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#KBtribeChat Live at #PCBC2017!

Get ready tribe – we’re makin’ our way to San Diego for the annual PCBC conference, the largest homebuilding trade show for the West Coast! Each year, PCBC draws more than 10,000 attendees and exhibitors, serving as the nexus for the homebuilding industry.

Whether you’re at the show or at home, make plans to join us on Wednesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET to discuss the “New Age of Homebuilding.” Our chat will be sponsored and hosted by Whirlpool Corporation , the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances.

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Innovative Whirlpool Corporation products have been welcomed into homes decade after decade. Whirlpool is committed to understanding its consumers inside and out. By arming builders with powerful consumer insights and purposefully innovating appliances to meet the needs of consumers, Whirlpool Corporation continues to be a strong appliance supplier for builders.

As a Whirlpool Corporation collaborator, builders get access to not only the company’s strategic portfolio of brands, but also the resources to help them match the right appliances to their projects and customers. Whirlpool Corporation brands — Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air – have been thoughtfully designed to suit a specific customer and home type, giving builders the depth and breadth of appliance options to suit virtually any project. In fact, Whirlpool Corporation products can be found in 3 out of 4 American homes.

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With more than 100 years of experience in the appliance industry, Whirlpool Corporation is eager to discuss the trends and insights that have impacted homes today. If you’re attending the show, come join us live at the PCBC Hub for Social booth #2427.

Questions for discussion:

• Times are changing and so are homebuyer preferences. What do today’s homebuyers want?
• What colors/finishes are designers and homeowners asking for most – from countertop surfaces to appliance finish?
• How are different generations influencing home design and the housing market as a whole?
• How have the connected home and buyer preference evolved in recent years?
• How is sustainable living affecting home building and design?

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from 2 to 3pm eastern

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June 21st at #KBtribechat – What’s Trending in Kitchen Design?

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Element Designs.

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Eurocraft Cabinetry

 

Contemporary trends have grown from a very small segment of the kitchen industry, to the second most popular design preference. As a leading supplier of aluminum, glass and acrylic cabinet doors (and surfacing materials) to kitchen manufacturers across North America, Element Designs has witnessed this transformation first-hand.

Historically, design trends have always started in Europe and gradually made their way to North America over the course of a few years. Now, with the magnitude and speed of technology, design trends make their way to most markets often in just a few weeks. Staying on top of design trends is important to everyone in the industry, but it is especially crucial to our customers.

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Wellborn Cabinet’s new Aspire frameless line

 

Let’s talk about kitchen trends!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.  The contemporary design trend is here to stay. What design elements are essential in today’s contemporary kitchen designs?

2.  What trends do you expect to have longevity?

3.  Is white forever? Or is gray the new white? What colors are trending?

4.  How have metals redefined kitchens this year?

5.  We love to see how materials can be combined to create unique designs. What are some of your favorite ways to combine materials and finishes?

6.  What is the best “on trend” kitchen you’ve seen? (let’s see pictures!)

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Technology in the Kitchen: The Future is Now!

The kitchen has undergone a dramatic change thanks to technology. From operating appliances remotely through an app to voice command through smart home assistants to set and adjust cooking temperature and time, there’s no doubt that technology has transformed the heart of the home.

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Join Whirlpool Corporation and Whirlpool brand as they sponsor and host the June 14 KBTribeChat on technology in the kitchen! Today, as more consumers look for kitchen products that provide purposeful technology to fit their daily lives and reflect a sense of individuality, home appliance design demands both passion and a unique perspective.

For more than 100 years, Whirlpool Corporation has dedicated its teams and resources to merging cultural observations and insights with emerging technologies and consumer trends. When it comes to technology in the kitchen, the company’s definition of innovation goes beyond the surface. Whirlpool Corporation is not interested in extraneous, low-function features and technologies that value flash over function. They believe technology at its most innovative should simplify the things we do every day. As such, Whirlpool Corporation is committed to incorporating purposeful technology that enhances a homeowner’s experience.

Whirlpool, the company’s flagship brand, is a leader in finding innovative ways for family members to take care of one another—driven by the notion that behind every chore is an act of love. The brand designs home appliances focused on combining new features with meaningful functionality that make providing care more intuitive. Aligned with the Corporation’s mission, Whirlpool Brand sees connected appliances as an opportunity to solve real family needs, rather than just using technology for technology’s sake.

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Let discuss how technology is infiltrating the heart of the home!

Our KBtribechat questions:

• What is trending when it comes to technology in the kitchen?
• In what ways does kitchen technology bring convenience to consumers?
• How is kitchen technology impacting home cooking?
• How are you incorporating sustainable technologies in the kitchen?
• What kitchen technologies excite you the most?

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on Wednesday, June 14

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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June 7 at #KBtribechat – Creating a Timeless Design

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) Why are white cabinets so popular? Is this a timeless choice? What are the pros and cons of white cabinetry?

2.) What colors or color combinations work well for a classic look? Please share your favorites!

3.) What cabinet and millwork elements help create a classic look? Door styles? Decorative hardware? Moldings?

Share pictures!

4.) What materials, details and finishes are considered classic for countertops, backsplashes and plumbing fixtures?

5.) How can we add a classic/timeless touch with lighting?

6.) What other advice do you have for creating a timeless look?

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on Wednesday, June 7

from 2 to 3pm eastern time

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May 24 at #KBtribechat – Designing With Natural Materials

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by The Natural Stone Institute 

In an increasingly busy world, people are seeking ways to reconnect with nature. One of the simplest ways to “bring the outdoors in” is to utilize natural materials in the home. Not only are natural materials beautiful and sustainable, but they are also typically highly durable and long lasting.

From reclaimed wood walls to bamboo flooring to natural stone countertops, natural materials imbue spaces with intrinsic warmth and an organic feel that is at once grounding and rejuvenating. Moreover, natural materials can complement virtually any decor style – making them a highly versatile design choice.

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Image by Puma Marble Company

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of natural materials is their quality and uniqueness. There is something deeply satisfying about choosing a slab of natural stone that was formed by nature thousands or even millions of years ago, and then seeing that slab within a home.

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Image by ROCKin’teriors

Of course, the benefits of natural materials extend far beyond aesthetics. Natural materials are also eco-friendly and in many cases, can be sourced locally or regionally, which helps to offset fuel usage incurred during transportation. A number of natural materials – wood, cork, and bamboo, for instance – are renewable. Others, like natural stone, can be recycled or salvaged for a variety of uses – both indoors and out.

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Image by Illinois Granite & Marble, Ltd

Natural materials are like a fine wine—getting better and more beautiful as they age.

On Wednesday, May 24 at 2pm eastern, join MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute for a Twitter discussion on designing with natural materials.

Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: Are clients concerned with making green design choices for kitchen remodels? What advice do you give them?

Q2: Natural materials like stone are durable and easy to care for. What maintenance tips do you give clients?

Q3: What is your favorite natural stone to work with in bathroom designs? Share photos to show why!

Q4: Do you work with salvaged or recycled materials? What are some of your favorite places to use these materials?

Q5: Have you noticed any trends or innovations in using natural materials like stone? What makes them interesting?

Q6: What natural stone applications or finishes are most popular with clients? Have you tried anything new lately?

Q7: Natural materials are one-of-a-kind. Share some unique ways you’ve used them in projects.

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on Wednesday, May 24

from 2 to 3 pm eastern

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May 10 at #KBTribeChat – Change the Way You Think about Sinks

A design discussion.
Sponsored and Hosted by Franke

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Entertaining should be fun, not stressful. Join Franke on Wednesday, May 10 at 2pm eastern for a discussion of gourmet kitchen trends – including Franke’s innovative Chef Center, a kitchen solution that will change the way you think about sinks!
Thanks to its impressive Swiss design and all-inclusive accessories, Franke’s Chef Center makes entertaining effortless. From prep, to presentation, to party, the Chef Center is more Sous Chef than sink.

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Franke, a leading name in kitchen sinks and faucets, specializes in creating innovative products that transform the kitchen into a hub for operating and entertaining in the heart of the home.
Let’s talk kitchen solutions that minimize stress, maximize creativity, and make entertaining the pleasure it ought to be. Join this Twitter conversation on May 10 by adding #KBtribechat to your tweets!

Our KBtribechat questions:
• What are the elements that put the “gourmet” in a gourmet kitchen?
• What’s the most important feature in your kitchen (i.e.: sink, faucet, counterspace)?
• What are your favorite sink accessories? Why?
• In your opinion, what are the top trends in kitchen innovation?
• What makes your kitchen the heart of your home?

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February 15 at #KBtribechat – It’s In The Details

Adding Personality to a Kitchen!

What touches can make a kitchen extraordinary?

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This is the work of kitchen designer Toni Sabatino.

At the next KBtribechat we will be sharing our ideas for making a design statement with:

Cabinetry
Countertops and Backsplashes
Major Appliances
Plumbing Fixtures
Lighting
Flooring
Furniture
Artwork
Color

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The same kitchen from a different angle – the work of kitchen designer Toni Sabatino.

A combination of select elements can add up to a kitchen design that is beautiful beyond ordinary…..but it’s easy to go overboard!

Each space is unique, which emphasizes how important it is to hire a design professional and to make all decisions well in advance of construction.

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on Wednesday, February 15

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