Perfect Pantries

                The function is key for today’s homeowners when designing the perfect pantry. When remodeling or building, the focus is often on the most highly trafficked room in the house: the kitchen.   Due to the open floor plans that remain so popular, it is more important than ever to keep the kitchen neat and tidy. And thus, pantries are quickly becoming a necessity for homeowners for not only storing food and supplies but for organizing appliances and preparing some food for family and guests.     Not simply a utilitarian space where …

bathroom trends 2011

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bathroom trends by Sarai Johnson Value as well as the spa feeling is what homeowners are seeking in their bathrooms today. “In this new economy, people still want their spa, they are just looking at the value of it now more than ever,” says Shannon Erwin of Hantel Kitchens & Baths. They’re asking questions such as: “Does the heated floor really save money on the energy bill? How much value will the remodel add to the home? Which upgrades are worth the investment?” says Erwin. “The trends of the master bath are still toward more function and less maintenance, but …