9 Must Have Home Features & Upgrades

It is the age of the Millennial Home Buyer! This broad generation has started to buy homes and along with that comes the need for new and exciting home features! Some of the most popular Features and Home Upgrades? Take a look below!

 

 Hidden storage

Storage in the home is one of those things that EVERYONE could use more of. I’ve been in the real estate biz, and one thing I have NEVER heard is “Oh no Phil, this house just has TOO many closets! I don’t have enough stuff to fill up all this storage!”

Are you struggling to find places to keep all those extra items that accrue over time? Maybe you just have a SUPER small kitchen… either way, these awesome hidden storage hacks will help you free up some space (and all your friends will think you are a genius!)

Under Stair storage – This one may require a bit of demo work, but all that space is just going to waste! You can tailor this to your needs and style. Add a door and shelving inside, or have open shelving for books, pictures etc…

Wasted spaces – You know that empty space beside your fridge? Those “fake” drawers in front of your sink? Don’t let these spaces go to waste! You can easily install a rolling shelf, and turn that “fake” drawer into a space you can use to store sponges, or even paper towel!

 

Inside doors – Pantry doors, closet doors, cabinet doors etc – This is an old trick but seems to go over looked a LOT! You can use these spaces to organize everything from spices to belts!

 

Check out more awesome organizational hacks here!

 

Hidden outlets

Have you ever had the PERFECT room layout in your mind, just to realize that it won’t work because there isn’t an outlet where you need it? What you need, my friend, are these AMAZING hidden outlets! They’re one of the easiest, convenient upgrades and EVERYONE in your home will LOVE you!

The best part? You can put them ANYWHERE!

     

Under Cabinets, hidden in your counters, Hidden in drawers,  Even in the FLOOR!

Never have to worry about where to put appliances or furniture ever again! Hide outlets EVERYWHERE!

 

Grocery door

If you’re anything like me, you hate grocery shopping. Dealing with people at the store, loading groceries INTO the car just to have to UNLOAD them once you get home… and heaven forbid if you have to take multiple trips! This awesome home upgrade helps simplify the grocery shopping saga. Now you can just pop open a door that leads directly from the garage INTO THE PANTRY! Yes, you heard me right! Your groceries will be IN the pantry already when you come in the house! How cool is that?

Luxury bathrooms

As the size of families steadily shrink, the size of bathrooms to go in those houses is getting larger and larger. Why is this? People want PRIVACY in their lives, and not only do they want privacy – they want to enjoy this privacy in luxury. We want luxury bathrooms with fancy fixtures, elegant cabinetry, and maybe even a Jacuzzi!

The top must haves for luxury bathrooms?

Spa like showers and baths -Rain shower heads, more than one shower head surround sound, built in shower nooks for shampoo, soaker tubs… all these items have had a HUGE boom over the last five years! And we can see why! Step into a shower with mood lighting, rain forest noise ambiance and jets shooting from every which way and see how long you want to stay in there!

Another must have for your luxury bathroom is a plethora of space! We’re talking his and hers vanities, LOTS of cabinet space, walk in closets, built in vanities… The works.

Top all this with expensive materials for counters, floors and walls (think natural stone options like marble, granite and travertine…) partnered with custom made fixtures and accents and you have an opulent bathroom fit for the most refined of tastes!

 

Upgraded flooring

The last thing you want in your new home (or even a home you have lived in for a while!) is outdated, stained carpet. Nothing can ruin the design of a room like some shag carpeting! While it had its time and place (a van in the 70’s…) updated flooring is a MUST HAVE for 2018.

The best part? Your options on flooring choices are ENDLESS! Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Luxury Vinyl Flooring, Hardwood flooring… the list goes on and on. PLUS you can pick and choose what works best for your home’s style and budget!

Carpet – Carpeting is a great choice for your rooms for three reasons. First – Carpet can add to the décor of any room using color, patterns and pile heights. Secondly – Carpet serves as added insulation and can help save energy! Third – carpet provides a psychological feeling of warmth and security in a home.

Ceramic Tile –If you are in need of flooring that will resist water (think kitchens, bathrooms or homes with pets/kids…) Ceramic tile is a great go to! You can use it as flooring or countertops, and it has a great luxurious feel. Not only that, but its super resistant and will last a very long time!

Luxury Vinyl Flooring – Also known as luxury vinyl tile or Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVT or LVP), This flooring comes in a variety of looks from wood to stone, and is designed to resist moisture and wear and tear! Don’t think your grandmas old sheet vinyl flooring – this product has come such a long way that its no longer the same thing at all! Plus, the price point makes it a very attractive choice.

Hardwood Flooring – This is one of the most popular types of flooring. Not only is it beautiful, but it is durable as well! Hardwood Flooring can come in a variety of options – Maple, Pecan, Beech, Cherry, Oak, Pine, Birch, Walnut, Hickory and more. It is a long lasting product that can be refinished down the road!

Natural Stone – This product has been around as long as people have been building things! The pyramids, The Tivoli Fountain, The Roman Coliseum… all natural stone. That should tell you one thing right off the bat – Natural Stone tile is DURABLE! Don’t hear the word ‘stone’ and think rustic and dingy – Marble and Granite are both natural stone options that can make quite an impact on your room!

Looking for new flooring? We can help with that! 

 

Smart home features

Smart home features are a HUGE must have, especially now that it’s time for millennials to start buying homes. Some of the most sought after smart home features are incredibly convenient, and are sure to make your life a lot easier!

Whole Home Security Systems – These are one of my favorite items in the ‘Smart Home’ category. These amazing systems really do create a sense of security for you and your family. They come with the standard options – like open door detectors and alarms (as they have for years). However, some of the ADDED options are really sweet.

Doorbell camera – Wondering who is at the door while you are out back? Waiting for a package to arrive? The new doorbell cameras feature an HD video camera so you can check the app on your PHONE to see who is at the door. PLUS they are motion activated – so no more ding dong ditch!

Glass Break Detector– This feature is awesome for the thief’s who opt for the ‘breaking a window’ approach to BNE… They don’t have to OPEN the door or window for these alarms to go off!

Smart Light Timers – That you can control from your PHONE once again! Are you out of town? Did your doorbell camera just notify you of a suspicious person on your porch? Simply open the app, and turn on a few lights. Or you can just turn them on and off repeatedly to mess with the cat…

The Amazon Echo/ Google Home Mini – I have personally owned both products and am in love with them! Initially I thought they were unnecessary, but overtime I have come to the point where I cant live without them (well, maybe I could – but it wouldn’t be as much fun!) Both options allow you to sync your music, calendars, contacts etc for an integrated system that allows you to do EVERYTHING! From playing music to telling you about your day tomorrow, Send a text or even telling you a joke – the uses these gadgets have is endless! And they are GREAT for settling arguments! (“Hey Alexa.. who was the actor who played The Big Lebowski?”) There are a million add on’s that allow you to control the lights, and even order groceries!

Combo USB outlets – How many items in your home do you have that require charging? In my home we have…. 4 cell phones, 2 tablets, a fit bit, a kindle and a smart watch… and it seems there are NEVER enough charging ports for all of them! And when you have company come over and they forgot their charger? Ugh! When it comes to easy smart home features, upgrading your outlets is a great option. Add some dual outlets with built-in USB ports! Simply plug your cord in and voila! Plus, you won’t have to worry about unplugging lamps and appliances so you can free up an outlet!

 

Luxury Outdoor Spaces

Let’s move from the inside of the home to the outside for this one. Yes, you spend a lot of time in your home, but when the weather is nice it’s great to be able to get outside and enjoy your space! Simple decks and patios are a thing of the past! Luxury Outdoor Spaces are here to last! A couple of our favorite outdoor space staples…

Outdoor Lighting – Get rid of that old fan and go for something a bit more off the wall! Chandeliers, Table Lamps, Fire pits, White Twinkle Lights, Tiki Torches, Candles, Sconces… all these great options add the perfect ambiance to your outdoor retreat!

Outdoor Kitchens – We aren’t talking dads grill anymore! This is one of the most common big ticket items when it comes to the outside of your home today. They come with a variety of high end features like fridges, beer taps, side burners, built in sinks… you get the idea. These spaces literally take entertaining – and everything you need to do so – outside.

Photo courtesy of outdoorlightings.com

 

Luxury seating – When entertaining outside you need somewhere for your guests to relax! Even if its just you at home for a quiet evening, you want to be comfortable! This is one area you don’t want to skimp on! You get what you pay for with outdoor seating. Sure it may cost less, but it’s also CHEAPER… made with less sturdy, durable materials that will fade, tear and potentially even rot. Spend a little bit extra when creating your outdoor space. Comfortable seating with lots of pillows and different patterns create a great ambiance for any outdoor space!

And of course… a covered area – Canopies, pergolas, gazebos … these are all awesome options to consider for your outdoor space! Each option has a different price point, and will give a different feel to your space. Consider the look you are going for, and WHY you want this item. If it is so you can grill in the rain – a pergola isn’t for you!

 

Energy efficient

An energy efficient home is a Happy home! Cliché? Yes! True? Also yes! Mainly because YOU will be happier about your power bills each month and have more money to spend elsewhere!

Solar panels – These are a great option when trying to ‘Go Green’ with your home. Sure, they cost a bit to get them installed and set up initially, but in the end you will recoup your money’s worth and then some! You may even be one of the lucky ones who ends up with the utility company paying YOU! You can earn a tax credit for installing solar panels in your home as well, which will help recoup some of the initial costs! Plus – you’re helping to save the environment!

LED lights – LED lighting is a high energy efficient lighting technology that uses 75% less energy and can last 25x longer, than regular light bulbs. Not only is this great for your electric bill, but it’s great for our planet!  According to the Department of Energy, “Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”

Install Energy Efficient Windows & Doors – Upgrading your doors and windows can drastically reduce your electrical usage. Another good idea- install a storm door! They generally have a protective coating that can help reduce energy loss by up to 50%, they last 25-50 years and can cost as little as $75!

Read more about energy efficient windows & Doors HERE!

 

 

Change out fixtures

Lights and plumbing! These often overlooked hardware upgrades can give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look! Go from plain silver to a rustic brushed bronze. Replacing lighting fixtures add a quick makeover to any room, plus with the newer fixture you will have a brighter, more open feel to your space!  Make them uniquely you by mixing and matching, or use the same elements throughout your house to create a feel of unity!

 

See? Updating these simple items can make all the difference in the world!

 

Questions? Comments? Email them to marketing@capefearflooring.com

Hurricane Disaster Preparation 2018

Its Hurricane Season in North Carolina (and along the entire east coast)! With the disastrous effects of Hurricane Matthew to our area last year, it’s more important than ever to be prepared! Forecasters have predicted that the 2018 Hurricane season could be just as bad as last year… between 7 and 11 hurricanes are expected to hit the East Coast this year. Are you and your home ready for 7-11 hurricanes this year?

“But we’re over 100 miles inland! What do we have to worry about?”

Well, my optimistic yet ignorant friend – we have a lot to worry about, as we saw last year.

Flooding is the greatest problem when hurricanes head inland. As you can see from the map above, our area actually got MORE rain than the outer banks and the coast! Remember, just because we aren’t on the coast, doesn’t mean we don’t have to worry about flooding! If it can rain, it can flood!

Hurricanes can create thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes thousands of miles from landfall. Hurricane Patricia, the largest tropical cyclone in the western hemisphere, hit western Mexico in October 2015. The storm crossed Mexico and hit Texas, HARD. Houston got 9.4 inches of rain in 24 hours, and a tornado touched down near the city.

Hurricanes can bring wind far inland. Wind gusts from Hurricane Sandy measured 60-70 miles per hour around the Great Lakes. Flying debris hit and killed a Toronto, Canada woman.

When Hurricane Season is Upon Us….

Check Insurance Coverage

Property owners and renters should be sure to insure their homes against flooding, something that many people do not realize is not a part of standard home and renter’s insurance.

IF your home is in a flood zone (or near one!)  you should STRONGLY consider purchasing flood insurance in addition to your regular insurance! Your regular insurance only covers water damage from precipitation and wind, but won’t cover flooding. You want to buy it early, as it doesn’t take effect until 30 days AFTER you purchase it.

A realtor friend of mine had several townhomes off Revere Street that she managed as rentals last year. Matthew hit and 12 of the 16 townhomes were flooded. They had to be evacuated and completely gutted from 4 feet down. Appliances, personal belongings, sheetrock, electrical, AC units etc… it was all ruined. 8 of the 12 townhomes damaged had flood insurance and were able to be restored. The other 4 units are still sitting there because the owner can’t afford to spend the $18k per unit it would take to get them restored…

I bet the owner wishes she had spent the extra few bucks and gotten the rest of the units insured.

 

Make copies of important documents

What happens when your home floods? You can stand to lose EVERYTHING. Even if you are careful and store items in a safe – unless the safe is waterproof – you can still lose them. Be sure to make copies of proof of ownership docs such as mortgage docs, car titles etc…  You will also want to ensure that you have copies of other important forms of identification such as birth certificates, social security cards etc.

These documents can be stored in the hurricane kit or in any safe location that does not risk being damaged during the hurricane. If a hurricane floods your home, you will have to have some way to prove that it’s your house!

 

Check your home

Hurricane prep for your house is a major factor. A key item to ensure you are ready for a Hurricane is to make sure your HOME is ready for a hurricane. Check out your home to make sure that there is no existing damage that a hurricane could increase. If you see any issues with the overall structure – including loose shingles or damaged roofs – you should be sure to repair them right away! Check for anything that may allow for further damage from high winds, rain, hail and all the other threats that come along with a hurricane.

Check your yard to make sure that there isn’t anything laying around the yard that could get tossed into the air or carried away during high winds. These include items like grills, decorations, trash cans, lawn chairs, playsets and trampolines. Not only can these items get carried away, but they can become threatening debris to not only you, but your home as well, causing severe damages. Store or tie them down securely.

Photo courtesy of NOLA.com

Also, close curtains or blinds. If windows do get broken, this will prevent shattered glass from scattering in the home.

 

Have an Evacuation Plan… Just in Case.

My mom always said “better safe than sorry!” and the same goes with preparing for a disaster. Maybe an evacuation plan seems silly… well, I’d rather be silly and safe than cool and dead. FEMA recommends you plan to evacuate the “5 P’s”: People (and pets), Prescriptions, Papers, Personal items and Priceless items. Ensure that everyone in your home is aware of your evacuation plan. Everyone should know where they are to meet should you get separated.

Consider having a pre-packed bag full of prescriptions to last a week, personal items and copies of important documents stored at a different location.

Have a list of “priceless items” that you can’t stand to lose. Ensure that if your home is at risk of being destroyed, you can easily access baby pictures, wedding videos, grandmas ring and emergency cash.

Map out the fastest route to your desired location – even if it just across town. Have a backup route planned in case of flooded roads, downed trees and power lines etc…

Rockfish Rd Flooding last year after Matthew…

 

Be Prepared for Power Outages

Be prepared for power outages! Hurricane Sandy left more than 9 million utility customers without power. Two weeks later, more than 6 million in 15 states and the District of Columbia were still without electricity. When Matthew hit last year, we had families in our area without power for over a week!

No power means no well pump, no water, toilet couldn’t flush, no showers or other washing. Your fridge and freezer won’t work, so your food may go bad. Your stove may not work as well. A backup generator is a great investment, but if you can’t afford one –  A camp stove and rain barrels are an alternative. A power inverter and a charged car battery is a passable alternative as well.

 

Stock up Supplies

I’m not saying you need to rush out to Walmart right now and buy them out of bread and milk (you know who you are), but consider purchasing items that will come in handy (and will be in short supply when a Hurricane threat is imminent).

Store your emergency supply kit in watertight plastic bags, and store those bags in 1-2 easy to carry duffel bags. You may not need to evacuate, but you will have everything on hand if you do!

A basic hurricane checklist should include the following items:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person for at least 3 days (for water and sanitation) – fill your tubs so you can use that water to flush toilets etc.
  • Food – you will need a 3 day supply of non perishable food
  • Flashlights and battery operated sources of light. Lamps, lanterns etc
  • Battery Powered Radio
  • Garbage bags
  • Moist towlettets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Manual Can Opener (for food)
  • Extra charging packs for cell phones
  • Prescription Medication
  • Non- prescription medicine such as Advil, Tums etc
  • Pet food / water for any pets
  • Cash on hand
  • Important family documents
  • Sleeping bags / Blankets
  • Changes of clothes for each person
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Extra propane tanks in case you need to grill or use propane to keep warm
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Paper plates, cups, napkins and plastic utensils
  • Paper / pencils
  • Books, games and puzzles

 

Living in North Carolina, a Hurricane WILL affect you in some way or another. From damages from fallen trees, to flooded roads, to power outages… Ensure that your family and home are protected!

 

For more great Hurricane Prep Ideas visit our Pinterest page HERE! 

Subway Tile – a timeless classic

Anyone with an interest in Home Improvement or Design (who hasn’t been living under a rock!) has heard this term, especially lately. Those little 3-by-6 glazed white rectangles have been a staple of kitchen and bath designs for decades, and it seems to be ALL the rage once again… but did it ever really go out? Simple but chic, there’s a reason subway tile is a classic when it comes to tile options.

Subway tile is riding a wave of enormous popularity right now, but it’s been around for a long time. If any of your walls are glazed with those little 3″ x 6″ rectangles, you have a little piece of history in your home. It may be the hardest-working tile in the US!

From the moment they made their debut in the 1900s they have only been gaining in popularity. Why? It’s simple. Subway tiles are easy to clean, stain resistant, and light reflective. They go anywhere, and come in thousands of different colors and combinations. From solid black or white ceramic to natural stone, marble or glass, the ways you can utilize subway tiles in your home are only limited by your imagination.

 

A Brief History of Subway Tile

It’s called ‘Subway tile’ because Once Upon a Time (1900’s New York) it was designed to be installed in the (then brand new) Subway Systems. They were looking for something classic, clean and durable. Thus, Subway Tile was born! Designers George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge created the distinctive 3″ x 6″ rectangles for the very first station of New York’s then brand-new subway system in 1904.

Not only were the tiles easy to install, but they were easy to clean as well! The white tile had the additional advantage of reflecting light, brightening the underground Subway stations.

Before long, the Tiles began to appear outside the Subway system. Kitchens, bathrooms, butchers and hospitals… everywhere a sanitary and clean aesthetic was desired. They were adopted across the globe as the ‘go-to’ to reflect a clean, sanitary space. With its sleek, easy-to-clean design, it’s no surprise that the trend is still going strong today.

Image credit: Antique Home Style

Durability

Like all ceramic tiles, Subway Tiles are no exception when it comes to durability. Ceramic is, in fact, best known for its durability: “There are still intact installations in the ruins of ancient Rome and Egypt,” says Dave Gobis, executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. “Pompeii has many examples of beautiful ceramic tile work that are still pristine after 2,000 years.” They are tough enough to take a beating for decades. In fact, the adhesive, grout and caulk that’s used to install subway tiles will need replaced LONG before the tiles themselves do!

Thinking of using them as a back splash over your stove? Go for it! They are SUPER easy to clean and have a protective layer that rests over the material, making them impervious to water and stain penetration. They are also naturally resistant to the ravages of high humidity conditions (And y’all know ALLLLL about Summer in a Southern Kitchen, amiright?).

Subway Tiles are extremely hard and very difficult to crack. When installed properly, you can expect them to last upwards of 20 years and longer! If a single tile does crack due to a severe impact, the process of replacing that tile is relatively simple.

Does Grandma still have Subway Tiles in that hideous avocado green in the bathroom? Now you know why…

 

TIMELESS AND VERSATILE

There is a reason this trend has been going strong for over 100 years. It’s one of those trends that won’t look dated in a few years. It’s because it looks good in so many spaces and with every design style. This classic tile shape is so streamlined and modern that it literally works for any style of space, from farmhouse to modern. Plus, we love the newest trends with dark gray grout!

More than a century after its first use, ceramic subway tile has endured as a favorite time and time again for generations of homeowners. Subway tile has something for everyone! Today’s tiles come in a wide variety of colors and finishes that will work well, no matter what your style is! Mix and match with different patterns and grouts – Subway Tile can be personalized to go with whatever design you are looking for!

The versatility of glass allows for glass tiles to be made in an endless variety of colors, textures, and finishes. From modern subway-inspired glass tiles, to bright blends infused with glitter or marbling to mimic marble!

Subway Tiles aren’t just for kitchens and baths anymore either! We’re starting to see subway tile in laundry rooms, mudrooms, and even fireplaces where they offer a pop of decorative (easy to care for, heat resistant) flair.

This classic style has evolved from the traditional 3”x6” rectangles to include additional sizes and colors. Unique patterns, textures, bevels, and splashes of color have also brought subway tile up to modern standards. Manufacturers often use the term now to describe any rectangular tile with a length twice its height, from 4-by-8-inch planks to 1-by-2 mosaics, and even some tiles (such as contemporary 2-by-8 strips) that don’t share the original’s proportions at all.

 

What do they cost?

Subway Tiles are by far one of the bestselling tiles today, and over the last 10 years, not to mention one of the most popular choices. Prices start around $2 per square foot for budget field tile and soar to $50 (or more) per square foot for handmade artisan tile. It really depends on what look you are going for, but they are definitely cost effective! It’s a much more affordable option compared to other materials like stone or glass.

Given the low price point, there’s little wonder why they’re used so much both in residential and commercial properties.

However you decide to use it, Subway Tile is a durable, timeless and cost effective option for your home that has stood the test of time and is just as popular today as it was 100 years ago.

*historic photos courtesy of The Library of Congress via. Old Town Home

How to make your home make YOU money!

It’s summer in Fayetteville, which means ONE thing for military families (and everyone else)… PCS season! Whether you are moving away or moving here, selling your home or renting it out, there is one thing that you can be sure of – you want to get the best value for your home!

Even if you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon, it’s an inevitable question when you consider remodeling: How much will this improvement add to the value of my home?

Kitchens and bathrooms people. Kitchens and bathrooms are what sell homes. They are also two of the more expensive renovations BUT when you combine the right design and materials you can increase your ROI (Return on investment) if and when you do decide to sell, and increase your enjoyment of your home in the meantime. Everyone can agree that home improvements not only add value for the present owners, but also when it’s time to sell! Over 35% of homeowners agree – remodeling is the most efficient way to increase your home’s value.

A recent study from the National Association of Realtors confirms that kitchens and baths are still at the top for interior home renovations. We’re gunna break those down, as well as touch on a couple more money making Home Improvements that can potentially provide the biggest bang for your buck for ROI.

  1. Kitchens

Kitchens are the most important room in the home relating to value. Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home. You not only make food there, but you make memories as well. Birthday cakes, Thanksgiving Turkeys and teaching your daughter how to make Grandmas Mac n’ Cheese… The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. Due to this, it’s even more important that you invest those funds into having a fresh, inviting, modern kitchen. New cabinetry, lighting, adding an island or pantry, new energy efficient appliances etc will all significantly increase your homes market value, and they will greatly add to your enjoyment of your space.  Updates in this room will really pay off – According to HGTV, you can expect to recoup 60%-120% of your investment on a kitchen remodel. When remodeling, you want to ensure that you don’t go overboard. Your kitchen should never be fancier than the rest of your house and it should stay in line with the rest of the neighborhood.

The cost of remodeling your kitchen really depends on two things. First – the size of your kitchen. How big Is the space you are already working with? Are you adding on? If you have a small kitchen and just want to re-do that space it will be fairly inexpensive. If you are looking to expand and tear down walls then the price will go up. Second is the design decisions you make. Are you going to go with granite counters, marble flooring, state of the art appliances and custom lighting?  In general, homeowners spend from $12,594 to $33,118 on kitchen remodeling, at an average of $21,751, according to HomeAdvisor.

When we were looking to buy our first home I had several “must have’s”- and at the top of that list? The kitchen. I knew what styles I liked, what I needed and what ones I absolutely couldn’t stand. Potential buyers have been known to rule out homes based on kitchens alone. Stainless steel appliances and granite countertops continue to be at the top of many buyers’ checklists, which is why this is our #1 remodel for the biggest ROI. According to the Remodeling Impact Report, 12% of realtors said a completely renovated kitchen most recently helped them cinch a deal, resulting in a closed sale.

If you are looking to get a fresh look in the kitchen, but aren’t wanting to spend the big bucks, you may want to consider an upgrade. Replacing dated appliances, refinishing cabinets and changing out tile back splashes are some cost-effective updates that can still modernize a kitchen and make it more appealing to buyers.

In addition to the resale value, kitchen improvements can also help you enjoy your time in your home, with better functionality and livability cited by 28% of respondents as the most important result of their remodel. Homeowners who shell out $54,000 on a kitchen remodel can count on adding about $44,000 to their home’s asking price, for a 81 percent ROI.

  1. BATHROOMS

Anyone who has ever shared a bathroom with a sibling, spouse or parent knows how important this room is! The same goes for remodeling and ROI. If there are not enough bathrooms, OR if the existing bathrooms are outdated, this will be a huge turn off to potential buyers. Updating bathroom amenities and fixtures (or adding an additional bathroom) can increase a home’s sale appeal and attracts more buyers. Even if you aren’t looking to sell right now, it will greatly add your enjoyment of the home. In terms of value, the bathroom is the second most important room of the house.

Bathrooms will show your homes age faster than any other room in your house (aside from the kitchen). A potential buyer will see an outdated bathroom and hesitate at the costs associated in remodeling.  45% of realtors have suggested sellers complete a bathroom renovation before completing a sale.

See what a difference it can make to the entire space? Imagine this as a home buyer – which bathroom would you prefer?

Start at the bottom and work your way up. Replace old floors with fresh ceramic tile or natural stone. Replace the tub, sink and faucets with modern fixtures. Replace the old dated vanity with something more modern for a clean, fresh look that buyers will love! Large mirrors give the illusion of space so upgrade that old chipped mirror over the sink for something new! Lastly be sure to upgrade your lighting – no one wants a dark bathroom – and add an exhaust fan if you don’t have one. The only thing worse than a dark bathroom is a dark SMELLY bathroom!

A bathroom overhaul costing $13,000 can add $11,000 to a home’s asking price, an 85 percent ROI.

National Average Cost: $13,730
Return on Investment: 85.4%

Raleigh Average Cost: $13,802
Return on Investment: 85.0%

  1. Windows/ Doors

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home today, replacement windows and doors can help save you money now. Not only can they add to the curb appeal of your home but they can DRASTICALLY slash those energy bills. New windows and doors create a tight seal within your home, so no air can leak out (or in). Air leaks are the biggest culprit in high energy bills, by replacing your old windows and doors you’ll spend less heating and cooling your home while enjoying a comfortable interior – no more drafts!

ANY energy efficient upgrade that promises long term savings is a surefire way to boost your asking price. New windows and doors ARE a bigger ticket item to invest in (they can run as much as $19000) HOWEVER you can expect to recoup up to 75% of that cost when you sell… AND you will get a tax credit to boot!

National Average Cost: $18,759 (Wood)
Return on Investment: 73.0%

Raleigh Average Cost: $18,148
Return on Investment: 70.1%

New doors are something that often get overlooked, but this is one of the first things people will see when entering your home (regardless of whether its just to visit or looking to purchase). You want to ensure that your door makes a statement, and shows off your unique personality (without turning potential buyers off!)

The door above is a perfect example of what you want to aim for. The surrounding décor can easily be removed and swapped out as tastes change, but the door itself is a timeless classic that will appeal for years to come!

  1. New Roofing

First impressions count. New roofing may not be the first thing you think of when you think of remodeling but it should be! Research done by Remodeling Magazine reveals that having new roofing installed can have a big impact on home value –specifically on home resale value.  New buyers who visit your property are going to notice exterior elements first, and they are definitely going to notice if the roof is in poor condition. They are going to see this as a HUGE out of pocket expense they will have to pay as soon as they get a heavy rain. Not to mention, any home inspector worth their salt will notice right away, and it will drastically reduce the appraisal value on your home. Replacing the roof is a surefire way to add value to your home, and hike up the selling price.

Updating your roof by incorporating new materials, colors or styles, can give it a modern touch that is attractive to buyers. With many roofing styles and types available, replacement serves as a great chance to give your home a new look and boost its aesthetic appeal.

A more aesthetically appealing and safe home is not likely to spend as long on the market before it sells in the present market. And if your home sells more quickly, this will save you money on estate agent and marketing fees, and make the overall process more efficient. Spending $14,000 on a new roof can add curb appeal and up the asking price by $12,000, for a ROI of 75 percent, says the ISoldMyHouse.com report.

National Average Cost: $20,664 (Midrange)
Return on Investment: 68.8%

Raleigh Average Cost: $18,867
Return on Investment: 74.2%

 

5. Basic Updates & Maintenance

Basic updates are the items that get overlooked the most, but can add the most value to your home. Keeping the paint fresh, replacing rotten wood, pressure washing, adding insulation, landscaping and resolving mold issues are just a few key items you want to make sure not to neglect. These preventative maintenance chores help keep your home from deteriorating over time. Buyers want a healthy, solid, safe home, and they look carefully for signs of routine maintenance. These small projects will keep your home in tip-top shape, so when you do decide to sell, buyers will see a well-cared-for home.

Many homeowners also tend to overlook the nickel-and-dime stuff, like light fixtures, faucets and door knobs. If you cant afford to splurge on high end fixtures and nick-nacks, at the very least you want to ensure that the house has a uniform look and feel. So pick a style and stick with it throughout the home.

 

If you or someone you know are PCS’ing, give us a call! Just looking to update that kitchen? We’ve got you covered! We have partnered with EXIT Realty and are offering FREE in home assessments. Our trained experts will evaluate your home, and offer suggestions on how YOU can get the biggest return for your home!

The Tile Guide

The Tile Guide

 

When it comes to Tile Flooring, your options are endless. From size to color, texture to style… there is a vast array of choices and combinations. Choosing the right tile for your project can seem overwhelming. What are the differences between the endless tile options out there, and how do you know what to choose? Our Tile Guide will help you explore the differences and options available to you, and help you make an informed flooring decision.

 

RATINGS

Tile is rated on a PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) scale. They are ranked from 1-5+, with one being the lowest. Here is the breakdown:

1: No foot traffic. Tile with a 1 rating is best used for backsplashes or wall tiles. NOT floors!
2: Light traffic. Suitable for wall tiles as well as  areas like guest bathrooms, or areas that do not have direct access from outdoors.
3: Moderate to light traffic. For use in most residential purposes, where people are using normal footwear – not to include kitchens, entry ways and other heavy traffic areas
4: Moderate to heavy traffic. These tiles can be used for ALL residential purposes, as well as medium commercial usage.
5+: Heavy to extra-heavy traffic. Floor coverings for heavy traffic, can be used for ALL residential purposes and heavy commercial uses such as schools, stores, public walkways etc…

A lot of porcelain tile is classified as a 4 or a 5. This makes it a great choice for a family kitchen.

When choosing tile for flooring, it is important to take into consideration what you will be using it for. What is daily life like in your household? Do you have small children? Pets? Does your husband work from home as a mechanic? Make sure you are choosing a tile that is appropriate for what you will be using it for.

Natural stone is great for slippery surfaces like a bathroom floor because it has a high coefficient of friction.

LOCATION

Tile is a great choice for flooring because of its durability. Not only that, but it is simple to clean and water resistant! These features all make tile flooring an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms and entryways.

Kitchens –

Tile flooring is a natural choice for kitchens because of its durability, but it also is great for resisting stains! Porcelain floor tile has sand added to the clay mixture and is made with heat and pressure to produce a tile that’s harder, denser and less porous than regular ceramic tile. It’s a good choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens. Porcelain is always a popular choice for the kitchen because it’s impervious to spills.

High Traffic Areas-

For high-traffic areas in your home, we suggest using durable porcelain tiles. These tiles will resist scratching and chipping. Ceramic tile is also good fit in bathrooms or other moisture-rich environments. It’s easy to clean and install, it’s waterproof, sturdy, and is a great value for the price. Designers also like ceramic tile because its surface is ideal for paint or decal ornamentation.

When it comes to choosing tile for areas such as your bathroom and entry way (if it gets wet fairly often) you will need to keep in mind that smooth surfaces become slippery when wet! You should use a textured tile for your shower floor, instead of a smooth tile. In your entryway, textured tile can be a bit more difficult to clean.

Basements-

For basements we suggest a wood-look porcelain tile. This will give the space a more relaxed homey feel, but provide durability and moisture resistance that comes with ceramic tile. You should make sure to wait a year or so before installing tile flooring in a basement to ensure that the house has settled, and prevent cracking.

Outdoor Use-

Porcelain tiles are NOT made for outside use, as they are more porous and won’t last long against the elements.  Natural Stone is a great option for pathways and pool patios as it is more textured and you will have less chance of slipping!

 

Now that you’ve figured out WHAT tile to put WHERE, let’s move on to my favorite part… COLOR!

 

COLOR

Color is an important factor to consider when choosing tile flooring. Not only does it affect the overall feel of the room, it can also hide dirt! Choosing the right color is a key element to getting the most enjoyment out of your new tile floor.

Dark colored tiles can help add warmth to any room. If you decide to go with a darker tile, you will want to ensure that it Is an open space, with lots of light, to keep the tile from overwhelming the palette of the room. Chocolate brown, navy and Slate are great options for tile in a large kitchen space.

On the flip side, if your aim is to make a room appear larger, you are going to want to stick with lighter hues. Creams and pastels will make a guest bath or small kitchen seem larger.

In areas where there will be heavier foot traffic, you will want to consider varying the shades. A slight contract in your tiles can help hide dirt! Mixing browns and tans, gray and white or using flecked tiles are all great options for busier areas in your home. This is especially important if you have pets or children (or just a messy spouse!).

Using a color wheel is a great way to get color inspiration. To add a bold energetic feel to your room, select a color on the opposite side of the wheel as your existing décor. For a more tranquil relaxed feel, use a shade that is adjacent to the color of your walls.

Keep in mind – the tiles on your floor don’t have to be a solid color, or the same color! The next step in the tile buying process is picking an attractive pattern for your floor!

 

PATTERN

Flooring tiles are available in many different patterns (that are surprisingly affordable!) and will help compliment your home’s design.

If you are going for a subtle, understated look, consider using a stone patterned tile, or lighter colors. This can match quite a few different décor types. Just make sure that the stone you choose doesn’t class with your homes personality. For instance, a Marble surface creates an austere elegant look, but it may not be the best for a kids bathroom or the kitchen in your log cabin.

Choosing a bold pattern can be a fun way to add character and style, but depending on the existing style of the room, they can be too ‘busy’. Stay away from patterned tile flooring if you already have a strong pattern on your walls. They may clash, and throw the entire room off. Whereas you may be going for a “bohemian Greek” look, you will end up with “hoarder hobo”.

 

No matter which option you go with, you will also need to consider size when picking out the perfect flooring tile.

 

SIZE

Choosing the right size for your tile flooring is actually much more involved than just “what will fit in my space”. There is a wide array of size options you can use in your home. Different sizes can impact the overall feel of your room, and can enhance the look and feel you are wanting to create. They can also ruin a room if not properly selected.

The easiest way to pick what size tile to use for your flooring is to choose a tile that is relative to the size of your space. Do you have a large, open living room? Then a large tile would look phenomenal in this space. For a medium space like a bathroom use… you guessed it… medium sized tiles. And for small spaces… small tiles!

Larger tiles can help make a room appear larger! They help expand the space and make it feel more open. Larger tiles also have fewer grout lines, and can assist with an open, clean feel.

You can use small tiles to create a border around larger tiles to cozy up a space, add interest, and create the illusion of a rug.

 

LAYOUT

Tile layouts can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them, depending on the feel you are going for with your room. You should always take your existing décor into consideration when choosing a tile pattern. Do you already have bold prints and colors? Then you may want to consider a simpler tile pattern.

To help assist you with your selection, let’s go over some of the more popular options, and how to best use them in your home!

Offset

An Offset tile floor pattern is a classic.  It is beautiful, but blends in to a space rather than becoming the focal point. This is a great option to use if you already have bold designs in your space. Not only are they a timeless design, they will last a lifetime and won’t go out of style when design trends change.

Moroccan

Moroccan layouts can add a fun pop of color and interest to your room. These patterns work best in rooms where the majority of the room is fairly neutral, and allows for the floor to be the center of attention.

Hexagon

Hexagon flooring patterns offer a wide variety of versatility. You can choose from a multitude of sizes and patterns to fit your design style. They also come in just about any color you can imagine! Hexagons work well as a blend of colors, or one solid color with an accent hue mixed in.  Hexagon tile for flooring will also leave room for a border along the edge, which will create an artful, dimensional layout in your floor.

Herringbone

Another classic choice for tile flooring patterns is Herringbone. A herringbone layout can match any design and be personalized based on size and color! Herringbone patterns have been used in flooring for ages, and you can find   This pattern has been used on floors for ages, and will always be in style.

Parquet

Parquet offers a sophisticated look, and will add dimension and style to any space. This pattern often looks best in a traditional space, and works best in a single hue.

Finally in your tile journey… you will want to consider how you space your tiles.

 

SPACING

Now that we have chosen your tile type, color, pattern, size AND layout… its time to get them installed!

Most people don’t put a lot of thought into how spacing the tiles can affect the floor’s appearance. When laying tile there really is no ‘set’ rule for how thick the grout line has to be, or how far your tiles are spaced apart. This is really more a matter of personal preference than a requirement. That being said, there are a few important facts and some guidelines you should know when trying to decide how thick your grout lines should be.

You may have seen floors where the tiles are so close they look like one piece. This is done by using rectified tiles. Rectified tiles are evenly cut and uniform on all sides.  The average tile may look the same, but they are almost never exactly the same shape and size throughout. Rectified tiles have been put through the extra step in the process to ensure they are even, but they also will cost more.

In general, floor tiles should have grout lines of 1/8 inch or larger, depending on the type and size of tile. Special types, such as slate or quarry tiles, often do not have edges uniform enough to look good with tight spacing. These tiles usually are spaced with grout lines 3/16 inch (or wider). Some really large tiles look good with very narrow grout lines that are filled with a grout colored to match the tile. This is a great technique if you want your floor to look like a single slab of stone.

The farther you space your tiles, the thicker the grout line will be between the tiles. To camouflage your grout lines, use a grout that matches your tiles to give your floor a clean, cohesive look.

If you are wanting to draw attention to your floors, try a colored grout to really make those individual tiles POP! Grout comes in a plethora of colors, which allows you to choose if you want a dramatic contrast, or a calm transition.

 

 

BUDGET

Another big factor to consider when choosing tile is cost. What is your budget? There’s a wide range of prices for tile. Some general estimates (not including installation):

• Ceramic tile ranges from $2-$20 per square foot.
• Natural stone ranges from $7-$20 per square foot.
• Glass tile ranges from $7-$30 per square foot.
• Porcelain tile ranges from $3-$25 per square foot.

 

MAINTENANCE

While tile is a great, durable option, it does require some maintenance. Sweep or vacuum your glazed tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull glazed surfaces. The grout between tiles can get dingy with age. One of the most important things in knowing how to clean tile floors is keeping the grout clean. Dirty grout equals dingy-looking floors. Grout is porous and easily absorbs dirt, grease and other materials. Spray the grout with a commercially prepared grout cleaner.

Tips for Preventing Damage straight from Mohawk Flooring

  • Test scouring powders and sealants on a small area before cleaning the full area.
  • Use a sealer on grout joints shortly after installation and use products compatible with cleaning grout joints.
  • After cleaning, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
  • Have any damaged or broken tile removed and replaced only by a qualified tile contractor.

 

And of course, you don’t have to go through the entire tile selection process alone! Our design experts are here to assist you with your tile flooring selections and every step of the way!

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is finally here! (Well, maybe… if Mother Nature can make up her mind…) Time to actually start that diet you promised yourself you would do in January… and time for the DREADED spring cleaning. But where to even start? In this month’s blog we are going to break down a couple of “must do” home maintenance items. So even if you don’t get your “beach body ready”, your home will look its best come summer!

1. Gutter Check!

“April showers bring….” A whole lot of mess! That’s what they bring… Before the rains get too heavy it’s a good thing to check your gutters to ensure they are in good working condition as debris from fall and winter can cause your gutters to get clogged.  Think clogged gutters are “No big deal”? Well think again! The excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can cause your gutters to sag and pull away from the fascia on your house, causing you to need major gutter repairs or replacement and rotten fascia boards. Standing water can also attract unwanted pests such as mosquitoes and roaches!

seriously… this isn’t what i meant by “add a little green…”

Don’t have gutters? You may want to consider this investment for your home. Gutters carry water away from your home and prevent siding damage, wood rot and foundation damage due to prolonged moisture exposure. The minor cost associated with having them installed now vs. replacing siding or dealing with a foundation crack later generally makes this home improvement worth it!

2. Check safety devices

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. Make it part of your spring cleaning routine to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check for recalls on your detectors by visiting Recalls.gov.

 

3. Eliminate insect breeding grounds!

Inspect your property for standing water to help eliminate mosquito and other insect breeding spots. Make sure to check any flower pots, trash cans, bins etc that may have collected water over winter/spring. Puddles in your yard and garden can also be a major culprit and a hotbed of annoying insect activity!

 

4. No pressure… but you need to pressure wash.

Siding, fences, decks, porches, patios…  all these items can probably use a good pressure wash come spring. Mildew and dirt can build up over time and removing it will not only keep your fixtures lasting longer, but will maintain your homes curb appeal. And if you live in an HOA… it will keep you from getting those nasty warning letters!  Just make sure to move any breakables and avoid windows if you are going to tackle this chore on your own!

 5. Re-caulk windows.

Here in NC our winters aren’t generally very severe. However, after an especially cold snap (or if you haven’t done it in the last few years) you may want to consider re-caulking your windows. This will help keep the cold air in and the warm air out (and vice versa come cooler months!) AND help ensure that your HVAC system runs more efficiently… saving you $$$ on your electric bills! Not sure how? Check it out here!)

 

6. Get your Air Conditioner serviced

Now is the time to ensure that your AC system is functioning properly! Call a professional out to clean the AC BEFORE you plan on needing it. Most AC companies offer a Maintenance Agreement that includes a Freon check, air filter check, coil clean, motor lube, drain line check, compressor check, thermostat check … you get it. If a problem can be identified BEFORE it causes an issue you won’t have to worry about your AC going out when the temps reach 100+!

 This could be you this summer…

7. Roof Inspection!

Visually eye the roof to check for any damage that may have occurred over the winter. Look for any loose shingles, check the seals around the chimney, flashing and skylights. Check corners, soffits and fascia while you’re at it. These are all areas that are subject to water damage and wood rot. Try to avoid climbing up on the roof (unless you are a roofing professional, then have at it!) and use binoculars to check it out. If you see any issues, call a roofing professional (*cough* capefearflooringandrestoration *cough*) to conduct a roof inspection and ensure that there are no more serious issues, and to get your roof fixed before it becomes worse. A leaky roof can lead to collapsed ceilings, rotting support beams and of course… the dreaded MOLD!

8. Inspect concrete.

Often people don’t notice an issue with their sidewalks or driveways until it is too late. When ice and snow melt during the winter months, the water flows into any available cracks and crevices. It then refreezes, expanding and causing the once small cracks to slowly grow and grow until they become a major issue. Loose concrete, as well as heavy cracking, can cause serious injury (to you and your guests!) and even damage to your vehicle. Now is the time to take care of those tiny cracks and repair them if need be with caulk or concrete crack filler.

9. Check outside water sources.

Before too long you will need to use your outdoor faucets and water sources for your plants, gardens and sprinklers. Before use, it’s a good idea to check your hose, sprinkler systems and faucets to ensure that no dry rot or winter damage has occurred. Inspect hoses and faucets to make sure water is flowing properly. Flush your sprinkler system and check the heads and lines for leaks. A damaged hose, faucet OR sprinkler system can cause quite a mess to occur in your yard, and your water bill to skyrocket.

 

10. Replace outdoor lighting.

Just because the sun has set doesn’t mean you will want to go inside! Exterior lighting such as porch lights, flood lights and solar lights all need to be checked this spring. Make sure all lighting is in good shape to include; wires are safe, bulbs are replaced, all components are working and functioning properly. And while you’re at it, clean the bugs out and give that globe a good washing!

 

11. Check the attic.

Winter is over (hopefully) and now its time to take a look up… to the attic! A couple of key items to keep an eye out for include:

  1. Signs of rodents! These include chewing, bedding and holes. Handle any issues you may see with traps and preventative measures.
  2. Signs of leaks! This includes wet spots, sagging, puddles and of course mold. This is a sure sign that you may need to have your roof repaired or fixed. Need assistance? Give us a call!

 

12. Wood rot…

Wouldn’t you rather not? (see what I did there?) Unfortunately, this annoying chore is also necessary. Melting snow and ice can cause havoc on the wooden areas of your home. Siding, window/door frames, garage door frames, soffits and fascia, fences… the list goes on and on. Replace or repair as needed. This will help to ensure that the issue doesn’t get WORSE and cause MAJOR repair costs down the road (plus it keeps your house looking its best. If you repair as you go you save money in the long run!). Also, when dealing with door and window frames, resolving any issues can prevent drafts AND bugs

Something small can quickly turn into this…

Which can turn into this…
(This last one may be a BIT extreme… but you get my point…)

13.    Clean out that garage!

Over the fall and winter the garage tends to fill up with stuff. Halloween decorations, Christmas ornaments… they all get thrown in the garage and come April it can be a chore just to find what you need! Start by tossing out items that are broken and donate the things you don’t use anymore. Organize kids toys, garden equipment and tools with shelves, hooks and handy cubbies (see helpful link HERE ) Sweep the floor or use a shop vac to finish up.

 

(If your garage actually looks like this, I’m gunna need you to come do mine…)

18. Watch for termites

While you may hear “Spring” and think of flowers and kites… spring is also peak pest season. Termites can be among the most detrimental pest to your home, causing hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars’ worth of repairs. They begin to emerge after the last winter freeze. Look for swarms and mud tubes as a sure indication that you have a problem. If you see them schedule a visit with a licensed pest control company to remove them as soon as possible to prevent damage to the structure of your home. Termites are one of those issues that you do NOT want to risk “DIY-ing”. Call a professional to assist you.

How to prevent them? Store wood away from the structure and foundation of your home. Keep shrubbery trimmed near your home, allowing at least a foot between the shrub and your home (does anyone else have the sudden urge to quote Monty Python with all this shrubbery talk??)  Use pine needles instead of mulch. Apparently termites are a bit of a picky eater and they don’t like pine needles (ants dislike pine needles as well…). Don’t like pine needles? Try pea gravel, rubber or other ‘non organic’ material instead of mulch. Avoid moisture around your homes foundation (see #’s 3 and 12…), make sure to properly maintain your homes exterior (wood rot anyone?) and minimize moisture with a good vapor barrier (check out our crawlspace encapsulation services HERE).

 

19. Add a touch of green!

  I’m not talking money. I’m talking flowers and plants! A simple raised flower bed is an easy weekend project, and a hanging basket costs $9 at Wal-Mart… Do you have existing landscaping already? Inspect flowerbeds and trees for damage, disease and unwanted pests. Fill any bare spots with a mulch like substance (pine straw, pea gravel etc… remember?) and replace any plants that have died. This will boost your curb appeal and you’ll love seeing the gorgeous greenery and flowers every time you drive up to your home!

Before

After

See the difference? PLUS you will get a brand new Maserati!
(Brand new Maserati not included with landscaping. Your results may vary…)

20. Inspect and maintain lattice, fences, deck and outdoor stairs.

All these items can be damaged from snow, ice and cold. Make sure to include stairs, balconies, rails, lattice, fences and decks in your checklist. If they are made of wood check for signs of mold, rot, moss and fungus. If they are metal check for rust, and if they are concrete check for cracks/crumbling. Beyond that ensure that steps are stable and level and railings and handrails are securely attached. Safety first!

See? Don’t just take my word for it!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Criticisms? Shoot us an email! marketing@capefearflooring.com

2018 Decor Trends

Looking to redecorate, remodel and redesign in 2018? We have compiled this list of the hot new decor trends for the year for you all in one place… enjoy!

1. High contrast pallets – Light, neutral colors will always be a timeless classic because of their ease to pair. However, in 2018 BOLD and “moodier” color tones are coming on the scene. The darker color tones add richness and warmth to the room. You can create a high contrast palette by pairing light with dark. This results in an elegant combination and doesn’t “darken” the room like an all dark palette would do, but catches the eye and adds depth.

 

2. Two tone Kitchens – Two-toned kitchen cabinets have been growing in popularity, but the trend has evolved by incorporating bleached wood with a vibrant paint color as shown in this modern farmhouse kitchen by Blakes London. Do you love sea foam green but aren’t sure how it would look over the ENTIRE kitchen? Two toned kitchens may be just the thing for you!

  

 

3. Natural Elements – 2017 was dominated with the tech-obsessed décor. In 2018 the trend is moving towards more fresh, natural materials such as stone, copper, plants, concrete and granite. These elements help bring a serene peaceful ambiance to your space, and embracing the world around you. We can all relax, succulents are still in and your air garden is safe for another year!

 

4. Subway Tiles – Subway tiles have always been a safe material to use for renovations as well as new construction. Say goodbye to the same old boring subway tiles you may be familiar with… recently, there has been a trend towards using larger format tile and even slab sized porcelain sheets- and ALL sorts of colors! As a bonus – larger tile has less grout and is both easier to install and clean!

 

5. Bold Bathroom Walls- Look for a dramatic accent wall to get even bigger in 2018 as homeowners look for unique accents to incorporate into a bathroom remodel or design project. We’re not talking just painting one wall a bright color though… oh no, it has gone beyond that. Bold patterned wallpaper is making a big comeback, but may not be a good fit depending on the humidity levels in your bathroom. Shaped tiles can make just the perfect accent piece as well. Plus, you can put them just about anywhere in a bathroom…

 

6. Maximalism – This new trend operates on the principle that MORE is better! More texture, color, pattern, embellishment, rich layers, comfort and eclectic style… Embrace your personality and display it for the world to see. Buy the huge statement piece and the zebra print couch! Throw pillows galore! Accent lights, a bright rug… the more the merrier! This trend has a strong emphasis on travel and the exotic. That statue you bought in Mexico? This may be just the time to bust it out!

 

7. Terrazzo – Groovy baby! This 1970’s esque material is taking over this year. If you haven’t seen it yet you may have been living under a rock… The multi-colored speckled composite material has dimension, its fun… it brings a very cool, modern look to any room. You can expect to see this everywhere from furniture to décor this year

 

8. Statement Ceilings – AKA the “5th wall”. This year we’ve gone beyond statement walls and have turned our eyes to the ceiling. All that extra space – why not showcase it? Printed wallpaper, tile mosaics, exposed beams, vibrant hues and more made all make for the perfect statement ceiling…

 

9. Modern Farmhouse – Rustic country styling is going urban. The farmhouse style has been gaining popularity over the last couple years. Now, however, they are choosing only a few elements to incorporate. Warm wood details, vintage lighting, trough sinks, shaker cabinets… pick a couple and mix and match for the REFINED farmhouse style of 2018. Don’t think this trend is just for the kitchen! The dining area, living rooms and bathrooms are all great spaces to incorporate the ‘Modern Farmhouse’ design!

 

10. Color in the kitchen – White will always be a classic. But in 2018 all white kitchens are giving way to cabinetry that is heavier, ombre (yes, ombre…) and more colorful. Look for less all white back splashes and counter tops and bolder colors in the kitchen. Updating your cabinets or adding a colorful backslash is a great way to incorporate this hot trend.

 

11. Open Shelving – This is an option we saw in 2017, and is here to stay in 2018! People seem to love that they can customize the height and length to fit items on the shelves that normally wouldn’t fit into the cabinets. With thousands of options of textures, brackets (corbels, anyone?) and colors, the shelving itself is a design element. Open shelves display collections with ease, keep items handy and force us to stay organized because guests can see our belongings! Open shelving is an inspired look highlighting both function and style.

(did anyone else notice how this incorporates the natural, open shelving and farmhouse looks all in one?)

 

12. Stone – a more natural stone look is taking over in 2018. It’s not all white Carrara marble anymore! Grays and greens are very big so far this year. The trend extends to all sorts of stone types; marble, onyx, agate, alabaster… these beautiful materials add texture and depth to any design for a timeless look that’s also modern and fresh.

 

13. Patterned floors- In 2018 Think about introducing patterned flooring into your room design. Distinctive natural stone and wood characteristics, or creatively arranged tiles and planks could really make your room stand out. Patterned flooring is a unique and stylish way to catch the eye and add interest to a room. And you can achieve a unique look with a variety of flooring types and styles.

 

14. Unique countertops- The countertop is an essential part of a kitchen design. Its where all the action takes place! It matters a lot what material, finish and design you choose. Quartz is here to stay, but gaining popularity are countertops with “Character”…it’s all about the texture and pattern in 2018!

 

15. Textures- They aren’t just for countertops in 2018! Rattan, hardwood, bamboo… The focus of this hot new trend is moving to our “natural surroundings” (see #3…) and organic materials. Furniture has a natural handmade feel with materials such a rattan and wicker. Textiles take a playful role with lots of embellishments, raw edges and appliqué details – all irresistible to the touch. Whatever the color palette, mixing textures can instantly create another layer of decoration and interest.

 

16. Geometric/ circle tiles – Similar to floral patterns and brass decor, incorporating geometric patterns is no new trend. Yet for the new year geometric patterns are expected to become a dramatic presence. Colors will be bolder with oversized patterns. This is a trend that will help make a bold statement in any room. Perhaps one of the most common ways to include the geometric look in your home is in your tile choices.

 

17. Kitchen Organization – Homeowners are opting for a clutter free look in 2018. Hidden nooks and crannies to keep all the ‘brick a brack’ out of sight and make the most of your space are taking over. A clean counter is a happy counter! And why not? Who wouldn’t love a hidden spice rack and more room to work and entertain? As usual, the Island is still the most sought after kitchen feature, giving both more storage options, and more counter space to work with.

 

18. Bold Patterns & prints – Floral, animal and anything in between. Bold colorful prints are taking over in 2018! From couches to art these bright patterns draw the eye and really help bring that personal touch to any space. We’re not talking your grandmas couch with the paisley design. The prints of 2018 are more classic and elegant with warmer tones and a more modern feel. Do you love flowers AND cheetah print? Go crazy – 2018 is your year!

 

Well, if there is one thing we can take away it is this: 2018 is all about the natural elements in the home. Stone walls, textured furniture and bold bright nature prints will all be your decorating friends for the next year. Feel free to mix and match – as you can see from the pictures and items above several of the trends overlap and mix very well together. A stone wall pairs nicely in your farmhouse kitchen with an island and accent ceiling! Whatever you do decide in 2018 – above all have FUN! Your home design should be a reflection of you as a person. Need help? Our design experts would love to start making your dream a reality!

Privacy Policy

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This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to a newsletter or enter information on our site.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

• To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
• To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products
• To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)

Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:
• Keep track of advertisements.
• Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If you turn cookies off, Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.It won’t affect the user’s experience that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.

Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Google

Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.
Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:
• On our Privacy Policy Page
Can change your personal information:
• By emailing us

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that we allow third-party behavioral tracking

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13?

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email
• Within 7 business days
We will notify the users via in-site notification
• Within 7 business days

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:
• Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
• Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
• Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
• Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
• Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
• Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
• Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
• Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at
• Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.
and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

www.capefearflooring.com
2727 Hope Mills Rd
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28306
United States
marketing@capefearflooring.com

Last Edited on 2018-03-14

Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration opens state of the art showroom in Fayetteville!

 

Last Thursday March 1st Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration hosted their showroom Grand Opening event and WHAT AN EVENT!

The day started cold and rainy, but we weren’t about to let that stop us! The forecast may have said rain, but we had a brand new 4000 sq. ft. warehouse with PLENTY of space! The event started off with the Greater Fayetteville Chamber ribbon cutting out front. Several noteworthy members were present for the cutting including State Representatives John Szoka and Elmer Floyd, City Councilman Johnny Dawkins and the President/ CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Christine Michaels.

 

Breakfast hor d’oeuvres were served afterwards and several members stayed to mingle. 96.5 BOB FM was present from 12-2 with several giveaways, and we had local food trucks R-Burger and The Little Taco in the parking lot for our guests.

 

At 5:30 we welcomed the Hope Mills Chamber members for an ‘after hours’ event and ribbon cutting. Belmont Village catered and we had a local DJ on site. The Hope Mills Mayor Ms. Jackie Warner was present to assist with the ribbon cutting. Drinks, music and food – what more could you ask for at a Grand Opening?

We extended the event through the next day, with breakfast hour d’oeuvres once again and Friday we had Q98 on site giving away Eagles concert tickets! A photo booth was present on site and several of the employees too advantage of the chance to goof off. As a special ‘Thank You’ to all our guests, CFFR served a grilled lunch of hot dogs, chips and coleslaw to everyone present. Our winners for all our giveaways (x4 Hurricanes tickets, Cole Swindell tickets, A bathroom makeover…) were all announced.

This event was the accumulation of years of hard work for owners Amie Crouter and Thomas Foldesi.

 “We are all very excited to finally be able to host this event. We have had quite a few road blocks along the way – including TWO hurricanes! This state of the art showroom will enable us to bring better service to our customers due to the added space in the showroom and warehouse. Added space equals more stock!”

The new showroom features a plethora of tile, laminate, hardwood and carpeting – from all the major name brands! If you can imagine it, our design experts can bring it to life! We can assist every step of the way – from design to install and everything in between!

 

 

 

We would like to invite everyone to take the chance to stop by and view the new showroom. It’s not just a showroom – its a work of art!

For more information give us a call at 910-426-4956!








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Utility Bills and YOU!

Tempers Rise as Temperatures Drop!

It all started when local businessman Clarance Biggs (AIT Inc.) noticed his companies PWC utility bills had risen substantially- resulting in bills ranging from $10,000 to $14,000 per month from October through January 2018. Mr. Biggs created a Facebook group to make local Cumberland County residents aware of the issues he saw, and reached out to reps at PWC about the ongoing issue. Mr. Biggs was not the only one who noticed the rise in utility costs – some customers’ bills went up almost 200%!

PWC Spokeswoman Carolyn Justice-Hinson attributes the rise in costs to the uncharacteristically cold weather that has been affecting the area over the last several months. Temps are up to 20* below normal (almost 60% colder than the same period last year). This drastic drop in temperatures caused a rise in bills, leaving many people angry, confused and concerned with how they are going to be able to afford to pay their utility charges.

“We realize people are surprised at their bills,” Ms. Justice-Hinson told ABC11. “Energy use and weather go hand in hand – a higher energy use, a higher demand on our system.”

ABC eyewitness news 11 received a barrage of customer complaints and decided to run a piece on the issue.   They met with Mr. Mike Foust, a local Fayetteville HVAC expert and owner of Foust Heating and Air, who was able to shed some light on the issue. Mr. Foust explained that most Heating and air systems are not built to handle such a drastic drop in temperatures. To make up for it, the heating systems activate heat strips that assist with keeping up with the demand placed upon it. This will help with keeping your home warm, but “(the heating strips) are .. hot coils that work like a toaster but sap electricity like an SUV guzzles gasoline.”

Think of it like this:  You’re on a boat that’s 50 meters from shore. You jump out of the boat and swim to shore. You do this on a daily basis, and your body gets used to the swim. Then suddenly one day you are forced to move your boat an additional 20+ meters away. While it may not look like a huge difference, your legs and lungs are going to feel the strain those extra feet added to your daily swim.  Your body has been trained to swim 50 meters on a daily basis and it takes quite a bit more to swim those extra 20 meters.

In this analogy the boat is the temperature outside, the shore is the temperature you have your thermostat set at, and your body is the HVAC system – working overtime to maintain the temperature in your home. While you may not have messed with the thermostat, your system still has to work harder to keep your home warm.

“When you drop into the low teens, or even into the single digits, you’re below the design of most heating and air equipment,” Foust told ABC11. “Doors, windows, plumbing pipes, the stairs that lead to the attic and things of that nature…”

 

What Steps can I take to keep my utility bills low?

  1. Replace worn weather stripping

This can be the cheapest – but most effective way to help keep your home warm and utility bills low! There are many different options to choose from, but here are a few guidelines:

  • Weather stripping should be applied to a clean, dry surface
  • Measure twice – cut once!
  • Apply weather stripping snugly against BOTH surfaces. The material should compress when the window or door is shut
  • For air sealing windows, apply weather-stripping between the sash and the frame. The weather-stripping shouldn’t interfere with the operation of the window.
  1. Have your HVAC system serviced regularly
    1. Just like your car, your HVAC system needs regular checks, diagnostic and maintenance. This should be done at least once a year, but may not be a bad idea to have done in the Spring and Fall of each year. The indoor and outdoor coils need regular cleaning to ensure the efficiency of the system and life-span of equipment. Benefits of having your system serviced regularly can include increased dependability, early diagnostic of potential issues, maximum efficiency and prolonged lifespan of equipment- among others.
  2. Insulate pipes under your home
    1. Insulatingthe hot waters pipes in your house is something of a no brainer. Why let the heat escape willy-nilly? Pipe insulation is inexpensive and the project is one that any homeowner could finish on a Saturday afternoon and can potentially save you up to 4% annually! Insulating your hot water pipes reduces heat loss and can raise water temperature 2°F–4°F hotter than uninsulated pipes can deliver, allowing you to lower your water temperature setting. You also won’t have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on a faucet or showerhead, which helps conserve water.
  3. Eliminate drafts and plug all holes in exterior walls and attic doors
    1. Homeowners tend to feel drafts around windows and doors, though the biggest air leaks are typically in attics and basements,” says John Galeotafiore, who oversees Consumer Reports testing of products for the home. “If you have an easily accessible attic you can check to make sure your insulation is covering the areas where leaks are likely to occur—where the walls meet the attic floor, the access hatch, and around plumbing and electrical fixtures.” In basements, look where the foundation meets the framing of the house and where wiring conduits and plumbing enter through the foundation. If you seal most of these leaks, you can save between 10-20% on your heating bill this winter!
  4. Replace existing windows and doors with energy efficient doors
    1. Windows and doors provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency. You can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows and doors in your home. When properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, cooling, and lighting costs. Improving window performance in your home involves design, selection, and You’ll find that you have several options to consider when selecting what type of windows you should use in your home. When selecting windows for energy efficiency, it’s important to first consider their energy performance ratings in relation to your climate and your home’s design. Let our experts at Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration assist you with making the right decision for your home! Not only will you save money on your utility bills, you can also qualify for a tax credit by upgrading your existing windows and doors to energy efficient windows and doors!
  5. Lower your water heater temperature settings
    1. We spoke with Woods Plumbing who told us that “Lowering your water heater temperature by just 20 degrees can lower the appliances energy consumption by as much as 10%!” Considering that heating water can account for up to 25% of your households total energy usage, it easy to see how lowering the temperature can provide significant savings! Most water heater manufacturers have the thermostat set at a default temperature of 140. Dropping it down to 120 can make a drastic difference in your bills, and your family won’t even notice the drop.
  6. Change your air filters on a regular basis
    1. Air filters can be found in any forced air system. They do exactly what their name suggests – they filter the air to eliminate hair, dust and other allergens from the system before pumping it into your home. This is often something that gets overlooked, but is very important to ensure that your HVAC system is working to its full capacity. A dirty filter can place undue stress on your system, so not only does it have to heat and force air through your ducts, your system has to deal with a dirty filter on top of all that! Air filters are relatively inexpensive and can be found at a plethora of stores from Wal-Mart to Lowes. Air filters come in several different sizes, but most shops will carry the standard sizes in 3-5 packs. The “allergy free” filters have actually been found to place undue stress on your heating and air system, so we recommend just getting a cheaper filter and replacing it on a monthly basis.
  7. Lock doors and windows
    1. Have you ever noticed that when you lock your windows and doors you can feel them push together more tightly? This little extra seal can make a difference on your heating bill! Even when doors and windows are closed – air can still escape if they are not pressed tight against the weather-stripping. If not locked, cold air can infiltrate your home. Lock your windows early so they don’t freeze in their current position!

 

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1 http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180206/utility-price-increase-explained-amid-facebook-group-accusations

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