A Whole New Meaning to Low-Cost Luxury

It’s time to remove the price attached to creating a rich living space. Residents want luxury living experiences in their communities, and you don't want to break the bank. Get high-end style without the price - all without skimping on quality.

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Let Affordable Design Work Its Lease-Up Magic

You don’t have to look far for the latest on the multifamily amenity wars. The battle zone isn’t confined to just class A properties, either. In order to compete with style-fussy millennials and Gen Z’ers, class B and C properties are upping their game too.

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Sensory Design and Eliciting Emotion: Theories of Home, Living, and What it Means to Experience a Space (Print Course)

The built environment, in some ways, is a transition. In terms of homes, it’s a segue from public life to private. External to internal. Various philosophers, including Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard, have put forth influential theories on home and living, romanticizing country life and condemning the city. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, some contemporary architects and designers have embraced the philosophers’ spatial and sensory theories while rejecting the idea that “home” can only be created in rural areas.

This course will examine Heidegger’s and Bachelard’s theories alongside contemporary homes in both the country and city. It will also analyze the ways in which design can elicit emotion and create experiences. Lastly, it will propose that a sense of balance and form can arise out of objects regardless of their origin, whether organic or man-made.

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World-Class Style with Surprisingly Affordable Design:

Next-generation Peerless® Faucet reinvents what’s expected in the kitchen and bathroom

The challenges on multifamily owners and operators to attract and retain quality tenants have never been greater. Whether it’s renovating properties or constructing affordable market-rate housing, owners must balance resident expectations with NOI requirements. Read why Peerless® is an increasingly popular choice for design, quality and price in the multifamily space.

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Improving Guest Satisfaction with Proper PTAC/PTHP System Specification (Print Course)

As the hospitality industry continues to evolve, there is a greater focus on the guest experience. With increasing customer expectations for comfortable, quiet rooms, the Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) play a vital role in overall guest satisfaction. This CEU demonstrates the level of quality that PTAC/PTHP systems offer the hospitality environment. You will also learn the benefits of the product, why it offers maximum efficiency, what factors and accessories help the system operate more effectively, and what makes PTAC/PTHP systems so reliable.

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Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market. As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms. Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining. The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.

Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available. Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it.

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Multifamily Laundry Room 2.0

For multifamily developers, owners, and property managers the stakes couldn’t be higher. Today, many owners have been forced to up their game to keep pace with the competition to capture and retain the loyalty of tenants through amenities. This whitepaper examines the transformation of an amenity frequently overlooked in the property’s portfolio of resident advantages - the laundry room. Central to this amenity is the washer and dryer technology that powers it.

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Technology and Disruption in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Design

The AEC industry has frequently been criticized for being slow to adopt and adapt to new technologies. For some firms and companies, this equates to loss of revenue, as well as retention and recruitment issues. By understanding emerging technologies, those in the AEC industry can capitalize on disruption whether it involves start-ups, modern methods of prefabrication, home automation, or the Internet of Things.

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Best Practices for Designing Kitchen Islands

A well-designed kitchen island is much more than an afterthought; preferably, it is an integral part of the kitchen’s ability to serve the occupant’s needs. Over the years, kitchen islands have evolved to offer homeowners and designers more than just extra counter space; instead, the kitchen island has become a unique opportunity for customization.

When specifying a kitchen island, the first step is determining the function of the island. The ideal kitchen island requires as much planning and consideration as the rest of a well-designed kitchen. This multi-purpose space provides designers with creative options, such as a cooking workstation, a prep workstation, seating for guests, a breakfast bar, or even home office area.

This course begins with an overview of the kitchen island’s purpose and then narrows down to best practices for specification of storage, countertops, and undercounter appliances, as well as lighting, ventilation, specialty appliances, and computer charging stations.

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Designing for a Lifetime: How to Specify Timeless and Trendy Products (Print Course)

This course will provide architects and designers with knowledge that will enhance their ability to identify key trends in kitchen design and product specification. Specifying products for clients that are both timeless and trendy drives client satisfaction and enhances the project portfolio.

By examining feedback from industry experts regarding the future of kitchen design, this course will demonstrate how to effectively incorporate space planning, appliances, connectivity, and technology into the project.

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