A Fresh Take on Classic Style

BELFIELD™ BATH SUITE PROVES THAT TRADITIONAL DESIGN IS ANYTHING BUT BORING Remodeling the bathroom is the most common project homeowners will pursue in 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders. One of most cost-effective items to update in the bathroom is the faucet. When shopping for fixtures, consumers are looking for unique styles, and Moen has their needs covered with the launch of the new Belfield™ bath suite. “Belfield is the perfect finishing touch in the bathroom,” said Mike Reffner, senior manager, bath category, Moen. “This collection is influenced by our popular Belfield kitchen suite, so consumers looking …

Less is More with Moen® Kyvos™ Accessories

Consumers are becoming more adventurous with their home design choices, seeking more modern, square-shaped fixtures and accessories to incorporate into their décor. Replacing accessories in the bath is a simple, budget-friendly way to refresh an outdated space – in minutes – and integrate the square-shaped trend. Homeowners searching for a unique style with added functionality have another option from Moen with the new Kyvos™ accessories collection.With exposed mounting screws and geometric shapes, Kyvos accessories’ sleek, distinctive look coordinates with a variety of contemporary bath suites, providing a perfect way to keep the master and guest baths tidy. The towel bars and ring provide …

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends to Watch

Investing thousands of dollars in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out some of these trends from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) to consider when planning your next kitchen or bath remodel.  Make Your Home Smarter It used to be that internet meant high-tech. Now, especially with the Internet of Things, it means easier access to entertainment and home security. Home automation is now a consideration when remodeling as WiFi can be used to connect affordable, easy-to-install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These safety tools can be accessed …

Material Matters

For many homeowners, aesthetics and function are the primary considerations of a kitchen renovation. However, before you lay out your space and start selecting colors, there is another essential factor to explore: the materials you will use for each feature. In fact, there are numerous factors to consider as you narrow down your options. Giving special attention to the material composition of your kitchen, particularly when it comes to the aspects that take the heaviest use – the floors, sink, and countertops – can help ensure your renovation stands the test of time. Flooring Though often taken for granted, the floor is generally the …

Upgrades that Boost Your Home’s Value and Enjoyment

A home is often a family’s single largest asset, so making investments with upgrades and home improvements is almost always a good idea. However, knowing when and where to make those improvements isn’t necessarily a simple decision. Budget and space most often dictate the direction, but keeping function and your lifestyle needs in mind can help create a space that makes for an all-around smart investment. Add technology in unexpected places. With the surge in smart devices, it’s becoming increasingly common to add technology throughout the house, and the bathroom is no exception. From heated floors to mirrors with embedded …

Kohler Revolution 360 Toilet Flushing Platform Offers Enhanced Performance

Kohler raises the bar on toilet flushing platforms with the launch of its new Revolution 360 swirl flush technology. The brands extensive experience in the toilet industry supports its understanding that critical drivers of owner satisfaction are toilet cleanliness and flush performance – both addressed in the new platform. Revolution 360 is Kohler’s most complete flush ever developed and is powered by the brand’s widely popular AquaPiston canister technology which allows water to flow out of the tank at 360 degrees, increasing the power and effectiveness of the flush. Once out of the tank the water flows into the bowl …

Bathroom Trends

Today’s bathrooms are the space offering homeowners the best opportunity to combine design with functionality. Large spa-like master baths with large multi-head walk-in showers and double vanities continue to be popular, while powder rooms allow home decorators to flex their design muscles. According to Allison O’Keefe of Cambria, “bathrooms have been spa-inspired—sprawling and luxurious—for several years, and that trend is not changing.” Color is also key, and tile in specialty designs creates a designer look with unique and functional finishes. One trend for many large master baths isinclusion of a large shower in preference to a bathtub, according to Bohnne …

natural stone/quartz design trends

While granite and marble remain popular among homeowners, it’s hard to deny that quartz materials have been making inroads in the countertop market. “Quartz is being chosen over natural stone because the look of stone can achieved, but with greater durability,” says Shaun Doughtery of SDI. “A great example is the look of marble in the kitchen. Marble was a popular choice for the kitchen but people have been hesitant to choose it due to staining, chipping, and the softness of stone. It wasn’t holding up. Quartz companies are replicating the look of marble for less money. Their countertops are …

Taking Care of Grout Begins with A Good Sealer

Taking Care of Grout Begins with A Good Sealer Grout has been in use since Roman times and still causes the same problems it did back then – it gets dirty and stained. Grout is a mixture of Portland Cement and sand that is highly porous. This porosity makes grout a “concrete sponge” absorbing liquids, minerals, and everything else. It can even harbor mold and bacteria. An added frustration is grout’s ability to thwart attempts at cleaning. Much like a shirt stained with fruit juice, grout stains often cannot be removed. Though we can wash a shirt ten times, the …

Kitchen Design Trends

Beauty and function is not an oxymoron. The fact is, great kitchens combine both in a splendor that was once deemed impossible, according to Dan Zimmerle of Cabinet Makeovers. Kitchens are the heart and the soul of the home, Zimmerle says. The kitchen “is where we spend quality time giving our friends and families the best we have,” he says. “From preparing a simple sandwich to cooking a gourmet meal, a properly designed kitchen can change your life.  When kitchens become part of the flow of the home, friends and family can all be a part of the experience. How you …