A troubled tub

In this before picture, you can see a really dated jetted tub. This tub was never used because the first time it was turned on the water turned black from the residual that was in the jets—YUCK! The white tile tub deck and backsplash, as well as the polished brass hardware (that has oxidized), makes this tub replacement a must.

Figuring out the proper wood finish

The table's cut-off end has not been presented to Sally for final stain selection. Tony, the painter, should have the counter stained and finished mid next week.

We think it is important to understand the choice you are making when selecting the finish that you will use should you decide on a wood or butcher block counter top

Finishing practices for wood furniture and cabinetry, although very durable, are not considered food safe.

A new purpose for out-of-commission cabinets

This homeowner’s friend in Chicago wanted to remodel her young kitchen. She decided to give the cabinetry and counter tops to her friend in town.

We were able to reconfigure the existing cabinetry and add some new cabinetry to make this remarkable transformation for our client.

Mirrors can make a room

Mirrors can always be used as design elements. They can add dimension to a small room by eliminating the boundaries of walls and can be used to increase the amount of both natural and supportive lighting as it virtually bounces around the room.

Mirror options go beyond silvered mirrors to include antiqued, tinted or concave or convex shapes.

Count on these new Sub-zero columns

Here's a message from one of our Designers, Megan, about a new product from Sub-zero.

I visited Roth Distributing yesterday to take a look at the new Sub-zero columns that have just been introduced to their integrated refrigeration lineup. Currently, they are only available in a 27” width but will most likely be introducing additional sizes soon.

Vote in our poll!

Home renovation season is well underway, and if you haven’t voted in our poll about remodeling, now’s the time!

We’d love to hear more from our readers, so please put your vote in! We’ll announce the results and post a new poll soon.

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A new addition

Gabe, one of our Lead Carpenters, and his wife Maggie are proud to announce the arrival of their new daughter, Charlotte Rose. Charlotte joined the world on Monday, May 24th, weighing in at 7.5 pounds. Congratulations to Charlotte Rose, Maggie and Gabe on such a beautiful new girl!

Baseboard burden

Jake,

I have a living room that has two walls that are painted over plaster, and two walls that are wood paneling. I want to take up the carpet and put down laminate. Then I will need to add baseboard around the edge. Do I paint the baseboard to match the painted walls or stain it to match the paneling?

– Leta

Leta,

I think the base should all be the same color.

Floor plans from our Bathroom Design Challenge

Kansas City Homes and Gardens' blog recently posted a bog about our design challenge earlier this year and included our floor plans. For those of you who haven't seen them, we thought it would be cool to show you how the teams approached the bathroom design.