May '15

The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association (Kbsa) report another successful ‘expert live’ at this year’s Grand Designs Live (GDL) at Excel in May. Industry expert, Alan Stanford, acting on behalf of the Kbsa, met with over 80 consumers to review their plans for a new project, and give professional advice to help them progress their project. Visitors also received a free copy of the Kbsa Showcase handbook and Specialist Magazine, which gives full details about the Association, as well as retail members in their areas, along with details of the 110 plus brands that support the Association as Corporate Members.

  Kitchen designs reflected a desire for a larger ‘family’ living space, with appliances like hot taps and ceiling extraction over an island unit featuring strongly. Furniture styles were largely contemporary, plain and minimalist. Bathroom designs saw more queries relating to lighting and wall coverings; Panels or tiles? More freestanding baths, less fitted furniture, and smaller spaces – mainly being ensuites. Stanford also noted that there were lots of comments regarding the cost of selling a property or building an extension, many getting a builder to quote due to demand!

  Ruth Ward, Sales & Marketing Director said ‘It’s always a good opportunity to get this type of feedback from this Show, as it’s a real-time snapshot of current trends in design for both bathrooms and kitchens. It also enables consumers in their research phase to see how the KBSA can help them, and give them details of KBSA retail members in their area to ensure the very best professional execution of their project ’

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