A Complete List of KBDN’s ‘Innovators’

Michele Alfano

Mike Ampuja

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Chris Awadalla

Bonnie Bagley Catlin

James Baloga

Dr. Julia Beamish

Michael Berman

Jennifer Bertrand

Bob Black

Christy Bowen

Julia Buckingham

Danielle Burger

Nar Bustamante

Denise Butchko

Marie Cairns

MaryJo Camp

Alena Capra

Jacqueline Carmichael

Jonas Carnemark

Lori Carroll

Ellen Cheever

Sean Clarke

Alon Cohen

Eric Cohler

Tom Cohn

Robineve Cole

Steven Cooper

Siobhan Daggett-Terenzi

Amanda Davis

Patricia Davis Brown

Mick de Giulio

Louie Delaware

Vanessa Deleon

Dawn DeLuca

Kimball Derrick, CKD

Sandra Diaz-Velasco

Tanya Donahue

Kathleen Donohue

Mary Douglas Drysdale

Gail Drury

Doug Durbin

Beverly Ellsley

Gary Erickson

Bill Feinberg

Rob Feinberg

Melissa Fitzerald

Stephanie Frees

Kirsten Gabel

Stacy Garcia

Patricia Gaylor

Laura Giampaolo

Lori Gilder

Jennifer Gilmer

Jamie Gold

Rosella Gonzalez

Eric Goranson

Gloria Graham Sollecito

Nina Green

Christopher Grubb

Laurie Haefele

Cheryl Hamilton-Grey

Amy Hart

Ryan Herd

Mary Ann Hesseldenz

Melissa Hryszko

Erin Hurst

Erica Islas

Todd Jackson

Susan Jamieson

Grace Jeffers

Patti Johnson

Jolynn Johnson

Sarah Kahn Turner

Leslie Kalish

Elina Katsioula-Beall

Cheryl Kees Clendenon

Anne Kellett

Tom Kelley

Ken Kelly

Kerrie Kelly

Paula Kennedy

Maria Killam

Laura Kirar

Rob Klein

Rhonda Knoche

Scot Koehler

Jennifer Kowalski

Karla Krengel

Steve Krengel

Leslie Lamarre

Jason Landau

Richard Landon

John Lang

Linda Larisch

Patrick Lavery

Lauren Levant

Bonnie Lewis

Erik Listou

Ariana Lovato

Dan Luck

Tatiana Machado Rosas

Sandee Mann

Paul McAlary

Molly McCabe

Brandie McCoy

Danielle McDonald

Dan McFadden

Denise McGaha

Peggy McGowen

Drew McGukin

Lisa Mende

Mayan Metzler

Veronika Miller

Barbara Miller

Gail Monica Dent

Lynn Monson

John Morgan

Nicholas Moriarty

Kelly Morisseau

Beppie Mostert

Jan Neiges

Cassandra Nordell

Gail O’Rourke

Rose Ott

Mikal Otten

Lori Paranjape

Christopher Peacock

Kenneth Peterson

Mary Jo Peterson

Heidi Piron

Dinae Plesset

Joe Poehling

Dani Polidor

Matthew Quinn

Sol Quintana

Matthew Rao

Lewis Reif

Rebecca Reynolds

Robin Rigby

Sarah Robertson

Michelle Robins

Sam Rose

Jan Rutgers

Toni Sabatino

Peter Salerno

Eric Schimelpfenig

Julie Schuster

Bob Schwartz

Elizabeth Scruggs

Susan Serra

Courtney Shearer

Lou Silver

Tanya Smith-Shiflett

Maria Stapperfenne

John Starck

Tracey Stephens

Ebony Stephenson

Jean Stoffer

Karen Swanson

Molly Switzer

Adi Tatarko

Helene Terry

Mary Kathryn Timoney

Lauren Tolles

John Valente

Donna Venegas

Doug Walter

Jessica Webber

Meredith Weiss

Lenore Weiss

Joseph Wheeler

Chuck Wheelock

Matthew White

Mark T. White

Jim Williams

Karen Williams

Suzie Williford

Thad Wittenberg

Vasi Ypsilantis

Rebekah Zaveloff

Alan Zielinski

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Cabinet Sales, Appliance Shipments Post Strong First-Half Gains

WASHINGTON, DC — Reflecting gains in both new construction and residential remodeling, cabinet and vanity sales, along with domestic shipments of major home appliances, continued their rebound from the impact of COVID-19 in the first half of 2021.

According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, an April-to-June spike of 23.7% over the same quarter a year ago was largely responsible for an overall year-to-date gain of 26.6% in major appliance shipments compared to the same six-month period in 2019.

First-half gains were posted in all key product categories, including food preservation (+31.6%), home laundry (+27.7%), cooking (+24.1%) and kitchen cleanup (+17.4%), the Washington, DC-based AHAM noted.

In a similar vein, major domestic kitchen cabinet and vanity manufacturers continued to post strong sales gains through the first five months of 2021, as demand remains at record heights, according to the latest in a series of monthly surveys by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.

The KCMA’s latest “Trend of Business Survey” reflected a year-to-date sales increase of 21.6% through May when compared to the same five-month period last year. Custom cabinet sales through the first five months of 2021 were up 23.5% over the same period last year, while semi-custom cabinet sales rose 21.3%, and stock cabinet sales gained 21.4%, the Reston, VA-based KCMA said. Survey participants include stock, semi-custom and custom companies whose combined sales represent approximately 75% of the U.S. kitchen cabinet and bath vanity market, according to the KCMA.

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Chinese Imports Down, But Other Nations Seen Skirting Duties

RESTON, VA — Last year’s imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on wooden cabinets, vanities and components from China “continues to have a huge beneficial impact” for domestic cabinet suppliers, although other nations are allegedly evading the trade duties, according to the law firm contesting the imports on behalf of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.

According to Luke Meisner of Washington, DC-based Schagrin Associates, the latest import statistics made public by the U.S. Commerce Dept. reflect a significant monthly decline since 2020 in cabinet, vanity and component shipments from China, although imports of those products from Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia and other countries “increased tremendously” after the AD/CVD duties were imposed on Chinese imports found to be in violation of antidumping laws.

“In 2021, Thailand is emerging as another potential significant source of imports,” Meisner informed the Reston, VA-based KCMA, which has been battling against allegedly government-subsidized Chinese imports of wooden cabinets, vanities and cabinets components, including doors, drawer fronts and face frames. KCMA members represent most of the cabinet industry’s largest domestic suppliers.

“Cambodia showed a large increase in 2020, but imports have moderated somewhat in 2021,” Meisner reported, attributing the slowdown to a preliminary determination of antidumping and countervailing duty evasion that was recently made by U.S. Customs agents regarding alleged transshipment through Cambodia.

“Our research continues to show that increased imports from countries other than China are due to a combination of transshipment of Chinese cabinets through these countries and new production facilities popping up in these countries,” Meisner observed.

The attorney informed KCMA officials that Schagrin Associates is “making significant inroads in combatting evasion of the AD/CVD duties through transshipment.” In addition, Meisner said, recent Congressional legislation could address what the attorney termed a “whack-a-mole” problem that occurs when trade remedy orders are put in place on imports from one country resulting in the U.S. becoming flooded with dumped or subsidized imports of that same product from a different country.

According to Meisner, Schagrin Associates continues to assist the Dept. of Justice in defending AD/CVD orders on Chinese imports from challenges by Chinese producers and importers. The KCMA has also filed charges with U.S. Customs officials regarding the alleged transshipment of Chinese cabinets through third countries, Meisner said.

“We anticipate that Customs will take strong enforcement action against…importers involving evasion schemes,” the attorney said.

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Homeowners Seeking Functionality & Style, Survey Reveals

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — As the nation approaches the year-and-a-half mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners continue to reevaluate their living spaces, “with many looking for ways to put the ‘home’ back in a more functional house.”

That’s the key conclusion of a major new consumer survey conducted by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, in an effort to better understand how the global public-health crisis impacted trends in home renovation and updates. The survey, fielded this spring on behalf of Ferguson by G&S Business Communications, involved some 1,100 U.S. adults aged 18+, according to the Newport News, VA-based distributor of plumbing, lighting and related products.

The Ferguson survey, whose results were released in July, found that 64% of Americans made an update of some kind to their home, or a room in their home, during the pandemic. The most popular reasons for the update included being tired of the home’s current style (34%) and needing to make changes for better functionality (32%), Ferguson said.

The kitchen (47%) and the bathroom (44%) were the top choices when it comes to specific areas of the home people would want to redesign or upgrade based on spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. A growing number of Americans say they would want to redesign or upgrade their outdoor space (30% in 2021 compared to 23% in 2020), Ferguson reported.

Interestingly, the room people spent the most amount of time in last year compared to previous years was the living room (50%), with 33% of Americans working from home in their living rooms during the pandemic. A third (33%) spent more time in their bedrooms and nearly a third (32%) spent more time in the kitchen. Younger generations were more likely than older generations to say they spent more time in the bedroom and bathroom, but just as likely to say they spend more time in the living room.

“There are likely a number of reasons why the living room grew in importance over the past year, since it was used as a gathering place during quarantine, for home schooling and other activities,” Ferguson reported. “We may also see this trend, in part, because people who work from home often set up their workstation in their living rooms.”

Just over a third of respondents (34%) said they started working from home during the pandemic, Ferguson said. Within this group, a third said they have been working in the living room and a third have been working from an existing office, the company added.

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BKBG Conference Set for September in Arizona

BETHESDA, MD — The Bath & Kitchen Business Group (BKBG) will conduct its 2021 Annual Conference as an in-person event from Sept. 19-22 at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, the Bethesda, MD-based trade group announced.

Conference highlights include peer-to-peer roundtables, preferred vendor partner-shareholder rotations and the annual BKBG shareholder meeting, among other features.

“The peer-to-peer roundtables are one of the most valued programs at the BKBG Conference,” said BKBG President Frank Morris, of Granite State Cabinetry in Bedford, NH. “Small groups of shareholders with similar business models in non-competing markets meet to discuss challenges, opportunities and successful practices, ranging from hiring in a tight market and overcoming supply chain delays to design and market trends and advertising and sales strategies.”

Rotations provide BKBG shareholders with opportunities to meet one-on-one with preferred vendors to discuss business relationships, identify new product offerings and develop growth strategies, Morris added.

Additional conference information can be obtained by visiting www.bkbg.com.

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Whirlpool Corp. to Upgrade Tulsa Appliance Factory

BENTON HARBOR, MI — Whirlpool Corp. is investing $15 million to upgrade its factory in Tulsa, OK as part of an effort “to further strengthen U.S. manufacturing capabilities,” the company announced.

In conjunction with its own investment, Whirlpool Corp. said it will receive an additional $1 million from the state of Oklahoma. The company’s Tulsa factory produces freestanding and slide-in ranges under the Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir brands.

“Whirlpool Corp. is committed to U.S. manufacturing, and our investment in our Tulsa factory highlights our dedication not only to the Tulsa community but to our current and future colleagues in the region,” said Don Metzelaar, v.p./integrated supply chain and quality for Whirlpool Corp.

The company said it will utilize the majority of its $15 million allocation to invest in machinery and equipment that will deliver increased production capabilities, including capacity, with remaining funds to be used for building and infrastructure improvements including health and safety protocols to accommodate an anticipated increase in its Tulsa workforce.

Whirlpool Corp. has some 21,000 U.S.-based employees across nine plants, according to the company.

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Interest in Larger Homes Once Again Rising, AIA Finds

WASHINGTON, DC — For the first time in five years, homeowner interest in larger homes increased over the previous 12 months, according to new data from the American Institute of Architects’ latest quarterly Home Design Trends Survey.

The AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2021, focusing on home and property design, also found a “robust uptick” in demand for finished spaces – such as basements, attics and garages – as well as for outdoor living space, including outbuildings such as sheds, barns and pool houses. Home designs that accommodate accessibility and aging in place continue to remain popular, the AIA also noted.

“Since households are doing more at home, they’ve been looking for more space during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist for the Washington, DC-based AIA. “This has included focusing more activities outdoors, and adding other buildings to their property,” Baker observed, adding that “the overall strength of the residential market has driven project backlogs at residential architecture firms to pre-pandemic levels.”

The AIA’s Home Design Trends Surveys are conducted quarterly among a panel of more than 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector.

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How Much is a Kitchen Remodel Going to Cost Me in 2021-2022?

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, one of the first questions which comes up is “how much will this be costing me?” When in the market for a home remodel, getting a ballpark estimate for the cost can be challenging and sometimes unreliable. Well, today we are here to answer some of those burning questions. What does an average kitchen remodeling project cost? What is included in those costs and what value can you expect from investing in your kitchen remodel?

How Much is an Average Kitchen Remodel?

No two kitchen are ever the same, so remodeling expenses tend to fluctuate depending on the size of the space, quality of materials, intended function, and the coveted layout. To help you understand what the average kitchen remodel costs, we’ve comprised some data from HomeAdvisor’s completed renovations and from Remodeling Magazine’s 2021 Cost vs. Value Report. These are the reported national numbers which will give you a better understanding of what to expect for your project.

According to HomeAdvisor, taking all kitchen sizes and product quality into account, the national average cost for a minor kitchen remodel is $25,587. A homeowner’s typical range for kitchen renovations is around $13,366- $37,808. These projected ranges factor in aspects like labor, materials, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.

Expenses to Expect with my Kitchen Remodel.

The average $25,587 expense will primarily go to the cost of cabinets, appliances, and installation. The 2021 Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling Magazine shows a detailed breakdown due to the division of projects in regard to size and product quality. Their average “minor kitchen remodel” is $26,214 and the average “major kitchen remodel” (mid-range) is $75,571.

What is the Return on Investment for a Kitchen Remodel?

These costs, in relation to HomeAdvisor’s average kitchen remodel, encompass complementing investment ranges despite varying definitions of minor and major kitchen remodels. With the cost vs. value report, homeowners can understand what their average expected return on investment will be for a kitchen remodel. For homeowner’s who remodel with the intention of increasing market price, the expected values of those renovations in U.S. markets are listed below:

Minor Kitchen Remodel with Cabinet Refacing Major Kitchen Remodel with New Cabinetry
Square Footage 200 200
Countertops & Cabinetry (Linear Footage) 30 (refaced cabinets with shaker-style wood panels, drawer fronts, laminate countertops) 30 new cabinets including 3×5 island (semi-wood cabinets, laminate countertops)
Flooring Resilient flooring Resilient flooring
Sink Mid-priced sink and faucet Standard double-tub stainless sink with a single-lever faucet
Appliances Oven, stovetop, fridge (energy-efficient) Oven, stovetop, fridge, vented hood range, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, custom lighting (energy-efficient)


Newly Painted Walls, trim, ceiling Walls, trim, ceiling
Job Cost $26,214 $75,571
Resale Value $18,927 $43,364
Cost Recouped 72% 57%


Similar to last year’s report, the minor kitchen remodel had a greater percentage of the cost recouped than the major kitchen remodel. Putting sizable amounts of money into a renovation does not always translate to a greater return for the homeowner. This technique is used to help ensure homeowners are getting the most out of their money.

Each kitchen and its renovations are unique. It is hard to pinpoint an exact cost for a new kitchen without an expert visiting your home. However, if you’re considering a remodel, hopefully the given information has given you greater clarity of what a kitchen remodel budget and cost should entail.

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Now that you know what to expect during a kitchen remodel, it’s time to find the experts to actually do it. That’s where Kitchen Solvers can help. Our design team can help you craft the perfect blueprint and put it all together for you. Contact us today to learn more!

And be sure to check out our helpful blogs, General timeline for your kitchen remodeling project for new cabinetry and How Much is a Kitchen Remodel Going to Cost Me? if you are considering a remodeling project for your kitchen

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Pendant Power

Often referred to as the jewelry of the space, accent lighting can have a dramatic impact on the overall look and function of a kitchen. While task lighting is vital to illuminating tasks, and ambient lighting sets the tone for the day or night, pendants can light the task, set the tone and add the finishing touch to the overall design.

Today’s pendants come in all types of styles, finishes and colors, adding that contemporary edge to take the modern kitchen to the next level, or delivering that industrial vibe to enhance the overall aesthetic. Whether they are single or multiple bulb, round or elongated, elegant or rustic, pendant lights demand attention in today’s rooms.

Following are just a few of the trends in lighting and pendants:

–LEDs are becoming a must, delivering long-lasting life, convenience and cool or warm tones in the space.

–Glass pendants remain popular, though their design is being elevated to include not only colorful combinations, but interesting shapes and techniques such as crackling and seeding.

–Modern, sculptural designs are now more available and more intricate than ever, thanks to the popularity of LEDs and strips, which can be manipulated into a range of shapes.

–Natural elements are becoming a mainstay in lighting, in keeping with the trend to earthy tones and sustainable pieces.

–The outdoor kitchen isn’t being ignored in this category, as many of the latest fixtures are UL listed for use indoors and out to bring high design outside.

–Metal finishes of all types – including powder-coated white and matte black – are being incorporated, providing a dramatic contrast to other fixture elements.

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Activity, Confidence Reported Up Among Remodeling Firms

PALO ALTO, CA — Residential construction professionals experienced their busiest quarter since at least 2015 in the first three months of 2021, with confidence among remodeling construction and design firms running high into the third quarter, according to Houzz Inc.

The Palo Alto, CA-based online platform for home remodeling and design, reported positive results for its “Q3 2021 Houzz Renovation Barometer,” a quarterly gauge of residential renovation market expectations, project backlogs and recent activity among businesses in the U.S. construction, architectural and design services sectors.

“The residential construction and design industry has continued to thrive under strong demand,” said Marine Sargsyan, Houzz senior economist. “In fact, our Expected Business Activity indicators are at some of the highest levels we’ve seen across both sectors since we began tracking the Barometer.”

However, the heightened activity is not without its challenges, according to Houzz, which reported that supply chain delays, extreme weather patterns, rising product and material costs and labor shortages “continue to create major headwinds for the industry.” Specifically, more than nine in ten construction businesses report labor shortages, including carpenters, laborers, framers, cabinet specialists and plumbers, Sargsyan said.

More than three quarters of businesses in both the construction and architectural and design services sectors report that product and material shortages and costs impacted their businesses in the second quarter of 2021, while more than half of firms in both sectors report labor shortages and costs impacted their businesses, she added.

In other findings:
n More than nine in 10 businesses across all business sectors reported increases in costs for lumber, copper, steel and aluminum in Q2, although about half of surveyed businesses do not believe that costs will continue to increase in Q3. Additional materials that construction pros anticipate rising in cost include plastic, concrete, paint, foam and drywall. Interior designers anticipate increased third-quarter prices for appliances, furniture and cabinetry.

n More than nine in 10 construction businesses (92%) report moderate to severe skilled labor shortages in Q3, with carpenters, laborers, framers, cabinet specialists and plumbers in particularly short supply. Forty percent of pros report shortages in cabinet specialists, up from 21% in 2019. Shortages for plumbers, painters, framers, concrete specialists and flooring specialists, saw a nine-percentage-point or more increase from 2019, as well, Houzz said.


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