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Aging In Place Modifications: Practical & Stylish

Portrait of happy senior woman cutting vegetables in kitchen

A 2015 Houzz report showed that over 50% of homeowners age 60+ are planning to age in place. As the baby boomer generation begins to enter the golden years, home construction and renovation contractors are seeing an increase in accessibility modifications being made. With more spending power than the younger millennial generation, the boomers are also a large player in the interior design industry; frequently updating their home to incorporate the latest design trends. Combining the need for accessibility with the desire to keep the attractive appearance of the home, these modifications are not only practical but stylish as well.  Read below for some simple yet important modifications to make to your home accessible for any generation.

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Bathrooms: 2 Sinks, or not 2 Sinks? That is the Question.

Schrock cabinetry master bath with double-sinks

Schrock cabinetry master bath with double-sinks. Also, note that a wine rack is re-purposed for towels. Picture courtesy of Schrock.

The most common request we get for bathrooms is a double-sink vanity. Unfortunately, in a lot of bath spaces, there just isn’t enough room. Kitchen Views has done double-sink vanities as small as 48” wide. The problem with 2 sinks in anything under 60” wide is there are no drawers whatsoever. The only storage ends up under the sinks, fighting for space with the plumbing.

For true comfort, the preference would be 72” wide. Certainly with anything less than 60” wide, there really isn’t enough elbow room for 2 people side-by-side using sinks at the same time. Don’t get two sinks just because it’s a trend and “everyone is doing it”. First, consider how often two people get ready at the same time. If it’s rare, put the sink in the center and go for lots of drawers on either side. If you do find that two people regularly do have to get ready at once, think of it, like your kitchen, in terms of “stations”. Put the sink on one end. Put drawers on the other end. The sink end is the “Wash/Shave” station. The drawers end is the “Blow-dry/Makeup/Prep” station. Having the storage, and not being in each other’s way, creates a much calmer start of the day.

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Double Vanity in Bathroom Designed by Kitchen Views’ Amy Mood

The real secret is having a great designer, who will find ways to exceed your expectations and create a room you will enjoy for years to come. With our large selection of cabinet brands and a vast array of bathroom vanitieskitchen cabinets and accessories, there are also some great bath cabinets and accessories available to maximize even the smallest bathrooms.
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Deciding on the Scope of Renovation Work Takes Careful Planning

In our long experience renovating homes, we’ve found there is often a bathroom off the hallway that shares a wall with the kitchen. This makes sense since plumbing was made more convenient for the builder by grouping them together. But usually, the homeowner has only planned to renovate the kitchen. Why do more?

While increasing the scope of the renovation to include the bathroom will increase the cost of the project, it really makes the most economic and logistical sense in the long run. First of all, the bathroom in an older home, although impeccably kept, could be vintage 1960’s but would look like 1940’s next to a brand new kitchen.

Second, construction work is messy and disruptive, a necessary inconvenience to making home improvements. Why go through it more than once? Having a newly remodeled kitchen is exciting and once the construction is completed the homeowner may find that the adjacent bathroom then looks outdated to them. But who wants to start another project when life is just returning to normal? Remodeling both the kitchen and bathroom at the same time therefore makes logistical sense.

Acton, MA kitchen designed by Diane Hersey

Better yet, it makes economic sense too. The footprint of the bathroom is usually small compared to the kitchen, so demolition costs will only increase slightly. The construction crew and contractors for electricity and plumbing are already going to be there, and the dumpster. The time needed to add bathroom lighting fixtures or making minor adjustments to the plumbing is short. Permits and inspections can be done on both rooms at the same time. The cost for building materials will also be minimal since a bathroom vanity is only a small additional cost. There would only need to be one, maybe two, or three cabinets added onto the kitchen cabinet order. This is usually a small additional cost in the grand scheme of things.

The countertop people are coming in for the kitchen, so why not just include the bathroom vanity at the same time? To keep costs low, you might be able to keep the existing bathroom fixtures. The new vanity plus fresh paint and decorative hardware alone will improve the bathroom. If your budget allows, you could consider replacing the toilet with a new water-saving model.

If you are replacing flooring, the additional bathroom area will be a fraction of the cost. Again, the workers are already there, so you are just adding a few square feet of floor covering for a small bathroom. That minimizes the installation costs for everything, as you are not paying large minimum charges for someone to come out to do a very small job at a later date.

So, our advice is to do it all at once. Get the headache over with all at once. Say goodbye to the contractor — and you’ll be thanking your designer, as you enjoy your new kitchen and bath!

 

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Fighting Germs With Decorative Hardware From Häfele

Who doesn’t want to have a healthier home and/or work environment? Parents of young children are familiar with those long stretches of time when a cold or other virus sweeps through the whole family. Office workers try to keep their hands washed to avoid catching whatever is going around the office. Now Häfele declares they have decorative hardware that can help fight the ongoing battle against germs.

Where health and hygiene are important considerations, pulls & handles with antimicrobial finish are now available in a choice of six distinctive pulls and handles.

Häfele Antimicrobial Collection of decorative hardware

Häfele Antimicrobial Collection

Häfele’s Antimicrobial Collection starts with exceptional craftsmanship and contemporary style. Then a durable, powder-coated antimicrobial finish is applied that reduces the possibility of developing “superbugs” or other strains of bacteria. With today’s health and hygiene concerns, this collection offers new possibilities for residential, commercial and institutional applications.

Whatever your decorative hardware priorities, Kitchen Views offers a wide selection of brands to complement your cabinetry, your style and your budget.

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Check List for Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Brandy Souza of Kitchen Views

Kitchen Views at National Lumber enjoyed hosting our first EM NARI Networking event on April 16 along with co-host Allstate Glass. Two of our PRO Force salesmen, who specialize in working with remodelers, were there discussing current building projects.

Steven Kaitz, owner of National Lumber at the EM NARI Networking Event

Steven Kaitz (right), owner of National Lumber at the EM NARI Networking Event in the Kitchen Views showroom, Mansfield, MA

Many demonstration areas were available, including:

•  Allstate Glass frameless glass shower enclosures and back-painted glass backsplashes

•  Schrock and Dynasty representatives showed our vignettes of their cabinetry products and answered questions

•  Häfele introduced their new cabinet lighting that is installed in our two new kitchen vignettes

•  One of our Mansfield designers introduced our new cabinet re-facing program

•  Closet Factory showed their new finishes for custom closet products

Look for more photos in our Facebook and Google+ albums.

The night was filled with food, drinks and fantastic company. We had big winners too! Nancy from Masters Touch won a gift certificate to Closet factory. Dave from Home Repairs Carpentry in Norwood won a gift certificate to Allstate Glass, and Dave from Miller Construction won a Häfele tool kit and gift certificate for their product line.

But the biggest winner is the EM NARI scholarship fund. Annually, a scholarship is awarded to an immediate family member of an EM NARI member who is a high school graduating senior who has been accepted as a full-time student to an accredited college or university in any program of study. Thanks to everyone who attended we collected $800 for the scholarship fund.

Builders had a chance to see many of the new products going into kitchens now. Many of them feel the market for remodeling is strengthening. Adding these products to any renovation is sure to add value to a customer’s home.

Mike McDole speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event

Mike McDole, National Lumber’s Senior Vice President of Sales, speaking to a guest at the EM NARI Networking Event in the Kitchen Views showroom.

We are looking forward to another networking night! We invite you to check National Lumber’s website Events page, national-lumber.com/events, periodically to see what’s coming up.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit a National Lumber location near you to find out about the PRO Force Remodelers program. Feel free to visit a Kitchen Views at National Lumber showroom and speak to one of our designers about your next project.

Brandy Souza
General Manager of Kitchen Views

The Ultimate Open Concept Shower Enclosure

Glass clarity impacts the ambiance of open concept bathroom design, and Kitchen Views strives to bring you the best advice for selecting the materials that make our designs a reality. Kitchen Views only deals with vendors that are the best in the business. For kitchen or bath glass solutions, we recommend Allstate Glass for their quality products and friendly staff. They are available to answer any questions regarding your project.

Ultra-Clear Shower & Steam Enclosures from Allstate Glass

Allstate Glass low-iron "Ultra-Clear" glass close-up

Allstate Glass low-iron “Ultra-Clear” glass close-up

Just when you thought ALL glass was clear — compare the standard “clear” glass you see almost every day to this low-iron, “Ultra-Clear” glass and you’re in for an ultra-clear surprise. Growing more and more popular, particularly in high-end homes, ultra-clear glass is fabricated by reducing the iron to increase light transmission and reduce the greenish tint in clear glass that is visible when viewed from the edges.

Allstate Glass low-iron "Ultra-Clear" glass shower enclosure

Allstate Glass low-iron “Ultra-Clear” glass shower enclosure

This Canton homeowner loved the idea of maximizing the natural light in his new bathroom with an ultra-clear glass shower enclosure and chrome hardware. Contact Allstate Glass to learn how you can bring more light and clarity into your bathroom with an ultra-clear glass shower or steam enclosure!

Click here to see our brochure that is available through the Kitchen Views website.

Brittany Shellington
britt@allstateglassco.com
781-248-4683 cell

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Nature’s Harmony Inspires Benjamin Moore’s 2014 Color Trends Palette

Benjamin Moore Color of the year 2014 Breath of Fresh Air

© Benjamin Moore

Recently, Benjamin Moore released its latest color of the year for 2014, “Breath of Fresh Air,” a light, tranquil blue used as a neutral base. The conceptual thought process for their new palette is based on the idea of looking to nature for neutral colors, such as this case of blue shades of water and the sky. Take a look around outside and you may find combinations of not only colors, but of various elements that inspire a sense of calm and harmony within you. Now imagine bringing that zenful feeling into your home through the use of color, textiles and accents.

Breath of Fresh Air 806 is a color that can be used throughout your entire home to help create that sense of flowing harmony. The color reacts well with natural light and creates a feeling of being light and clean, a welcome outlook in kitchen design. When used in a bathroom, the feeling may be closer to that of being at a spa resort; a luxurious calm. Whether your decorating style is masculine or feminine, Benjamin Moore’s 2014 Color Trends palette has 23 color hues that have been created to harmonize and complement one another.

Some of the other colors in the new palette include:

  • Peach Parfait 2175-70
  • Lavender Mist 2070-60
  • Nightingale AF-670

Click here to view the full color palette. Please note, colors onscreen may not be a true representation of the actual color and are for visual reference only. Visit one of our locations in person to see swatches. 

Color has such an impact on daily life that it makes perfect sense to transform your living space into one that allows the energy of your home to flow freely and harmoniously for you.

Our professional designers are experts in designing with color and are here to help assist you in your design journey, from beginning to end.

Kitchen Views, where the designers are pros, and the views are yours!

National Lumber is a Benjamin Moore Paints dealer with showrooms in six (6) locations. Visit our experts for advice and all your painting supplies. See BenjaminMooreExperts.com for more ideas and product information.


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