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Beverage Bar in Your Future?

A beverage bar sounds like something in a fancy hotel that is going to cost you dearly - but it's really a perfect idea for any family.  It can be very small - just a cabinet tucked into a corner or a full-blown bar for entertaining friends and family.
According to Moen's article:  If there’s one prevailing trend in home bars, it’s this: They’re in demand. “I’m seeing a resurgence in the interest for home bars as a design feature, which is trending with the enthusiasm around the craft cocktail and craft beer movement,” says Lisa Wilson-Wirth, eponymous principal of a San Diego, Calif.–based design firm.
A small area to the side where kids and adults can grab a soda or a cup of coffee can be really helpful while dinner is prepared.  Keeping a party flowing is also a good reason for a home bar.
Design should be based on what kinds of beverages will be served.  Sodas, espresso, water, wine, beer and mixed drinks all have different needs.  
Storage is always important - storing the beverages in cabinets or a small refrigerator and cups, glasses or mugs as needed.  Any special equipment will also need a spot - a beer bottle opener (always better to attach it in the area so it doesn't wander off!) or a wine bottle diffuser.
A small sink is often useful for rinsing or washing hands and an icemaker nearby makes everything easier, especially here in Florida!  Specialized equipment like a wine fridge, kegerators and built-in espresso machines can really personalize the space and make it a perfect fit for your family!

Kitchens - More Room Outside!

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If the kitchen truly is the heart of the home an outdoor kitchen can take it to the next level.  This is best time of year for enjoying the outdoors.  It's warm enough to be outside into the evening and cool enough that the traditional Florida bugs haven't arrived.

Remodeling Your House with Your Whole Family in Mind

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The latest extended recession has had consequences for people at every social and economic level.  According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, 47% of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent aged 65 or older and are also either raising a young child or financially supporting a child aged 18 or older.  The new term for this situation is the "Sandwich Generation"!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your family, eat good, home-cooked food and relax.  You deserve it!

Family Kitchen

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The Holidays = Family & Friends = Food.  Really, nothing makes the Holidays (whatever you celebrate) special like family and friends.  And there really is no better way to celebrate than with food.  Whether it's super casual and easy with delivery pizza and beer or a full Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings, the time people spend together over food is always memorable.  

Dream a Kitchen

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Close your eyes, just for a minute… think of your favorite kitchen memory.  Is it your Mom’s kitchen?  Your Grandmother’s? 

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