Greening the Outdoors

Remember those years where our lawns resembled hay bales instead of luscious green fields? It makes us appreciate the rain we’ve been getting over the last several years because now when we drive around we see the beauty of the color green. The summer time is a great time to enjoy the green around us. Even though we spend our days busy with work, or engaging in kids activities, be sure to take a few minutes out of your day just to observe and enjoy the outdoor beauty around you. There is so much beauty in nature to see and when we get too busy, we miss out on the gift that it is to us.

Remodeling does not always mean doing things in and to your house. Sometimes you can do things outside to make your environment a better place to live.

Take care of your outdoor living spaces and make an easy, greener impact as well. Here are some ways you can make a greener difference.

1. Detoxic your Soil – Forgo the pesticides, weed killers, and chemical fertilizers to keep your lawn in shape. Consider non-toxic products that are safer for the eco-system, especially for young children and pets.

2. Turn Kitchen Scraps into Nutrient-Rich Soil – Aside from saying no to more landfill waste, using composted soil stimulates healthy root development, and improves soil texture, aeration, and water retention. Try www.recycle.org for some beginner’s composting tips.

3. Choose Native Plants – Native and indigenous plants are easy to grow and maintain because they adjust to the climate in which they habitat. They require less fertilizer and water.

4. Maximize your Water Use – Water your lawn during sunrise or sunset. Use mulch or compost to help your soil retain water and cut down evaporation. Consider soaker hoses or drip irrigation and cut your water use by 50 percent. Seeking out a barrel to harvest rainwater will allow you to take advantage of water free of charge, free of chlorine. Use it to water lawns, yards, and gardens, as well as washing cars or rinsing windows.

5. Rethink, Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Rebuy. Yes, that’s quite a mouthful, but take the time to think about how you can reduce your output of waste, use what you have efficiently, and purchase needed items that are environmentally friendly.

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Bathrooms Going Green

Deciding on a green remodel for your Bathroom offers a myriad of benefits. You’re preserving the environment by using sustainable materials, saving money on utility bills, and boosting the worth of your home by making it more valuable and attractive.

When you are ready to proceed with your Bathroom remodeling project, here are some key elements to consider when creating an eco-friendly Bathroom.

1. Stone and tile are the best choices for flooring. It’s durable, easy to clean, stands up well to moisture, comes from recycled sources, and also maintains its classy look.
2. Natural linoleum or finished bamboo floors work well if used in areas where they will not be exposed to excessive amounts water or humidity.
3. Choose shower tiles that are made from recycled glass, ceramics or porcelain. These products are durable, easy to clean, and present a better appearance.
4. Invest in low-flow fixtures; showerheads, faucets, and toilets. You can save up to 20 percent of your water consumption by switching to .5 gpm (gallons per minute) and 1.0 gpm faucets and 1.5 to 2.5 gpm showerheads. Low-flow and dual flush toilets can cut down water usage by more than half.
5. Seek out vanity cabinets and countertops that are made from recycled products. Eco-friendly cabinets are made of recycled wood, sustainably harvested woods or rapidly renewable materials like bamboo or wheat straw which use resins free of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Aside from ceramic as an all-time favorite countertop product, consider other materials that are produced by FSC-certified paper pulp, ground-up bottles, concrete, and post-consumer recycled glass.
6. Heat your water with a tankless water heater. These heaters are easy to install, occupy less space, and take less time to heat up the amount of water you will need. Although they cost more initially than traditional water heaters, they pay for themselves in a matter of a few years by using up to 30 percent less energy.

If you are committed to being as green as you can be in your home, rest assured that Gehman Custom Remodeling can assist you in meeting that goal.

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Automation and Connectivity in the Bathroom

You want to get away. You also need to stay connected. You really enjoy a good book. You want to relax listening to your favorite Yani C.D. How can you have all of these and still have vacation days left over to spend with your family?

You can create an oasis right in the confines of your very own home. Your Master Bathroom can be that oasis and you can incorporate as much or as little technology as you want to try to stay connected and surround yourself with the environment that you need to feel relaxed and refreshed.

One of the obvious uses of technology would be installing a flat screen television so that it is visible from all areas of the Bathroom. This will allow you to catch up on the current news, weather and sports before you take off to the office as well as finish the day relaxing with your favorite show as you unwind in the tub. There are also various tubs that have TV monitors built right into the unit as well.

One of the newer usage of technology would be a computer access point. This may appear to be an over-the-top application of technology if you think of the computer only as an e-mail or Facebook connection. But more and more people are using their computers for access to books and music that they can customize to their particular needs and wants. If sliding into a warm, bubble bath and dialing up your book du jour or queuing up that new C.D. you just downloaded, sounds like something you would only get on an exotic vacation, think again. The technology to make it happen is within your reach.

Newer yet is the introduction of computer technology into the shower. Just think, standing outside of the shower and keying in your code and the shower is automatically adjusted to your desired water temperature and pressure. This is no matter who was in the shower before you. Your code is unique to you and is set to meet your desires and needs for that perfect shower experience every time, no guess work or surprises.

One of the additional ways to create an oasis in your home is through lighting. Lighting automation has made leaps and bounds in the area of ease of use and affordability. Imagine walking into your Master Bathroom and touching a button and the lighting scheme transforms the room into a welcoming environment that envelopes you and invites you to “come in and stay awhile.”

That is what Gehman Custom Remodeling tries to create with each of their Bathroom designs and Bathroom remodels, an inviting place that allows you the ability to get away without going away. Don’t be afraid to incorporate technology into your next Bathroom makeover.

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This Isn’t Your Mother’s Bathroom Anymore

The modern toilet design was patented sometime around the same time as the founding of the United States, well over 200 years ago. While the toilet function has remained relatively unchanged, there have been many design changes and developments in the toilet as well as the other fixtures in the Bathroom.

Individual comfort demands have taken the personal space that is the Bathroom to whole new heights. From in-floor radiant heat, personal shower towers, and spa-quality tubs, to automated personalized water temperature modules, television/computer screens and stereo systems, the sky is actually the limit when it comes to personalizing your Bathroom.

Fancy finishes such as marble and granite are not reserved for the Kitchen anymore either. Designers are not afraid to incorporate these luxury materials into their grand designs for the Bathroom.

Escape was probably the word that your Father used when he thought of retreating to the Bathroom for some quality alone time. But almost guaranteed he never thought of the many options that are available to today’s homeowner who is in the market for a Bathroom makeover. As long a Dad had the Reader’s Digest he was happy. But given the multimedia options available today, the modern day Dad can have a computer access port next to the tub and download an e-copy of his favorite book to read while soaking in the tub. Or even have a H.D. widescreen TV screen mounted conveniently as to not miss a single pitch of the World Series even if he has to get ready for dinner with the in-laws.

Getting back to the new trends in toilets. Dual flush capabilities are saving homeowners water as well as money each time they flush. Design styles have made the toilet a major player now and not just a necessary evil that designers had to stick in a closet to keep out of view.

Just remember you can break free from the concept of utility and enter the realm of escape and pampering when thinking about a new Bathroom. Don’t think that you have to travel to faraway places to experience the exotic environments that you see on the Travel Chanel. Gehman Custom Remodeling has the design resources, the components, as well as the craftsmen to create your getaway right in your own home!

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Utility Doesn’t Exclude Style

Many times when you think of utility you think of the white, metal cabinets that hang in your basement or garage. Gehman Custom Remodeling is here to say that utility does not have to exclude style.

Here are some beautiful ways to incorporate your everyday items into your Kitchen design.
1. Hand held appliances:
a. Mixers, hand and countertop models, can be placed inside a stow-away base cabinet that includes an electrical outlet so that the appliance is always plugged in and ready to go when needed. And when you are done with it, just fold it down and out of sight.
2. Spices:
a. All of those little bottles of spices that seem to take so much time to look through and find the one you need can be placed in a number of different spaces to keep them organized and accessible.
b. Cabinet door racks. This option places the spice rack on the inside of a cabinet door and is usually located near the food preparation area for ease of use. This location uses a space that wouldn’t be used otherwise while affording convenience to the cook.
c. Spice drawers. This location is probably the most accessible to everyone that may need to use these ingredients. Being placed in a top drawer location assures that the cooks, however young or old, will be able to see and reach the spices when needed.
3. Plates and Cups:
a. Placing plates and cups in cabinets with glass doors allows users to see what they are looking for without having to go around and open the cabinets to see what is inside.
b. Incorporating glass doors in the wall cabinet design gives your Kitchen a more open feel.
c. Installing lights inside of these cabinets with glass doors adds a design feature to the mix.
4. Trash and Recycling:
a. Trash, garbage and recycling doesn’t have to be stuck under the Kitchen sink or in a closet anymore. These two items seem to be some of the most undesirable but necessary evils in Kitchen design
b. Designers have come up with some very creative and innovative ways to incorporate this element into cabinet layouts that make it both convenient and even attractive.
c. Trash and recycling center cabinets have evolved into a very popular element of the present day Kitchen layout.
5. Pots and Pans
a. Most of us don’t have gourmet cooking utensils that we want to display on an open rack from the ceiling, so we look for cabinet space to store those necessary pots and pans.
b. Cabinet hardware has developed enough that drawer slides are capable of handling the heavy loads that pots and pans carry. Storage drawers are much more accessible than trying to get down on your hands and knees to peer into the bottom of a base cabinet.
c. Drawers can be placed in close proximity to ovens, stoves and food preparation areas.

Gehman Custom Remodeling wants you to think about your style and the environment you want to create and we can design your Kitchen to, not only meet those requirements, but also allow you to enjoy a completely convenient and well thought out layout that affords you the best tools available to utilize while preparing meals and entertaining in style.

Happy remodeling!

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