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    Kitchen Remodeling – Affordable Kitchen Designers - October 9, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Unlike pre-made stock cabinets from a home supply store, custom kitchen cabinetry is built to your exact specifications to fit a specific space in your home, whether it is the kitchen, or any other area where you may require storage. There are a wide variety of available styles, wood types, and finishes to choose from to suit your unique needs and blend seamlessly into the look of your home.

    As custom cabinets from Affordable Kitchen Designers are built to your own specifications, you benefit from not only a design that perfectly suits and fits your own unique space, but you are also provided with a customized storage solution that can enable you to more efficiently access and arrange your belongings. In addition, custom cabinetry is perfect for rooms with odd-shaped architectural details as we can easily build cabinets to fit your space (something that would be virtually impossible with off-the-shelf cabinets).

    Cabinets are 100% american made solid wood, custom sized to any demension without the need for fillers or spacers.

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    3 tips for remodeling a kitchen in the Tomball, Magnolia areas – Community Impact Newspaper - September 7, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Tanna VillarrealBetter Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Gary Greene

    A local realtor answers questions about trends and offers tips to homebuyers and sellers.

    Tanna VillarrealBetter Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Gary Greene

    What should homeowners know before deciding to remodel a kitchen in terms of cost?Typically, remodeling a kitchen and master bath provide a good return on investment, but with the escalating price of construction and limitless options for finishes and amenities, its important to know how much is too much. Before beginning the project, talk with a Realtor and ask for sold comparables in your area. This will help establish your budget and provide information on what to expect the value of your home to be once the work is completed.

    When installing new appliances or cabinets, what designs will add appeal to a home?I think its important for cabinetry to have clean lines and simple finishes. When cabinets are flocked with ornate designs and heavy finishes, they feel outdated and will more adversely affect the sellers ability to sell their home. When selecting appliances, try to splurge where possible. Find that signature piece and make it your centerpiece.What are current popular kitchen design trends homeowners should be aware of?Trends are nice, but try to avoid them. Many of todays styles are updated versions of classic designs. As a homeowner, its important to convey your style without going so far into whats trending that you have to remodel again in five years. Keep your finishes clean and decor simple. For many, this means nixing the greenery. Get it out of there because nothing dates your home faster.

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    Raynham IHOP reopens nearly three months after kitchen-area fire – Wicked Local Taunton - September 7, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Charles Winokoor Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter @cwinokoor

    RAYNHAM Theres nothing like a fire to speed up a remodeling job in a restaurant.

    They planned to remodel in August, but this kind of pushed it up a month or so, said Dawn Souto, who works as a waitress at the IHOP at 235 Route 44.

    The restaurant recently reopened after closing for nearly three months due to a fire that broke out May 31 in the kitchen area.

    Assistant manager Nicole Rolls said there was a soft opening with shorter hours of operation on Saturday, Aug. 26.

    Management since then, she said, has conducted interviews to fill a handful of positions.

    The fire was the second fire within a span of a year to damage the building, which before becoming an International House of Pancakes in 2006 had been a Bickford's Family Restaurant.

    A fire in August 2016 damaged a rear portion of the IHOP building and led to water and smoke damage. The IHOP reopened days after that fire.

    Rolls said the cause of the May 31 overnight fire was a piece of floor-mat carpet that an employee placed too closely to the pilot light of a hot-water heater in the kitchen.

    The non-stick rug piece, which typically is placed in front of the restaurant's entrance, ignited. No one at the time was in the building, she said.

    The silver lining, Rolls and Souto say, is a newly designed IHOP with a centrally situated, blue-tiled hostess booth; new seating accommodations for customers waiting for a booth; and a washable faux-tile floor taking the place of old carpeting.

    Rolls says dining room seating has expanded from 132 to at least 162 seats.

    Customer reaction, she says, has been encouraging. "The first thing they notice is, 'Wow, it's been redone,'" Rolls said.

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    Assembling ideal creative team for home renovation projects – Bradenton Herald - September 3, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Ernest Gilbert knows that a kitchen or the bathroom remodel can help update any house and built his Bradenton-based business, Gilbert Design Build, on such remodels.

    Gilbert, 48, started his full-service business in 2001 and has showrooms at 816 Manatee Ave. E. in the Central Plaza and at 4049 Clark Road in Sarasota.

    We are a design, build and remodeling company. We specialize in remodeling, Gilbert said in his Bradenton showroom, accompanied by his son, Evan, who works in accounting and purchasing.

    Gilbert Design Build is a licensed contractor with interior designers on staff, and the company recently was a finalist in the annual Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year awards in the category for firms with more than $1 million in annual revenue.

    Ernest Gilbert got into the business at age 17. When he bought his first house, it was a 1920s-era fixer-upper located in the Wares Creek section of Bradenton.

    I had no money, he said of the initial challenge of updating the house. I learned how to do things and realized I enjoyed it.

    We want to create an environment where our team members like to come to work. We want an environment where they can be creative.

    Ernest Gilbert, Gilbert Design Build

    His wife Jessica encouraged him to pursue home remodeling as a career.

    We grew faster than most businesses should, and pretty soon I was in the office running things, Ernest Gilbert said.

    Like many during the Great Recession, the company had to downsize, but it has rebounded and now counts about 25 on its payroll. Among them is Evan Gilbert, who thought he might become an architect but gravitated to the family business by working in the office doing computer-assisted design and getting involved in the financial side of the operation.

    The creative urge to improve a home is reflected in the Gilbert Design Build showroom, which showcases modern kitchen and bathroom designs while fostering a happy work atmosphere.

    We want to create an environment where our team members like to come to work. We want an environment where they can be creative. We encourage creativity to improve our system, Ernest Gilbert said.

    That translates into a pleasant experience for the client.

    We are trying to operate with integrity and create a relationship with the client so they will want to come back to us, Ernest Gilbert said.

    Being in the remodeling business, Gilbert donates many serviceable fixtures taken from the homes he upgrades to Habitat for Humanity, giving them a second generation of use.

    Occasionally we will work on one of their builds, he said.

    Gilbert Design Build has also supported Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Toys for Tots.

    For more information, visit gilbertdesignbuild.com or call 941-757-3395.

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    For bathtubs & older bones, bubble massage bests whirlpools – The Columbus Dispatch - September 3, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    By Ed Del GrandeTribune News Service

    Q: Were getting older and plan to stay in our home longer than expected. Were remodeling the bathroom with age-friendly plumbing fixtures. What tips can you give for an aging-in-place massage soaking tub? Ann, Nebraska

    A: I know from personal experience that old bones love a gentle soaking. My tips:

    Check out a drop-in style tub. These usually require a custom-built enclosure, which will let you add stairs and seating areas around the tub for easier access.

    In place of a whirlpool jet system, I recommend a bubble massage system. Soft, rising bubbles are a lot easier on the body.

    Dont forget comfort and lumbar support. Look for a tub with rounded edges and body-supporting features.

    Q: Our children are getting to be independent in the bathroom. We want to teach them good water-saving habits. What do you recommend? Becky and Joe, Rhode Island

    A: To start, I would upgrade to high-efficiency fixtures. My tips:

    Upgrade your faucets with water-efficient aerators and teach the kids to turn the tap off while brushing teeth.

    Install an adjustable-height shower and slide bar instead of taking baths.

    Replace your old toilet with a high-efficiency dual-flushing toilet. Kids love to press buttons. Teach them the No. 1 button (half flush.) is for No. 1 and the No. 2 button (full flush) is for No. 2.

    Q: Im planning an extensive kitchen remodel and would like a kitchen island with a bar sink. What features would you suggest? Mary, Wisconsin

    A: With kitchen island sinks, I can tell you that the good old fashioned bar sink has evolved into a staging area for food and beverages rather than an actual work station. Thus I suggest exploring these design features:

    Material choices: Cast iron and acrylic are popular, as well as stainless steel.

    Shapes and mounting: Under-mount bar sinks with rounded shapes can make a dramatic visual statement.

    Faucets and accessories: High-end faucets and custom cutting boards also help keep a new island sink on the cutting edge of design trends.

    Ed Del Grande is a Master Contractor/Plumber and LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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    Boston Prime Builders Offers Discount on Kitchen Remodeling … – Digital Journal - September 3, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Boston, MA - The kitchen is where families prepare their food; thus, it is important that it does not only look clean, but elegant as well. However, it could lose its elegance with time and soon, it will need a facelift. To achieve this, one needs professionals that have the expertise to deliver. It is with this in mind that Boston Prime Building is offering services to turn a home into a haven by offering a 10% discount on their kitchen remodelling services.

    What is different about Boston Prime Builders is the fact that they actually listen to what a client would like to accomplish in remodeling their kitchen. Based on that they will share with the client what the best options are in terms of materials and design that will not only ensure the desired outcome, but will exceed it. The company is a local contractor company owned and managed by one of the most professional and skilled masters in the field, Mr. Pasquale Spadorcia. According to the spokesperson for the company, Mr. Roberto Fernandes, "dining rooms are being eliminated in favor of remodeled kitchens that accommodate kids doing their homework while you are cooking. You can add a large island where people come, join in a good conversation and in general have some fun, among other things." As such, whether looking for an efficient space or something dramatic, this company has designers that can turn customers dreams into reality.

    The truth is that most homeowners have a special attachment to their kitchen. This is where family memories and special moments are created as immaculate recipes are brought into life and many delightful meals shared with relatives, friends, and family during holidays. It is imperative, therefore, to have a kitchen that is awesome and looks the part. This general contractor in Boston can make that happen and has been in the business of remodeling kitchens long enough to have a solid reputation and a slew of satisfied customers in their wake. The staff at this remodeling company comprises of a special group of talented and qualified individuals whose sole objective when working with a client is to deliver the desired results and leave a client smiling at the attention to detail, impeccable craftsmanship, and amazing design that culminate in a dream kitchen.

    They will also help to design around budget since this is a big factor when remodeling kitchens. Boston Prime Builders (http://www.bostonprimebuilders.com/) provide homeowners with the opportunity to take full advantage of the 10% discount on kitchen remodeling offered among other perks that they have for their clients.

    Get in touch with Boston Prime Builders for more information by calling them via telephone number 617-315-6140 or visit their website at http://www.bostonprimebuilders.com. Interested personnel can also email them at BostonPrimeBuilders@gmail.com. They are located at 6 Liberty Square Unit 2044, Boston, MA 02109.

    Media ContactCompany Name: Boston Prime BuildersContact Person: Roberto FernandesEmail: BostonPrimeBuilders@gmail.comPhone: 617-315-6140Address:6 Liberty Square Unit 2044 City: BostonState: Massachusetts Country: United StatesWebsite: http://www.bostonprimebuilders.com

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    Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Arriving Next Month with Support for Next-Gen PCs and Mixed Reality Headsets – Redmondmag.com - September 3, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Microsoft plans to release the Windows 10 "fall creators update" on Oct. 17.

    The announcement came as part of a backdrop of new PCs and Windows Mixed Reality headsets that were on display during an IFA keynote talk in Berlin this week. The talk was led by Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft.

    The basic theme of the talk was that the Windows 10 fall creators update is enabling creative activities, such as improved inking and the use of mixed reality visualizations, while also being secure via biometric hardware-based login improvements using the Windows Hello feature.

    New FeaturesOn the inking side, the fall creators update, Microsoft's fourth major Windows 10 update release, will let users mark on the content of PDFs. The example during the IFA presentation was a designer drawing on kitchen remodeling plans, with the inked markup saved with the file. The new operating system release will also support a "Smart Ink" technology to aid drawing. For instance, a user can sketch a square and it will get perfected by the software.

    Microsoft also will have a Find My Pen feature in the Windows 10 fall creators update that will show the user where they last used their lost pen device. It doesn't track the pen itself, though.

    The Windows 10 fall creators update also will feature OneDrive Files On-Demand, which lets users open files stored on Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage infrastructure from their local Windows file picker or from a Windows Store app. Icons show whether a file is stored locally on a device or stored in the cloud, but the files are always visible to the user. There's an option to always keep certain files or folders stored on a device, if that's wanted. For IT pros, Microsoft is promising that the OneDrive Files On-Demand feature reduces bandwidth issues for synchronized SharePoint Online Team Sites, since file changes don't have to immediately be pushed down to collaborators with this feature.

    Game Mode in the fall creators update will show up as a button that "allows your games to use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console," Microsoft explained, in its announcement. This feature will work with so-called "Xbox Play Anywhere" games. There are currently 25 Xbox Play Anywhere games that have been developed, according to the IFA keynote talk. Microsoft also is planning to release a new Xbox One X dedicated game console device on November 7.

    The Windows 10 fall creators update will also have an Eye Control tracking capability accessibility improvement. It will permit people with motor impairments to operate a mouse by just using their eye movements.

    On the security side, not much was said. Myerson just stated that Windows Defender was now "smarter than ever" with the fall creators update. Microsoft has been tying Windows Defender, an antimalware service included in Windows 10, into its machine-learning security capabilities of late, but Myerson didn't go into the details. He also briefly mentioned Windows 10 S as a secure option. The Windows 10 S OS runs Universal Windows Platform applications on the Surface Laptop and is aimed at the student market to compete with Google Chromebooks. In case Windows 10 S is seen as being too limiting, Microsoft promises it's possible to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro instead.

    Device SupportQuite a lot of the IFA talk centered on the devices that will be available when the Windows 10 fall creators update gets released on Oct. 17, as well as the devices under development. The new OS will get matched with Intel eighth-generation processors and the latest Nvidia graphics cards. They'll get improved battery lifespans and have support for "OLED and 4K screens," Microsoft's announcement promised.

    Microsoft has six PC "collections" categories it ascribes to new Windows 10 PCs. The categories are premium, modern mainstream, entry level, professional, gaming and mixed reality, according to the IFA talk. Premium PCs cost more than $800. Modern mainstream PCs, which are best sellers in stores, range between $300 and $800. This week, Microsoft described new Dell machines running Windows 10, as well as new Acer PCs.

    Microsoft has been working with its hardware partners on 37 designs for Windows Mixed Reality devices, according to the IFA talk. This coming holiday season, Microsoft expects to see Windows Mixed Reality headsets and motion controllers coming from "HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer," according to an announcement. Bundles of headsets and motion controllers will cost as low as $399. Myerson promised there will be headsets from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo, starting at $299, that are expected to arrive on Oct. 17 with the fall creators update. The Steam games network is participating in supporting Windows Mixed Reality technologies with games, according to the IFA talk.

    500 Million UsersDuring the keynote, Nick Parker, corporate vice president for the Windows Consumer and Device Business, said that last year, 500 million people were running Windows 10, making it Microsoft's fastest growing OS. He added that one billion people wake up each day and use Windows. Cortana, the digital assistant in Windows 10, is on 500 million PCs, Parker said.

    Microsoft early on had a corporate goal to see Windows 10 running on one billion devices by fiscal-year 2018, which will start on Oct. 30, 2017. So far, Microsoft appears to be falling way short of that goal.

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    Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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    Remodeling your kitchen for resale – ConsumerAffairs - August 6, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    From decluttering your home to having it professionally staged, there are a number of ways to potentially decrease the amount of time it spends on the market -- and not all of them need to cost an arm and a leg.

    Kitchen remodels are one such improvement that should be kept simple and cost-effective. Sellers should aim to enhance the visual appeal of their kitchen without going overboard, real estate experts say.

    According to Cedric Stewart, team leader of Entourage RG in the Washington D.C. area, sellers shouldn't spend more than 10 percent of their home's value on a kitchen remodel.

    Making improvements to increase the homes value is a delicate process, Stewart told Quicken Loans ZING blog.

    Fully renovated kitchens with high-end appliances and finishes usually get folks excited and a nod of approval from appraisers, but one must be careful not to overdevelop the home," he said, adding that"clean, modern, functional kitchens sell faster in todays market.

    To help your home sell faster, real estate experts like Stewart recommend focusing on projects that will enhance the visual appeal of your kitchen. These can help make a good first impression on potential buyers, making them more likely to make an offer.

    In its blog, Quicken Loans names several kitchen upgrades that can enhance the look of your kitchen without driving up costs.

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    A Cook’s Kitchen: 3 Top Kitchen Trends Important to Buyers – WISH-TV - August 6, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    You have heard it said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but in the world of real estate does it still remain number one in the heart of the buyer? Sellers take note: the answer is a resounding yes. However, your local REALTOR is a good resource to consult before diving in to an expensive and life altering kitchen renovation. Most real estate experts would advise that the cost of your kitchen should reflect your home and your neighborhoods market value. Another consideration would be how soon you are planning to sell after a remodel.

    Outdated kitchens make it difficult to sell a home, but many cringe at the thought of upending life to get that dream kitchen. Good news from Remodeling Magazines Cost vs. Value Report 2017: A minor kitchen remodel (averaging around $20,000) showed an 80.2 percent return on investment while a major kitchen remodel (averaging around $60,000) held a 65.3 percent return on investment.

    With this in mind, here are SEVEN ways to put your homes kitchen in the plus column for a buyer:

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    If you build it, they’ll stay; boomers remodel their homes – Middletown Press - July 1, 2017 by Mr HomeBuilder

    NEW YORK >> If you build it, they will stay.

    The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes.

    Home remodelers say theyve had a pickup in projects from boomers who are in or approaching retirement and are seeking to modify their houses. Its a trend known as aging in place, an alternative to moving to smaller quarters or a warmer climate.

    Many of these homeowners are hoping to make their surroundings easier to manage and safer in case they have health problems.

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    Theyre replacing bathtubs with walk-in showers, installing safety rails, widening doorways and building ramps features known as universal design since they can be used by anyone, regardless of physical ability. Boomers are also redoing their kitchens and sprucing up other areas since theyre staying put, they want to enjoy their surroundings.

    Zach Tyson estimates that 30 percent to 40 percent of his revenue is now coming from boomer renovations, up from 15 percent to 20 percent five years ago. Most of the projects come from homeowners who are healthy and mobile now, but want to be prepared if illness or injury hits.

    Besides making bathrooms safer, theyre enlarging rooms so wheelchairs or walkers can be used more easily, and also to give the rooms a more open feel.

    Its trending up, for sure, says Tyson, co-owner of Tyson Construction in Destrehan, Louisiana.

    The oldest of the 76.4 million boomers, the U.S. generation born after World War II, are turning 71 this year. As more of them retire and make decisions about where they want to live, there will be a great need for accessible housing, according to a report released in February by Harvard Universitys Joint Center for Housing Studies.

    A large share of these households live in older homes in the Northeast and Midwest, where the housing stocks have few if any universal design features, the study says.

    The report predicts home improvement spending by homeowners 65 and older will account for nearly a third of the total amount of remodeling dollars by 2025, more than twice the portion that group spent in 1995-2005. Owners age 55 and over already account for just over half of all home improvement spending.

    The boomer activity seems to be driving the market, says Abbe Will, a research analyst at the Harvard center.

    Thats a change from the past, when older homeowners generally handled maintenance, repairs and landscaping but tended not to renovate. And some of the boomer-driven remodeling is coming from younger homeowners who expect their parents might later come to live with them and want to be ready, Tyson says.

    The requests Tiffany and Bryan Peters get from boomer customers include replacing traditional turning doorknobs with lever handles that can be pushed down. Homeowners want motion-sensor light switches and faucets, and non-slip flooring. In bathrooms, theyre replacing fixtures with models that are designed for people with disabilities showers than can accommodate wheelchairs, and toilets at the same height as wheelchairs, Tiffany Peters says.

    Weve definitely experienced an increase in requests for aging-in-place work, says Peters, who with her husband owns a Handyman Connection franchise business in Winchester, Virginia. We get several requests a month.

    Home remodeling companies began seeing an increase in boomer spending about 18 months ago and expect it to contribute to their growth in the next few years, says Fred Ulreich, CEO of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, a trade group.

    We see this as something that is dramatically affecting the marketplace, Ulreich says.

    Boomers typically live in homes that are several decades old, prime targets for remodeling, Ulreich says. Unless they move to a brand-new home thats designed for aging in place, their decision is likely to mean remodeling.

    Sal Ferro says boomers are his biggest group of customers, but hes not getting many requests for aging-in-place projects. Its more renovations to make their homes more enjoyable.

    Theyre finally getting the projects done that they always wanted. Theyre getting that kitchen or bathroom, says Ferro, owner of Alure Home Improvements, based in East Meadow, New York.

    Some remodeling companies are specifically marketing to boomers, sending salespeople to trade expos and events those customers are likely to attend.

    Miracle Method, a franchise business that refinishes kitchens and bathrooms, has increased its outreach to boomers, says Erin Gilliam, the companys marketing manager. Franchise owners say much of the 11 percent growth in the franchises overall business in the past year was driven by boomers, she says.

    Gilliams husband, Gabriel, sees the trend in the franchise he owns in Salt Lake City. He estimates that revenue from boomers has risen between 10 and 20 percent, and the growth is prompting him to hire more workers. He has five staffers now, having added one per month the past three months, and expects to reach 10 in the next year.

    Im hiring as quickly as I can, he says.

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