All Blog Entries by Rick Delgado

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Retrofitting Your Home for Cold Durability

Retrofitting your home can radically improve energy performance, especially during winter. In some cases, retrofits can achieve up to 50% reductions by addressing different energy loads around the home. Whether you’re completing a total remodel project or you’re looking to make energy improvements to your home, these are some retrofitting projects to upgrade your home for year-round energy savings. 

Time to Service or Upgrade Major Appliances

Most of the energy load for your home comes from major appliances. While you don’t need to replace all your appliances right now, consider the ones that are not energy-efficient. Keep up with a proper maintenance schedule and upgrade them over time. Even if…

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When to Remodel Your Kitchen

 

Remodeling your kitchen can be a big and sometimes expensive decision. Upgrading a mid-level kitchen costs an average of $15,000-$25,000 (be aware that remodeling usually involves significantly changing layout such as cabinet type and placement, not just upgrades). A top-tier upgrade is likely to cost closer to the $45,000-$50,000 range. 

 

Such a significant investment begs the question as to the value you’ll recoup from your remodel. Certainly, there are factors of a kitchen that induce buyers to invest more in a sales bid, such as energy efficiency, eat-in spaces, and ample cabinet storage, but there are other intrinsic factors that might be more appealing to those who aren’t looking to sell. 

 

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Furniture Trends 2022

 

It’s hard to believe we’re still talking pandemic two years later, but 2022 is shaping up to be yet another year influenced by COVID. The more time we spend in our homes, the more important our interior surroundings become, and, as we face another year of working at home, facing travel restrictions, and dealing with the hazards of getting out and about, we’re looking to make our homes sanctuaries of all the things we need and miss. That said, here are some of the furnishing trends shaping up for 2022 to meet our pandemic desires.

 

Nature

 

Almost every designer is predicting the incorporation of nature into our interior schemes. As we spend more time indoors and are unable to travel, we want to bring a little…

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Pros and Cons of Different Piping Materials

 

Fortunately, the world has come a long way from using lead and clay piping. Science and technology have provided the industry with best practices to abide by, and this information has advanced the engineering of pipe materials that are now safer, more durable, and able to keep our drinking water clean. Now, stronger and safer piping such as stainless steel pipes has been widely used since World War II. What hasn’t changed is the labor-intensive process of updating piping in buildings, but choosing the right piping materials will save you the headache of future repairs or the expense of having to do it frequently. 

 

Types of Piping Materials On the Market

 

These different types of piping…

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Ideal Fabrics for Office Furniture 

 

The upholsteries that surround us in the workplace can have a profound impact on employees, and creating a holistic physical workspace that supports creativity, innovation, and hard work can be as easy as selecting the right fabrics for your office furniture. A few considerations to mull over when choosing materials is to think about durability, stain resistance, rub resistance, elasticity, comfort, the care process, cost, and its moisture-wicking ability. These select fabrics cultivate peace and tranquility in the workplace through durability, comfort, and style. 

 

Vinyl

 

Hygienic and enduring is probably one of the best combinations that you can find for office furniture. Vinyl is a…

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Trends in Door Design & Materials

Elizabeth Taylor once said, “I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” If you too are feeling a little adventurous, then maybe the time has come to look at your own doors, to try something new in embracing the latest trends. Doors are, to paraphrase architect Bob Boron, the gateway to your home, ones that accent any entry, and 2021 offers a number of trends that could be the perfect accent to entering your home or as gorgeous interior touches to liven up the rooms we’ve all spent too much time in during Covid.

 

For those of you thinking of adding or replacing doors to liven up your living space, here are a few trends you might keep in mind as you…

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Backyard Thanksgiving 

 

The world has a lot to be thankful for this year, and the best way to launch this year’s season of giving is with an unrivaled outdoor Thanksgiving bash. Eating turkey under the California sun takes the pressure off of hosting large groups indoors, is easier to clean up, provides an opportunity to host a potluck-style celebration, and offers more air circulation. Not sure where to start? Check out these tips and tricks to jumpstart your outdoor turkey day spectacular. 

 

Location, Location, Location

 

Choosing the best location for your Thanksgiving soiree is the most crucial decision that you’ll make about your event. A front or backyard is likely going to be the convenient choice for you. This will give you…

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Guide to Thanksgiving Placesettings

Setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table can be overwhelming, but in reality, with a few tips, you can set up a table that’s worthy of a home decor magazine. Our quick guide to Thanksgiving place settings will show you five different steps to create the perfect Thanksgiving table set to surprise all of your guests.  

1. Start With The Most Beautiful Dining Set

Start with the basics. You might want to take out the special-occasion China you have stored away for this occasion. Working with a beautiful dining set that includes your silverware and everything else you have for special days will make your table setting pop. 

2. Get a Festive Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Instead of focusing on tons of decorative…

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Financial Stresses on Home Buyers

 

You may have heard, particularly if you're someone seeking to buy a new home, that the prices of real estate are up in the post-pandemic era. Recent data from Case-Shiller House Price Index confirms that the cost of buying a home has increased roughly 14.9%. But house price is not the only factor that is placing financial strain on current homebuyers.

 

In September 2021, the inflation rate reached 5.4%. While a little inflation is natural and stimulates the economy, too much can stall the market and put prices out of reach of some homebuyers. To put this in perspective, most analysts suggest 2% inflation as a natural progression, but the current state of inflation is the first time the rate has crested…

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How to Choose the Best Materials for Your Kitchen Cabinets

 

The world of kitchen cabinetry is vast, but once you start searching for suitable cabinets to fit your kitchen aesthetic and everyday needs, you'll quickly see that all cabinets are not created equal. Different materials have their own special advantages or disadvantages, and it's essential to know your way around the vast array of substances that are predominately used to manufacture kitchen cabinets. Your assessment of cabinets should begin with a thorough analysis of your cooking habits and overall lifestyle. For example, suppose you or members of your household enjoy cooking. In this case, having durable cabinets that optimize your storage capacity would be the best choice. 

 

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