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Mark White, CKD, of Kitchen Encounters in Maryland, is designing morning kitchens, for the master bedroom suite. The kitchen offers an array of small appliances for breakfast or evening unwinding and solitude.
This interesting trend surfaced in the 2001 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Trends Survey.
The results were reported in the winter 2000 issue of PROFiles, NKBA professional’s source for industry news and trends.
Style over brand, function over form, and informal over formal are three choices preferred by 80 percent of clients doing business with NKBA members.
Other more prosaic findings:
- By a large 50 percent margin, NKBA members agree customers would choose style over status, structured over unstructured, price over brand, and style over price.
- Average cost of a complete kitchen job for 2000, including design, appliances, fixtures, materials, and installation, was $36,200.
- Survey participants agree 40 percent of kitchen jobs sold for $25,000 or less.
- Average cost of a complete bathroom job for 2002, including design, appliances, fixtures, materials, and installation, was $14,600.
- Survey participants agree 40 percent of bathroom jobs sold for $10,000 or less.
- Three out of four kitchen designers from Maine to Manhattan, from Maryland to Illinois use CAD systems, proving the push toward technology.
- All designers agree technology has impacted the industry in a positive light, and clients are far better educated today due to the Internet and television.
- Side-by-side refrigerators were the most popular, followed by bottom freezer units, then standard.