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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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June 20 at #KBtribechat – Reducing Our Personal Environmental Impact

Hosted by Paula Kennedy, CKD

After 20 years in this business working with kitchens, clients, cooking, food, appliances, even in my own home and life, I became increasingly aware and aghast at how much food we waste and how much energy and water these spaces consume. I’ve learned that every single action and effort builds and grows. I have a responsibility in my own life and in my business to help promote reducing our personal environmental impact.

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Personally my diet has been changing to a more organic, healthy, clean, local lifestyle. But I was tired of throwing away spoiled food! How was I supposed to eat healthy if the spinach was spoiled by the time I wanted to enjoy it, or the bananas, I like them on the green side. One day I heard someone say to separate your bananas from your apples!? What! No one told me this! Why didn’t I know this? Thus began my research. It saddened me how quickly we’ve forgotten practices that only a generation or two ago practiced on a daily basis. Since that time I created a CEU class for NKBA called “Spoiler Alert: Kitchens waste food.”

Our kitchens today are great at storing food but not that great at helping to preserve it. The biggest impact we can have on our planet is to reduce food waste. A typical family will throw out 470lbs of food each year. Globally 4 Billion tons of food is wasted each year. Throwing away one egg wastes 55 gallons of water. Food waste in landfills creates Methane which is the largest contributor to Greenhouse Gas Emissions!

I’ve started having Imperfect Produce delivered to my home, less expensive than at the store and saves these items from the landfill. I use an app to track my inventory at home so when I’m at the store I’m not purchasing more bananas than I need just incase. I use special bags to store my produce to reduce the ethylene from affecting other produce that is sensitive to it. I’ve stopped storing my bananas next to my apples! And, just say no to the fruit bowl on the sunny countertop please! What current appliances can help us, or future appliances and smart features?

We’ll also talk about electricity and water usage in kitchens as well; lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures. It’s all connected.

Everything is changing with our relationship to our kitchens, to our food and our environment. Pantries may soon not even be necessary as consumables are delivered on a daily or weekly basis in the future.

Everything starts with us, one change at a time, then, I believe we have a responsibility in our industry to help educate our clients and help them reduce their impact as well, sometimes even without them knowing it. Just like we may put extra backing in the walls for future grab bars in homes for aging in place, why not recommend an insulated pantry keeping items slightly cooler than room temperature, or carefully designing it on an exterior wall for coolness, depending on your region. Let’s bring back the cellar, recommend a second freezer in the garage.

Let’s keep it focused in the Kitchen today:

Q1. What appliances and storage solutions can we utilize today to reduce food waste?
Q2. How will food storage change in the future? What “old school” practices can we re-learn today?
Q3. How can we reduce Electricity usage in the kitchen? Lighting, appliances, processes?
Q4. How can window design and window treatments help us with heat and electrical management?
Q5. How can we reduce Water usage in the Kitchen?
Q6. What “smart” features can help us in these efforts?
Q7. What other ways can we reduce our impact in our homes and our client’s homes?

Saving one banana at time!
Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CLIPP, Seattle Washington
#KBTribeChat #TimelessKitchenDesign #ReduceWaste

**If you would like this CEU brought to your chapters just email me at paulakennedyckd@hotmail.com

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https://www.eomega.org/article/3-biggest-ways-to-reduce-your-environmental-impact
http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Ways-to-Reduce-Your-Impact/

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February 7 at #KBtribechat – Smart Kitchens

A design discussion.

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances.

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Coming off KBIS and CES it is clear that kitchen tech is trending. Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, February 7 at 2 pm for a lively discussion on Smart Kitchens from appliances that help you become a better cook to pie in the sky ideas on the kitchen of the future.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

 

Q1. Half of all households are predicted to have a voice assistant by 2022.  What tasks do you use your voice assistant for the most?

Q2. Assisted cooking continues to be a hot topic. How could your connected appliances help you better cook your next meal?

Q3. Beyond cooking, how can a smart kitchen better help you organize your life?

Q4. Coming off the big shows, what new kitchen gadget caught your eye?

Q5. If your appliances could talk to one another, what would you want them to do?

Q6. What do you think will be the tipping point for “nice to have” versus “need to have” when it comes to connected appliances?

Q7. Think big. What smart appliance would you design if there were no limits?

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February 3rd at #KBtribechat: Integrating Technology in Kitchens and Baths

hosted by Paula Kennedy CMKBD, CAPS, CACC

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We are learning a lot about Home Integration, the Connected Home, Smart Homes and smart spaces. In the Kitchen and Bath Industry we work in unique spaces that are rich for many forms of technology, connectedness and integration. Currently, I am very frustrated with the technology I use and how I am constantly “tethered” to cords and outlets, in today’s day and age, why am I limited to the life of a battery!! I am not an expert at any of this but am hungry to learn more!

The word Integration means a coordination of processes, united, to have a sense of seamlessness. We want these features to seem like they were always there, a part of our life, easy, unassuming, freeing us up to focus on what is more important in our lives. True integration should be invisible. And Technology shouldn’t exist just to exist; it should be something that makes our lives easier . . . . to create a better quality of life. I can’t help but immediately think about Healthy Living and Accessible Living in the spaces we design every day.

A few of my favorite things I saw at #KBIS2016 this year are:
• Lenova AquaLogic faucet (Ozone anti-microbial  disinfectant)
http://www.irinoxusa.com/blast-chilling-shock-freezing-game-changer-modern-club-kitchen/
• Irinox Freddy & Zero (Wall appliance) (Purcell Murray)
• Blast chilling, shock freezing, low temp cook, thaw heat and hold, leaven and proof
http://www.irinoxusa.com/blast-chilling-shock-freezing-game-changer-modern-club-kitchen/
• Urban Cultivator (Herb growing indoor appliance)
http://www.urbancultivator.net/
• Delta’s Leak Detection, partnered with iDevices through an app to inform you of leaks in the home
http://www.deltafaucet.com/leakdetection

But this is such a broader topic! I attended the session at the NKBA Stage at KBIS to listen to Michael Wolf and a panel who had been part of the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle this last summer. Imagine these ideas coming to our homes in the future, and some in the not so distant future . . .

• Zuckerberg building a Robot Butler like Jarvis
• Amazon Echo – voice commands
• Hands free speech directions (in the kitchen, hands are messy, you are dicing onions! “Turn down the heat on burner #2”)
• Food talking to us! Not only what our inventory is, but about its contents, is it gluten free?
• Homeowners are already using services like Amazon Fresh, Blue Apron, Amazon Dash Replenishment
• (http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/204415/amazon-dash-replenishment-service-commences)
• Auto Order when inventory low.
• You posted a dinner party in your calendar and linked a menu, a week in advance Amazon prepares the shopping cart and sends you a message to order items!
• Become The Kitchen Hero, using technology to become a Super Chef
• Recharge your devices on the counter! It’s already here.
• Camera in the oven or over the cooktop, step away to let the dog in or go answer the front door and let your mobile app show you if the pot is boiling over.

I’ve been learning a lot from Eric Schimelpfenig as well, check out the article he wrote.

Read this article on Houzz about what a company in California, Intel Corp, is working on.

At #KBIS2016 this year the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research was at it again! Did you check out the futureHaus Kitchen last year? Did you see the futureHaus Bathroom this year?
• The vanity raised and lowered to height and needs of user
• The bathroom scale was hidden under glass tile in the floor, sensors digitally displayed up on the mirror

Paula’s KBtribechat Questions – 

Q1. What does Integrated or Smart mean to you in the Kitchen & Bath?

Q2. What are the products that you’ve discovered recently, even at KBIS that fit into this broad category?

Q3. Do you have any frustrations with this topic or only excitement?

Q4. Where are you getting educated to keep ahead of our clients?

Q5. Will this integration and technology change the design of the kitchen and bath, and how we design these spaces?

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July 29, 2015 at #KBtribechat: The Connected Kitchen

How smart do we want our kitchens to be?

Kitchen Tech

Q1.) What items in the kitchen would you like to be able to control from a phone/tablet?

Q2.) Can we go too far? Explain!

Q3.) What “smart” features would you like to see innovated/made available for the kitchen?

Q4.) Are your clients wanting smart home features designed in? Why or why not?

Q5.)  What does the future kitchen look like – tech wise?

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