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A home for the microwave

Where oh where to place the microwave….such a handy little guy, allowing dinner to be ready in five minutes flat….definitely deserving of a good spot in the kitchen. A spot that is functional, easy to access, and not necessarily a focal point. So where should it go?!? Here are a few places we have put them…where would you place yours?!

Above the range

Above the range

In tall cabinets

In tall cabinets

Under the countertop

Under the countertop

In wall cabinets

In wall cabinets

Appliance stack

Appliance stack

Microwave drawer below countertop

Microwave drawer below countertop

On a shelf

On a shelf

 

 

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Couple of recent job photos!

Organizing some of our completed job photos! So fun to see the after pics….one of the best parts of the job! Here are a couple from a kitchen project completed last year- beautiful inset cabinetry with marble countertops.

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The master bath…tub

Saturdays are always fun days in the showroom. The pace is more relaxed and the phones are reasonably quiet, and we get to focus on having good conversation with the folks that meander through the store. There are a few questions that we have come to expect at some point most every Saturday… one is usually regarding the feasibility and durability of marble countertops (which we LOVE for certain applications, and will certainly delve into that one in another post), and another is whether it’s okay to have a master bathroom without a tub.

The answer of course depends on your circumstances; in many cases, we have removed tubs from masters and used the space to create luxurious showers and house extra storage. As long as there is a functional tub in a secondary bath, the master tub can be made optional. There is much to gain in a larger shower, and with our busy lifestyles, the tub sometimes does very little other than collect dust!

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Custom shower

However, we certainly do not want to be too quick to dismiss the tub. Tubs are often the visual centerpiece of the room, and can provide a much-needed retreat after a hard day. There are many features available in tubs, often referred to as hydrotherapy. Benefits can include pain relief, skin softening effects, and stress reduction.

The decision of whether or not to include a tub in your master bathroom renovation is one that should be carefully considered, and one that we are glad to help you work though.

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The farm sink

Selecting a kitchen sink is a big deal! The sink has always been the icon of the kitchen, and a very hard worker. Even though must of us aren’t standing at the sink for hours washing dishes anymore, a lot goes on at the sink… it can multi-task from meal prep to baby bath in minutes! Farm sinks- also called farmhouse sinks or apron-front sinks- are a popular choice with timeless appeal. They are also surprisingly versatile and can fit into a wide variety of design styles and budgets.

The classic white farm sink is often made of a material called fireclay. Fireclay sinks are made from a unique clay fired at extremely high temperatures, and they are known for their strength and durability. Scratch resistant and beautiful makes for a great combination.

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Photo from job by KBG North Hills

Stainless steel is another option for a farm sink, and can transition the classically traditional look into a contemporary feel. Stainless steel in general is a popular material choice for kitchen sinks, as it is functional, appealing, and creates a clean look to match stainless steel appliances.

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Photo from job by KBG North Hills

 

Other materials used for farm sinks include enameled cast iron, copper (see brushed nickel copper sink below), and bamboo.

Photo courtesy of Native Trails

Photo courtesy of Native Trails

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Don’t forget the EXPO is this weekend!

2013 Expo Video

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Expo Seminars

Here are the details of this year’s Remodeling Expo seminars. Lots of helpful information presented by an array of experts- don’t miss!

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

9:30 am Remodeling Your Bath 101 – Freys Building Company

 

10:00 am Lynda Loveland with WRAL-FM Radio and a The Tarheel Foodie

Cooking Demonstration in Wolf Kitchen

 

11:00 am Custom Cabinetry in the Manufacturer’s Arena – Derek and Hugh Tackett

 

11:30 am Steaming in the New Year – How Steam Cooking Can Help with your New Year’s Resolutions  –  Miele Kitchen

 

12:30 pm Healthy Cooking with Pampered Chef  – Viking Kitchen

 

1:15 pm Kitchens & Baths – Part of Modern House Renovations and New Home Construction  –  Beaman Bldg & Realty  –  Viking Kitchen

 

2:15 pm Window and Door Replacement – Todd Gillespie – Viking Kitchen

 

3:15 pm Maximizing Energy Efficiency with Your Window Coverings – Ted Browne with Gotcha Covered

 

Monday, January 21, 2013

 

9:30 am Remodeling Your Kitchen 101 – Freys Building Company- Viking Kitchen

 

11:00 am Cookin’ with Kitty Kinnin of The River 100.7  –  Cooking Demonstration in Wolf Kitchen

 

1:00 Steaming in the New Year – How Steam Cooking Can Help with your New Year’s Resolutions  –  Miele Kitchen

 

2:00 Kitchens & Baths – Part of Modern House Renovations and New Home Construction-Beaman Bldg & Realty –  Viking Kitchen

 

3:00 Healthy Cooking with Pampered Chef – Viking Kitchen

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A few recent job photos…

Taking photos at the end of the job is so rewarding… Here are a few shots from a recent kitchen and a recent bathroom…enjoy!

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