Smart Technology in the Kitchen

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Kitchens | 0 comments

If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, one consideration you’ll have is whether to replace your old appliances with new ones. If it’s been a few years since you’ve gone appliance shopping, be prepared to be amazed at what’s available today. New kitchen technology comes in both high-tech and low-tech options, but the one thing they all have in common is that they make working in the kitchen much easier and more enjoyable. Ovens Ovens are getting quite sophisticated. Some are “two ovens in one,” where dishes can be...

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Protecting Your Home from Burglars

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Home Safety, Home Tips | 0 comments

Home burglary: you never think it will happen to you – until it does – and then it leaves you feeling angry, lost and violated. Here are some hard facts: 60% of all burglaries are residential. Most residential burglaries occur during a weekday and most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Only 13.6% of burglaries in 2014 resulted in arrest. In 3 out of 10 burglary cases, someone is home. The average property dollar loss per burglary is over $2,300. 34% of burglars enter through the front door. 65% of all burglaries are...

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Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels: Where to Skimp and Where to Splurge

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Kitchens, Remodeling, Renovations | 0 comments

Most people dream of having an updated kitchen or bathroom in their home. Not only does a kitchen or bathroom remodel make your house look and feel more modern, but those updates can add value to your home when the time comes for you to sell – if you do your remodel right. Completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom isn’t cheap. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, a midrange minor kitchen remodel costs $21,640, while a midrange major kitchen remodel costs $64,404 and a midrange major bathroom remodel costs...

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Lighting

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Kitchens, Remodeling, Renovations | 0 comments

While probably not top priority when designing your kitchen, the type of lighting you choose is an important decision – one that will affect how much you enjoy your new kitchen space. Unfortunately, it is sometimes easy to overlook lighting until most of the budget has been eaten up by other expenses. The problem with doing this, though, is that you end up leaving one of the most important kitchen components to chance. Proper lighting is vital to the safety and functionality of any kitchen, as well as the joy of spending time there. Four...

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Grill Safety Tips

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Home Tips | 0 comments

July is one of the best months to enjoy summer. We are drawn to outside activities – swimming, biking, kayaking or playing tag – and at the end of the day, we are ready to enjoy something tasty cooked on the grill. July is also the peak month for grill fires, and according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. Here are a few tips to keep you safe this grilling season: Grills should only be used outside. Place your grill away from the house and deck railings, and...

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Home Safety Reminders for the Summer

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Home Safety | 0 comments

Summer is just around the corner, and unfortunately, this is the time of year when accidents around the home increase. Here are a few friendly safety reminders so you can have fun all summer long. Water Safety – It only takes an inch of water for a child to drown. While the natural areas to focus on water safety are pools and spas, other places in your yard need to also be considered: water features, wading pools and utility buckets can accumulate many inches of rainwater after storms. Keep a keen eye on young children playing around these...

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The Ultimate Checklist for Your Bathroom Renovation

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Bathrooms, Renovations | 0 comments

If you’re ready to say goodbye to your cramped, outdated or all-white tiled bathrooms (that were popular in the ‘90s), you’ve come to the right place. A complete overhaul of your bathroom requires a lot of consideration for each component. Here, we have gathered the “must-haves” to help you on your way to a new, luxurious and spa-like bathroom renovation in 2017. The Ultimate Checklist for Your Bathroom Remodel Follow this list to make sure you hit every important area for the bathroom of your dreams. Bathroom Design and Style Your...

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How Secure Is Your Garage Door?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Home Tips | 0 comments

When you close your overhead garage door, do you assume that your home is secure? Well, for the most part, it probably is, but there are a few ways crooks can still get through, so consider these measures to make sure your home is locked tight. Look at the service door. The service door, or side door on your garage, is often one of the easiest points of entry for a burglar. Make sure the door has a deadbolt and a heavy-duty strike plate, as should all exterior doors in your home. Install a garage door sensor. Sometimes your garage door...

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Wine Storage Solutions

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Design | 0 comments

Comedian W.C. Fields once said, “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” Whether wine is part of your latest culinary creation, part of your overall cooking experience or a staple in everyday life, finding the perfect wine storage solution for your kitchen deserves more consideration than you may expect. There are dozens of design elements to consider when installing a new kitchen. Hardware, colors, countertops, appliances and countless selections can be overwhelming. For the homeowner that pops a cork once every few...

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Organization Tips to Share

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Home Tips | 0 comments

Winter is over, and for many, spring signifies the start of new beginnings and the time to get super-organized. There are a lot of “organizational tips” available online, especially on Pinterest, so we thought instead of inundating you with a ton of information, we’d suggest a few that caught our eye. Organization Tips Lazy Susans are a great way to keep things visible. Use one for your spices and another in the fridge. Need to keep a receipt? Two ideas: 1) glue an envelope to the back of your planner and stick them in there, or get a...

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