Have Fun Learning About Home Improvements

Make Improvements, Not Excuses
Last week we told you a little about our Fall In Love Again Home Improvement Workshop.  It is Tuesday, February 12, with seminars starting at 3:00 and finishing up at 7:00. Someone at every seminar will win a great prize (you?!!), and we will have yummy food and drinks for you to enjoy. Call today and reserve your seat for one of these workshops:

4:15 Together Forever With New Window Treatments
Anne King w/ Hunter Douglas Is it time to upgrade your window treatments?  Get rid of those broken and yellowed plastic blinds or the heavy dust-covered draperies?  The right window covering is as practical as it is beautiful. Insulation, privacy, security, better sleep, motorization, updated designs and colors, all are problems that can be solved with new window treatments.  Come learn all about Hunter Douglas shades, blinds, honeycombs, shutters and find the perfect new window treatments for your home.

4:30 Love Being Different? Find Your Own Style
April Larson w/ Fabrica Fine Carpet and Wood Flooring You never want what everybody else has.  You are bored with "builder beige" carpet and narrow strip oak wood floors.  You know what you like and love to show off your personal style. But how do you find flooring that's not the same old same old?  Take a look at Fabrica carpets and hardwoods. Beautiful wall-to-wall carpets in patterns and plushes, custom area rugs designed by you, and hardwood floors that are breathtakingly different.  See these beautiful products and learn how to make a beautiful flooring statement in your home.

5:00 Wall Tiles That Make Your Heart Sing
Chris Schmidt w/ Daltile Beautiful backsplashes.  Stunning showers. A gorgeous accent wall in the powder room.  These are great places to feature your tile style. How do you decide from the thousands of choices of wall tiles? Size, color, pattern, texture.  So much to consider. Our tile expert Chris Schmidt with Daltile will guide you thru the selection process at this inspiring seminar. You will also learn more about stain resistant grouts and why this may be the most important upgrade you make in your tile purchase.

5:15 Perfect Prescription - Carpet and Allergies
Mike Adamczyk w/ Mohawk If you or a family member have allergies, you have probably been told that you shouldn't have carpet.  That's not necessarily true.  Come learn about products that are designed with those with allergies in mind, like Air.o by Mohawk (no VOCs, latex free) and Dupont Sorona which is made in part with plant-based materials.  Mike Adamczyk with Mohawk Flooring will introduce you to carpets that may just be the prescription that allergy sufferers need.

5:30 All You Need Is Love And An Accent Wall
Kevin Parker w/  Vercade Wall Fashion Wall fashions are more than wallpaper and shiplap.  Learn about Vercade Wall Fashions and see how easy it is to install in your home while watching Kevin Parker install a wall in our Design Center.  That's right---you can watch it being installed. Vercade is waterproof, stable, light and easy to install, does not need to be painted, easy to clean, beautiful, affordable, and very DIY friendly.  See these gorgeous wood and tile looks and the wide variety of combos and installation patterns to choose from. You'll leave feeling totally prepared to tackle this easy project.

6:15 Home Sweet Home
Valerie Kratina w/ Coldwell BankerWe will all sell our home someday.  And of course, we want to make as much profit as possible when we sell.  Wouldn't it be great to have a crystal ball to know what we need to do to make top dollar at the closing table?  Here's your chance: hear from top Realtor Valerie Kratina, Coldwell Banker Marietta/West Cobb. She will answer your questions about home improvement updates that are absolute musts, and what you should probably avoid doing, market trends, how to choose an agent, home staging, everything you need to know before you put your home on the market.

6:30 Flooring That Will Stand The Test Of Time
Justin Cook w/ VersiniTarkettSomerset Disposability was considered a plus in the past, use it and toss it, but we know better now.  And we certainly don't want disposable floors. When investing in products for our home, we want products that will stand the test of time.  Wood floor stain colors that aren't trendy, luxury vinyl that is durable and resistant to wear and tear, finishes that are scratch and impact resistant.   Justin Cook will show you a variety of products that are beautiful, easy to design around, and that won't go out of style like avant garde fashions! Learn more about these timeless Versini Hardwood Floors, Tarkett Vinyl, and Somerset Hardwood Floors at this informative seminar.

Everybody Else Is Doing It
A recently commissioned survey from Maytag discovered the most popular home improvement projects for 2019.  Which ones are on your "to do" list?

~~Decorating. Sixty-nine percent of homeowners report that they plan to decorate their home. New furniture, floors, painting-so many interior design updates to consider!

 ~~Cleaning and Decluttering. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said they plan to declutter, and clean long-forgotten nooks and crannies of their home.

~~Upgrading Countertops. Countertops can be a tell-tale sign of a dated house. Participants of the Maytag survey prioritized upgrading their countertops to something more on-trend.
~~Updating Kitchen Cabinetry.  Cabinet design and details are critical in making upgrades to a kitchen.  Changes can be as major as a total gut and redesign or cosmetic improvements like paintinginstalling new hardware or adding a floating shelf or two.

 ~~ Preparing a Guest Room.  When many of us had guests over the holidays, we found that our guest room was not as functional as we thought it was. Popular updates include purchasing new bedding, adding a television, and decluttering.

~~ Upgrading Light Fixtures.  Consider can lights, under cabinet lights, new ceiling chandeliers, pendant lights, even new finishes to replace the tarnished brass that came with your home. 

~~ Upgrading the Laundry Room. According to the Maytag survey, 44 percent of millennials and 41 percent of homeowners with kids plan to remodel their laundry room (compared to 29 percent of all homeowners.) New washers and dryers handle big loads better, are quieter, and often take up less space.

~~ Upgrading Kitchen Appliances.  Fingerprint resistant stainless steel is still the finish of choice.