Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2014

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August 2014 ForResidentialPros.com | 3 In this issue { Volume 32, Number 8, August 2014 } 36 | Portfolio of Showrooms Showrooms That Shine Building a new showroom or transforming an outdated showroom space can be exciting, but it's often also stressful, even when things go as planned. See how several new showrooms are fourishing despite challenges. 41 | Creative Countertop Designs Topping Of the Kitchen A range of up-and-coming materials and innovative design approaches are changing the way countertops function and the statements they make in the kitchen. 46 | RICKI Survey Exploring the Design Process A new RICKI survey looks at key elements of the design process, from how designers gather information to their thoughts on design fees and how technology is integrated into the process. 58 | Product Review Outdoor Kitchens Get Indoor Amenities Today's outdoor kitchens are increasingly a refection of their indoor counterparts, with high-style amenities that were unheard of just a few years ago. 36 Columns 18 | Business Management by Bruce Kelleran, CKD, CPA 20 | Bettering Your Bottom Line by Ken Peterson, CKD, LPBC 41 50 ON THE COVER Features Departments 5 | Editorial 6 | Market Pulse 8 | Barometers 9 | Consumer Buying Trends 10 | Industry Update 24 | Industry Profle 33 | Charitable Endeavors 35 | Appointments 60 | Manufacturing & Fabricating 63 | Product & Literature Showcase 64 | Classifed Advertising 64 | Advertiser Index 28 Photo: Scott Hasson Photography Photo: Courtesy KitchenDesign.com 24 28 | Project Case Study Gourmet Island Unifes Kitchen An Illinois designer combines new elements with existing features to update this kitchen with maximized storage, enhanced functionality and a unifed look. 58 50 | Product Trend Report Practical Luxury The hottest trends in vanities right now focus on personalization, functionality and thoughtful storage, with white, gray and natural fnishes remaining strong.

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