Which materials should you use for your new kitchen counter tops?

The kitchen: the room where families gather for home-cooked meals and card games.  The room that’s often filled with welcoming scents and happy faces. Or at least, that’s what you want your kitchen to be. Perhaps some remodeling could help you achieve your goals.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you’re most likely thinking about what type of material you want your counter tops should be.  Recently, most talk of kitchen remodeling sounds a lot like “Granite, granite, granite.”  Granite is a beautiful and worthy choice, but there are many more options besides granite that you could install in your kitchen.

A new Houzz article can help you make the right choice for your home.

Click below to see their guide to 15 popular kitchen counter top materials.

Your Guide to 15 Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials

Seven reasons you should remodel your house this winter

by Marcella Cheviot, KTHS P.R. and Marketing Intern

There are many things people think about when the snow starts to fall:  Skiing, building snowmen, celebrating holidays, drinking hot cocoa, and nestling close to a warm fire.  But what most people don’t consider is remodeling.

It’s true that remodeling can be quite the process, depending on what’s being remodeled and where.  However, remodeling doesn’t always have to be done in the warmer seasons.  In fact, there are a few reasons for you to remodel this winter.

1. Indoor projects are perfect for winter completion.  Popular winter projects include bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, and living room remodels.  Why put off revamping your living quarters until the warmer months when you can get it done now?

2. You might want to go on vacation.  Winter is a popular time for going on vacation in warmer climates.  If you’re a “snow bird,” or you simply want to take the family for a trip to Florida, you can look forward to seeing your newly remodeled home when you return.

3. New year, new house.  New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes.  Why not resolve to finish that remodel you’ve put off for so long?

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4. We don’t have to let a lot of heat out.  Contrary to popular belief, we have the technology it takes to clean up dust particles and other respiratory hazards without leaving all of your windows and doors open.

5. We’ll clean up.  We also have what it takes to keep your house clean during the remodel.  Our employees are careful and diligent during the process and we’ll make sure your newly remodeled home is showroom worthy when we finish.

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6. You might have more money available.  Not sure what to do with your income tax?  Well, now you have an idea.  Remodels also add to your property value, which can make you money in the long run.

7. You’ll have a newly remodeled home to enjoy!  You’ll not only get to enjoy your newly remodeled home during the rest of the winter, but for the other lovely seasons as well.  There’s nothing like having a newly remodeled house to call “home.”

If any of these reasons have convinced you to get your remodeling done this winter, then give Keith Trembley Home Solutions a call at 888.869.9395 or visit our website at KeithTrembley.com.  

Off the beaten path, in Harmony

This cabin in the wild woods of Harmony is very unique and comfortable. It has all of the amenities you can imagine,  including a lap pool and a sauna. This cabin suffered a freeze up and a lot of damage from the water. Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling and Keith Trembley Home Solutions have been restoring the home this fall.

This serene cottage makes the perfect getaway, now that it's been restored.
This serene cabin makes the perfect getaway, now that it’s been restored.

Before any construction could be done, our mold division had to do a complete mold remediation of the cabin.
The finish work is now under way and should be finished soon. There are a lot of pine boards and logs to finish!

Once all of the wood has been finished, the inside of this house will feel very warm and welcoming.
Once all of the wood has been finished, the inside of this house will feel very warm and welcoming.

The slate sink in the kitchen is a charming detail. The rustic stone fireplace is the focal point of the living quarters.

You could fit quite a few dishes in a sink like this.
You could fit quite a few dishes in a sink like this.

This cabin is off the beaten path and is a wonderful place for just relaxing and listening to the babbling brook below the deck.

Who doesn't love a nice, warm fireplace to nestle by?
Who doesn’t love a nice, warm fireplace to nestle by?

We’re excited to see the finished product.

 

(Stay tuned for updates on this story.) 

Building from the Ashes Up (Part 1)

by Marcella Cheviot, KTHS Public Relations and Marketing Intern

Fire is one of the most devastating forces of destruction feared by homeowners.  We take every precaution to prevent such tragedy.  We  check smoke alarms, make sure our homes meet safety codes, and make sure that our heating systems are working efficiently and safely.

However, we sometimes forget just how important some safety precautions are.  Sometimes we simply overlook a fire hazard.  Sometimes, things just happen.

Sometimes, the things that just “happen” can destroy life as we know it.

That’s what happened to a family in Dedham, ME who spent 20 years building their home from the bottom up.  It all started with an octagonal shaped structure that they moved to the heart of one of Maine’s beautiful forests.

From there, they created an entire house, completely their own.

The bottom of the shower was lined with pebbles the homeowners found on the property.  The deck wrapped completely around the house, so that no matter where you stood, you could see some of Maine’s beauty.  You could hear a babbling brook, just yards away from the front door.  Flowers and decorations lined the staircases, adding to the sense of “home.”

The kitchen housed a large, industrial sized stove; perfect for entertaining.  They built a large stone fireplace in the center of the octagonal shaped room; perfect for the cold, Maine winters.

The house made the perfect home for the family.  Unfortunately, a safety hazard was overlooked, and a fire started.  The entire home was left charred.

Many thought the family would leave and move to another location altogether.  Others thought they might have an entirely different house built in the same location.  After much thought, the family chose another option altogether.

They chose to call Keith Trembley Home Solutions, to have them restore the badly damaged home to its former glory.

While this is no simple task, KTHS has worked hard to make sure that the family gets exactly what they ask for.  Work has been underway for months.  The clean-up was the first hard part.  KTHS ensures that there will be no remaining smell from the fire.

Salvageable objects were taken to KTHS’s cleaning unit.  Walls were gutted and ceilings were redone.  The house had to be reduced to a mere shell before the rebuilding could begin.

After being completely gutted, the house is now ready to start becoming a home again.
After being completely gutted, the house is now ready to start becoming a home again.

While the rebuilding may take a long time, it will be worth the wait.  From the ashes, a home will once again rise.

 

(Stay tuned for updates on this story.)