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February 21 at #KBtribechat

Hosted by Laura Muller, Allied ASID of Four Point Design Build Inc.



What is Unity in Design? Unity for us is a result of an organized, transparent collaboration of moving parts working together with a shared objective. Creating elements that support each other to serve a common goal. True collaboration comes when all independent parties (from the designer to the installer, the specialist, and the consultant) work together, with roles clearly defined from the first meeting through project completion. The concept rings true especially in kitchen and bath design and build. It’s critical to the project success to understand who and how their roles affect the decisions made. For collaboration to work, the lead project manager must create an inclusive project environment, while maintaining balance and authority and it is critical to include the experts; the product manufacturers; the specialists; the installers; and contractors…every step of the way.



The KBtribechat questions:

Q1. What does unity and collaboration in design mean to you?

Q2. How has collaboration shifted your process now that the internet makes costs and comparisons so transparent?

Q3. How do you retain your mystique as a designer while working in full collaboration and transparency?

Q4. What are some of the benefits that you can share as a result of collaboration?

Q5. How do you balance full inclusive collaboration while maintaining authority as the designer/project manager?

Q6. What trends have you seen lately that are influencing collaboration in the design industry, that weren’t happening 10 years ago? Share pics.

Q7. When building a successful team, communication and collaboration is vital. What are some tips for communicating with numerous team members?

Q8. How important is your relationship with your suppliers and manufacturers and how do you optimize communication and collaboration?

Q9. What are some top brand collaborations today, and why is it so important to the design industry?

Q10. As designers, what’s the most important thing about your relationship with your manufacturers/suppliers and vice versa?

Q11. When it comes to kitchen and bath design, what are some top tips to creating a unified cohesive space? Share pics.

Q12. Is social media an important element in collaborating with your favorite manufacturers?

Q13. Has social media helped you build your brand’s relationships with product manufacturers? Why is this relationship so important?


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on Wednesday, February 21

from 2 to 3pm eastern 

by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along??

Contractors, Architects, Trades, Designers….


host Sean Lintow Sr.

Sean Lintow Sr is a third generation builder with over 20 years experience. He has worked on everything from houseboats to skyscrapers,  production building to historic residential remodels. Seven years ago, after moving to Alabama,  he started SLS Construction and focused exclusively on remodeling.  Sean has a passion for not only figuring out how he can build and remodel better but helping others do so as well. As one who eschews the term “green”, Sean chooses  to focus more on common sense practices that improve the building process…  His blog is The HTRC: Homeowner’s and Trades Resource Center.

No matter what you are doing or working on, a well-functioning team of professionals working together on a project generally ensures success & improved client satisfaction.  When everyone is on the same page, it can almost seem heavenly where everything just seems to flow. Sure, one might hit a few rough spots along the way but those can be quickly dealt with if there is good communication between team members. Unfortunately the opposite often seems to be the norm, leaving many asking “Why can’t we all just get along?”

This will be the topic of our Twitter discussion at kbtribechat next Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 2 to 3 pm eastern time lead by Sean Lintow Sr.

Related pieces:

Guest post on Anna Manzo’s site – 7 steps to working in Harmony: http://bit.ly/Harmony7

Bottom of the page – Chris Wright’s Top 5 of Design Build with a twist – working with an interior designer

Guest Post on  The Decor Girl  – 5 Steps to Successful Remodeling Project: http://bit.ly/DG-5Steps

Chat Questions:

1.       What is your general role in a project & do you insist on being the go-to person?

2.       If you are the go-to person, how do you communicate this to the homeowner or other trades? What do you expect from them or consider major no-no’s – how about after the project, if any issues come up – should they call you or…
3.       If you are not the go-to person, how do you handle the homeowner asking for advice or wanting changes? For example, what do you think about this color or should I open up…
4.       Pet Peeves / Issues: We all have some (for example; either party going “I just don’t know what they were thinking” — Designers who design something that looks good but won’t meet code or last — Contractors that simply say that is good enough & instead of ripping down a stud to 3 ¼” that is specified so the tile will line up just right simply slap in a full size 2×4 — so what are they and how do you try to prevent the issue from coming up?
5.       Photos & credit, so you have wrapped up a job & everything looks great – who can show off the photos, should credit be given to the designer, contractor, specialty tradesmen?
6.       Any final tips on how to keep a project on track?


Here is the transcript for this kbtribechat.

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