Saturday, December 13, 2014

Choosing a Kitchen Sink to Match Your Style and Budget

If you're remodeling your kitchen on a budget – or equipping a new kitchen and haven't a clue where to start – focus on the kitchen sink. Yesteryear's limited selection of cast iron and stainless steel can't compete with today's stylish, modern sinks.
Simply choose the mounting type and style, then select the material. A new sink will transform your kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Mounting Types and Design Options

In general, your kitchen sink will either rest above or attach beneath the kitchen counter. Understanding installation types, styles and terminology will help you find the sink you really want.
Surface-Mounted Sinks: Surface-mounted sinks drop into a hole made in the kitchen countertop. If the sink is rimmed, it features an exposed flange that meets and seals to the countertop. Self-rimming sinks, on the other hand, lack the flat flange, using rounded outer edges to rest on the countertop instead. Both are fairly simple to install and work with most countertop materials.
Under-Mounted Sinks: For a kitchen countertop that looks seamless, consider an under-mounted kitchen sink. The countertop still features a cutout to accommodate the sink, but instead of dropping through the counter, it mounts to the underneath. The effect is a sleek counter surface. It's considered a low-maintenance design that looks especially good with modern interiors. Under-mounted sinks work best with solid counter materials like stone and concrete, not moisture-permeable countertops like laminate.
Tile-In Sinks: As the name suggests, a tile-in sink is surrounded by a tile countertop. The sink drops into a hole, like a surface-mounted sink. The difference is the height: Once the tile is installed, the sink rim is actually flush with the surrounding countertop. This makes cleaning the countertop a breeze and calls attention to the beauty of your tile, rather than the sink basin.
Integral Sinks: Some people mistakenly call these "Corian sinks," but Corian is just one integral sink and counter manufacturer. Integral sinks are made of the same material as the countertop and fused to it, presenting a seamless appearance that's also easy to keep clean.
Farmhouse Sinks: Another popular kitchen sink style is the farmhouse sink. Rather than referring to how the sink mounts, it's a design that features a front apron panel. It's a stylish look that highlights the sink itself. Farmhouse sinks may be under- or surface-mounted, and even tiled-in.

How Many Bowls Do You Need?

Bigger isn't always better. When selecting your new kitchen sink, consider the size of your kitchen and your work habits before settling on a bowl size or number. Most sink styles are available in single and double bowls, and sometimes triple as well. One bowl may be smaller than the others, especially with triple bowls, which often sandwich a smaller bowl between two larger ones.
Single-bowl sinks work best for smaller kitchens (less than 150 square feet). Triple bowls are the ultimate luxury, allowing you to stack dishes to dry, have dishes soaking, and still peel vegetables in the third basin.

Sink Materials

Stainless Steel - Stainless steel is easy to clean, reasonably priced, and strong. Look for the gauge (thickness) of the steel and the sound-deadening ability. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel, making it more durable. Spray coatings and special pads on the bottom of the sink reduce noise. Choose a satin finish, rather than a mirror finish, to lessen scratching. Look for varying bowl shapes for added style.
Cast Iron - Cast iron sinks are coated with enamel and come in a variety of colors. Cast iron is heavy, but a bigger issue is that it chips and scratches easily. Exposed iron will rust, requiring replacement or repair. Also, cast iron doesn't keep water hot for very long. It's favored for the glossy finish and stain resistance. Use cast iron with farmhouse sink styles for authenticity.
Composite - Composite sinks encompass three specific types: quartz composite, polyester/acrylic composite and granite-based composite. Of these, the polyester/ acrylic composites are more budget-friendly and provide a shiny look. Quartz composite sinks are more durable. Composed of 70 percent quartz and 30 percent resin filler, they resist damage and also come in various colors and finishes. Granite-based sinks are a higher-end choice and offer the greatest scratch and chemical resistance of any sink material.
Take your time when shopping for your new kitchen sink. Look online and at various stores to get ideas and find the sink you'll love.







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Saturday, November 29, 2014

We've Reduced Our Commission For The Holidays!














Happy Holidays! 
(Ok. I just have to say it: It's Merry Christmas to us, but we totally respect whatever it is to you!  :-)
SELLING?
If you are contemplating the sale of your home over this holiday season, allow us to inform you of our reduced selling commission. Between now and February of 2015 if you list your home with us, we will reduce our commission to only 5%.  It's one way of expressing appreciation for all of the goodness in our lives.

BUYING?
If you are in the market to buy a home or land, we would like you to know that we have a Buyer's Service that is 100% FREE to you as a buyer. Our commission get's paid for by the seller AFTER you find the home of your dreams! Until then, it is our job to diligently search and negotiate on your behalf and we are happy to do so! 
Just let the DUO do it already!
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·  Big Lake
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·  Clam Gulch
·  Fairbanks
·  Girdwood
·  Glennallen
·  Haines
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- See more at: http://ablazeaboutalaska.blogspot.com/2014/04/5500-wolverine-home-for-sale-in-wasilla.html#sthash.ItGIdXHJ.dpuf







TODAY'S CURRENT MARKET TRENDS BY ALASKAN CITY:




USE WHAT THE PROS USE AND KNOW WHAT THE PROS KNOW:
  • Price Trends: Sold VS Listed
  • Targeted Market Analysis
  • Market Inventory Trends: Sold, New, Standard & Distressed Listings
  • Property Ownership Percentages: Owner Occupied, Rented, or Vacant
  • Median Days On The Market
  • Number Of Active Listings
  • Median Sale Price/List Price
  •  Median Square Footage Price
  • Foreclosures, Bank-Owned
  • Median Household Income
  • Community Info: Demographic Stats, Crime, Shopping, Weather, Education
  • School Info: student-teacher ratio
_________________________________________________________________________________
  
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Get FREE instant access to local homes from any cell or tablet. 
Keller Williams Real Estate Search available on Android, iPhone, or iPad gives you access to more than 4 million homes nation-wide as well as with the local focus of Alaska! Download our Mobile App HERE And Search Homes For Sale In Alaska today!  - or - Click the pic below:

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE MARKET: 
Real estate market conditions change like the wind. Be informed about the current status of Alaska's Real Estate Market HERE or by clicking the picture below:


_________________________________________________________________________________
ABOUT US & WHAT WE OFFER: 


We are a husband and wife team who have been married to each other for over 16 years. We have 9 amazing children (yes, all ours). We have become successful business owners for more than 16 years and have found what we love in life - PEOPLE! People, to us, are what define success.

We are absolutely pleased to work in the realm of real estate! Throughout our years of experience, we have attained people skills: Communication, Communication, Communication - And if we missed it, it's because of communication. 

Managing, directing, instructing, teaching, and assisting, are all individual actions that sum up a lot of mini tasks/jobs that produce and accomplish becoming successful in the line of work we are in.

Why we are worthy of hire: We’re honest, energetic, fun, outgoing, serious, motivated, disciplined, and have extensive customer service experience. Aside of this, we know how to get the job done and are honored with the opportunity to serve. We really put our heart into what we do and it shows. Play the short video above to learn a little more about us. 

Try us and you’ll love us!


_________________________________________________________________________________
  
Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group Of Wasilla
1981 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, #202, Wasilla, AK 99654
COPYRIGHT 2014 MALCUIT DUO, LLC
18550, 18340

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