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SEP 2018

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role in kitchen and bath design, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show has incorporated a CEDIA technology solutions pavilion and CEDIA will have an NKBA presence and special features for designers at its San Diego expo this month. "Control4 provides Toll Brothers' homeown- ers technology with a focus on the home's most used spaces such as kitchens, family rooms and baths. Features like smart lighting, multi-room audio, security integration and more are pro- grammed to work together from a single app, so the homeowner can use a smart device or univer- sal remote to create an entire lifestyle scene with just the touch of a button or tap of a keypad," shares Chris Ivie, director of sales programs. Toll Brothers builds luxury homes in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The Philadelphia area company offers single-family detached residences, attached homes, master planned communities and urban condos and apartments. "Major trends that are impacting the homes Toll Brothers build today are smart home technology, multi-generational design and designing for mil- lennials," shares Tim Gehman, v.p. of design and innovation. "Designing for millennials is a big fo- cus for Toll Brothers through the development of contemporary townhome plans and single-family homes with smaller square footages (under 1,500 square feet). We are streamlining the design and materials selections process to best appeal to this rapidly growing population." KITCHEN TRENDS The American Institute of Architects publishes quarterly studies of what its architect mem- bers are working on. In its most recent with a kitchen and bath focus, published late last year, it said: "In the Q4 2017 Home Design Trends Survey the [trending kitchen] features that were reported as increasing were outdoor kitchens, kitchens open to household living space, com- puter work/recharge areas and butler's pantry/ increased pantry space," recalls Kermit Baker, the AIA's chief economist. What's going into these spaces? Let's take a look. The NAHB's study shows that "a significant share of high-income buyers want a central island, granite/stone countertops, recessed light- ing and customized backsplash." While that's not surprising, this one might be: "A majority of buyers in all income groups would prefer a typical kitchen and living area spaces than the alternative of a larger-than-average kitchen and smaller living areas." "We are designing oversized islands, double islands and back kitchen/super pantry areas," shares Gehman. There is a trend emerging toward the messy or prep kitchen to hide the mess while entertaining, DeWalt agrees. "Many oversized islands also have integrated table extensions in the same or contrasting quartz or granite to maximize entertainment space," Gehman adds. Quartz is eclipsing granite in many Toll Brothers markets, he notes. Gehman points out another cabinet trend: "We're seeing an increase in windows and a decrease in wall cabinets to accommodate them. Open upper shelving is more popular than ever now, too." DeWalt is seeing island countertops that drop down from 36 inches to 30 inches for more of a dining table experience. (These are especially advantageous for active adult and multi-generational homes.) "Also, waterfall is- lands where the countertop is taken to the floor on the side" are still popular. Gehman and DeWalt both see white flat- and recessed-panel door kitchens continuing to trend, but color is coming on, too, they observe. "Mixing cabinet colors is very interesting – you might have white uppers and a color on the lowers or a color on the island," DeWalt says. "Navy blue is definitely the new black. It works well with al- most every color and even luxury cars are coming out of the black into the navy." Black continues to be a very popular choice, though, she adds, "par- ticularly combined with stained wood tones." "Stainless steel is still the number one sink choice and it seems to be a toss-up between one large sink vs. two sides," she adds. "The farm- house or apron sink in stainless and porcelain is a popular upgrade. Modern farmhouse sinks with contemporary faucets are trending at Toll Brothers, Gehman reports. Brushed bronze and Mixed finishes are popular with Toll Brothers' home buyers. Photo: Courtesy of Toll Brothers 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • September 2018 TREND SPOTTING Award-winning. Handcrafted. Solid brass. 30 finishes. Created one at a time, by hand, in California. See more at Winner of Interior Design Best of Year Awards 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 SURE, YOU CAN TURN IT ON WITH YOUR PHONE Just shove it against the handcrafted brass handle Circle No. 24 on Product Card

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