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Federal Brace Teams up with Chief Architect

Posted on 02 April 2018 by cradmin

Federal Brace Chief ArchitectFederal Brace added its complete product catalog to Chief Architect, a software that enables designers and architects to complete drawings, 3-dimensional renderings and 360 degree panoramas of projects, allowing them to perfect their design through modern technology. Federal Brace added its products with the goal of enhancing customer experience.

Chief Architect allows designers to render selected products into design plans for customers, including construction drawings, elevations, and CAD details, professional-quality 3D models including floorplans and framings, and, most recently, 360 degree panoramas that lean into the virtual reality realm. They partner with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) to ensure that wall elevations and dimensions are to standard and even allow designers to take NKBA certification exams on Chief Architect’s downloadable software. Many custom options are available, but name-brand products, such as Federal Brace’s expanding catalog of premier and designer supports, are always in high-demand by designers and consumers alike.

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NKBA Announces Winners of Annual Student Design Competition

Posted on 05 December 2017 by cradmin

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced its 2017 student design competition winners. The assignment required a remodel of a kitchen and master bathroom with the theme being “Smart Design for Active Seniors”. The homeowners of the project, King and Selina Duncan, recently downsized and moved into a single-story home. While still currently active, the couple requested an “age in place” space for the remodel. The student designers followed the principles of universal design to accommodate current and future needs of the retired couple. The design also needed to echo the surroundings of the Chattanooga, Tenn. home.

Deseray Mann, from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, Colo., took top honors for kitchen design, and Joan Marks, from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., won first place in the bath competition.

The Winning Kitchen Design:
A chimney-like element over the stovetop that rises to a 15-ft.-ceiling is the focal point of Mann’s kitchen design. Split-face ledger stone, a natural stacked stone that has been broken to expose a rougher surface, is used to complement the color scheme. The dining nook is at one end of the space, which is approximately 21 ft. long. The space is also complemented with white granite countertops and scalloped decorative tile.

The Winning Bath Design:
Marks was inspired by the architectural details of the landmark Veterans Bridge in Chattanooga for the master bath design. The curved ceiling details over the vanity and shower/tub areas mimic the repeating arches on the bridge, and the tile design was inspired by a garden trellis pattern on the bridge handrails. The architectural style of the bridge handrails is reflected in the Gothic mullion transom windows.

The following student designers earned runner-up honors in the 2017 competition:
Kitchen design runner up honors include 2nd Place Sarah Elizabeth Cummins and 3rd Place Jennifer Allen. Honorable Mentions include Megan Gerling and Stephany Taylor Krupke.
Bath design runner up honors include 2nd Place Hailey Kaspick and 3rd Place Brooklyn Gogowich.
Honorable Mentions include Erica Eftodie, Melissa Lamons and Natasha Chayhowski.

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Ideas for Upselling Granite, Quartz or Other Countertop Materials

Posted on 26 November 2012 by cradmin

When it comes to surfacing, it is all too easy to become complacent and just take countertop orders, rather than really put your sales expertise to use, and this is true of granite (or other natural stone), quartz surfacing, solid surface, or really any other material. Upselling can really be the difference between a decent profit margin and a great one.

We ran across a video that is a good reminder not get lulled into just taking orders, but rather highlighting all of the great possibilities that can turn an ordinary countertop job into a memorable work of countertop art. The video, which was made by Marble.com, is geared toward the homeowner, but is a good reminder to fabricators of different options that can be done. While the video focuses exclusively on granite/natural stone, many, if not most, of these options can also be offered with other materials.

You can view the video here.

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Short, Yet Interesting Article/Slideshow on Countertop Trends

Posted on 15 October 2012 by cradmin

I ran across an interesting article on Kitchen & Bath Business today highlighting some apparent trends in countertops. It also has a photo slideshow to go with it. I’m not sure if I agree 100 percent on all of the points being made here, but there are some insights offered, such as the push for quartz surfacing, the revitalization of solid surface and the price drop in natural stones keeping it a highly viable option.

One other interesting trend pointed out was the “European” look of thinner countertop profiles. I’ve heard this elsewhere and it sounds like it is not isolated. Maybe 2cm will become the standard or the drop-down edges on solid surface will become less popular?

Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, like the article points out about safe color choices, not everyone is going to go for the next trend that comes along…


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