Techno gadgets for kitchens!
Cost versus Value?
I have had so many customers share their concerns about remodeling their homes because they are looking to get most or all of their money back upon selling the house. Ironically, most consumers don't ask those questions when they are purchasing a car, big screen TV, or a new XBox system. It seems to be a given when they buy something at full retail they will immediately lose the value of that item when they walk off the lot or out of the store.
So how can you determine what is right for you? Many factors contribute to Cost versus Value and many things are intangible. Such as artistic taste, functionality, structural components, health related safety products, and environmental control. Remodeling magazine has taken a lot of the guesswork out of your research for you and you can learn more about what projects are going to yield you the most for your investment. And remember, it IS an investment. Home remodeling is one of the safest places to put your money as historically proven, home values typically rise over time. Even in the heat of our economic downfall in 2006 home prices have slowly rebounded to a place where we are seeing steady growth.
To learn more about what might be right for you in your region click on this link below to teach you more about what works for you. When you are ready to begin your renovation project contact us for a free in-home design and construction consultation!
Winter Warm Up!
Okay, it's winter, and here in the Midwest we keep those slippers by the bed and prepare ourselves for the cold walk over the bathroom floor in the morning. It's literally a wake-up call to crawl out of our warm beds and tiptoe over that cold floor. Is there a better way? YES!
Radiant Floor Warming Systems are a fantastic way to heat a room efficiently and comfortably. They warm the space by generating an even heat throughout your home. That means no heat loss through the ceiling, less fuel usage, reduced noise levels, and an overall body warmth. Another benefit is that they do not distribute allergens as forced air systems can do. To top it off, they're quiet and extremely energy efficient! Radiant heat is a comfortable healthy way to warm any space.This is a clean soundless system that brings warmth to any space. An example is some manufacturers provide zone heating using a programmable thermostat, which means heating room by room, use by use – heat only where you want, when you want it. Electric radiant heat allows homeowners to lower their central heating system while still being comfortable. It offers an energy saving alternative to keeping the forced air heating system running throughout the entire house and can help reduce a home’s overall energy consumption. And because their are no moving parts once it's installed safely encased in thinset/mortar, it is 100% maintenance free and will last the lifetime of your floors.
The applications can go beyond simply the bathroom or kitchen, and can serve as more than just a luxury. If rooms in your home comply with modern insulation requirements for your region, Nuheat can act as an effective and efficient heat source. This means less dependence on additional heat sources, as well as reduced energy costs associated with heating. However, for rooms with lower insulation levels (in older homes), additional heat sources may still be required, especially if upgrading insulation values proves difficult. Upgrading your insulation, however, regardless of your heat source will not only keep your house warmer but also lower heating bills.
There are many types of flooring that can be used with radiant heating. Select the flooring type you have and there is a specially designed product just for you!
Porcelain and Ceramic: Tile and stone floors are among the most popular applications in the industry. They are perfect for delivering radiant heat to naturally cold stone and tile surfaces to transform them into beautifully soothing warm floors.
Carpet: Environ™ electric underfloor heating systems are ideal for adding warmth to rooms with carpet, laminate or floating wood floors.
Concrete: If you want to enjoy your sunroom in all four seasons, or comfortably enjoy the beauty of a trendy new polished, stamped or stained concrete floor, you'll appreciate radiant heating under foot. Your concrete floors will be as warm and functional as they are attractive.
Wood Floors: Electric Floor Heating Systems for under hardwood floors are ideal to complement the strength and beauty of hardwood flooring. Turn any room in your home into a cozy, inviting space to enjoy.
For more information contact McNulty Design Group for a FREE in home consultation!
Credits: Nuheat, Warmly Yours
David McNulty, CKD