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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?

Join this Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, September 13

from 2 to 3pm eastern

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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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.

Join this Twitter Chat discussion

on Wednesday, August 19th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

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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.

Join this Twitter chat discussion

on Wednesday, June 24th

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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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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Can Safety Be Sexy?

Our vision behind AFriendlyHouse.com has been to change the conversation of safe design from its traditional focus on homes built specifically for the disabled or the aged, or on ADA-compliant institutions, to include beautiful spaces that are safe and healthy for all of us. Spoiler alert: We are all aging and we all have our challenges, be it height, dexterity, vision, mobility. So, don’t we all deserve design that enables safety and ease of use? And who says good, safe design can’t be sexy? What isn’t sexy about moving seamlessly through your kitchen, your bath, your home and your community?  (As can be done in this open floor plan, pictured below.)

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Longtime journalist and sometime interior designer Lynette Evans founded AFriendlyHouse.com after retiring as the Home & Garden editor for The San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to that stint she had practiced interior design, specializing in kitchens and baths, and was responsible for the fully accessible interiors of her parents’ last home — a stunning 5,100 sf home overlooking Puget Sound, which is featured on the website.   You can also take a virtual tour here.   Rather than simply writing a book on the subject of universal design and aging in place, she decided that a website devoted to the subject of beautiful, universally designed homes would be of more value to both professionals and the public.

Her niece Monika Weiss (pictured below) joined in on the development of the site after experiencing what barrier-free design could mean from being a caregiver in a Universal Design home and from observing the challenges her nephew faced growing up in an environment not designed for universal access. Together they became the team.

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Most often, when universal design or safety are mentioned in design chats, the emphasis is on wheelchair access and grab bars. Rightly so, perhaps, but we think that in every breath, designers should also be emphasizing beauty as well. We adamantly dismiss the notion that safe can’t be beautiful, and, yes, sexy.
So, in our upcoming June 5th kbtribechat for Home Safety month, we challenge you to “bring your sexy back,” in safe kitchen and bath designs.  Check out our safety checklists for more information beyond K&B. Follow us on Pinterest and we’ll send you an invite to our community board, Bringing Sexy Back… to Safety.  Let’s prove safety can be a sexy essential in our community’s designing lifestyle.

 

Join our Twitter discussion on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 from 2 to 3pm eastern time by adding #kbtribechat to your tweets.

 

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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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