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September heralds the end of summer, and for those with children, it’s back to school time. But smart design professionals know that classes aren’t only for children, and you’re never too old to learn a few new tricks, tips or business skills.

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The evolution of the project idea file

Before the Internet became the go to resource for just about everything, a project idea file we would receive from a homeowner for their remodeling job might consist of a couple earmarked magazines, a reference book or a few sketches. Now it is not...

The Value of Having a Written Sales Process

In the U.S., I believe a collective lack of discipline has characterized our kitchen/bath industry since its inception, consigning American kitchen dealers to a lifetime of marginal profitability.

Winning formula

Winning formula

Design. Material use. Creativity. Functionality. Details. The winning projects from the 37th annual Master Design Awards boast all of those attributes, and so much more. Not only were the judges critical of the project itself, but they also took into...

Living Large in a Small Bath

Living Large in a Small Bath

A space will never be physically larger than its actual footprint. But designers often use their creativity to incorporate design techniques and elements that make a space feel and function like it’s much bigger than it is. This month, Kitchen & Bath...

Kitchen Gets Design Do-Over

Kitchen Gets Design Do-Over

The second time is the charm when it comes to this Lake Erie home’s kitchen. Kimberly Martin designed its first kitchen when the lakeside residence was originally constructed in 1995. “I was fortunate enough to be part of the project when the home was...

Flexible Functionality, Customized Style

Current trends call for appliances that offer flexibility, customized design and functions, technology the increases convenience and efficiency and options geared toward healthy living and responsible energy use. That’s according to manufacturer’s...

Salaries Edge Upwards, but Gender Gap Remains

Have recent eeconomic gains translated to wage increases for kitchen and bath designer/salespeople? The short answer is “somewhat.”

Thinking Big With Small Kitchens

While generous kitchens exist in many of the homes that we design for, we can also find ourselves working in smaller spaces

Clipo Sliding Door Hardware

Clipo Sliding Door Hardware

From Hafele America Co.

Clipo hardware from Hafele America Co. allows cabinet doors to slide open and closed. Clipo can be used with wood or glass doors and is offered in a variety of finishes.

Frontino Sliding Hardware

Frontino Sliding Hardware

From Hafele America Co.

Frontino hardware from Häfele America Co. allows sliding doors to operate on a single track rather than on separate tracks, which enables doors to sit flush when closed and provides cabinet space savings. Since the hardware allows for cabinet doors to...

Is the Smart Home Really That Smart?

Years ago we were promised the “smart home.”

Laundry Center Storage

Laundry Center Storage

From Hailo

The new Laundry Carrier from Hailo fits in 45 cm, 50 cm or 60 cm wide base units. Featuring two large-capacity system baskets, the Hailo Laundy Carrier offers space for two full washing machine loads. The containers can be removed using the ergonomic...

Pantry Organizer

Pantry Organizer

From Glideware
Expanding marketing’s definition

Expanding marketing’s definition

Many companies narrowly define marketing as advertising, but the definition is so much broader than that, and you’re missing a lot of opportunities to share your company’s brand with the world if your only focus is on ads. During a project, there are...

Classic Island Posts

Classic Island Posts

From Castlewood by AMS

NY Collection Wood Components

From Art for Everyday, Inc.

Sub-Zero, Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Adds Award Category, Third Design Style

October 1, 2014

Top trends offer opportunities and challenges

Andersen Rolls Out Building Information Models

Andersen Rolls Out Building Information Models

October 1, 2014
Pre-Finished White Interiors for Windows

Pre-Finished White Interiors for Windows

From Lincoln Windows

Implement business philosophies for risk prevention

Impact Lift & Slide Door System (IS.14)

Impact Lift & Slide Door System (IS.14)

From Panda Windows and Doors
Strong-Wall SB Shearwall

Strong-Wall SB Shearwall

From Simpson Strong-Tie
AP Foil-Faced Foam Sheathing Board

AP Foil-Faced Foam Sheathing Board

From Johns Manville
Complete Line of Cabinet Doors

Complete Line of Cabinet Doors

From Keystone Wood Specialties