Monday, May 31, 2010

Active Duty and Families Get Free Museum Admissions

Free Museum Admissions All Summer for Active Duty and Their Families-Over 600 museums throughout the United States, the National Endowment of the Arts and Blue Star Families have joined together to offer free admissions for Active Duty and their immediate families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

All you need to do is present a “Geneva Conventions CACID or a DD Form 1173 ID Card” at the museum admissions desk.

There are participating museums in every state of the union. You can go to the following address and find an interactive map to see which museums you are interested in.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Patriating Your Decor

 With memorial day on the horizon, and barbecues and picnics imminent - you may be thinking of decorating your home to reflect your patriotism. But you really don't have to be celebrating a patriotic holiday to know that home furnishings and accessories look great in red, white and blue!
   Blue paint is a popular choice for many rooms in the home: kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms and bathroom in particular. Blue is calming. It can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly. Almost everyone likes some shade of the color blue. Blue conveys importance and confidence without being somber or sinister, hence the blue power suit of the corporate world and the blue uniforms of police officers. Long considered a corporate color, blue, especially darker blue, is associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism.
   Red also makes for a fantastic wall color - whether it's a single accent wall or an entire room. Though, many people are more hesitant to go red because, let's face it, red can go very wrong. In the wrong shade a red can be too orange or too pink and be very uncomfortable to live with. So if you're afraid to make the commitment to a red wall, think of red compliments and accessories instead.

     Red linens, candlesticks, dinnerware, pillows, etc. are all excellent ways to combine red, white and blue! Many designers, like Tommy Hilfiger, are famous for combining red, white and blue in classic yet trendsetting ways - as in the bedding set pictured above. Don't be afraid to take the classic American color combination to more modern heights. When put together in minimal splashes, red, white and blue can make bold statements in a very contemporary room.

    Finally, don't let white fool you. It is anything but boring! When an object is cast in white, its unique character comes to the forefront and is rendered at its most pure, simple — and beguiling. In the same way that white empowers texture, so it celebrates the intrinsic grace found in the shape of everyday objects. A few stylish accents are all you need to add the classic wonder of white to your home decor!
    AK hopes you enjoy these tips and put them to good use, since patriotism is not something to celebrate once or twice a year, but something to make an everyday practice. We'd like to take this special opportunity to thank our men and women in the armed forces, to whom we our very way of life. When we make homes dazzle in red, white and blue - we're always thinking of you!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Stone Impressions: What In The World Is A Listello?

 We're following a new company on Twitter called Stone Impressions. We just happened to check out their blog and were really impressed! As a company who has specialized in kitchens & bathrooms for nearly 15 years, we've seen our share of tile work. It's always a fun and challenging part of the job for us, so we just love this resource all about tile. We especially liked this blog and wanted to share it with our follower, clients and prospects alike.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

K+BB - Consumers Want More Than Just "Pretty" In The Bath

K+BB asked, what do homeowners want in the bath? TOTO USA asked the same question.
AK chimed in too.
The company decided to find out what role new innovations for the bathroom have in consumers lives by conducting studies on the topic.

 TOTO learned that one of the most prevalent trends with consumers today is a strong desire for innovative products, but only if they have real-world benefits, like saving water and money, reliability that leads to peace of mind for the homeowner, or better performance. As part of the recent recession, consumer confidence surveys have pointed to an unwillingness on the part of consumers to spend money on items of questionable quality or to buy something just because it is cheaper. TOTO’s study confirmed that quality and reliability are primary drivers in consumer purchasing choices.

  The studies found that 79 percent of consumers do research to know which products are the best, while 71 percent of respondents like to deal with companies who do the right thing. Additionally, 76 percent of those participating in the studies will typically buy the best products that they can afford, and 76 percent are willing to pay more today for the best quality products, because they know it will save money in the long run.

   AK has made it a permanent business practice to only use only top quality products and materials that will be reliable for the life of the product. We do this for a number of reasons. First, we like working with quality products, they yield a nicer aesthetic as well as better function - both of which lead to happier clients. We also only use products and materials we know we can trust because we warranty our work! And best of all, top quality products don't always mean a high price point - but they are rarely the cheapest on the market. We caution against anyone who selects products, materials or even a contractor strictly based on price. As this limited study found, there are a number of factors that lead to ultimate satisfaction with a product - and a project!

Friday, May 7, 2010

National Home Remodeling Month

The Top 10 Remodeling Projects To Do Prior To Resale

   Selling your home in a tough market is daunting enough. Whether you just like a challenge or have to make the move for a job, there are many things to consider before placing that "For Sale" sign in your front yard. We can't help you with all of it, but we can help you make some important decisions about the home improvement projects you should complete prior to p utting your home up for sale. These projects are the ones that history has shown to give homeowners the biggest return on their investment!

   Top on the list is replacing fiber cement siding and Atlanta is one of the 14 cities nationwide where homeowners can reasonably expect to recoup 100% or more of the job costs! Learn more about siding on AK's website here - and click below to read the other 9 projects that prove to be resale record-breakers!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Popular Bathroom Remodeling Trends

  We came accross this article on and would like to share it with you. It's succinct and a fairly good summary of the trends we're seeing in bathroom remodeling!

Today’s bathrooms are all about luxury and nature-inspired elements.

Baths You Can Soak In: the 1990s ushered in plenty of loud Jacuzzi bathtubs, but today’s homeowner is looking for something to soak in. Large soaking tubs have replaced whirlpool tubs, and these tubs come double-insulated, so that your hot water stays cold for hours.
Lots of Light: while bathrooms used to be dark places, this isn’t the case in today’s contemporary bathroom. Adding a skylight not only opens up a space, but it also brings a sense of calm to any bathroom. Homeowners are looking to skylights to add natural and ethereal lighting to bathrooms.
Beautiful Fixtures: contemporary consumers aren’t satisfied with standard fixtures, which is why most newly remodeled bathrooms feature beautiful and modern fixtures that truly stand out. Faucets that resemble waterfalls and multi-shower heads are just some of the things that consumers are looking for in the way of bathroom fixtures these days.
Natural Materials: many different companies are now making vanities that are comprised entirely from natural materials such as wood, stone, and even bamboo. As consumers attempt to bring Mother Nature into the home, these vanities are quickly becoming popular.
Warm Floors: homeowners who live in colder climates are finding comfort in heated bathroom tiles. Stepping out of a bath onto warm tiles is the ultimate in luxury, and it’s also the latest bathroom tile trend.
Space Savers: vanities and bathroom storage compartments are quickly becoming popular due to a general lack of space inside city homes. Contemporary vanities come with numerous pull-out drawers, deep cabinets, and extra racks for towels.