Kitchen of the week embraces smart storage
Thanks to its creative handling of storage space, Charlotte-area custom home builder New Old, LLC gained the national kitchen of the week spotlight at Cultivate.com for the week of June 26 – July 3.
Homeowner, designer and builder Mary Ludemann was responsible for the innovative storage ideas that initially caught the site’s attention. Ludemann’s team whipped up a cottage kitchen layout out of a basic tract home design, showcasing New Old’s innovative approach to remodeling.
"I wanted to incorporate vintage details but focus on function and storage so the kitchen would meet my family’s needs, and I think we accomplished that," she said.
Cultivate.com is an kitchen inspiration site produced by Williams-Sonoma.
NRF, NLBMDA weigh in on ACA Employer Mandate delay
The Department of Treasury has decided to delay much-contested employer provisions of the Affordable Care Act until Jan. 1, 2015, giving businesses more time to adjust to the requirements without incurring penalties. As a result of the delay, businesses with greater than 50 employees will have one more year before the coverage mandate kicks in, by which time the administration intends to streamline reporting requirements. Reactions, which were plentiful, ranged from gratitude to criticism.
The National Retail Federation issued a statement from VP and employee benefits policy counsel Neil Trautwein applauding the administration’s decision.
"We commend the Administration’s wise move to delay the employer reporting and penalty obligations under the Affordable Care Act," said Trautwein. "This one year delay will provide employers and businesses more time to update their health care coverage without arbitrary punishment."
Meanwhile, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association expressed concern that the delay would foster greater confusion regarding individual penalties taking effect next year.
"If an employer is not required to provide coverage until 2015, how can you assess penalties on individuals if they do not have coverage?" said a statement issued by NLBMDA. "And in that case, you are asking for complications if you "waive" the penalty for individuals who work for a large employer but not for other individuals."
The NRF had previously advocated for this delay in the interest of protecting small business owners and creating greater flexibility in the community.
Obituary: Frank Denny
Frank Denny, a home center retailing pioneer, died July 2.
Credited for creating a sort of industry standard for warehouse home centers, Denny was president of W.R. Grace and Co.’s home center division. When Kmart bought Home Centers of America in 1984, Denny was tapped to oversee its expansion under the brand name Builders Square.
A message from Denny’s family said he died Monday morning, "after the usual tough fight he was known for throughout his career." He was 79.
According to a 1981 article in National Home Center News (the forerunner of HCN), Denny was described as "one of a handful of home center industry founders." He graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and in 1958 moved to California, where he bought close-out lots of lumber for a discount outlet called Angels. Three years later, he became a partner of the company.
He later helped convert an El Paso lumber yard into what became the Cashway Home Improvement chain.