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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Transitional Style Reigns Supreme in Kitchens, Baths

January 27, 2016 1:15 am

The “transitional” style will once again be the most popular design trend in homes this year. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) annual survey, recently released for 2016, the transitional style, dominated by a neutral color scheme, is a trend that will continue in both kitchen and bathroom design for the foreseeable future.

In kitchens, this includes:

• Built-In Coffee Stations, Wet Bars
• Docking and Charging Stations
• Granite, Quartz Countertops
• Gray, Off-White, White Cabinetry
• Outdoor Kitchens
• Pocket Doors
• Pull-Out, Tilt-In, Tilt-Out Storage
• Special Pet Spaces
• Wood Flooring

In bathrooms, this includes:

• Built-In Storage
• Electric Radiant Floor Heating, Towel Warmer
• Floating Vanities, Open Shelving, Wall-Hung Toilets
• Freestanding Tubs
• Hand Shower, Shower Lighting, Steam Showers
• Humidity-Sensing Fans
• Polished Chrome
• Undermount Sinks
• WaterSense® Faucets, Toilets

Roughly half of survey respondents (members of the NKBA) expect to complete more renovations involving outdoor kitchens this year, and nearly three-quarters of respondents expect to incorporate prep, maintenance and cleanup features, such as under-sink garbage disposals and under-counter wine refrigerators, in kitchen designs in 2016. Special pet spaces within kitchens will also grow in popularity this year, with amenities like designated feeding stations, under-counter crate areas and storage for pet food and toys. Survey respondents also anticipate, in addition to the features listed above, requests for roll-out storage, frameless glass shower enclosures and aging-in-place elements.

Source: NKBA

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Big Spenders: Impulse Purchases Top $100

January 26, 2016 1:09 am

Ever made an impulse buy? You’re not alone. According to a recent CreditCards.com report, nearly 85 percent of Americans have made impulse purchases, with over half  spending $100 or more on unplanned buys. Some have even spent upwards of $1,000!

Impulse purchases generally benefit the person doing the spending. Nearly half of Americans cited in the report have made an impulse purchase for themselves, over 20 percent have made an impulse purchase for a child, and approximately 15 percent have made an impulse purchase for a spouse or significant other.

Seniors are best at exercising restraint. In fact, one in five seniors in the report say they have never made an impulse purchase—more than any other age group.

Interestingly, most impulse purchases occur in-store, not online. Just 6 percent of Americans included in the report made a spontaneous buy via smartphone or tablet.

Source: CreditCards.com

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