Our Award Winning Bathroom!

We are proud to share with you photos of our recently awarded Local and Regional NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) CotY (Contractor of the Year) award for a Bathroom! The Local Award includes Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and Regional encompasses Pennsylvania through Maine. Here’s the story behind it…

When our Clients moved to Pennsylvania from another country, they knew they would be missing their family, and knew they would want visiting family members to have a place to stay in their home.  Since visits would typically be longer than just weekend, our Clients wanted to turn a first-floor Office space and Powder Room into a Guest Bedroom and Bathroom which would keep their Guests comfortable and give them their own getaway space for their extended stays.

Re-work Hardwood floors                                                                      

When we began the project, our team had to re-work the hardwood floors because of the existing angles of the doorways.  Our goal was to create seamless flooring.  The re-design also provided added space in both the Bedroom and Bathroom.                                                                                                                                                                                

                                        

   

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping the Bathroom Accessible to Everyone                                          

 

Since this Bathroom is also the only Bathroom on the main floor, it had to be accessible to everyone.  Our Clients wanted their Guests to have access directly from their Bedroom but didn’t want to take up wall space by using a traditional door.  We chose a pocket door with a mirror mounted on the Bedroom side, giving their Guests a full-length mirror, and at the same time, creating the illusion of a larger room.

 

Floating Vanity                                                             

Our Clients wanted the stone vanity top to appear as if it were floating from the wall.  To make this happen, the fabricators had to match the pattern in the top of the stone and wrap the pattern down the apron on the front and side of the floating vanity top.  To hold it in place, we used concealed custom-made steel brackets mounted to the wall studs for support.  The floating vanity creates a clean design that allows the floors to continue throughout the entire Bathroom.

 

Custom Made Barn Doors                              

As part of the Bathroom renovation, our Clients wanted custom-made barn doors on the Bathroom entrance that would match their fireplace mantel in the adjacent Great Room.  We used poplar wood for the barn doors and stained them the same color as the Client’s fireplace mantel. The barn doors added the functionality our Client was looking for, and the matching stained wood tied them into the fireplace mantel combining them into the overall room design.  The beautiful custom-made barn doors added a rustic touch to our Client’s contemporary modern style.

 

 

Our Clients are extremely pleased with their new Guest space for their visiting family members.  And it was smiles all around when we were announced the winners!

Daylight Savings Time is Here!

Yes, there is still snow on the ground, but this weekend Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. And even though we’re losing an hour, we have the joy of knowing that Spring is around the corner with warmer weather and longer daylight hours.  

In honor of this prelude to Spring, here are some fun facts about Daylight Saving Time:

  • Clocks in the German Empire, and its ally Austria, were turned ahead by 1 hour on April 30, 1916—2 years into World War I. The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort. The United States began participating in Daylight Saving Time in 1918.
  • DST was the idea of a bug collector. While some give credit to Benjamin Franklin (who half joked about the concept in an essay as a way to conserve candle wax), official credit goes to entomologist George Vernon Hudson. Hudson got frustrated with how early dusk fell in the summertime because the dim light interfered with his bug collecting.  When he proposed his idea to a scientific society in New Zealand in 1895 it was mocked for being pointless and overly complicated.  Just two decades later, Daylight Saving Time would begin its spread across the world.
  • Daylight Saving Time is not observed in Hawaii and most of Arizona. U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa also don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins and ends at 2am instead of midnight because there is a higher chance that most people are sleeping at 2am.
  • If you thought that DST was created to give farmers more time to work in the fields, you’re not alone — but you’re not correct, either. According to an article on History.com, the agriculture industry was completely against the idea when it was introduced in 1918 because it was disruptive to their daily routines.  Farmers work by the sun, not the clock, so they were stuck waiting an extra hour for dew to evaporate so they could harvest hay.  Cows also weren’t ready to be milked an hour earlier, which made shipping schedules difficult to meet.
  • The candy industry figured they could cash in on DST with an extra hour of daylight for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. They lobbied for a law to be passed in 2007 extending DST into November (it had previously ended on the last Sunday in October).

This year, Daylight Saving Time will end on November 4, and you’ll get your hour of sleep back. Until then, enjoy the extra hour of daylight and maybe have an extra cup of coffee if you need an extra kick Sunday morning.

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep

Smoke alarms save lives. It’s easy to take smoke alarms for granted, but they can save your life—and your home.

Most townships require remodelers to install interconnected battery backup smoke & carbon monoxide detectors to approve a building permit for any home project. Interconnected alarms guarantee that if fire is detected in one area of the house, every smoke alarm will go off. So, you’ll hear the alarm even if the fire is in the basement and you’re upstairs. Stand-alone detectors only alert you to danger in the area where they are installed.

Smoke alarms can be hardwired. Hardwired smoke alarms run on your home’s electrical system and typically come with battery backup.  Carbon monoxide alarms wired-in to your home with battery backup can be interconnected to smoke alarms.

Wireless interconnected photoelectric smoke detectors eliminate the need for a wired connection and operate entirely on batteries.  This allows compatible wireless alarms to communicate with each other, alerting you to a problem even when it’s on another floor. The photoelectric smoke sensor reduces the number of nuisance alarms triggered by cooking smoke.

So where should you install them?

  • Inside each bedroom within 4’ from the door
  • Outside each bedroom within 4’ from the door
  • At the top of each flight of interior steps on each floor
  • Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors within 4’ from each fossil burning fuel appliance; wood burning or gas fireplace, gas or oil furnace, wood, pellet or coal stove, and gas water heater

Incorporate these procedures to keep your family safe.

  • Make an escape plan. Know the shortest exit from every floor. Get outside as quickly as possible and have an outside meeting place assigned.
  • If cooking smoke sets off your alarm, do not disable it. Press the silence button (if available), wave a towel or newspaper, open a window, or turn on an exhaust fan.
  • Test alarms at least once a month. The main issue with battery-powered smoke alarms is that it’s up to you to make sure the batteries are fresh. The same goes for the battery backup on hardwired detectors.  Set a reminder so you don’t forget testing and changing batteries.
  • Replace alarms when they reach 10 years old, or do not sound when tested.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies will offer a discount on the premium when interconnected battery backup smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed.  But… Safety is #1 – these detectors are proven to save lives.