 2018, according to data sourced from Metrostudy News, May 21, 2018. The market is prime to promote home improvement, so increase your customer’s familiarity with the latest innovative and design trends in the remodeling space.

 

Attend the Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo to see what we are talking about. Register today to receive free expo and 10% off an all-access pass.  Use promo code REMODEL, or click the link to register: https://tinyurl.com/ycd872re.

 

Remodeling Show co-located with DeckExpo bring together residential remodeling and building professionals from all over the country to experience the hottest products, learn the newest building techniques, and build their professional reach through exciting networking activities. The in-depth education program includes hands-on training and business education through live building clinics, on-floor demonstrations, and conference sessions with influencers. Connect with industry experts and learn new skills to elevate your craft!

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Builder: j.allen smith design / build | Photographer: Michael Wilkinson

Our KBtribechat questions: 

Q1.) Let’s talk style! What are the most popular remodeling trends today? Post your pictures and share comments.

Q2.) What are the latest design & product trends in residential remodeling and custom building that are most likely to increase a home’s value? Show examples and give explanations.

Q3.) How are the demographics of aging in place and millennials changing remodeling trends and innovations?

Q4.) For kitchen and baths, are there certain features (hardware, finishes, space savers, shower systems) that are in high demand and can fetch top dollars?

Q5.) How can “Smart Home” create competition for sale? (video doorbell, thermostat, lighting controls, built-in security, audio video)

Q6.) Color trends interior or exterior; are there colors that are more appealing for home purchase or sale?

Q7.) Let’s talk about exterior trends. Show examples and give explanations.

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Covering the Hottest Topics in Surface Design

Sponsored and Hosted by The International Surface Event (TISE) 2018

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Walls, counters, flooring and more, how many surfaces do you design for in a space? Surface material selection, placement, understanding, design, and vision are crucial to the immediate and long term affection, safety, and use of a space. The International Surface Event is going to cover the hottest topics for surface design from aging in place to health and wellness design, technology to luxury, and all around, we’ve got the inspiration and answers for you. Join us @KBTribeChat and share your projects, your photos, and your ideas. We look forward to experiencing surface design together with you!

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TISE is the largest North American event serving the floor covering, stone & tile industries. To learn more on these topics and see the products and services first hand, register today to attend TISE 2018, January 29 – February 1 in Las Vegas.
Want to continue the conversation after @KBTribechat, attend TISE 2018, see the products and services first-hand and even sign up for an IGNITE Education pass to hear LIVE conversations on the below topics. Register at www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/register and use promo code SURF150 when registering for 10% Off* your TISE 2018 exhibits and/or exhibits with education IGNITE registration.

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Our discussion questions:

• Quartz – The sexiness of style and practicality. What exactly is it?  What are the design elements? Where can you use it?

• Health and wellness in design – How do you find the balance between functional beauty and sacred health and wellness in surface design?

• Aging in place – How do you recommend and specify surface materials for the aging population?

• Modern technologies: making mosaic art fit your surface – What mosaic art have you installed or specified into spaces? Show us your favorite mosaic art installations.

• Let’s chat luxury as it surrounds surfaces: ethical sustainable luxury – luxury vinyl tile – the laws of luxury.

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*Not applicable for already registered or NEM registrants. Discount is valid thru 1/28/18. 
Early bird pricing expired December 15, 2017.

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September 13 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Safety in Mind!

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Our KBtribechat questions: 

Q1.) What Universal Design features have you found useful for Kitchens? Share pictures!

Q2.) What are key safety concerns for kitchens? Share design solutions that address these issues!

Q3.) Do you have other tips for designing a kitchen that will be a safe environment?

Q4.) What Universal Design features are handy for Bathrooms?

Q5.) What are the top bathroom safety concerns? What design solutions address these issues?

Q6.) Do you have other tips for designing a bathroom that will be a safe space to use?

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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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June 24, 2015 – A Focus on the Bathroom

A design discussion!

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Our discussion questions: 

1.) What overall looks, styles, materials, finishes and features are popular today for the bathroom?

2.) The Bath Tub – Are your clients omitting the tub from master bathrooms? What looks and styles are trending for bath tubs?

3.) Surfaces -How can you give your bathroom a modern look without it becoming dated in the future? Please share pics!

4.) Lighting is so important in bath design and is constantly evolving!  What’s trending?

5.) Water-efficiency has become a priority in bathroom design. What are ways we can reduce water use without sacrificing a luxury bathroom experience? Share go to products and ideas for socially sustainable designs.

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Planning Ahead for America’s 80 Million Boomers

Can Bathrooms Be Both Safe And Luxurious? With 1/5th of the US population projected to be 65 years of age and older within 15 years, 80 million people, what are the options for chic, yet safe #BoomerSmarts bathroom products & designs for today’s homeowners who don’t want to sacrifice beauty for safety, but need to plan for their evolving needs so they can stay in their homes as long as they would like? Bring your pictures, your Pinterest boards and your ideas and join us for this fun, exciting and relevant conversation on Wednesday, October 1st with our guest host, one of America’s top experts, #BoomerSmarts speaker, educator and author, Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS. BoomerSmartBoomerPower ··· book cover ··· 13 10 14 E Here are Mitzi’s KBtribechat questions: 1. What current bathroom products are both #luxury + safe for 50+ homeowners? 2. What products should those 50+ avoid in bathrooms, for safety reasons? 3. Share pics of your fav *safefor50+ homeowners* #luxury bathroom! 4. What safe, luxury bathroom products will be exhibited at #KBIS2015 for 50+ homeowners? Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS, is one of America’s top experts in the housing and interior design issues facing the USA’s 80 million baby boomers. A practicing interior designer in Wichita, Kansas for over 30 years with her Masters In Interior Design, she is also a national speaker, educator, and published author and an official 2014 #HPMkt Stylespotter. Her trademarked #BoomerSmarts seal of approval is sought after by brands wishing to use it on their own websites and blogs to align themselves with the consumer audience Mitzi has developed through her popular blog, her social media channels and her video channel on The Design Network. In addition to Mitzi’s 1 hour IDCEC approved CEU courses, her 4 hour IDCEC/NKBA approved CEU course: ” #BoomerSmarts: Designing For America’s Richest Generation ” gives the designers who take it, either online or in person, the ability to use her CERTIFIED LOCAL #BoomerSmarts EXPERT badge on their own websites and blogs, too. Mitzi’s own home in Wichita, KS, affectionately nicknamed Cypress, was designed by she and her husband, Bob, to be a living laboratory to demonstrate her #BoomerSmarts housing and design concepts. It’s a unique, one of a kind floor plan developed specifically so she and Bob can live in their own home as long as they would like. Mitzi can be reached through her website at http://mitzibeach.com or by email at mitzibeachdesigns@gmail.com. You’re invited to please follow her on her social media channels below: http://facebook.com/MitziBeachFans http://twitter.com/Mitzi_Beach http://pinterest.com/MitziBeach/ and to subscribe to her popular video channel on The Design Network by clicking the link below: http://mitzibeach.com/3-easy-steps-to-subscribe-to-my-boomer-smarts-video-channel-on-the-design-network/

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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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