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Your Kitchen Design

“One of the reasons we at YourSquarefeet love what we do is that our Kitchen Design makes such a huge impact on our customers lives. It’s not just a matter of having a new, beautiful kitchen. A new Design will make your space function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.”

Couple Reviewing Kitchen Remodeling Design, kitchen remodel, kitchen remodelingYou want the best possible Kitchen Design for your Home and your cash investment…

Consider the impact of a great Kitchen Design to your Home in terms of Financial Value and Aesthetics. Kitchens are the most important space in a Home. In the Real Estate world, Kitchens are also the most valuable rooms in the Home. Investing in the right Designer can make the difference between a successful project or something else entirely.

A Certified Kitchen Designer at Your Squarefeet can help you re-evaluate your home for proper Design in relationship to the family’s needs, traffic patterns, spatial relationships, adaptive use of space, function, and of course – architectural and style considerations.

Not only does Kitchen Design involve careful planning, but also extensive research and building knowledge. Certified Kitchen Designers are tested to rigorous and relevant standards, much like certified public accountants or financial planners are tested for their industry competencies.

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One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to Your Squarefeet is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. We often hear from clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”

 

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Investing in the right Kitchen Designer is investing in you Home’s Value

One of the reasons we at Your Squarefeet love what we do is that our Kitchen Designs make such a huge impact on our customers lives.  It’s not just a matter of having a new, beautiful Kitchen.  A new Design can function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each other.kitchen design,Kitchen Remodel, New Bern Kitchen RemodelingWe are Design and Remodeling Professionals for those of you who want the right Designs, Construction Services, and  Information about the Real World of Remodeling. We can help you with full scale Remodeling Services from Design thru Management. 

Or we can Design your project and help you brave souls that have the ambition to take on all or part of a remodeling project, but also have an idea of just how dangerous the remodeling world can be without the right advice that comes from the experienced Remodeling Professionals at Your Squarefeet. We understand the Remodeling world can be confusing in many ways, from Installation techniques to Product selections and more.New bern kitchen design, new bern kitchen remodeling Designers can save you time, money, and best of all, give your Home the beauty and efficiency you want.  All while increasing the Value of your Home.

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NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association

NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into the premier association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals. The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.

Certified Kitchen Designers ckd, cerified kitchen designer

Have a minimum of 5 years experience designing residential kitchen and bath spaces. They are highly skilled in design, space planning and product selection and have extensive knowledge of building codes, flooring materials, appliances, and mechanical systems. They write specifications and draw plans that are easily interpreted by plumbers, electricians, and installers. A CKD must meet specific educational requirements and pass a comprehensive academic and practical exam. Completed a minimum of 60 hours of NKBA professional development programming. Passed a rigorous, two-part exam testing academic knowledge and practical skills. Be an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards (31 kitchen and 27 bathroom planning guidelines), which recognize the importance of consumer health, safety and welfare in kitchen and bath design. Remain current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment through ongoing continuing education requirements that mandate a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education every two years. Be skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.

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Black Stainless is the new Stainless Steel

Black Stainless is the new Stainless Steel

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In late 2015, several manufacturers came out with their take on black stainless, including KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung. Over a year later, the marketplace is even more crowded. LG brought Nate Berkus to KBIS to show of its LG Studio appliances in the color. “I can promise you, it’s the next big thing,” he said at a preview event. “There’s a warmth to it and a patina to it.” GE also had fridges in two new colors: matte black and its stainless steel color. Frigidaire also had a host of Gallery appliances in its version of the trend, which is actually more of a slate gray that the company says can mix and match with other manufacturers’ colors.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/appliance-trends-kbis-2017/#ixzz4W9A24cql

Free Delivery for Appliances

Free Delivery for Appliances

Delivery is the second biggest problem you face when buying major appliances. It can be a major, time consuming hassle unless you know exactly what you are doing beforehand. We will show you the best way to sidestep many of the issues from scheduling to damage after the fact.

But let’s look at a seemingly unusual delivery that is more common than you think.

Look very closely at this picture:

free delivery of appliance

This is a LG washer dropped by FedEx to a house in Boston two blocks from where I live. Nobody is around, and it was left without a signature.

So how can they prove it was delivered? Better yet how can they also prove it was not damaged or even not a lemon. These are hard questions to answer for a website in South Carolina shipping to the middle of Boston.

However, if you think I will rant about cboosing free delivery from internet appliance dealers, then you are wrong. Sometimes it makes sense. There are well advertised advantages. However, there are less than transparent problems as well.

Free Delivery Advantages

Free Delivery is well….free. So it is an immediate savings of the $79 or more charge. If you are a contractor who has his own guys or just placing a fridge in the garage, it makes sense. In many cases, you can also save the taxes.

Now, the Problem

Appliance service is the only bigger issue than delivery. Let me tell you why. First have a look at the pic again for some basic issues for washers.

Couple of issues to consider:

  1. The washer is bigger and deeper than the existing, so delivery into a brownstone will not be easy for someone untrained
  2. You own the liability of connecting water. Water leaks are an insurance nightmare, so it has to be installed perfectly
  3. Appliances are more complex to install. LG has a new washer pedestal called the Sidekick. It has 34 different installation steps. That’s right…..34
  4. Moving the old unit up stairs can be just as hard. BTW, trash day in Boston is Tuesday and Friday

Disadvantages

In a tough decision, we stopped free delivery 7 years ago. However, we were delivering heavier appliances like Sub-Zero refrigerators and pro ranges on softer, designer floors. Even that LG washer now frequently goes upstairs in a bedroom closet which can be as difficult to install in a tight closet.

It was apparent to me that we needed a well-paid professional mover who could deliver without damage to your property or the product. So we had to charge for it.

That team should be able to deliver, perform basic installation, and remove your existing, old unit as well as the trash. That is a complete delivery often with two or three competent people.

So You Think “White Glove” or “Titanium Added Delivery” is Worth it?

Think again, many of these services will not include climbing stairs. They will not uncrate or remove the old product. Simple connection is also not the norm, and many cases you will pay much more for White Glove type services. So here is what you need to do:

  1. You have to vet the entire process. How is it scheduled? Meaning how much time will you have to spend waiting? What are the notifications beforehand?
  2. A delivery is uncrating, bringing up the stairs, removing the old and reconnecting the new. You have to ask what the above includes and make sure it is placed on the invoice
  3. Here is an important tip. Never, ever sign for anything without completely inspecting the products for damage. When you sign, you will free the carrier and store of all liability

You should also protect yourself by checking the store on Google Reviews, Yelp and BBB for complaints.

Saving money is always a good idea, except when you end up spending more in wasted time and aggravation. Just do your due diligence beforehand.

originally posted by Steve Sheinkopf for Yale Appliances

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Kitchen Faucets

Kitchen Faucets

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Your Kitchen is Your Command Center

Your kitchen faucet is probably one of the most frequently used items in your home. From making your morning coffee to scrubbing the dishes at night — not to mention all the hand washing, cooking, cup filling, plant watering, crafting and cleaning that goes on in between, your faucet and sink area likely sees a lot of traffic every day. With so much action happening in one place, it’s important to find kitchen faucets, fixtures, and appliances that offer reliable, long-lasting solutions for you and your family.

Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America, (which happen to be made in New Bern, NC),  now offers the total kitchen package: above, below and around the sink. In addition to its full portfolio of kitchen faucets and bar faucets, sinks, filtration products and accessories, Moen has a full line of garbage disposals. Now, you can rely on Moen to deliver trusted performance throughout the entire kitchen.

Prepping for spaghetti night. Bathing the baby. Watering the plants. It should come as no surprise that you spend more active time in the kitchen than any other room in the house. And from selecting a finish to starting installation, there are plenty of things for you to consider when choosing your next kitchen faucet.

When it comes to taking care of business in the kitchen, you need a faucet that’s built to handle everything you throw at it. Think about your everyday experiences and then see how the right combination of features — including handles, spout height, and sprayers — can help you create a space that works your way.

 

The right faucet extends beyond a functional fixture to become an expression of your unique taste. Take a moment to look around your kitchen, soak in the aesthetic and envision a faucet that doesn’t just complement the room, but makes it yours.

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Wood Countertops

Wood Countertops

Walnut Wood Countertop
Walnut Wood Countertop by Grothouse

Wood countertops, butcher block countertops, wood bar tops, and solid wood tables are one of the hottest trends, again. As a matter of fact, they never really do go out of style.  They just get pushed aside for a little while so people can oggle at sparkly things, but they always come back.  They are warm, hard working, natural, repairable, and they look great – from the perfectly polished to the very distressed.

Grothouse Lumber is one of the big names in wood tops. According to Grothouse “Our wood countertops and solid wood surfaces are crafted from a virtual forest of wood choices and an array of edge profiles, and design options. Our butcher block countertops are sealed with Grothouse Original Oil™ finish and perfect for an aesthetic and functional food preparation surface. Grothouse wood bar tops are used in commercial and residential bars throughout the United States. Our exclusive Durata® Finish assures a protective waterproof surface. All items are custom made in the USA by our master craftsmen. Explore our website and learn more about our wood countertops.”

Walnut Butcher Block
Walnut Butcher Block by Grothouse

There is much to learn about Wood Countertops and more on their website at http://www.glumber.com/

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Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics America to Acquire Dacor as Part of Home Appliance Portfolio Expansion into Luxury Market

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Samsung Electronics America, the South Korean electronics company announced its acquisition of Dacor, an American maker of luxury appliances known for their Android connectivity and sky-high prices. Samsung’s purchase seems to signal the company’s continued interest in expanding its own smart home offerings.
The acquisition marks Samsung’s continued investment in the home appliance market and an expansion of its portfolio to include ultra-premium home appliances under the Dacor brand.

Dacor, founded by Stanley M. Joseph, the California-based company has been designing and manufacturing American-made luxury kitchen appliances since 1965 and has emerged as a trusted industry leader. Upon completion of the acquisition, Dacor will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America. Dacor will maintain its corporate identity and brand, with no changes to its operations and US-based manufacturing.

Samsung is America’s fastest growing home appliance brand and continues to deliver products with premium design and exemplary performance. With a deep understanding of the consumer marketplace, Samsung is redefining the appliance category with innovations that bring convenience into the modern lifestyle of consumers for a truly connected experience in the home.

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Another American company leaving.

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Grohe RainShower SmartControl

Grohe RainShower SmartControl

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Faucet manufacturer Grohe has introduced the RainShower SmartControl unit with a double-button design that allows users to control all desired shower settings.

“The shower has evolved into one of the most indulgent moments of the day, and SmartControl elevates the everyday shower into a luxe experience that can be personalized for any user,” says Maha El Kharbotly, chief marketing officer for LIXIL Water Technology Americas, parent company of Grohe. “The system is in keeping with Grohe’s approach to leveraging innovation to dial up the design and functionality of today’s home environment.”

The unit uses a combined push-and-turn button to start the flow of water and control water volume, and a SafeStop button prevents users from inadvertently raising the water temperature to more than 100 degrees. A metal thermostat handle delivers preferred water temperature to the user within fractions of a second and keeps the temperature consistent for the duration of the shower, the company says.

For added convenience, the top of the control unit serves as a shelf for shampoo, shower gel, and other products. Made of safety glass, the tray can be detached for easy cleaning.

originally posted by By Nigel F. Maynard

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