The Pros and Cons of Quartz in the kitchen!

September 20th, 2016

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Pros:

It’s low-maintenance.
Unlike natural stone or wood, it never needs to be sealed. Just wipe with soapy water for daily upkeep. Surface stains can be removed with a gentle cleansing scrub. Avoid scouring pads, which can dull the surface, and harsh chemicals that could break down the bonds between the quartz and resins.
It’s antimicrobial.
Resin binders make quartz counters nonporous, so stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew can’t penetrate the surface.
It’s design-friendly.
Some makers offer jumbo slabs for uninterrupted runs of countertop. But even with standard slabs, typically 60 by 120 inches, the seams can be almost imperceptible; added resins allow cleaner cuts without chipping as stone does. The resins also make quartz more flexible than natural stone, allowing fabricators to bend and shape it into sinks or the sides of a curved island. And it’s versatile enough to be used on floors and walls—fabricators can even cut the slabs into standard tile sizes.

Cons:

It’s pricey.
Compared with DIY options, such as wood, laminate, and concrete, which can cost less than $10 per square foot, quartz, like granite, is expensive—about $60 to $90 per square foot, including installation. Acrylic solid surfacing, another competing option, costs about $40 to $80 per square foot installed.
It can’t take extreme heat.
Quartz counters are heat and scorch resistant, but only up to a point. Most manufacturers say their products can handle up to 400 degrees F, but a sudden change in temperature or sustained heat from a pan left on the counter may cause the surface to crack. To be safe, always use a trivet or a hot pad.
It can’t weather outdoor use.
Install it outdoors in an uncovered area, and you’ll void the warranty. Direct sun beating down on it day after day can cause colors to fade or the countertop to warp or split over time. Currently, none of the major manufacturers offers an outdoor-approved quartz counter.

Delightful home just listed in Bristol Park

September 16th, 2016

Delightful home located in the very popular Bristol Park addition with neighborhood park and swimming pool. You will love this split floor plan with private master suite featuring jetted tub, shower, double sink vanities, walk in closet and open shelves. Beautifully updated granite kitchen counters and back splash, undermount sink, fixtures, microwave and more! The laundry room has an ample pantry and leads out to the garage with a storm shelter. The spacious living has a gas log fireplace between tall windows for tons of natural light. The formal dining is open and inviting with a built in serving counter. Two more beds and a full bath round out this floor plan. You will love spending time on your screened in porch, which is wonderful for morning coffee or relaxing in the evening….perfect outdoor living space! Awesome home in great neighborhood which is close to the Kilpatrick turnpike, Broadway Ext, shopping and dining. Hurry…….this home will not last!!

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Felling tired? Eliminate these things from your home!

September 8th, 2016

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1. YOUR CLUTTER

Sure, you’re resting up by not cleaning, but that might be causing you to feel even more fatigued: A Princeton University Neuroscience Institute study found that a messy, unorganized environment causes you to expend mental energy on stress, which increases your exhaustion.

2. YOUR BLUE WALLS

A study by Travelodge investigated bedroom colors in 2,000 homes and found that blue walls help slow down your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure, and make you feel sleepy. Good for your bedroom, bad for everywhere else in your home.

3. YOUR TV

And your tablet screen. Both exude blue wavelengths that suppress your brain’s production of melatonin (the chemical that makes you feel tired and helps you fall asleep), meaning you’re more likely to have shorter disrupted sleep, causing you to be tired the next day.

4. YOUR COFFEE MAKER

Even though this gadget is a life-saver in the mornings, come the afternoon or evening it might be the reason you’re dozing off during dinner. While caffeine is a stimulant and it does increase your energy, that effect wears off over time and leaves you feeling worse later. Or, you might have just (not) won the genetic lottery — depending on your metabolism, caffeine might actually just make you sleepy.

5. YOUR BAR CART

That nightcap might help you fall asleep faster, but the quality of sleep you’ll get after a glass of red wine is sub par — expect a restless night and to wake up more often, which you’ll definitely feel the next morning when it’s nearly impossible to crawl out of bed.

6. YOUR LAVENDER CANDLE

Sure, this scent is super relaxing, but for that same reason it might be making you tired.  Psychologists at Wesleyan University found that people who sniffed this smell before bed slept more soundly — so you don’t have to ditch it entirely, but maybe stick to mint- or citrus-scented candles during the daytime and lavender as a pre-bedtime ritual.

7. YOUR FAVORITE JUNK FOOD

Put down the potato chips: Foods loaded with simple carbs and sugar result in frequent blood sugar spikes, followed by sharp drops that will make you feel tired over time.

8. YOUR LOW THERMOSTAT SETTING

Studies found that the optimal temperature for sleep is actually pretty cool at 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit — so if you keep your home chilly you might find yourself feeling ready for a nap during the day instead of your jam-packed schedule.

9. YOUR CELL PHONE

For the same reason this gadget is super addictive (constant communication!), it’s making you tired during the day: A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that 20 percent of people between ages 19 to 29 were woken up by a call, text, or email at least a few times a night. That interrupted sleep makes for a groggy day after.

10. YOUR DRAWN CURTAINS

One study about workers with offices with windows verses those without found that people who were exposed to natural light all day long on average slept 46 more minutes per night. The same goes for your home: More natural light will help you sleep better at night and feel more rested the next day.

Just Listed in Seminole Pointe – 2424 NW 162nd ST, Edmond, OK 73013

September 2nd, 2016

Wonderful home with open floor plan and updates galore! Beautiful wood floors in the living and dining! You will love entertaining in this spacious living room with large windows, fireplace and custom built book shelves/entertainment center. The custom window treatments and crown molding add to the decorator touches in this home! Enjoy cooking in the kitchen that is open to the living/dining and offers a large walk in pantry. A nice private Master suite with double sink, garden tub and ample walk in closet! Lots of storage throughout and a Storm shelter in the garage!! Lovely landscaping with crepe myrtles and Oak trees give this home great curb appeal! Convenient location and Edmond schools! Don’t miss the chance to make this house your HOME!

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Mildew on Foundation Walls? The damage it can do and how to fix it!

September 1st, 2016

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Mildew on Foundation Walls

Potential problem: Overgrown foundation plantings can channel water down exterior walls, leading to mold and sill rot. What’s more, roots can work their way into foundation walls and pipes.

Fix it now: Trim shrubs yourself. Better yet, replace them with dwarf varieties that won’t be a perpetual pruning headache. In many parts of the country, planting in early fall gives shrubs a head start at establishing roots in the season’s cool, moist soil. Save money by shopping end-of-season sales at garden centers
or hosting a neighborhood plant swap. “Just be sure that any new shrubs are at least 3 feet from the foundation,” says TOH land-scape contractor Roger Cook. “Otherwise they’ll keep the siding from being able to breathe.”

TOH Tip: The compact variety of Japanese holly pictured grows slowly and densely, making it an ideal choice for foundation plantings.

What you’ll save: Between $400 and $2,500 to fix a water-damaged foundation and sill.