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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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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It

Avoiding Dehydration on Hot Summer Days

With summer dwindling to a close, many families are trying to maximize their time outdoors before school beckons. Though cool weather will be here soon, summer’s hottest days may very well still be ahead.

Unfortunately, when you mix hot temperatures and outdoor activity, potential dehydration is a risk that you take. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, fatigue, flushed skin, heat intolerance and even confusion.

So when you and your children are outside in the heat gardening, swimming, riding bikes, or whatever activity you choose, taking a few preventative steps could mean the difference between a lovely summer day and a visit to the hospital. Here are just a few things you can do to make sure you are staying hydrated:

Drink water before, during and after any type of physical activity outdoors. If you know that you will be participating in an outdoor sports activity, make sure to drink about 16-20 oz of water about an hour prior to the event. Then, plan to drink about 8 oz every 10-15 minutes, depending on your activity’s level of intensity.

Avoid caffeine which can be found in drinks like coffee, sodas and tea. Though sodas and especially sweet iced tea are a Southern tradition during the summer, it’s best to pass on caffeinated drinks if you plan to be outdoors. These types of drinks tend to pull water from the body that it so desperately needs on extremely hot days.

Avoid alcohol, including beer and wine. Though you may enjoy having an adult beverage while you’re participating in any number of summer activities, the reality is that alcohol and heat don’t mix well. If the weather is especially hot, do yourself a favor and pass on the alcohol that day.

Eat popsicles. Finally! Permission to eat sugar! Seriously, popsicles are one of the best ways to get water into little ones. So open the freezer and

Avoid high protein diets. What? With several weeks still on the calendar before Labor Day, many people are still working on their swimsuit physiques. So if you must, it’s even more important that you drink atleast 8-12 oz (or more!) of water each day.

Wear one layer of light clothing. Make sure your clothes are light and loose fitting — especially if you plan on intense physical activity or being in the sun for a long duration.

And last but not least, stop, sit down and go to an air-conditioned location if you begin feeling dizzy or light headed.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Keeping That Stainless Shining

 

 

If, like thousands of others, you are a lover of stainless steel in your kitchen then you are aware of the time and elbow grease required to keep it looking its best.  To help make stainless steel cleaning chores a little easier, we have gathered some helpful information for you.

A few basics – Never use anything abrasive to clean your stainless (i.e., steel wool or other metal scrubbing pads).  Use a soft cloth (microfiber are good) to clean and buff; paper towels will work as well.  Avoid any harsh cleaners that can damage the stainless.  Read the manufacturer’s instruction to ensure you are following any specific guideline for your appliance brand.

A little training goes a long way – Train yourself and the members of your family to use the handles when opening and closing stainless steel appliance doors.  This will limit the amount of fingerprints and smudges on the stainless itself reducing the amount of cleaning required.  Wipe off spills or water drops right away to limit water spots.  Don’t use tape on your stainless to hold pictures, reminders, etc.  This will also help reduce smudges and residue.

The actual cleaning – There are some general household items you can use to get your stainless to shining again.

1) Vinegar (regular vinegar has 5% acidity, cleaning vinegar has 6%) – Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle, mist the stainless, and use a soft cloth or microfiber cloth to wipe down. Buff dry to shine.

2) Oil (mineral, baby oil, or other like olive oil) – Apply oil to a dampened cloth and wipe your stainless following the grain until clean and shiny.  Some like to wipe down with vinegar first, then follow with the oil to give the stainless a real sparkling shine.

3) Window cleaner or rubbing alcohol – Spray on or apply to a dry cloth or paper towel and wipe away smudges and fingerprints.  If you previously used any stainless steel polishes a couple of applications may be necessary to remove the top polished layer.

4) Commercial stainless steel cleaners – These are a little more costly than using your normal household items, but companies have formulated these specifically to clean stainless.  However, some do work better than others, so you might need to try a couple of brands to find the one that works the best for you.

Your stainless steel appliances are a big focal point of your kitchen, but keeping it looking good shouldn’t take hours.  Using some of the above suggestions will hopefully get your stainless at its shiny best, and give you time for more enjoyable things.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!