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What you need to know about windows

Windows recently designed by Rose Construction Inc

Simonton Windows has an excellent article explaining all you could possibly need to know about windows. Topics include:

  • Styles and shapes
  • Why Vinyl?
  • Glass Options
  • Door Hardware
  • Window Hardware
  • Colors and Grids

Energy efficiency and impact-resistant products are explained.

As for window shapes and styles, these are the things that will affect the appearance of your home and the use-ability of the windows. If you want operable windows you definitely want windows that are convenient to open, and lock securely for peace of mind.

There are many manufacturers of windows; check out Simonton and learn all you need to know to make an educated selection when purchasing your next windows!

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How to select your kitchen cabinet material

Kitchen cabinets installed by Rose Construction Inc

Kitchen cabinets come in a variety of materials – everything from inexpensive composite wood products to stainless steel, glass front, bamboo, and a variety of hardwoods.

This article will focus mostly on hardwoods, and much of the information is taken from the website  cabinetexpress. Check them out for more info!

Types of wood used for kitchen cabinets:

Maple contains grain patterns that are particularly attractive, increasing the value of this wood. When stained, the mineral grains that cause the patterns will appear darker and more distinct. Maple is one of the harder woods; the toughness and beauty of maple cabinets combine to create a great material for kitchen cabinets and is the most popular.

Cherry wood has inherently rich tones and colors, setting it apart from other types of wood. The grain pattern in cherry wood is very tight, allowing for smooth finishes and quality stains. Cherry wood cabinets is frequently chosen simply for its beauty.

Oak has the most distinct graining pattern. It can be stained and can appear striped or wavy, very fine or broad. It is an abundant wood and very durable. Because it so abundant, it is one of the least expensive of the hardwoods. Oak cabinets are able to withstand rough treatment and will resist dents and scratches better than other wood cabinets.

Hickory has a distinct grain pattern, with a flowing, sweeping pattern. Smooth and easy to stain, it is a solid, close-grained wood, with a unique pattern of grain.

Birch, like cherry, stains extremely well and is smooth to the touch. The grain patterns in birch wood have subtle waves and flows, providing a warm and cozy appearance in the kitchen.

 Thermofoil cabinets are made from PVC vinyl film. They come in a variety of colors, but white is the most common. They tend to be found in a more modern style kitchen, but can also fit nicely into a traditional setting.

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Bath vanities – what fits your style?

Willow Creek Vanities
Willow Creek vanity in shaker style.

There are a nearly endless number of styles and colors to choose from, which is wonderful, but may make it hard to come to a decision when making your selection!

The amount of space available in your bathroom is the first criteria to consider in selecting a new lav.

Nameek's wall hung lav and optional cabinet

Nameek's wall hung lav and optional cabinet


A more ornate style is shown here:

Traditional  Bathroom Vanity
Ambella Home Di Franco Vanity

After determining how much physical space you have available, consider color and style; they seem to go together. Do you prefer a sleek modern style, or a more ornate, traditional?  

Check out what is available, consider your budget and then do it!

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Great new products for remodelers and new construction

Cree's award wining LED bulb
Cree’s award wining LED bulb

We often get asked what is the best type of lighting. Everyone knows incandescents are on their way out – but what is the best replacement?  It depends somewhat on what you want from a light fixture – do you need it to turn on immediately? A great new bulb from Cree, the CR6 LED downlight is more efficient than a comparable compact flourescent bulb, turns on to full brightness immediately and contains no mercury. 

Another great product for aging-in-place bath remodels is the Elevance, a walk-in bath with features that make it a pleasure to use. It has an extra-wide door opening to make entry for wheel-chair uses easier; the sliding wall moves with less than 5 lbs of force; a stylish grab bar is part of the tub; an inflatable seal keeps the water inside, and sensors keep the door from opening when the tub has water in it.

Kohler's practical and stylish walk-in tub
Kohler’s practical and stylish walk-in tub
Then get to work on planning your next kitchen or bath remodel.



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Creative and beautiful bathroom fixtures

Don’t go with the ordinary; these fixtures are works of art!

Tam Tam washbasin by Laufen

Tam Tam washbasin by Laufen

Kitchen and bath design newsis the online source for these wonderful bathroom fixtures.  Another washbasin from Laufen’s collection is called the Il Bagno Alessi One Tuna washbasin.

Laufen's Il Bagno Alessi One Tuna

Laufen's Il Bagno Alessi One Tuna

I wonder what inspired its shape? Here is a poetic description straight from Laufen:

“Laufen’s Il Bagno Alessi One Tuna washbasin features graceful curves and ample space. The soft fluid lines of the ceramic sink are highlighted by the clean white or new warm grey finishes. It is available with or without a tap hole, allowing a faucet to be positioned on an adjacent wall.”

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Laufen designed bathroom

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Great luxury bath fixtures!

Cool new bath fixtures:

Very stylish bath tub

Kohler's answer to the question "Can I put a hot tub inside my house?"

This is like a neat combination of the hot tub and a bathtub! Kohlers website states:

“The deep bathing wells allow users to sit almost totally immersed in water. Available in a soaking model and a bubble massage bath, the tubs are designed for two bathers.”

Here is another great idea to increase the size of your tub and still in a standard alcove:

Expanse curved bath

Expanse curved bath


Kohler has another great idea with this bath!

Another favorite luxury item in the master bath is a steam shower. So amazingly relaxing, especially in the winter months when everywhere you go it’s so cold out!

Steam shower

Steam shower


Kohler’s newly designed steam generator kits feature a steam head that protracts from the wall when heating and retracts when not in use for a clean appearance.

Go to Kohlers website for more information and for even more great bath products.

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Amazing Glass Bath!

We just finished the most amazing and I think, exceptional bathroom! Our client had a desire for a white on white bathroom, with contrasting patterns of tile creating focal interest in the room. With the addition of a sleek, modern warming rack for bath towels and a lav with strong, clean lines, this bathroom is a standout. The glass wall of this roomy shower with its Arctic White, built in Corian bench and trim is set off by the contrasting penny round floor tiles in the shower base and bathroom floor.

Tiny accent lights in the shower ceiling provide delicate spot lighting where needed. The tiles are from Ann Sacks, and you can go to their website at :  

Or go directly to the crystal mosaic tiles products page with this link: Check out the variety of sizes, styles and colors Ann Sacks carries in the glass tiles. This is a website for inspiration in designing your bathroom remodel.

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