When building a new home or remodeling an existing kitchen, one of the first things many homeowners consider is the kind and color of countertops that are best for them. This is certainly an important decision, as the look of kitchen countertops can set the tone for the whole space. Choosing is no easy task, either, as there is a wide variety of beautiful, unique options on the market today. Which is right for you? [Read more…] about Which Kitchen Countertops Should I Choose?
By the time October rolls around, we might as well accept that the holidays are barreling toward us. If you have family and friends visiting in the coming months, you may find yourself suddenly realizing all the things you’d like to change about your kitchen–the heart of the home. At the same time, you realize that there isn’t quite enough time for a full-scale kitchen remodel before guests arrive. The good news is that there are several quick and simple minor updates you can make in the meantime. Consider these four ideas for sprucing up the kitchen before delving into a major renovation in the New Year. [Read more…] about 5 Easy Updates for a Holiday-Ready Kitchen
What’s in your pantry? Soups and canned beans, the kids’ favorite cereal, peanut butter, a variety of pastas, rice…perhaps some nice dark chocolate you save for an indulgent after-dinner treat? Whatever you store in the pantry, it’s likely that you open it’s door at least once a day. It’s also pretty likely that the pantry door spends a lot of time closed between meals. Shouldn’t it make a unique statement that complements your kitchen? [Read more…] about Pretty and Practical Pantry Doors (5 Ideas)
When you want to change up the sofa in the living room without costly reupholstery or brand new furniture, what do you do? That’s right; you add a throw pillow. Functional and beautiful, a few interesting throw pillows have the power to totally revitalize a room. [Read more…] about Faux-Finished Kitchen Island…Like a Throw Pillow for Your Kitchen.
“I saw the angel in marble and carved until I set him free.”- Michelangelo
When you think of marble countertops, what comes to mind? Classic appeal, luxury, versatility…stains? All of these things characterize this popular countertop choice for those who are building a new home or remodeling their kitchens or bathrooms. The beauty of marble and its wide array of natural colors and textures mean that it is not likely to go out of style, and its affordability relative to mid-grade granite makes it all the more appealing to daring homeowners who are willing to put forth the effort to maintain it. Let’s take a few moments to discuss the fundamentals, the pros, and the cons of installing marble countertops in a home. Are they right for you? [Read more…] about Are marble countertops your cup of tea?
Stop air leaks before they put a toll on your comfort and your wallet this Winter.
If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to start getting your home ready for winter. In addition to getting your furnace checked out, we all know it is important to seal your home against air leaks by caulking doors and windows. Doing so not only keeps you and your family warm during those chillier months, it also saves you up to 30% in energy costs. Unfortunately, many well-meaning homeowners who try to seal their homes without help of a professional often overlook some sneaky, drafty spaces and pay a high price for it. When taking measures to keep Jack Frost out this Winter, take a cue from green building expert and President of Energy Vanguard Allison A. Bailes, and think: big…medium…small! Seal the bigger spaces first, the medium holes next, and the smallest culprits last. [Read more…] about Sealing and Winterizing your Home