KBIS 2016

Just last week, the Strobel Design Build team was fortunate enough to travel from our design center home in St. Petersburg, Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). KBIS is the world’s largest international trade event that is solely focused on all things kitchen and bath…A dreamland for us home designers and builders!



This 3-day long industry show hosted over 500 brands in the kitchen and bath industry. These brands got to showcase the latest industry designs, products and technologies. The leading brands also got to show the latest technology and sustainability in kitchen and bath, as well as technologies that positively impact living spaces around the world.

Along with the amazing and latest designs of kitchen and bath, “Voices from the Industry,” offered over 90 hour-long informational sessions. Sessions informed us on the following: Design & Inspiration, Focus on the Customer, Business Management, and Sales & Marketing. These presentations allowed us to hear about the most current topics and trends. Witnessing and participating in discussions with other professionals from around the globe truly allows us to stay ahead of the curve on universal design trends and share all of the information with our clients…whom we feel are an extended part of our own Strobel family!

Each year, KBIS holds a competition that showcases the best of the kitchen and bath industry. Out of hundreds of entries, they narrow it down to one winner for each of the categories: Best in Show, Best of Bath Gold, Best in Bath Silver, Best of Kitchen Gold, and Best of Kitchen Silver. We share some of the winners below!

Best in Bath Gold – Vibrator Faucet


“The Vibrato is part of the first collection of commercially-available residential faucets created with 3D printing. Distinguished by an eye-catching mesh of delicate latticework, it is printed using a high strength, lead-free metal alloy enabling fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top, before the aerator.”

Best of Kitchen Gold – Kaza Concrete


“The all-new Kaza Concrete collection strikes an impeccable balance of artistry and technology, incorporating artful concrete design with a sensitive balance of style and innovation”.

Best of Kitchen Silver – UPR 503 Undercounter Pull-Out Refrigerator


“The new UPR 503 undercounter pull-out refrigerator ensures that fresh food is always within reach. Combining high-energy efficiency with optimal storage space, the UPR 503 can be adjusted in height to match that of the countertop for perfect alignment with your kitchen design.”
KBIS gave us access to unlimited networking! We were so fortunate that we were able to to engage with peers and really immerse ourselves even more in the industry of kitchen and bath. Through the special events and constant learning opportunities, we came back to St. Petersburg eager to put new trends and products to use.

Next year, KBIS has announced that the location to be at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Luckily for us, that is just a short car ride away!

Thank you, KBIS, for another amazing show!

Top 8 Home Design Trends of 2016

Trends come and go. While there are many trends that we, at Strobel Design Build, are incredibly pleased to have gone out of style (read: carpeted bathrooms), there are certainly some trends that are longer lasting. The design experts at Strobel Design Build have picked out the trends they have incorporated into projects in 2015 (below) and foresee continuing for many years. Continue reading for the Strobel team’s Top 8 Home Design Trends of 2016!

1. White-on-White Spaces

whiteHistoric Old Northeast bathroom addition

In 2016, prominently white kitchens and bathrooms will continue to gain popularity. White cabinets paired with white countertops and backsplashes create a seamless look. The white kitchen generates a clean, bright, and even larger space…perfect for all the group gatherings in the room that has become the heart of the home.

2. Indoor/Outdoor Living

indoor:outdoorRemodel in Bayway Isles, St. Petersburg, FL

Located in ever-sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, the design experts at Strobel Design Build are well versed in indoor/outdoor living spaces! The indoor/outdoor living space trend allows for a smooth flow from the indoor living space to the outdoor. Imagine sliding glass doors, or double-French doors, that open up onto a covered sitting area with a fireplace and television.

3. Hardwood Flooring Throughout

hardwoodHistoric Old Northeast home with gleaming hardwood throughout

While hardwood flooring alone is not a new trend, hardwood flooring throughout an extensive area is increasing in popularity. Hardwood flooring is now being installed more frequently in the kitchen and then expanding into the dining and living rooms. Also, the color choice of the flooring is evolving from lighter to darker, and sometimes gray-toned stains.

4. Light Cabinetry Colors

cabinetryOld Clearwater, FL home built in 1925 – Bathrooms were kept true to their original design motif

As noted above in the white-on-white kitchen trend, 2016 will see an increase in the preference of light-colored cabinetry. Despite if it is the kitchen or bathroom, a lighter cabinet color, such as an off-white or gray, can create a brighter and more open space. Another cabinetry trend is floor-to-ceiling cabinets in kitchens—easily allowing you a place to hide utensils and gadgets.

5. Custom Built-Ins

builtinCustom addition in North St. Petersburg, FL

Strobel Design Build has seen its fair amount of original, 1920s built-in storage features in historic home remodeling projects in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. This trend is making its way full-circle as 2016 will see more homes incorporating custom built-in storage spaces, especially in laundry rooms and home offices.

6. Polished Chrome Fixtures

polishedTransitional bathroom in Northeast St. Petersburg, FL – ROHL polished chrome fixtures

Once overlooked, the finish on plumbing fixtures is an important design element in kitchens and bathrooms. A home design trend that is continuing into 2016 will be polished chrome plumbing fixtures. This finish can match both contemporary and classic design elements in a room.

7. Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood doorsCustom-made reclaimed wood barn/closet doors in Pass-a-Grille Beach, FL

The reclaimed wood trend can be implemented in a home in a variety of ways. First, instead of replacing old hardwood floors because you may not like the finish, they could be refinished and then re-stained. Second, reclaimed lumber could be used to create barn doors, a dining room table, or statement wall. Leave it to the experts to determine if reclaimed wood is safe to use in your home.

8. Lively Tiles

backsplashKitchen remodel in Bayway Isles, St. Petersburg, FL – Glass and Slate Series backsplash

Enthusiastic tiles will begin to spread throughout the home in 2016. Not only will we see these bright and intricate tiles in kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, we will see them as flooring and for fireplace mantles.

Did we miss your favorite home design trend? Let us know! And stay tuned for next week’s blog when the Strobel Design Build experts share about their trip to the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas!