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PR April 2013

April 23, 2013

15 K&B Design Tips | Do Showrooms Work? | Michael E. Gerber


Made from 100 percent recyclable glass, ThinkGlass countertops are available in a variety of molded textures and hand painted colors.

Available in five new designs, the Caesarstone Classico quartz collection is made with a blend of earthy tones and delicately infused veins.

Wilsonart’s newest high definition laminate collection focuses on nature as artwork, offering sustainable alternatives to natural stone.

Celebrating 100 years, Formica launched its Anniversary Collection in 2013 featuring 12 new patterns in four collections.

Pyrolave now offers custom design work with its lava stone creations to suit all needs, styles, and space requirements.

Professional concrete coatings from Quikrete feature a light semi-transparent base and a dark semi-transparent accent to enhance the appearance of walkways, pool decks, sidewalks, patios, and other concrete surfaces.

WhisperGreen LED Energy Star-rated fans/lights from Panasonic Eco Solutions provide spot and whole house ventilation.

Progressive Foam Technologies introduced two collections of siding insulation: the Fullback FC Premium Series and H2O Premium Series.

The LP SmartSide CarraraFinishes System consists of a stucco finish applied directly to LP SmartSide panel siding.

The Energy Star-certified LoProfile fan from Broan-NuTone is designed for retrofit applications and multi-family new construction.

SimpliFire electric fireplaces from Hearth & Home Technologies provide ease, flexibility, and comfort.

At 24 feet wide and 10 feet high, this newest entry in the Ultra Series can hold up to six 48 x 120-in. door panels that can stack or pocket.

This system combines the full complement of Owens Corning roofing components and layers into one collection for maximum roof performance and durability.

Latitudes Wave is the latest entry in Universal Consumer Products’ Latitudes wood composite decking line, which offers the features of other Latitudes products at a lower price.

This window well system is comprised of single interlocking modules that can be installed and stacked to accommodate virtually any foundation depth.

Two smart thermostats from Honeywell can be controlled remotely from a mobile device with the Total Connect Comfort app, available through iTunes or Google Play

This receptacle helps ensure that no packages are missed or go missing and includes the ability to receive multiple parcels.

Trex has expanded the offerings in its line of pergola kits, adding nine new colors and an assortment of fiberglass columns to reflect a range of architectural styles.

Ingersoll Rand simplifies security for owners of one or more multi-family properties with this cloud-based platform for remote credential management of common areas and resident doors.

Sheetrock UltraLight Panels from USG Corporation are now ICC Evaluation Services compliant for installation on ceilings, with the long edges parallel to the framing.

Thermory wood decking is a thermally modified hardwood product made from sustainably harvested American ash.

The Olivia 2 is constructed using the brand’s Sculpted Finish process and the result is a spacious, seamless tub. The Parisian 2 features a bold exterior and an ergonomically sensitive interior with softly curved backrests.

Shurtape introduces the FloorMate temporary low-adhesion flooring tape to perform with water-based finishes on wood floors

Featuring integrated photovoltaic panels, the Apollo II solar roofing system from CertainTeed combines greater energy efficiency and improved aesthetics with easier wiring installation.

Perlick’s new line of 24-inch dual-zone refrigerated units are all UL-rated for outdoor use.

Hufcor has partnered with Monarch Glass Wall Systems to introduce the Monarch by Hufcor line of movable exterior glass wall systems and sliding doors.

The new Energy Star-qualified high-efficiency condensing power direct vent water heater from Rheem is the first in the industry to employ high-efficiency condensing technology in a residential tank design.

This month we asked, “Is the market in 2013 meeting your expectations and projections?”

With cutting boards, colanders, a drain rack, and stainless bowls, the Galley is both a sink and a functional workstation.

Echoing the symmetrical architectural aesthetic of Art Deco with stepped features referencing the silhouette of the Chrysler building, the concealed Style Moderne shower trim set includes two open outlets and metal cross controls.

The Heat & Glo REVO Series of fireplaces is the thinnest AFUE-rated fireplace series on the market.

The KWC SAROS range of single-lever kitchen faucets delivers functionality and styling that fits in with contemporary and traditional spaces.

The Echo Boomers are predicted to outnumber Baby Boomers by more than 12 million as they enter their peak remodeling years over the next decade.

The top 8 reasons why homeowners are selecting siding to reflect their lifestyle.

The kitchen designer is responsible for planning a balanced and efficient ventilation system that does not compromise user comfort and works with the existing mechanical systems in the home. Importantly, the designer needs to provide a ventilation system that will be used.

Normandy Remodeling converts confined kitchen into sprawling galley.

Remodeling projects on the increase, profits also on the rise.

With demand for custom design, remodeling, and renovations at its highest level since 2005, Professional Remodeler examines the latest design trends you can incorporate in kitchen and bath upgrades.

While you might not yet consider including advanced lighting control, integrated security, and distributed entertainment with every kitchen and bath remodeling project you bid, the fact is, if you’re not integrating these modern technologies into your designs, you may soon find your customers taking their business elsewhere.

Over the months ahead, my intention is to share with you the most successful strategic thinking ever done by business leaders, not only in your industry but in every industry.

Thousands of new products, tools, and software programs all tout how they can improve your business and improve your client experience. The challenge is making sure you are not trying to fix a problem with a product and missing a key element, such as a process.

The difference between those who are making it happen and those who are struggling with lead generation is primarily their “marketing mindset.” To better understand some of the attributes that make them different, Richardson highlights three aspects of a great marketing mindset.

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