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Doing their job better than ever
Turn It On IT’S A GOOD TIME TO BE SUZY HOMEMAKER, today’s appliances are just a “touch” away from getting the job done and doing it very, and I mean very, well. And rightly so, today's kitchen appliances are expected to be more functional and energy-efficient than ever. Designers and consumers alike are looking beyond colors and finishes for the appliances that will best suit their needs. Stainless steel finishes remain the must-have look, but what's underneath the finish is what counts. Going Green: The Energy Star label is one of the most-sought-after attributes of appliances today. Money-saving and planet-friendly, an Energy Star appliance makes life easier and ensures you are saving water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some Energy Star-labeled appliances are eligible for state rebates. Function: Coffeemakers with programmable timers, espresso machines and four-slice toasters are appliances that make your morning routine easier and save you money. Appliances that can multitask, such as microwaves that are installed over the stove and serve as range hoods, are space-savers that look sleek. New refrigerators have multiple compartments with individual temperature controls so consumers can adjust the use of their refrigerators to whatever particular needs they have. Convection ovens and induction ranges are popular for their fast cooking times and energy-saving attributes. Getting dinner on the table faster means more time for hobbies or homework. Drawers: In an effort to conserve space, as well as provide accessibility to people of all ages and sizes, appliances in drawers are becoming popular in updated kitchens. Dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators are all available in drawer form. They may be used as secondary appliances — a second work area or storage area apart from the main one in the kitchen — or as replacements for traditional forms of those appliances.
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With so many options, the possibilities are endless ...
Open This ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COMPONENTS OF A HOME: its cabinetry. With options galore, a homeâ€™s cabinetry allows the owners to express their style with immense beauty and craftsmanship. Custom cabinets are built to exact specifications and offer endless options with regard to materials, designs, finishes and accessories. Choosing custom cabinets requires the longest lead time and is the most expensive route. Semicustom cabinets are just that: semicustom. While the cabinets are made to the homeowner's size requirements, the manufacturer produces them in predetermined increments. Often a spacer may be needed to conceal unused wall space, and that sacrifices storage. The range of materials, designs, finishes and accessories will not be as broad, but they cost less than fully custom cabinets. Stock cabinets, which are the least expensive, are premade and come in standard sizes. Though stock cabinets often get a bad rap in terms of quality of construction, there are many on the market that are made of solid wood. Next, consider the construction type and door style. Framed cabinets have a front frame around the opening. The door attaches to the frame. Frameless, or European-style cabinets, have no front frame. The door attaches directly to the side of the cabinet. When it comes to door styles, there are several choices. Traditional-overlay doors cover some of the frame, full-overlay doors cover the entire cabinet frame and inset doors sit inside the cabinet frame. After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. Pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversized drawers for baking sheets and designated cabinets for trash and recycling are some examples. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place.
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FREE STYLE: Because we're spending more and more time in our kitchens, there is a move away from the all-or-nothing "fitted" look of continuous counters. Look for more freestanding pieces of furniture or features with furniture-like qualities, such as a cabriole leg holding up a kitchen counter. These details won't be fussy but will further the notion that the kitchen isn't just for utilitarian cooking, but is for living. ARTISTIC UPGRADES: In the ongoing effort to customize our kitchens, almost anything goes. Now range hoods are works of art, literally. Already beautiful as well as functional, hoods can now be customized with panels you choose. Cabinet doors can be replaced with accent doors. Want a new backsplash? It's as simple as applying DIY stainless tiles or installing a ready-to-hang piece of tile art. You can go from dull to dramatic, tired to trendy, in just a few minutes. GOING GREEN: Eco-friendly products aren't going to go out of style anytime soon. And now there are more ways that you can go green in the kitchen too, from energy-efficient dishwashers (that use less water than when you wash by hand), to environmentally sound flooring options made of reclaimed wood and tiles. OH-SO-ORGANIC: Forget straight lines and right angles, organic shapes are in. Not only are rounded shapes visually pleasing, they also encourage a more natural circular traffic flow. Imagine never bumping into a sharp corner again.
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BECAUSE WORLD-CLASS natural interiors, fabrication and installation work can transform the entire look and feel of the rooms in your home.. Built on a reputation of giving high-quality, short lead time, and competitive pricing (let’s not forget the countless, satisfied-customer referrals), Granite Pro has become a front runner in West Michigan granite fabrication. Located in Grandville, GranitePro's modest showroom provides a wide selection of remnants and full slabs for viewing. During the selection process, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you choose the right stone — whether it's granite, quartz or marble. Questions are always welcome as the staff loves to educate customers and encourage involvement in all aspects of the process. Tours of the production studio to view the state-of-the-art machinery and stone artists at work are a regular part of the GranitePro experience. Once you're matched with your ideal surface, the honest and up front pricing reassures you that you’re at the right place.
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Whether it is a 100-unit condo project or a small bathroom remodel, GranitePro takes the time with each job to make sure that your specifications are met. At the installation, the stone craftsman will complete the process with accuracy to create a one-of-a-kind work of art in your home or business. With Granite Pro's expertise and family-business feel, the competitive pricing and lead time are just the icing on the cake. As well as providing custom stone counters, GranitePro offers a selection of tile and hardwood flooring, making them a one-stop shop for home and commercial aesthetic applications. With Granite Pro's various contacts, they can locate the products you need to make your job complete!
Because beauty is on the surface
Indestructible Luxury BEAUTY COMES IN ALL SHAPES, SIZES AND COLORS, and nothing could be more true of our countertops. More than just a food prep station or vanity, countertops can give a kitchen or bath the look of luxury and the feel of being indestructible. Today's options come in many materials, colors and styles, so how do you choose what's right for you? Here's what to consider including function, what looks great, and budget: Granite countertops can increase the value of your home as it's one of the most expensive options. It's a naturally quarried product so every piece is one-of-akind. Granite is really durable so it won't burn, scratch or stain, however, the size of the pieces is limited so there may be seams. Granite is also a porous surface, which means it can absorb water and oils, so it should be sealed every year. Soapstone is known for its heavy-duty durability and works well as the current trend is a honed finish (without a high gloss shine like most granite countertops). Soapstone is generally dark in color and may darken and/or crack over time. It's susceptible to stains without polish, you can scratch it with your fingernail (many people don't mind that) and it's comparable in price to granite. A cost-effective option is solid surface countertops. They're man-made from natural materials and acrylic polymer for a durable, nonporous surface that can easily be fixed if it stains or scratches. This product will probably cost 20 percent less than a stone countertop. Laminate is an old favorite that's not to be forgotten. It's affordable and easy to keep clean, but a scratch will last until it's replaced. The hottest new laminates are made to look like the much more expensive granite. They come in a range of colors and can be more affordable to change when you're ready for a new look. Keep in mind there are many more new options available including surfaces made from 100 percent recycled materials, glass, stainless steel, wood and concrete.
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ISN’T IT TIME ...
Oh yes, itâ€™s in the details
JUST AS A FRAME COMPLETES A PIECE OF ARTWORK, decorative hardware completes a room. Itâ€™s the detail that can take a space from nice to fabulous. Decorative drawer pulls, hinges and even switch plates can really tie a room together. When you want to dress up a kitchen, a favorite piece of furniture or even the front door, decorative hardware can get the job done. Decorative hardware provides the ability to show your personality by the chosen finishes or styles. The hottest thing right now is an oil-rubbed bronze (or weathered) finish, which is designed to change over time. As far as rules for decorative hardware, it's probably best to stay with one finish within a kitchen, but you could vary the pull styles. Use something completely different in other areas of the home for a statement. The most traditional type of front door entry is a thumb latch, but a new idea is just a massive pull with great presence. A locking mechanism is concealed above it under a matching piece of hardware. For another personal touch, check out switch plates. They're generally inexpensive, easy to change yourself and there's a limitless selection of different metallic finishes as well as ceramic, porcelain and enamel options.
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Because first impressions count
Come On In NOTHING SETS A HOME’S TONE LIKE ITS EXTERIOR DOORS. Solid, substantial, beautiful — a home’s garage doors are a integral part of its exterior appearance. And, after all, from-the-curb is the view everyone sees. There are an abundance of options available in garage doors, wood and steel being the most common. Each type has choices in style/color, decorative windows, hardware, insulation, etc. Keep in mind, your garage doors are going to be around for a long time. usually lasting anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on usage and maintenance, and can possibly last longer. Steel garage doors offer lower costs, maintenance, and variety of available designs make them a popular choice. Painting isn’t required, although they can be painted, and most manufacturers offer different finish warranties. Styles include, but are not limited to, raised panel designs, flush panels, and various carriage house designs. Most have insulation options, as well. Considering most garages share an interior wall with the home, insulation inside your garage door can help conserve on heating and cooling costs. Wood garage doors are a beautiful option. They are available in the same standard styles as steel and can be built to suit. The cost is generally higher and they will need to be painted or stained to prevent water damage. A standard model can provide a better R-value than a basic non-insulated steel door and can also take a little more punishment (something to consider if you have kids or work in or around the garage yourself). Wood doors also have insulation options available. Vinyl garage doors are beginning to make a larger impression on the market. These doors won’t rust, and are more resistant to dings and scratches than steel but prepare to pay substantially more. They usually look like a steel door as far as exterior styles and have similar insulation options.
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Composite garage doors are becoming more mainstream as consumer demand for environmentally-friendly products grows. Typically made from recycled wood, they are insulated in most cases, providing a higher R-value. Composite doors can be painted, or even stained.
FAUCETS & FIXTURES
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Let It Flow THIS ISN'T YOUR GRANDFATHER'S FAUCET ANYMORE ... OR IS IT? Judging from the wide array of models on display in plumbing showrooms, this question is difficult to answer. Contemporary faucets feature sleek, streamlined styling; it's a dramatic departure from the function over form of grandpa's day. Many of today's models look like they belong on a spaceship. They exude convenience and efficiency, and they emit the sparkle of polished chrome and stainless steel. But not everyone wants futuristic Star Trek; they prefer traveling back in time â€” a visual refuge in their home from the hectic world outside. They want faucets that look old-fashioned. Finishes like pewter and weathered copper not only look old, they are better at hiding water spots and fingerprints and match cabinet and door handles more easily. Faucet design enhances this "old" look. Some modern faucet spouts look like old-fashioned spigots. Others have ornate lines reminiscent of plumbing fixtures from the early 20th century. You can even find faucets with spouts made to look like old-fashioned hand pumps. Manufacturers have created hundreds of different designs to meet virtually every decorating need. Most high-quality faucets cost $200 to $1,200 (although there are faucets available for substantially less than $200 and for substantially more than $1,200). The more expensive the finish material and the more labor required in manufacturing, the more expensive the faucet. A 24-karat gold fixture can cost more than $2,000. Today's high-quality faucets are designed to last a lifetime. They're mostly maintenance-free. Just clean them with a damp cloth and they'll last forever.
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Deb and brother Dean became involved in the family business, started in 1993 by their father Daryl DeGraaf, about ten years ago. Says DeGraaf, “I hadn’t planned to work for the family business and was working elsewhere when my Dad asked for help with some paperwork. From there, things just kept evolving. When my Dad decided to retire, Dean and I were ready to take over and continue his legacy.” Adds DeGraaf, “We had our Dad there to show us the ropes and teach us a strong work ethic. That has proven to be invaluable.” In recent years, the company has had to adjust to the downturn in residential building. With new construction declining, DeGraaf Interiors was forced to diversify. “Dean stepped up and began developing the commercial end of our business,” explains DeGraaf. As a result, the company has worked with commercial builders on several local condo projects, stores, and schools. Says DeGraaf, “Dean’s focus on commercial and my expertise in the residential end of the business make us a great team. We compliment each other’s strengths and, as a result, have been able to keep the business strong.”
Along with offering an extensive selection of products, DeGraaf Interiors provides complete design assistance. Explains DeGraaf, “The average homeowner will redecorate or remodel about every eight years. In that time period, many new products are introduced into the marketplace that most consumers may not be aware of. Our designers can provide options to homeowners that they might never have thought of had they not come into our store.” Designers are also available to provide assistance with coordinating paint colors, selecting cabinetry, or choosing window treatments. “Though our main focus is flooring and countertops, we have the expertise to provide design services that go beyond that scope.” That’s the added value that customers can expect from a full-service operation like DeGraaf Interiors. Visit DeGraaf Interiors today at their new location, 1144 East Paris SE, 616.264.3420 or online at www.degraafinteriors.com
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After a year, DeGraaf will assess the store’s progress and then resume her schedule of rotating among the three stores, leaving her very capable team of employees to run each location. “I have the best employees out there,” says DeGraaf.
The new store is just what DeGraaf had envisioned for a location that would primarily be serving customers from the surrounding areas of Cascade, Ada, and East Grand Rapids. “We were very lucky to find this space. The location is ideal and the space has the modern, boutique feel that I wanted for our third location. We had to do very little to make this our third home.”
“I have committed to spending a year at our new location to get it up and running,” says DeGraaf.
Located at 1144 East Paris SE, just north of Lake Drive, is DeGraaf Interiors’ third store. Though co-owned by brother-and-sister team Dean and Deb DeGraaf, it’s the sister half of the duo that is overseeing the dayto-day operations of their newest venture.
Though billed as a Shaw Design Center (the first in Michigan), a wide selection of flooring -- including carpet, tile, stone, hardwood and laminates -- is available at DeGraaf Interiors’ new location. Explains DeGraaf, “Even though Shaw is featured in this showroom, we offer numerous products. By keeping a unique focus at each of our three locations, the showroom is less overwhelming to our customers.” In addition to flooring, DeGraaf Interiors also offers a wide selection of countertop options. “The only surface we don?t provide is concrete,” says DeGraaf.
DESPITE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, DEGRAAF INTERIORS is not only thriving, they are expanding. Says Deb DeGraaf, co-owner, “We have been very blessed. In an economy where many businesses are downsizing or closing their doors, we have been able to expand and open a new store at a great location.”
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Step on This SUNROOM, KITCHEN, BATHROOM, BEDROOM, laundry room, office, family room, dining room, living room ... you name it, there’s a room for it and the ideal floor covering to meet its needs. Carpeting, no surprise, is indeed fabric. And, as in the fabric world, there are different ingredients that go into it, either natural or synthetic. Natural Fibers: Wool is top of the pops natural fabric-wise, in terms of wearability, holding dyes well—and it cleans up in a jiffy. Wool is a staple yarn (small strips spun together) so it can fuzz up a bit and pill (think of your favorite old wool sweater). It’s not hypoallergenic, which means you might sneeze a bit if allergic to wool. Synthetic Fibers: Synthetic fibers can be broken down into four categories: Acrylic is made to replicate wool but, fooled you, it’s not. Acrylic is also a staple yarn and can pill and fuzz. Acrylic is color fast and resists stains and sun bleaching. It won’t give you the hives as wool can, but is a bit harder to clean. Nylon is the defending champ due to its ability to just say "no" to stains, static electricity and wear. Nylon is a continuous filament or a yarn that starts out as chemical stew and is then extruded, stretched into fibers. Its nature reduces shedding and it absorbs dyes well. Olefin/polypropylene is great—if you happen to own a professional baseball team: it makes great indoor-outdoor carpeting. Polyester is another staple yarn that wears well and won’t make you sniffle. It handles sun well but is a bit more difficult to clean than nylon or wool. It is not as resilient as those mentioned above and has a tendency to lie down on the job. In other words, it crushes underfoot and doesn’t bounce back as well as the others.
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The warmth, the glow, the beauty, the heat!
Burn Baby Burn MICHIGAN IN THE WINTER MEANS A FIRE IN ITS PLACE. Nothing warms the soul like the flickering flames of a roaring fire. And, with a thick blanket of white outside, next to the fireplace might be the most comforting spot in the entire house. High-Efficiency Fireplace Inserts: When heat is the goal, efficiency is key. A fireplace insert is essentially either a woodstove or a gas fireplace that is designed to be installed in an existing fireplace enclosure. These inserts typically require that a stainless steel chimney liner be placed inside of the existing stone or brick chimney to provide temperature-resistant and easily cleaned ventilation for the insert. Most fireplace inserts are at least 80 percent efficient, with some approaching 99 percent. Note: with the highest efficiencies, so much heat stays inside the house that the temperature of the exhaust gases are low enough for water to condense out, causing problems with traditional ventilation systems. As a result, high-efficiency fireplace inserts come with their own ventilation requirements. As a practical matter, ventless natural gas fireplace inserts are among the most efficient options available for the simple reason that they do not exhaust any air, so no heat escapes. All of the heat that is generated remains in the room. The only disadvantage is that any hazardous emissions (such as Carbon Monoxide) would also remain in the room. As such, it is important to properly size the fireplace, ensure adequate ventilation, and install the necessary safety and monitoring equipment. If you are only concerned with the aesthetic charm of a room, any fireplace insert which meets local emissions regulations will do (the increased price tag of a high efficiency unit likely won't be worth your while). But, if you are interested in purchasing an economical supplementary heating system and you already have a traditional wood-burning masonry fireplace, a high- efficiency insert would be an excellent option. If you enjoy a wood fire, then a wood-burning insert will allow you to continue to use your fireplace essentially the same way while offering reduced fuel bills (in terms of wood burned) and lower emissions. If convenience is the goal, a natural gas fireplace offers greater ease of use and faster startup and shutdown times than a wood fireplace.
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Have a Seat IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU SIT, it’s how you look and feel sitting there. If you’re comfortable and the seat is well designed, well then, you’ve got the right stuff. If you’re ready for something new, get ready for some color. The new lines coming out at the nation's largest furniture retailers aren't for any shrinking violet. They're for cool periwinkle, in fact, and screaming red. Beige is being banished in this year's trendiest living rooms. White isn't alone. The biggest manufacturers are pouncing on the bold colors with their new lines. A walk through their showrooms at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., will have people literally seeing red. Two or three years ago, beige covered chairs and sofas with stronger colors being relegated to accent pillows. Now, it's the other way around. And, just as the colors are popping out, new fabrics are replacing the familiar chenille that has been "in" for several years. Now, it's microfiber. No matter the age group, furniture showrooms are about to get a lot more colorful, whether it's in the upholstery or the wood finishes of tables and chests. Along with beige, natural wood stains are fading into the background as color finishes in cream, blue, red and green emerge in the kitchen, dining and bed rooms. Manufacturers are painting traditional wood pieces that have long been in their collections.
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Home Safe Home BEING HOME MEANS BEING SAFE AND FEELING SAFE. Today’s home owners are constantly on the go, juggling the duties of work, family and school and stretching the daily schedule far beyond the “typical” eight-hour workday. It’s more common than ever for a home to go unoccupied for hours at a time, so it’s no surprise that a majority of home burglaries occur during the day when the only activity in the home is the family dog shifting from one sofa to another. As a result, home security systems are becoming commonplace on even the most modest of homes. New manufacturing technology makes the cost of hardware (motion detectors, cameras, panels, etc.) more affordable entry level for basic home security systems. Yet, even by today’s standards the most “basic” home security system has the flexibility to include integrated systems such as fire, life safety, water level and temperature sensors and alarms. As technology changes the way people interact, leading security companies such as Grand Rapids-based EPS Security have adapted to offer systems that allow remote access to the home alarm via smart phone technology. Consumers are viewing real-time video monitoring of their homes, arming and disarming alarms from remote, and “checking” the doors and windows at night via EPS Total Connect, bringing a new level of “security” to the homeowner.
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Rockford Michigan based shoe manufacturer Wolverine World Wide is one of several corporations to utilize KVO Audio and Video to for its audio and visual needs. Chief Financial Officer Don Grimes was so satisfied with the final product, he commissioned the company to create a theater room inside his home. “We totally reconfigured the audio and video in our basement to create more of a theater style environment,” said Grimes. Now, Grimes said Friday nights are a family tradition. “Friday nights are our family movie night. I always get pizza on the way home and then we eat pizza and then we go downstairs for popcorn and a movie,” said Grimes. In addition, KVO Audio and Video installed speakers throughout Grimes’ house so family members can listen to the sound source of their choosing virtually anywhere in the home.
Lappenga also commissioned KVO Audio and Video to set up the video and audio system in his house. His home theater system allows him to choose whatever audio source he’d like to hear in whatever room of the house he would like to hear it while other members of the family listen to their choice of audio in another room. “I can listen to the radio on the bathroom in the morning and my wife can be watching t.v. somewhere else. "It's just fantastic system,” said Lappenga. Van Oostenbrugge said the majority of people who have theater rooms installed inside their homes also have speakers put in throughout the house. The system can then be operated by remote control. In addition, the audio and video systems are usually connected to the internet so products like Netflix, Pandora, satellite or on-demand movies can be utilized. The installation of a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse also allows customers to use their home theater system to search the web. Besides providing and installing audio and video equipment, KVO Audio and Video also provides for the video taping of corporate events and showcasing of products. To that end, the company also maintains an extensive inventory of audio and video rental equipment to provide for business meetings and conventions.
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“Our background is actually commercial and it’s just led into high end homes,” said Van Oostenbrugge.
“He did exactly what I asked him to do,” said Lappenga.
About 80 percent of KVO Audio and Video’s business comes from corporate contracts. The remaining 20 percent of the company’s work centers on equipping homes with video and audio technology — often in the form of a theater room.
The educational consulting company Integra source also hired KVO Audio and Video to provide and install its audio and visual equipment. Integra Source Chief Executive Officer Steve Lappenga said KVO Audio and Video installed a 100-inch screen with a projector inside the company’s board room. In addition, KVO Audio and Video implemented a Bose audio system in the conference room. The large screen and audio technology help create an ideal training room for the company to showcase their product to potential customers and employees, said Lappenga.
Owner Karl Van Oostenbrugge spent 15 years working with the company now called City Animation. He propelled his knowledge and expertise of video and audio technology into KVO Audio and Video, which he founded in May of 1999. KVO Audio and Video sets up board rooms, auditoriums, gymnasiums, schools, and hospital meeting rooms with the cutting edge audio and visual equipment and technology. In addition, the company offers rental equipment, system integration and installation, and HD video and production tools.
“We had speakers added to certain other areas of the house including the deck,” said Grimes.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS JUST MIGHT GET A LITTLE BETTER. KVO Audio and Video located at 14205 Ironwood NW in Grand Rapids specializes in helping corporations communicate more effectively through the use of state of the art audio and video technology and equipment. But, that’s not all they do.
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