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Explore Your Dream Kitchen - Virginia Tech Campus - Blacksburg, VA
August 6-8, 2008General Information

Workshop Overview
Learn about planning and designing a kitchen that really meets your needs! The Center for Real Life Kitchen Design has six complete kitchens, with a wide variety of designs, products, materials, and technologies. You will explore and experience the Center during this fun and interactive workshop. The workshop instructors are Virginia Tech faculty and experts in the fields of kitchen design, universal design, and home technologies.

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who are building or remodeling a kitchen.
  • People who want to learn more about the basics of kitchen design and new products.

Benefits of Attending
Explore and experience the latest ideas in design, materials, and technology in the Center for Real Life Kitchen Design as you learn:

  • To plan a kitchen that meets the needs of you and your family.
  • About the principles of a well-designed kitchen.
  • About new technologies in the home and the latest in kitchen appliances.
  • To plan a universally-designed kitchen to meet changing needs and abilities.
  • To plan a kitchen that is a safe and healthy part of your home.
  • About new products and materials

The Center for Real Life Kitchen Design
The Center for Real Life Kitchen Design in Wallace Hall on the Virginia Tech campus was opened in the fall of 1998 in a collaborative effort by both the university and the kitchen industry and is the first of its kind in the nation. The Center re-opened last spring after extensive renovations and upgrades.

The Center is made up of six fully operational and very different kitchens. It is not only used by university students, but also for training and continuing education for consumers and industry professionals. As opposed to solely learning by lecture in the traditional classroom, the Center provides a truly hands-on experience.

The six kitchens represent various price levels and space designs, and they also reflect the diversity of the family unit today. The kitchens illustrate how to accommodate a kitchen to young children, the elderly, and the disabled.

Contributors to the Center include American Woodmark, Ann Sacks Tile, Bosch, Broan, GE Appliances, CaesarStone, DuPont,Corian, CWP Cabinetry, Custom Kitchens Inc., Dacor, Forbo Flooring, Hafele, Home Depot, Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex, Inc., In-SinkErator, Whirlpool Corporation, Kohler, LesCare, Maytag, Merillat Industries Inc., Miele, Plain and Fancy Custom Cabinets, Reico Distributors Inc., Sharp Electronics, Sterling Plumbing Group Inc., Sub-Zero/Wolf, Wilsonart, and Wolf, Dee David & Co., E.A. Holsten, Inc., Liberty Hardware, Massanutten Marble & Granite.

You will not realize how much fun you can have in a kitchen until you come and see for yourself. The Center for Real Life Kitchen Design is a very unique experience that amazes everyone that walks through the door!

Photo of Kitchen

For More Information:
For more information, please contact JoAnn Emmel, Department of Apparel, Housing & Resource Management, Virginia Tech at 540-231-9259; email:

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