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Do you like low-flow shower heads?

Most people would probably say “Not really!” But it is nice to have lower water bills and if you could get a great shower out of a low-flow fixture, wouldn’t you jump at the chance?

Well, manufacturer’s have been competing with each other to provide the best shower with the lowest gpm’s, so today we are going to look into the state of this technology. A fairly recent development is the air-induced shower head. It pulls air into the shower head, combines it with the water, and shoots it out with greater force, due to the increased volume the air makes possible. Reviews are excellent, and this type of shower technology is available at a great spread of prices, so do your research to be sure you are getting the quality you want.

Some of the manufacturers found with just a brief perusal of the web are:

  • Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour AIR showerhead (this one got rave reviews)
  • Oxygenics Evolution hand held showerhead
  • Kohler Rainhead Collection
  • Kallista Inigo by Michael S. Smith

As stated, prices vary greatly, from under $100 to over $1,000, so do your research to be sure you are getting the quality you expect.

Another showerhead option you might like is the showerhead with a variety of spray patterns. One for each mood you might be in! Shower systems can also come with a hand-held shower; these can be great for bathing children and pets, no comparison intended; and is helpful for scrubbing out the shower stall, kind of like a big giant hand sprayer at the kitchen sink! You know how handy that is.

In addition to the quality of the shower head and water conservation, consider the shower stall itself for creating a great showering experience. If there is room, a larger shower such as about 4 feet by 6 feet is a great investment. Many of our higher end shower remakes include 2 or 3 tiled walls, a tiled floor and frameless glass shower walls and door, for a spa-like shower!

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Tiled shower with 2 frameless glass walls/ door.

Don’t forget to provide adequate ventilation and light. A good quality bath exhaust fan, perhaps humidity controlled, would help to reduce or eliminate mold and mildew. Light, either from windows, skylights, or fixtures is important. Wall sconces and other task lights can be selected and located just right to provide the right amount of light where it is needed.

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Are you happy with your kitchen?

Kitchen remodel by Rose Construction Inc

I think a lot of us could really use a new kitchen. But how to remake it?  It costs a bundle, so we want to get it perfect. That calls for a lot of research. Websurfing, page-turning kitchen design magazines, and tromping through other people’s kitchens, seeing what we like and what we don’t!

Well, I can’t help you with the tromping through other’s kitchens, but I can help with the websurfing research. There is a very nice little website called simply kitchens dot com. This link will take you directly to their page on earth-friendly kitchen products and design – don’t forget to install a location for the recyclables!

A brief list of 12 things to consider for an eco-friendly kitchen:

  1. Kitchen recycling center
  2. Eco friendly flooring
  3. Stained concrete or indigenous stone countertops
  4. Air admittance valves
  5. Wall insulation
  6. Energy efficient doors, windows and skylights
  7. Energy efficient task lighting and lighting
  8. Energy efficient appliances
  9. Low VOC kitchen cabinets
  10. Low VOC paints and finishes
  11. Mold-resistant Gypsum or cement board
  12. Induction cooktop

 What if you are one of the many thousands who owns a home with one of those 70’s orange and brown (or in my case, brown and dark green) color schemes that were popular in that era. What were they thinking?

That brings to mind the 5 top reasons you should consider having that kitchen remodeled:

  1. Get a fresh new look (no more 1970’s color scheme)
  2. Update the appliances
  3. Increase the value of your home
  4. Add more space. A new design that makes the most of all the space in the kitchen; you’ll get more space to move around, and more storage.
  5. You get a new kitchen! This may renew your love of cooking and will make the kitchen a much better place for the whole family to enjoy.

The list of 5 reasons to remodel your kitchen are from investment property help. From the name of the website you know that investing in a kitchen remodel will increase the value of your home – #3 on the list!

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