Smart Sensational Ways to Customize Your Shower

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Any real estate agent will tell you great bathrooms help sell homes. But what if you’re not planning to sell any time soon and still want to have a memorable, attention-grabbing room? Start by upgrading your shower; it’s the heart of creating an amazing bathroom. Use these smart sensational ways to customize your shower experience.

A relaxing shower at the end of a tough day is one of the fastest, most effective ways to unwind. And an invigorating shower in the morning can set the stage for a positive day. No other element in the bathroom provides a better chance to pamper yourself with luxury, while still serving a vital, practical purpose.

Creating a custom shower experience – tailored to your tastes and needs – doesn’t have to be as pricey as you think. Showers are actually among the least costly parts of the bath to upgrade. Nor does it have to involve extensive renovation. A few simple changes can help you achieve a top-notch shower experience without taking a bath on costs.

1. The power of the showerhead

The showerhead is, of course, the heart of the shower. Simply replacing a utilitarian showerhead with one that features multiple settings can be a major step up, but why stop there? Manufacturers like Danze, Inc. offer an array of showerheads and accessories that make changing a showerhead the quickest (and possibly easiest) way to transform your shower experience.

Multi-spray, single-spray, rainfall, shower arms and hand showers can work together in virtually any combination you choose. Showerheads can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, depending on the model you choose, and many Danze showerheads feature air injection technology that provides a powerful spray even when water pressure is low (or strictly regulated). Various models are water efficient, so while you’re doing something for yourself, you’re also helping the environment by conserving water. Most showerhead changes can operate off existing plumbing, but consult a plumbing professional when you feel a bit in over your DIY head. Visit www.danze.com to learn more.

2. Showering with light and sound

Light and music have a powerful effect on mood, so it makes sense to incorporate their emotional impact into your shower experience. Shower lighting now goes way beyond a single recessed canister light set in the ceiling above the shower. Dimmable lighting allows you to control the amount of light stimulation – from low and relaxing to bright and invigorating. Ceiling-mounted chromatherapy lights use the color spectrum to further enhance mood in your shower. Cables of LED lights at the top or bottom of a shower enclosure can accent the space and provide gentle, low-level light. Sconces and overhead lighting can help fully illuminate the shower when needed.

Waterproof radios first introduced Americans to the idea of musical accompaniment to their shower experience. Now it’s possible to plug your iPod into your home’s audio system and stream your favorite music directly into the bathroom. If your home’s not that high-tech, you can still listen to your tunes in the shower by simply adding portable and waterproof speakers in the bathroom. These Bluetooth enabled speakers let you stream the music directly into the shower.

3. The perfect resting spots

Seating in the shower is no longer just for older folks. Stylish, portable shower seats now make it possible to rest while you’re relaxing in the shower. You can also opt for a wall-mounted seat that folds flat to the wall when not in use. Short on space in the shower? Opt for a corner seat — you can find removable corner stools or wall-mounted options.

Consider adding a foot rest to make shaving easier. Again, options range from wall-mounted designs that match your shower’s existing hardware, to portable options that can be removed and tucked away when not in use.

The shower isn’t just a place Americans go to get clean, it’s an important part of your home that can directly impact your mood and sense of well being. Creating a custom shower experience can be a cost-effective way to upgrade your bathroom and take care of your emotional health, too.

For information on a bathroom renovation or to schedule a FREE in home consultation, visit Cipriani Remodeling Solutions.

Mark Incollingo Participates in Doors for Hope

 

 

When we heard Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity was holding its first Doors for Hope Event, it seemed a natural fit for our resident doors for hopeartist, Mark Incollingo, to donate a door. The Doors for Hope Event takes doors and matches them to artists. The artists then apply their magic and create an original work of art. The doors get a second life with a beautiful new makeover.

 

Mark Incollingo is an award-winning Remodeling Designer here at Cipriani Remodeling Solutions. He not only has many years of designing experience under his belt, but he is also a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, and we are fortunate to have such an accomplished designer. Although he secretly admits to loving his pieces, like most artists Mark does not like to boast about his work, and many clients don’t know that Mark is also an artist.

 

Growing up, Mark found himself always drawn to museums. Mark laughs, “I never sought art out, it just kind of found me.” In his 1923241_1094321325558_4378124_nmid-twenties, he began painting homemade canvases. He used sheets to make them, and he likes to be able to recycle something in his projects. In this image, Mark picked this chair out of the trash to give it his “trash to treasure” treatment. Voilà! Something old is new again! His daughters love this chair and use it daily.

Habitat for Humanity will auction off its Doors for Hope in October. Since it’s a family favorite, Mark plans to give his Door for Hope his puzzle treatment. For more information, visit http://gc-habitat.org/doors-for-hope-event/

 

 

Mark’s artwork has been exhibited in a New York gallery and most recently at the Markeim Arts Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey. http://www.markeimartscenter.org Mark has sold over 50 pieces in his painting career and uses a wide variety of mediums. He is inspired by some of his favorite artists: Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chegall, and Marcel Duchamp are at the top of his list. Mark’s pieces are colorful and inspiring. They make you feel happy. You cannot help but smile when viewing his work.

 

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Don’t be lead astray by his art work. Mark’s artistic flair is one of the reasons he is a great designer. His talents set him apart as a remodeling designer. He has a wonderful ability to take his clients wish list and create the vision for his clients.

If you are thinking about a home renovation and are looking for someone with a keen eye for detail and you need help creating a vision for your space, Mark Incollingo is the perfect choice for your project. For your free consultation, visit http://www.ciprianiremodelingsolutions.com/contact-cipriani/

 

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Matt Slingerland Achieves Certification from National Kitchen and Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Today, it is revered as an authority on the kitchen and bath industry by a large network of peers, distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, installers, designers, and other industry professionals. As seen on their site, “The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.” To read more about the NKBA follow this link. Photos-06
Matt Slingerland achieves certification from National Kitchen and Bath Association. So why would someone pursue certifications from the NKBA? Well, a commitment to provide the highest level of client service and satisfaction. Planning and designing a living space, such as a kitchen or bath, requires knowledge of many specific details and an expertly trained eye to focus in on all the right details. Professionals with a passion for the kitchen and bath industry have a respect and loyalty in seeking the proper education to allow their clients to entrust their home to them. With the rise in popularity of television shows and stations such as HGTV and the DIY Network, homeowners are getting a peak into the exciting and enticing environment of home renovation. Problem is- it is just that, a peak and many details are not seen or know by the uneducated television viewer. As such, it is extremely important for clients planning a renovation project to hire qualified educated professionals. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we are constantly learning and advancing our skills and talents. Matt Slingerland is a great example of commitment and dedication to his career, his team and most of all his clients. Matt has taken courses with the NKBA to obtain his first level of certification, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer, AKBD.
Like most of our clients who love the television home improvement world, Matt was intrigued as well. In 2007, he began to follow his interests and chase his passion. Matt says, “Due to the popularity of HGTV, Houzz, and the DIY Network, today homeowners are only getting bits and pieces of information which can lead to a false sense of confidence for many homeowners about what is right or wrong. Many clients are completely overwhelmed with information by the time I meet them. I realized that to serve them the best I can, taking courses by the NKBA, and getting certified would make me a better designer, and more helpful to my clients.”
He continues with, “One of the things I really love about kitchen and bath design is there is a so much to learn. I love learning. I think I have 5 different books on my desk right now and another 5 or so on my night stand.” Matt loves learning the home renovation industry, he says, “One of the things that initially drew me to Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, and why I love working here, is the culture that encourages on-going education. The neat thing about the courses I was taking was that I could learn new things, and then turn around and use the new knowledge I received right away with my clients. It is extremely rewarding.”
Matt did not set out to pursue a career in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. He had gone to school for, and was pursuing a different career. He kind of stumbled into this field when a position was offered to him by someone he knew that owned a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. That was it, he was hooked. He fell in love with designing kitchens and baths. The following quote by Matt really sums up his passion well, “It provides me with a great creative outlet. I grew up in a very creative home. My Dad is an incredibly talented musician. I think he plays about 10 different instruments really well, and is great at many different genres of music, although Jazz is his favorite. Growing up I saw how important it was to have a way to exercise your creativity, and have found remodeling to be a perfect way to do that. I find it very rewarding, and a lot of fun.” – Matt Slingerland
To have Matt design your next addition, kitchen or bath project, contact Cipriani Remodeling Solutions at info@ciprianibuilders.com or 856.853.8398

 

Remodelers Provide Five Key Elements to Home Renovation

 

Remodelers Provide Five Key Elements to Home Renovation

1. Customer Service
Knowledgeable home remodelers understand that they are providing a service, not a one-size-fits-all product. Just as every home owner is an individual, each home is also unique. A professional remodeler knows how to create customized solutions for the residents and provide continuing customer support.

2. Business Management and Integrity
Running a business well is part of the responsibilities of a professional remodeler. This includes having systems for the business, writing clear contracts, having insurance, providing warranties, and more. Better business management means better service for home owners because they can rely on the remodeler to perform with integrity.

3. Experience
Do you know what to expect when you take that wall out? A professional remodeler understands the structure of a home and is prepared for surprises behind walls. They’ve developed expertise from performing home remodels, attending trainings, and are familiar with laws and regulation pertaining to home construction.

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4. Longevity
Anyone may be able to purchase a truck and some tools, but only professional remodelers have the skills to remain in business for the long haul. By understanding the practice and business of home remodeling, these professionals can manage changes in the market and return to service your home for years to come. Use the remodelers you can trust to fix problems and keep a home in good health for the long term.

5. Creativity
Home remodeling frequently involves problem solving, such as maximizing existing space, strategically building additions, or navigating limited budgets. Professional remodelers can help home owners manage challenges and meet their needs while staying within the budget. Experience and skills help remodelers propose choices and solutions to satisfy their customers.Bring home the benefits of hiring a professional home remodeler for your renovation. Harness their skills and knowledge to create a more comfortable home.

With more than a million Americans spending approximately $116 billion annually on home improvement, the residential remodeling industry is the largest component of residential construction currently in this nation’s economy. More than ever during the year, the arrival of spring finds homeowners across the country inspired to invest in upgrading and updating their homes.

Cipriani Remodeling Solutions has been providing home renovation to Southern New Jersey residents for nearly 40 years. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, visit www.ciprianiremodelingsolutions.com.   or email us at info@ciprianibuilders.com

Throughout the month of May, the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers observes National Home Remodeling Month to focus attention on the importance of working with qualified professionals during remodels.For more tips on planning a home remodel or hiring a professional remodeler, visit nahb.org/remodel or contact www.blsj.com. The Builders League of South Jersey, 114 Haddontowne Court,Cherry Hill, NJ 08034,Phone: (856) 616-8460

 

 

 

Universally Beautiful Bath

2014 BLSJ MAME Award Best Feature
Marlton, New Jersey
Universal Design/Aging in Place
Tammy Collins Designer, CAPS
Cipriani Remodeling Solutions

 

Having physical limitations and being completely dependent on others for care does not mean that you cannot have a fabulous life and a fabulous bathroom.  Designing for this wonderful family, I knew this space needed to be both functional and drop dead gorgeous.  I needed to provide a universal design that not only worked for the client, but also the caregiver.  It must, without a doubt, be aesthetically pleasing.  I needed a perfect combination of form and function.  The client had specific needs, but did not want them to be so pronounced in the design.  The clients gave me a pretty loose creative leash with only a few restrictions.  The objectives were to create more space without expanding the room, provide an open floor plan for wheelchair mobility, lighten and brighten the space, protect everything from water and provide lots of storage.  One unique objective I had to resolve dealt with the clients’ ability to see her reflection.  Above all else, the main request, “Please, don’t make it feel like a hospital.”  All of these objectives added up to a unique challenge that I was eager to resolve.

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Before ADA Bath Marlton, NJ

For this universally designed bath, we needed to create an environment that could handle water, water everywhere, and at the same time provide a beautiful bathroom.  Trying to maintain a dry bathroom meant I had to re-arrange the floor plan.  By moving the toilet to the left wall, I could create a corner bank of cabinets which provided lots of storage, while also opening up the room.  By reducing the depth of the base cabinets, it opened up the center of the room, allowing for complete maneuverability and easy access to the toilet.  The clients’ ability to see her reflection and brightening the room had a solution from the same source – mirrors!  I placed mirrors as the backsplash that are 14” high, with a few rows of coordinating accent tiles to finish the edges.  These mirrors proved to be priceless in the overall aesthetics of the space.  To complete this magical bathroom, the turquoise, chartreuse and light grey color palette blended beautifully to provide a warm, bright and beautiful color scheme.  The light warm gray tiles created a neutral base that allowed for the turquoise glass tiles to rise to the occasion and take center stage.

Universal Design Award Winning Bath Marlton NJ

Universal Design Award Winning Bath Marlton NJ

In this project, solutions where revealed in many areas and they came with a big impact on the final aesthetic and function of the room.  All of the objectives and challenges where achieved, and the result is a beautiful aesthetically pleasing functional space. Being able to reconfigure the fixtures within the existing footprint paved the way for the much needed open floor plan, allowing for the functionality of the space to be optimized for both the wheelchair and caregiver.  Making the room completely waterproof was overcome by installing a waterfall Quartz counter-top at both ends of the cabinet runs.  This type of installation proved to be budget friendly and provided a terrific solution to waterproofing the cabinetry.  This technique had the added perk of being a visually pleasing treat.  Another great solution came from a sunken linen closet. The decision to remove the existing traditional closet with a hinged door provided more functional storage with the pull out shelves. By tucking this cabinet away, it will stay dry.  Providing new approaches to the waterproofing element and opening the space within the existing footprint allowed for an emotionally moving universally designed bathroom for everyone to enjoy.

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Zero Threshold Barrier Free Shower

I used some great products in this design.  Some of my favorites are Cambria Quartz Darlington, Conestoga cabinets in a Crystal white with Pewter glaze finish, Kohler Rhythm stainless steel undermount sink, Kohler Forte fixtures and Hirsch glass tile in Turquoise.

Five-Star Hotel Master Bath in Cherry Hill, NJ

Design/Build Firm – Cipriani Remodeling Solutions

Project – Master Bath Suite Cherry Hill, NJ – Multi-Award Winning Space

Designer – Robert Kramer, AKBD

Award – BLSJ MAME Award 2014 #213 Category Best Renovated Bath

Award – Professional Remodeler Magazine 2014 Best Residential Interior over $100,000

Five Star Hotel with all the Amenities” was the expectation from these world travelers.  The client was looking to take advantage of a large underutilized space, and having traveled all over the world, they knew the importance of good design.  When this is the opening statement from a client, you know there is going to be some exciting design elements in this project.  Don’t be fooled by the five star terminology.  Many would believe this means an open-ended budget.  And, yes, having more funds to invest into your dream space is nice, but it is not required for a well-designed space.

What does it really mean?  Well, the client is really saying they are open to any and all design ideas.  They want to explore every possibility and the budgets that correspond to the design options.  It is very important to understand why these options are so important.  Having choices gives the client the freedom to choose the best design, it puts them in control of their  budget, and allows for the project that is right for their needs.  A good design/build firm will be able to show you many possibilities for your project.  More importantly, they can give you an accurate estimate for those designs.  This will help you keep your design dreams from swallowing your budget.  Also, a good design/build firm will be able to marry great design with your budget.  This Award-winning project in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is a great example of exploring many design ideas and budgets to achieve the right results.

 

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Floating stone wall in Master Bath Suite with under cabinet motion sensor lighting.

A big challenge for the designer to overcome: creating separate spaces without it feeling separate.  It was very important for the owners to both have their own spaces, but also to keep an open space.  The existing layout consisted of small, closed-off rooms, and they did not want to repeat a choppy floor plan.  The solution: think outside the box with a floating wall.  This wall enabled all of the client’s wish list items to be incorporated into the design.  The stone-covered wall enabled privacy for the shower and toilet, tucked just behind the vanities.  This space was cleverly crafted to maximize every inch, while enhancing an open-concept footprint and giving way to flanking his-and-hers closet spaces.  Incorporating closet storage for both him and her really gave this space the final hotel experience.  Her closet features a built-in bench, an island and a locking jewelry door.  His side features a peninsula drawer space and a hide-away ironing board.

 

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Floating vanity and shower with privacy frosted glass in Cherry Hill, NJ Master Bath Makeover

Highlights include a frosted glass panel between the toilet and the shower to keep the areas separate, but private and feeling spacious.  Some spa-like elements includes Brizio faucets and shower fixtures, Robern lift-up medicine cabinets, motion sensor under-cabinet lighting, and a wall-hung toilet.  A separate entrance from the office was incorporated to the bath to allow undisturbed entrance and exiting to accommodate the owners’ conflicting schedules.

 

These clients were looking to have the look and feel of a five-star hotel in their home.  The results speak for themselves with not one, but 2 awards.  You can get a feel of the amazing results of this wonderful collaboration between a trusted design/build firm, a talented designer and amazing clients.  In order to achieve an award-winning design, it takes all three components working side by side with open communication.

 

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Wall mounted toilet Cherry Hill, NJ multi-award winning design

You can see more in the upcoming February issue of Professional Remodeler Magazine

To learn more about this project and many others, visit http://www.ciprianiremodelingsolutions.com/ .

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Philadelphia Home Show 2015

The Philadelphia Home Show returns again and has been a welcomed event for home aficionados for over 30 years.  At the Philly Home Show, you will find anything and everything for your home; from gardening to home remodeling and cooking to jewelry cleaner, it’s all there.  The show is held annually at the Philadelphia Convention Center  .  It is always a busy and eventful home experience that should not be missed.

The show boosts some of the local’s best in every home category you can think of.  You can meet landscapers, home remodeling companies, faux painters, interior designers, home organizers, and even natural disaster preparedness specialists.  This is a great place to meet the experts.  You can mix and mingle with the best and brightest the industry has to offer.  Meet TV personalities and local award-winning designers.  You can sample products, gather information, see home décor trends and get your burning home remodeling questions answered.

We have been a regular exhibitor at the show for many years.  We always meet wonderful people and find the guests take away great information and useful tips and make beneficial connections.  We enjoy attending and see many of our regular clients at the show — Many of whom we met originally at a prior year’s  show.   At the Cipriani Remodeling Solutions Booth, we have a 3D CAD program running and many award-winning project photos.  We also have some goodies for potential clients.

 

While at the show, be sure to check out the “Serving Up Style” Designer Challenge and the “Ultimate Upcycle Challenge” entries. For more information, visit http://www.phillyhomeshow.com/PHS/AtTheShow/286.aspx

 

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James Young of DIY’S I Hate My Kitchen

CLICK HERE for more 2015 celebrity guest information

Host of DIY’S “I Hate My Kitchen”, James is a licensed contractor and certified electrician.  Attendees will get a fun-filled presentation on ways to remodel their kitchens, without breaking the bank.

Visit James at the show on the Main Stage, Saturday, January 17, 2015 and Sunday, January 18, 2015

Presented by XFINITY®

 

 

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CLICK HERE for more 2015 celebrity guest information

Jeff Devlin, King of Prussia native proves that home renovation can be enjoyable and not intimidating.  As a licensed contractor and host of four successful television shows, his fun and down-to-earth approach takes both viewers and clients on an empowering journey, and before you know it, you’ve hung out with a really cool guy and tackled that daunting project that you’ve put off for months!

Visit Jeff at the show on the Main Stage, Saturday, January 24, 2015 & Sunday, January 25, 2015

Presented by XFINITY®

 

 

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And Visit The Fabulous Beekman Boys at the show on the Main Stage,

Friday January 23, 2015, and Saturday, January 24, 2015

Presented by XFINITY®

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2015 Dates & Hours**Please note that the 2015 show dates and hours are subject to change**
Saturday, January 17 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 18 10:00 am 6:00 pm
Monday, January 19 10:00 am 7:00 pm
Friday, January 23 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 24 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 25 10:00 am 6:00 pm

 

Admission PRICES

Adults $13.00
Adults (Online) $10.00
Children Ages 6 – 12 $3.00
Children Ages 5 & Under FREE

 

 

Pennsylvania Convention Center Exhibition Hall F 12th & Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA 19107 www.paconvention.com Ample parking is also available at nearby garages, and transit is just a short walk away.

Master Bath Retreat in Haddonfield

As a remodeling contractor, our true calling is working with people – homeowners who need or want a change in their daily lives. We love to share the stories behind the renovated spaces, because our craft and the lives we impact are the center of our lives. We hope you enjoy this homeowner’s story!

Nestled among the beautiful historic town of Haddonfield, this home was in dire need of a master suite. This family raised several children in the home, who have since grown up and moved on. It was time for a master suite retreat – larger than a traditional 6’ x 9’ bathroom that they currently had.

The new design took an empty bedroom and cleverly crafted a passageway from the existing master closet to the new master bath, enabling us to incorporate his-and-hers closets on either side of the new entryway. This solved a much needed storage issue, along with allowing plenty of space for a double vanity, a walk-in shower with a heated seat, and body sprays. We were also able to incorporate a window seat and a vanity for her. The bathroom features a custom built-in linen cabinet, chandelier sconces, pocket doors, and custom wainscoting. There’s even a built-in mirror over the vanity and a special fixed pane feature window perfect for a sculpture.

The clients were impressed with the concept of beautifully fulfilling their need for not only a gorgeous bathroom, but creative and
functional storage. The design proved to be not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional as well.

“We would like to offer our sincere appreciation for the superb craftsmanship. We truly wake up each day with a smile on our faces when we walk into our beautiful new master bathroom. Thank you again for a wonderful experience.” Haddonfield, NJ

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SPACE MAKERS

The object of most home remodeling design is to get the most from the space you have. Unless we have the means to have custom cabinetry fabricated, we are left with basic sizes of cabinets and appliances which seldom add up to the exact dimensions you need. As a result, we can end up with filler pieces and wasted blind corner space that we wish could be useful. Those days are over. Today, there are accessories that render wasted space a relic of the past. We all know there never seems to be enough space for the stuff we accumulate.

Rev a Shelf, a company based in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, has tackled nearly every space-eating problem any kitchen ever had. From bind corner slide-outs to filler pull-outs, Rev a Shelf seems to have covered, not only how to make wasted space usable, but how to make access to the space you have functionally smoother and more organized. While their kitchen accessories are the answer to many storage issues, they offer similar products for bathrooms and closets as well.

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Sink bases, because of the plumbing, in both kitchens and baths often become a repository for everything that we either have nowhere else to put, or we want to hide. Rev a Shelf makes use of that normally shelf-less space. A normal pantry or linen cabinet always seems to be much larger than the things we can store in them, and then, 80% of the stuff we stuff in them is not accessible unless we take the front half of the stuff out. …So 4 years later, when we can’t stand it anymore and decide to clean it out, we discover those petrified marshmallows, the pirate balloons from our 6-year-old’s second birthday, or that holiday serving dish we re-bought last year

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From ironing boards that store in vanity drawers, to tall linen or pantry cabinet pull-outs that not only utilize every inch of space, but allow you to see and access everything, to blind corner storage that allows you to use space never before accessible, and a ton of like ideas that will make your home more comfortable and your space more usable. Rev a Shelf is available in many colors and finishes, and works with your existing cabinetry. Whether you are considering a home remodeling project, or want to retro-fit space saving accessories, think about these. Many cabinet manufacturers offer similar add-ons, but Rev-a-Shelf has it all.

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Look for yourself! Visit http://www.rev-a-shelf.com

Green Remodeling

You can be deluged with “green” building and remodeling tips if you do even some rudimentary research.

 

Although there is some overlap, there are 3 primary categories of “green.” These are energy, recycling, and health. All three of these are areas can be addressed during a home remodeling project, and the greenness of your home can be enhanced as part of the overall remodeling design.

 

The first, of course, is energy conservation. This has to do with leaving the smallest possible “carbon footprint.” The considerations reach farther than the energy used in your home after the remodeling project is complete. It also considers what kind of energy it took to; a. procure the raw materials, b. transport and process the raw materials. c. manufacture the product, d. package the product, and e. transport the product to your site. If you really care about being green, then you have to include the global carbon cost in your overall green project calculus. Over and above the energy savings you are apt to experience in your home, the number of years these savings will take to offset the global costs to get it into your home must also be considered. Some manufacturers are finally catching up to consumers in sophistication regarding this.

 

The recycling and repurposing of material that will otherwise end up in an already overburdened waste stream is another critical aspect of reducing your carbon output. Producing waste is something for which we Americans have become very proficient. In fact, we’re number 1! Recycling, repurposing, and energy conservation can work hand-in-hand to reduce the amounts of energy and water it takes for us to live. Reusing “gray” water is becoming a popular mode of conservation. Collecting, storing and using rain water is also a cost effective and common-sense approach. There are many roof gardens in action today—especially in cities where open soil is scarce. These not only use rain water in a productive way, but also can be beautiful while providing insulation benefits as well. Simply collecting rain water for use in our own gardens and lawns is an easy and beneficial way to be green.

 

While our planet and its sun provide us with much energy in nearly unlimited quantities, the solar, wind, nuclear, and geothermal options have their trade-offs. This trade-offs manifest themselves in prohibitive costs and perceived danger. Until the technology becomes economically attainable for the masses and can be proven to be safe, the best we can do as people, businesses, and communities, is the best we can do. The U.S. Federal Government has enacted several incentives for families to get greener. Some State Governments do still more. However, these incentives are erratic and dependent on the solvency of the respective institutions. Keep an eye on the available incentives if you are leaning this way.

 

The third class of “green” is concerned with how healthy the materials are that we are putting in our home. Again, this is not just about us, but also the human manufacturing cost. Many commonly used material in construction off-gas unhealthy toxins to which many of us unknowingly expose our families daily. Adhesives, binders, dyes, and coatings are all around us. Many of these can be harmful to people and animals. Beyond that, there are many materials whose hazards are most suffered by the people working in the manufacturing end.

 

Many are under the mistaken impression that you have to be building a home from the ground up in order to go green. There are many, many ways to lessen your carbon footprint in an existing home. From the materials being used to the methods in which they are employed have everything to do with reducing your carbon footprint. While you may not be addressing the whole of your home, the areas you are addressing can most certainly enhance your greenness.

 

A kitchen remodel, for example, usually entails the demolition of the existing kitchen. As the wallboard on the exterior walls is removed, the insulation material and method you choose to replace the existing can be your start to a greener life. If not otherwise specified, the common faced, batt insulation used by most contractors, while an effective insulator, contains formaldehyde. You can choose formaldehyde-free insulation, insulation made from recycled materials, or you can super-insulate with closed cell, spray foam. Care taken to seal off gaps in the exterior wall substructure can help a great deal with heat loss. If you are replacing or installing new windows and doors as part of your kitchen remodel, the careful selection of those units will also help with heat loss. From there, paperless drywall, zero VOC drywall and subfloor adhesives, cabinetry made from sustainable materials such as bamboo or cork, counter tops made from recycled glass, sustainable flooring, energy star appliances, water conserving fixtures, LED lighting, and zero VOC paint will considerably green up your act.

 

“Greenwashing” is the term used for a material that may have one “green” advantage, but then other elements that are not so green. For example: the aforementioned recycled glass countertops. While recycling glass is very green, the binders and adhesives used to produce the top can be extremely unhealthy. Do your homework. It can be difficult as so much marketing is at odds with the facts. One great website to begin sorting through the mire of factoids and truth is http://www.greenwashingindex.com  . There is a wealth of information there to help navigate the “green” forest.