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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.

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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.

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Kohler Bathroom Products – Custom Showers –

Kohler Bathroom Products – Custom Showers – Multiple Sprays, Lighting, Music & Control Technology

From our friends at Kohler and You Tube…Designer Erinn Valencich discusses the various options available for showers, including showerheads, body sprays and a personalized custom showering system.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops

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Cambria’s Roxwell Quart Countertop

In the kitchen, where  countertops serve multiple purposes, materials must not only be aesthetically appealing but also durable. For this reason, both natural stone and quartz countertops remain popular choices, offering nature-inspired looks that hold up to everything from cooking to craft projects, homework to house work and dining to entertaining. While granite has long been a popular choice in the kitchen for its upscale appearance and ability to create a truly personalized look, quartz countertops continues to gain attention for its ease of maintenance.

Roxwell, one of the newest offerings in Cambria’s Oceanic Collection, is inspired by the views of the shoreline. The quartz surface features significant color, depth, clarity and natural variation throughout the piece. Cambria products are mined primarily in North America and produced with adherence to strict environmental standards. The surfaces are GREENGUARD certified.

FROM: Cambria

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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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Drains in the Designer World?

Drains in the Designer World?

You Betcha, and Thank Goodness!!!  Time to forget those ugly old drains for sinks and showers.  Finally plumbing companies are starting to produce some designer influenced DRAINS. It may not sound important initially, but to us in the design world, the devil is in the details.

You automatically know when you are looking at a room that has been “done” by a Designer.  Everything has been lovingly paid attention to.  There are no items that just fill space or serve a purpose.  Well, there may have been until recently. Fortunately we have many more choices from manufacturers in the plumbing world.  Products are getting soooo much better, not only in design, but function as well.

California Faucets has their new Zero Drain. ZeroDrain® is the revolutionary new, patented sink drain from California Faucets.  In the open position, the stopper is level with sink, resulting in a superior  “zero clearance” design. ZeroDrain is virtually uncloggable and sits flush with the sink, resulting in a superior  “zero clearance” design.  ZeroDrain is easier to install and service compared to standard pop up drains which saves significant time and money.  It meets U.S./Canada plumbing codes and is IAPMO approved.  Like most of our products, ZeroDrain is available in 30+ artisan finishes.  ZeroDrain – the new standard in sink drains

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Imagine a shower floor unlike any you’ve seen before…sleek, clean, and graced by a drain so elegant it becomes a design focal point.  Or select a drain set with tile to exactly match the floor, creating a look so seamless it’s as if there’s no drain at all.

CeraLine is the winner of far more international design awards than any other channel drain, and there is a reason for it.  CeraLine is offered in three trim styles and six finishes, five of them PVD, the most durable finish in the world. CeraLine also features a patented adjustment system that ensures a level and flush installation every time.  No other channel drain offers all these features.

Cover plate trim styles include Metro with it’s graceful profile, and Edge,featuring a crisp line. There’s also Custom, which allows you to inlay matching tile or stone, creating the illusion of water magically disappearing into the shower floor.

These are just a couple of products from California
Faucets.  You can view more at their website http://www.calfaucets.com/

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Insider Information – You might not want to Know

A Fishy Story

     do unto others or yikes…

There are many ways of “collections and paybacks” in our industry. Some of them, a little nasty.

There was a drywall contractor that kept getting called backed by an Owner to go over and over and over different spots the Owner perceived as rough. Apparently, the drywall

“What about that time they sealed up Cat behind the drywall. I swear it was an accident!!! I had no idea that Cat would follow that stupid catnip. He needs to dog-up, he was only in there for an hour before the guys heard all that whining, big baby.” Always troubles for me.
“What about that time they sealed up Cat behind the drywall. I swear it was an accident!!! I had no idea that Cat would follow that stupid catnip. He needs to dog-up, he was only in there for an hour before the guys heard all that whining, big baby.” Always troubles for me.

contractor was pretty sure he wasn’t going to be paid by these people, so he took out insurance. What could that be you ask? He put a dead fish he caught inside the wall, behind his

drywall and sealed it up. If he was paid, he would come back and take out the fish and repair the wall. If there was no payment, the fish stays and decays and the sweet smell of revenge stays for a very long time.

Now, I have never been able to figure out if this is an urban legend, but I do know every crew has a story to top it!

 

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Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

From Consumer reports.org. Published: March 2012

Given the complexity of bathrooms—multiple components in a compact space, not to mention all that water—doing the project right is a challenge. On a cost-per-square-foot basis, bathroom remodeling costs are one of the most expensive spaces to remodel. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. That’s where Consumer Reports’ Bathroom Remodeling Guide comes in. Our product testers have spent months rating the latest toilets, sinks, countertops, and other bathroom essentials to separate the winners from the also-rans. We’ve also interviewed designers, contractors, and real estate pros nationwide to find out what to include—and what to skip—on your bathroom-remodel wish list.

What it will cost and how to budget

How much should you spend on your master bathroom? A rule of thumb is that the total project—including materials and installation—should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value. The National Kitchen & Bath Association(NKBA) puts the national average at about $16,000. Another guide is Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, which compares the average cost of various renovation projects with the value they retain at resale. In 2011-2012, mid-range bathroom remodels cost an average of $16,552 and recouped 62 percent, while upscale bathroom remodels cost an average of $52,249 and recouped 56 percent. Here’s how the NKBA breaks down the budget for a typical bathroom remodel:

Labor: 20 percent
Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent
Fixtures: 15 percent
Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent
Countertop: 7 percent
Floor: 9 percent
Doors and windows: 4 percent
Walls and ceiling: 5 percent
Lighting and ventilation: 5 percent
Design fees: 4 percent
Other: 1 percent

Five small details that make a big difference

These details aren’t necessarily cheap, but if there’s room in your budget, they can help turn a good master bathroom remodel into a great one.

1. Radiant flooring. This heating system will not only keep your floors warm underfoot on cold mornings, it will accelerate drying, reducing the risk of slips and falls.

2. Stain-resistant grout. Though it costs more than traditional grout, stain-resistant formulas cut down on tedious cleaning. Thinner, darker grout lines can also help.

3. Skylights. Natural light is desirable in any room, but for bathrooms located deep within a home, windows may not be an option. A skylight is an excellent way to flood a room with sunlight, assuming it’s on the top floor of your home.

4. Heated shower mirror. A fog-free mirror makes it easy to shave or remove make-up in the shower. That’s particularly helpful in master bathrooms with a single vanity.

5. Framed mirrors. Besides the fact that wall-to-wall mirrors have become passé, framed mirrors present a design opportunity. Match the profile of the mirror frame with the moldings for a coordinated look, or choose something very different to create a focal point.

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Toto Washlet

Toto Washlet

More fun to watch with Toto washlet.  It’s always more interesting to watch videos from Toto, so have at it…you know what to do, just click the arrow!

 

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