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March 18 at #KBtribechat – Fix-a-leak Week + Energy Efficient Options for K+B

A design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat questions:

Q1) What changes have you seen in sustainable home design in the last decade?

Q2) What products do you find to be the most eco-friendly and energy-saving?

Q3) What “green” features do you find essential in the kitchen? What energy savings trends do you see in the home appliances industry?

Q4.) How about manufacturing?  Does how a manufacturer manages its environmental impact matter in your decisions? How are companies with energy saving appliances and environmentally friendly practices recognized? Do you look for this information? Where?

Q5.) How can water be saved in the kitchen?  Please share good design tips, habits and products that save water.

Q6.) What about the bathroom? How can you save water in the bathroom?

Q7.)  In what other ways can you save this vital resource? #water

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February 26 at #KBtribechat – Considering Wellness

A design discussion!

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The KBtribechat questions:

1.)  There are many ways to design with wellness in mind, from open-concept kitchens that encourage family interaction and food prep to proper lighting. What does the wellness trend mean to you?

2.) Consumers are becoming more conscious of not just their own health, but the health of the planet.  Using sustainable building materials is more prevalent than ever before. How do you incorporate sustainable materials/elements into your designs?

3.) Your kitchen should serve as a retreat, not a pressure cooker. What tips do you have for streamlining design to avoid clutter and promote minimalism?

4.) What about for the bathroom? Share your favorite tips to stay organized and clutter free.

5.) An ideal Wellness Kitchen should be easy to maintain, user friendly for all ages and logically planned. Share your favorite Wellness Kitchen design and tell us why you love it.

6.) What about for the bathroom? Share your favorite Wellness Bathroom design ideas!

7.) How can the shower promote wellness?

8.) What wellness related products and ideas did you discover at KBIS?

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SPOILER ALERT! Kitchen’s waste food!

JUNE 12, 2019 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen and Bath Industry Twitter Chat

Hosted by Paula Kennedy CKD*

Today’s kitchens are not designed with food preservation in mind. That may sound strange to say, isn’t so much of what we do focused around food storage? Yes, but, food PRESERVATION is different than merely storage.

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Are you tired of throwing away produce? The U.S. wastes 30-40% of food per year. The amount of food wasted that goes to the landfill is disturbing. As food spoils in the landfill it puts off methane gas that contributes to the Greenhouse effect. Let’s talk about consumers shopping habits and their concerns for healthy and sustainable living.

Did you know some fruits and vegetables like it cool, some like it room temperature, and some need humidity? There are the fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas as they ripen that is detrimental to surrounding produce! Why did no one tell me you aren’t supposed to store your bananas and apples together!
Remember cellars, larders and that cute little wicker basket designed into a base cabinet? Did you know those wicker baskets that we don’t design into kitchens anymore actually served a valuable purpose?

Let’s get back to our roots, from only a couple generations ago, by re-learning how to properly store food and designing spaces for our client’s kitchens more effectively. Let’s help people save money replacing spoiled foods, help them eat more nutritionally when the healthy produce that they purchased is readily available, and let’s do our part in saving the environment by saving food from going to the landfill needlessly!

Our KBtribechat QUESTIONS:
Q1. What appliance features have you seen recently being introduced to address this issue?

Q2. What is the interest from your clients on this issue? Does it vary based on their generation or region?

Q3. How are the shopping behaviors of our clients changing and do you see that change being more dramatic over the next 10-15 years?

Q4. What design techniques can we employ to help aid food preservation and access to healthy fresh food?

Q5. How will current and future technology aid this effort in reducing food being sent to the landfill?

* Hosted by Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, CLIPP Timeless Kitchen Design, Seattle Washington, NKBA CEU Provider (“Spoiler Alert” is an approved NKBA Chapter CEU) 425-466-4483 paulakennedyckd@hotmail.com

 

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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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