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AUG 2018

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" QUARTZ MATERIALS HAVE surged to the front as the most requested for countertops, as well as other applications. Of course, the durability factor is a prime reason. However, with manufacturers creating more colors and patterns closely replicating natural stone, it is possible to achieve the desired beauty and lower maintenance in addition to durability. These are all factors that are so important to active, busy consumers." Jackie Balint, owner The Kitchen Collection Redondo Beach, CA " OUR MOST CALLED-FOR items include grey cabinetry, quartz countertops and in-cabinet accessories – rollouts, utensil dividers, waste/recycle units. Customers are becoming more in-tune to what the cabinetry does for them, rather than just [focusing on] the look of the exterior." Frank Harcus Lifetime Cabinet & Interiors, Inc. Deland, FL " SMART TECHNOLOGY IN light- ing around the home [is experiencing rapid growth]. The ease of homeowner use has made it readily accessible to a broader demographic." Lorilee Reuillard, owner/designer Starlight Kitchen and Bath Warren, ME " THERE APPEARS TO be a huge influx of and demand for European/Contemporary styled cabinetry. We believe the cause is pri- marily due to the now increasing exposure of available materials out there." Henderson Low, owner Gooder Supply Home Design, Inc. San Jose, CA " [SOME OF THE fastest growing prod- ucts in the bath include] freestanding tubs and custom spa showers. Bold tile selections, large glass enclosures and heated tile floors [are also gaining interest]. Sean Bradley Shepherd Bradley Interiors Duluth, MN " ONE AREA OF fast growth is the incorporation of larger islands for families to use as a gathering space. Other products that seem to be of interest to clients are the pop-up electrical outlets so backsplashes don't have to work around all the receptacles, allowing for a more attractive end product." Connie Crawley, designer/manager Floor to Ceiling Interior Design Wayzata, MN " [WE ARE SEEING] tremendous devel- opments in both tile and countertop materi- als. Technological developments/capabilities, coupled with desire for something new and different, as well as sustainable materials, have pushed the industry forward." Cassia Wyner, principal CW Design, LLC Brookline, MA " WE ARE EXPERIENCING demand for connected, smart appliances. Clients enjoy their convenience, and they are in step with today's technological trends." Ray Meyer III Kitchens by Meyer Inc. Mountain View, CA " [SOME OF THE trends we are seeing include] reclaimed materials such as wood and wood beams with either a printed image or real material; beadboard and/or wainscot material for wall trim detail; sliding interior doors (AKA barn doors); floating shelves; glass garage doors and windows to open the interior to the outside, and Nano-type win- dows and doors." Jan Neiges, CKD, owner Jan Neiges, CKD LLC Highlands Ranch, CO " WE ARE SEEING greater demand for tile, lighting and countertops. Many custom- ers who are not willing to spend on a total makeover still want to update and make visual and pragmatic changes. Cabinets are not the focal point like they used to be." Paul Lankford, owner Delphi Kitchen & Bath, Inc. Dearborn, MI " DEMAND FOR MOST [appliances] is improving. People are more apt to throw appliances away that need [to be] repaired and buy new appliances. [Consumers are interest- ed in] state-of-the-art features, undercounter microwaves and refrigerator and dishwasher drawers under countertops." Ron Massung, co-owner Massung Kitchen & Bath White Oak, PA " WE SEE MORE contemp orary cabinet door styles these days. Various flat-panel slab doors have grown to 36% of our business now, and I expect the trend to continue to grow." Steve Watchmaker, president New England Quality Cabinets Medway, MA " LED LIGHTING IS a growing category because of energy efficiency and the attractive styles available now. I also see a surge in land- ing/charging stations for electronics and home assistants such as Alexa. Clients want cabinets that are functional and stylish [and they] like lots of drawers, top-hinged wall cabinets and simple lines for ease of cleaning. The last category I see growing is appliances that adapt to clients' needs, such as a refrigerator that has the ability to change compartments from fridge to freezer as needed, or ranges that have two ovens that can convert to one large one." Carolyn Kelly, cabinet design specialist CO Lumber Specialties Colorado Springs, CO " NAVY CABINETS AND vanities for the kitchen and bath are big right now, as well as towel warmers and handhelds in the shower instead of rain heads/stationary showerheads. People also want sleek and modern bathroom vanities on legs. Other trends include articulat- ing kitchen faucets and linear steamheads." Jennifer Van Erem, showroom representative N&S Supply Inc. Kingston, NY " [I'M SEEING MORE interest in lighting, especially] under-cabinet, task and interior cabinet LED lighting." Alan Zielinski, president Better Kitchens, Inc. Niles, IL Designers Cite Fastest Growing Products WHAT DO YOU THINK? Email your feedback, contact information and the subject, 'Market Pulse' with your message to Janice@SOLAbrands.com What do you see as the fastest growing product categories right now, and why? 10 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018 MARKET PULSE READERS' OPINIONS ON INDUSTRY-RELATED ISSUES

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