Hot Kitchen & Bath Trends

The wish-list for kitchen and bath products continues to evolve driven by homeowner wants and, of course, that darn economy. The latest survey says…function & comfort are top-O-list for kitchen & bath remodels. The guru’s at the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) conducted the survey. Jeepers…sounds like a new branch of the CIA!!!

The fav style choice remains casual or transitional followed by contemporary. Mixing kitchen counter-top materials like granite and stainless or a reclaimed surface is trending. FYI…some of the new recycled materials are marvelous!

Armstrong Cabinets Sage and Vanilla Cream

Armstrong Cabinets finished in Sage & Vanilla Cream

Starmark recycling cabinet

Recycling center from StarMark Cabinetry

Consumers’ kitchen wish-list:

• Islands
• Roll-outs, pull-outs & pull-downs
• Drawers instead of base cabinets
• Energy –efficient appliances
• Mixing materials, surfaces & finishes
• LED lighting
• Recycling areas
• Computer charging station
• Multiple ovens & dishwashers

kitchen islands for every style

Kitchen islands in every shape, style & finish!

The ultimate shower with the Brizo RSVP shower collection

The ultimate shower with the Brizo RSVP shower collection.

Consumers’ Bath wish-list:

• Furniture style vanities
• His & her vanities
• Super showers
• Customized storage
• Heated floors
• Private toilet areas
• Water-saving fixtures
• Soaking or jetted tubs

Bathroom furniture vanity from StarMark

Furniture style bathroom vanities are hot! This is from StarMark Cabinetry.

Furniture vanity with double sinks

This Star Cabinetry furniture vanity features clean lines and double sinks.

Betcha’ your must-have list includes a couple of these! Stop by a Modern Supply kitchen, bath & lighting showroom and bring your wish-list. We’ll put our creative thinkin’ caps on and design a kitchen or bath that will make you happy, happy, happy! Don’t forget…

Tell ‘em Millie sent you!

Modern's Millie Signature color

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Go Tankless!

Water Heating so Advanced…it’s Simple

Murphy’s law will prevail and your water heater will die at the most inconvenient time. Like when the weather’s frigid and you’re in the shower! Water heating is the second largest energy user in the home after heating and cooling. Perhaps it’s time to explore energy-efficient tankless technology.

Navien installation

The Navien tankless can be installed in much smaller spaces. Photo and installation by Brogdon Plumbing, Knoxville, TN

Tankless water heaters provide an endless source of hot water and can cut energy costs up to 30 percent per year if usage remains consistent. Traditional tanks can develop rust and scale build-ups. A tankless unit does not store water so you’ll have fresher, cleaner water. They’re wall mounted and require less space too.

Here are a couple of key factors to ensure your tankless water heater happiness!

• Choose a plumber that can size the tankless water heater to fit your water usage. Things to consider include the output (gallons per minute) of shower heads and appliances that may be running simultaneously. Correct sizing is key!

• A tankless unit provides endless hot water while reducing energy costs. However, families often extend their shower time which defeats the energy-saving goal. Word of warning for families with teenage daughters!

Navien installation 2

Another installation by Brogdon Plumbing.

The plumbing pros at Modern Supply are frequently asked about tankless water heaters and recommend the Navien line for natural or LP gas use. Navien’s new NPE Premium Condensing units are more efficient than non-condensing brands. Installation has been simplified by Navien’s ability to use one-half inch existing gas lines. This makes it an ideal choice for tank replacement.

Without getting too techy, here’s how the Naviens work. Condensation is created inside of the condensing heat exchanger from incoming cold water cooling the hot gases inside the unit. The stainless steel condensing heat exchanger then traps the condensation and uses the heat that would be lost in a non-condensing unit. This results in a 98 percent heating efficiency. Two stainless steel heat exchangers provide longer life expectancy and are highly resistant to corrosion compared to copper heat exchangers. The heat exchangers carry a 15 year warranty.

Navien’s ComfortFlow technology eliminates “cold-water sandwiches” and issues of minimum flow rate. An insulated buffer tank and recirculation pump accelerates hot water delivery.

Compare Navien tankless water heaters

Mike Brogdon, owner of Brogdon Plumbing comments, “We’ve been installing Navien tankless water heaters since Modern Supply started carrying them. They are easy to install, service and are extremely efficient. We have many satisfied Navien customers.”

For more information about Navien tankless water heaters, stop by one of Modern Supply’s seven East Tennessee locations. Talk with our pros and visit You’ll thank yourself when you step into the shower!

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Budget-Friendly Cabinets

Made in the USA

Kitchens are the heart of the home and used for so much more than preparing food. They’re a gathering place and often an extension of the family living area. People today are staying in their homes longer and are remodeling to suit their taste and lifestyle and not just for resell value. Statistics show a kitchen remodel has the largest pay-back of any home remodel.

Vanilla Cream, another new Armstrong finish

Armstrong’s Vanilla Cream for a cozy, country kitchen

A lot of factors may influence the decision to remodel. Are your kitchen cabinets beginning to fall apart? Are dated appliances at the end of their life? Want to open-up the area by removing a wall? Need more storage and better traffic flow? All great reasons!

The biggest remodeling concern is budget. A justified concern since large, show-stopper kitchen costs can soar. However, they don’t have to! By taking a hard look at your must-have’s, deciding which things you can live without, and choosing the right products, your remodel can be within reach.

Armstrong Cabinets - Slate finish

Slate gray, one of Armstrong’s new finishes

Cabinetry and hardware account for approximately twenty-nine percent of a kitchen remodeling budget according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Modern Supply represents several cabinetry lines; each with their own niche, price range and design options.

Armstrong Cabinets are made in the USA and offer a wide range of semi-custom, fine quality kitchen and bath cabinetry. We know and trust the Armstrong brand to deliver exceptional craftsmanship and value. With three lines, more than 20 finishes and 23 door styles, there’s beauty to meet your budget.

Armstrong Vanilla Cream and Sage

Great mix of finishes! Armstrong’s Vanilla Cream & Sage.

• Allwood™ is Armstrong’s top-tier construction features that are found in custom built cabinetry.
• Premier™ Series construction is finely crafted with quality and affordability. It offers a budget conscious choice that doesn’t sacrifice style or quality.
• Origins Series combines the durability and value of the Allwood construction with the environmental benefits of sustainable, low emitting materials.

Armstrong Cabinets Onyx finish

Armstrong’s classic Onyx finish

Based on your budget, you may add options such as dovetail drawers, soft-close drawers and soft-close door hinges. Armstrong also offers glass and aluminum doors, moldings, light rail and finish glazes. Pull-out shelves, lazy susans and base cabinet organizers offer easy access. Keep it simple or spice it up! It’s your choice for Armstrong accessories!

Visit Armstrong Cabinets web site

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Buy American Made Sinks!

Hip Hip Hooray for American made Elkay Manufacturing! Elkay filed petitions that initiated an investigation by the United States Department of Commerce against Chinese imported stainless steel sinks that were selling from 54.25 percent to 76.53 percent of the U.S. sales price. Yikes! It’s hard to compete against cheap!

ELKAY e-dock sink

Elkay’s e-dock sink with magnetic holders

The U.S. Commerce folk’s preliminary decision in September 2012, requires Chinese competitors to pay cash deposits on stainless steel sinks imported into the U.S. Amounts range from 50.28 to 76.15 percent of the customs value of the imports.

Elkay accessory sink

Elkay’s accessory sink

This is a gi-normous win! This ruling helps to protect U.S. jobs. Elkay is America’s number one selling stainless steel sink company with 3500 U.S employees.

Most of these Chinese sinks are cheapo’s made of a grade of stainless steel inferior to Elkay’s. The lower the stainless gauge number, the thicker, which helps reduce scratching & noise. The ‘ol “pay for what ya get” rule is dead-on here!

Elkay Slim Rim

Elkay’s Slim Rim is great for replacing old sinks

This Fed ruling will make the imports more in-line with American-made pricing. Before you go shellin’ out your hard earned bucks on a swanky new stainless sink, ask where it’s made. Buy American made and let the bucks stop here!

Shop by Modern Supply’s Lovell Road showroom and take a peek at Elkay sinks. They have fab sinks in every shape, size and configuration. My design sistas will be tickled pink to help.

Read the complete Elkay Press Release.Modern's Millie Signature color

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Modern Supply Wins Industry Marketing Award

Out-of-the-Box Marketing Concepts Appeal to Retail Consumers

Modern Supply Company, a kitchen, bath, lighting and HVAC distributor, has been selected as the winner for WIT & Company’s WHAM (WIT Honors Achievements in Marketing) marketing award in the E-marketing & Web Campaigns category for their blog, Kitchen and Bath Blab. The blog continues to brand Modern’s Millie as their virtual spokesperson sharing design trends and product information. WIT is a national member-owned organization of approximately one hundred independent plumbing, heating and cooling wholesale distributors.

Modern Supply Marketing Award

WIT Marketing Award – Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO (left) with Morris Cregger, WIT President

“We’re very pleased to have won the WHAM
e-marketing award for our blog and to be recognized among our peers,” states Pace Robinson, Modern Supply CEO. “The blog was created to help expand our consumer reach and awareness for Modern’s Millie, our fictional spokesperson. The blog was the next step in our social media initiative.”

“Modern Supply definitely deserved to win the e-marketing award,” Sabrina Hawthorne, WIT Marketing Coordinator, comments. “Their branding strategy is unique and creative…for this industry and overall.  When they introduced Modern’s Millie to their market, they successfully implemented several out-of-the-box endeavors including their Kitchen and Bath Blab blog.  Congratulations, Modern Supply!”

The announcement was made at WIT’s 2012 Fall Networking Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

For updates – including product news and current trends – visit Modern Supply’s website, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

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