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Worst Mistakes People Make in Designing a Kitchen

From Tampa Bay Times
By Laura Reiley
December 1, 2012

Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and developer James Ramos were trying to find a place upstairs for an espresso machine. As far as Zakarian was concerned, you roll out of bed, take a spin through the bathroom, and then are ready for the morning's first cup of Joe. No need to traipse all the way down to the kitchen. Read more >>

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Changing Customer Service Needs in an Increasingly Online World

By Jeff Kaliner
December 1, 2012

As the number of customers turning to online reviews for advice continues to grow, the inclusion of an online reputation management plan can seem like a no-brainer for home remodeling companies working on their 2013 marketing plans. Read more >>

New Homes Deliver the Top 10 Features Home Buyers Want

By Jay McKenzie
December, 2012

Plenty, it turns out. It's clear the preferences of Canadian home buyers closely match those of American home buyers. The award-winning interior designers from Rooms in Bloom shared their experience. These experts help real estate professionals and home builders "stage" or decorate homes currently for sale. Like many top designers, they find the challenge of staying one step ahead of the latest trends when they're staging new homes for sale to be of great value in all of their interior design work. Read more >>

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Universal Design for Kitchens

By Lisa Lou Shin
October 10, 2012

Following a few simple tips can help create a kitchen that is functional for every user, and that follows universal design guidelines. Unlike universal kitchens designed years ago, universal design today doesn’t mean boring design, but quite the opposite. It is important to note that universal design practices are broader than that of barrier-free design, and are in fact universal. Read more >>

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Baths, Kitchens Are Most Popular Remodels

From Kitchen & Bath Design News
May 10, 2012

Remodelers report that kitchen and bathroom projects remain the most popular remodeling jobs with homeowners increasingly upgrading both rooms and making major repairs as they decide to stay in their current homes longer. Read more >>

Marketing & Design in the Social Media Age

From Kitchen & Bath Design News
By Janice Costa
March 18, 2012

As a consumer, I've come to rely on technology unthinkingly. But as a professional in the kitchen and bath industry, I am always thinking about and exploring the different technologies that impact everything from product design and marketing to the way information is delivered. Read more >>

Designing for the Future: The Real $$$ of Renovations
Know the numbers and steer your clients wisely

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By Dick Wolfe
February 14, 2012

The bad news on the housing market just keeps coming. I won't dwell on the latest numbers other than to say they are still dropping significantly. This affects the renovation/remodel market because no one likes to invest in a declining asset. Plus, less value in the home means less opportunity to draw equity out for updates, which is where most renovation funds come from. Read more >>

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Smaller Kitchens and Baths? Not So Fast
RICKI's latest homeowner study finds that smaller isn't necessarily better

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By Alice Liao
February 9, 2012

McMansions may be out of style, but according to a recent study by RICKI, the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, downsizing one's home—and in particular one's kitchen and bath—isn't topping most people's wish list either. Read more >>

Smaller Kitchens and Baths? Not so Fast

Dreaming Online
RICKI mines the web for talk of kitchen wants and desires

From Kitchen + Bath Business Magazine's
December 15, 2011

Imagine social media as a kitchen table. It may seem like a stretch, but social media spaces are fast becoming virtual kitchen tables of sorts, where online “neighbors” discuss everything from who's seeing whom to what's the best dishwasher and what makes for a dream kitchen. Read more >>

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Interest in Kitchens and Bathrooms Beginning to Build

April 11, 2011

Kitchen or bath remodeling projects may be picking up! According to a recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends survey, homeowners are indicating a preference for larger and, in some cases, additional kitchens and baths. Read more >>

Interest in Kitchens and Bathrooms Beginning to Build

NKBA Releases Design Trends Survey Results

What's popular in kitchen and bath design? Here are the top 10 kitchen trends from the NKBA. And the survey says…
February 18, 2011

If you believe what they say about the past—and this may also apply to the immediate past—being a good predictor of future behavior, then you may want to pay close attention to the results of the National Kitchen & Bath Association's (NKBA's) annual survey of kitchen and bath design trends. Participating in the survey were more than 100 designers who are association members and have designed kitchens and/or bathrooms during the last three months of 2010. Although the survey findings may not reflect activity in all parts of the country, several commonalities did emerge, indicating that changes in kitchen and bath styles are afoot in this new year. Read more >>

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Age Defying

Understand the emotional side of aging in place
By Erin Gallagher
March 18, 2010

There is a great deal of emotion tied to the concept of aging in place. In a study exploring the impact of aging in place on kitchen design, the level of denial on the part of older consumers is clear. “It is essential for designers and marketers to be sensitive to the emotional aspects of aging,” said N. Riley Kirby, the chief of research for the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI), the firm that conducted the study, The Golden Years: Aging-in-Place in the Kitchen. Read more >>

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