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Open Living House Plans in Remodeling

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Open living — one room for all reasons — is the trend that keeps on trending. So if you’re still living with niche rooms — a kitchen for cooking, dining room for eating, and living room for formal entertaining — it’s time to open your mind and home to a new floor plan that adds flow and light.

“Open is how we live,” says Dan Nelson, a Stanwood, Wash., architect whose firm Designs Northwest Architects specializes in open floor ...

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Bathroom Shower: Teak Floors

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Bathroom Shower: Teak Floors

Teak resists moisture, making it a popular choice for wooden shower mats and floors.

Teak wood is enjoyed because of its beauty and because of its high oil content, which makes it more moisture-resistant than most other types of wood. Teak is sometimes used in swim platforms on boats, and has been used in shipbuilding for centuries. It requires little maintenance even in the dampest conditions, making it a viable option for shower use.

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Kitchen Remodel: Counter-tops Pt2

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Kitchen Remodel: Types of Counter-tops Pt2

One of the most important kitchen design decisions you will make is choosing the right countertop for your lifestyle. A wealth of options is available and factors like durability and appearance will most likely influence your choice. Depending on how you utilize your kitchen will determine what functionality you will need out of your counter-top. Some materials require extra care; a few are close to maintenance-free, and others become even more beautiful as they age. ...

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2015 Medina Ice Festival

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Don’t forget to mark your February calendars! Plans are underway for one of the regions most anticipated winter events as First Merit Bank, Main Street Medina, the City of Medina, and Elegant Ice Creations presents the 21st Annual Medina Ice Festival, February 13-16, 2015. The four day ice event will showcase nearly 100 ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses. The Medina Ice Festival events are outlined below. Which are you planning to attend? Take pictures and tag on us on ...

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Contemporary and Modern Kitchens

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Contemporary and Modern Kitchens

At face value, the words “contemporary” and “modern” have very similar meanings. Contemporary refers to belonging to or occurring in the present, while modern indicates present or recent times. So, when it comes to contemporary versus modern kitchens, you may be left wondering – are the two styles the same or different? This is an excellent question, especially since during recent years the two descriptions have been used interchangeably so often that it is easy to get ...

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Kitchen Renovations and Farmhouse Sinks

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Upgrade your kitchen remodel with beautiful and functional farmhouse sinks. Not only are these sinks aesthetically pleasing but for those needing a larger sink for pots, pans, gardening and cleaning large items like oven racks this sink is an ideal addition to a kitchen renovation.

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Top 5 Home Design Trends for 2015

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Zillow Digs announced the top five home design trends for 2015. The results were published in the 2015 Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report that combines data from a survey of leading interior design experts and an analysis of the most popular photos on Zillow Digs.

Most that made the list were discussed in our blog in December so this is a nice little recap. Curious about what made the list? Check out the top five predicted trends ...

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Choosing your Kitchen Cabinets

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Choosing your Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets are often the biggest investment you will make during a kitchen renovation.  There are so many considerations and decisions to make.  Will you choose custom or stock cabinets?  How much should you set aside in your budget? The key to having confidence in your kitchen cabinetry choices is all about finding the perfect balance between three key elements – your budget, the look and feel you’re going for, and making the most of what you have ...

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Can You Fix Your Own Roof?

People often Google questions like, "Can I fix my own roof?" upon discovering they have problems with their rooftops. Whether the problem involves holes, leaks, damage or other forms of wear, a lot of people wonder and often hope it will be quick, cheap and easy to fix. However, quality work that lasts — the likes of which provides your family with warmth, comfort and safety for decades — is not the sort of thing anyone can whip together in 10 easy steps. hammer and hard hat It would take a very thick hardcover book to sufficiently cover everything you'd need to understand and master before you could single-handedly accomplish a DIY roof repair or replacement. Fortunately, you don't have to because there are roofing specialists who come to houses and do roof repair and replacement work at reasonable rates.

DIY Roof Repair: Why It's Not a Good Idea

Even when step-by-step walkthrough tutorials draw likes on YouTube, selective editing can make the job look easier on camera than it actually would be for someone with no prior experience in said repair work. Simply put, some jobs are better left to a professional — and roof work is one of those jobs. Granted, the thought of doing roof maintenance yourself can seem like a good idea for various reasons. For one, you could save money you'd otherwise have to invest in hiring professionals. Secondly, you might learn skills that could be helpful down the line if further roof problems emerge — then again, your DIY roof maintenance might be the source of further, ongoing problems, which would negate the purpose of forgoing help to save money. The fact is, in so many cases of amateur repair work, problems multiply and become far costlier than they would have been if they had been placed in the hands of maintenance professionals in the first place. Time is also an issue. Faulty amateur roof repairs can take days or weeks, whereas professional roofers can usually finish superior work in just a fraction of the time. All the time that's spent looking for the problem source, checking over manuals and bumbling with tools could instead be spent crossing other items off your to-do list as roofers handle things with your roof quickly and masterfully. With all the roofs that roofers work on during a given week, chances are they've seen your exact problem many times before, and will know exactly how to make things as good as new. Why teach yourself how to fix a complex, one-time problem when there are people with years of experience fixing that very issue? Then there's the issue of safety. As with buildings, roofs of houses are a bit too high off the ground for comfort, even on one-story homes. Think about it for a second: Are you even comfortable with the thought of climbing up on your roof? During the course of an average residential occupancy, a homeowner will never ascend their roof. roofing contractors While it's a no-brainer that you must be careful as you climb up and down the ladder, the awkward task of keeping balance along the steep slopes of the roof trusses can be even more difficult than you might imagine. Even if you're confident about your balance, you could slip, fall and seriously injure yourself. Professional roofers, on the other hand, spend significant portions of the working day on these steep, high trusses — it's second nature to them.

Reasons to Hire a Roofing Professional

While homeowners normally take great pride in the time and effort that goes into various home-improvement projects, there are certain undertakings that shouldn't be attempted by anyone who doesn't have a background in the work in question, and roofing is a prime example. Not only are roofs too high off the ground and too awkward to tread for the inexperienced, but roofing also requires an eye for detail and an able-handedness that only comes with experience. The results of roofing are also very critical since any mistake could render a house vulnerable to leaks or even rodent infestation. There are numerous reasons to hire professional roofers instead of attempting such work yourself. Two of the most important reasons involve money and safety: You read that right. Despite the assumptions of many DIYers, roofing — unlike indoor/outdoor painting — is not among the home improvement jobs that can be adequately performed by following a tutorial. Roofing involves precision work in awkward places, and it takes experience and skill to perform this work to perfection. With roofing, imperfections cost money. A novice at this type of work could easily burn through hundreds of dollars trying to patch up leaks but miss most of the problem spots, thus wasting numerous amounts of supply materials all for nothing. Furthermore, roofing supplies are generally expensive. An initial investment in DIY supplies — before all the extra costs come into play — could roughly equal the price of flawless, professional repair work. dollar bills Unless you plan to become a roofer yourself, DIY roofing supplies would be an investment that's not only costly, but futile. Roofers typically get their supplies at wholesale discounts and are, therefore, able to pass that savings onto homeowners by providing immaculate repair work at reasonable costs. Out of all the home improvement projects a homeowner might attempt, none are more dangerous than roof repair and maintenance. Roofs aren't suitable surfaces on which to tread. Trusses are designed to prevent rainfall from forming puddles on the tops of houses. Given that roofs are designed for architectural necessity and not for human access, the only people really suited to walk around on rooftops are licensed roofing professionals. Even if you have braved grand heights in the past through activities such as rock or mountain climbing — where the focus is on safely ascending and descending — it doesn't matter here because the objective behind roofing is completely different. In roofing, the focus is on fixing roofs while standing, squatting, sitting and walking up and down the truss slopes, as if roaming such terrain is second nature. Granted, a slip from a rooftop is nothing like a freefall from heights of more than 1,000 feet, but even if you only fall from a height of 15 to 20 feet, you could still wind up seriously injured. From the roof of a two or three-story house, a fall could even be fatal, especially if you're positioned badly at the moment of impact. Inevitably, the combined abilities of rooftop balance, safety and roofing skills can be a lot to master for the average homeowner when a house is in need of urgent roof maintenance. home roof Roofing professionals, on the other hand, have firm grasps on all of these skills through years of field experience. When licensed roofers come to work on rooftops, they not only have the proper balance and experience for working on such terrain, but they also come equipped with proper safety gear in case an accident does arise. The dangerous aspects of amateur roofing aren't just limited to potential falls from rooftops, either. There's also the matter of climbing up and down safely. Roofing involves balancing ladders and hauling heavy work supplies to the tops of roofs and back — all without slipping or dropping materials along the way. The heavy lifting and safe climbing in this context are mutually reliant, yet they are separate skills that most people would have great difficulty mastering in the first or second go around, regardless of strength or manpower. Professional roofers, by contrast, arrive at each house with vast experience coordinating the tasks of lifting and climbing.

Why You Should Hire a Roofer the Moment You Notice Problems With Your Roof

When your roof is marked with holes, your house is left to bear an assortment of undesired consequences, including rodents, rain and ravaging weather conditions. If the problem is left un-remedied, even the comfort inside your home could be severely compromised. roof on home The longer the problem persists, the more difficult it becomes to fix things up and restore your home to its prior condition. Basically, failure to act on a roof problem is a form of neglect on the part of a homeowner. On the real estate market, homes become depreciated after periods of neglect.

Rodents Enter Homes Through Holes in Roofs

Infestation is a serious concern for any house that's situated in an area where populations of rats or mice are known to exist and spread. Rodents can cause plenty of trouble when they make their way into yards and garbage cans, but problems escalate tenfold once they find their way indoors. A common point of household entry is on rooftops, which can be quite inviting if holes or cracks exist around the vents or chimney, or along the eaves and shingles. The thing to bear in mind here is that even the slightest hole or crack could serve as an entry point — rats can slip through holes the size of a quarter, while mice can squeeze through nickel-sized circumferences. Rats and mice are more than just a nuisance. They can pose serious threats to the structure and sanitation of your home, as well as to the physical health of your family. Some rodents carry diseases, traveling as they do through garbage cans and sewers. As they sneak through homes in the dead of night, they track those germs onto carpets, into food bins and along wall sides. Their trails are also often marked with saliva and droppings, which are ripe with allergens that can infect people and household pets. rat Once inside, rodents typically nest in the dark spaces, such as attics, crawl spaces, vents and wall cavities. In some cases, a rat or mouse will get trapped in a wall cavity and die inside. This leaves a stench that never disappears since it's often hard to find the corpse and uproot the problem. Rats and mice can also compromise the insulation, electrical power and physical structures of houses. In attics and basements, rodents are known to chew away at wiring and cellulose, which can lead to power failure and loss of heat during wintertime. Rodents even chew at wood beams and panels, which can render homes structurally less secure and further vulnerable to outside elements. If extensive evidence of rodent damage is found during the reappraisal of a property, it can seriously lower a home's value on the resale market.

Holes in Roofs Expose Homes to Leaks

A hole in your roof is a small yet significant problem that deprives your living space of a barrier from the clouds in the sky, and the issue must be rectified as soon as possible. Discomforts and exposures aside, indoor spaces are simply not made to bear the outside elements. As everyone knows, leaky roofs allow puddles to form on the floors of living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, but situations such as those are end results of other problems. When rain first gets into, say, your attic, it can drip onto the walls, attic floor and support beams. After a few days, allergy-triggering mold and mildew are liable to form along the wet areas. Your attic could grow even more rank and contaminated as molds start to saturate the insulation behind the drywall as well. As the roof-hole spreads, more rain comes in, and before long, the problem becomes impossible to ignore from the living areas. If rain filters into your living room, discomfort would only be the most obvious problem. On your furniture, carpets, and hardwood floor, rain could leave the same marks and mold formations as those in the attic. If drops or leaks land on your computer, television, stereo or lamps, the water could leak into the circuitry and cause the equipment to fail and/or short circuit. Running streams of rain could also drag germs through the attic and onto the food in your kitchen. Furthermore, saturated areas and mold formations can serve as magnets for cockroaches, fruit flies and other pests. Obviously, it's only in worst-case scenarios that roof holes grow large enough to let in enough water to damage electrical equipment. However, if a hole is left un-fixed — or is fixed improperly — the issue can escalate to that level.

Holes in Roofs Lead to Higher Energy Costs

When unwanted holes exist in your home’s roof, insulation capability is lost. When outside temperatures hit either extreme, this reduced insulation causes energy costs to skyrocket. During the coldest months of the year, your house becomes harder to heat because warmth leaks out through the holes in the roof. In the hottest weeks of June, July and August, the impact of fans and A/C units get diluted because coolness leaks out, while outside heat and humidity comes in. Consequently, energy consumption rises significantly because heating and cooling systems get overused to compensate for the drain of roof holes. snow covered home For obvious reasons, a leaking roof should be repaired as soon as it's discovered, but that doesn't make roofing a suitable task for the average homeowner. Considering how most amateur roof repairs lead to more leaks, more insulation loss, higher energy bills and repeated repair costs, it's a whole lot wiser, safer and more financially sound to have roofing work handled by professionals.

How to Hire a Good Roofer

Whenever a house is in need of roof repairs, a commonly asked question is whether the whole entire roof will need to be replaced, or just a portion. If the problem is down to the ravages of age, then the whole roof is likely due for a replacement. Nothing lasts forever, and just as carpets need replacing and walls need repainting, roofs eventually bear the toll of too many harsh winters. Generally, the lifespan for asphalt shingle roofs is 15 to 25 years. However, if the problem is due to something more localized — such as a tree crashing down over one of the eaves — then it's probably something that can be rectified with a partial roof replacement. roofing contractors Regardless of how much repair work you need, or the style in which you want to have your roof replaced, it's important that the job be handled by a professional team with a proven track record for roofing houses the right way. In order to find the right professionals to come and re-roof your house, consider these tips for hiring a roofer: If harsh November winds or freezing December temperatures grip your area this year, you won't have to worry about the heat being drained from your house if your roof is secure and free of holes. If pouring February rains or scorching July heat make the outdoors rough to bear, you won't be burdened by water leaking in or coolness seeping out if your roof is as it should be. Furthermore, you won't have problems with rodent invasions if the critters can't even find a way into your home.

Medina Exteriors & Remodeling Fixes Roofs in Northeast Ohio

Homeowners are all too familiar with the harsh realities of extreme weather. Residents are often in need of roof repairs and replacements as the impacts of hail, water and falling branches take their toll. For homes in Northeast Ohio, we provide professional roofing services to houses large and small. As a recipient of the CertainTeed Select Shingle Master award, Medina Exteriors & Remodeling shares an honor with only 38 other roofing companies nationwide for providing excellence of service on vintage and modern homes alike. home roofing When you first realize that your roof might be due for repairs, you'll likely have plenty of questions to ask about the situation at hand. At Medina Exteriors & Remodeling, our crew has long been assessing the roof conditions of homes that have spanned a vast range of design styles and construction dates. We'll come out to your home, examine your roof free of charge and let you know the state of your roof. Once we apply new roofing to your home, your rooms will feel as comfortable and secure as the day they were first built. With our professional-roof servicing, your home will be safe, secure and sealed off from the elements of winter, summer, spring and fall for many years to come. At Medina Exteriors, we are roofing professionals that serve homes in the Northeast Ohio area. Additionally, we do kitchen and bathroom remodeling, window and door replacement, deck and railing construction, and various other types of home improvement. To learn more about our roofing services, visit our roofing page and fill out a form to get a proposal. [post_title] => Why You Should Hire a Roofing Professional [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hire-roofing-professional [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-07-06 15:03:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-07-06 19:03:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=5388 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2372 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-02-11 09:20:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-02-11 14:20:50 [post_content] =>
Open living — one room for all reasons — is the trend that keeps on trending. So if you’re still living with niche rooms — a kitchen for cooking, dining room for eating, and living room for formal entertaining — it’s time to open your mind and home to a new floor plan that adds flow and light.
“Open is how we live,” says Dan Nelson, a Stanwood, Wash., architect whose firm Designs Northwest Architects specializes in open floor plans. “The idea of a formal dining room and living room doesn’t fit our informal lifestyle today.” Open living: Here are some ways to achieve open living:
 
Removing Walls You don’t have to take down the entire wall to get a more open feeling. A half or knee wall will open sight lines while still defining the different spaces. Half walls also can pull double duty as breakfast bars, bookcases, and extra storage. Bringing in More Light how-remove-wall-widen-window_32e3d80174b9d0d130102c286867e5a3 Adding daylight will make your rooms appear bigger and brighter. Here are some ways to bring in more light: Raising Ceilings If you have an older house, there’s a chance you have a dropped ceiling beneath the original ceiling, which once was considered a good way to save energy costs. Check to see if you can remove the dropped ceiling and gain 6 inches to a couple of feet in height. You also can alter ceiling joists and rafters to create a vaulted, coffered, or tray ceiling. You’ll want to consult an architect or structural engineer first, because ceiling joists stabilize the walls of your house. The engineer will redesign new supports to make sure the house remains secure while you raise the ceiling. All this isn’t cheap — vaulting a ceiling over a 300 square foot room costs $18,000 to $25,000. If your roof is framed with trusses, raising the ceiling height will be problematic, expensive, and probably not worth it. Remodeling Staircases how-remove-wall-stairs_3164d041c8b83600922c4178f82ef488 Staircases aren’t set in stone (mostly). You can open them up by: This is a pricey project ($2,000 to $10,000) and not for DIYers. You should have an architect or structural engineer advise you if there are any structural concerns about dismantling the stairway. Install Built-Ins how-remove-wall-murphy-bed_5884e99e87bcb0ee1583187d88ea3ce3 Open living can be death to storage. Removing walls and widening windows erase areas where family room hutches and cabinetry once lived. “Those are the things people don’t think about until they’re sitting with a box of books and wondering where they’re going to put them,” says Ginny Snook Scott, chief design officer for California Closets. The solution is to think out of the traditional storage box.   Open Living Tips 1. Make sure you make the most of scenic views when opening your floor plan. Orient new windows or doors to exploit your yard’s natural beauty and the sun’s free light. 2. When planning to open space, consult an HVAC specialist who’ll help relocate ducts and vents, and evaluate whether your heating and cooling system can handle the increased volume that raising a ceiling creates. You may have to upgrade your system. 3. Uniform, light colors on walls and floors make open spaces look bigger and more cohesive, says Eric Tan, a real estate agent. Install the same flooring throughout the space. 4. During the planning stage, make an inventory of art and furniture you must have on walls. That way you won’t be surprised when your upright piano has no home after you’ve renovated yours.
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Bathroom Shower: Teak Floors

Teak resists moisture, making it a popular choice for wooden shower mats and floors. Teak wood is enjoyed because of its beauty and because of its high oil content, which makes it more moisture-resistant than most other types of wood. Teak is sometimes used in swim platforms on boats, and has been used in shipbuilding for centuries. It requires little maintenance even in the dampest conditions, making it a viable option for shower use. Teak can be used in a shower due to its inherent oils that make it resistant to fungus and moisture without any extra treatment whatsoever. Some companies specialize in teak shower accessories such as benches and bath mats. Some products are rubbed with teak oil to give them a darker finish and can be maintained by applying more oil as desired. While teak requires little maintenance, if used directly in the shower, it's prone to acquiring soap scum, much like the shower curtain and shower stall. Scrubbing it gently with water and a soft-bristled brush removes soap scum; be sure to check sides and underside areas of your teak shower accessories as well, where the soap may not be as visible. Take your investment into the ultimate bath one step further by adding warmth and beauty of a teak shower floor! Teak wood can add a non-slip surface to surround your shower with a rich, natural feel. Add a teak wood bench to your shower for a more relaxing vibe or to assist older guests. Here are a few examples of the beauty that a teak wood floor can bring to any shower. teak floors teak floors1 teak floors2 teak floors3 [post_title] => Bathroom Shower: Teak Floors [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => bathroom-shower-teak-floors [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-02-05 12:43:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-02-05 17:43:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1609 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1495 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-01-30 19:38:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-31 00:38:42 [post_content] =>

Kitchen Remodel: Types of Counter-tops Pt2

One of the most important kitchen design decisions you will make is choosing the right countertop for your lifestyle. A wealth of options is available and factors like durability and appearance will most likely influence your choice. Depending on how you utilize your kitchen will determine what functionality you will need out of your counter-top. Some materials require extra care; a few are close to maintenance-free, and others become even more beautiful as they age. When making your choice, keep in mind that many kitchens use more than one countertop material. So, if it suits your design scheme, don't hesitate to mix and match. For example use a different design for your kitchen island than your main counter-tops. Laminates Plastic laminate is a durable, hard-wearing material that can survive many years in the toughest kitchen. Plastic laminate is available in hundreds of colors and dozens of patterns, and in various textures. Pros: Stain-resistant, waterproof, lots of color options, low-maintenance, inexpensive.. Its light weight doesn't require the support of a thick cabinet base. Cons: Laminate is prone to scratching, burns and, in some cases, staining. With wear and moisture exposure, the layers can peel. Because of the raw particle board core, you can't use laminate with under mount sinks, and it's also difficult to repair if it gets damaged. countertops   Recycled Glass Recycled glass countertops have a unique appearance that goes very well in homes with a variety of designs. Depending on how the glass is used, glass and recycled glass countertops can look very modern or they can be made to look antique. Recycled glass countertops are popular with eco-friendly homeowners. Pros:  Recycled glass countertops are very durable: the binder is very hard and they are not prone to chipping or cracking. The countertops are non-porous and therefore are relatively easy to clean and maintain. These products are heat-resistant, stain resistant, and are good for the environment because they keep waste glass out of landfills. Cons: While recycled glass countertops are relatively strong, they can crack if installation creates stress points. Therefore, recycled glass is probably not the best choice for a DIY home project.recycled-glass-countertops One of the simplest tips when remodeling a kitchen is to work with what you have! As always, a contractor can help you plan how to reuse your old materials in your new kitchen so they don't end up in landfills. Visit our selection center in Medina to start browsing options for your remodel. [post_title] => Kitchen Remodel: Counter-tops Pt2 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => kitchen-remodel-counter-tops-pt2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-31 19:39:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-02-01 00:39:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1495 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1436 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-01-28 11:20:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-28 16:20:05 [post_content] => Don't forget to mark your February calendars! Plans are underway for one of the regions most anticipated winter events as First Merit Bank, Main Street Medina, the City of Medina, and Elegant Ice Creations presents the 21st Annual Medina Ice Festival, February 13-16, 2015. The four day ice event will showcase nearly 100 ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses. The Medina Ice Festival events are outlined below. Which are you planning to attend? Take pictures and tag on us on our facebook page.   Friday, February 13th Speed Carving Competion, 5:30, 6, 6:30pm sponsored by Main Street Medina Fire & Ice Tower, 7pm lighting sponsored by Excalibur Auto Body MSM Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 5-9pm, 32 Public Square   Saturday, February 14th Individual Competition 1-4pm sponsored by FirstMerit Bank MSM Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 4-9pm, 32 Public Square   Sunday, February 15th Team Carving Competition 12-4pm sponsored by FirstMerit Bank MSM Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 2-5pm, 32 Public Square   Monday, February 16th All carvings on display “The Ice Festival is consistently voted one of the top and most favorite events in Medina,” shared Eric Shaffer, Medina Market President for FirstMerit Bank. “We’re honored to continue our lead sponsor position to present the event to the community. There are so many positive things going on in our community and on the Square. FirstMerit wanted to find an additional way to put our community and customers first. We’re thrilled to grow our support in the 21st year of this great event.” [post_title] => 2015 Medina Ice Festival [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 2015-medina-ice-festival [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-28 11:20:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-01-28 16:20:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1436 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1401 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-01-20 17:23:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-20 22:23:39 [post_content] =>

Contemporary and Modern Kitchens

At face value, the words “contemporary” and “modern” have very similar meanings. Contemporary refers to belonging to or occurring in the present, while modern indicates present or recent times. So, when it comes to contemporary versus modern kitchens, you may be left wondering – are the two styles the same or different? This is an excellent question, especially since during recent years the two descriptions have been used interchangeably so often that it is easy to get them confused. However, while there are some similarities between contemporary and modern kitchen designs, there are also a number of unique features that set these two styles apart. Traditionally speaking, contemporary style refers to the designs of the moment or the design of “right now”, while modern style typically refers to specific design touches from the early to mid-20th century that broke with the traditional styles before the Industrial Revolution. In simpler terms, many designers consider contemporary as encompassing a number of different styles that are current or en vogue and modern as a style all its own. When it comes specifically to kitchen design, contemporary and modern styles have both similarities and differences. The characteristics that both contemporary and modern kitchens often feature are: The characteristics that contemporary kitchens often feature are: The characteristics that modern kitchens often feature are: Whether you choose a contemporary, modern or completely different style for your kitchen, Medina Exteriors & Remodeling is dedicated to providing you with the best design and hardware. Our ideas, combined with your needs result in an amazingly designed kitchen that will make you the envy of your family and friends. Below is an example of both contemporary and modern kitchens, from the description above can you tell which kitchen is which? modern kitchen1contemporary and modern kitchens [post_title] => Contemporary and Modern Kitchens [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => contemporary-modern-kitchens [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-26 17:23:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-01-26 22:23:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1401 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1193 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-01-14 12:03:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-14 17:03:06 [post_content] => Upgrade your kitchen remodel with beautiful and functional farmhouse sinks. Not only are these sinks aesthetically pleasing but for those needing a larger sink for pots, pans, gardening and cleaning large items like oven racks this sink is an ideal addition to a kitchen renovation.

Chic Farmhouse Sink

farmhouse sinks A farmhouse sink goes upscale in this renovated modern kitchen. White custom cabinetry and concealed appliances with the farmhouse sink bring in modern flair. This wide apron-front sink features ample room for after any party or family gathering; its deep basin is perfect for large-pan cleanup.

Farmhouse Sink for a Cook's Kitchen

farmhouse sinks Serious cooks love the practicality a farmhouse kitchen sink provides. Countertops clean up in a snap—just wipe them down, brushing crumbs and other food debris directly into the sink. The classic white sink is the perfect addition to a traditional kitchen.

Attention Grabbing Farmhouse Sink

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In an otherwise traditional white kitchen, this black cast-iron farmhouse sink commands attention. Accents with spark, such as the chrome cabinet pulls, the trio of lights above, and the bridge-style faucet keep the room bright. Contact us today to discuss this addition to your remodel. [post_title] => Kitchen Renovations and Farmhouse Sinks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => kitchen-renovations-farmhouse-sinks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-14 12:03:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-01-14 17:03:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1193 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1298 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-01-13 21:59:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-14 02:59:37 [post_content] => Zillow Digs announced the top five home design trends for 2015. The results were published in the 2015 Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report that combines data from a survey of leading interior design experts and an analysis of the most popular photos on Zillow Digs. Most that made the list were discussed in our blog in December so this is a nice little recap. Curious about what made the list? Check out the top five predicted trends for 2015 below. Gold Fixtures This retro statement hardware color was gaining steam in 2014 and will make a comeback in 2015 with a new modern twist: a sleek finish for extra shine. In 2015, homeowners will no longer be limited to silver or stainless steel fixtures, and will feel free to mix and match finish colors, or go bold with all gold. Not only will gold be a popular fixture choice but will make a large appearance in décor as well. 2015 design trends2015 design trends                   Cowhide Cowhide is the ideal neutral for 2015’s modern, yet approachable design aesthetic. Elements of cowhide will find their way into pillows, rugs, throw blankets and even artwork this coming year. Mix it with patterns or help a neutral design pop with a cowhide rug. 2015 home design trends2 2015 design trends               Wallpaper While the removal of this trend is a regular pain in the butt, this trend is coming back in a big way. Instead of the “grandma’s floral” pattern donning the borders of our walls expect to see graphic accent walls done in stunning patterns. 2015 home design trends5 2015 design trends               Blue Accent Colors Blue will be the most popular accent color and is the perfect complement to Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. Indigo and darker blues will serve as a great neutral for design in 2015.

2015 design trends

 Modern/mid-century modern elements Replacing the “matchy matchy” furniture craze mid-century furniture will help create a trendy but subtle design. Choose a great chair to accent your sectional but be careful not to go overboard or your house will look like a time warp. 2015 design trends   2015 design trends                 Did you find your inspiration here? Give us a call and let our team help create your remodeling design dream. 330-591-4040 [post_title] => Top 5 Home Design Trends for 2015 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => top-5-home-design-trends-2015 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-02-05 12:04:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-02-05 17:04:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1298 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1407 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-01-09 15:08:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-09 20:08:04 [post_content] =>

Choosing your Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets are often the biggest investment you will make during a kitchen renovation.  There are so many considerations and decisions to make.  Will you choose custom or stock cabinets?  How much should you set aside in your budget? The key to having confidence in your kitchen cabinetry choices is all about finding the perfect balance between three key elements – your budget, the look and feel you’re going for, and making the most of what you have through space planning. Our design experts can help you through every step but have also prepared these 3 tips for you. Check back soon for 3 more.
  1. What is my cabinetry budget?
You probably already have an overall budget in mind for your entire kitchen renovation – but have you broken that budget down into allotments for cabinetry, tile, hardware, fixtures, labor and everything else that will go into the project? Allocating a budget on paper first will help you stay on track and adjust as needed.
  1. Does the current layout function well, or do I need to change it up?
Whenever you remodel a kitchen you have the option of moving things around. Keep in mind that it will always be easier on your wallet if you keep appliances and fixtures in their existing locations – that way you aren’t paying to relocate plumbing and wiring. If you want an open concept then it is best to consider a large custom island with plenty of storage.
  1. Can I salvage any of the existing cabinetry, or do I have to start from scratch?
New is always great but sometimes your existing cabinetry is in great shape, even though you don’t like the way that it looks.  Sometimes you can get a whole new look by simply replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts or replacing the hardware. If you plan on tearing down a wall you can have a custom island made to complement your current kitchen cabinets. At Medina we aspire to designing the kitchen of your dreams. Below are some beautiful kitchens for your inspiration. kitchen cabinets kitchen cabinets kitchen cabinets kitchen cabinets                   [post_title] => Choosing your Kitchen Cabinets [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => choosing-kitchen-cabinets [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-03-06 10:57:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-03-06 15:57:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1407 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1101 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2015-01-01 16:41:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-01 21:41:23 [post_content] =>   From our family at Medina to yours.. Happy New Year [post_title] => Happy New Year [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => happy-new-year [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-01 16:41:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-01-01 21:41:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://medinaexteriors.com/?p=1101 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )