Planning Better Kitchens and Baths

With kitchens and baths becoming more complex, remodelers must stay current on the latest recommendations for creating rooms that satisfy today’s changing consumer needs and lifestyles. In this special Education Series, Qualified Remodeler has partnered with the National Kitchen & Bath Association to present an overview of the most up-to-date approaches to planning better kitchens and baths.

The focus of this section is on guidelines for activity centers — the sink center, the refrigeration center and the cooking center in kitchens; and the grooming center and bathing/shower center in baths. The information in these pages is excerpted from two of the nine books in the NKBA Professional Resource Library — “Kitchen Planning” and “Bath Planning” — and reflects a composite of the current industry environment, future trends, consumer lifestyles, new research, new building codes and current industry practices.

Planning better kitchens and baths will always give you a competitive advantage. With this issue we are also kicking off a year-long Educational Series excerpted from various volumes in the NKBA Professional Resource Library. Each article will spotlight a key product category, starting next month.

About the NKBA Professional Resource Library

For practitioners in all types of firms, the NKBA Professional Resource Library is a goldmine of information, tips, guidelines and insider advice about successfully creating kitchens and baths and managing projects for today’s demanding clients. The most comprehensive educational books in the kitchen and bath field, they were written by recognized industry experts and thoroughly reviewed by top technical editors and peers.

The NKBA appreciates the generosity of the sponsors whose contributions helped make possible the publication of the Professional Resource Library. They include:

American Woodmark Kohler Co.
GE Monogram Sub-Zero/Wolf
NY Loft
ShowHouse by Moen
Viking Range

About the NKBA

The NKBA, a non-profit trade association with over 40,000 members, has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since 1963. The NKBA provides development opportunities and continuing education with more than 100 courses, as well as a certification program with four internationally recognized levels.

The books in the NKBA Professional Resource Library series are available only through the NKBA. To order, go to or call 800-THE-NKBA.

The NKBA Professional Resource Library volumes are:

  • Residential Construction and Kitchen & Bath Systems, both by Jerry Germer
  • Design Principles and Kitchen & Bath Products, both by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID
  • Kitchen Planning and Bath Planning both by Kathleen Parrott, Ph. D., CKE; Julia Beamish, Ph.D., CKE; JoAnn Emmel, Ph.D., and Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, CAPS
  • Kitchen & Bath Business Management by Hank Darlington with Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID
  • Kitchen & Bath Drawing by David Newton, CMKBD with Kelly Hayes
  • Kitchen & Bath Project Management by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, with Paul Pankow, CKBI, MA