Electric Floor Heat

Why Install Nuheat Electric Floor Heat?

Enjoy the comfort of warm floors with Nuheat electric floor heating systems. Nuheat Floor Heating Systems provide soothing comfort and consistent even heat for your tile, stone, laminate, and engineered wood floors without cold spots. Nuheat Floor Heating Systems are easy to install, energy efficient, and can be controlled using a variety of programmable and non-programmable thermostat options.

For more information go to Nuheat.com

Warm Your Tile Floor

SunTouch® electric radiant heated floor mats are designed to warm stone and tile floors in bathrooms, kitchens, entries and sunrooms. With the addition of our SunTouch® UnderFloor™ mats you can also warm almost any floor without replacing or refinishing your existing one! An exclusive option in electric radiant heat offered only with SunTouch!

Feels Wonderful

Forget ice cold floors. SunTouch electric radiant floor heating feels like a gentle foot-massage or a walk on a warm beach. Almost any surface in your home can become warm and dry.

For more information go to Suntouch.com


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Delta In2ition Two-In-One Shower

 

An important option to consider when selecting new plumbing fixtures for a shower/tub is a hand shower. Having a hand shower can take your showers from being simply necessary to being a relaxing experience. They can be extremely convenient for children as well as anyone with mobility issues. Hand showers can be expensive, but there are options with similar functionality while remaining cost effective. One of our favorites is the In2ition by Delta. The In2ition is a combination of a fixed shower head and a removable, centered hand shower. Our clients love them.  Be sure to consider this option before finalizing your selections!

 

 

 

Delta In2ition Two-In-One Shower

 

Infinity Drain

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Inspired by the trench drain, Infinity Drain linear drain systems are available in multiple lengths and styles. Infinity Drain offers the only site sizeable linear drain, which allows the channel length and outlet placement to be modified on-site for easy set-up. Infinity Drain linear systems eliminate the traditional center drain that requires pitching the floor in four directions, allowing you to pitch your surface in one direction resulting in no limitation on tile size or slab material.
Utilizing low profile channels in conjunction with standard clamp down drains, a versatile linear system will work for shower stalls, pools surrounds, patios, balconies, driveways, and storm drainage, giving an architectural aesthetic and limitless possibilities for your project.
For a centrally placed, four-way pitched shower drain, make it truly disappear with the TileDrain. Incorporate tile or solid surface material for a virtually seamless installation.

Benefit:

By pitching a floor in one direction, the possibilities are infinite:

  • No limitation on tile size or slab material
  • Can be placed as threshold or curb
  • Meets ADA requirements for handicap shower entry (curbless install)
  • No boundaries on design because of drain location
  • Outlet can be located anywhere on channel length
  • Drains water more efficiently

Application:

By joining channels and grates together, you can create installations as long as necessary. Common installations:

  • Showers
  • Handicap Showers
  • Pool surrounds
  • Balconies
  • Driveways
  • Storm Drainage

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Real Stone Systems

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Real Stone Sytems

A Solid Investment, How to Incorporate Stone into Your Home | Lake County News Chronicle | Two Harbors, Minnesota

By: Dana Kazel with photography courtesy of Great Lakes Stone Supply and Solid Rock Masonry, Living North

Perhaps its because they’re so often haphazardly scattered across sandy beaches, or perhaps its because they’re often seen tossed together in piles around the edges of green fields, but there’s something about using stone in rigid, architectural ways that has captured artisan’s fascination through the centuries.

“It’s timeless,” said Eric Moshier, owner of Duluth-based Solid Rock Masonry. “The oldest buildings in the world are made of stone. Wood ends up rotting, but stone lasts forever.”

Clint Massie, owner of Great Lakes Stone Supply in Duluth echoed Moshier’s sentiments, saying stonework is solid, structurally sound and adds a unique appeal and individuality to a home.

Using stone as an architectural element brings an instant focal point to any type of decor.

“Visually it’s stunning, said Moshier. “People just get mesmerized looking at stone work.”

Fireplaces have long been the most common place for stone to be used, but many other areas are becoming strong contenders in the popularity contest.

“We’re seeing more and more backsplashes, archways, kitchen islands or backs of a bar,” said Massie. “Sometimes in a den we’ll do a whole wall just to change the whole look of the room,” he adds, citing dining rooms and bedrooms as popular areas for stonework.

Whole walls, room dividers, kitchen islands and masonry heaters are among the ways Moshier has seen stone spring up in homes. The latter becoming so popular, Moshier has begun to teach classes about building them.

The uniqueness of using rock is part of its strong appeal, according to Massie. “Everybody has sheetrock walls in the basement, or paneling or wainscoting. People want something a little bit different.”

Some homeowners view stonework as a way to bring the feel of a favorite outdoor setting into the home. “In this area, people are looking for field stone, basically the rocks you see everywhere – along Lake Superior, at your cabin at the lake, granite boulders – people want to bring that back into their house. That’s what they want it to look like,” said Moshier.

Though river rock may be the most prominent utilized, other stones are on the rise. Virginia slate is another popular option, and is featured in the new DECC Amsoil Arena. “A lot of people like the darker rock here,” said Massie. “Up North Stone quarries this stone out of the old iron mines in the Virginia and Babbitt areas. There are definitely advantages to using that stone, but it’s also a very dense stone with a lot of iron in it, so it’s very hard to cut. The only way to get an economical thin veneer is to hand select pieces that are already naturally thin, so it can cut availability down and sometimes drive up the price a little bit, too.”

Many types of rock are now available cut as thin as an inch-and-a-half, “You’re only seeing the top surface of the stone,” said Massie. “It gets cemented to the wall just like a manufactured stone.” He explains that makes it easier to work with, and more versatile.

“You can put it on a second story fireplace without extra support.”

Building with stone isn’t cheap (materials and installation costs can range from $30 to $80 per square foot) but it certainly has its benefits.

“Homeowners of all ages and income levels cite stone inside or outside their home as their number one desire and focal point when designing their home,” says Moshier.

And because stonework can last more than a century and requires little to no maintenance, it definitely could be considered a solid investment.

Kitchens.com – Surviving a Kitchen Remodel – Introduction

Kitchens.com – Planning – Surviving a Kitchen Remodel – Introduction.

This is a great 8 part article on Surviving a Kitchen Remodel, we think you will find it useful! Please follow the link above to view the 1st of 8 sections including an Introduction, What to Expect, Managing Stress, Setting Up a Temporary Kitchen, Packing, Staying Safe, Keeping Clean, and Keeping the Peace.

How to Choose a Contractor to Remodel Your Bathroom

From Kris Jensen-Van Heste, Posted at About.com Home Renovations:

Deciding to remodel a bathroom is one of the best investments you can make in your home, in terms of both value and, of course, comfort. A remodeled bathroom will typically return 80 to 90% of your investment at resale, and the pleasure you’ll get while using an updated bath is without a price tag.

Unless you plan on doing the job yourself, you’ll need to choose a contractor to handle the job. But before you pick up the phone, you’ll have to make some decisions. How much do you want to spend? What features are essential? What are the “wants” in addition to the “needs”? What’s your style preference? Do you have your heart set on particular materials, such as a tiled shower or granite vanity tops?

Once you’ve answered those questions, it’s time to start your search. The best first step is to ask friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbors for recommendations-and just as importantly, for the names of contractors they wouldn’t hire again.

When asking about contractors, here’s a good list of questions to start with:

  • Were you informed of additional costs as they came up?
  • How did the contractor handle setbacks or glitches? Was he or she easy to work with when the going got rough?
  • What was the contractor’s crew like? Were they respectful? Did they clean up after themselves each day?
  • If plans were changed while the work was in progress, were the changes accommodated, or was the contractor inflexible?

Interviewing for the Job

Set up appointments with at least three contractors, and don’t hesitate to expand your list. The more, the better. Estimates are free, and you may come away with good ideas, even if you don’t end up choosing that contractor for that job.

This is not a time for trust. Ask for everything from proof of worker’s compensation insurance to any licenses your state requires. Most importantly, ask for references of recent jobs. When you call, it doesn’t hurt to ask if the homeowner is willing to let you see the work that was done.

The bids you receive from contractors should be in writing and should include these four points:

  • The work to be done, in detail
  • The materials to be used
  • A time frame for the work to be completed
  • A firm price

Present the same specs and job to each contractor so you’re comparing apples with apples when you get all the estimates, which are called bids. Though it may be tempting to choose the contractor on the basis of price, take care to look at the details of the bid, especially the work to be done and the materials to be used.

If this is a remodeling job rather than an addition, be sure the contractor you choose has a lot of experience in remodeling and not just construction, because remodeling requires a lot of rerouting, replumbing and working with existing structure and infrastructure.

Delta In2ition Two-In-One Shower

An important option to consider when selecting new plumbing fixtures for a shower/tub is a hand shower. Having a hand shower can take your showers from being simply necessary to being a relaxing experience. They can be extremely convenient for children as well as anyone with mobility issues. Hand showers can be expensive, but there are options with similar functionality while remaining cost effective. Our favorite is the In2ition by Delta. The In2ition is a combination of a fixed shower head and a removable, centered hand shower. Our clients love them, we have used 3 or 4 already in 2011. Check out the details below, and be sure to consider this option before finalizing your selections!

Delta In2ition Two-In-One Shower

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