5 tips for keeping your floors from fading

Not all threats to your hardwood floor comes from dragging dirt, furniture and shoes throughout the house. While you might love a room flooded with natural light, tests have revealed that ultraviolet rays can take a bigger toll on wood floors than originally thought. The good news is that being proactive can increase the life of your floors and help protect them for the future.

1. Keeping shades, curtains and blinds closed when the sun is hitting the windows, will drastically cut down on the ultraviolet and infrared light reaching your floor.

2. Use furniture and large area rugs to minimize wood exposure.11 29 4 225x300 - 5 tips for keeping your floors from fading

3. Switching the layout of furniture and area rugs a few times a year will help minimize the direct sunlight to wood floors. It doesn’t have to be a drastic remodel, but just enough that different areas of the floor is exposed to different light.

4. Use window film specifically designed for reducing UV damage. This is a DIY project that can be done inexpensively.

5. Applying a sun resistant sealant to the floors can help reduce the amount of light getting to the floors. There is sealant for every floor type and will save you from having to refinish your floors for years.

Kitchen Trendzz According to Houzz

Redoing your kitchen is a big step for any homeowner. It’s a significant investment of time and money. Until a kitchen remodel, you may never have thought twice about drawer pulls and backsplashes. If you’re wondering what kitchen decor is on-trend for 2020, the home decor website Houzz has the answers for you. They recently published the results of their kitchen trends survey. (Don’t forget to check out the KFD Houzz page!) These are some of the survey’s findings that we find most interesting.

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Transitional Styling Remains #1 – According to Houzz, “a majority (85%) of renovating homeowners change the style of their kitchen when renovating. And among them, transitional is the most popular look (21%), followed by contemporary (16%), modern (15%) and traditional (11%). Transitional, a blend of contemporary and traditional styles, has been the most popular style for renovated kitchens undergoing a style change for three years in a row.”  Farmhouse style is not as popular as it once was, only 11% of homeowners are choosing the style compared to 14% just last year.

Cabinets –  Houzz also found that most homeowners (68%) who remodel their kitchens choose to replace their cabinets instead of refurbishing or partially upgrading them (27%). White is far and away the most popular color choice for cabinets, followed by wood tones and gray. A whopping 61% of homeowners chose Shaker-style doors for their new kitchen. It’s not surprising because they fit in well with transitional kitchens.

Islands are Treasured – Homeowners love islands. Only 39% of homeowners who remodel their kitchens forego an island altogether. Islands seem to be the place where homeowners show creativity, with 2 in 5 choosing a contrasting color cabinet color for their island. 13% choose a contrasting door-style for their island. More than 25% of new islands feature a contrasting countertop, with good old butcher-block leading the way. it’s not just a matter of form over function though. According to Houzz, homeowners who “add or upgrade a kitchen island include at least some storage in it (98%), with cabinets with doors (79%) or drawers (70%) the most popular options.”

What’s Tops in Tech? – Of the homeowners upgrading or adding tech, charging stations are the most popular choice. Charging stations, or docking stations, are a central location where you can plug-in or store all of your favorite devices. They usually feature USB ports as well as electric outlets, and cords are usually hidden away. There are some types of tech that aren’t as popular this year: high-tech faucets and appliances. According to Houzz, 57% of faucets and 30% of appliances were high-tech in last year’s report, compared with 51% and 25% in this year’s.

There’s a lot of interesting information in the Houzz survey. If you’re wondering how they conducted the study, Houzz says “The 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study gathered information from nearly 2,600 Houzz users who had completed a kitchen remodel or addition in the previous 12 months, were working on one or were planning to start one in the next three months.” If you’re unsure which of these trends you should incorporate into your kitchen remodel, contact us! We are happy to help.

 

 

Wondering Which Windows Will Work?

Spring remodeling season may seem far away on these chilly days. But if you’re planning on having work done around your home, now is the time to start thinking about it, and lining up contractors. And if you don’t want to spend another winter in a drafty house, new windows might be on your shopping list. Don’t know where to get started? Here are definitions of some common terms to help you pick out replacement windows that are right for your home.

 

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Single-Hung Windows – These are very common, basic windows that tend to be the least expensive. The major difference between a single-hung and a double-hung window is the way they move. A single hung window opens and closes by having the bottom panel move up and down, the top panel doesn’t move. Both panes on a double-hung window move and some even tilt in for easy cleaning.

Awning Windows – An awning window opens from the bottom, with the panel tilting up and out. It gets its name because the open window creates a little awning. These are often opened by using a small crank. These can be a good choice in places that get a lot of rain because you can keep the windows open during a storm without letting water inside your home.

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Jalousie Window

Jalousie Windows – Jalousie windows (pronounced jahl-uh-see) are very popular in mid-century modern homes. The name is the French word for “jealousy”. These windows are comprised of glass slats and open like a set of blinds. They’re largely out of favor now because they are not very energy efficient. But if you have a mid-century modern home, jalousie windows will complete the look.

Casement Windows – These windows are mounted with hinges on the side. The sashes swing open, and like awning windows, they utilize a hand-crank for opening and closing. Often two casement windows are placed next to each other, which allows for a large opening for great ventilation. Casement windows are great for ranch-style houses since those were originally modeled after ranches in the wide-open spaces of the American West.

Greenhouse Windows – If you have a green thumb you might want to consider greenhouse – also known as garden – windows. This type of window juts out from the house to create a shelf that’s perfect for plants and herbs. In addition to the great display area, greenhouse windows add a lot of light and are popular for kitchens.

Choosing the perfect windows for your home is just one of the many decisions to make around the house. If you’re planning on a remodel, talk to one of our designers here at KFD, we can help.

The Best Smart Home Gadgets FROM CES 2020

Every year CES, commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, takes over Las Vegas and presents the newest inventions. It’s the largest tech show of 2020 and features everything from cars to makeup. There are also tons of “smart” gadget to improve your home, or just be amazed by. We’ve rounded up some of the ones that industry watchers find the most intriguing, and that we think will make your entire family happy.

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M5 Smart Thermostat – This gorgeous gadget looks nothing like what we’ve come to expect from smart thermostats. Instead of a futuristic touchscreen, it has a retro analog look. Sunset Magazine reports, “The design is an homage to Honeywell’s original The Round thermostat, a T86 thermostat designed in 1953 that can be found today in the Smithsonian Museum.” Despite not having a touchscreen, the stylish thermostat integrates with other smart devices to monitor things like your home’s air quality and possible leaks. Honeywell notes that the device is already an award winner, taking home a CES Innovation Award “for elevating the expectation beyond just temperature control to monitoring a home’s critical systems. The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.”

CES BEst Of 397A7965 200x300 - The Best Smart Home Gadgets FROM CES 2020The mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet by the company 4Moms caught the eye of a lot of people, including the folks over at Wired. They note that “It follows the American Academy of Pediatricians’ safe sleep guidelines…It’s Bluetooth-enabled, and you can set timers on your phone.” This smart baby-bed is another winner of the CES Innovation Award. CES says “five unique motions (car ride, wave, kangaroo, tree swing, and rock-a-bye), vibration, and five-speed options. It also includes four, built-in white noises (rain, ocean, fan and a shush). Parents can easily control all of these functions via the 4moms app on a compatible smart device.  The app also includes a timer feature, which can be used to help establish a bedtime routine.”

For your four-legged family member, Wayzn has a great product. Or, maybe it’s more for you. Right now, the choices for letting little Max or Daisy outside is either being at their beck and call, or installing a not-so-attractive pet door. If you’re sick of getting up whenever your fur-baby is at the door, or hate the look of a dog flap this is the product for you. The device (pronounced “ways in”) automatically opens your sliding glass door. A little gadget that looks like a low-key bicycle pump attaches to your sliding glass door. You can set it to automatic, so it will open when your pooch approaches, or it can send an alert to your smartphone when your dog needs to do her business. It’s available for pre-order, check out this video to see it in action.

If you really want your home to look and be smart, contact us at KFD to see how we can improve your home’s look. We are always happy to help.

Keeping Your Ride Looking Good!

Obviously all of us at Kruper Flooring Design know how to help you keep your home looking good. Well, now we’re going to help you keep your car’s interior looking good too. DIYing it is a lot cheaper than hiring a professional detailer. With all of the slush, mud, and snow that gets tracked into your car, you need these tips more than ever!

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If your car’s carpet has stains make sure to address them now (of course it would have been better to take care of them when they first happened!) Auto carpet tends to be sturdier than many home flooring options, but you should still spot-test before using a stain remover. (Luckily there are a lot of hidden places to do a spot check, like under a seat.) Spray the stain remover, but don’t saturate the carpet. Using a stiff brush scrub in a circular motion, then blot. Use the same method on your car’s seats if they are made of cloth.

Next, tackle the windows and the windshield. It’s time to take off old parking stickers, oil-change reminder stickers, and even residue from last year’s car-inspection. According to Familyhandyman.com the best tool for the job is a plastic putty knife. They suggest you cover your dash with an old towel and dab a degreaser onto your windshield. Use the putty knife to gently scrape the stickers or residue and then wipe it off the degreaser. You can use your favorite glass cleaner to shine your windows inside and out. It pays to take extra care with your windows. Even small blotches will be noticeable on a freshly detailed car.

For the dash itself, Family Handyman suggests using a non-silicone matte finish dash and vinyl protectant. They say, “silicone dashboard protectant sprays leave a slick film on your dash that actually attracts more dust, so you’ll have to clean it more often. Plus, a shiny dash reflects into your windshield. That reflection and glare can reduce your vision, especially at night.”

Be sure to slide your seats forward. It’s no secret that underneath car seats is where snacks go to die. Get in there and get everything out and into the open. Now it’s time to vacuum, the floor. This should be your last step, so you don’t end up accidentally dropping debris onto the floor.

A clean car can make it feel like new. The same way having new flooring can make your house feel brand new. Let us know if you’re interested in getting design ideas. We’re here to help.