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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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Keeping Your Drain Clog-Free (Part Two)

 

Let’s face it, no one likes to hear they have a clogged drain. But there’s good news. You can keep your drain clog free with just a little regular effort. Below are a few more ways to ensure you’re being smart when it comes to preventing drains from clogging and creating bigger plumbing issues down the road.

Remember that your toilet is not a trash can. Yes, today’s toilet’s do a great job of getting rid of whatever we put in them – at least temporarily. But if you’re putting your trash in them, it may come back to haunt you, literally. Things like wrappers, dental floss, paper towels, female hygiene items, etc. should not be flushed, ever. It’s that simple.

Collect your food waste. Whether you’re scraping your plates into the trash or a compost, your efforts will pay off – literally. If you can prevent food from even entering your sink, you are doing your drains and your bank account a huge favor. Keep up the good work.

Pour a little vinegar down the drain. Did you know that vinegar is a powerful cleaning agent? Further, it’s acetic acid makes it a great organic solvent, perfect for helping dissolve organic matter and build up in your drains. Just pour about a half a cup to a cup of vinegar down your drain, let it sit for 30 to 45 min and the run very hot water for a few minutes.

Pay attention if you have regular sewer backups. If you find that you are experiencing sewer backups every few years, you may need to have a professional take a closer look¾literally. Today’s plumbing professionals can send a camera down the line to see what the problem may be. Whether it’s tree roots or rotting pipes, this information is vital in making your entire plumbing system work more smoothly for years to come.

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Keeping Your Drain Clog-Free (Part One)

 

Preventative maintenance can go a long way in avoiding a clogged drain. And it can pay huge dividends down the road. Fortunately, it’s not that hard. There are just a few key things to remember when it comes to keeping your drain running freely.

Use drain-cleaning bacteria on a regular basis. The most common clogs are caused by organic matter like hair, grease and food. To break down this organic matter, bacteria-based drain cleaning products are one of your best choices. You can find these types of drain cleaners at your local hardware store.

Dump the grease in the trash or a jar. If you are ever tempted to pour that dirty cooking grease down the sink drain, don’t do it! Pouring grease down your pipes is one of the worst things you can do for your drains. When the grease is warm, it will run through your pipes but eventually it will cool and congeal. And wherever there is congealed grease, you have a trap for every other thing that runs by, creating a serious drain clog.

Stop the hair and food before it hits the drain. To keep hair and food from creating a clog, mesh screens designed and suited for kitchen sinks and tub or shower drains are available in most home improvement stores. Another option to consider is a drain stopper that includes a screen. These are made to replace the screw-in drain stoppers. These too can be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store.

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Plumbing Checklist for Homebuyers

 

Believe it or not, prime house buying season is just around the corner and many sellers are already sprucing up their homes to be sold. If you’re planning to buy a home this spring, you’re probably getting a few things in order as well.

While things like identifying a lender is a critical piece of the home buying process, there are a few seemingly smaller things that can make a big difference in your home buying success. For example, using a plumbing checklist for each home viewing is one item that can save you grief down the road.

Why? Because plumbing issues aren’t always obvious. But with a keen eye and a little bit of active observation, you’ll be able to glean a great deal about your future plumbing systems.

Flush Every Toilet in the Home. Listen for gurgling sounds, slow draining toilets and toilets that run too long.

Check the Pipes. Low water pressure is the last thing you want when you’re stepping into your morning shower. So make sure to check the size of each home’s pipes. Look for a minimum of ¾ inches from the water source to the home and a minimum of ½ inch to faucets.

Turn on Each Faucet. Just as you flushed each toilet, turn each sink, bath and shower faucet on to better gauge the type of water pressure you can expect.

Inspect the Water Heater. Locate the water heater and check for any corrosion or other visible issues. Make sure to ask for the service record and year of anticipated replacement.

Spend Time in the Basement. While most homebuyers don’t tend to spend too much time in the basement. It can tell you a lot about the health of the home. Do you see any water damage? Leaky pipes? Repairs to plumbing systems and fixtures that look a little too much DIY?

Look for Lead Piping. Now that consumers are aware of the dangers of lead, it’s in your best interest to stay away from any home that has a lead piping system; that is, unless your budget allows for replacing all of the piping.

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Is Your Shower Drain Clogged?

 

Have you noticed the water draining slowing in your bathtub or shower? If the answer is yes, then you need to act immediately. A small problem in a drain can quickly worsen, so take steps to keep the problem under control. Otherwise, you may end up with a clogged shower, a foul odor and even mold.

First, how can you know there is a blockage? As mentioned above, your bathtub or shower is draining noticeably slower than normal. Or, the water in the shower is not draining at all, to the extent that the water rises above your feet. Finally, you smell an objectionable odor in the area close to the shower or bathtub. Once you’ve determined that you have a blockage, what next? Here are a few ideas:

Is there is an obvious reason? Has hair built up and clogged the drain? Or maybe their is a build up of shampoo, conditioner AND hair. If yes, remove the hair or obstructing object and see if water will now drain properly.

Use a Plunger. If you are comfortable giving the plunger a try, then by all means go for it. If you’re new to plunging, you’ll need to fill the shower or bathtub with a small amount of water. Once the water covers the bottom of the plunger, begin making up and down movements with the plunger. After no more than 6 plunges, stop and see if the water is draining away.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of warmed vinegar. You will hear, and possible see the chemical reaction and this handy duo doing their job. Let the soda and vinegar sit in the drain for 5-10 minutes and then pour a half gallon of hot water down the drain. You can repeat this method several times if necessary.

Call a Professional Plumber. If neither of the above options works, you’ll need to call a professional to address the issue.

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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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Thawing Frozen Pipes – Getting Started

 

With consistent freezing temperatures comes the potential for frozen pipes. While there are ways to help prevent frozen pipes, they are not a 100 percent guarantee. Consequently, you may have to thaw pipes at some point. To ensure you thaw them properly, following a specific process is critical to your success. To help, we’ve put together a few tips to get you started:

Step One: Find the Frozen Pipe

It can feel a bit like a game of hide and seek, but in order to thaw the pipes, you have to locate the frozen ones. The easiest way to do this is to turn on each faucet in your home separately. If no water runs from the faucet, or if it’s just a slight trickle, one of the pipes feeding into that faucet is frozen.

If the frozen pipe is in an exposed area such as in your basement or under your sink, you can easily access these pipes to begin thawing them. If the frozen pipes are behind a wall, your options are more limited. (We will discuss them in a later post.)

Step Two: Open the Correlating Faucet

Once you have determined the location of the frozen pipe, you’ll need to open the faucets (both hot and cold) that feed that pipe slowly. Doing this will help to release the pressure in the pipe and allow the water to flow freely once the thawing begins.

Step Three: Determine Where to Begin Thawing the Pipe

To thaw the pipe safely, begin the thawing process close to the faucet. This way, as the ice melts, it will relieve the pressure and the water and steam can vent through the faucet. If you begin thawing closer to the blockage, the water can become stuck behind it, creating more pressure and increasing the likelihood of  a burst pipe.

Now you’re ready to complete the thawing process. In the next post, we will guide you through that process.

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Thawing Frozen Pipes – The Risks


Although warm weather has provided a brief respite from freezing temperatures, they are back with a vengeance. Consequently, so is the likelihood of frozen pipes. In earlier posts, you can find tips to how to prevent frozen pipes in your home. Unfortunately though, there is not a way to guarantee that you will never have frozen pipes, regardless of the precautions you take.

That’s why understanding how to thaw pipes is an important and helpful skill to have. But before you get started, it’s important to know that there are risks involved:

Starting a Fire. Because most methods to thaw pipes involve a heat source, if the process is not managed using caution, the possibility of an accidental fire is real.

Potential Electrocution. Often, the means to thaw pipes involves electrical appliances that are plugged in to an outlet. So, if you are thawing the pipes in the manner, remember that electricity and water can create a dangerous situation instantaneously if a pipe does burst. Because of this, it’s critical to plan carefully to avoid this possibility.

Bursting a Pipe. If frozen pipes are not thawed correctly, the pipes can and will burst. You’ll not only have a mess on your hands but a potentially dangerous situation that can cause significant harm to your home.

If you decide to thaw the pipes yourself, then Part Two of this series will explain the safest ways to do this. But if you would prefer to call a professional, make sure that they are insured and bonded. Though they may cost you more upfront, if anything goes wrong, it can literally save you thousands of dollars.

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