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Selecting Lights & Mirrors for Your Bathroom Vanity

Posted by Jodi Smith on Tue, Mar 23, 2021

The lighting and mirrors you select for your bathroom vanity are integral to the success of the design. These features are necessary components for functionality, but with so many options available, it can be easy to select mirrors and vanity lighting that falls short. Taking the time to review a few key considerations will ensure that when it come time to select these items, you're on the right track. Here are our suggestions for what to consider.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Lighting

6 Types of Light Fixtures for the Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Mon, Sep 7, 2020

Proper illumination is important in a kitchen to enable you to work efficiently and safely when you are cooking, eating or entertaining. Kitchen lighting should be planned by design. To create versatile lighting in the kitchen, it's important to include more than one type of fixture. Different types of lighting allows you to layer light in different configurations depending on your needs. For example, soft warm light from a pendant is great for the morning before coffee, while focused white task lights over the sink are ideal for when it's time to do the dishes. Luckily there are six types of light fixtures that can be mixed and matched in the kitchen to provide plenty of options for all your needs.

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Topics: Kitchens, Lighting

7 Design Considerations for Basement Kitchens

Posted by Laura Webster on Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Have you ever wished for a second kitchen to store items you use for entertaining along with extra appliances and a sink for preparing food? If you’re planning a basement remodel, you may find the extra space you need.  When designing a lower level living space, think of a basement kitchen, kitchenette or bar area the same way you would if you were remodeling the primary kitchen of a home. Here are seven design considerations for creating an attractive and functional second kitchen in your home.

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Topics: Lower Level, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

5 Practical Ideas for Remodeling or Adding a Family Room

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Mon, Jun 8, 2020

Family rooms have evolved over the years. The concept was first introduced in the 40's, but didn't really come into vogue until dens were included in home designs along with the wider-spread ownership of television sets which homeowners didn't want in their formal sitting rooms. In the 1990s, family rooms were included in many new home designs as a "great room" that combined the kitchen, dining room and family room as one open space- a home design style that's still being used in newly built homes. Today's family rooms are designed according to the lifestyle needs of modern homeowners. A family room can be located in a central area of a house but also on a second story or basement, ideal for homes in which there is limited space for a family room on the main floor. Homeowners are also building home additions to provide space for new dens or family rooms. Often a family room addition will be built off a kitchen to create an open and functional space for the family and guests.

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Topics: Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Lighting, Storage

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