Monday, June 22, 2009

Knickerbocker Group... on the magazine stands!

From design consultations to award-winning kitchens to green building, we are very excited to share some of our recent publications:

  • Better Homes and Gardens: Kitchen Makeovers, Spring 2009 issue - the article "Map for Success" highlights how a do-it-yourself couple turned to an expert (Knickerbocker Group's Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer Elaine Murdoch) to give their old kitchen a new look on a budget.

  • American Builders Quarterly, Summer 2009 issue - the Custom Residential editorial profile of Knickerbocker Group includes an in-depth interview with members of our design-build team: architect Rick Nelson and construction manager Marcus Golding. They cite relationships and technology as two keys to our success, and also share insights and examples of our approach to building performance. View the article on-line at:
  • Maine Home + Design, May 2009 issue - "Now We're Cooking", highlights the transformation of unworkable kitchens into beautiful spaces with a photographic overview of winners in the "Ugly Kitchen Contest: Before & After." The article details Elaine Murdoch's design, which took the Grand Prize, Best Overall. The award-winning kitchen, which was part of a larger renovation project overseen by construction manager Fred Lilly, features the stunning custom cabinetry of Knickerbocker Group cabinetmaker Walter Shea. For more details and photographs, see the 2/26/09 post:
  • Maine Home + Design, July 2009 issue - "The Drawing Board" features architect Rick Nelson's green home Sonne Ledge. For construction photos and highlights of energy and material efficient features utilized in construction of the building envelope, visit the Sonne Ledge page:

Click on photo above to enlarge and read the article. If you would like to receive more information on any of these projects, please contact us at

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Maine Downtown Conference

On Friday, June 5, Knickerbocker Group attended the Maine Downtown Conference in Rockland. It was organized by the Maine Development Foundation and provided a day full of information, ideas and networking.

The real message of the day was “THIS PLACE MATTERS” and for all of us to consider, more often than not, supporting local businesses. One group presenting information provided the following thoughts on why we should do this:

  • Keep dollars in our community: For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding our tax base.
  • Embrace what makes the Boothbay Region unique: Our one-of-a-kind shops, unique ‘neighborhoods,’ our maritime heritage and amazing artist community.
  • Foster local job creation: WE provide better wages and benefits than national chains!
  • Help the environment: Walkable neighborhood/business districts are a win-win. Leverage our ‘trails’ and think green.
  • Nurture Community: Our businesses contribute nearly DOUBLE that of chains to charitable causes, as a percentage of our revenues, and our owners and employees are so accessible for advocating causes.
  • Conserve our tax dollars: We require less public infrastructure-less sprawl requires less roadwork and police services.
  • Benefit from Local Owner’s Expertise: There is a knowledge, passion and pride for the products made or sold by a local owner that is unmatched by employees and managers of national chains. We also like to GET TO KNOW our customers.
  • Preserve entrepreneurship: Small businesses fuel the national economy and are a real-life inspiration to young people. Let’s show them they can and should STAY IN MAINE.
  • Ensure the Boothbay Region stands out from the crowd: Let’s continue to place a high value on our individuality and distinctive character!
For more information about the programs and initiative of the Maine Development Foundation, please visit

Expertise in Kitchen and Bath Design

We are pleased to announce that Elaine Murdoch of the Knickerbocker Group has earned certification as a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the leading trade association for the kitchen and bath industry. This is the highest level of achievement offered by the NKBA, and less than 200 designers across the country have attained this distinction.

The CMKBD certification recognizes a professional’s extraordinary achievement as an exemplary designer and utmost dedication to the kitchen and bath industry. The premiere hallmark for kitchen and bath professionals, NKBA Certification is based on written examinations and extensive industry experience. The CMKBD must possess both their Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and Certified Bathroom Designer (CBD) certifications, as well as a minimum of 17 years of industry experience. Additionally, a CMKBD must successfully complete 100 NKBA Education hours and submit three examples of design excellence by third party endorsement.

This combination of experience and education ensures that Elaine is an authority on the design, planning and execution of residential kitchens and bathrooms, and possesses advanced knowledge of technical and personal communication skills required to succeed as a design specialist.

For more information, please contact Elaine Murdoch, CMKBD, at 207-633-3818.

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 since 1963. 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.