• Lorey Cavanaugh

KBDC Takes On KBIS 2018

Last month we visited KBIS 2018, The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show which was held in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Design & Construction Week. This four-day long event showcased the latest industry products, technologies, and trends featuring over 600 leading industry brands with displays that spanned two large halls. With so many products, special events, and presentations, the show was jam packed with new innovations and learning opportunities.

Prior to the opening of the exhibition, KBIS attendees were invited to explore a “renewable” energy spec house designed with the ideals of promoting healthier building choices, new technologies and multigenerational living. The home was impressive with a luxurious kitchen, upstairs loft complete with bar and game area, and a separate space designed as independent living quarters, the home truly went above and beyond. With a neutral palette of grey, beige, and espresso the color scheme creates a calming and somewhat masculine, modern feel. Hand carved wood grain plank tiles were used throughout the spaces adding warmth and texture. Everything in this spec home was designed for convenience, including a drop zone for keys and purses, a “dog nook” for keeping pet clutter organized and to a minimum, and not one but two laundry areas.

Following the opening of KBIS, the rest of our time was spent exploring the two vast halls full of a myriad of the latest advances for the kitchen and bath, from fixtures to appliances to cabinetry. Some vendors that stood out were the Rev-A-Shelf booth with clever cabinetry pullout designs and in-cabinetry lighting options, the Grohe booth featuring shower valves that integrate both temperature and pressure control, and the Franke Booth showcasing large sinks with a range of accessories: cutting boards, grates, and drying racks, designed to work right in the sink creating an entire “Chef Center”. KBIS 2018 was a wonderful, albeit overwhelming, opportunity to view the latest kitchen and bath trends and products. The images shared here are just a sampling of what we experienced.

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