Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2015

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Market Pulse { Readers' opinions on industry-related issues } 6 | Kitchen & Bath Design News | March 2015 O ne of the biggest challenges we face right now involves keeping up with social media – keeping our Face- book and Houzz pages fresh, as well as blogging, etc." Marlene Ketchen The Cabinetry Hingham, MA I expect our biggest challenge this year will be fnding the best tal- ent to hire to support growing client demand." Gail Monica Dent Provanti Designs Redmond, WA I moved across country and restart- ed my business, so my challenges are diferent than most. I need to build up my contacts and resources as I am starting over." Patti Danzig Boulder Kitchen Studio Boulder, CO T he biggest challenges right now are keeping organized and im- proving my knowledge." Clare White Clockwise Design Lake Oswego, OR T he challenge this year – and ev- ery year – is to stay current with new products and be able to ofer them at a good price." Naftali Landau Exclusive Cabinetry and Design Far Rockaway, NY M y biggest challenge is keep- ing up with technology that is ever changing, and having enough time to service my customers through this technology." Carolyn Kelly CO Lumber Specialties Colorado Springs, CO W e are opening a new and much larger showroom. Cur- rently, our main customer base is with contractors and [a minimal number of] homeowners. Our new showroom will give us more of an opportunity to reach out to architects and interior designers. While this will be the area that has the most growth, I also think this will be our biggest challenge – not only handling the work load, but also dealing with a diferent type of client." Amy Strope C&R Building Supply Philadelphia, PA T he Internet remains both the biggest potential resource for advertising and the biggest challenge, keeping up with the rapidly changing search algorithms and formats." John C. Schroeder Village Cabinet Design, LLC Medway, MA T he biggest challenges we face right now are material and labor price increases, and consumers being unwilling to pay high costs for projects." Bill Lightner Quintessential Designs in Cabinetry Palm Desert, CA I expect the biggest growth area to be in new cabinetry this year - and I think the biggest challenge is that there will be more cabinetry providers to compete with." Monica Aur Southern Cabinets & Lighting Chattanooga, TN H aving enough staf to keep up with the infux of new business might be our biggest concern this year." Deborah Mooney Davis Robertson Kitchens and Remodeling Services of Erie Erie, PA M y company was started in the spring of 2014, and the biggest expected growth areas will be in design services. I fnd that many clients are simply looking for someone to 'unlock' the potential of their space, whether it be a kitchen, bathroom or other chal- lenging space. My biggest challenge this year will be to manage expected growth in an efective manner and not reduce the quality of design or project management." Christopher Awadalla Sanctuary Kitchen Design LLC Denver, CO I believe the biggest challenge we will face in 2015 will continue to be the availability of qualifed help." David Davison, CR, CKBR President Realty Restoration, LLC Austin, TX T he biggest challenge we're fac- ing right now is being able to get larger proft margins. I feel that I will still be working again twice as hard this year, and only making about 30% proft margin, compared to the 40% to 45% we were able to make before the recession." Ric Guy Scotland Kitchen & Bath Designs Rosedale, MD M y biggest challenge continues to be fguring out how to esti- mate cabinetry without spending hours designing the space." Kim Betts Ringwood Cabinetry, Inc. McHenry, IL I have seen sales increase each year but I am at maximum capacity due to the size of my company. The chal- lenge I face right now is how to better manage my time and resources in order to take on more business." Thomas Scheid JNR Design Solutions LLC San Jose, CA I expect my biggest challenge this year will be juggling all of the work and other responsibilities that come with abundant business!" Amy Britton, CKD Artisan Kitchens Inc. Osterville, MA Designers Discuss Biggest Challenges Right Now Kitchen & Bath Design News recently posed the question to dealers and designers in the kitchen and bath industry: "What are the biggest challenges you're seeing right now in your business?" What do you think? E-mail your feedback, contact information and the subject line, 'Market Pulse' with your mes- sage to Andrea@SOLAbrands.com.

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