April 2019
Dear friend,

When spring arrives, everything in nature feels new and exciting. That can be true of your home as well, if you decide to remodel. It would be true especially of your kitchen or bath if you install some of the unique new products that were introduced at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) this year. Consider the award-winners featured below.


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Open Concept Floor Plan: Good or Bad?

Aside from sleeping, the most commonly occupied rooms in a house are the kitchen and the family/living room. These two tend to be located near each other and work together to satisfy most of your waking needs. Therefore, depending on your family’s situation, you might be considering an open-concept floor plan versus a delineated space and we are here to give you some pros and cons to make your decision easier.

Pro: Opening Up a Smaller Space

Walls between rooms can be restrictive and make an area feel closed off. If you already have a small space to begin with, this will only enhance that feeling. By knocking down a few walls and instituting an open-floor plan you can achieve a more spacious feel and create an interactive area to entertain. Opening two or three rooms into a singular “great room” will enable a sense of social togetherness while also allowing for individual activities to coexist.  It also  allows more flexibility in design and can make it easier to reconfigure spaces as your family and your needs change over time.


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Best of the Best for Your Home

As you plan your dream kitchen or bath, it’s wonderful to discover the latest and greatest luxury products designed specifically to enhance these spaces. You may desire to include some of them in your upcoming remodeling project. One of the perfect ways to learn about what is out there is to look at the Best of KBIS 2019 Award Winners. KBIS is the voice of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as it showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies each year. The award winners this year were selected from among more than 100 entries and 50 finalists by the 2019 judging committee.

Best of Show  

The Blade 3D printed faucet from DXV by American Standard is printed directly in stainless steel and is finished by hand. The faucet senses the user’s presence and automatically turns on as the hands approach. Water is delivered around the edge of a circular opening in the spout surface, appearing in the shape of a vortex. 

Kitchen Gold

This 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Range by Signature Kitchen Suite is the first pro range on the market with built-in sous vide, induction and gas, all on the cooktop. The range also offers a griddle option and is WiFi enabled. (above left)

Kitchen Silver

The innovative HydroTap by Zip Water is the world’s most advanced drinking water system. It offers a home hydration experience like no other, instantly dispensing boiling, sparkling and chilled water – all at the touch of a button. (above right)


Bath Gold

TOTO's Flotation Tub with ZERO DIMENSION simulates zero gravity by offering bathers a weightless experience that deeply relaxes mind and body. A stream of warm water flows from the height-adjustable Neck Spa. HYDROHANDS massage jets massage the lower back. (above left)

Bath Silver

PowderRain by Hansgrohe uses thousands of micro-droplets to provide a sensual shower experience. The water, which is split up in the showerhead, is refreshingly quiet as it sprays from the nozzles. (above right)


Smart Home Technology

Flo by Moen is a smart home water monitoring and leak detection system that enables homeowners to control their home’s water from their smartphones. It calculates water pressure, flow rate and temperature within the home’s water supply system. (above left)

Outdoor Living

Arcadia Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Series by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is introducing new curated color palettes. Arcadia was designed to complement all Kalamazoo grills, smokers, cooktops, and refrigeration and includes a full line of appliance surrounds, sink base cabinets, and finishing panels. (above right)

Impact Award

FOTILE’s Q7 Sink Dishwasher by Ningbo Fotile Overseas Kitchen Appliance Co. is the integration of a dishwasher, sink, fruit, vegetable and seafood cleaning machine. It removes more than 90% of harmful pesticides from your food. The Q7 uses approximately 1.6 gallons of water and finishes in just 30 minutes. (below)

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Since 2002, we have been a customer service oriented company that is fully committed to communication, industry certification, continuing education, and quality craftsmanship. You can depend on us to exceed your expectations for your project.
• 2014 NAHB Remodeler of the Year
• 2012 HBAM Builder of the Year
• 2009 HBAM Remodeler of the Year
• 2015 NGBS Advisory Committee
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