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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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#KBtribechat at #IBS2019

 Sponsored and Hosted by Thermador

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The International Builders’ Show is an exciting time to unveil the newest innovative products, ideas, and trends. Will you be heading to IBS this year? If so, join us for our annual in-person #KBTribechat and networking event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Thermador booth (C3830). Not at IBS this year? Follow the #KBTribechat hashtag on Twitter starting at 11:00 a.m. and experience the show through the eyes of attendees and exhibitors alike. Join in on the conversation, ask questions and share your thoughts.

Thermador luxury home appliances continues to roll out more than 300 groundbreaking new products. At the show, you will be able to see the latest from Thermador firsthand—from the sleek 36-inch Masterpiece Freedom Induction Cooktop, to the ultra-innovative Thermador Connected Experience by Home Connect. You will want to take your time and devour all of the inventive and exceptional product radiating from this year’s Thermador booth.

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IBS attendees can refer to our chat questions below as you walk the show and tour our booth on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Snap lots of photos, and share your answers on the live Twitter chat using the #KBtribechat and #Thermador hashtags.
Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1: IBS is showcasing the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. What are the top new products that you are most excited for at #IBS2019?

Q2: Innovation is top of mind at #IBS2019. Which innovative products are capturing your attention?

Q3: What products are specifically designed for compact spaces?

Q4: Technology is transforming the heart of the home. What tech trends are you seeing in the kitchen at #IBS2019?

Q5: What sleek product designs are on your mind #IBS2019?

Q6: What is your favorite luxury appliance you are seeing at #IBS2019?

Q7: Which products at #IBS2019 highlight personalization?

We cannot wait to #KBTribechat with you:
Wednesday, February 20
11:00a.m. until noon at IBS 2019
Thermador KBTribechat 
booth C3830

Here’s the transcript for this KBtribechat.

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3 Ways to Stress Less in the Kitchen in 2019


If your 2019 New Year’s resolution is anywhere in the realm of “stressing less,” then you’re not alone! We’re here to help—starting in the kitchen!

 


The new year is here! Are you ready to rock your 2019 dinner parties, birthday bashes, and everything in between? Whether you’re meal prepping, getting lunches ready for the kids, trying out that tasty recipe that you saw online, or feeding an entire dinner party, wouldn’t it be nice if your kitchen could help ease some of the stress? We’ve gathered a few things from Control4 that can help reduce the stress the kitchen brings for 2019.

Voice assistants, such as the Amazon Alexa family, make it easy to stay on task while you handle something else simultaneously. Just ask Alexa to start a timer, play a song, ask for measuring comparisons, lower the thermostat, and so much more all while you continue your current task. Look at that, you never even had to look up from the cutting board, which you should never do anyway to ensure you keep all of your digits in tact! But that’s not all; Amazon Alexa devices are capable of so much more than just setting timers when incorporated into a smart home system. Commands like “Alexa, turn on cooking” can simultaneously bring up the kitchen lights to 100%, turn the TV on to Food Network or start up your favorite playlist on the speakers in the kitchen, and turn the thermostat down to make your cooking routine as easy as pie.

Connected appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, slow cookers, etc. are time-savers, and sometimes sanity-savers! We can’t be the only ones that have left the grocery list sitting on the counter, only to realize it while parking at the grocery store. Enter smart refrigerators. With futuristic features like cameras so you can actually look inside your fridge while you’re at the store, screens so you can create and add to shopping lists every time you open the refrigerator, and remote access to be able to send those lists directly to your phone, you’ll never have to hand-write a list again. And with connected stoves, multitasking has never been easier. Stepping away to check more off of your to-do list while something simmers used to be a dangerous game. But now you can just tell the app to turn the temperature down while you’re in the other room! Not today stove-top disasters, not today.


Probably one of the last things you’re thinking about while you’re cooking is having a touch screen in the kitchen. But trust us, once you’ve experienced the ease of touch screens, you can’t live without them…or, at least, you won’t want to live without them! Notify the entire house that it’s time for dinner, video chat with your partner while they’re still at the store, communicate with a visitor at the door, all without putting that spatula down. A CONTROL4 TOUCH SCREEN with the Intercom Anywhere app in the kitchen works as a video chat device, an intercom system, and a smart doorbell station. This means distractions, like someone at the door or the kids not coming down when you’ve called, take up less of your time so you can focus on that gorgeous meal you’ve been working so hard on.

Interested in learning more about connected devices and our favorite kitchen tech?
Head to Twitter on January 9, starting at 2 p.m. ET and search for the #KBTribeChat hashtag, or add #KBTribeChat to your tweets to join the conversation! And don’t forget to follow @Control4.

Check out our KBtribechat questions:

Q. Have you ever used smart home technology in your own home or in your designs?

Q. What smart home technology have you been wanting to learn more about? Or, what smart home technology have you recently learned about that you love?

Q. What is an issue/struggle in the kitchen that you would love for technology to solve?

Q. What is one must-have piece of technology you want (or already have) in the kitchen. Why?

Q. What are the must-haves when it comes to lighting in a kitchen?

Q. What are accessibility issues you try to solve when designing a kitchen?

Q. How, as a designer, would you define the term “smart home” to your clients?

Q. What would you consider to be an ideal “smart home” environment?

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Wednesday, January 9

from 2 to 3 pm eastern

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Here’s a link to view the transcript for this KBtribechat. 

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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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on Wednesday, August 1st

from 2 to 3pm eastern

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Here’s a link to read the transcript for this KBtribechat.

 

 

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