I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

Don’t wish it away

Don’t look at it like it’s forever

Between you and me I could honestly say

That things can only get better

And while I’m away

Dust out the demons inside

And it won’t be long before you and me run

To the place in our hearts where we hide

And I guess that’s why they call it the blues

Time on my hands could be time spent with you

Laughing like children, living like lovers

Rolling like thunder under the covers

And I guess that’s why they call it the blues

Little did Sir Elton John ever consider that his 1983 hit, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, would have an entirely different meaning in 2019, especially when relating to the color blue and its impact on the value of your home. There are numerous factors that affect home prices, most notably, location, school district, access to public transportation, and the date and extent of remodeling projects, among others. However, a recent Zillow analysis found that a fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money. Zillow discovered that homes with rooms painted in shades of blue or light grey may sell for as much as $5,400 more than those painted white. In its Paint Color Analysis, Zillow looked at more than 32,000 photos of recently sold homes to determine how certain colors affected average sale prices compared to similar homes with white walls.

One of the most important rooms where color affected the resale price was the bathroom. Bathrooms painted or tiled with shades of powder blue or light periwinkle sold for $5,440 more than expected. Light blue had the highest premium of any color found in the home. Other colors that resulted in price premiums included cool, natural tones such as gray or oatmeal.

Blue bathrooms commanded the highest premiums. Homes with blue or soft gray-blue kitchens attracted more than $1,800 more than those painted white. Zillow’s chief economist, Svenja Gudell, explains, “Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue or pale gray, not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets.”

Would you like us to show you how to use color to generate more greenbacks when you sell or enhance the value of your bath while you live in your home? Please give us a call to discuss what’s possible at (313)831-7770 or visit our showroom at 150 Parsons St, Detroit, MI 48201.

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​Floods can be absolutely devastating. Protect your home.

​Floods can be absolutely devastating

Floods can be absolutely devastating. They can destroy not only your house, but all of the things that make you feel at home. As wet conditions cause flooding around the country, we want to help you protect your home from floods, both today and in the future. See below for some tips about how to mitigate the damage caused by flooding and prevent it from occurring in the first place.

How to protect your house from floods:

  1. There are quite a few systems that protect your entire house from leaks and pipe bursts that can act as the first line of defense against any type of flood. The Leaksmart protection system stops pipe bursts before damage occurs by turning off the main water supply when leaks or busts are detected. The Leaksmart sensors will also inform you where the leak is coming from, giving you ample time to mitigate any damage if flooding starts to enter your house.
  2. Clean your catch basin or storm drain. Remove debris or garbage. Doing so will allow for water to get into the drain sooner lower the chances of flooding.
  3. Have a good sump pump and back up sump pump. A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basements of homes.
  4. Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Allowing your gutters to drain properly. You should also make sure that gutters drain away from your home.
  5. Apply coatings and sealants to the foundation of your house for waterproofing. This helps protect your home from water seeping in.

How to limit damage after a flood has started:

  1. If a leak is the source of flooding, turn off the water supply to your house.
  2. Use sandbags to block any gaps in doors, windows, or other openings that may lead to flooding.
  3. Move your belongings to an elevated space to protect them from flood waters.
  4. Should flood water encroach on any parts of your electrical system, shut off your electricity. During a flooding event, always assume that every wire or electrical appliance is live.
  5. Make sure your sump pump is working and is on.
  6. Use a shop vacuum or bilge pump to remove water as it comes in. Remember to drain water away from your home.
  7. Photograph or videotape any flooding in order to document and defend your claim with your flood insurance provider.

How to clean up after a flood:

  1. Use a shop vacuum or Zoeller 42 sucker pump to remove any standing water. Once the water is removed, use air dryers or fans in the affected areas to remove all moisture.
  2. Remove all articles that have been submerged in water. Any materials that are porous or absorbent (such as furniture, carpet, and curtains) should be taken to a professional cleaning company or disposed of. Beyond the water damage, flood water often contains contaminants and other elements that are potentially dangerous and stay in place after the water is gone.
  3. Shovel out and remove debris and mud brought in by flood waters.
  4. Once the damaged materials are removed and the home is dry, check for mold on walls, floors, and other surfaces. An easy way to spot mold is to look for spotting or dark blotches, typically with a green or black appearance. If mold or mildew are present, you should call an inspector to assess if the mold or mildew has begun to grow in non-visible places, such as behind drywall or on the subfloor.
  5. Disinfect all surfaces in your home.

While floods can be devastating and unpredictable, taking the aforementioned precautions will give you a fighting chance. Leak detection systems, clearing and maintaining gutters, clearing catch basins, and other steps may be costly, time-consuming, or both. However, the costs to put your house back together after a flood will be far higher. Our counter associates give you the tools you need to stop floods before they even happen.

Most importantly, stay safe out there! 

Keys to Designing a More Beautiful and Functional Bath

Keys to Designing a More Beautiful and Functional Bath

Space is a premium in most bathrooms that we help plan, and it’s essential to have realistic expectations for how to best use the space. In smaller baths, it is often neither realistic or practical to include both a separate shower stall and a dedicated space for a tub. And some bathrooms would look crowded with a double vanity and double sinks. When thinking about a bath remodel, consider the area and how much room you and your family need to maneuver after a shower or bath in order to prepare for the day or a night on the town.

A well-designed bathroom is an organized bathroom. Toiletries, hair dryers, curling irons, makeup, brushes, etc., can quickly clutter a countertop, making the bathroom look unattractive and feel uncomfortable. A tip for designing a more functional, organized and pleasurable bath is to determine what you need to store during the design stage and specify storage solutions to meet those needs. 

We understand that time is our customers’ most valuable asset. Their days are hectic, and they don’t want to waste time searching for a favorite tube of lipstick or waiting for a curling iron to heat up. Manufacturers have responded to this concern, offering vanities and storage solutions with interior adjustable shelving, pull-out trays, interior lighting, hairdryer/curling iron holders, interior electric receptacles, USB port charging stations and drawer dividers to keep baths organized and thoroughly functional.

In addition to adequate storage solutions, another functional criterion to consider when planning a new bath is its care and maintenance. The legs or base of the furniture placed in front of the baseboard might create a gap between the wall and the cabinet. This may not be a concern aesthetically, but it does create a challenge when trying to clean the gap space. The issue may be addressed however, if the furniture has a solid base that can be notched around the baseboard to eliminate the gap or the baseboard is notched to dead end into the base of the cabinet.

In planning a new bath, we never lose sight of the need for fixtures and features to accommodate the varying physical aspects of different family members. This is especially important when specifying mirrors, sinks and shower fixtures. 

Lighting is another key component (and one that is often overlooked) of a functional and aesthetically pleasing bath. Good lighting makes a bathroom more enjoyable while bad lighting can have the opposite effect. We understand how light interacts with materials, users and tasks to enable recommendations that are most appropriate for a new bath project. We often look at the potential to add or expand natural light to a bath renovation project because natural light helps make smaller baths appear larger. This often involves identifying opportunities for a new skylight, especially in bathrooms without windows. 

Effective lighting illuminates a space in layers using different components and strategies to paint the final picture. You can buy a functional $40 faucet in a home center, but most likely that faucet will not add much to the actual beauty of the bath. A similar analogy holds true for lighting. Merely placing a flush-mounted fixture in the center of the bathroom and a light bar over the mirror can provide functional light, but a single fixture or bath light bar may do little to beautify the space, create a mood or evoke a favorable emotional response. Layers of light contribute not only to the functionality of the bath, but also to its design and beauty. 

When we help our clients create the bath of their dreams, we recommend a focal point which could be a sculptural freestanding soaking tub, dramatic light fixture, unique floor covering or vanity.

If you would like additional ideas and suggestions to help design and build the new bath of your dreams, call our showroom at (313)831-7770 or visit us at 150 Parsons st, Detroit, MI 48201.

Why Renovate?

Why Renovate?

The ability to convert dreams into reality is the number one reason to undertake a renovation project, found a recent survey of more than 142,000 homeowners conducted by Houzz.com. Nearly half of the survey respondents undertook a renovation project in 2018.  

The reasons for all types of renovation projects parallel the reasons our clients decide to renovate their homes.  The other major reasons for renovating in 2019 (and likely in 2020) include:

  • Desire to customize a recently purchased home
  • Correcting damage due to home age, pests and lack of functionality 
  • Adapting to recent lifestyle changes
  • Preparing homes for sale to increase value
  • Addressing damage from a natural disaster

Nearly half of the survey respondents opted to renovate their existing home as opposed to purchasing a new one.  The primary reasons included the ability to make a distinct and personal design statement by capitalizing on the opportunity to customize features and design, and a desire to stay in their existing neighborhoods.

The goals of renovation are not surprising.  Almost all of our clients renovate to improve the look, feel and functionality of new baths, kitchens, laundry rooms and other areas of their homes.  Another major reason to renovate is to increase the value of the home and the best return on investment in home renovations are new kitchens and baths. A bathroom remodel that includes replacing the toilet, tub and light fixtures, plus adding a double-sink, tiling the floor and hanging wallpaper can result in a $1.71 increase in home value for every dollar spent, according to Zillow.  

The top challenges renovating homeowners face are finding the right service providers, staying on budget and sourcing products that meet their unique needs and circumstances.  One primary reason homeowners have a difficult time finding the right service providers and products is that the Internet is both our friend and foe. While the Internet provides access to every product and service that you could ever need for a renovation project, the amount of information available online can be overwhelming, is often incorrect, is likely to cause analysis paralysis, and can contribute to unrealistic expectations and elevate stress levels. That’s why a decorative plumbing and hardware showroom is your greatest asset. Showroom professionals specialize in making order out of chaos.  

The reasons why staying on budget can be so difficult is often due to not having a well-crafted and complete plan that does not change during the renovation process. Another reason why estimating and sticking to a budget is difficult for most homeowners is that home improvement television is entertainment, not a documentary.  Both budgets and timetables on televised home improvement shows do not reflect reality and cost estimates almost never include labor expenses.   

If your bath, kitchen, laundry room or other areas of your home no longer meet your desires, needs or lifestyle, give us a call at (313)831-7770 or visit our showroom at 150 Parsons St. Detroit, Michigan 48201.  We will show you how you too can turn your dreams into realities.

Partnerships That Work for You!

Partnerships That Work for You!

When you watch a home-improvement show on HGTV, DIY or another network, there’s a good chance you will not obtain a true sense of what is involved in the renovation process, and it is all but guaranteed that the pricing and timelines on television will create false or unrealistic expectations. While a great source of ideas and creative possibilities, home improvement television is first and foremost entertainment, as opposed to documentary, and does not reflect the real world. The ability to establish a realistic budget and timeline expectations are valuable services that you can expect from partnering with a professional showroom. Regardless of your budget and scope, partnering with a showroom professional provides the experience, expertise and passion to make your dreams a reality.

Many of our clients make the decision to renovate their baths simply because that space no longer meets their goals, lifestyle or needs. There is no doubt that a qualified contractor can install a new bath and handy homeowners can assist with demolition, installation and product selection. Oftentimes installers either select products on their clients’ behalves or sway their decision-making because the customer is unfamiliar with boutique, limited distribution or recently introduced products. Would you want your installer to select the fabrics for your new living room furniture? Would you want your dry cleaner to select the clothes you wear based on what’s easiest for them to clean? If the answer is “no”, then why would you want an installer to pick the fixtures for your new bathroom? If design, performance and aesthetics are important to your project, you will be best served by partnering with a professional whose job is to know the latest trends, technological innovations and product offerings that will meet your needs. Professional designers and showrooms specialize in what’s trending and have the experience and knowledge to recommend fixtures, finishes and accessories that many contractors, installers and even the most-savvy homeowners don’t come across.

Improving the efficiency and pleasure that your bathrooms can bring is only one reason that many of our clients make the decision to renovate or build new. Another is more practical. The master bath is the second most important room in the home, behind only the kitchen.  A remodeled bath creates value and makes your home more saleable. 

Working with a professional designer and showroom takes on added significance and value if your home is older or historic. Bringing the new bath up to code, maintaining the historic look and feel, and specifying the elements and details that match the rest of the home’s décor require a special expertise.

A well-designed bath is an organized bath. Today, manufacturers continue to raise the bar for storage solutions that range from plug and play drawer organizers and pull out drawers, to innovative vanities that allow you to charge your smart phones, devices and everything in between. 

If your bath is cramped and difficult to navigate, that’s even more of a reason to turn to a professional. We can make smaller spaces not only look and feel more spacious, but we also have the expertise to make the space more functional. 

If you are dreaming of a stunning new bath complete with spa-inspired functionality and aesthetics, fixtures that will make you the envy of the neighborhood and a space that allows you to wash away the stresses of the day, give our showroom a call at (313)831-7770 or visit our showroom at 150 Parsons st. Detroit, Michigan 48201. Is there a good reason why your dreams should not become a reality?

A Personal Refuge Is Not Just a Dream

A Personal Refuge Is Not Just a Dream

What if you could convert your bathroom into an in-home spa that will not only help remove toxins from your body, but would rejuvenate your skin, refresh tired muscles after a workout and help you sleep more soundly at night?  Is this something that you would enjoy?   If you would like an “easy button” to take advantages of these benefits on a daily basis, then a steam shower offers you that easy button which will convert your dreams into reality.   Today’s hectic lifestyle trends make steam a more attractive option.  A steam shower creates a personal oasis in your home that provides an escape from the outside world. It is a space that you can call your own, devoid of texts and tweets, that enables you and other family members to literally wash away the stresses of the day.

Steam’s therapeutic benefits stem from increasing the body temperature ideally to 100-103 degrees Fahrenheit. Increased body temperature occurs quickly in a steam bath. As the body temperature rises, pores open and the body starts to perspire. As the body cools down, pores begin to close.

The therapeutic benefits of steam bathing have been known for centuries. Several of the more common benefits of steam include:

  • Reduced stress:  The heat generated by a steam shower causes the body to release endorphins, also known as the “feel good” hormones that help reduce stress.  Steam also helps decrease cortisol hormones that are released during stressful situations.  Drops in cortisol levels make people feel more relaxed, in control and rejuvenated. 
  • Removes toxins: Nothing releases toxins from the body with the same precision as a steam bath. The soothing warmth opens pores, which om turn lifts out impurities of everyday living. This is especially important to clients who may not exercise regularly or don’t have opportunities that cause them to sweat naturally.  Sweating can actually remove up to 30% of a body’s toxins. 
  • Improved immunity systems: An increase in body temperature that results from sitting in a steam bath causes the body’s immune system to respond in the same manner as it responds to infections. The body produces more white blood cells and antibodies that serve to fight and destroy other germs in the body.
  • Improved skin health and tone:  Heat and steam change a body’s metabolism and blood flow for the better, nourishing skin and producing a healthy glow. 
  • Improved respiration: Steam opens airways in the lungs, helping to improve the respiratory function of those who suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis and some strains of bronchitis.
  • Improved sleep: Steam bathing promotes a better night’s sleep. While in the steam room, the body temperature increases. After the bath, the body temperature returns to normal, thereby causing rapid eye movement to increase significantly.  This results in people oftentimes waking up more refreshed and alert.
  • Relaxed muscles: Steam baths generate heat, which in turn helps aching muscles relax and causes the widening of blood vessels, which subsequently allows more oxygen to flow through them and in turn ease tension. The heat generated by steam causes the whole body to retreat into an inner sanctum, which is why steam baths are perfect for those who suffer from arthritis, consistent muscle pain, joint pain or soreness after a workout.
  • Environmentally efficient: Stream showers conserve more water than a regular shower or bath. Steam systems are “green”, requiring only one gallon of water to power a 20-minute steam bath compared to regular showers, which can use 30 gallons of water during the same time frame.

If you would like  a steam system to be at the center of your in-home refuge, please give our showroom a call at (313) 831-7770 or visit us at 150 Parsons ST, Detroit Michigan 48201.

Creating Additional Space Is an Art

Creating Additional Space Is an Art

Imagine creating an in-home spa where you can wash away the stresses of the day and enjoy a few precious moments that are all your own. Maybe your new sanctuary features a large soaker tub, steam shower with light- and aroma-therapies, dual vanities, beautiful sinks, faucets and mirrors, an elegant chandelier, breathtaking sconces and lots of storage possibilities. After visiting Pinterest, Houzz and a few design sites that got your creative juices flowing, you plan to visit a showroom. Suddenly, the reality of space and budget cause you to pause. Maybe you don’t believe that the footprint of your existing master bath or your budget will allow for your dreams to be realized. That doesn’t mean though that you can’t get the master bath you want. 

Our approach to a master bath renovation starts with asking questions about how the space will be used – who will use the space and for what purposes? This information enables us to offer “what-if” recommendations for our clients to consider. How cool would it be to add a non-vented electric fireplace to your master bath? What would you say to an open floor plan bath that provides the same look, feel and functionality as an open floor plan kitchen? What would you say to placing a sculptural soaker tub in the bedroom? You can look online all day, but you won’t find the solutions and suggestions our showroom can offer once we know what your dreams are.

We create value for our clients because we know how to maximize the space that exists and can create new space by reconfiguring a closet, taking advantage of dead hallway space, reworking a guest bedroom or offering suggestions for alterations to the master bedroom. While you may believe your existing footprint limits your options, we’d like you to know that it may not.

There are several schools of thought when designing a new master bath. One is to address functionality. A bathroom serves several specific tasks, from grooming to hygiene. A second is to consider what-ifs. What if we could work with you to create a dramatic space that would be the envy of your neighbors and good friends? What if you eliminated the tub altogether to create a stupendous double shower? And it doesn’t have to be just one end of the spectrum or another. Here are several ideas to consider:

  • We can recommend interior organizers, electrical outlets, lighting and charging stations that expand the functionality of storage spaces.
  • Would you enjoy a bidet function with your water closet? There are many different toilets on the market that not only provide the functionality that you require, but are energy- and water-efficient and also deliver the “wow” factor that transforms a commode into a work of artistic sculpture.
  • If you like the look of a freestanding bathtub but have a tight budget, we may be able to make your dream a reality by pairing your tub with a less costly deck mounted faucet.
  • Lighting can make or break a bath and has functionality that extends far beyond avoiding tripping in the dark. Lighting affects your ability to prepare for the day, whether it is shaving or applying makeup.
  • In bathrooms where there is not sufficient space for the toilet’s own compartment, we often specify a frosted glass wall or a tall cabinet to shield the toilet from view.
  • We create space by specifying wall-mounted toilets and vanities.
  • We understand that purchasing a vanity designed specifically for the bath provides our customers with infinitely more options, functionality and enjoyment than building your own cabinets.

What can you do with the available space that you have for your master bath? Give us a call at (313) 831-7770 so we can explain how to make your dreams come true or visit our showroom 150 Parson st, Detroit, Mi. 48201 to let us demonstrate how we can create space you didn’t even know existed.