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L A S T W ORD
THINKING AHEAD
A designer embraces technology as a creative
catalyst for his business
SINCE REMODELING HIS OWN kitchen in 1986, Scott Koehler has always
looked forward. A licensed contractor and the founder and president of
Dream Kitchen Builders, a design/build firm based in Moore County,
N.C., he has long been active in the industry, participating in leading professional
organizations such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association
and the National Association of Home Builders. An expert in mobile and
cloud computing, he has advised universities and Fortune 500 companies
in North Carolina on best practices for strategically integrating tech into
their operations.
What has been your biggest business challenge - and how did you resolve it?
About the time I launched Dream Kitchen Builders, I came across a book,
" Change by Design " written by Tim Brown. Th e concepts presented in this
book can be used to help design products, experiences, lifestyles and much
more. I decided to run my remodeling business via iPhone instead of a desktop
or a laptop so I could test out some of the most innovative apps on the
market. Mobile technology was new, and it wasn't quite ready for mainstream
small- or medium-size businesses yet. Even so, the advantages outweighed
the disadvantages.
What is the most important career lesson you've learned?
" Victory belongs to the continuous thinker. " Th is is a quote from a friend
of mine, Jim Clark. In business, design and in life, I believe it is important to
always be thinking and evolving.
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ABOVE In his design practice,
Scott Koehler of Dream
Kitchen Builders uses technology
as an accelerator. Photos:
Jonathan McCardell
What advice would you give someone thinking
about entering the design business?
Th ere could be no better time to do so than today.
We are the fi rst creatives to use artifi cial intelligence
in our design processes. Th ere are very few
times in history that a completely new medium is
invented/discovered in this world.
What is the most enjoyable or rewarding part of
being a designer?
My favorite part of being a designer has to do with
renovation because you get to use your creative
skills to remake something in a new way.
What has been the most signifi cant development
in the practice of design?
Technology has been the most signifi cant development
in the recent history of design. If computers
are equipped with artifi cial intelligence, they will
win against machines that are not.
Beyond work, what activities or hobbies do you enjoy?
When I'm not on-site or on-screen, I'm enjoying
walking around the botanical and horticultural
gardens in Pinehurst, swimming in our local pool,
playing with my grandsons and last but not least
tooling around the local villages in my newly acquired
used golf cart.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022

Editor's Note
Industry Challenges
Hot Topic
Technology & Design
Dealer Dish
KBIS Coverage
KBB Closeup
Trends
Favorites
Small Spaces
Sustainable Design
Solutions
Wellness Design
What's Hot
NKBA's Luxury Bathroom Report
Several home spaces
Last Work
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Cover2
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - 3
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - 5
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Editor's Note
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - 7
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Industry Challenges
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - 9
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Hot Topic
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - 11
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Technology & Design
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Dealer Dish
Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - KBIS Coverage
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - KBB Closeup
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Favorites
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Small Spaces
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Sustainable Design
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - Wellness Design
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Kitchen & Bath Business May/June 2022 - What's Hot
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