Mistakes To Avoid When House-Hunting

House-hunting can be both an exciting and daunting process. The idea of moving to a new home, especially if you’re a first-time buyer can be enthralling and yet there are many pitfalls you can easily fall into when it comes to choosing your new house. Here are some of the most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when house-hunting.

  • Try not to aim too high when looking for a house. If you’re buying through an estate agent, they might throw in a viewing that’s way out of your price range but right up your alley. Don’t waste your time viewing properties that are out of your budget, even if it’s only marginally. You should have calculated your budget accurately and precisely, and even an increase of a thousand dollars can have a negative effect on the rest of your calculations. If it’s too expensive, it isn’t for you. Move on!

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  • It could be that you find the perfect house for you, but that it’s in an undesirable neighborhood or it could need some major repair work. It’s important not to ignore any flaws in the houses you view, even if they are otherwise seemingly perfect. Small flaws or things that might need renovation could end up being extremely costly, so be wary when on your viewings!
  • If you’re house-hunting on a budget another easy mistake to make is to over-compromise. You should make a list of the property requirements you want, such as a garden or off-road parking capabilities. If the property you’re viewing doesn’t have what you’re looking for then you can probably do better. Be realistic about what you’re looking for though, don’t expect a Jacuzzi and swimming pool if your budget won’t allow for it!
  • You should also be aware of repair works that need to take place. You might be able to convince yourself that re-tiling the bathroom is an easy task, or that re-wiring the living room is perfectly acceptable for you to do. Try to remain realistic about your handyman capabilities. If you end up buying a house that needs cleaning and renovations you just aren’t capable of, you could end up paying a small fortune.
  • Once you’ve found the place for you, it’s time to put in an offer. It’s easy to make mistakes here, so tread lightly. Don’t rush to make an offer if you have any qualms about the property. Take your time when making the final decision – home ownership is a big investment and not one to be taken lightly!

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  • When you’re absolutely sure you’re sure, you can make the offer. Don’t take too long in making your decision, as it’s likely that someone else has their eye on this property too. Try to ask your estate agent how long the house has been on the market or how many viewings the place has had, so you can figure out how long you have to act.
  • The final thing to be wary of is how much you offer. Try not to go too high or too low, especially if you’re aware of exactly how many people are interested in the house. Don’t get caught in a bidding war if you’re new to the property market either, it’s all too easy to get lose yourself in the idea of your new home, without realizing you’ll actually have to pay! Offers that are too low are going to be rejected, but people that are looking for a quick sale may be more likely to jump on them – make sure you do your research!

A big thanks to Ella Andrews for the informative article on one of the biggest & most rewarding financial decisions that you will ever make!

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Houzz Call from Echelon Custom Homes

We always love to find beautiful Wellborn Cabinetry designs on Houzz – a great tool for consumers to find their “style” and for remodelers, builders and dealers to “showcase” their work!

Our Houzz Call of the week is from Echelon Custom Homes with a delightful clean and classic design using our Sonoma Maple Door Style finished in Sandstone Slate on the perimeter and island of the kitchen.

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Contemporary Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes
Contemporary Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes
Check out all the great design work from Echelon Custom Homes at http://www.houzz.com/pro/echeloncustomhomes.

It’s time to make a Houzz Call

Houzz Call – Sharing Great Wellborn Cabinet Designs we find on Houzz.

Each week we love to spend time on Houzz (probably more time than we should) but every time we find a new design or project featuring our cabinetry and we are in awe of the unbelievably talented designers who specify Wellborn!!! We salute & appreciate your talents and continued support by sharing your work on our social sites as well! So Enjoy!

This week’s Houzz Call is by Coast Design Kitchen & Bath Mobile, AL, US

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Downtown Mobile, Alabama Historic Home Kitchen Remodel

Listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, this home is one of the “twins” or les Jemuelles as they are known. It was built in the late 1800’s and is located in the De Tonti Square Historic District in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Coast Design Kitchen & Bath designed and installed this remodeled kitchen in May 2013.

Cabinetry featured is from our Estate Custom Collection. The cabinet door style is Melrose Maple with our Pebble Java Finish.

Photos by Jessica Henderson

All-American Cottage – An All-American Treasure

As a Family Owned and American Made company for over 52 years, Wellborn Cabinet is proud to announce its partnership with Southern Living and This Old House on the All American Cottage.

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Inspired by the nationwide groundswell of interest in American-made products, Southern Living and This Old House are joining forces with Wellborn Cabinet, Cabinets & Tops of the Upstate and Dillard-Jones Builders to construct an All-American Cottage.

Located in the quintessential southern community of Verdae in Greenville, South Carolina, The All-American Cottage will be a stunning showcase and testimony to the ingenuity and quality craftsmanship of products made in the U.S.A.

We are excited to share with you an interview and the photo tour that is currently on Southern Living’s Website. Enjoy!

MEET THE BUILDER  – WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BUILD ALL-AMERICAN? 

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Tom Dillard, of Dillard-Jones Builders – Greenville, South Carolina

As a former manufacturing guy, I’ve seen first-hand the results of taking a raw material to a finished product that is sold on the open market. Manufacturing means jobs, and a lot of them. After almost a decade in the custom home building industry, I have seen a decline in U.S. construction jobs–a lot of it due to the use of materials and products made somewhere other than the United States. When I saw the news coverage on Montana home builder Anders Lewendal and his commitment to build a home with materials made in the USA, I was inspired to try it myself, especially after reading that the use of just 5% of USA-made materials in the construction of a new home means 220,000 jobs.

WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN?

Our goal was to create smaller open floor plans with a strong focus on outdoor living areas. We have done this, in part, by taking cues from what we see as emerging new trends in plan design. Our designs include a focus on a spa-like master shower and no tub, and casual dining instead of formal rooms.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FEATURES THAT MAKE THIS COTTAGE SPECIAL?

This home has great windows bringing in as much light as possible into the main living spaces. A variety of outdoor living areas expand the living space and 10′ ceilings in the main level help create an even larger feel.

All-American Photo Tour

Detail in the Details
Detail in the Details

In true All-American style, the Cottage features board-and-batten style shutters from Southern Traditions Window Fashions of Greenville, SC and custom made locally in Fountain Inn, SC. Adding to the authenticity and true southern touch of the shutters is the hand crafted shutter hinges and holdbacks by The Heirloom Companies of Campobello, SC.

Crisp and Clean
Crisp and Clean

The alley-style master bathroom beams an expansive walk-in shower and neutral colored cabinets and countertops that connect together for a crisp and clean feel. Cabinets are made and sourced in the USA by Wellborn Cabinet of Ashland, AL and Corian Counterops.

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Subtle but Impactful

The interior of the All American Cottage features LP SmartSide panels, one of the fastest growing brands of interior and exterior siding in America.

You truly have to see this wall treatment in person – it is simple style.

From mountain to rock to countertops, the crisp granite pairs nicely with the subway style tiling and Wellborn Cabinets of the Kitchen. Sourced from a fittingly named city, the countertops were procured from Stone Mountain Ga and installed by Carolina Foothills Studio of Travelers Rest, SC.

Every Detail in the Kitchen is lovely.
Every Detail in the Kitchen is lovely.
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All-American Kitchen

The kitchen of the All American Cottage features Monterey Style Maple cabinets in Glacier Pewter Finish provided by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. of Ashland, Alabama and Made In USA stainless appliances from Dacor.

Again, we are truly proud to be part of a great All-American project and working with such great companies and sponsors!

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Calling All Bloggers – Guest Blogger Spots Available!

Guest Blogger Submission Guidelines

What we’re looking for: 

We’re looking for well-written posts/articles that consumers, designers, dealers, remodelers, builders, all business owners, entrepreneurs, food junkies, etc. would enjoy. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Homes, Interior Design, Color, Lighting, Organization, Storage, countertops, the list goes on & on!

 

Step One:

Submit a topic and a brief overview of the post content. You will get an approval or request for revision within 48 hours.

Once topic is approved follow the guidelines below for your post.

  • 400 words minimum
  • The post must be useful to the readers of this blog.
  • The post must be grammatically correct and well-written, Spell check before submitting your article(s).
  • The post must not include competitor links, competitor images or reference to our competition and must not be entirely self-promotional. No links to questionable websites (link farms, adult, etc.)
  • You are welcome to use images from our websites. If you use an image that is not yours please create a link to the owner’s site or note ownership on the image. We love images!!!
  • We reserve the right to edit your article (header tags, punctuation, grammar, etc.) and remove any questionable links.

Author Profile at the End:

The post may include links to your website and blog in a brief author’s bio. (Approximately 3 sentences), which will be published at the end of the guest post.

                          • You are welcome to include an author photo or logo.   
  • Links to your social network profiles (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+) can be included in your author profile.

Exciting News!!!

After your blog has been posted you will be included in our “GUEST BLOGGERS” section in the right hand column of our blog and you will be able to submit posts/ articles for consideration at any time. Your logo and a link to your website or blog will be included.

*Time frame: Once a post has been submitted, reviewed and scheduled it usually takes about 2 weeks. We want to create a “social relationship” around the post across all our sites and that requires planning.  Please note you will be notified of date and time of post, so you can promote across your social sites as well.

*Time frame can be subject to change without notice.

 

Remodeling Your Home: Kitchen and Bathroom

This guest post appears courtesy of Gary Bell of Bell Plumbing & Heating, a prominent Denver remodeling company specializing in kitchens and bathrooms with a gorgeous 8,500 sq. ft. showroom showcasing cabinets, vanities, tile, faucets, fixtures, tubs, showers, and more. Visit our YouTube channel for remodeling videos

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For many homeowners, remodeling can be both exciting and daunting. While it’s a wonderful way to customize your home, it also requires planning, temporary disruptions, and decision-making. Moreover, you need to hire a company you can trust, so that the job is completed on time and within your budget.

The bathroom and kitchen are popular spaces for home remodeling because of how much they are used, and what they are used for. A new kitchen will transform your diet, menu, and cooking, while a new bathroom can combine practicality with luxury. They are also the two spaces within the home that require extensive electricity and plumbing, so it often requires the work of a consummate contractor, or organizing several subcontractors to work together.

If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, you probably already have some kind of idea in your mind, however vague, of what you want it to look like. Perhaps you are already envisioning a walk-in shower with a deluxe rain showerhead or a large farm-style sink with a soapstone countertop for your kitchen. Jot your ideas down. Ask yourself some further questions: what’s lacking in my current bathroom, or what do I want my new kitchen to do that my current layout doesn’t allow? Make some more notes about your expectations. Get a hold of some interior design or bathroom/kitchen magazines from your local bookstore, and visit a remodeling showroom to pick up some brochures. This is the time for brainstorming your ideas. Is energy-efficiency important to you? What type of fixtures and lighting do you want? You might even try a sketch or two.

Next, take a good hard look at your budget. Know what you can spend on your remodeling project and give yourself a bit of leeway for last-minute additions and changes. Once you’ve got some numbers, head back to your design ideas. With these two in tow, call up your local remodeling professional to talk about an estimate. Make sure to find someone with a good reputation, and make sure you feel comfortable around that person. Because it’s your personal space that will undergo changes, remodeling is not only business, and for that reason, you want to find someone right for the job. Once you’ve arranged for a professional consultation, then you can begin to figure out which of your design ideas are realistic options, which ones may stretch your budget but not break it, and which are even possible given the layout of your home.

After some initial consulting and estimates, you and your trusty contractor are ready to begin the job. Depending on the size of the job, and the extent of your modifications, remodeling can take time. Communication is vital for time frames. Make sure that you have an agreed-upon timeline for your project. While even slight modifications to the plan may change this schedule, knowing how long the various stages of your project will last ensures that everyone is on the same page, and that your new bathroom or kitchen turns out the way you desired.

Thank you “Bell Plumbing & Heating” for the great post – very informative!

Wellborn at KBIS represents NOLA with a Twist!

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(I call this post – our commercial break) 🙂  is that legal with blogging? lol

Our theme for this year’s KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) hosted in New Orleans is NOLA.  NOLA is a well known acronym for New Orleans and now it is a great representation for Wellborn’s presence at the 2013 show.

We created a theme that encompasses the location, our message and commitment to current and future dealers, customers and employees and the importance of all.

So what does NOLA mean to Wellborn?

kNowledge: Why join forces with Wellborn? We have the brightest in the business in Production, Sales, Technology, Marketing, etc. all with industry leading programs for the building and remodeling markets with the knowledge, tools and training to help you succeed in your K&B profession.

Opportunities: Great opportunities are available for dealers, contractors and builders. We offer programs that others do not, programs that allow you to grow your business in ways that you had not imagined.

Learning: Come to the Wellborn booth to hear informative presentations about industry trends, design and other areas of interest that could affect you as a K&B professional. But it doesn’t stop there! We will also be part of the official KBIS presentations as well.

Achieve: With Wellborn you are part of a family – –  – become part of our team and you can achieve your business goals with Wellborn.

Can’t wait to see you there! 

Are you interested in becoming a dealer and would like to set up an appointment at the show? Are you with the press or a design industry blogger and like a booth tour?                                                                                                          Email: Melinda Miller (melindam@wellborn.com) or Brooke Herren (bherren@wellborn.com) to set that up!

"Beyond Emerald: Interior Colors" from Arcadian Home!

Hello, everyone! It’s Mari from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful online place to find lots of decor inspirations. I’m so happy to be here visiting Wellborn’s blog, That’s My Style, to share a guest post about color. In addition to lots of color, in the images we’ve chosen, you’ll also see some cool contemporary lamps, floor coverings and much more.

Recently, the folks here at Wellborn did a post they called “Our Emerald ‘Color of the Year’ Tribute. That inspired us to go a bit further with “Beyond Emerald: Interior Colors” to share some of the lovely hues that are inspiring us right now. Please enjoy!

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What a beautiful bedroom this is—dressed in pure white and verdant green. It’s so fresh and exciting with lots of crisp detailing on the bed.

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Here, chartreuse is the color star in a white living space filled with light. I love the great mix of seating in this room and the intriguing wall of art.

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Right now, we’re seeing more and more handsome interior designs with dark walls like this living room enveloped in deep green.

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In 2011, Honeysuckle Pink was named Pantone‘s Color of the Year and remains a favorite for many of us who love pinks in general and this one in particular. The space above uses Honeysuckle to great effect. The slipper chairs are chic pink perfection while the same hue is seen again in the entry hall beyond—on wallpaper and the pretty little foyer light.

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Wide splashes of pink are not for everyone. Here a pale room inspired by Benjamin Moore‘s Lemon Sorbet gets little pops of Honeysuckle. It’s a lovely look, don’t you think?

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That soft yellow hue is pulled into a traditional bedroom as an accent to Color Marketing Group‘s 2013 Color of the Year called RE-BLUED—a great pairing.

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I’m fascinated by watery blues, especially dark moody tones like the one chosen for the upholstery on this modern tufted headboard—a compelling and sophisticated color

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No matter what the color trends are at the moment, white is always in favor. Here, a stunning canopy bed with deeply tufted tall headboard is lovely in white with touches of pale gray. Wouldn’t this space be perfect for a weekend breakfast in bed? Perhaps served on contemporary decorative trays? Images  1 | | | | | 6

What do you think of these emerald spaces? Leave us your thoughts below and be sure to visit our website for more beautiful home decor, lighting, and interior ideas!

Design Contest Winner "Maggie Burns" to the Rescue!

Before we dive into our Design Contest Winner post for this week – I wanted to recap and highlight some key elements to remember about our design contest and the wonderful extras that can come from winning – not just the money – even though that is pretty awesome too!!!

Our Yearly Design Contest has several different categories; Large Kitchen, Small Kitchen, Bath and Other Rooms – you can pretty much enter any space designed with Wellborn Cabinets. Each category has to follow the same guidelines for submission and design guidelines for the spaces that are being designed.

To me one of the greatest aspects about our design contest is the professional exposure that you as a designer can gain by simply entering your design work. Your winning designs could be featured in all of our marketing efforts; publications, websites, advertising, training, and social media. With the digital world we now live in  – – – your work could be visible on a “global platform”!

So remember that when you are designing and building your portfolio consider entering your designs – you never know – you could be a “Wellborn Design Contest Winner” too!

Now it’s time to learn about Maggie Burns and the “Opportunities” she faced in designing for the Terry Family. So enjoy her design story.

Opportunity: How to integrate the awkward corner space left over after building on a new family room addition. A home addition provided the client and his family more space to entertain and relax in. However, the rear of the existing home, when opened up to the new space, became an awkward pass through.It was too small for a furniture seating group, but too large to waste as a hallway.

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The solution was to build an entertainment bar, which would enhance entertaining, and highlight the space as a point of interest. We nestled cabinetry into the angle of the corner, and designed a radius bar that would curve gently out into the room. Angling it served two purposes. It kept it compact, as well as introduced it frontally to both spaces, further blending them together.

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Opportunity: The homeowner wanted the cabinetry in the new spaces to closely match the home’s existing cabinetry. Matching existing cabinetry is almost always impossible, but because we were around a corner from the existing kitchen, we used the Wellborn door style (Bedford Square Poplar finished in dark) that most closely resembled that in the rest of the home. We also used the same dramatic granite, Oceanic Bordeaux in both areas to tie them together. The result is that as you move from one area to the next, the differences are imperceptible.

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Opportunity: The client wanted this project to not only be functional, but very unique and conversational. We decided to offer something that was unexpected. The client wanted a flat screen television in the rear wall, but we decided to mount it under two way glass, so that when not in use, it was still an elegant mirrored bar. He loved that he could change the whole feel of an event by just “turning on the game.”

Opportunity: How to trim the curved bar wall. We ordered Wellborn finished panels, Wellborn matching stain, and flexible base molding from a building supplier. The 3/16” panels curved around the half wall, and the flex molding was stained to match and applied over the panels.

A great design that took a unused corner what was seen as a waste of space and turned it into a focal point of this great family room addition. Great design work Maggie Burns and kudos to your installation team on the island!!!

Maggie Burns
maggielburns@aol.com
407-497-8479