Sun Worshipers Rejoice!

Here in the Northeast, we are in the middle of winter and enjoying the warmth of cozy fires, while looking at the beautiful blanket of white that covers the earth outside our windows. Hmm…but is this what we see?

Are you a sun worshiper and love large windows, but feeling the sun will do more harm than good? Do you have beautiful windows, but have covered them with costly shades only to feel that the shades clearly weren’t as fun to stare at as the view was, and they really didn’t help much with the cold or heat.
Read more “Sun Worshipers Rejoice!”

Renovating Kitchens and Baths…Time to Call A Plumber

You have now done your research, spent hours on these sites,  and you have loads of ideas of how you want your bathroom or kitchen to look. If you are at all like the “average consumer”,  the internet has educated you, but with knowledge, comes confusion.  ALL the pictures look pretty!  Why spend $500 when there is similar product for $150?  Why the difference? Design, construction, brass content, ceramic cartridges, water volume, all of these things matter and you need to take them into consideration when deciding on what fixtures work best for your renovation.

Read more “Renovating Kitchens and Baths…Time to Call A Plumber”

Beyond Wolf and Viking …The winner is BlueStar

Renovating your kitchen? Culinary functionality of kitchen appliances combined with magnificent design aesthetics are key elements in creating your dream kitchen. But taking the plunge on choosing a dream luxury stove can be more overwhelming than buying a new car.

Pro appliances are pricier but tend to be more durable and powerful, and they are designed BEAUTIFULLY. For serious cooks, heavy entertainers and large families they are a good choice.
Read more “Beyond Wolf and Viking …The winner is BlueStar”

Appliance Trends 2017 and Beyond..

 

I always get asked by those who are thinking about updating or renovating their kitchen, “what are the latest trends?” “What do I need to include in my project so that my project will last and be current for many years to come?” While most people don’t want to be too trendy in an area as expensive and as permanent as a kitchen, everyone does want to have the latest and greatest appliances that will keep their kitchen looking fresh and up to date for many years to come. At Adirondack Appliance they have been selling appliances since 1929. Technology, innovation, design and performance are all key factors for them when selecting their brands and they are careful to choose products tailored to the needs of their customers.

My recommendation for 2017…

Read more “Appliance Trends 2017 and Beyond..”

Completely Custom…Beautifully Done Design

 

In today’s world of cookie-cutter design and ticky-tacky construction, “custom-built” most often means getting to pick standard cabinet pieces and colors that someone puts together to fit standard room spaces. Homeowners who want to give their existing kitchens a makeover often replace the old cabinets with new ones. However, for homeowners who truly want to give their kitchens a unique and elegant touch, custom cabinets are the right choice. John Lis, owner of Normanskill Custom Cabinet Co., has been handcrafting custom pieces for over 30 years in residential and commercial applications.
Read more “Completely Custom…Beautifully Done Design”

Going Down Under

You’ve got the plans and you know what it is you want. Maybe it’s a game room to play Halo in, or a home theater where you can watch the latest Blu-ray or the big game. But whatever your basement remodeling plans are, don’t start them until you know your home’s most vulnerable space is ready. Do you need help preparing your basement. Adirondack Basement Systems will be at the Times Union Home Expo with tips on how to get started.

Waterproofing must precede remodeling:
Read more “Going Down Under”

Industrial Farmhouse

Surrounded by an arch of red brick, parsons chairs stand at either end of the farmhouse reclaimed lumber table, illuminated by the lanterns above the rustic kitchen island. Adjacent are barn doors that lead the way into the pantry. Just your average rustic industrial home, right? Wrong! At Urban Industrial Design, owner and operator Brian Seitz decided to invest in his talents and pursue his dream of doing what he loves – joining fine carpentry with metal fabrication to create classic and original pieces of furniture. His sense of aesthetics is a unique balance between the rustic charm of reclaimed wood materials combined with a hint of edginess that adds sophistication.

Read more “Industrial Farmhouse”

The Simple Transition…Tile and Wood

Open floor plans are very popular today, all the rooms mixed in one is a regular thing. You can accentuate your areas using various space dividers, accents and floor covers. Tiles in the kitchen, wood in the living room, concrete in the entryway… but how to make a transition between them in a cool way? Here are some new desing ideas that may help you.

Read more “The Simple Transition…Tile and Wood”