A Healthier Home with Healthier Paint

A Healthier Home with Healthier Paint

Many construction materials are made with formaldehyde, which off-gasses for several weeks to several months, contributing to that “new home smell” which, unfortunately, is quite unhealthy. Sherwin-Williams™ Enhanced Harmony® interior paint has “Odor Eliminating” and “Formaldehyde Reducing” technologies to help reduce the levels of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinetry, fabrics, and other building materials according to the manufacturer. Unlike most paints, Harmony paint itself is a zero-VOC formula and contains anti-microbial agents to resist mold and mildew from building up on the paint’s surface.

To learn more, visit: www.sherwin-williams.com

Have it Your Way – Bathroom Design

Have it Your Way – Bathroom Design

Form and function. Beautiful and practical. Great home design has to have both.

The bathroom in an owner’s suite has always been a “hot button” for home buyers. Hence, bath design receives lots of attention. Designers often start with creating the first impression–what you see when you first walk into the bathroom. We’ve been wowed by some visually stunning master baths only to discover practical considerations, such as convenient towel storage, were obviously afterthoughts. Many people like to dry off in the warm shower area rather than walk across the bathroom, wet and shivering, just to get their hands on a towel!

Nothing in the home is as personal to us as the master bathroom. So the design of this space is often modified from an original layout to one based on individual preferences. Here are the most common changes, and reasons for those modifications:

  • The original owner’s bath layout presents a large, doorless walk-in shower, compartmented toilet, and separate vanities.
  • Alternate bathroom layout #1 shows a single vanity with two sinks and adds another storage closet.
  • Alternate bathroom layout #2 utilizes the same single vanity with two sinks but shows a traditional bathtub in lieu of the extra closet.
  • People looking for a pampering bathing experience would likely opt for alternate layout #3 with its deluxe bathtub, large dual-sink vanity, semi-private toilet, and more generous walk-in closet.

Bathroom design, like your wardrobe, should be tailored for a perfect “fit”!

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There’s No Need to Vent…

There’s No Need to Vent…

Whirlpool Vent pull outSometimes placement of the laundry room presents a unique situation for venting the dryer. Maybe your vent needs to run up before it can exit the home. This can cause energy and safety problems as lint can become trapped in in the vent and more frequent cleaning is needed. Introducing a ventless dryer!

The new breed of ventless clothes dryers not only use less energy, they also eliminate Whirlpool Vent cleanthe need for a dryer vent. Even if you are disciplined in cleaning out the lint filter regularly, dryer vent hoses/pipes typically clog over time, lengthening dryer cycles, wasting power, and shortening the life of your dryer. Some vent hoses snake around the home’s framing and are very hard to clean out, a leading cause of the 2,900 home clothes dryer fires reported annually (U.S. Fire Administration). Whirlpool’s HybridCare™ True Ventless heat pump dryer offers a large, 7.4 cu. ft. capacity and dries clothes in about the same amount of time as the company’s traditional vented models.

For more information, visit: www.whirlpool.com

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See Your Home in a Whole New Light

See Your Home in a Whole New Light

Velux kitchenNatural light is an important design element. Not only does it make us feel good, natural light also provides many health benefits such as increased vitamin D production and improved calcium absorption, lowers blood pressure, improves concentration, and reduces irritability and headaches. You can increase the number and size of windows in your home, but think about how great it feels to bask in the sun coming from above!

Skylights are a great addition to your home as they not only bring in natural light, but they also serve as a design element. Forget the old “bubble” style – today’s skylights are both functional and stylish, and are available with several options.

Velux solarOne such new feature is from VELUX®, the world’s largest manufacturer of skylights. VELUX raised the bar with Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights. Rather than having to hire an electrician to run power to the roof, the skylight’s solar panel uses daylight to recharge its concealed battery that opens and closes the skylight (the practical side of ushering in fresh air and exhausting warm air trapped near the ceiling). It can also power an optional skylight shade.

Design Basics’ HER HOME™ publication teamed up with VELUX to showcase some of the possibilities for brightening your home. View this digital plan book with approximately 40 home plans with skylights incorporated into the design. This edition also features information on why natural light is so important, not only to your home design, but to you and your family!

HER HOME™ VELUX® Edition

Learn more about VELUX® skylights: www.veluxusa.com

“See Your Toilet in a Whole New Light”

“See Your Toilet in a Whole New Light”

Kohler Lighted Toilet…says Kohler, referring to their Nightlight lighted toilet seat. In the middle of the night, you don’t want to turn the bright bathroom light on, startling yourself awake. With Nightlight, it’s easy to see the toilet area with the lid down; and, with the lid up, you can select from two different brightness levels to illuminate the toilet bowl for improved sight in the dark. Powered by four “AA” batteries, Nightlight runs on a seven-hour cycle, so you need not remember to turn it on at night or off during the day!

Visit www.kohler.com to learn more.

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No Warming Drawer, No Problem

Whether it’s a big family meal or formal dinner party, keeping food hot while you’re trying to get everyone around the table has long been a challenge. Viking Range has come up with a delicious solution with their 18-inch wide under-counter Incogneeto™ Induction Warmer that mounts directly under your stone or engineered stone countertop, transforming that portion of your countertop into a food warmer. The Incogneeto works with cookware that has an induction compatible base and features Automatic Pan Detection so there is no heating when the pan or bakeware is not present. Viking claims the Incogneeto can hold food to within +/- 2° F and has four temperature settings: 150°, 160°, 175°, and 190°. Best of all, the unit mounts underneath your counter with no drilling or cutting of the stone needed!

For more information, visit: www.vikingrange.com
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