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October is National Kitchen and Bath Month

Ventura County, CA (October 19, 2008) – October is National Kitchen and Bath Month. In its honor, the Central Coast and Valleys chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is hosting their 3rd annual Tour of Kitchens. This self-guided tour features 9 homes that have been recently remodeled in Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. The tour will occur on Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 10 am to 5 pm.

This year’s tour will be the largest to date and will feature kitchens that vary in square footage, but are huge in their level of detail. “This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in seeing the latest trends in kitchen design as they appear in an actual home,” states Ronni Fryman, Chairperson of this year’s tour. “The designers who created each space will be present to answer questions and show the “before” pictures of the projects. I urge anyone interested in interior design to visit the tour – whether you’re planning on remodeling in the future or not.”

9 Homes on the Tour: A Sneak Preview

1. Surf’s Up, Ventura: Interior walls were removed from a 1950s tract home that was remodeled to create a gathering space that has easy access to the outdoors. Dad’s love of the ocean is very evident with its surfboard-influenced countertop.

2. Traditionally Yours, Ventura: The kitchen, laundry room, family room and formal dining rooms were all remodeled in a look that’s casual yet elegant.

3. On the Edge, Ventura: Currently featured in two national magazines, this remodeled 1950s kitchen features an interesting mix of textures and patterns to create a young and hip contemporary kitchen. Be sure to check out the remodeled “man cave” of a garage too!

4. Leaping Lizards, Camarillo: A cottage-influenced remodel chock-full of personality … and items with lizard motifs. You’ll be allowed to conduct your own lizard hunt in the kitchen and the master suite.

5. Taste of Tuscany, Camarillo: A Santa Rosa Valley home that showcases not only a delightful Tuscan kitchen, but a sumptuous master suite remodel as well.

6. Details, Details, Thousand Oaks: While drop-dead gorgeous at first glance, be sure to open up the cabinets to discover the real beauty of this kitchen: a plethora of innovative storage solutions.

7. Designer Perfect, Westlake Village: This home exudes refined elegance with its delicate mix of materials. Your eye will find delight at everything it comes upon in this traditional abode.

8. French ooh-la-la Kitchen, Westlake Village: Take a side trip to France and experience this home’s warm touches, including an amazing French range.

9. Vintage Elegance, Agoura Hills: While beautiful finishes enhance the kitchen and the family room’s wine bar, custom features such as a mantle-style hood, built-in bookcases and a furniture-style island transform this home from tract to terrific.

The Tour of Kitchens’ projects may be reviewed on the NKBA-CCV’s website this year and tickets for the event may also be ordered online. Tickets are $20 for advance sales and $25 on the day of the tour. For more information, please go to

A portion of the proceeds from the tour will benefit HomeAid of Los Angeles/Ventura.

Since 1989, HomeAid has provided housing for more than 73,000 temporarily homeless individuals. Through the generosity of builders and their trade partners, HomeAid builds multi-unit housing for this population, and then donates the housing to charities such as Boys Hope/Girls Hope, Mercy House, Salvation Army and others to operate. These charities provide social services that enable residents to move beyond their temporary situation and transform their lives.

About HomeAid

The Los Angles/Ventura chapter of HomeAid is best-known for their Project Playhouse. Builders donate elaborate playhouses for an exhibit at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks (which will run from September 13 through October 19 this year). The playhouses are open for a tour before they are auctioned off to the highest bidder. For more information, visit

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. With over 40,000 members and growing, the NKBA owns the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS). The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry. For more information, visit

*****Attention Journalists:

High-resolution images exclusively for editorial use are available. Contact Ronni Fryman at for a disc or to provide FTP site information. Designers and homeowners are also available for interviews.




Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

2 thoughts on “October is National Kitchen and Bath Month

  1. I believe HGTV Network began Dec 30, 1994. The idea of a “Man Cave” has been around far longer than HGTV. Since, lets’ say forever, men have always had the inclination to carve out a space for themselves.

    Bravo to the Man Cave.
    Manly web site. Thanks for sharing.


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