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Trustile Doors Transform Your Living Space

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Trustile Doors in Saratoga Project

Doors are a common factor between every room in your house and they should compliment the design. Trustile Doors (a picture from our recent Saratoga remodeling project is to the right) provide consumers with almost endless options. Available in solid MDF and 14 stain-grade wood species, each TruStile door is made to your exact specifications and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

When you’re building a Tuscan style home, you don’t want Victorian doors. Trustile’s Authentic Designs help you match your door to the style you’re building in. From Art Deco to Farmhouse, High Country to Tudor, Trustile’s Authentic Designs make it easy to match your doors to your design style.

If you’re looking for something more unique, Trustile can help you. The Trucad Door Design Software on their website allows you to design your own custom door. The process is so easy. Just choose your door style, door size, profiles and materials. In four easy steps you’ll have the doors you’ve always dreamed of.


Leave a Comment September 14, 2012

Hardware for the Home: Ashley Norton

Home accessories are easy to overlook during a remodel, but if you think about it, the hardware throughout your house actually gets some of the most use. From doorknobs to light switch covers, Ashley Norton is one designer we like to recommend. In fact, one of our clients is using them throughout their Saratoga remodeling project (see pictures throughout this post).

Why do we like to recommend Ashley Norton? Their wide variety and durability of hardware – including solid bronze and solid brass – is perfect for any home. (more…)

Leave a Comment June 18, 2012

How to Keep VOCs Low During a Home Remodel

Colorful housesAre you picky about the materials you select for your home during your remodel? What criteria do you consider? In addition to cost, style and durability, another important factor to weigh is amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted. VOCs have a huge impact on the indoor air quality of your home, so be sure you choose low- or zero-VOC products to keep your lungs breathing high quality air!

What exactly are VOCs? As the EPA tells us, they are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. (more…)

Leave a Comment March 7, 2012

The Floor Beneath Your Feet: Carpet, Hardwood or Tile?

 What kind of flooring should you invest in during your home remodel? Carpet, hardwood and tile tend to be common choices for a few reasons:

Carpet – Carpet flooring is known for creating a much softer look than hardwood or tile, and as our friends over at San Jose Hardwood Floors tell us, it provides actual thermal resistance, meaning it retains warm air longer (an energy conservation benefit).

Additional benefits to carpet include the thousands of styles and colors available, softening of slips and falls – especially toddlers and older individuals and absorption of noise from TVs, phones, computers, etc.

Leave a Comment February 28, 2012

Lighten Up! Why to Install Under Counter Lighting

Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Under counter lighting can be a great way for you to see what you’re doing without shadows getting in the way of keeping a close eye on the task at hand. Although this type of lighting won’t illuminate the entire room, it can be a fantastic way to brighten up a specific area. (more…)

Leave a Comment December 16, 2011

Remodeling Upgrade: 200 Amp Service Panels

Electrical panelShould you upgrade to a 200 amp service panel? This is a question worth exploring during your home remodel.

Amp service is the rating of electrical power coming into your home. Most houses built 30 years ago were only constructed with a 100 amp panel, but now with so many electrical code compliances as well as life changes, upgrading to a 200 amp panel during your home remodel can be a convenient way to plan for the future. (more…)

Leave a Comment November 28, 2011

Picking Paint: Low and Zero-VOCs

Planning to paint your remodeling project? For each client that chooses to add a splash of color to their house, we help them select the perfect hue for their home. Picking out paint is more than a specific shade, though. It’s important to look for low or zero-VOC products to use.

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What are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds(VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. They are widely used as ingredients in household products like paint, which is why it’s important to look for brands and colors that will keep the VOCs in your home low. (more…)

Leave a Comment November 3, 2011

Eco-Friendly Design Option: Lumicor Resin Panels

Kitchen cabinets with resin panlsOne fun eco-friendly design option we like to offer homeowners is Lumicor resin panels. This fun product can be used as a back to a kitchen island, inserts in cabinetry and interior doors, partitions to rooms and more!

Lumicor’s products are a fantastic alternative to traditional decorative glass. Each translucent panel captures light in a beautiful, extraordinary way, and the inserts come in a variety of different sizes, shapes and designs. (more…)

Leave a Comment September 28, 2011

Bathroom Remodel: Waterproofing with Hot Mop Shower Pans

Do you really need to invest in a hot mop shower pan during your bathroom remodel? When it comes down to it, a hot mop shower pan is simply a better waterproofing option than a shower pan liner. Don’t just take our word for it, though! The Ceramic Tile Institute of America recommends this method as well.

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How do hot mop shower pans work? Comprised of liquid heated tar and three layers of roofing grade felt, the hot, liquid version is spread over the shower pan. Once it cools and hardens, this tar-like substance seals, waterproofs and protects water from leaking from your shower. (more…)

Leave a Comment August 15, 2011

Kitchen Cabinets & Paint: MDF or Hardwood?

Paint is a timeless addition to your kitchen remodel. In addition to selecting the color and design of your cabinets, another consideration is the type of material you use. Because wood expands and contracts with humidity and temperature, woodworkers have developed a couple of different options for homeowners painting their kitchen cabinets.

MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is recycled, dense wood engineered to be stronger and much more dense than normal particle board. In kitchen cabinets, these molded doors offer very few door style options, although they do expand and contract nicely so the paint does not crack. (more…)

Leave a Comment August 9, 2011

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