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May 20th at #KBtribechat – Gourmet Kitchens

A design discussion!

Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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Many people are taking on DIY projects and reimagining their homes during this lockdown period. If you’ve thought about upgrading your kitchen, join us for a Twitter Chat hosted by GE Appliances on Wed., May 20 at 2 pm ET. We’ll discuss design, finishes and features of gourmet kitchens.

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Our KBtribechat Questions:

  1. We’re spending more time at home than ever. If you could add one “gourmet” feature to your kitchen right now what would it be?

  1. What refrigerator configuration or design do you see most in high end kitchens?

  1. What appliance is the centerpiece of a gourmet kitchen?

  1. What materials or colors do you associate with gourmet kitchens?

  1. High end appliances often contain cutting edge technology. What technology do you expect to find in a gourmet kitchen?

  1. Time to share. What has been the most gourmet meal you’ve cooked since shutdown began (or just one you really enjoyed)?

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Elevating Luxury in the Kitchen: Whirlpool Corporation Hosts #KBTribeChat on Luxury Kitchen Design

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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Luxury kitchens are a major influence on home sales. In fact, a recent Zillow study found high-end kitchen features can make it easier to sell a home for a higher price.

When it comes to kitchen design, luxury buyers expect much more than a standard kitchen. So, what features and design elements define a luxury kitchen? That’s just one item we’ll discuss during our Luxury Kitchens KBTribeChat on Wednesday, March 4, hosted by Whirlpool Corporation (@WhirlpoolCorp).

As the world’s leading manufacturer of major home appliances, Whirlpool Corporation knows well that luxury kitchens must combine beauty and function, efficiency and style – and the appliances within them must do the same.

From the company’s high-end KitchenAid brand to its luxury JennAir brand, Whirlpool Corporation offers building industry professionals distinctive luxury kitchen appliances that go beyond the conventional, and push form and function to transform spaces.

Whether you’re building new, remodeling an existing, or refreshing elements, join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4 as we discuss the defining characteristics of a sophisticated, luxurious kitchen space.

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Here are our chat questions:

1.) What features and design elements help define a luxury kitchen?

2.) How have luxury kitchen styles and designs evolved based on consumer preferences?

3.) What colors and finishes lend a luxurious feel to a kitchen?

4.) How does smart home technology play a role in luxury kitchens?

5.) Where do you get design inspiration for luxury kitchens?

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October 2 at #KBtribechat – Luxury Kitchens

A design discussion

Sponsored and hosted by Wellborn Cabinet

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Wellborn Cabinet is committed to be the most valued provider of kitchen, bath, and whole home cabinetry. Founded in 1961, Wellborn Cabinet has been American owned and operated with a long-standing history of manufacturing innovative products and delivering excellent, domestic customer service.

Luxury kitchen designs tend to combine the highest-quality materials, innovative technologies, and top-of-the-line appliances to create magazine-worthy kitchens. Wellborn Cabinet offers a vast selection of cabinetry options such as framed or frameless cabinetry accommodating to a diverse mix of design styles. Join us for a KBtribechat discussion on “Luxury Kitchens” on Wednesday, October 2nd at 2 PM ET with Wellborn Cabinet. Transform the heart of your home into a magazine-worthy kitchen with Wellborn Cabinet.

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1. What does ‘luxury kitchen’ mean to you?

2. What are defining characteristics of a Luxury Kitchen?

3. Describe some basic design elements in Luxury Kitchen design.

4. What color trends in luxurious kitchens?

5. What materials are trending for Luxury Kitchens?

6. What storage solutions do you like to use in Luxury Kitchens?

7. Framed vs. Frameless cabinetry: How do you choose?

8. How do you see smart solutions in Luxury Kitchens?

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Building a Sustainable Future: Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat

A design discussion

Sponsored and Hosted by Whirlpool Corporation

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Whirlpool Corporation is inviting kitchen and bath professionals to a special Earth Day-themed #KBTribeChat about sustainability in our industry.

With the growing demand for greater sustainability from consumers, it’s more important than ever for building and design professionals to incorporate eco-friendly and energy-efficient products and features into their projects.

For example, a new, global survey from Whirlpool Corporation showed that consumers favor appliances that help them decrease their environmental footprint:

  • Three in four respondents (74%) are interested in smart appliance features that reduce food waste
  • Three in four respondents (75%) are interested in smart appliance features that manage water usage
  • Two in three respondents (64%) say it’s important that their appliances help save on electricity costs

Across its portfolio of brands, Whirlpool Corporation offers high-performing appliances that conserve the earth’s resources and help homeowners do the same. The company continually monitors the environmental effects of its business, not only by creating many new and innovative products that consume less water and energy, but also by improving its manufacturing and distribution processes, and using materials that minimize the impact on the planet.

Join us at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 24 as we discuss sustainability in the kitchen and bath industry.

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Here are our chat questions:

1. What home building and design trends have helped make homes more sustainable?
2. What products do you find to be most eco-friendly and energy-saving for the kitchen?
3. Are you seeing a demand for sustainable laundry appliances? Explain.
4. How can smart/connected products help homeowners save energy and water?
5. How are you incorporating environmentally-driven solutions into your projects?

 

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This photo provided by Whirlpool shows the Whirlpool Duet Front Load ENERGY STAR laundry pair, including the HybridCare Dryer, in a laundry room. For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a widely respected seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include a new major household appliance. Dryers, perhaps the last of the major household appliances to be included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s program, will be available in 45 Energy Star models throughout the country starting Presidents’ Day weekend, according to the EPA. (AP Photo/Whirlpool)

 

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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

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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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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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