Kitchens and Baths

Towel Warmers: A Luxury To Love

Baby it’s cold outside!  And when you step out of your morning shower, nothing takes the chill off quite like a warm, toasty towel or a heated robe. 

These days, you don’t have to go to a 5 star hotel to treat yourself to such luxury.  All you need is a towel warmer in your bathroom. And it’s not such an extravagance as you might think.

Towel warmers are available in many different styles, finishes and configurations.  They can be hard-wired or plugged into a wall.  

The Savvy Woman Who Invented the Dishwasher

On an ordinary day in the 1880's, a Shelbyville, Ohio woman took some dirty dishes and made history.  Josephine Garis Cochran was the first person to build a working dish-washing machine, succeeding where others had failed.

Born in 1839, Josephine married a successful merchant in 1858.  They entertained frequently, and Josephine grew frustrated that her fine china was chipping.  Believing that the cause was harsh handling by those who washed it, she began washing the dishes herself but soon thought there must be a better way to avoid the drudgery of manual washing.

Decked Out Showers Favored Over Whirlpools

We've installed plenty of whirlpools. In the 90's and early 2000's, you could hardly build a home without one.  But we kept hearing that they were good for soaking the mini-blinds and not much else.

And so in 2005, we decided to build a spec home that had neither a whirlpool nor a soaking tub in the master bath.  Instead, it had a large walk-in shower.

“You’ll never sell it,” said a good friend who happens to be another builder.  The house sold overnight without a single peep about it having no whirlpool.

Granite Care and Maintenance

Brought to us by Mother Nature, granite is a 100% natural stone that’s beautiful, durable and easy to maintain with a few simple steps.

For daily cleanup, use warm water and/or a mild dishsoap applied with a washcloth or microfiber cloth.  Avoid harsh or abrasive cleaners, glass cleaners, any products with ammonia or bleach and any acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon or lime.  These chemicals will dull and weaken the sealant over time.

Granite or Quartz: Which to Choose?

Back in the 90’s, granite became the status symbol in the world of countertops but in the last several years, quartz gained ground and took over in popularity.  And we’re often asked, “What’s the difference?” Here's a primer. 

Granite is a 100% natural stone material that forms under immense pressure deep within the earth over millions of years.  It consists of different minerals that give it both color and texture, but quartz and feldspar are always components. 

Lighting Your Master Bath Vanity

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.  Who’s the fairest of them all?

She (or he!) who has the right light in the master bathroom - that's who!

After all, lighting is the key to looking your best when you step outside the room.  But with so many beautiful fixtures available, how do you choose the right ones and know where to put them? 

There’s no single or simple answer to that question but several factors should be considered, such as size of the bath, wall color, layout, ceiling height, and whether or not there is a window, to name a few.  

Cabinet Lingo Explained: Door and Drawer Styles

Ready to create your beautiful kitchen and baths? You probably have a good idea of how you want your cabinets to look, but aside from the color and wood species, there are many other details to consider.  Understanding cabinet terms can be a big help when you're making your choices.

Knowing the lingo of door and drawer styles is a good place to start.  There are variations, but the door styles you'll most often hear are flat panel, raised panel, and slab..