Let’s stay in the kitchen for today!

This week we have talked about our kitchen and we mentioned:

  • Induction Cooking – very energy efficient!
  • Convection ovens – also very energy efficient!
  • Microwave Ovens – fast and efficient
  • Impingement Ovens – mostly commercial

Let’s stay in the kitchen one more day and look at how much Hot Water is used.  Throughout your home the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry are probably the biggest users of Hot Water.

Combustion appliances, good idea?

Our very very distant cousin Zog who has been featured in many a cartoon lived in a Cartoon Cave as a Cave man.  Remember him?

Well, Zog would cook his food in the cave over an open fire, that might have been considered clever back in the day but now that we have modern kitchens and modern appliances why are we still cooking our food over an open fire?  Seriously, think about this!

Subway Tiles or not!

Egad, where has the time gone, this is the last day of June 2017.  This weekend is my favorite holiday, the birthday of our country, so Happy Birthday America!

The other day we talked about how Subway Tiles are such a decorating favorite.  Let’s face it, the ubiquitous subway tile is readily found in kitchens, bathrooms, and the laundry.

Trending styles that are either in or out.

We thought it might be fun to take a look at various styles, those things that are popular for a while and then go or those things that are suddenly appearing all over the place.

Remember when……….., there was a time when avocado colored appliances were the thing to have!  For sure, if you didn’t have a “green” refrigerator you were most assuredly NOT COOL.  Thankfully the avocado appliance craze is long gone!  What is in today?

Here are a couple things that are all the rage:

Selling your home? Thinking of downsizing?

One of the largest group of home buyers today are Mom and Dad minus the kids.  Mom and Dad now live in a big home and they are thinking of selling so that they can move on to a new home that’s easily managed now that the family is much smaller.  How about grandkids coming to visit occasionally as compared to a house full of kids growing up?  Things have a habit of changing.

How is everything in the garage?

As spring approaches and time nears for the BBQ grill, lawn mower, extra gas for the mower, the spare propane bottle for the grill, all of them are out in the garage.

Go back and read through the short list of scary things that are in your garage.  Oh wait, there is the plant fertilizer, lawn food, garbage can, and other assorted foul and unwholesome stuff; it is an assortment of everything that we do not want in the house.

More about an HRV

Yesterday we introduced you to the Heat Recovery Ventilator or HRV.  We can’t emphasize enough the vital role the HRV plays in the well-being and good health of your family.  Homes today are increasingly built better!  A new home in 2017 is a superior building that what you would typically have had in 2007, only ten years ago.  Energy efficiency has become so important that builders are constantly upgrading and improving the efficiency of their homes.  Further, state building codes, especially here in Vermont are rapidly expanding

Spring and summer seem to be here!

Let’s continue our discussion of design ideas.  We’ve talked about the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, and all sorts of concepts and ideas to consider as you work on your design.

Today, as spring and summer are here, it might be fun to take a look at outside living.  During the summer months, everyone moves outside.  The dining room table is replaced by the deck’s picnic table; the kitchen range is replaced by The Grill; and many times, the deck becomes another living room set aside for summer fun.

Looking for a two-story home to retire in?

Let’s pretend that the home you really want to build is a Two-Story colonial where typically the bedrooms are upstairs.  Having the bedrooms and family areas on the second floor is a HUGE advantage as it creates that private space for yourselves and your family; guests don’t go upstairs.  Your guests will stay on the first floor where the living room, kitchen, dining room, and perhaps a den are all located.