PR January 2014

January 03, 2014

16 K&B Trends for 2014

Mark Richardson's 5 Mistakes to Avoid

New IBS & KBIS Products


Smiley Renovations fashions breezy sunroom to complement backyard boost.

Innovative and traditional trends define homeowners’ needs and creative designs.

This month, the Remodeler’s Exchange focuses on how to effectively protect your profit margin in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

If you avoid the speed bumps and potholes, your business can experience a chance for growth.

Only 1 percent of surveyed business owners rated their successions plans as “excellent.”

How do we pass lessons learned so the next generation will respond better, quicker, and with fewer mistakes?

By making online meetings, shared files, and pinboard accounts readily available, you will be able to provide faster service for them, and save time for yourself.

Remodeling projects continue to drive up profit margins.

The NKBA Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards includes several recommendations that deal with the general layout and design of the bathroom.

Critical tips for understanding an effective selling process. 

This month we asked, “What can be done to keep employees focused on the success of your business?”

Customizable windows prove key as sizes trend upward, colors get darker, privacy persists, and energy-efficiency technology advances.

Features include seven exterior colors, three woodgrain options, and four premium hardware finish options.

This closed-cell product is resistant to moisture and insects as well as rotting, warping, cracking, peeling, crumbling, and deterioration.

The Fast Trak system is a series of knobbed mats that make for faster, easier installation of PEX tubing in overpour applications anywhere in the home.

This glass satisfies building code requirements where any point of the skylight is 12 feet above the floor.

Versatex Max 2x Trimboard will be sold in 18-foot lengths with a smooth finish only.

The three-light chandelier comes with gently waved, chrome-finished arms topped with flawless solid K9 optic crystal accents and Opal glass shades.

Strata Mat allows for proper adhesive mortar use with porcelain or large format tiles and stone.

Sizes include 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths with color-coordinated fascia and riser.

They join the original Tuscan designs, with the whole collection suitable for transitional and modern kitchens.

Galvanized steel and aluminum models are offered in addition to the traditional composite option. A total of 12 customizable options are available.

The smaller grille size helps the unit blend into the ceiling, leaving the aesthetic of the room uninterrupted.

They can be hung as a single sheet or paired with draperies, creating a perfect fit with the design of the room.

The set features a new backsplash accessory system, thin-profile framed Core Ash door fronts, and motorized flip-up upper wall cabinets with integrated LED lighting.

The Scale Detection System detects limescale buildup and alerts the user when maintenance is required.

Crafted in Italy and available in four colors, each tile features a unique, digitally printed pattern.

Products in the line include a subfloor adhesive, subfloor gun-grade adhesive, heavy duty adhesive, landscape adhesive, and an adhesive cleaner.

Made of solid brass, the faucet is available in Brushed Nickel and Chrome finishes.

Kohler offers 15 accessories to complement the line, including a tumbler, soap dispenser, and toilet paper carriage.

All pieces are created via the proprietary SmartGuard process for strength and resistance to decay and termites, and are backed by a 5- or 50-year transferable limited warranty.

ProPink EcoTouch is GreenGuard Gold-certified for indoor air quality, contributing to numerous green certifications.

The DuraFuse finishing system features P3 Fusion that allows for a 10-year finish warranty. The doors can be ordered in widths and heights in 1/8-inch increments.

Nine options ship in just one week while custom vanity tops are available in two weeks.

They are available in 1-pound jars, 5-pound jars, bulk pails, and 50-pound boxes.

The AccuHeat induction technology provides powerful cooking without feeling heat from the cooktop, and TimeSavor convection cooking distributes hot air more efficiently.

They are available in white, cherry, and espresso, and can be installed in spaces up to 8-feet wide. Kits are comprised of 18-, 24-, and 36-inch cabinets.

Strict exterior lines combine with subtle interior curves to create a clean, minimalist design aesthetic.

For the handshower, users can choose a sprayface with Gyrostream, air injection, and cascading flow or a sprayface with air injection only.

Slim-line shower trays sport a flat installation height, reducing the rim to 4/5 of an inch to make it ideal for all standard shower enclosures.

The non-porous material retains heat, keeping bath water hotter for longer periods.

The new Cascading Tub Filler is integrated as a BWO, assuring reliable filling and draining in an all-in-one unit.

Single-handle models sport a flow rate of 14.5 gpm; two-handle models flow at 12 gpm.

Features shared with other Danze products include ceramic disc valves for longer life, a laminar flow, touch-down drain assembly, and a flow rate of 1.5 gpm.

The unit also features a separate handshower with pivoting arm and Touch-Clean Technology for easy cleaning.

It fits most tubs and showers and also is height adjustable from 15 to 21 inches.

Other features include an integrated pedestal and slotted overflow with a chrome toe-tap drain.

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