When times get tough, think kitchens and baths. That’s what many builders and remodelers are doing, and that’s why JLC decided to visit the latest Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, held this April in Chicago. The annual event — which is owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association — drew 32,000 attendees and featured 550 exhibitors, from solo entrepreneurs displaying single prototypes to mega manufacturers showcasing soft-close cabinets, vitamin-saving ovens, automatic bath fans, chic surfaces, and much more. The biggest surprise? The show offered a wealth of practical solutions for builders and remodelers, including hardware and fixtures that are...

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