KBB - November/December 2013 - (Page 12)

Industry VIewpoInt Today's savvy homeowner is interested in safety - and energy efficiency - first Kitchens were once in the rear of the home and hidden away. Today, the kitchen takes center stage as the "hearth of the home" and earns a spot as the gathering place where everyone meets to celebrate holidays. From classic to modern design, the kitchen is like a good outfit - the core pieces are the cabinetry and countertops - and the accessories, including tile, paint colors and lighting selections, can ensure you achieve the look your clients want to show everyone who will gather in their spaces for many special moments over the years. The hottest trends focus on four areas: antimicrobial countertops, LED lighting, full-access cabinetry and Water Sense-certified plumbing fixtures. Lower Utility Bills Most homeowners know about Energy Star appliances, but they are less aware of the Water Sense certification for plumbing fixtures that use less water but require the same pressure and more filtering, which may actually improve water quality. When a homeowner uses this type of fixture, s/he will save 15 percent annually on water bills - and that is a great way to add to the entertainment budget when they have friends and family over for the holidays. Lighting is a new area on which people are starting to focus. Our firm designs most projects with LED lighting, which generates less heat, uses less power and lasts longer (an average of 10 years) than halogen or incandescent bulbs. The hottest trend is dimmable LED lights, which have a warm hue and do not make consumers look like they are in an aquarium. The savings for consumers can be as high as 25 percent on electric bills, plus the bulbs typically last five to 10 years. Full-Access Cabinetry The hottest trend for families is full-access (also called European or frameless-style) cabinetry - cabinets without an inner lip - that allows ease of access for cleaning and uses 10 percent less wood in the manufacturing process. Typically used in perimeter cabinets, the full-access cabinetry design requires four key elements: your client's design specifications, good layout, quality cabinetry and an expert who can install the cabinets properly and who can assess the space rapidly and find the most costeffective solutions for each linear foot of the kitchen. Full-access cabinetry, including this bamboo veneer on a horizontal grain, is gaining in popularity in the U.S. Photo by Robin Wilson Home; Cabinetry by Holiday Kitchens; Design by Vinny Castiello, Royal Kitchen Corp., New York. 12 + K BB November/December 2013 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - November/December 2013

KBB - November/December 2013
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Martha Stewart
Industry Viewpoint
Business Practice
Product Innovator Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
Timeless Update
Flexible Function
Solutions
Learning Corner

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