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Planning for a Kitchen Remodel

 

Once you’ve decided to undertake a kitchen remodel, that’s when the fun begins. It’s time for your dreams to become reality. So do you know what you really want from your new kitchen? And do you know who you want to do the work?

Before talking to a contractor or designer, it’s a good idea to have an idea of what you want or need most from the remodel. Is this purely an aesthetic change that you’re desiring? Or do you need more storage space? Does the configuration work for your family? Or does the kitchen need to be larger? It’s important to answer these high level questions before you get into details like colors, tile preferences and even appliances.

Once you have clarity around these big questions, you’ll need to hire a contractor or a designer. Often times, contractors have a designer that they prefer to work with, and likewise a designer may have a contractor that he or she trust implicitly. So if you know a contractor or a designer that you love, go with the person you know and they can work with you to find the right professional to supplement the team.

Next, let’s be real, it’s just smart to set aside a “Surprise Fund” for unexpected issues during the remodel. If you find mold, or worse, a pipe bursts, that’s going to be extra money out of your pocket. While it’s hard to find extra money for these situations, it’s better to have at least a small rainy-day fund than none at all.

Last but not least, determining the best time of the year for your kitchen remodel can make all the difference in the world in how smoothly and quickly the project will proceed. Do you plan to take a long vacation this summer? Would it be better to take this on during the school year or when the kids are out for summer? Are you expecting a child? Do you know your work is going to be crazy during a certain season? Do you have a deadline because of a special event like the holidays, an anniversary or wedding?

You are the only person who can answer these questions, that’s why it’s good to discuss them with contractor or designer so you can create a timeline that works well for everyone.

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Remodeling Your Kitchen 

 

Who doesn’t love a freshly painted, shiny new kitchen with gorgeous new appliances? No one! That’s why it’s one of the most bang-for-your-buck renovations a homeowner can undertake. If you’re considering remodeling in 2018, you’re not alone. As you start dreaming about that kitchen you’ve always wanted, it’s smart to begin planning a budget as well.

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the national average that homeowners are paying in 2018 for kitchen remodel is $21,988, based on broader range of $12,000 to $33,000. That said, the website reports that remodels sometimes run as low as $4,000 or as high as $50,000, depending on a variety of factors, from size of kitchen and cost of materials to scope of project and potential design fees.

A lower end remodel may include the basics, including resurfacing or custom painting cabinets, installing a tile backsplash and new sink and faucets while a higher end remodel may also encompass new high-end appliances, granite or marble counter tops, custom cabinetry and tile or hardwood flooring.

As you begin budgeting for your new kitchen, below are a list of line items for you to consider:

  • Flooring
  • Paint
  • Appliances
  • Lighting
  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Backsplash
  • Sink / Faucet
  • Island/Bar
  • Plumbing
  • Electric
  • Gas Lines
  • Chairs/Table
  • Design Fees

While some people get excited about all the possibilities and love to do the work themselves, you may be someone who doesn’t have the time to deal with narrowing down 20 types of granite or 10 types of flooring. If you need someone to run the show or if you are overwhelmed with the scope of the project, hiring an interior designer may be a good option.

An interior designer’s job is not just to help design the kitchen you want, it’s also to coordinate the project’s timeline and manage subcontractors. Granted, it’s another expense, but the reality is that they can save you a tremendous amount of time and energy – and sometimes even money.

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2018 Bathroom Trends – Part Two

 

If you want to add some texture and dimension to your bathroom, you’re going to love 2018. Grab a pen and paper or just bookmark this link, because 2018 just delivered all kinds of options for your bathroom design that will make this room your favorite.

Concrete and Marble. For so many years, granite has been king. But 2018 is ringing in the new year with new surface options that may be ending granite’s reign. Concrete has been moving into kitchen designs for several years, and now it’s making a successful debut in bathrooms. From walls to sinks to tubs, it’s an interesting option that brings depth and texture. And while it’s no secret marble has and always will be a classic choice, 2018 ushers in a new era for this well-loved material. Be prepared to find thick, weighty marble slabs used as entire bathroom walls and in showers, taking this well-loved material in an exciting new direction.

Metal Framed Showers. Industrial elements have been and will continue to be an influence in home design. And this year, it’s bringing a new flair to trendy bathrooms with metal framed showers. The metal frames overlaying the shower glass replicate the window pane illusion that is not only attractive but also brings texture and depth.

Hand Carved Stone Sinks. Who doesn’t love a vessel sink? This year, designers are taking it up a notch with hand-carved stone vessel sinks that are practical, yet make a powerful statement. With a broad spectrum of different types of stone, finding a style that speaks to you will be a cinch. Have fun with this one.

Tile … Pattern, Color, Texture. While tiles have had a place in American bathrooms for years, 2018’s patterns, colors and textures, take this design element to a new level. This year, you’ll begin seeing tile patterns full of intrigue, bright colors and textures galore.

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2018 Bathroom Design Trends

With each new year comes a round of new design trends for consumers to embrace. If you’re looking for a few ways to upgrade your bathroom, whether you’re planning to sell your home, or you just want to change things up a bit, this blog series is for you. To learn what 2018 holds with regard to bathroom design, read on.

Monochromatic colors? Yes please. Are you someone who has a hard time determining what colors to mix for an attractive room palette? Worry no more. Design on a single color and choose varying shades to use in your bathroom and you’re on trend. From white to indigo blue to gray, go grab some paint chips-your life just got easier.

Bring on the Color. While monochromatic color is in, so is color itself. While there will always be those who enjoy the subtlety of organic tones, 2018 has arrived giving those who love bright, colorful baths and even kitchen permission to give it a go. Green, indigo, orange, yellow? whatever your pleasure, grab that paint brush and get to it

Stand-alone tubs? Perhaps the days of claw foot tubs are not completely back, but they’re getting pretty close. Stand-alone and sunken tubs are the way homeowners are creating a spa-like environment in their own homes. Whether in the bathroom or in the master bedroom, you’ll begin finding stand-alone tubs creeping back into homes this year.

Black is back. So brass managed to make a come-back, and now black fixtures have too. Especially with the monochromatic trend in play, black fixtures add a nice crisp pop and contrast to keep things interesting.

Ledge storage for the win. While storage has been making a comeback for a while, the ledge storage that we’ve all been using to lean photos and artwork on in our living rooms and bedrooms has made its way to the bathroom. Install it over your sink or toilet, whatever you please. But more storage options are reason to be excited.

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Help for Your Holiday Water Bill

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the holiday countdown has begun. And like many families, you may be hosting several friends or family members over the next several weeks. While your preparation list likely includes gifts, food and cleaning, have you prepared to absorb the additional water expense that comes with extended house guests?

If your answer is “no”, you’re not alone. With all the activities happening at this time of year, homeowners rarely think about ways to save money on utility bills – until they receive them in the mail or their inbox in January. The fact is that extra guests mean an extra demand on your plumbing system and in your hot water needs, resulting in a greater impact on your wallet

To help you get through this holiday without a whopper of a water bill, here are just a few things you can do right now to save you money.

If you don’t have them already, you may want to consider installing low-flow plumbing fixtures. They can be a great asset in slowing down the water flow in your home. These nifty fixtures use a special high pressure technique that creates a flow that is equal to or greater than the flow on traditional flow faucets but using less water. You can find low-flow shower heads, toilets and faucets at your local hardware store.

Did you know you can buy a blanket for your water heater? To keep your water heater insulated and your water warm longer, stop by your local home improvement store and ask for an insulated blanket for your water heater. These are made especially for your water heater and can make sure all of your guests have a warm shower in addition to saving you money this holiday season.

With more guests comes more laundry. When doing laundry, especially guests’ towels and sheets, make sure you have a full load and that your water level matches the size of your load.

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Cleaning Your Fireplace

So cold weather has finally arrived. That means you can now curl up with a warm cup of java in front of your fireplace for a little R&R. Before you do though, there are a few tasks you’ll need to complete to ensure that your fireplace is in good working order. For a wood burning fireplace that means something entirely different than for a gas fireplace.

First and foremost, ask yourself what type of wood you’re burning. Properly seasoned wood that has been stored dry is the best and safest choice. Why? Dirty wood can escalate the potential for the buildup of a chemical called creosote that is often a primary cause of chimney fires.

If you’re burning good wood, now you can get down to business – and get dirty. If you haven’t cleaned the ashes from last season, grab a bag, and a small spade. You’ll need to shovel the ashes into the bag and throw them away. Whatever ashes are left can be vacuumed up.

If you have any buildup of smoke or soot that’s evident around the frame of your fireplace, you’ll need to grab some gloves, a good stiff brush and some masonry cleaner. Typically, build up is caused by a clogged flue, or maybe you forgot to open the damper once or twice. Oops!

Last but not least, if you use your fireplace regularly each year, having a professional chimney sweep inspect and clean it each year is money well spent. The reality is that soot and creosote can build up quickly and easily – and both are culprits for chimney fires. In addition, a good chimney sweep will find potential cracks in your chimney wall are a danger to you and your home.

What about gas fireplaces? The good news is that gas fireplaces are much lower maintenance than wood-burning fireplaces. However, it’s still important to have them regularly cleaned and inspected. You can clean the glass doors with a good household glass cleaner and use a hand vacuum to clean up any trash or debris around your heat exchanger (if your model has one). In addition, having a professional check your pilot light every other year is a good practice.

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Teaching Your Children To Use Toilet Paper

When it comes to toilet paper, a little good judgement goes a long way. While most adults have a sense of how much is too much, young children can have a harder time discerning the proper amount of toilet paper to use.

Thankfully toilet paper isn’t that expensive, but using too much can add up over time. To make matters worse, too much toilet paper can lead to problems like clogged and overflowing toilets. It can also create bigger problems for your septic system down the road which can mean costly repairs.

To help teach your child the finer points of toilet paper use, consider trying one of the following tactics.

Count the squares. This one is pretty straightforward. Determine a number of toilet paper squares that you and your child decide is appropriate and let them count out the squares and then tear them off.

Draw a line/Mark the Spot. This is as easy as it gets. Take a pencil and simply draw a line on the wall under the toilet paper roll to show your child how far to pull the toilet paper out. When they reach the line, tear the toilet paper. If you prefer, you can mark the spot with a small arrow sticker.

Make a measuring ribbon. This one takes a little more time, but it is probably the most aesthetically pleasing. Either purchase an attractive ribbon, or find one that you have at home. Measure the length that represents the number of paper squares that you’ve agreed on and cut the ribbon, leaving about an inch to an inch and a half extra on each end. Then affix the ribbon to the toilet roll holder and slip a small bead on the opposite end of the ribbon to add some weight. Finally, tie a knot adjacent to the bead and let the ribbon hang. Voila!

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Holiday Home Prep (Part 4): Electrical Systems

As you prepare for holiday house guests, it’s important to remember your home’s electrical systems. Carving out some time to ensure all your systems are functioning safely and properly can mean a more comfortable visit for your friends and family.

Furnace Check Up. If you haven’t already done it, schedule your annual furnace check up with your local heating and air service provider. Once complete, you can enjoy your guests with confidence, knowing you’ll be warm and toasty as you sip your mulled cider this holiday season. In addition, take a few minutes before they arrive to change your air filters, especially if family members or friends staying with you have allergies.

Lamps and light fixtures. Do you have any bulbs out? Or maybe a switch that’s not working correctly? Take some time to fix these so that you and your guests aren’t bothered by unnecessary dark corners or closets.

Child-Proofing Outlets. If you guest list includes small children, make sure that you’ve gone through your home to child-proof your home as much as possible. While no home is completely child-proof, a handful of safety plugs for your electric outlets and rearranging furniture to avoid easy climbing are small tasks that your guests will be ever grateful for when they arrive.

Fire/Carbon Monoxide Alarms. With the holidays come flickering candles, fires in the fireplace and cold weather that requires cranking up the heater. And while all of these are simple pleasures, they can bring dangers if not monitored properly. If you’ve been meaning to get those carbon monoxide detectors and just haven’t done it yet, put it on your to-do list and make it happen.

Also, grab extra batteries for your fire alarms and schedule some time this weekend to test and replace batteries to ensure your alarms are fully functioning. (Daylight Savings is this Sunday, Nov 5, and is a good time to schedule alarm checks and battery replacements).

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Home Holiday Prep: Your Plumbing System (Part 3)

 

So your kitchen appliances are ready to roll when guests arrive next month. What’s next? Your plumbing system. The reality is that with additional guests in your home, your plumbing system will endure added stress during the holidays. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure a problem-free holiday.

Toilets. Have your toilets been flushing slower than normal? Have you noticed an atypical odor or slight wetness around the base? These are signs that there may be trouble on the way. Have your toilet, pipes and system thoroughly inspected immediately. In addition, if you have a toilet handle or small issue that needs repairing, now’s the time to take care of those issues.

Sinks. If you have a slow draining sink, it may be as simple as a hair clog, but it may be more complicated. You can pull out the drain to see for yourself or have a professional inspect it for you.

Garbage Disposal. If not properly maintained, your home’s disposal can be a source of serious plumbing problems, not to mention an unpleasant odor. Especially during the holidays monitor what you are putting into your disposal. No-no’s include bones, celery, coffee grounds, egg shells, fruit pits, grease, pasta and potato peels.

Ice Maker. It’s never a bad idea to dump your ice maker and give the ice bin a good cleaning. Just make sure it’s rinsed thoroughly before returning it to your freezer.  As it reloads, monitor it to make sure it’s loading properly and in a timely manner. If it’s slow or not functioning properly, you’ll need to do some investigating (or have a professional do it for you) to find the source of the problem. You can never have too much ice with several guests in your home!

Tubs/Showers. With multiple guests come multiple showers. Carve out some time to clean your shower heads and inspect it for clogged holes. And while you’re there, unscrew the drain cover and inspect your drain for unwanted debris, including hair.

Once you’re done, your home will be closer to providing a stress-free holiday season (at least with regard to your plumbing) for you and your guests.

 

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Home Holiday Prep: The Kitchen (Part 2)

 

Now that you have the big picture with regard to preparing for your house for the holidays, get your pencil and paper out. Below are some helpful tips for inspecting those appliances.

Refrigerator/Freezer. Besides your oven, what will be the most used appliance in your home in the next couple of months? You guessed it. Your refrigerator/freezer. The best advice comes from the experts at Popular Mechanics magazine, who recommend tightening screws on door handles, fixing loose or misaligned door gaskets and repositioning food in your refrigerator and freezer around the cold air and freezer vents. And while you’re there, inspect the freezer vent to be sure it isn’t blocked with ice. Next, replace bulbs where needed – you’re going to want to be able to find what you’re looking for in that full refrigerator!!

Oven. Unless you plan to clean your oven in the next week or two for the holidays, you may want to wait until the New Year. Why? While your oven’s self-cleaning feature is convenient, it is also very taxing on your oven. With the amount of cooking that you’ll be doing, combined with a self-cleaning run before, it can be too much for your oven, resulting in a complete shut down. Something you definitely don’t want on Thanksgiving Eve.

If you’re desperate, the alternative would be to clean your oven old-school style and save the self-cleaning option for after the holidays.

Dishwasher. Check your drain to remove any debris, be it paper, glass or food particles that have gotten lodged there. And any dishwasher will benefit from a good wipe down. Run a damp cloth over the key players: the door gasket and outside of the dishwasher as well as the spray arm and the dishwasher tub.

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