Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: September 2003
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
KSI Expands Into Ohio With Pair of New
Brighton, MI KSI Kitchen & Bath, southeastern
Michigan's largest supplier of kitchen and bath products, has
entered the Toledo and Lima, OH markets through the acquisition of
two showrooms in those...
Woodharbor Joins Mart's 'LuxeHome'
Chicago Woodharbor Doors & Cabinetry, Inc., the
Mason City, IA-based manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinets and
interior millwork, has become the newest addition to The
Merchandise Mart's "LuxeHome," an...
Family Business Sells Diversity from Top to
By John Filippelli
LOS ANGELES, CA Ask Michael Kienzl to describe his company and he
will tell you that it is as diverse as the employees who work
there. Or, is it that the employees are as...
Use Consistency, Service to Brand Your Firm, Dealers
As kitchen and bath dealers build their businesses, they should
not forget the importance of building a brand, as well.
What does building a brand have to do with kitchen and bath
Implementing Systems Can Reduce Errors, Dealers
Putting a series of systems and procedures in place can help
eliminate mistakes that drain the profits of kitchen and bath
dealers, according to a pair of dealer-members of the Bath &
Occasionally, something will occur
that causes the relationship between you and your customer to go
sideways. When this happens, you need to be prepared to deal with
Survey Shows Dealers Bullish on Market, Buying
Consumer spending on kitchen and bath remodeling, still
generally strong and resilient in the face of lingering economic
and global uncertainties, should continue to hold up, and even
Water & Fire To Distribute Scavolini
Newton, MA Water & Fire, LLC, a leading design
and distribution firm based here, has formed a partnership with
Scavolini Group, a leading Italian kitchen cabinet manufacturer, to
serve as the exclusive...
Membership Growth Awards Offered by NKBA
Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath
Association has expanded its membership growth awards program this
year, with eligibility open through Dec. 22, the NKBA
The Hackettstown, NJ-based...
Plain & Fancy Buys New Facility
Schaefferstown, PA Plain & Fancy Custom
Cabinetry has purchased a new facility, adjacent to its main
manufacturing plant, here, the company has announced.
Adding an increase of some 49,000 sq. ft. of
Aside from offering creative fulfillment, one major appeal of
the retail kitchen and bath industry is the positive cash flow it
Clear Concise Communication Helps Avoid Costly Project
Clear, concise communication is key when dealing not only with
sub-contractors, but also with clients, says Bath & Kitchen
Buying Group (BKBG) dealer-member Sara Busby of Sara Busby...
The Home Center War the ongoing battle for market
share between Big Box retailers and independent kitchen/bath
dealers continues to be quietly waged in local markets across the
It's a closely fought war that heated up
Sub-Zero/Wolf Program Awarded NKBA CEU
Madison, WI Sub-Zero Freezer Company and its
affiliate, Wolf Appliance Company, have received National Kitchen
and Bath Association (NKBA) continuing education credit for their
Designer Factory Training...
Pro Remodel Winner Creates 'Iguana Nirvana'
By John Filippelli
ORLANDO, FL When designer Jay M. Pecotte decided to renovate the
master bath at his Orlando, FL-based home, he wanted to design a
space that fit his needs as well as those of...
Frigo Design To Distribute Revere Products
Brewerton, NY Frigo Design, a leading designer and fabricator of
custom metal countertops, backsplashes, wall tiles, appliance
facades and other kitchen decoratives, has entered into an
Use Rebates, Tax Laws and Retainers to Discover Profit
There's extra money to be made beyond that which comes from
selling kitchen and bath projects and upselling your customers.
Indeed, if kitchen and bath dealers take the time to...
Marvel Donates to Silent Auction
Richmond, IN Marvel Industries, based here, and
Milestone Distributors of Houston, TX, have teamed up to support
the 2003 ELLE DÉCOR's "Dining by Design" charity fundraiser,
presented by Champagne Taittinger, the...
Retainers Backed for All Kitchen and Bath Design
Kitchen and bath designers should employ design retainers to
demonstrate their professionalism, set themselves apart from the
competition and close more jobs.
That's the advice of...
ISH Trade Show Set For Debut at Las Vegas
Las Vegas ISH North America 2003, the major
plumbing products trade show which made its North American debut in
Toronto last year, will be staged for the first time in Las Vegas
Today's islands are flexible enough to work with virtually
any design style, adding beauty, function and a touch of
By Connie Edwards, CKD, CBD
While "Fantasy Island" may best be remembered as a long-running