Are You Connecting with Kitchen & Tub Designers?

It’s a standard chorus that kitchens and bogs are a very powerful rooms on the subject of a house’s resale worth. After all, they’re arguably essentially the most used areas, too; so whether or not or not your prospects are fascinated with promoting down the street, they’re doubtless already pondering learn how to improve kitchens and bogs.

The query turns into, do sensible dwelling seekers even know the way clever or tech-infused their kitchens and bogs could be? In all probability not, and neither do most of the designers they might be hiring to work on updating these areas.

In line with the 2022 Design Developments Report from the Nationwide Kitchen & Tub Affiliation, whose members might be attending their annual huge tradeshow occasion this month at KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Feb. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla.), initiatives together with built-in expertise stay within the minority for the report’s surveyed designers, specifiers, remodelers, architects, and so forth. Solely 30% of kitchen initiatives and 21% of tub initiatives had built-in tech options, per the analysis.

Then once more, these numbers correlate properly with how occasionally designers, et al., are turning to customized integrators for his or her tech system design and set up savvy. NKBA’s survey-takers “not often” or “by no means” enlist “expertise consultants” on 72% of kitchen and 76% of tub initiatives.

Bridging that divide might be among the many many matters coated – together with calling out some cool expertise we see on the present flooring – in the course of the “Tech Level: The chances for whole tech integration with main tech consultants” that I’ll average on the KBISNeXT Stage (Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m.), that includes panelists Heather Sidorowicz of Southtown Audio Video, Melanie Niemerg of Integral Systems and Josh Christian of HTA (Dwelling Expertise Affiliation).

“I’d say the vast majority of designers, they’re simply not there but,” NKBA VP of Market Pam McNally informed me throughout CEDIA Expo 2021 in Indianapolis. “Even high-end designers, numerous instances shoppers are considering appears to be like first and the way I dwell first however not expertise, so in consequence possibly the designer isn’t fascinated with expertise both.”

NKBA Design Trends KBIS integrators
In line with NKBA’s 2022 Design Developments report, integrators are nonetheless largely ignored by the kitchen & tub group, which stays a giant untapped alternative for residential integrators. (Credit score: NKBA)
NKBA Design Trends KBIS integrators

The NKBA report requested about expertise along with options corresponding to colours, furnishings, supplies and extra. In estimating prime in-demand tech over the subsequent three years, when involves kitchens the survey-takers count on (among the many most related for customized integrators):

  • devoted areas for cellular machine/laptop computer charging and viewing (64%)
  • app management of home equipment (50%)
  • fridge emergency energy (49%)
  • movement sensor taps (45%)
  • elevated water purification (44%)
  • voice-activated lighting controls (42%)
  • automated flood detector and alerts (40%)
  • voice-activated home equipment (38%)
  • wall-mounted touchpanels (38%)

In the meantime, on the lavatory aspect of the design equation, respondents cited:

  • thermostat sensible management for flooring/bathe (61%)
  • linked scales, mirrors and different merchandise (54%)
  • app management to begin bathe/warmth within the morning (51%)
  • movement sensor controls for lighting (47%)
  • built-in audio system for audio (44%)
  • built-in show for movies/music/Web (42%)
  • voice-activated lighting controls (40%)
  • leak detection with sensors and alerts (40%)
  • voice-activated controls for taps/tubs/showers (39%)
  • preset lighting schemes (30%)

NKBA, KBIS Can Turn into Beneficial Useful resource for Integrators

Does all that sound acquainted? NKBA addressed LED lighting individually, however respondents listed 100% LEDs as the highest sustainability demand (79% in kitchens, 75% in baths) and, after all, that’s a class that has merely boomed throughout the customized business.

To not point out color-changing LEDs, whose wellness features make it enticing as a part of built-in “chromatherapy” expertise (which polled at 30% for anticipated in-demand rest room tech). 

“A pair issues that we’re doing,” McNally talked about after we chatted about NKBA’s method to bridging the integrator/designer divide. “The primary is to coach our members, our designers about why they would want an integrator, how they would want an integrator, what does that imply, a few of the issues they need to ask.”

It’s not that designers and specifiers are embarrassed to inquire, she notes, however that they’re “in all probability not feeling comfy about approaching an integrator to begin that dialog. What we do is host webinars, occasions … clearly with Covid it’s pushed issues out, however what we wished to do is create these occasions which can be inspirational, academic, but additionally extra importantly networking and collaboration occasions.

“So we get them collectively and so they’re speaking — as a result of on the integrator aspect numerous them don’t know learn how to attain out to designers, don’t know learn how to work with them, and likewise the place to fulfill them.”

For integrators who need to be proactive, the place to start? After all, there’s attending KBIS, however McNally suggests sellers strive a neighborhood NKBA chapter assembly even. “We’ll set it up for you,” she says.

Observe KBIS information this month and discover NKBA chapters and members on To borrow from the traditional “Casablanca” because it celebrates its 80th anniversary this 12 months, I feel that is the start of a good looking friendship. What do you assume?


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