Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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"[IT'S] VERY IMPORTANT. I don't know if all the pro bono work we've done has helped my business, but it certainly has rewarded my soul! One of the charities I work for is Denver's Home Builders Foundation ( and most contractors who work with me donating their time say, 'I wish I could get my subs to be this attentive on paying jobs!'" Doug Walter, owner Doug Walter Architects Denver, CO "I PRACTICE IN a single zip code. The community has about 11,000 full time residents. Every one of my projects sources local crafts- and tradespeople. Without them, I would not have the business, as it is a very small, connected community. In addition to my full-time design business, I run a commu- nity-based non-profit. Rj's Kids has an intern program, "Seed to Service," that supports the underserved population of young adults resid- ing on the island. This year, we are launching our tiny house trade school program. Giving back to my community has not only helped my business, it has helped my sanity!" Judith A. Neary, CMKBD, owner Roadside Attraction Design Studio, LLC Vashon, WA "IT IS VERY important that I keep a list of local people to recommend to clients. I feel that by giving clients reputable craftspeople, in turn that reflects [on] and enhances my reputation." Janice Sullivan, owner/interior designer Jan Sullivan, Design Consultant Hackettstown, NJ "I HAVE AN ALTERNATE career as the arena announcer for the Utah Jazz, our NBA team in Salt Lake City; by virtue of that and the recognition as a kitchen and bath designer with my business, I am able to do voice work for charities and fundraising events relative to my schedule. The tie-in, of course, may seem remote, but the voice work precedes the recognition of my daytime job in the kitchen business and the reverse process works very well." Dan Roberts, owner/operator Dan Roberts Kitchen and Bath Salt Lake City, UT "LOCAL COMMUNITY IS vital to me as an individual, and in business. Our local NKBA chapter is sponsoring FISH, an organization the helps homebound resi- dents with food needs. We have also done projects with Habitat for Humanity and a non-profit that reclaims kitchen materials (cabinets, appliances, etc.) from remodel- ing projects to resell them and donate the profits to charity. In the past, we have used local craftspeople on different jobs, for dif- ferent types of work: custom glass, custom cabinets and restoration, to name a few. I value all these connections; they enrich my life and my work." Barbara Morrissey, CKD New Haven, CT "HAVING BEEN A remodeling con- tractor for 25 years before starting a cabinet supply company, I am looking to continue in an effort to give back to the community in which we live and that contributes to the success of our business. Part of my focus in the cabinet company is to fill that gap where larger suppliers neglect the smaller local companies that are often doing quality work. I also want to use my expertise to assist some of these companies to grow their business as my success is based on them succeeding." Mark Redman, co-owner Lightpoint Cabinetry Williamsburg, VA "I HAVE BEEN able to meet and work with several Metro DC area craftspeople, as well some from New England: mostly ironwork and specialty woods, [as well as] some glasswork. I love the customization and hands-on creativity it affords." Donna Ralston-Hoppe, owner/designer DRL*Total Environments Alexandria, VA "WE STAY VERY involved in our com- munity with many fundraisers and galas. We believe that giving back to your community not only helps others, but also challenges others to do the same. I do think that giving back elevates our company as one that is there to help." Frank Cremasco, owner Frank Cremasco Cabinets Inc. Windsor, Ontario "[BEING LOCALLY INVOLVED] is very important. I attend as many local events as possible. Craftspeople offer unique solutions – this has helped my business by ensuring that my design work is not cookie cutter." Patty Flauto, owner Houseworks Design Rocky River, OH "I SOURCE ALMOST all of my project materials from local suppliers. This includes fixtures, tile, appliances, countertops, cabine- try and more. The relationships I have devel- oped with these suppliers have been critical to my business and project success. I strongly discourage purchasing online for many rea- sons, but mostly because these relationships ensure client satisfaction. In addition, it helps support the local economy, which is essential to the long-term success of the business. It's of mutual benefit to all of us." Cassia Wyner CW Design LLC Brookline, MA "SO GLAD YOU asked! The first thing you should know is that our market territo- ry is semi-rural, with a large military (read between the lines: transient) population base; however, we are a relatively short commute via ferry boat from the state's largest city. There are approximately 300 households in our territory, of which a great percentage of the housing stock was built in the early '70s and then again in the early '90s. As for community involvement: We have a company policy that we buy as much as we can locally, and we hire locally (within the county). This includes professional services to our company. It dovetails with our philosophy that sustainability is a three-legged stool and that you cannot achieve environmental sus- tainability until you have achieved economic and social sustainability. Annually we sponsor a fun run to benefit the local food bank and the primary fund- raiser for a non-profit that provides afford- able housing in our community. Over the decades we have participated on non-profit boards and have provided volunteer hours to community projects. If you want to know if this has helped our business, the answer is a resounding YES." Molly McCabe, principal designer/owner A Kitchen That Works Bainbridge Island, WA Designers Talk Community Engagement WHAT DO YOU THINK? Email your feedback, contact information and the subject, 'Market Pulse' with your message to How important is it to you that your business be engaged with your local community? What efforts do you make to work with local craftspeople? Has giving back to your community helped your business? 10 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 MARKET PULSE READERS' OPINIONS ON INDUSTRY-RELATED ISSUES

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