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How to Select Bathroom Lights and Mirrors

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Dec 31, 2013

If you’re planning to remodel a bathroom or build a bathroom addition to your home pay special attention to illumination. Bathroom lights and mirrors can create dynamic effects. When selecting lights for a bathroom consider light sources, functional lighting and aesthetics. Mirrors play into the design because they are an important element in a bathroom, reflect light and can add architectural detail.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Lighting

Project Spotlight: Backyard Retreat with Lagoon-Style Pool

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Dec 3, 2013

There’s no place like home and more people are opting for “staycations” by creating personal backyard retreats. If you have a family with school age children, are a “Baby Boomer” with adult kids and grandchildren or are a person who loves their home, a yard with amenities such as a pool, hot tub, outdoor cooking area, firepit, outdoor fireplace, foot paths and gardens is a delightful haven. The best part is that it’s just outside your back door.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

7 Design Ideas for Basement Kitchens

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

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. The elements include appliances, cabinet storage, a sink, counters, lighting, electrical outlets and flooring.

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Topics: Lower Level, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

6 Tips for Selecting Kitchen Light Fixtures

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Oct 29, 2013

Proper illumination is important in a kitchen to enable you to work efficiently when you are cooking, reading, dining or entertaining. Kitchen lighting should be planned by design.

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Topics: Kitchens, Lighting

The Latest Concepts in Bathroom Ventilation Fans

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jul 23, 2013

When remodeling a bathroom, ventilation is very important. Bathrooms are small spaces susceptible to mold due to humidity caused by using showers and tubs in a confined area. While it helps to have a window in a bathroom, windows don’t provide sufficient ventilation particularly in winter months. Ventilation fans help control this problem and also help remove odors. There are “fan lights” designed expressly for bathrooms that combine both ventilation and lighting. Fan lights are also “EnergyStar” rated.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Lighting

Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2013

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Apr 9, 2013

Do you remember the pink tubs, toilets and sinks from the 1960s? Powder blue 4-inch walls tiles from the 1970s? White laminate cabinets from the 1980s? Sliding door shower enclosures from the 1990s? Bathroom design trends seem to change every ten years or so. There are always new products arriving on the market and new ideas about how to create comfort in this personal space. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Lighting, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Room Colors, Countertops

Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Design Ideas for 2013

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Kitchen design has two main components, layout and choice of products. We are always looking for design trends that add function and beauty to homes. We talk with manufacturers and distributors, meet with other leading remodelers from around the country, follow industry changes, and talk with homeowners in our search for the best design ideas and trends that will endure over time.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Room Colors, Countertops

5 Practical Ideas for Remodeling or Adding a Family Room

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 4, 2012

A family room can be an asset in any home. Family rooms are casual living spaces designed around the social and recreational needs of homeowners.

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Topics: Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Lighting, Storage

6 Tips for Designing a Functional Laundry Room

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 18, 2012

Laundry is one of the essential chores we all do and a well-designed laundry room is an asset in any home. Many of us have lived in homes where the washer and dryer were placed in a basement near a utility tub. Basements really were the perfect spot to hook up a washer and dryer because of the mechanicals – outlets, plumbing and gas lines – located there and the fact that if a hose leaked or water spilled it could be contained and easily cleaned up. Plus, the noise of the machines could be muffled and dirty clothes were out of sight.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms, Lighting, Storage


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