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Top 10 kitchen and bathroom photography tips

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1.  Before you photograph anything, take time to walk around the room and view the space from several different vantage points to determine the best angle to show off the space.  The most obvious angle might not look the best through the camera lens.

2.  Unless you have lighting equipment, avoid shooting toward a bright window or you risk the window being overexposed and looking like a big white box in order for the relatively darker interior to be well lit. Turn on all the lights in the room including the range hood and under counter lighting, and shoot on a sunny day without flash if possible to avoid ugly reflections off appliances and cabinets.

3.  Context can do wonders for an interior shot. A nicely decorated great room or breakfast table staged with place settings and a centerpiece or a view from the master bath into the bedroom can make a kitchen or bath photo much more interesting. If you can’t get everything into one shot, consider taking 2-3 photos in a row, moving your camera over only 30% with each photo so you have overlap, and capture a wider area.  Then stitch the photos together using photo editing software.  Turn a fan quickly on and off so you get a slightly blurred fan blade rotation in the photo.

4.  While you are looking for the best angle(s), check for cabinet doors or drawer fronts that are ajar, debris on counters or floors, rugs that need to be straightened, chairs or barstools that need to be spaced evenly, and extra clutter or items like counter top appliances or dishes that should be removed to create a more clean, open space.

5.  Always use a tripod with your camera to avoid blurry photos, and preferably use a good 35mm digital camera with a bubble level mounted on the hot shoe (the mounting spot on top of the camera for flash or other accessories).

6.  Check the vertical lines in your kitchen or bathroom photo. Cameras that are tilted slightly up or down create slanted foreground/background lines that make the room appear to be falling over. This can be fixed in Photoshop using the skew tool, but is easier to fix if the camera tilt is minimized on the shoot.

7.  If possible link the camera to a laptop so you can check clarity and details while you are still onsite. Make sure to zoom in and check each photo before moving equipment to a new angle or area.

8.  Shoot some vertical and some horizontal shots.  Horizontal shots are typically more useful online due to most websites’ landscape layout, while for print, vertical usually work best. If you see more than one good angle, take time to shoot both, and take close-up shots of interesting elements like ornate corbels, a unique farmhouse sink, wood vent hood, a unique kitchen island, any custom details or organization accessories, etc.

9.  Test different heights than just eye level. Sometimes shooting slightly lower than eye level, while still keeping the top of kitchen or bathroom counter visible, looks best. Make sure the camera is shooting level, not tilted up or down if possible (see 6 above).

10.  Prop in groups – usually an odd number of items placed together looks most appealing. Avoid small, lonely looking items sitting by themselves. Try to get a snapshot of the space beforehand so you can determine if you need to bring elements of color into the room, using a bowl of fruit, flowers, veggies or colorful accessories.

Below is a link to a great, interactive flow chart pdf that teaches the basics of photography, with boxes that can be clicked to see video tutorials at major camera setup decision points:

http://lifehacker.com/learn-the-basics-of-photography-with-this-interactive-c-1647605577?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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November 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

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NKBA announces 2015 Design Competition winners

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Brigitte C. Fabi’s kitchen received the NKBA Best Kitchen Award, earning her $12,000.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced the winners of the 2015 NKBA Design Competition at an exclusive awards ceremony at the Tryst Night Club in Las Vegas on January 19, prior to the opening day of the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Winners from six main kitchen and bath categories and ten specialty categories were honored and recognized at the awards ceremony for their outstanding contributions to the industry.

This year, Brigitte C. Fabi, CMKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen& Bath Studio in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, secured the Best Kitchen Award as well as first place in the Large Kitchen Category, winning a total of $12,000 in cash prizes for her Moroccan themed design. Luz Marina Selles, CKBI, of Allure Designs, LLC in Gilbert, Arizona, won top honors in the bathroom category, taking home the Best Bath, HGTV’s People’s Pick Bath, and first place in the Large Bath awards. Her outdoor bathroom design won a total of $14,000 in cash prizes.

“For many years, the NKBA Design Competition has been a great source of pride and a valuable platform for our members to showcase their talent and expertise.” says 2015 NKBA President Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD. “Recognizing the winners of this premier design competition helps us communicate the significance of professional design to consumers and the industry at large.”

For details and a complete list of winners, click here.

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February 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

Hettich takes a look inside 100 kitchens

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One hundred kitchen users from Germany, Spain, Sweden and Turkey have taken part in a comprehensive survey from Hettich regarding their kitchens. Besides general information like age, size and outfit, the focus was on specifics, such as how storage space is used and what the respondents would like to see in a kitchen.

The results:

On average, kitchens are 13.5 sq. meters in size with the L-shape as the most popular layout. Generally speaking, kitchens consist of four wall units and five base units as well as a tall unit. Kitchens on average have nine drawers/pullouts as well as seven hinged doors. Runners and hinges, known as fittings, ranked very high in importance.

Today, 35 percent of provisions and stored items are kept in drawers/pullouts. 90 percent said that drawers/pullouts are the preferred storage space solution in base units. For wall units, 65 percent of respondents favor doors. 20 percent stated that sliding doors are the preferred choice for wall units. Significant potential is evident here.

When asked to say what they liked in particular about drawers, hinges, sliding doors, respondents mainly quoted practical criteria. In the case of the drawer, “plenty of space”, “stability”, “easy to open”, and, for the hinge, “stability” and “functionality” were common comments. With sliding doors, great importance was given not only to the practical benefits but also to the space saved on opening them, and also to looks.

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February 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

Kitchen Workstation Furniture provides alternative to traditional cabinets

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Kitchen Workstation Furniture can create a live-in kitchen.

Kitchen Workstation Furniture gives designers and homeowners a new way to create a live-in, more-sociable kitchen.
A “furnished” kitchen is created by using three to five separate pieces of task-oriented workstations instead of continuous runs of countertops and cabinetry.

“Although our workstations are so efficient and technically advanced, it is the spaces that are created between each piece that make these kitchens so unique,” said David Beer, an architect and company founder. “Creating a room with workstations eliminates the boundary between the kitchen area and the living area. It’s really a new kind of ‘great room.’”

Because each piece is freestanding and separated by spaces, the heights and depths of the units can vary for new performance opportunities. Each separate piece can be styled differently due to the spaces.

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July 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

Homeowners spending more on kitchen, bathroom design

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The American Institute of Architects has released findings from its Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2013, which focused specifically on kitchens and bathrooms. Households are placing greater emphasis on kitchens and baths-a clear sign the housing market is in recovery mode, according to the survey.

A sizeable share of residential architects report both the number and size of kitchens and baths are increasing. Even more indicative of an improving market is that upscale features and products used in these areas of the home are growing in popularity.

In kitchens, 87 percent of respondents reported increasing popularity of LED lighting in 2013; 42 percent reported increasing popularity of larger pantry space in 2013 compared to 31 percent in 2012; respondents reported a drop in popularity for a computer or recharging station from 47 percent in 2012 to 37 percent in 2013; while the popularity of wine refrigeration and storage rose to 35 percent in 2013 from 24 percent in 2012; and respondents noted popularity of upper end appliances jumped from 16 percent in 2012 to 35 percent in 2013. Adapatability and universal design’s popularity remained relatively similar at 32 percent in 2013, from 35 percent in 2012.

“Now that home prices have hit bottom and are beginning to recover, households are more willing to invest in their homes, looking for more features in new homes that they are purchasing and willing to undertake higher-end home improvement projects,” said AIA chief economist, Kermit Baker, Ph.D.  “Kitchens and baths tend to be the areas that households first look to when they want to upscale their home as markets improve, just as they remained a high priority even during the depths of the downturn.”

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April 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

Innovative duo makes cabinets, home adjustments for the disabled

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Jerry Sorbara and Darren Slater, two Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, neighbors, are the go-to guys in their area for any renovation advice or general home maintenance questions, TheSpec reports.

Sorbara is an electrical technologist and runs his own automation business while Slater is a millwright. In the spring of 2012, they learned that one of their neighbors was suffering from decreased mobility and was spending a lot of time in a wheelchair. So they came up with an idea to create a low-cost, accessible kitchen that could be used comfortably by both disabled and able-bodied and persons.

Together, the guys came up with upper cabinets, which could be invisibly retrofitted into an existing kitchen, as well as a variable height sink and stove top. After Sorbara and Slater researched it, they found out that there’s a huge market for their cabinets in places like children’s hospitals, retirement communities, workplaces and residences of aging baby boomers who live at home. Thus, they thought up a business idea: Lusso Living (www.lusso-living.com).

The company’s first customers were a wheelchair-bound couple in the area whose new condo had plastic drawer units on wheels because it was difficult for them use any storage space above about three feet high. As one of the homeowners was a schoolteacher, the place was cluttered with supplies. Sorbara and Slater came up with a number of solutions for them, including bookshelves, a closet unit, and upper cabinets where everything could be properly stored and moved down within their reach simply with the push of a button. And it was a hit.

Boosted by this success, Sorbara and Slater paired with local cabinetmaker, Crescent Cabinets, and a machine shop to produce kits, and they began working on an e-commerce site. Ever since, they have sold more cabinets directly, set up distributorships and had their first institutional sale—a height-adjustable sink solution for the Halton Board of Education.

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December 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

Engineered-concrete countertops trending in kitchen design

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Although the first concrete countertops poured on-site experienced the same chipping, cracking and staining problems as a concrete sidewalk, concrete countertops have since come a long way.

Richard Brooks has been manufacturing custom countertops using alternative materials for more than 30 years. His shop, Brooks Custom, produces specialty countertops made of glass, wood, metal or engineered concrete for many designers and architects.

According to Brooks: “We’ve come a long way with technology. Fiber-reinforced concrete changed the way concrete countertops are made, for the better. With enough experimenting, our engineered-concrete is extremely durable, and the color and design possibilities are really amazing.

“When people see our engineered-concrete, they fall in love with it. Custom colors, impressive overhangs, crazy thicknesses – it’s a material most people will love to look at, but the more artistic clients really appreciate the craftsmanship behind it,” Brooks says.

One myth that Brooks claims isn’t true is that concrete is a “cold material.” While that may have been true in the past, he says it’s actually a material that gives warmth to a kitchen, and can fit almost any design scheme the client desires.

Along with walnut and zinc, engineered-concrete is one material that has been trending for Brooks. For more information on engineered-concrete, visit www.brookscustom.com.

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April 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

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