Home Design

004: Konnected Living with Kohler – with Jason Keller

004: Konnected Living with Kohler – with Jason Keller

“When we innovate, it’s not just in design, it’s not just in the technology—it’s in the installation, it’s in how we service it, as well as the user experience.” — Jason Keller

Welcome to New Home Made Simple, where Cyndie Roche and her team of home building experts make everything about buying and building a new home make sense. Cyndie is a 25-year veteran of the home building and real estate industries. Join us as she breaks down the ins and outs of making sure you get what you want when you build your next home.

On today’s episode, Cyndie talk to Jason Keller, Sr. Channel Manager, KOHLER Faucets Marketing at Kohler Co. Jason is the guru of marketing at Kohler, and he’s worked for Kohler for the majority of his career; bouncing around between different businesses and departments, learning the ins and outs of every aspect of the business. He joins the podcast today to introduce the Kohler Konnect line of smart home products and talk about how consumers can integrate them into their new homes, or add them to their existing homes.

● Kohler’s history: Started in 1873—it’s still a family-owned, family-managed company
● The story of the creation of Kohler’s first bathtub (an enameled horse trough), and selling it for a cow and 14 chickens
● The joys of visiting the towns of Kohler, WI and Sheboygan, WI
● Kohler’s mission—Gracious Living: to extend or enhance the level of gracious living for anyone who encounters their products or services
○ Creating products that cause people to smile
● The Kohler Pillars:
○ Innovation
○ Design
○ Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Practices
○ Health & Wellbeing of the User
● Kohler Businesses: Kitchen & Bath, Power, Decorative Products, Hospitality
● The Kohler Konnect Lab; designing and building technology-integrated home products
● The power of taking complicated ideas and making them simple
● “New KOHLER® Konnect™ Smart Home Products” (The YouTube video played during the episode)
● DTV Digital Showers; set the precise temperature & duration, and have the shower remember the settings
○ Faster and easier to plumb than traditional options
● Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror
● Integrating with Amazon Alexa for voice control
● Introducing Kohler Konnect at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
● Kohler is the first company to offer a total-room smart-plumbing bathroom solution
● A clean, safe interface: no wires, built to handle steam and still be safe
● Saving time without having to sacrifice the experiences we appreciate the most
● Adding an amazing layer of convenience to everyday life
● Tracking water usage with Kohler touchless kitchen faucets
● Filling a glass, coffee pot, or sink via voice command
● Kohler will also offer the same products without Alexa or other voice assistants
● Kohler Smart Home products are also excellent replacement/remodel options
● All products should be available within the next few months, with more to come in the future
● Kohler challenged smart device companies to figure out how their programs could be integrated into Kohler’s products
● Want to register to win free Kohler Smart Home products in our Kohler Giveaway? Stay tuned for news about the upcoming grand opening of the Payne Family Homes NEW DESIGN CENTER. Email onlineconsultant@paynefamilyhomes.com, call or text 314-477-1218 for more information.

003: 2018 St Jude Dream Home – with Designer Michael Moloney

003: 2018 St. Jude Dream Home – with Designer Michael Moloney

“I got involved with [St. Jude] Dream Home because… when I was on Extreme Makeover, we did great things for families that needed it… and I missed doing it.” — Michael Moloney

Welcome to New Home Made Simple, where Cyndie Roche and her team of home building experts make everything about buying and building a new home make sense. Cyndie is a 25-year veteran of the home building and real estate industries. Join us as she breaks down the ins and outs of making sure you get what you want when you build your next home.

To celebrate the launch of the 2018 St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home, Cyndie talks with Celebrity Designer and St. Jude Ambassador, Michael Moloney, about how he first got involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Michael shares the joy he gets from working on projects that helps families and kids in need, and some simple tips that allow him to design his signature Mystery Suites using products and materials anyone can buy.

They discuss:

● Michael was the interior designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
● He shares the joy he took from making a difference for families that needed help
● Connecting with De Young Properties through Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and working with them on a St. Jude Dream Home
● Michael’s desire to keep doing work that helped families in need
● Initially being asked to design the entire home
● Becoming St. Jude’s Design Ambassador
● Creating Michael’s Mystery Suites for 3 years running
● Combining Michael’s favorite things: Design & Giving Back
● Working with builder’s design teams and Stash Home and Ashley Furniture
● Michael’s design process
● The St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home Music Video
● The importance of having fun
● Tickets to win are sold for $100 — a 1:10,000 chance of winning
● Lots of other great prizes as well
● The St. Louis St. Jude Dream Home is 100% donated, thanks to the amazing generosity of the trade partners who work on the home
● St. Louis has donated a 100% zero-cost home for 5 years in a row — the only such streak in the nation
● Michael shares the theme of his Mystery Suite
● Shopping at regular stores, creating a theme using products and material that everyone has access to
● There are no palm trees in St. Louis
● The value of ordering ahead
Buy a ticket! Help the kids at St. Jude

000: About New Home Made Simple with Cyndie Roche and Danielle Moss


Welcome to New Home Made Simple!

“We know that better information leads to better decisions.” — Cyndie Roche

New Home Made Simple is a podcast where Cyndie Roche and her team of experts make everything about buying and building a new home make sense. Cyndie is a 25-year veteran of the home building and real estate industries. Join us as she breaks down the ins and outs of making sure you get what you want when you build your next home.

On today’s episode, Cyndie sits down with Danielle Moss and they talk about their professional backgrounds, what led them to home building, the shape and structure of the show, and how you can join our fast growing community and get in touch with industry professionals who can help you with any questions you may have.

We discuss:

  • How better information leads to better decisions:
    • As Cyndie’s Dad used to say: “You can’t know whatcha don’t know.”
  • Cyndie’s background in the home building industry: building, lending, buying, and selling new homes. She grew up around homebuilding as the daughter of an electrical contractor and plumber
  • Danielle Moss’ background: The daughter of a carpenter, Danielle’s interior design classes in high school quickly led to working in new home construction
  • How the show works: We talk to industry professionals and they share their wisdom on a particular area of expertise
  • All the channels where you can find our podcast or other awesome insights: video, podcast, blog, website, and our monthly TV segment

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