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    Finesse Remodeling, a Top Kitchens Remodeling in Tarzana Offers Unparalleled Remodeling Services and Consultant in Tarzana and the Neighboring Areas -… - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Tarzana, CA - With unrivalled experience and more recognitions than any other company in their field, Finesse Remodeling prides itself on being the preferred remodeling company in Tarzana, CA and the neighboring areas. This proudly locally owned and operated business has been serving its community since 1989. Now the #1 choice for many homes and business owners in the area, its unparalleled services have always exceeded its clients expectations in terms of quality and availability. Finesse Remodeling is owned and operated by Avi B. Dov, a fully licensed and experienced designer who has dedicated his life to providing award-winning designs for both commercial and residential needs.

    Avi Dov and his staff have strived to provide services of the highest quality by working along with their clients to understand their ideas and bring them to reality using high-quality materials, regardless if it is a large or small project. These expert technicians implement a thoroughly organized methodology guaranteeing that every project will be handled based on a meticulous case study which considers their clients' needs and budget.

    "Our core values, availability, commitment, and adaptability, are driven by our overarching desire to improve the lives of our clients through expert home improvement. Whether your home is in need of a complete bathroom remodel or a kitchen transformation, we renovate with passion, dedication, and enthusiasm. It is no surprise that Finesse has been a leading choice for Los Angeles home remodels for over 3 decades," the spokesperson for Finesse Remodeling said about the quality of their services.

    As the experts in remodeling and consulting services, Finesse Remodeling - Kitchens Remodeling offers an extensive variety of services, including kitchen remodeling services, bathroom designs, and construction, additions, exterior/interior paint, hardscape and landscape, patio enclosures and covers, complete home renovation, and more. All their services are performed using the finest material, state-of-the-art equipment and covered with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. In addition, the company also specializes in design consultation services.

    Finesse Remodeling prides itself on being a member of many prestigious organizations such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and the California Contractors State License Board. Additionally, the company prides itself on being one of the best-rated companies on Google, Yelp, Angie's List and a certified, screened and approved contractor by Houzz, Home Advisor, Service Magic, and Trust Link.

    Finesse Remodeling is open to receive its clients from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Visit them at 4600 Arriba Dr., Tarzana, CA, 91356, US. For professional and affordable Kitchens Remodeling, contact them via phone at 818-881-8383 or via email at To learn more about their services or request a free quote, visit their website.

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    Paul Bianchina: Best to rectify those missing permits before selling – - December 14, 2019 by admin

    I strongly recommend that you buy a new prehung exterior door unit, which comes complete with a new frame, exterior molding, sill and weatherstripping already installed. If its not practical to replace the entire door and frame, then consider leaving the frame in place and just replacing the door itself. Any door shop can route the hinge locations and drill the knob hole in the new door to match the exact locations of whats on the existing frame, which will make the change-out quick and easy.

    Q: I have a concern with my friend, who removed her dryer vent hose to clean it. When she couldn't replace it she placed a sock around the vent opening and secured it with a zip tie. She said her mother did this and it worked just fine. This has me worried that this is a fire hazard. Is this safe?

    A: While I applaud your friend for cleaning her dryer, what shes done is definitely NOT safe! All that a sock (or a piece of pantyhose, or whatever) will do is collect some of the lint so it doesnt go flying into the house. It does nothing to stop all that warm moist air from collecting in the house, where it becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew, and eventually causes structural damage. Secondly, and even more important, as it dries all that lint creates an extreme fire danger.

    Please tell your friend that she needs to have her dryer correctly vented all the way to the outside of the house! And while shes at it, she needs to take care of her moms dryer, as well.

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    Lustron, Homes with a past and a future – WTOL - December 14, 2019 by admin

    LUCAS COUNTY, Ohio As Houses go, they aren't the most beautiful on the block. They're boxy, a bit odd looking and small, and strangely...they are made of steel.

    Actually it is a "porcelain enameled sheet metal" said Hannah Brevoort a museum interpreter for the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

    "That why's it's a metal house and doesn't look rusty after years of use," she said.

    And they have been in use a long time ago...about 70 years.

    It was in 1948 that Lustron Homes, headed up by Columbus businessman Carl Strandlund birthed the idea to create prefabricated homes out of steel and to build all their component parts in a factory so they could be trucked to a home site and assembled in just a few weeks.

    It was a good idea and with prices starting at around $5,000 and ranging to $10,000, the cost was not exorbitant, although a bit more than the average stick-built house at the time.

    In two short years Lustron built and assembled about 3,000 homes, mostly in the Midwest. But with production and financing problems, the home of the future, became a home of history. Lustron folded.

    The Ohio History Center in Columbus has one of the Lustron homes in its museum which it says it one of its most popular attractions.

    "They were very much marketed as the Home of the Future" and in the post war age, it was believed that people would want a new type of home".

    The History Center's model was one that came from Arlington, Virginia in 2013 when it was earmarked for demolition by a contractor.

    "It was going to be torn down and the board of Arlington County decided to give it to us instead, we had been trying for years to get a real Lustron home because of the local connection."

    The model is featured as an example of what the Lustron Home offered to the modern families of the 1950's.

    It is set up now as a "living" exhibit and fully interactive with a full array of artifacts and objects from that post-war era. It is exhibited as if the family was still living there and just stepped out for a walk.

    The vintage black and white TV set even has Ozzie and Harriet playing in the living room and in the dining room, classic dinnerware is set on retro table of the era.

    The metal interior wall bookcase that looks like wood is not. A couple of knocks and on the wall, and the familiar metallic ring of steel answers back.

    In the kitchen and utility room, the original Lustron homes came with a host of modern appliances for the day, which included a unique and rare combination dishwasher and clothes washer.

    Of the 3,000 homes that Lustron manufactured during its two-year existence, about 2,000 remain standing and in use. Most have withstood the test of time.

    About 30 were built in the Toledo area, and about 20 of them remain intact.

    They appear to be rust-free, and in good condition for a 70-year-old home.

    Most have not needed any remodeling and still have their original steel roofs.

    While the homes are usually about a 1,000 square-feet in size, much smaller than most average size homes today, they still offer a maintenance free lifestyle for those who own and occupy them.

    No painting is needed on the exterior and on the interior, the porcelain walls just need to be wiped down from time to time.

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    When the landlord wants to remodel but the tenant doesn’t want to leave, who wins? – Spring Hill Insider - December 14, 2019 by admin

    Question:My landlord told me in a letter that they were planning to remodel my kitchen and bath and that I would have to vacate for two weeks while the work is done.My family cant afford a hotel, and we dont have family in the area that can put us up for two weeks.Can my landlord force us to move out while the remodeling work is done?

    Answer: The landlords right to enter once the unit has been turned over to you is very limited, under California Civil Code section 1954.

    The landlordcan enter to (1) do repairs that are necessary or requested by you, (2) in emergencies, (3) if they believe thatthe unit is abandoned, (4) to show the property to prospective buyers and (5) with a court order. In every other circumstance, you control access to the unit. It follows that the landlord may not tell you to vacate simply to accommodate his or herremodeling plans.

    The landlordcan ask, however, and you may agree if you can negotiateterms and conditions that make the inconvenience worthwhile. At the very least the landlordshould offer to refund the rent for the days you have to vacate the apartment.

    If the landlordcannot persuade you to cooperate, the landlordwould have to wait until the end of your tenancy under a lease before doing this work.

    But if you are a month-to-month tenant and live in a unit not covered by a rent-control law,the landlordmay simply terminate your tenancy with a 30- or 60-day termination notice to proceed with the work.So if you like the apartmentand want to stay, it is probably in your interest to try to work something out with the landlord.

    In Los Angeles, rent-control ordinances apply to most multi-unit living quartersbuilt byOct. 1, 1978, including apartments, condos, residential hotels, mobile homes and lots containing more than one single-family home.

    For tenants of those rental units, landlords must pay temporary relocation costs if a major repair or remodel is planned. The tenants must continue paying rent and canbe evicted for refusing to allow access for repairs or improvements.

    Under all of these circumstances, the best path forward would be to ask to sit down with the landlord to understand his or herwishes, to discuss the impact on you and your family, and to agree on a plan that honors everyones needs. If the notice you received was in written form, make a written response indicating that the landlords request is problematic for you, but that you are willing to sit down with the landlord and discuss the situation.

    If your conversation with your landlord doesnt go well,you may check to see if there are community mediation services in your area and ask for their help with this conversation. Many programs are free or very low cost and provide an excellent alternative to escalating in court.

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    Five Gorgeous Old New England Homes to Tour This Weekend – Boston magazine - December 5, 2019 by admin

    For Sale/Rent

    Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, these antique dwellings are chock-full of characterand they're beautiful to boot.

    Photo via Howe Allen Realty/John Maciel Photography

    A Victorian on the South Coast of Mass.44 Summer St., FairhavenPrice: $399,000Size: 2,672 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 2Open house: Saturday, December 7, 12 1:30 p.m.

    Photo via LandVest

    A Farmhouse with an Attached Barn60 Washington St., SherbornPrice: $1,849,000Size: 5,171 square feetBedrooms: 5Baths: 6Open house: Saturday, December 7, 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

    Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

    A Lovely Estate Abutting a Trustees Site28 N Main St., PetershamPrice: $539,000Size: 5,125 square feetBedrooms: 8Baths: 5Open house: Sunday, December 8, 1:45 3 p.m.

    Photo via Gelhaus Realty Group

    A Connecticut Colonial Built in 1792240 Green Hollow Road, Killingly, CTPrice: $367,500Size: 3,318 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 2.5Open house: Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m. 1 p.m.

    Photo via Howe Allen Realty/John Maciel Photography

    A 140-Year-Old Single-Family92 Green St., FairhavenPrice: $525,000Size: 2,868 square feetBedrooms: 5Baths: 2.5

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    Rosie on the House: Simple repairs before holiday guests arrive – Green Valley News - December 5, 2019 by admin

    Last month we talked about moving your holiday fun outside. Regardless of where the festivities will take place at your home, there are a few areas you may want to inspect and fix before the guests arrive.

    Fix Leaky Faucets: Shut off the valves supplying water to the house. Remove the faucets handle (not the faucet). The leak usually stems from the on-off handle. If you have two handles, see if the drip is hot or cold and remove only the problem handle. You might have to pop off a button on top to reveal a screw or some pins. Unscrew the screw or remove the pins and a cartridge will come loose. It should have a rubber ring (or washer) inside that is causing the leak. Remove that washer and take it to the hardware store for the right replacement. Install the new washer and put the handle back on. Turn on the water. If you have trouble with the handle or cartridge, you may need to call a plumber.

    Stop running toilets: When the toilet is flushed, the flapper opens to let water into the bowl. When it closes, it creates a seal to keep the water in the tank until the next flush. Because the flapper is rubber, it can decompose, warp and harden, all problems that prevent it from sealing properly. Thats why water keeps running out of the tank into the bowl.

    Shut off water to the toilet. Pull the flapper valve out of the clips holding it in place, take it to the hardware store and find a matching flapper valve. Replace the valve, making sure its sealed tightly. Clip the new valve chain on the trip arm. Turn on the water and test the valve. If the water keeps running, adjust the flapper so the seal is water-tight.

    Clean the oven: A years worth (or more) of crusty food burned inside of your oven can smoke and create unpleasant odors in the kitchen and dining area. It can also alter the flavor of your food.

    If you have one, run the ovens self-cleaning function. If not, spray on and wipe off an oven cleaning product. Keep in mind, these can be very corrosive if not used properly.

    For a greener option, wash the oven racks in a sink filled with hot water and vinegar. Soak them while you mix baking soda with water. Spread the paste over the surfaces of the oven. Spritz vinegar on top and let it sit for a few hours or overnight before wiping down and rinsing off. Rinse and dry the racks before placing them in the oven. Be sure to clean the microwave and outdoor barbecue too.

    Repair sticky sliding closet doors: Remove closet doors from their tracks. Place them on the floor and inspect for damage. Clean out debris inside the tracks. Straighten the tracks by holding a wood block against the track and tapping it with a hammer. Then lubricate the tracks. Tighten the screws in the overhead track as well. Reinstall closet doors; test them to be sure they are sliding smoothly.

    Test smoke alarms and replace batteries: A critical safety measure. If you cant remember when you replaced the batteries, do it now. Otherwise, you and your guests may be woken up at 2 a.m. from the incessant beeping reminder.

    Install path lights leading to the front door: Lights can make your home look more inviting and theyre a good safety measure.

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    Sketch and measure the area you want covered to estimate how many lights you need. Take that information to the hardware store.

    There are many solar options available which you simply dig a small hole and insert the light. If you choose electric lights, use an outdoor GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter outlet. There are probably several outside; if not, have some installed by a licensed electrician. If you have existing GFCIs, make sure they work properly.

    Buy a kit that includes lights, 100 feet of low-voltage cable and a transformer to convert your homes current into low-voltage current for the lights. Get a high-quality transformer thats slightly bigger than the total wattage of the lights you will use. You may want to buy two smaller transformers instead of one large one.

    Follow instructions on the kit. The hardest part of the job will probably be digging a shallow trench for the cable that carries power to the lights.

    For more do-it-yourself tips, go to An Arizona home building and remodeling industry expert for 35 years, Rosie Romero is the host of the syndicated Saturday morning Rosie on the House radio program, heard locally from 8 to 11 a.m. on KNST-AM (790) in Tucson and from 7 to 10 a.m. on KGVY-AM (1080) and -FM (100.7) in Green Valley. Call 888-767-4348.

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    Planning to fix-and-flip? Here are five home-renovation mistakes – Montreal Gazette - November 29, 2019 by admin

    With prices climbing in Montreal and fewer homes on the market to choose from, buying a fix-and-flip or a handyman special may seem like a good strategy to get into the market. Although HGTV makes it all look so easy, the reality can be complicated, expensive and risky.

    Here are five money-losing mistakes homeowners make when they renovate:

    Even professional appraisers recognize that home renovations arent just about return on investment (ROI). According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, renovations pay off in three ways:

    Increasing the selling price of your home

    Increasing your enjoyment of your home

    Maintaining the worth of your property

    If your goal is to increase the value of the home enough to make a profit on a quick flip, gutting the kitchen, building an addition or replacing all the floors may actually end up losing you money in the end.

    Likewise, if youre renovating a house you intend to stay in, you may regret cheaping out or cutting corners on the finishing if it sours your enjoyment of your home.

    How much should you spend? According to home stager Gabrielle Grawey, it depends on the overall value of the home and what is typical within your neighbourhood.

    The budget of someones house dictates the value of the renovation, Grawey said. If youre gutting your kitchen or bath and replacing with luxury when the current value of house doesnt match that, you can expect you will lose a good part of that investment.

    Its not an investment unless you can have a reasonable expectation of making a profit. Some upgrades are more likely than others to boost your selling price.

    According to a homeowners guide produced by the appraisal institute, the renos with the best payoff for sellers are kitchen and bath upgrades, repainting, cosmetic updates to dated or worn finishings, and decluttering.

    The association notes that the renos that bring more joy than ROI are things like finishing a basement, adding a garage, sunroom or deck, along with fencing and landscaping. Better not to sink your money into these upgrades unless youre planning to stay a while and enjoy them.

    A rule of thumb: the longer you intend to stay in a home, the more reasonable it is to spend money renovating it. Even if the renos dont increase the value of the home by enough to cover what you spent, if you experience greater happiness while living in the home, that may be enough payoff to justify the cost.

    According to Remodeling Magazines annual survey measuring return on investment on home renovations, pretty much every major reno will probably be a money-losing one. The U.S. magazine compares the average cost for 22 common remodelling projects with the typical return upon the sale of the home in 136 American markets. In the 2019 survey, the highest ROI was for a garage door replacement, which recouped 97.5 per cent of the investment on average in other words, losing only 2.5 per cent.

    That doesnt mean theres no way to make money on a flip. If you do some of the work yourself, theres more room to profit. Local market conditions will also have an impact. In a hot housing market, a renovated house may sell more quickly or be more likely to get multiple offers, which could also boost ROI.

    If your goal in renovating is to spruce up a home for sale, your best bet is to start with the essentials: take care of basic home maintenance, repair whats broken, get the house professionally cleaned, and give the house a fresh coat of paint in neutral colours. Leave major renovations to the next owner.

    Weve all seen those older homes with vintage mid-century tiles in the bathroom (that now seem kind of awesome), different shades of cheap laminate in each bedroom, real hardwood in the hallway, carpet in one room and a brand-new IKEA kitchen. It makes you wonder, what is this houses identity, anyway?

    When it comes time to sell, patchwork renovations can be worse than no upgrades at all, said Tanya Nouwens, a RE/MAX Royal Jordan realtor and home stager.

    According to Nouwens, its crucial to keep renovations in context with the home and neighbourhood. If the whole home is in a 1980s time warp, upgrading only the kitchen or bathroom can make everything else seem shabbier.

    If the whole house is dated, renovating the kitchen draws attention to other parts that are shabby, Nouwens said. If a home is in a time period, I leave it in that time period.

    Its fun to go shopping for tile, upgrade kitchen countertops or pretty up your yard with new landscaping. Yet if you blow your budget on cosmetic upgrades and neglect essential repairs or maintenance, youll not only end up scaring away potential buyers, but you could potentially face frighteningly high repair bills later on.

    When it comes to maintaining the worth of the property, replacing the roof, updating climate-control systems, replacing windows and doors, updating electrical systems and repairing structural defects are the most important priorities, according to the appraisers institute.

    Make sure these unsexy but essential aspects of your home are in good order. Buyers will often be willing, even keen, to update an old kitchen or repaint rooms to suit their taste, but no homeowner looks forward to replacing shingles or shoring up a buckling foundation.

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    Rosie on the House: Follow safety guidelines to avoid cooking disasters – Green Valley News - November 29, 2019 by admin

    The holiday cooking season has kicked off. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

    Holiday meals are not the best time to try a recipe for the first time. Work a recipe in advance to find out how complicated it will be, time involved, cooking accouterments, and how it tastes.

    Never walk away from an active stove.

    Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

    If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, dont use the stove or stovetop.

    Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.

    Check food regularly and use a timer.

    Keep anything that can catch fire oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from your stovetop.

    Vegetable oil by itself is not flammable. However, once it reaches a flashpoint around 600 degrees F, it releases vapors that can catch fire and burn intensely. Autoignition can occur when the oil reaches a temperature of about 700 degrees F.

    Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sauting.

    If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and carefully remove the pan. Smoke is a danger sign that the oil is too hot.

    Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.

    Keep a lid nearby when youre cooking to smother small grease fires.

    In Case of a Cooking Fire

    Get out! Close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

    Call 9-1-1 after you get outside to a safe area.

    If you fight the fire, be sure others are getting out of the house and you have a clear way out. (See below regarding fire extinguishers.)

    Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan completely cool.

    For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed, If the fire does not go out or you dont want to fight it, get everyone out of the house. Call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

    NEVER Use Water On a Grease Fire. Water contains a lot of oxygen. Instead of cooling down the fire, youll have powered it up.

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    NEVER Attempt to Move The Burning Pot/Pan Outside. The burning oil could spill, burning you and other flammable objects.

    Never Swat The Fire With A Towel or Apron

    Youll be fanning and spreading the flame. The material could catch fire. Do not to place a wet cloth over a grease fire, it will only charge it.

    Fire Extinguisher: Keep an extinguisher in the kitchen. Tom Louis (ret.), Green Valley Fire District Battalion Chief and now Business Development Analyst with Emergency Reporting, notes that is very important to look at the UL rating on the extinguisher. A and B ratings are for home use. The number that accompanies the letter is the expected square footage the fire can handle. For example, a 10B rated extinguisher can cover roughly 10 square feet.

    Louis recommends Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray. This is a great extinguisher for older homeowners because it is so light at easy to use.

    Hood Canisters: Hood canisters will protect a stovetop from grease fires. The tuna can-sized canisters are magnetically attached under the hood or microwave and deploy automatically when the flames from a cooking fire make contact with the fuse on the underside of the canister. The canisters open and drop a fine, dry powder over the flames below, suppressing the fire. Canisters cost between $56 to $200 and can be found at the hardware store.

    Cook Top Systems: Mounted under the hood, an alarm will sound when the heat gets too hot. If the heat is not reduced and fire erupts, the system will immediately deploy and, if it is connected to a security system, alert the fire department. City permits and inspection are required. Products and installation of the system generally run less than $2,000.

    After a fire, hire a reputable appliance repair company to inspect the appliance to ensure it is safe to use.

    For more do-it-yourself tips, go to An Arizona home building and remodeling industry expert since 1988, Rosie Romero is the host of the syndicated Saturday morning Rosie on the House radio program, heard locally from 8 to 11 a.m. on KNST-AM (790) in Tucson and from 7 to 10 a.m. on KGVY-AM (1080) and -FM (100.7) in Green Valley. Call 888-767-4348.

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    Hausera Unveils Results of First Annual The Truth about Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations Survey – Business Wire - November 19, 2019 by admin

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hausera, a new kind of online kitchen & bath specialty retailer that is launching this fall, today released the findings of its first annual The Truth about Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations survey. With the goal of uncovering facts, trends and challenges about kitchen, bathroom and laundry room renovations, the survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Hausera, found that most homeowners have renovated or remodeled recently and plan to make more updates or upgrades with a specific budget, purpose and style in mind.

    Homeowners love to renovate and they want to do more

    The survey shows that homeowners across the country and across all age groups have been highly active in renovating and remodeling. Eight in 10 homeowners have renovated a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room in the last two years, and six in 10 have specific plans to do more in the next two years.

    Top challenges: Staying on budget, finding the right pros

    Among homeowners who completed renovations during the last two years, staying on budget and finding the right professionals were selected as the top challenges when remodeling. Among homeowners ages 18-30, nearly one-half said their top challenge was finding the right professionals for the project.

    Lifestyle changes drive renovations

    Across kitchen, bathroom and laundry room renovations, homeowners said adapting to a lifestyle change, such as a changing family size or accommodations due to a disability or aging, was the biggest reason for a renovation.

    For kitchens and bathrooms, modern is the word

    A majority of homeowners said modern is their preferred style for their kitchens and bathrooms. When asked what they want their kitchens and bathrooms to say about them, about one-half want them to say Im modern.

    Smart products and green features are hot

    Nearly one-half of homeowners said they plan to buy smart internet-connected products for their kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms in the next year, with smart lighting systems the most popular product. More than one-half also said they plan to buy products with green, environmentally-friendly features in the next year, with energy-efficient lighting the top product on homeowners wish lists.

    Strong demand for home design expertise

    Nearly seven in 10 homeowners have hired a design/build professional for their kitchen, bathroom or laundry room renovation, with six in 10 having hired an interior designer.

    When hiring a professional, project portfolios, personal recs and online reviews matter most

    When choosing a contractor or interior design professional for home renovations, homeowners said a professional portfolio that shows examples of past projects matters most. They also highly value recommendations from friends or family members and online ratings and reviews when choosing a design/build professional for their renovations.

    Nicole Curtis tops the list of favorite designers

    From a field of 20 celebrity home designers, homeowners named Nicole Curtis as their favorite, followed by David Bromstad and Nate Berkus.

    Designing a home is full of big decisions with none more intimate than a kitchen and a bathroom, said Wesley Ward, vice president of marketing at Hausera. The Truth About Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations survey sheds light on a number of key attitudes, challenges and trends as a way of heading off frustrations that often accompany home remodeling projects and helping homeowners bring their creative visions to life.

    To download an e-book with the surveys full results, go to

    Survey Methodology

    Commissioned by Hausera, The Truth about Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations survey was conducted by OnePoll, a marketing research company specializing in online quantitative research and polling, between July 25, 2019 - August 6, 2019. Feedback was obtained from 1,000 U.S. homeowners.

    About Hausera

    Hausera offers a new kind of online kitchen & bath shopping experience designed to empower homeowners and design pros with a curated shopping experience. Created specifically for the home remodeling market, Hausera is founded on the twin concepts of pride and joy the pride one feels by acting on inspiration and executing a remodeling vision, and the joy of achieving that vision on budget and taking pleasure in the result for years. With deep kitchen & bath product expertise, Hausera provides a tailored and curated shopping experience that helps homeowners and design pros find the perfect products for bringing their design inspirations to life. For more information, visit

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    Aging in the Right Place: Are you doing everything you can to make sure your kitchen is safe? – Sarasota Herald-Tribune - November 19, 2019 by admin

    Dinner has long been an occasion for family and friends to come together and not only share meals, but make memories. The kitchen, therefore, has always had a special place in our homes and our hearts.

    But not all rooms are the same when it comes to safety. And while kitchens might not be as dangerous as bathrooms, they still pose some distinct risks, which often lands them in consideration for the second most dangerous room in the house. For those choosing to remain at home as they age, this is something to look out for.

    There are some steps some simple and inexpensive, while others remain more complex and quite pricey that can be taken to make the kitchen a more accommodating place for people planning to age in place.

    The two primary dangers surrounding the space, according to certified Aging in Place specialists Ernest Gilbert and Richard Acree, boil down to falls and fires.

    If you have an area where youve got to maneuver a bit and its too tight, that can be a danger, said Gilbert, president and CEO of Bradenton and Sarasota-based remodeling firm Gilbert Design Build, which specializes in kitchen and bath remodels, along with aging in place home modifications.

    The kitchen is a common area for falls, which is why having clear and distinct pathways through the area, along with ample space to move about freely, is an essential first step to making the room safe. This also means designing your kitchen with passageways that are wide enough to potentially allow for a wheelchair or walker. You might not need it or think about it much now, but years from now it could become essential to your aging experience.

    You should also look at flooring. As always, avoid throw rugs, which can become the catalyst for all kinds of accidents. Consider something like nonslip tile, vinyl, linoleum or wood flooring something that prevents slipping and would allow a wheelchair or a walker to roll over it smoothly.

    Remodeling isnt a feasible option for everybody, but when it comes to floors there are affordable slip prevention textures you can apply which may help.

    Fires are also a common danger in the kitchen, and those over the age of 65 have more than twice the risk of dying in a kitchen fire than the general population, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Burn hazards and falls are really the two primary hazards you need to look out for and be mindful of, said Acree, owner of the consulting firm ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Inspections Nationwide. He recommends an electric cooktop device without raised burners, which he says makes it easier to clean while reducing the likelihood of spills or grease fires.

    Many experts, Acree said, recommend magnetic induction stovetops, which reduce the chance for burns because of the fact that heat is produced only directly below or next to the pot and cools down relatively quickly after being turned off.

    Placement of your microwave, according to Acree, is also essential. He recommends not placing it over your stove or oven, as many do, in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents and to also keep it in reach if you find yourself in a position where you are using a wheelchair in the future. At or below counter height is preferable.

    Here are a few other fixes that can make your kitchen easier and safer as you age:

    Many experts recommend using multilevel countertops as a way to accommodate everyone. Color coded, rounded edges can also provide a visual cue that can help reduce injuries.

    Adequate lighting is also important; automatic light switches, rocker type switches and under-cabinet lighting are all great options.

    Having accessible sinks, which might mean making them shallow or giving them toe space underneath so that those in a wheelchair can pull up to them directly instead of parallel, can be helpful.

    Using lever faucet handles is also highly recommended for those with arthritis, according to experts.

    Pullout cabinets that help make items reachable without bending down excessively can also be the difference between successfully retrieving a pot and pan or taking a nasty spill in the floor.

    This story comes from Aspirations Journalism, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation and Sarasota Herald-Tribune to inform, inspire and engage the community to take action on issues related to Age-Friendly Sarasota, Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, National Council on Aging's 100 Million Healthier Lives and the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition.

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