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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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5 Themes to Inspire a Kitchen Upgrade

December 9, 2015 1:51 am

The kitchen is the heart of the home—and whether you’re listing today or in the near future, it will be the prime selling point for buyers. To attract offers, it’s important your kitchen play into a cohesive theme that’s not only stylish, but also functional.

Not sure which theme is right for you? Get inspired with the ideas below, courtesy of the experts at Cornerstone Design and Remodel.

1. Minimalist – For fans of simplicity, minimalism thrives on light colors like eggshell or taupe, which help open up the kitchen. These muted tones work well as a wall color or in a floor tile. To continue the clean look throughout the space, install floating shelves and built-in storage spaces over cabinets, and avoid a kitchen island, if possible. For a finishing touch that breathes life into the design, add a house plant, herbs or other greenery.

2. Rustic –Rustic design is centered on natural finishes and accents. Install a dark, natural wood or stone tile on the floor, and look for deep, rich colors, like mahogany, for your cabinets and kitchen table. Warm light complements this style best, so avoid fluorescent bulbs in your lighting fixtures. Create a sense of quaint comfort with wall-mounted pots and pans and an in-kitchen fireplace.

3. Modern – Modern designs revolve around metallic and monochromatic color schemes. Think stainless steel appliances with white cabinets and a black-tiled floor, along with pendant lighting and well-organized countertops, to bring this theme to life.

4. Southwestern – For those who aren’t afraid of color, Southwestern-style design boasts artistic flair with cheerful yellows, oranges and reds. To carry this theme through your kitchen, install warm-colored tile, hang folk art or display pottery. Keep your appliances neutral to avoid “color clutter.”

5. Utilitarian – In utilitarian design, aesthetics are second to functionality. Focus on creating ample counterspace and storage. Add accessories that foster organization, like a wall-mounted spice rack, and one or two well-placed art pieces for personality.

Source: Cornerstone Design & Remodel

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Homeowner Handbook: What to Do If the Pipes Freeze

December 9, 2015 1:51 am

From ice dams to broken branches, winter weather can damage your home and property in more ways than one. One of winter’s most destructive effects is frozen pipes, which can burst and cost thousands to repair.

If your pipes have already frozen, shut off the water main leading into the home, say the experts at Roto-Rooter. This will reduce pressure on the pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst. This is particularly important if you are going to be away from home.

Even with the water main turned off, there will be enough pressure to reveal leaks once the pipe has thawed. Inspect for leaks regularly.

If the frozen pipe is exposed and visible, use a hair dryer or space heater to thaw the ice blockage. Do not use an open flame!

If you’d prefer the help of a professional, hire a plumber equipped with pipe-thawing equipment to get your pipes flowing again. The plumber can also assess any damage and make repairs if necessary.

If no leaks are found, a qualified plumber will examine pipes that experienced a hard freeze. Keep in mind some may need to be replaced because the material has experienced stretching and fatigue, putting the pipes at risk for future failure.

Source: Roto-Rooter

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