3 Steps In Hiring A Contractor

Posted on 08/07/2010 at 4:05am

Every year thousands of Americans are victims of home improvement contractors who perform shoddy work.  Take the steps to protect yourself by following these three simple steps.  It may take a little extra time, but you’ll save yourself a lot of aggravation:

  1. Always have a written contract.
  2. Negotiate permitting, budget, timing, and warranties and include them in the written contract.
  3. Know the elements of a home improvement scam and AVOID them.

Click here to learn more about protecting yourself from unscrupulous contractors.

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2010 Kitchen and Bath Trends

Posted on 08/04/2010 at 8:41pm

We love the idea of affordable upgrads and many of them are trends for 2010.  You can make small improvements to your kitchen or bathroom by changing out the faucets, drawer handles, and cabinet facades.  Click here to see the 10 most popular kitchen and bath trends for this year.

According to NKBA, the top 10 trends for 2010 are:

  1. Shaker style kitchen design
  2. Maple and alder cabinetry finishes
  3. Quartz countertops
  4. Pull-down/pull-out kitchen faucets
  5. Polished chrome finishes
  6. Under-counter refrigerator drawers
  7. Dishwasher drawers for small loads
  8. Marble vanity tops
  9. Integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks and pedestal sinks
  10. Bronze and stainless steel finishes

Of course, we are partial to #3 — the Quartz Countertop trend!

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8 Most Overrated Home Projects

Posted on 07/25/2010 at 5:30pm

We love the article Melinda Fulmer of MSN Real Estate published.  We would have to agree that there are certainly a lot of overrated home improvement projects out there.  I meant who really needs an indoor bowling alley, basketball court or home theater?  Preferences that are really specific to your personal styles and tastes are not going to add to the overall value of your home.  However, upgrades to your kitchen and bathroom are always a hit.  There were very positive words for Quartz countertops!  Click here to read the full article on the 8 most overrated home improvement projects.

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Posted on 07/08/2010 at 8:13pm was in Center City to celebrate Independence Day with the GooGoo Dolls, The Roots, 95.7 BEN-FM, and hundreds of thousands Americans!

Cambria Quartz, Meganite Solid Surface, and Wilsonart®HD® at Party on the Parkway July 4th, 2010.

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Contest: Remodelers’ Survival Kit

Posted on 07/01/2010 at 3:30pm

Register to win the Remodelers’ Survival Kit! We all know that the renovation process can be draining. To make your remodel project less stressful and more convenient, and 95.7 BEN-FM are giving you the chance to register to win the remodelers survival kit! Kit includes: Black & Decker mini-fridge and a $50 Shop-Rite gift card to stock it. Plus a $50 gift card to the Spa at Bear Creek so that you can relax and unwind — let go of the stress!

Click here for contest rules and details.

Sorry, this contest is now over.

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BEN’s Next Countertop Winner!

Posted on 06/28/2010 at 6:41pm

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Aloft Hotel last Thursday as we selected and announced the Grand Prize Winner.   Van Kapeghian of Medford Lakes was the winner of the countertops.  Congrats to Mrs. Prewitt who won the gift basket.  Other attendees won a $100 gift card to Wegmans, movie passes, a gift card to The Spa at Bear Creek and a dinner certificate to Maria’s restaurant.  Thanks again to everyone and please enjoy these photos from the event…

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MEGANITE: Big Savings!

Posted on 06/15/2010 at 6:43pm

MEGANITE’S enduring beauty affords you valuable benefits from cost savings to the overall life of the product.

  • Significant cost savings, up to 40%- MEGANITE provides cost savings over other solid surface offerings.
  • Featuring a ten year warranty- MEGANITE performs with a competitive advantage.
  • Enduring beauty, ease of maintenance, and ability to withstand demanding institutional usage- MEGANITE accommodates everyday scratches, dings, and repurposing within dynamic, fast-paced, and active environments like a busy home, kitchen, or cafeteria.
  • Value and performance- MEGANITE is the material of choice over substitutes including:  laminate, granite, and stone options, for countertops, backsplashes (with no caulk), window sills, sinks, shower walls, and transaction counters.  See, there really is so much more than just kitchens and bathrooms when it comes to MEGANITE Solid Surface.
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Custom Countertop Shapes

Posted on 06/03/2010 at 8:15pm


Cambria Quartz Curve

One of the biggest ways to make a “Splash”(and we’re not talking about a backsplash here) with your remodel project is by customizing your countertop shape.

Custom shapes can make your kitchen or bathroom a real reflection of your distinct style.  Custom shapes are unique, make a bold statement, and add a very personal touch. 

Sink Slopes: Crescent Sink

There is often an additional cost for such a design, but through curves and angles, your project is guaranteed to deliver that WOW factor!The styles pictured within this post make an impact and leave a lasting impression. 

Cambria Quartz, Wilsonart®HD® Laminate, and Meganite Solid Surface can all be customized to maximize the wow factor with curves, slopes, narrow, wide, and custom angles.

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Wilsonart HD GREENGUARD Certified

Posted on 05/28/2010 at 3:23pm

Wilsonart HD High Definition Laminate has not only received GREENGUARD® Certification for Indoor Air Quality and Children & Schools, but it is also composed of a minimum 20% post-consumer recycled content (that’s all those cardboard boxes we recycle). While we don’t have a solution for recycling a laminate countertop today, we’re working on it. Meanwhile, you can count on your Wilsonart HD countertop to keep its good looks and high performance for years to come.

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Color Meaning

Posted on 05/25/2010 at 6:10pm

Colors can influence our emotions, our actions, and our responses to various stimuli.  A great deal has been studied and written about color and the impact that it has on our daily lives.  It’s a known fact that color can have a direct impact on our general mood.  So, we thought it would be beneficial to cover general colors and what they symbolize.  As you can see from this website, whether you choose Wilsonart®HD®, Cambria Quartz, or Meganite Solid Surface, there is no shortage of COLORS!  So, what colors represent you?  What colors represent your family?  What tone do you want to set in your home?

Here are basic colors and their meanings:

  • Red implies action, confidence, courage, and vitality.

    Cambria Classic Color Collection

  • Pink symbolizes love and beauty.
  • Brown symbolizes earth, order, and convention.
  • Orange symbolizes vitality and endurance.
  • Gold represents wealth, prosperity, and wisdom.
  • Yellow symbolizes wisdom, joy, happiness, and intelligence.
  • Green represents life, nature, fertility, and well-being.
  • Blue represents youth, spirituality, truth, and peace.
  • Purple symbolizes royalty, magic, and mystery.
  • Indigo represents intuition, meditation, and deep contemplation.
  • White represents purity and cleanliness.
  • Black symbolizes dealth, earth, and stability.
  • Gray represents sorrow, security, maturity, and trust.
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