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Fine Homebuilding: Boomers & Their Kitchens
Carpenter and longtime Fine Homebuilding contributor Scott McBride takes a look at the evolution of the American kitchen through the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

KCMA: Kitchen Cabinet Trends of the Past Decade
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association looks at some of the most popular kitchen cabinet trends from the past decade.
Education & Training

NKBA: Certification For Kitchen & Bath Industry
National Kitchen & Bath Association provides certification programs as a way for kitchen and bath professionals to enhance their careers and market themselves as experts in the specific competencies related to their business.

NKBA: New Non-Design Certification
National Kitchen & Bath Association has launched a non-design certification: the Certified Kitchen & Bath Professional (CKBP). This universal certification was created in response to repeated requests for a certification path that would support builder/remodelers, distributors, fabricators, manufacturers' representatives, and other qualified professionals in the industry.

NKBA: Online Career Courses For Kitchen & Bath Industry
National Kitchen & Bath Association online courses help you enhance your design or business skills or add to your credentials through NKBA certification.
Industry Information

Builder Magazine: Annual Kitchen & Bath Watermark Award Winners
Builder Magazine features pictures and descriptions of their annual Watermark Award winners for the best in kitchen and bath design for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

KBIS: Annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
National Kitchen & Bath Association presents an annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show & Conference.

PR Newswire: Clean, Contemporary Styles Dominate Kitchens & Baths In 2014
PR Newswire says consumers will be cleaning up their kitchens and baths in 2014, at least from a design standpoint, according to the annual Design Trends Survey released last week at the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
Industry Sectors

NKBA: National Kitchen & Bath Association
National Kitchen & Bath Association is the international trade association representing the kitchen and bath industries. They enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.
Information Sources

Bath & Kitchen Pro: Resource Site For Bath & Kitchen Industry
Bath & Kitchen Pro magazine site for bath and kitchen installers, distributors, and designers offers information on installation, purchasing, and design trends.

Fine Homebuilding: Articles & Videos on Building & Installing Kitchen Cabinets
Fine Homebuilding articles and videos will help you create a beautiful, functional, and comfortable kitchen.

Fine Homebuilding: Resource Site For Kitchens
Fine Homebuilding offers information and resources on kitchens, including articles, videos, and photos with design ideas and expert how-to advice.

HGTV Remodels: Resource Site For Kitchens
HGTV Remodels offers information and resources on kitchens including design & planning, cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, lighting, and islands.

JLC: Articles On Kitchens & Bathrooms
Journal Light Construction offers online articles on a wide rage of topics relating to kitchens and bathrooms.

Kitchen & Bath Design News: Business, Design & Product Resource Site
Kitchen & Bath Design News has information on kitchen design, bath design, kitchen & bath industry, new technology, remodeling, business management, news & trends, kitchen & bath showrooms, and more.

NKBA: Kitchen & Bath Ideas & Photos
Nationals Kitchen & Bath Association allows you to search through over 7000 photos, that you can sort by room, style, brand, budget, size and colour.
Issues & Performance

CMHC: Accessible Kitchens By Design
CMHC About Your House fact sheet discusses the universal design kitchen, which considers efficient design, efficiency of effort, adaptability, ease of cleaning, audibility and safety in order to provide a comfortable and safe space for all family members. (PDF)

For Residential Pros: Universal Design For Kitchens
For Residential Pros describes a few simple tips that can help create a kitchen that is functional for every user, and that follows universal design guidelines.

NKBA: Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines With Access Standards
National Kitchen & Bath Association developed the Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards to provide designers with good planning practices that consider the needs of a range of users. (PDF)

PBC: Passive House Kitchens
Passive Buildings Canada says creating a passive house kitchen is a balancing act. Designers must maintain airtightness, while not compromising air quality; keep energy down, while ensuring proper ventilation.

BC Living: 6 Kitchen Design Ideas That Really Cook
BC Living magazine spotlights six kitchen design features you might not have thought of, from practical details to nice-to-have features.

Builder Magazine: 20 Kitchen Design Ideas
Builder Magazine says as other rooms are eliminated from downsized plans, their functions are naturally migrating to the kitchen, placing more pressure than ever on this culinary zone to perform double or triple duty as the home’s primary living space.

Builder Magazine: Design Details For Kitchen Backsplashes
Builder Magazine says it’s often treated as an afterthought, but a great backsplash can be one of the most crucial design elements in any kitchen.

Builder Magazine: Designers Top 2011 Trends For Kitchens & Baths
Builder Magazine interviewed some top National Kitchen & Bath Association designers to see what's hot and what's not for 2011.

Builder Magazine: Designing Kitchen Seating Areas
Builder Magazine provides examples solutions to designing kitchen seating areas that make sense.

CMHC: Before You Start Renovating Your Kitchen
CMHC gives tips & checklist on what to look for and consider before doing a kitchen renovation, options for repair, and explanations of what could happen if no repair is undertaken. (PDF)

Custom Builder: Six Showpiece Kitchens That Maximize Functionality
Custom Builder describes six practical as well as pretty upscale kitchens offer clutter-busting storage solutions and user-friendly layouts.

Custom Home Magazine: 2013 Trends In Kitchen Design
Custom Home magazine online video features coveted kitchen designers from across the US sharing insights on what custom home clients want.

Custom Home Magazine: New Traditions In 2011 Kitchen & Bath Design
Custom Home Magazine 2011 annual portfolio of kitchens and baths highlights calm, Zen-like spaces.

Custom Home Magazine: Top Designers Share Kitchen Design Trends
Custom Home Magazine says kitchen appliance manufacturers Sub-Zero and Wolf have collaborated with three notable designers to identify current kitchen design trends and predict future directions for the space that has become the heart of the home.

Custom Home Magazine: White Kitchen Design Trends
Custom Home Magazine says white kitchens are a trend that lives on, and there are lots of good reasons why.

Fine Homebuilding: 10 Things to Consider When Remodeling a Kitchen
Fine Homebuilding says an updated kitchen can add value and functionality to a house, but the remodeling process can feel daunting. Considering these ten items early on can help ensure a more successful and speedy remodel.

Fine Homebuilding: A Kitchen For Cooks & Kids
Fine Homebuilding article describes a remodeled kitchen with a 1930s look that finds room for sit-down meals, cooking lessons, and homework sessions, all at the same time.

Fine Homebuilding: Considerations For Kitchen Islands
Fine Homebuilding says an island can be a great addition to a kitchen, but it's important to be thoughtful about design and location.

Fine Homebuilding: Designing the Kitchen
Fine Homebuilding describes seven things to consider when planning a kitchens function and flow. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Five Tools For Kitchen Layout
Fine Homebuilding article by designer and builder Sam Clark shares 5 key concepts to help you find the best configuration for cabinets, counters and appliances.

Fine Homebuilding: Inside Chefs' Kitchens
Fine Homebuilding provides some design, organization, and material ideas on chef's kitchens from three professionals.

Fine Homebuilding: Installing Kitchen Cabinets
Fine Homebuilding describes how careful planning and knowing exactly where the framing is help factory-made cabinets go in quickly and easily for a custom look with no nasty surprises. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Replacing A Kitchen Sink
Fine Homebuilding online video on Replacing A Kitchen Sink describes installation, caulking, and plumbing.

Fine Homebuilding: Thrifty Solutions For Outdated Kitchen
Fine Homebuilding article describes how a kitchen can be updated by focusing on five key factors to control costs: add space and light without building an addition; don't move the plumbing; keep the countertops uncluttered; buy ready-to-assemble cabinets; and consider a variety of countertop materials.

Fine Homebuilding: Ways To Improve The Kitchen
An excerpt from Fine Homebuilding publication Kitchen and Bath Planning Guide, explains that expensive appliances and stone counters won't add up to a dream kitchen if your pots and pans are difficult to reach and the work zone is too spread out.

For Residential Pros: 2010 Trends In Kitchen & Bath Design
For Residential Pros magazine describes some of the key trends in kitchen and bath design trends for 2010 from their Master Design Awards' kitchen and bath category winners.

For Residential Pros: Designing Small & Smart Kitchens
For Residential Pros describes some design solutions to small kitchens where space demands creative planning so it fits the most important needs of the client's family.

For Residential Pros: Guides To Designing Better Kitchens & Baths
For Residential Pros article is a Designing Better Kitchens & Baths guide from the NKBA Professional Resource Library covering designing the grooming center, bathing/showering center tips, planning a sink station, refrigeration center layout, and maximizing cooking efficiency.

For Residential Pros: Mobile Command Centers Replace The Kitchen Desk
For Residential Pros says we haven't lost the need to check cookbooks and calendars, to sort and pay bills, or to store the tape, scissors, stamps, and other desk-related items. They describe changes in how and where we do these things.

For Residential Pros: New Basics In Kitchen Design
For Residential Pros article describes how US remodelers and kitchen designers see more projects with simple clean lines, an understated classic contemporary style.

For Residential Pros: Post Recession Design Preferences For Kitchen & Bath Remodels
For Residential Pros article by four leading designers sees a stronger kitchen and bath remodeling market in the months ahead as clients, chastened by economic adversity, restart delayed projects.

Gen Shift: Generational & Societal Influences Changing Kitchen Design
GenShift 2011 study identifies changes in lifestyle, typical kitchen layout and functionality of spaces that have implications for the aesthetics, storage and other factors of today's ideal kitchen. Free registration required for full report.

HGTV Remodels: 10 Kitchen Storage Styles & Trends
HGTV Remodels online slide show describes 10 kitchen storage styles and trends that can help make the most of your existing space.

HGTV Remodels: 13 Kitchen Island Designs
HGTV Remodels displays 13 kitchen islands that you can expand a kitchen's scope, whether it's through storage, appliances, work space or seating.

HGTV Remodels: Creating A Kitchen For Entertaining
HGTV Remodels describes specialty features and layouts that allow you to interact with guests.

HGTV Remodels: Family-Centered Gourmet Kitchen
HGTV Remodels describes a family-centered gourmet kitchen that accommodates every member of a 3-generation family.

HGTV Remodels: Kitchen Island Design ideas
HGTV Remodels provides photo galleries of different creative & functional kitchen island design ideas.

Houzz: Built-In Breakfast Nooks
Houzz displays examples of various types of built-in breakfast nooks.

JLC: Setting Kitchen Cabinets
Journal of Light Construction helps cabinet installers deal with out-of-level and out-of-plumb surfaces when setting kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Designs: Six Hot Trends and Designer Looks for 2012 Kitchens
Kitchen Designs provides several hot new looks for 2012 in the Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly showrooms (Williston Park, Sag Harbor, NY). Six kitchen trends you’ll notice more of this year are: Open Shelving, Glass, Outdoor Kitchens, Texture, Darker Finishes and Furniture Style Cabinetry.

LBL: Addressing Kitchen Contaminants For Healthy Low-Energy Homes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories report Addressing Kitchen Contaminants For Healthy Low-Energy Homes identifies barriers to the widespread adoption of kitchen exhaust ventilation technologies and practice and proposes a suite of strategies to overcome these barriers. (PDF)

Moen: Kitchen & Bathroom Planning Guide
Moen online Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guide: walks the customer through each phase of a kitchen or bath remodel; helps customers clarify their design style and identify products that will enhance that style; includes a design questionnaire that's similar to the programming interview an architect or designer typically conducts with a customer, and helps the customer to prepare for the interview or create their own design; features sections on working with a contractor, making a budget, and choosing faucets, sinks and accessories; offers helpful hints on how to smooth out those inevitable emotional ups and downs that are part of a remodeling project. (PDF)

NKBA: 2011 Design Trends For Kitchen & Bath
National Kitchen & Bath Association survey revealed key design trends for 2011. The results of this survey suggest there will be some changes in the direction that kitchen and bath styles will take this year.

NKBA: 2013 Kitchen & Bath Design Competition Winners
National Kitchen & Bath Association displays winners of their 2013 Design Competition Awards.

NKBA: 2016 Top 10 Design Trends For Kitchen & Bath
National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released the top 10 kitchen and bath design trends to watch for in 2016. Transitional style remains the top trend when it comes to kitchen design, according to their 2016 Design Trends Survey.

NKBA: Ten Trends From 2010 NKBA Design Competition
National Kitchen & Bath Association describes the top 10 design trends from the 2010 NKBA Design Competition.

NKBA: Top 10 Trends From 2011 NKBA Design Competition
National Kitchen & Bath Association describes the latest standout design trends culled from their 2011 NKBA Design Competition.

NKBA: Top Trends From 2012 NKBA Design Competition
National Kitchen and Bath Association describes the prevailing trends seen in the 2012 NKBA Design Competition.
Product Supply

AIA: Kitchen & Bath Preferences
Residential Design shows the American Institute of Architects latest Home Design Trends Survey summary of their clients' kitchen and bath preferences.

KBIS: Best Products Of Annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
The annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show presents their winners of the Best of KBIS competition. The eight winning products, selected for their functionality, quality/durability, flexibility, aesthetics/style and innovation, were each introduced in the past 12 months.

Remodeling: Online Slides Of New Kitchen & Bath Products
Remodeling Magazine slide show describes, from affordable to upscale, new products from Cambria, Canyon Creek Cabinetry, Danze, Elkay, Everpure, Hansgrohe, Gaggenau, Guardian, Kaldewei, and KWC.
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