Trudi’s Blog

Guess which fixture is one of the hardest working in your home … Your faucets!

Aged Brass Finish - Air Gap Filtered Water Faucet, Soap Dispenser, Garbage Disposal Button and Pot Filler

The adage “You get what you pay for” has certainly turned out to be true with faucets. Considering the sink is often the most used area in any kitchen or bathroom, your faucets get a lot of use and aesthetically are a big part of your home’s interior design. After spending much time researching faucets, […]

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Radio ‘Smart’ Light Switches – Less Wiring, More Convenience

Lutron Nightstand Light Controls

Radio switch systems have recently become less expensive and more user-friendly.  So what are they?  To give you a little background, radio switches can communicate with a wide variety of wireless switches to control lighting both inside and outside your home. They also sync with mobile phones and smart devices like Amazon Alexa and Sonos […]

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There is paint, and then there is paint…

Seaside Villa Matte Behr

When it comes to painting the interior of your home, the finish choices can be daunting. Do you go with flat/matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss or high-gloss finish and where?  Paint type for drywall, metal, plastic or wood?  Interior vs. exterior… yikes.  On top of all that, not all paints are equal in quality….some will last […]

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Mow, Grow and Fight Gophers, or Synthetic Turf?

Super natural-80

Everyone loves the smell and feel of a fresh healthy lawn but not necessarily the maintenance hassle or water consumption …which is why synthetic turf has become so popular. A few benefits of synthetic turf: Aesthetics – Synthetic turf looks great if you pick a good brand Environmental Benefits – Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are […]

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Are we really talking toilets?

Toto Drake Toilet

I recently had friends visiting, and all they could talk about was their new Toto toilet.  Yes, these are good friends who are intelligent people!  I have always been a “keep it simple” person, keeping in mind costs for repairs and maintenance.  Then I ran into another person raving about their Toto toilet, and I […]

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There are Dishwashers, and then there are Dishwashers….

Dishwasher Controls

Eventually, we all need to shop for a new dishwasher. If yours has just broken, is ancient or your house is under construction we have discovered a new brand “Cove”.  Appliance maker Subzero entered the dishwasher market in 2019 to compete with the popular Miele brand. Currently, we have a Miele dishwasher, and love it.  […]

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Current Cabinet Door Finish Trends

Kitchen Cabinets

Thinking of installing new cabinets or changing your cabinet doors to get a new look? Most likely it has been some time since you last bought cabinets. Door finish choices have drastically improved in looks and durability in recent years.  Remember when all cabinet doors were wood and the choices were solid paint, stain or […]

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Is a Sub-Zero Refrigerator Worth the Money?

The short answer is, maybe. When our parent firm the Carey Group designs and builds homes, we take into consideration several criteria including aesthetic design, maintenance, resale value and reliability. Will the item provide a “wow” factor for the homeowner?  With Sub-Zero’s “panel ready and counter flush” design, the whole refrigerator can be made to […]

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