Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2013

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Industry Profle By Kim Berndtson Sharon Sherman designed this master bathroom for a client just six years ago. Now Photos: Peter Rymwid she has to recreate the space after it was completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. W This New Jersey designer is helping clients rebuild after a devastating hurricane. hen Hurricane Sandy barreled up the eastern seaboard in October 2012, there was little anyone could do except prepare for the worst and hope for the best. But no one could have been fully prepared for the damage su���ered by many East Coast towns���and when it was all over, there was little anyone could do except pick up the pieces. ���There is nothing we can do about an act of God,��� notes Sharon L. Sherman, CKD, certified interior designer and president of New Jersey ASID. Fortunately Sherman���s business ��� Thyme & Place Design, LLC ��� and home in Wycko���, NJ, were spared the worst of the devastation. However, many people in her area ��� including past customers ��� were not so lucky. And helping them put the pieces back together wasn���t easy as In a minute she faced struggles of her own, managing a business with no power or Internet, storm-damaged inventory and closed ports that made it di���cult to get product ��� or gas ��� into the region. A bathroom becomes a more THE LARGER PICTURE Sherman was fortunate in that she had invested in a generator previously. So, while much of the area was without power for days or weeks, her generator powered the essentials of her home, which she and her husband shared with a couple of area families who were not so fortunate. ���We had heat, and we could keep the refrigerator going and cook,��� she says. Her smartphone was a lifeline. But even hot spots couldn���t save Internet service ��� and her ability to do business was further damaged by gas shortages so severe, people slept out on gas lines. While the area tried to come to terms with the devastation, Sherman also struggled with how to keep her business running. ���Jobs were in progress,��� she says. ���Suppliers who aren���t in this area were still contacting me about projects and orders that were in the queue. ���It was more than not being able to walk into the kitchen and qip on a light,��� she continues. ���We couldn���t get building materials because there was no way to ship them in and out. Ports were closed. There was no power. It really ground everything to a huge, huge halt.��� In addition to the stresses of trying to run a business in a storm-devastated area, Sherman also was faced with the challenge of helping both new and former clients who had su���ered major damages. One such client had pnished a bath remodeling job just special place because of Geberit. More roomy. More aesthetic. Just more. Geberit installation technology is securely located behind the wall. Where it should be. Spend all the extra minutes you want, as long as you know Geberit is behind the wall. Call 866/787-3924 for your designer���s kit or visit ��� Sherman identipes relationships as important in creating kitchens, such as this one with a black/white theme. March 2013 | 29 Circle No. 17 on Product Card

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