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2022 KBIS, IBS Health & Safety Guidelines Updated

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ A revised set of health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination requirements and/or proof of a negative coronavirus test result, have been issued for the 2022 Design & Construction Week (DCW), the annual three-day event that encompasses the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders’ Show (IBS).

The National Kitchen & Bath Association, which owns KBIS, and the National Association of Home Builders, owner of IBS, last month released the revised protocols for DCW, scheduled for Feb. 8-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The guidelines apply to attendee and exhibitor registrants for both KBIS and IBS, and are subject to revision, event sponsors noted.

“The safety and wellbeing of our attendees, partners, exhibitors, site workers and staff remains our top priority, said DCW organizers, adding that they are “working with our vendors, partners and the Orange County Convention Center to … deliver a safe and productive environment in which to conduct business.”

“As we get closer to returning to an in-person event, we continue to update our health and safety policies based upon current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Florida and local Orlando health authorities, event organizers added. “We will continue to monitor their recommendations and will update relevant information as needed.”

Guidance related to large gatherings relative to COVID-19 and associated variants continues to change, DCW organizers said. “What will remain constant,” show officials said, “is the commitment of the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and to the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, partners and staff at our shows.”

Details regarding the health and safety policies for Design and Construction Week can be found at: http://www.designandconstructionweek.com/healthsafety.html.

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U.S. Action Urged on Supply Chain Bottlenecks, Tariffs

WASHINGTON, DC A pair of prominent industry-related trade associations have issued pleas for Congress and the Biden administration to help ease global supply chain bottlenecks that are stunting housing affordability and hindering the availability of key products used in new construction and residential remodeling.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) last month each issued separate calls for government policymakers to eliminate current trade barriers and seek solutions to port congestion and major delays in truck and rail transportation.

Testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations, NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke told government lawmakers that disruptions in the building materials supply chain exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic are having “a disproportionate” impact on smaller homebuilding firms.
“Without large economies of scale, small businesses generally cannot negotiate bulk discounts on lumber and other key building materials,” said Fowke. “The effects of this uncertainty trickle all the way to the (prospective) homebuyer, many of whom have balked at projects due to unexpected price increases.”
According to the Washington, DC-based NAHB, historically high lumber and building materials prices continue to serve as “headwinds” for the U.S. housing sector, significantly impeding housing affordability.

“From steel mill products and plastic piping to cooper pipe and wood windows and doors, prices are up dramatically year-to-date and are exacerbating the growing housing affordability crisis,” Fowke said. “Until a long-term solution can be reached, Congress and the administration should temporarily suspend duties on a wide array of imported building materials and goods, from Canadian softwood lumber to Chinese steel and aluminum.”

In addition, “policymakers must continue to aggressively explore solutions to ease building material supply chain disruptions that are causing project delays and putting upward pressure on home prices,” Fowke added.

Days before Fowke’s plea, AHAM joined several other trade associations in telling Congress that ongoing supply chain challenges “are hurting the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, stalling the economic recovery (and resulting in) unprecedented damage to the global product supply chain.”

“The ability to produce and deliver home appliances to consumers has been dramatically hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic and other supply-related issues, creating hardships for consumers and businesses at every step in the supply chain,” said Joseph McGuire, AHAM president and CEO. “The result is ongoing shortages of products, materials, components and labor, leading to delays and increased costs.”

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Kitchen Tune-Up Unveils Project of the Month Winners for April 2021

From a dramatic, ceiling-to-floor renovation to a one-day wood reconditioning job, Kitchen Tune-Up owners around the country prove that no job is too big or too small. The same attention to detail goes into every one of these award-winning projects. Take a look at these April winners and see why homeowners choose KTU to turn kitchen dreams into realities.

Kitchen Tune-Up project of the Month May

Paul and Kathryn Jost
Denver, CO

This project is a great example of Kitchen Tune-Up’s Redooring Plus service. This client’s kitchen had dark wood slab doors that shrank the space visually, and the Josts and their team replaced doors and drawer fronts with maple doors in the versatile Shaker style, painted a serene Folkstone gray. The lighter color perks up the previously dim kitchen, and the addition of crown molding gives a polished look. The bar-shaped, black drawer pulls and door handles provide visual contrast against the pale gray cabinets.


April Project of the Month Winner


Steve Bonezek
Tinley Park, IL

Steve Bonezek is new to Kitchen Tune-Up in 2020, but this winning project shows he and his team already have what it takes to make clients happy. They refaced the cabinet frames, then replaced the old flat-panel oak doors with Kitchen Tune-Up’s exclusive Haglundridge doors in glacier white. Gorgeous Cambria countertops complemented the doors and picked up on the cool gray tone of the new subway tile backsplash.


May Kitchen Tune-Up Project of the Month


Adam and Rachel Phillips
Wichita, KS

Matte black granite countertops add drama to this stunning remodel. From ceiling to floor, this project took the existing space from dull to dynamic. The client wanted all-new cabinets and the Kitchen Tune-Up Wichita, KS team installed maple Shaker cabinets in a light tone called alabaster. The kitchen island is stained a contrasting gray, and features convenient pull-out drawers that let the clients see and reach every item easily. Look at the backsplash, too: The old, square tiles are gone, replaced with elegant rectangular tiles in a herringbone pattern. New lighting brightens the kitchen with a trio of industrial-style lamps over the island.


May Kitchen Tune-Up Project of the Month


Lynn and Pat Aman
Aberdeen, SD

A cocoa glaze on top of antique white doors highlights the cabinets’ details and gives them a charming, old-world look. The client chose Shaker style doors and Kitchen Tune-Up Aberdeen added glass-fronted cabinets at the top, extending the cabinets to the ceiling. This winning project in the redooring category shows how a few changes like new doors and the simple addition of small cabinets can transform an entire kitchen.


May Kitchen Tune-Up Project of the Month


Andy Thompson and Bobby and Ashley Kuhns
Green Bay, WI

The one-day Tune-Up wood reconditioning process is Kitchen Tune-Up’s signature service, and this project is a classic example of how a Tune-Up makes cabinets look new. The drawer fronts were scraped, dinged and faded, but the Kitchen Tune-Up Green Bay, WI team deep cleaned the wood, covered the damage, and restored the wood to its original glow. New hardware brings sparkle and an updated look to the cabinetry. Kitchen Tune-Up performed its Tune-Up magic on the kitchen doors and bathroom vanity for this client.


May Kitchen Tune-Up Project of the Month


Dan and Tina Wilson
McKinney, TX

A cabinet painting project highlights how much change you can get simply by painting, without any new cabinetry. This kitchen already had eye-catching shapes like the arch over the stove and the big, elegant island. But the extremely dark cabinets and island weighed down the space. Kitchen Tune-Up McKinney, TX painted the cabinets a soothing shade called dried thyme, while the island is repose gray. New countertops and a new backsplash complete the look–and notice how the backsplash’s glossy tile now brings even more light into the kitchen.


If you’re interested in having Kitchen Tune-Up turn your kitchen into an award-winning project, reach out to your local Kitchen Tune-Up location today!

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