Greg Riegler

The JLC staff receives hundreds of announcements for new kitchen and bath products each year. Some are memorable, others not so much. Most big manufacturers have a range of products to satisfy every taste, so it can be hard to discern trends behind these announcements, but trends are there if you dig a bit. To uncover them we interviewed a variety of K&B product experts, from designers to manufacturers to market researchers. Their insights should help builders and remodelers determine which product types their customers will warm to.

The most important trend is that kitchens and baths continue to be the two areas where homeowners want more space and better space. A recent study by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) in North Carolina found that even when buyers are downsizing their homes, only 15% would be willing to accept a smaller kitchen...

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