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Universal Design: The New Norm in Home Product Design

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Universal Design is the new norm in home product design. More manufacturers are giving serious thought to how their products are used in homes and who is using them. They want their products to accommodate a range of users from youngsters to elders. Safety is also a primary consideration. Product designers are seeking better ways to prevent accidents with products such as stovetop pot fillers and toilet seats with a built-in nightlight.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

Creative Ideas for Window Seats in Any Room

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Versatile window seats provide a solution for creating more seating and storage in a room. They can be used to add a different design element to the room, fill recesses or even camouflage unattractive elements such as a radiator. Generally, window seats are custom-built to fill spaces and to accommodate drawers or base cabinets. Here are several creative ideas for window seats that we have designed and built for almost every room.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

4 Design Options for Walk-in Showers

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jan 14, 2014

A walk-in shower is one of the most popular trends for bathroom remodels. Walk-in showers are attractive, easy to clean and can be customized for safety, comfort and use. They can be designed to fit almost any bathroom space and can be integrated with a soaking tub.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Bathroom Flooring: Products, Features and Design Ideas

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

A design plan for a bathroom remodel can be started from the ground up. Flooring is a major element in the design of a bathroom. Bathrooms require floors that are slip-resistant, hygienic, repel water and tolerate humidity. Tile flooring is often selected for these reasons and because it is easy to maintain. Other products used for bathroom floors include laminate, vinyl, stone, glass and environmentally-friendly flooring such as cork or bamboo.

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Topics: Green Products and Projects, Bathrooms

4 Things to Know About Three-Season Room Design

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Oct 8, 2013

In our area people truly appreciate the opportunity to extend the time they can spend outdoors and enjoy the natural surroundings or gardens of their homes. A three-season room can generally be used from April through November and perhaps even on moderate winter and early spring days. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living

Showerheads and Accessories for Walk-in Showers

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 17, 2013

When remodeling a bathroom, more homeowners are adding walk-in showers. They often will replace a tub with a walk-in shower. Walk-in showers have many advantages. They can be designed with or without doors. They are more accessible than a tub/shower combination because of low or level thresholds. And, many showerhead and accessory options can add comfort to make a shower as relaxing as a warm bath.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

12 Great Ideas for Creating More Basement Storage

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jun 4, 2013

A basement can provide the room we need for things that can’t be accommodated in the primary living space of a home. For example, is your living room too small for a large flat screen television with surround-sound? Or is your sewing machine taking up space in your dining room or a guest bedroom? Are the kid’s toys everywhere? Has a special collection outgrown the space in your family room? The extra space you need may be just below your main floor.

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Topics: Storage, Lower Level

What to Expect When You First Meet with a Bath Design Professional

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Feb 19, 2013

If you’re thinking about remodeling a bathroom, what are the things that are motivating you? Could it be that you dislike cleaning a shower stall with sliding doors that sometimes get stuck on the tracks? Have you experienced mold on the ceilings and walls due to inadequate ventilation? Have you grown weary of the tile and flickering of fluorescent lights? Do you find the general layout of the room dysfunctional and perhaps even unsafe for users?

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Topics: Hiring a Contractor, Bathrooms

Our Favorite Resources for Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Thu, Jan 3, 2013

If you’ve resolved to remodel your kitchen this year you may be looking for some of the hottest trends in kitchen design and new ideas to make the space functional for cooking, storage and entertaining. We are always looking for the latest trends too. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens

10 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jul 24, 2012

If you’re looking for ways to increase the “green” in your home, there are several upgrades or changes you can make that make both large and small impacts. Here are ten eco-friendly home improvemements to consider:

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Green Products and Projects


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