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Things to consider when making popular kitchen renovations

January 9, 2015 // Posted in Nuttin But The Truth (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  1 Comment

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(BPT) – The kitchen is the focal point of any home. It’s a place where you eat, congregate and celebrate life’s big moments. If you are an empty-nester looking for the kitchen of your dreams, a parent seeking to match your kitchen to your growing family or you simply feel inspired to change things for the better, it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning.

Your dream kitchen has many details that complete the look. Three popular upgrades sure to add style and substance are granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and new cabinets. Here are the things you need to look for when considering your kitchen upgrade, courtesy of the professionals at DirectBuy.

Granite countertops

There are plenty of options when shopping for granite countertops. Here are three things you should consider:

* Pick your color. You want your countertops to stand out and be the focal point of the kitchen. Choose countertops that are significantly lighter or darker than your cabinets. This contrast will draw the attention they deserve.

* Find the pattern. Some countertops have a small formulaic pattern while others feature more variety. It all comes down to what you find visually pleasing and what fits your style.

* From start to finish. Granite countertops are available in polished or honed finishes. If you’re looking to create a classy, state-of-the art kitchen, the polished finish is probably the better choice. But if you’re more interested in that classic kitchen feel, consider the honed look.

Your best place to get answers to any of your questions is your kitchen products supplier and design center, where they can work with you to determine the best fit for your needs.

Stainless steel appliances

Today’s stainless steel appliances not only look great, and are easy to clean, but the range of choice you have is tremendous. So how do you determine which model is right for you? Here are some things to consider:

* Less is more. How big does each of your appliances have to be to satisfy the needs in your home and what are your space options? If space is tight, you can also improvise by selecting a smaller refrigerator and then have a separate wine and drinks fridge. These can often go under the counter and replace a standard cabinet.

* Energy efficiency. Selecting energy-efficient appliances will save you money in the long run. Look for ENERGY STAR models whenever possible and you’ll cut expenses while reducing your carbon footprint.

* Where do you start? If you are replacing all of your appliances, start with the largest one, the refrigerator. How large a unit are you looking for? Do you want dual French doors? What about an in-unit water dispenser? Is counter-depth important? Consider these questions in advance to narrow your search. Stainless steel appliances have different finish patterns, so select your refrigerator first and then look to match that pattern while shopping for your other appliances.

New cabinets

Kitchens cabinets provide functional storage options as well as aesthetic appeal – based on their color and quality. This makes selecting the right cabinets very important. Here are some things to consider when shopping for new cabinets:

* What’s your style? Do you love big, bold vibrant colors or are you a person that enjoys the sleek, clean look of polished glass. Decide what type of cabinets appeal to you and be sure to compare your choice to your appliances and countertop selections.

* What about green? Want to find the perfect cabinets and protect the environment? You can do this by looking for cabinets made from bamboo, reclaimed wood or wheat board.

* Find new space. Installing new cabinets allows you the opportunity to improve storage space options in your kitchen. Floor level storage is a great bonus and you can extend your cabinets all the way to the ceiling just by removing the soffits.

The kitchen of your dreams is waiting for you. All it takes is understanding what you want and asking the right questions. To learn more about how DirectBuy can help you recreate your kitchen while saving you money, visit Directbuy.com.





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Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond

November 19, 2014 // Posted in DIY (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  1 Comment

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(BPT) – When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.

By understanding top trends and incorporating them into your remodel, you can instantly increase your home’s comfort, style and value. Renovated master baths are not only in demand, but bathroom remodels also provide one of the highest rates of return on investment. A midrange bathroom remodel recoups 72.5 percent during resale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value report.

Here are the hottest trends in master bath renovations for 2015:

Zen-like designs meet a contemporary aesthetic
Homeowners want modern designs with uninterrupted sight lines, but they don’t want their bathroom to feel cold or calculated. Master baths are becoming spa-like retreats with upgrades that help homeowners look and feel their best. The inclusion of modern technology, like programmable water features and smart televisions, is offset by designing with organic textures, like bamboo, cotton and marble for a Zen-like feel.

Subway tiles reign king
The master bath is the perfect place to incorporate tile work – it’s durable, beautiful and water resistant. Despite the availability of thousands of tile designs, one classic option is trending: subway tile. These aren’t grandma’s bland rectangle tiles. Modern subway tiles are available in a wide array of colors to add a splash of personality to master bathrooms. A few popular subway tile colors include slate gray, cobalt blue and winter white. Tile experts mix tiles of different colors to create truly timeless, one-of-a-kind designs.

Ultra-clear glass creates luxurious bathroom spaces
Today’s homeowners are embracing free-flowing light within the master bath for an open, airy spa-like feel. In order to display beautiful showers and let light fill the room, advanced glass is in high demand for shower surrounds. For example, stunningly clear Clarvista Glass is treated with a proprietary protective coating that makes the shower enclosure super smooth and easy to clean, and keeps it sparkling clear for the lifetime of the glass – no more dullness or corrosion that builds up over time due to the presence of heat and humidity. Available in clear or acid-etched to match any bathroom design, ultra-clear Clarvista Glass eliminates green tones found in other glass and offers lifetime protection, making it a stylish way to protect your remodeling investment. Visit ppgclarvistaglass.com to learn more.

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Radiant heated floors increase comfort
Cold toes are the last thing you want when enjoying your master bath, which is why radiant flooring is considered a must-have for 2015. Heated flooring is trending particularly in areas where the temperature drops during the evening or the winter is lengthy. Electric radiant heat is typically installed under tile flooring and is regulated with a temperature gauge – an effective way to add luxurious warmth to the entire master bath suite.

Spa-like showers create a personal oasis
More than just a place to get clean, homeowners are using the master bath shower as a place where they can escape the stresses of daily life and enjoy personal time. In order to create this oasis, designers are incorporating a variety of upscale features into showers. From steam showers, designed to open pores, to multiple shower heads that provide mist from every angle, the shower is more customized than ever before.

Modern metallics add visual interest
Metals used in the bathroom add visual interest and style. While stainless steel is a safe choice, higher-end bathrooms frequently feature metals that convey interesting colors and textures, such as oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel. Brass tones are making a comeback in unusual hues like warm-colored copper, and these options add richness to the overall bathroom design.

Big and bold light fixtures create personality
Homeowners are setting all subtleties aside when selecting master bath light fixtures. Unexpected lighting will be a statement piece for the master bath in 2015. From glamorous crystal chandeliers to clusters of hand-blown glass globes or drum pendants made with laser-cut metal, light fixtures are the finishing touch that redefines a master bath’s personality and functionality.