Greater Houston Builders’ Association Garage Sale Success


Earlier this summer we shared some information with you on our blog, about the Greater Houston Builders’ Association (GHBA). Cabinets & Designs’ President Maria Frank was elected to the GHBA Remodelers’ Council as the Education Committee Chairperson. In this role, Maria promotes the GHBA/NAHB education programs as she works alongside GHBA’s Director of Education.

“I’m proud to work with the GHBA Remodeler’s Council and all of its members,” said Maria. “I love how involved they are in their community, and the many volunteer projects they take part in. It’s not just a few people doing everything; everyone gets involved and I believe that speaks highly of the Council and all of its members”.

In addition to her work on the Education Committee, Maria also sits on the Garage Sale committee. Each year the GHBA holds a garage sale, and the proceeds are used to fund the Remodelers’ Council annual charity projects with non-profit organizations. The 2013 GHBA Garage Sale was held on September 21st & 22nd at Reliant Center, and we are pleased to announce that it was a success! The official amount raised for 2013 is $30,034.63—that’s up from about $18,000 in 2012! Thanks to everyone who made the Garage Sale such a smashing success; we had over thirty remodelers and thirty associate members who participated, while fifty companies donated goods to sell. The annual garage sale takes a lot of manpower, and a great deal of organization, and we are so grateful to everyone who helped!

New at Cabinets & Designs: Jeffrey Alexander Bath

Cabinets & Designs is excited to announce a new brand has come to our showroom floor: Jeffrey Alexander Bath! Jeffrey Alexander Bath—a brand by Hardware Resources—includes pieces featuring beautiful wood veneers and a variety of distinctive styles. The rich finishes are the result of a multi-layer hand finishing process, and colors are chosen to coordinate with multiple design schemes. Review a selection of finish swatches to determine which look is right for your home.

Jeffrey Alexander vanity cabinet countertops are solid granite, marble, or porcelain and no composites or fillers are used. The solid, furniture-style construction of JA products results in a beautiful, long-lasting product you will enjoy for years to come. Jeffrey Alexander products are assembled with solid, furniture-style construction with high-quality wood materials to ensure longevity. All materials used in JA vanities meet the strict CARB2 certifications for bathroom vanities.

On top of the incredible selection of styles, and the beautiful overall look of Jeffrey Alexander Bath wood veneers and styles will add to your home, you can count on a fast delivery time as well; Jeffrey Alexander Bath products will be delivered to your home within days of placing your order, which means your remodeling timeline won’t be at risk!

Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, or transitional, consider Jeffrey Alexander Bath. Excellent construction, beautiful finishes, and a variety of styles and colors have earned them a place in our showroom, and we think it will earn them a place in your home. Stop in to learn more about our new styles from Jeffrey Alexander Bath.


Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer: About the CKBD Designation

Alphabet SoupBy now you have probably noticed the “alphabet soup” of designations behind the names of designers—including those on our own staff. Perhaps you have wondered what they mean, and why they are so important; how does one become a CMKBD or an AKBD, and why? Let’s take a closer look at these professional certifications.

For information on certifications and their requirements, we turn to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) website. In addition to getting certified, these designations require Continuing Education Units (CEU’S) every year to maintain these certifications. On their Certification Requirements page, they give a helpful breakdown—including definitions—of each of the eight designations they confer; here are three examples:

  • Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD): Requires two years of experience within the kitchen & bath industry, and 30 hours of NKBA professional development courses (or NKBA approved college coursework), as well as two professional affidavits and an AKBD academic exam.

  • Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD): A CKD (or a CKB) requires seven years of experience that include three years (min.) as a full-time residential kitchen/bath designer and four years of related industry experience, as well as 60 hours of NKBA professional development courses (or NKBA approved college coursework), two client references or professional affidavits, an AKBD academic exam, and CKD (or CBD) design exam.

  • Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD): A CMKBD requires ten years of kitchen and bath industry experience, in addition to experience demonstrated for the first certification, of which a minimum of five years is kitchen and bath design is required. It also requires 100 hours of NKBA professional development courses or NKBA approved college coursework, three examples of design excellence by third-party endorsement, and possession of both CKD and CBD certifications.

Maria Frank Continuing Education InvolvementNKBA professional certifications require hard work, dedication, and a passion for design. We are proud that our designers apply that dedication to their own professional development as well as the work they do for our clients. We know you will see the difference in our designs—stop in and see us at Cabinets & Designs today.

Cabinets & Designs Receives 2012 Wood-Mode Masters Dealer Award

Cabinets & Designs is honored to announce that we recently received the 2012 Master Award from Wood-Mode Incorporated. Wood-Mode’s most prestigious distinction, the Master Award, is offered to the twenty-five dealers with the highest combined Wood-Mode and Brookhaven sales. The Wood-Mode Banquet was hosted by Tom Steffan, and held Saturday, June 15th at Willie G’s Restaurant. Cabinets & Designs has proudly received this award many times over the years, and each time our sense of gratitude is renewed—to work with Wood-Mode is to work with the best.

In conjunction with receiving the Master Award in 2009, Cabinets & Designs was also bestowed another honor from Wood-Mode: the official designation of being a Wood-Mode Lifestyle Designs showroom.  This distinction is reserved for a small number of showrooms across the country, and remains a point of pride for us today. We invite you to visit and see for yourself the amazing variety of design and top-of-the-line craftsmanship that Wood-Mode can bring to your home renovation.

For 40 years, Cabinets & Designs has been a family-owned and operated business; a labor of love, started by Dave Steffan, Sr. who continues to be actively involved in all aspects of the business today. Dave’s daughter Maria Frank, and son, Dave Steffan, Jr., work to carry on the traditions he started when he founded the family business. When a designer joins our team, they join our family; we invite you to review our “family album” on our Meet Our Staff page.

The family-oriented nature of Cabinets & Designs has contributed to the close relationship we share with Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry. Working with other family-owned and operated businesses helps us extend to our customers the qualities we value: craftsmanship, honesty, environmental stewardship, and exceptional design.