Stoves: What are your best choices?

When choosing a stove you really only have two main types of stoves—gas and electric. Unless you are doing a complete remodel on your kitchen, you are generally bound by what you already have in your home. Most people gravitate towards what they grew up with and what they first learned to cook with. But over time your preferences might change, electric users might want to cook on gas and gas users on electric. The switch isn’t as difficult as you might think, gas to electric only means capping off the line, shutting the gas off to that line and installing a 220 plug. Electric to gas is a bit more difficult, you have to decide what kind you want natural or propane. If you already have a natural line coming into your house you just have to add one to the kitchen, if you do not then you need to install a propane tank and run a line into the house.

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Bathroom Transformations

New technology transforms our day-to-day lives, from bringing the internet to our kitchens to stoves that can be programmed to turn on, cook and shut down without you being there and refrigerators that will tell you when you are out of milk. The “smart home” is quickly becoming the norm and our bathrooms are keeping pace with the new technology. Here’s a look at the trends:

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The right roof for your porch ceiling

Whether you are adding a new porch or remodeling the existing porch, getting the right roof and ceiling for it is crucial. If you don’t have the right roofing you might get leaks or it isn’t right because the color is off. Some homeowners will use their porch all year long and install an outdoor kitchen. Making sure your porch is safe from the elements is extremely important for the longevity of this space.

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Tips for Taking Closest Measurements

Ready to upgrade your closets and looking at a closet system? First things are first, knowing how much space you have to work with. Exact measurements are very important for all wood closet systems when you need to cut them, if you are off by a 1/2 inch it can mean whether your system will fit or not fit. If you are working with a closet in your kitchen or bathroom allowing room for things like the appliances, entry doors and cabinets it is essential to get it right the first time.

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Painting Kitchen Appliances

Paint is an easy and affordable way to update a room, and it can go a long way in the kitchen. You can use paint to update just about anything in your kitchen, from walls and backsplashes to tables and even appliances.

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Green Kitchen Updates

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s also the resident energy hog. Plus, your kitchen contributes its share of indoor air pollution through cooking fumes and gases from flooring, paints and countertops.

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Choosing Bathroom Countertops

Vanity tops must play the dual role of being durable and capable of standing up to water, soap, cosmetics while serving as an ample work surface for morning rush hour in the bathroom. This is no place for delicate, porous (read: easy-to-stain) surfaces. At the same time, the vanity top can be a focal point and a connecting point, where wood cabinets below meet tile wall above, for instance. Continue reading

Bathroom Surfaces: Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons

Often praised for its durability and variety, ceramic tile is a popular choice for bathroom finishes. If you’re drawn to color and texture, this material can deliver on both fronts. But the sheer variety of ceramic tiles is endless, which can make finding just the right tile very difficult.

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Epoxy vs. Cement Grout — What’s the Difference?

Epoxy grout has become more and more popular among tile contractors and builders. I find new benefits every time I use this product. Unlike cement grout, which is made from a cementitious powder mix, epoxy grout is made from epoxy resins and a filler powder. The grout is extremely durable and almost completely stain-proof. Regular grout isn’t waterproof, so unlike epoxy grout, it can absorb water when it’s wet and stain easily. If you’re tired of scrubbing the gunk off of your grout, epoxy grout could be your solution.

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The Case for 2 Kitchen Sinks

While the majority of American kitchens have only one sink, the trend toward two is growing quickly in new construction and major remodels. Why would you possibly need two kitchen sinks — that is, if you are in the fortunate position to be able to afford this luxury? In a nutshell, for better kitchen workflow.

Why Having Two Sinks Is So Great:

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