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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Taking the Guesswork Out of Backsplash Design

March 30, 2015 12:27 am

(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with homebuyers. Whether you've just completed a remodel or you're looking for ways to upgrade your existing kitchen, a tile backsplash will instantly transform the space, says Kirsty Froelich, design director of The Tile Shop.

To design a show-stopping backsplash, Froelich recommends determining your style profile by looking at Houzz, Pinterest and home magazines to learn which styles you’re drawn to. Attend your local Parade of Homes, or visit a showroom environment to view multiple styled vignettes.

When considering tile or stone, think about whether you want the backsplash to be a focal point. If you're looking to make a statement, clean and tumbled white marble is on-trend, slate is comforting and earthy, and metallics are eye-catching and contemporary. For an even greater personal touch, consider designs with color, patchwork, patterns or pop art. For those who prefer a subdued look, subway tiles in neutral tones are timeless.

It’s important to know your budget, says Froelich. Convey your visions and cost parameters to any contractors or interior designers you plan to work with. Bring a sample of your cabinetry and countertop or a picture of your kitchen to the designer or showroom you're working with. It will help them maximize your budget while achieving your vision.

If you prefer a material that is low maintenance, Froelich suggests ceramic tile. If you are drawn to the beauty of natural stone, keep in mind that it will need annual maintenance, including resealing the surface to ensure the product's integrity and beauty last.

When finalizing your design, consider adding unique characteristics based on location. Above the sink or cooktop are good places to do something more decorative, says Froelich. To make a statement, you may decide to add a niche with a cutout that has tile on the interior that matches the exterior tile or create a picture frame design using a completely different style of tile and stone.

Published with permission from RISMedia.


4 Tips for the Final Walk-Through

March 30, 2015 12:27 am

The final walk-through is an important part of the home buying process. This step gives a buyer the opportunity to assess the home top-to-bottom before closing. Although a home inspector can accompany a buyer during the final walk-through, it’s essential for the buyer to evaluate the home as an inspector would.

To successfully complete the final walk-through, keep in mind these tips.

1. Have your contract, inspection report and any seller disclosures handy when walking through the home. These documents will help you determine if any new issues developed after the inspection, and which repairs, if any, were included in the agreement.

Inspect both the exterior and interior of the home, paying special attention to any issues the seller agreed to resolve before closing. This is crucial, especially if the seller has already vacated. Spend some time assessing the landscape and grounds, as well as confirming that all doors and windows not only open and close properly, but are also secure.

3. Inside the home, test the HVAC system and all appliances included in the contract. Turn on and off all lights, both inside and outside, and check the temperature and water pressure for all faucets. Remember to flush toilets to ensure there are no drips or leaks.

4. Before completing the final walk-through, be sure to ask for working keys to every door, alarm codes, garage openers and any appliance or system manuals. It’s also a good idea to ask for copies of receipts for any repairs the sellers paid for.

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

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