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JUL 2014

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July 2014 ForResidentialPros.com | 25 layouts and furniture selection as required by our clients." Surrounding themselves with a great team, as well as supportive vendors, makes much of this extensive work possible. These relationships are important given the fact that much of their business is referrals. "We have been working with some of our same clients for over 30 years," says Susan. "As our clients continued on their life journey with bigger and better proj- ects, we were there to help them." Staying true to their philosophy is also important. "First and foremost, the process of doing a residential remodel or new build should be en- joyable for all concerned," she notes. "No mayhem and distress!" They also focus on making sure the 'bones' of the home are in order. "If you continue to work around de- fects in the house, you won't get the results you desire," she continues. "The space should always refect the clients, their dreams and wishes and their design aesthetic. Our job is to inspire them, to perhaps think outside of their comfort zone, as long as you know in the end that it will be some- thing they will enjoy. We also strive to make spaces that are friendly, sociable and happy, with comfortable colors, whether that's calm and sophisticated, or bright and cheerful." CHANGING WITH THE TIMES They have also been willing to change with the times. Over the course of the company's 39-year his- tory, they have remodeled or built no fewer than 16 showrooms, with the latest being the Manhattan loca- tion which complements the studio showroom in San Francisco. They have also noticed a change in what clients ask for. "Our clients are demanding something more interest- ing," says Alexandra. "As a result, the pendulum needs to move to some- thing fresher." That 'something fresher' is what they have coined 'post European,' which is a move away from fat slab European 'boxes' toward a more highly designed product that refects their clients' tastes. "It dissolves the age-old traditional or contemporary kitchen," says Alexandra. "As people demand more from their kitchens, we are designing with more ele- ments, rather than less. For decades, we heard the phrase, 'less is more.' As a result, kitchens have become un- distinguishable. But a post-European kitchen brings high-style and high- fashion to our clients, to our kitchen designs and to the world of kitchens. "As a designer, I don't want to be limited," she continues. "I try to incor- porate textures, curves and bas-relief doors into our designs. I also try to introduce an eclectic mix of materi- als, like metal and glass, as well as more interesting structural elements. By paying close attention to these principles, I am able to create more fully developed kitchen designs. No boring kitchens!" KCDsofware.com I 508.760.1140 You're welcome. • Easy to use, hold and design while standing or walking • Optimized touch interface for on site ease-of-use • Snap important site photos and hand-draw or write notes • Impressive 3D – zoom and rotate rooms with a touch • Hundreds of ready-to-use door styles and moldings • Elevations, floor plans and dimensional drawings • Custom design details and libraries • Instant pricing, reports and proposals • Easy client sign-off on approved designs • Design and close more jobs with fewer meetings Mobile custom design software for your tablet • Cloud-friendly. Access files back at the shop • Powerful. Fully integrated with CNC, cut listing and Cabinotch ® custom RTA • Easy to use. Free technical support & training ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR TODAy'S DESIgN PROFESSIONALS Tablet spec's required: Windows 8 Pro tablet with Windows 8.1 operating system, standard USB port, camera Booth 1655 Circle No. 14 on Product Card ⇦ This San Francisco kitchen, designed by Korts & Knight, features fat slab oak with a dark stain and marble countertops. Troon Pacific KBD_24-25_IndustryProfile.indd 25 6/17/14 1:38 PM

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