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Value-Friendly Trends Reflected in New Products

May 13, 2010

In a recent survey of 822 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) members, energy-efficient products, including by LED lighting, were identified as the most cost-efficient trend for kitchen and bath remodeling in 2010. Following energy efficiency, alternative countertops and products supporting Shaker-style designs topped the survey.

Currently, the economy is encouraging homeowners to enhance the appearance and functionality of their homes and to consider products and designs that are affordable and deliver long-term value. With more than 30 percent of designers suggesting energy-efficient products, such as Energy Star appliances and LED lighting, it was the most popular design trend found in the open-ended survey.

"Energy-efficient products and LED lighting have come a long way, and there are now styles to meet every design and budget," said NKBA president Mark Karas, CMKBD.

Additional trends include installation of water conservation products such as low-flow kitchen and bathroom fixtures and on-demand tankless water heaters. The NKBA survey also identified products that facilitate recycling and sustainability as popular options. Homeowners are finding new uses for items previously considered waste, such as re-installing old granite from a kitchen remodel to spruce up the bathroom vanity.
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