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Technology in your Kitchen

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What will they come up with next?  Probably in your lifetime you've been told that in the future we'll all have cars that drive themselves or fly or or robots that will keep your home spotlessly clean.  Sadly, none of these magical futures have come true... yet.  Still, the pace of technology in our lifetimes has been staggering on many levels.  

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"!

Kitchen Storage - Open or Closed?

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This just in from a major home design magazine:  

Prevent Water Intrusion by William Burke

waterproofMany of our clients are renovating their existing master bathroom and updating the showers. In this example we have removed the old 4 x 4 tiles and will replace with an 8 x 16 brick pattern and a nice glass mosaic accent band. It will be beautiful when complete and a huge improvement over the old tile design.

During the demolition of the showers, in many instances, we find water damage because of poor installation and the use of sub-standard materials. Water leaks cause mold accumulation and attract termites, carpenter ants and worse.

The proper building techniques and materials used are of paramount importance. What is equally important is the preparation for the installation. This photo is a great example of the added measures we take to be certain that there will not be any water intrusion. In the photo, it can be seen that we have used Durarock cement board for the substrate. The cement board is essential for wet areas.  The red “paint” seen in the photo is actually an elastomeric membrane that is applied over every screw hole and seam in the shower. 

The cement board and tile alone would be sufficient to prevent water intrusion. The “Red Guard” sealant will ensure it.









2012 Trends in Kitchen Remodeling

Photo credit: The Kitchen & Bath Mart - Illinois

A recent  article that appeared on the Boston Globe’s website in the House and Home section featured  9 Hot Trends in Kitchen Design.

More Television Reno - The Boys of Wednesday Night

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Wednesdays are heating up!  Nothing to watch on TV?  Head on over to HGTV from 8:00 to 11:00 pm... even if you don't love renovation shows it could be worth a look!  

Longwood Showroom Renovation

describe the imageThe renovation of our Longwood showroom is progressing at a fast pace. If you've not been to our showroom for awhile, you won't recognize it within the next couple of weeks. We will be updated the blog with photos as the days go by, but if you can't get enough of our remodeling saga....tune in to the live webcam. You can view the remodeling as it happens. Follow the link and the prompts on our front page and enjoy.

 

S&W Kitchens in the news again: Home Improvement Company Checks Backgrounds

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As reported by CFNews13, S&W Kitchens has background and licensing checks conducted by AskTheSeal on all employees.  As S&W Kitchens Lead Designer Bill Burke states consumers "feel like they can trust you, and trust people we are going to place in your home."

Movie Kitchens - "The Holiday"

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In the movies, styling is critical.  Each scene is set with the utmost care, every detail thought out... how does the scene interact with the set?  How will this room/place reflect the characters who live there, how they are feeling, what they are doing?  How will the characters interact with each other?

NKBA - National Kitchen and Bath Association Event 11/18/10

NKBA EventSeven designers from S & W Kitchen attended the recent NKBA event in Altamonte Springs, at the Cranes Roost outdoor Amphitheater.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association held its bi-monthly meeting November 18th, as two local experts spoke about “Green design practices” and “Elevating Kitchen design to fine art”
“It is important to us to have our designers attend these events.” Said Brian Cummings President of S & W Kitchens. “By attending these educational events our designers are better able to serve our client base”
Cummings went on to state that as clients are becoming more and more involved in the design and selection process, the knowledge gained during these events are invaluable to the design staff.
“Our design staff had on average 15 years experience. That longevity shows a real dedication to the profession and a passion for client satisfaction” Cummings said.
The NKBA is the only trade organization in the industry. As a non-profit group it is the leading resource for training and education of kitchen and bath professionals.
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