Thursday, March 29, 2012

Marietta Custom Bath Remodel

As of today - this Marietta custom bathroom is complete! You can see the progress on this bath and get all the product info here, on Hometalk!



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cookies

 Not the little things your browser blocks; we're talking about the real, edible and delectable concoctions you sought after your entire childhood! This "Let's Blog Off" topic is so open, we feel a little vulnerable. Cookies...cookies...cookies... The first thing that comes to mind, honestly, is kitchen remodeling and the ease and excitement of baking cookies in a newly remodeled kitchen. But, that's not a surprise. Considering it's what we do day in and day out we make it our business to relate almost any topic, and steer almost any conversation towards kitchen remodeling. (It's quite an unappreciated talent, and easier to do than you may think...)
NOT The Way We Recommend Baking Your Cookies
  So what do you need to bake cookies? Among other things, an oven! It seems that in our brief unscientific survey on this subject we found that experts are split on whether gas or electric is the best oven choice for baking. However the consensus is that convection is a must! A good convection oven will have three heating elements: top, bottom and rear, with a fan connected to the latter. As the oven pulls in outside air, it's heated immediately and circulated. The airflow draws the moisture out of the breads, cakes and cookies, giving you even baking and delightful texture: flaky crusts, crisp pastries and light, fluffy croissants. (about.com)
  Finally, we will wrap up our stream of conscious cookie blog with some uncommon cookie-baking tips:
  • Reduce Flour In Your Recipe by 3 Tablespoons to 1/4 Cup
  • Chill the Dough Before Baking
  • Use a Silicone Rolling Pin
  • Use an Insulated Baking Sheet  
And if the convection oven and those 4 tips don't leave you with the most delicious cookies you've ever baked, then you might just want to check out some of these other cookie blog posts!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Please Help Us Support The March Of Dimes

 It's that time of year again, time for the March for Babies with the March of Dimes! AK is dedicated to this cause and would like to enlist your support as well. Please click on our link below to donate or to join us in walking to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Senior Smile Thursday

 We are well aware we may be the very last people on the internet to share these two videos. But they are classics! With Friday just beyond the horizon, we thought a "Thursday Smile" might be in order. Given the subject matter of our smile videos, we'll call today SENIOR Smile Thursday!
Thank you to Rita & Frank and Bruce & Esther


"Did You Hear It Click?"    "NOO!"


These Seniors Are A Little Spicy...And Utterly Hilarious!

 

Here's to never being too old to learn new things; thanks for the Thursday smile!

“Grow old with me, the best is yet to be." - Robert Browning

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What's It Worth?

Alpharetta Home On The View
 Ok, we're busted. You caught us watching The View! We can't say we're big fans of the political messages the opinionated hosts attempt to insert into what should just be a "fun" show...however...we occasionally tune in for entertaining segments like this one!

Real estate expert Michael Corbett was on the show this morning to shock the hosts with the highs and lows of real estate prices around the nation. Two of the homes that were featured on the show this morning were from Alpharetta! (Even though Mr. Corbett butchered the pronunciation.) 

We're linking to the full list of homes below. You can test your market knowledge by playing the "What's It Worth" game. Check out the photos, make your best guess, and scroll to the bottom of the page to see how you did.

Monday, March 19, 2012

8 Ways To Keep Pollen Out Of Your Home

 Today's Pollen Count In Atlanta = 8164

heleneslutsky.blogspot.com
With numbers like these, keeping all the pollen out of your home may not be possible. However, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of pollen that enters your home. Less red, watery eyes, scratchy throats, coughing, sneezing...who wouldn't want that?

  1. Keep your windows closed! (duh) Even though it's gorgeous outside the little unseen pollen predators are just waiting for you to open a door or a window and in they fly! If you absolutely can't live without some fresh air in your home, use a window screen filter to let the pollen-free breeze in. 
  2.  Avoid yardwork like mowing the lawn or raking leaves, which stir up even more allergens than are already airborne. If you cannot avoid yardwork, wear a pollen mask. (from National Allergy) 
  3.  Don't turn on your attic fan.
  4. Replace your furnace filters or wash electrostatic filters regularly to help clean pollen out of the air. You can also use vent filters on the room vents to catch anything that might have made it by the furnace filter or pollen and other allergens that may have already settled in your air ducts. (from National Allergy)
  5. The room you likely spend the MOST time in is your bedroom, so take special care to ensure that the air you breathe as you're sleeping is pollen free. (you will wake up with much fewer symptoms!) Use a HEPA air cleaner in this room during the night.
  6. Take your shoes off when you come inside. If you're especially bothered by pollen, you would be well served to change your clothes after spending significant time outdoors.
  7. After a walk or outside play, wipe down your pet's fur before entering the home. Animals hold A LOT of pollen in their coats. If they sleep in your bedroom and have been outside a lot that day, you might consider bathing them before bed.
  8. Dust. Keeping your home clean will help reduce the amount of bothersome allergens including pollen. But be aware that dusting can actually make things worse by kicking up allergen particles into the air. Use a damp or treated cloth that attracts dust rather than scattering it, and consider wearing a dust mask when cleaning. Also, try to minimize clutter in your home, since it tends to collect dust. (Everyday Health)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

ALL These Baths Must GO!

These homeowners are ready to reinvent all the bathrooms in their home. Their children have grown and they're ready to adapt their spaces to their lifestyle.

This bathroom will be a complete renovation from top to bottom:



 These upstairs bathrooms will receive facelifts of cabinets, granite and sinks & faucets:







Sunday, March 11, 2012

Do You Know The 4 R's?

 No doubt your grandfather has told the tale of walking to school, uphill both ways, in the snow, to learn the 3 R's: Reading, Riting & 'Rithmetic. We thought we'd put these often told rhyme to some good use and create the Remodeling Rule of the Four R's.
  Do you know what they are? They are the 4 essential steps to selecting a good remodeler!



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