Pockets of the United States are suffering from the effects of the recession, but there are some areas where the kitchen and bath industry are actually growing.Î¾ The president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association is Suzie Williford, with Houston-based Kiva Kitchen & Bath.
"You know, the one beauty about the kitchen and bath industry is the fact that even when new construction is down, remodeling is generally up.Î¾ And so the first thing that people remodel in their homes is either their kitchen or their bath.Î¾ We still have a good amount of business in new construction.Î¾ We're finishing a lot of things that were going on and then a lot of builders, what they're doing, is they're not building as many, but they're still building."
Williford has experienced downturns more than once over the years.Î¾ She says it's a good time to evaluate your business.
"Sales hide a lot of sins.Î¾ So as business is really good, you start accumulating things that you really don't need to have and you pay for things that, if you were really being more cost-conscious and trying to be more responsible with your expenditures, you wouldn't be spending.Î¾ And so you take this time to prune your business and get it ready for the spring and really do a good job of getting more efficient.Î¾ Then when it starts to come back — and of course, it's always cyclical, it will come back — then you're in a much better position for growth when it does come back."
Williford says Houston is still one of the top ten places to build.Î¾ The National Kitchen and Bath Association consists of 74 chapters and subchapters in the U.S. and Canada with some 40,000 members.Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.