Oviedo Home Remodel.

Zanoni and Lou own a home in Oviedo but due to a work relocation they had been renting it out for the past few years. They were looking for a Company that could do a complete Home Remodel. They had a vision but needed the right team to make that vision work. They came to RyCass and told Dan what they were looking for. He listened to them and together they came up with a plan.

Remodeling is more than technical skill and craftsmanship–it is also listening to your clients and finding remodeling solutions that fit the client’s needs and budget. This extensive remodel  would eliminate 3 small rooms, to accomplish a wide open floor plan.  The Kitchen, Living Room and Dining area would become one Open Living Space. 

Non-Load bearing Interior walls were removed, existing laminate flooring replaced with Wood Plank Tile, and the baseboards, door trim, and crown moulding were both added and/or upgraded.  A Faux beam was fabricated and installed to the living Room ceiling and stained to match the Home's new decor.  A new TruCabinetry Kitchen design and layout was developed to compliment the large living space.  Zanoni loved the white shaker style cabinets that TruCabinetry offers.  A giant center Island and Eat-in peninsula were custom designed to bring the three areas together as one. The Guest Bathroom and Laundry Room were completely remodeled with the same style of cabinets as the kitchen  The entire 3300 sq ft interior got a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Cashmere paint.  The Lighting Fixtures were upgraded, as well as numerous Recessed Can Lights were added. The End Result was Amazing!

Zanoni expressed her opinion of the Remodel by saying,""This was our first time going through a remodel. We were very nervous about the process due to stories others had shared about their experiences. From the initial meeting and through the entire process, Dan was very attentive and always available for questions. When we would request a meeting at the home, he was always available and had no issues coming out after work to accommodate our schedule. Through the process we made changes and this also was accommodated. Minor issues that arose, were addressed with no delay. The finish product was exactly what I had pictured and we are more than satisfied with the work. There are a few more projects we have in mind and we will definitely be calling RyCass to provide the service. We have shown the before and after pictures to many and the transformation is nothing less than amazing, as we hear from friends and family. We have recommended RyCass to a few people thus far, and will continue to recommend them to anyone seeking to do home improvements."

Another Excellent Job By the RyCass Team!

Before Dining Room

Before Dining Room

 

 

Before Entry into Kitchen 

Before Entry into Kitchen 

Before Kitchen and Living Room 

Before Kitchen and Living Room 

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

Wood Plank Tile

Wood Plank Tile

Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen Island Lighting Fixtures

Kitchen Island Lighting Fixtures

Guest Bathroom Sink, Counter Top and Vanity

Guest Bathroom Sink, Counter Top and Vanity

Guest Bathroom Decorative Mosaic Tile

Guest Bathroom Decorative Mosaic Tile

Guest Bathroom Tile, Deco Tile and Shower Head

Guest Bathroom Tile, Deco Tile and Shower Head

New Kitchen Sink and CounterTop

New Kitchen Sink and CounterTop

Dining Area Lighting Fixture

Dining Area Lighting Fixture

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen

Wood Plank Tile

Wood Plank Tile

Entry Way

Entry Way

Dining Area

Dining Area

Dining Area

Dining Area

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

Less is More.

It is amazing how much one person can collect in a short amount of time. The empty kitchen drawers, bedroom closet, and bathroom cupboards from when you first moved are suddenly  overflowing  with non-essentials and unused products . Even when you can't see it, this "stuff" is cluttering your heads and taking up valuable room in your home. It's officially time to clear out that junk .

To prevent this problem from happening at all, we recommend putting this rule into practice: for every item that comes into your home, something else should go out .The item coming in does not need to match the item going out, although to make a difference it would need to be of at least equal size or, better yet, bigger, Although it generally works out that they are similar items because it is usually the case that you are replacing one item with another. This will help you keep an even keel and prevent the rise of future junk piling up.

For best results, pair like-with-like items. For example: for every new shirt that goes in the closet, an old one comes out; new sofa in, old sofa out; new set of dishes in, old set of dishes out. It is counter productive to bring in a new piece of artwork and take out a pair of socks.

The system takes a lot of discipline; it’s tempting to cheat, and tell yourself you’ll get rid of something “later.” It is very important to commit to “one out” immediately, or it will very likely never happen. 

When you start the process of minimizing your stuff, “one in, one out” is a good first step. It puts a lid on your number of possessions, and ensures you don’t collect  more than you purge.

But to really make progress, the flow out has to exceed the flow in . In other words, it’s necessary to increase the decluttering AND prevent new things from coming into your home, mainly by buying much less.

A clean, uncluttered, space has a calming effect on a person. Good luck on your journey to "Less is More". Remember the golden rule, "One in, One out."

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5 Simple Steps To Decluttering A Room

How to Declutter an Entire Room

1. EMPTY THE ENTIRE ROOM

First things first: pull everything out. And I mean everything . Things will look much worse before they look better, but trust me on this. Youwill want to touch every item that is coming or going in that room . TIP: Have a bag set up for trash and throw things away as you pull them out of the room. Have a box for donations set up too, so if you immediately know you want to donate, toss them in the box. Pull everything, and I mean everything out of the room. You will be amazed by what you find. 

2. CONSIDER YOUR NEEDS FOR THE ROOM

Once everything is gone, analyze the furniture layout and reorganized it a bit. If you want to get rid of something or add something, or rearrange it, then this is the time to do it!  Now it’s much easier to walk through the room.

3. GROUP LIKE THINGS TOGETHER

Once you have everything out, analyzed the furniture and done the initial trash and donations, start grouping like things together.  Group everything with something like it. If something didn’t work into an obvious category, then make your own miscellaneous pile. 

4. TAKE OUT THE TRASH

Now that you have your piles of like items, go through each group and ask yourself these two questions: “Do I love this?” and “Do I use this?” You may struggle with this step. If you find yourself thinking these things that mean something does not need to stay. Just toss it.

  • I was going to use this later for something; I just can’t remember what it was.
  • Grandma bought this for me, so I can’t get rid of it, even if it’s been sitting in the back of my closet for 7 years.
  • But I might need it someday.
  • It’s a perfect good, ,so I hate to get rid of it.

 

5. PUT IT ALL BACK IN A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE!

Have a vision for how you want the space to work for you! And then put things back in place in an organized and thoughtful manner. It’s okay if there is empty space. Let your home breathe and don’t rush to fill it just to fill it with something.

 

Look around your new decluttered room. It should have a calming stress free feeling to it. Relax, soak in the calm.....relax.

 

 

 

 

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What To Do After A Hurricane



"Hurricanes: After the Storm - Important Tips

It is Hurricane season in Florida. I have compiled a list of important tips to help you with after the storm has passed. Stay safe.

Be very careful to take certain precautions after the storm has passed. Damage to your home can have a tramatic  impact, and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how to re-enter your home. Having a plan, and being aware of certain risks, will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family.  

Please keep these tips in mind:.......

  • Stay tuned to local news organizations, such as a radio or television station, for important announcements, bulletin, and instructions concerning the storm area, medical aid and other forms of assistance, such as food, water and shelter.  
  • Remember that you may not have immediate access to your home. Emergency rescue crews, power crews and other personnel may be attending to special needs. Listen for the latest news updates in your area.
  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid driving ,as roads may be blocked.
  • Avoid being a looky Lucy or entering a storm ravaged area unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.  
  • Avoid downed power lines even if they look harmless.
  • Avoid all metal objects near downed lines.  
  • DO NOT use matches in a storm ravaged area until after all gas lines have been checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand).    
  • Avoid turning the power on at your home if there is flooding present. First have a professional conduct a thorough inspection .
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  • Have a professionals/licensed contractors inspect your home for damage and help in repairs. This includes electricians, as well as professionals to inspect gas lines, remove uprooted trees , repair damage and check plumbing.
  • Remember that downed or damaged trees can hold power lines that can be dangerous.  
  • Use a camera or cellphone to record any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.  
  • In certain areas, the flooding  that accompany a storm can create pest problems. Be aware of potential pest problems in your area, such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have "come in with the storm".  
  • Telephone lines will likely be busy in the area; use a phone only for emergencies. Texting is the best option.
  • Flooding brings with it the risk of waterborne bacterial contamination. Try not to walk in standing water.
  • You should assume that the water is not safe and use properly stored water or boil your tap water.

These are a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a severe storm hits. Remember to keep your radio tuned to a station for emergency bulletins and updates with the latest information."

 

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Hurricane Preparedness

 

 

Getting ready for the storm can be easier when you put a plan in place and remain calm. Here is some basic tips on preparing yourself and your family for any upcoming hurricanes. Stay safe and be prepared.

 

  • "Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
  • What To Do When A Hurricane Is 18-36 Hours From Arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
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  • What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6-18 Hours From Arriving

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
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  • What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6 Hours From Arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions."
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How To Choose The Right Front Door

Are you looking for the perfect exterior door.? Here are a few pros and cons to consider when choosing your door. Remember.....Not all exterior doors are created equal. Below you will find the pros, cons, and costs of different types of doors.

 

 

When looking for a new Front door, you are looking for good looks and value. Not only does replacing your front entry door kick up your curb appeal, it’s also a solid investment with a good payback.

A new Steel Front door has a median cost of $2,000, and you’ll recover 75% of that investment if you decide to sell your house.

If you choose an energy-efficient exterior door, you cut up to 10% off your energy bills.

But how do you know which door is right for you? Make your decision by comparing the three main materials available for exterior doors: steel, fiberglass, and wood.

Steel Entry Door

If you’re looking to keep your cost down, a steel door is a great choice. A simple, unadorned steel door can sell for as little as $150 to 400$ (not including hardware, lock set, paint, or labor) .Still, the attractive cost of a steel door comes with an important compromise: It probably won’t last as long. A steel door exposed to salt air or heavy rains may last only five to seven years. Despite steel’s reputation for toughness, it actually didn’t perform well against wood and fiberglass for normal wear and tear. With heavy use, it may dent, and the damage can be difficult and expensive to repair. If your door will be heavily exposed to traffic or the elements, you may be better off choosing a different material.

Steel also offers the strongest barrier against intruders.

Fiberglass Door

Fiberglass doors come in a variety of styles, many of which mimic the look of real wood. And if limited upkeep is your ideal, fiberglass may be your best bet.Fiberglass doesn’t expand or contract a lot as the weather changes. Therefore, in a reasonably protected location, a fiberglass entry door can go for years without needing a paint or stain touch up and can last 15 to 20 years. Although it feels light to the touch, fiberglass has a very strong coating that’s difficult for an intruder to breach. It has a foam core that offers considerable insulation.

Fiberglass generally falls between steel and wood in price.  Models range  in price from about $150 to $600.

Wood Exterior Door

Wood is considered the go-to choice for high-end projects. it's luxurious look and heavy weight can not be flawlessly duplicated by fiberglass or steel — though high-end fiberglass products are getting close. If your home calls for a stunning entry statement with a handcrafted touch, wood may be the best material for you.

Wood is usually the most expensive choice of the three — roughly $500 to $2,000, excluding custom jobs — and requires the most maintenance, although it’s easier to repair scratches on a wood door than dents in steel or fiberglass. Wood doors should be repainted or refinished every year or two to prevent splitting and warping.

A  note on choosing a door based on energy efficiency.....Because efficiency depends on a number of factors besides the material a door is made of — including its framework and whether it has windows — look for the Energy Star label to help you compare doors.                                                                                                                                                                                   Good luck choosing your new Front Door. 

Wood Front Door

Wood Front Door

Fiberglass Front Door  

Fiberglass Front Door

 

Steel Front Door  

Steel Front Door

 

How To Care For Your New Hardwood Floors

     You finally got those beautiful Hardwood floors that you have have been dreaming about. Now you are wondering what is the best way to care for them to keep them looking the way they do right now. Well, here are some pointers from me. Hope these tips help you out.                                                                                                                                       

ESSENTIAL CARE

"Vacuum or sweep your floor regularly with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, especially in high-traffic areas. This prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.

Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight. Most wood types will gradually age when not covered, so it’s a good idea to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help it age evenly.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE

  • Keep pet's nails trimmed and their paws clean. Pets can track in substances that cause scratching and stains.

  • Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%.

  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with a Hardwood Floor cleaner ( I use Bona.) applied directly to a clean white cloth.

  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth."

5 Common Carpet Stains & How To Remove Them Yourself.

          

                                                                            5 Common Carpet Stains & How To Remove Them Yourself.

Oh no Jr. Spilled his drink on your clean carpet and you are having company over for the weekend. No time to have a professional in before they arrive. Here are a few tried and true ways to clean a stain on your carpet yourself. Good luck.

"Carpets might feel nice when you’re walking around on them, but when it comes to stains… not so nice. Nobody likes a carpet full of stains. I’m going to walk you through five of the most common carpet stains and I’m going to show you how to remove them them yourself.

Before We Get Started!

Here are a few quick pointers before we get into the stain removal tips. First of all, there are different kinds of carpets, so find out what kind of carpet you have before you actually start cleaning it – that way you can take any special cleaning instructions into consideration.

Also, an important point here – any stain solution you’re trying, you always want to check it in an  hidden area first to see how it affects your carpet. If you have a big stain in the middle of your room, you don’t want to use something that might permanently damage the carpet, so go find a little corner and test it over there.

A couple other things to keep in mind: 1) don’t use too much product, it’s so hard to get out liquid  from carpets, so use as little as possible, and 2) don’t scrub or rub, always use a patting or blotting motion.

Finally, if it is a really stubborn stain, you can always bring in a carpet cleaning professional – they have equipment and products that you don’t have , and they can really do wonders on carpet stains!

Animal Accidents

Anyone with animals has had them have accidents on the carpet. What I’ve learned over the years is that blotting is SO important! Get a roll of paper towels and  just pressing down, lift up, get a new piece of paper towel, press down, lift up, a new piece of paper towel… you get the idea. You want to suck up as much of that urine as possible, and remember, don’t use the same piece of paper towel each time.

Once that’s done, just mix up a solution of equal parts, white vinegar and water. Put that in a spray bottle and mist it over the area, then, start blotting it up with clean paper towels. You want to repeat this several times so that you really lift out as much as you can and get rid of that odor.

Let’s say you didn’t see when it happened, but you certainly smelled it a few days later. What you can do is apply the process I’ve explained above with the vinegar and water solution, then, once you’ve done that a bunch of times, you can sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it sit. Baking soda is a great for absorbing odor and when you let it set for about 24 hours it’s going to do its work in terms of getting rid of those odors. You’ll also likely see some yellow stuff come up too – perfect. Now, you can scrape it up and then vacuum.

Coffee Stains

Oh no, you spilled your coffee! Now you’ve got a cleanup job on your hands. Well, the first thing to do, obviously, is to blot , get out your paper towels and just blot up as much coffee as you can from the carpet.

Then get yourself a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and fill a clean spray bottle with it. Get yourself some old towels – preferably white towels –  (If they’re colored you run the risk of dye transfer, and you don’t want that!).You’ll also need a steam iron (and make sure that it’s full so that you have a lot of steam) and a large bowl of water.

How To Remove The Stain

  1. Start by spraying the hydrogen peroxide over the coffee stain.
  2. Take a towel, dunk it in the water, wring it out and lay it on top of the stained area.
  3. Take your steam iron (on full steam) and just put it down on that towel right over the stain and let it do its thing for about 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Once that time is up, remove the towel (you should see some of the coffee in the white cloth) and then get a fresh towel and repeat steps 1 – 3.

You might have to do this 15 or 20 times but the stain will come up.

A couple of warnings – first of all, make sure that you test hydrogen peroxide on your carpet before you attempt this. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach certain surfaces. Second, make sure that the heat setting on your iron is appropriate for the task that you’re doing. You guys know your iron, you know what’s going to burn something and what’s going to be okay, so make sure that you use the appropriate setting.

Blood Stains

 No one wants a blood stain on their carpet and thankfully, there’s a quick solution to get rid of it, but keep in mind, because this one has a little bit of soap in it, you don’t want to go over the top! You need to be really careful with how much product you use.

In a small container, mix up two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. . Stir that up and start applying it gently to the stain then let it sit for a couple of minutes. The hydrogen peroxide is going to need some time to do its work. Next, take a clean cloth and blot the stain, re-apply and repeat. Remember – we’re not rubbing, we’re just pressing hard, blotting and repeating.

Once the blood stain is gone you need to use clean cold water and a clean towel to flush the area clean to remove any of that soap or else you’re going to get a  ghost stain from the soap.

Red Wine Stains

One of the toughest carpet stains you can get is a wine stain. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to clean it. As usual blot up as much as you can  with paper towels or an old white towel and then simply add some club soda, not a ton, just enough to cover the stain. The bubbles are going to help break the stain away from the carpet fibers and allow you to lift the stain out. Blot up the club soda and repeat as necessary.

Chewing Gum

Gum isn’t technically a carpet stain but I am going to include it anyway.  There’s a pretty simple thing that you can do to get rid of this sticky mess. First , get an ice pack. That’s right! Get some ice and put it in a Ziploc bag. Put it on top of the gum and let the gum freeze. You might need to leave it for 15 minutes or you might need to leave it for an hour and change out the ice pack.  The gum can’t just be cold, it has to be frozen.Once it’s frozen, you can use your fingers or an object like a butter knife and just start to pick up that frozen gum. It’ll sort of chip off –  and you can throw it away. You might be left with a little stain behind but that’s something that you can easily clean with that hydrogen peroxide, dish soap solution that I just told you about for blood.

Stains are definitely a pain but the good news is there are solutions, and they do work."

What your Favorite Color Says About You And How To Decorate With It.


 

HOW TO FIND YOUR FAVORITE COLOR.

Looking to update your paint. This may help you narrow it down some. Bring your house alive with your favorite color. Here are some tips on finding your favorite color and using it in your home.

 

"You can figure out your favorite color easily by doing a little detective work.

  • Look in your closet first. Even if you don't wear your favorite color every day, the clothing color you buy over and over reveals your preference.
  • Look around your home for clues. Often our favorite color appears in your home as decor you "just had to have," even though it may not be part of your color scheme. The favorite color at home appears as an impulse buy.
  • Look at photos you have taken when you're outside exploring. Are you partial to sunset photos and shots of sunflowers? Then your favorite color will be warm. If your landscape photos feature blue skies, water, and buildings, your favorite color will most likely be a cool color.

Once you know your favorite color, use these easy decorating tips to incorporate it.

If Your Favorite Color is Red

Red hues can be fiery, or warm and welcome. Red with a hint of blue undertone can be regal and decadent. Warm reds are a favorite of those that love drama and excitement. Ruby reds, like other jewel tones, are the favorite of the lovers of indulgences, like a great red wine and fine dining.

How to Decorate With Red

Red has been a popular dining room color for many yeas. The belief in color psychology is that red stimulates the appetite, and in the practice of Feng Shui, it creates strong energy. This is not  the most desirable goal for a dining room at home if you'd like your guests to linger.

Red is a beautiful and dynamic front door color, and can boost your home' curb appeal  

If Your Favorite Color is Yellow

Yellow is a happy color.  It's a mood-lifter that appeals to optimistic and social people. A cheerful and bright personality is often described as "sunny," which sums up the yellow-lover perfectly.

How to Decorate With Yellow

The most versatile and pleasant yellows are the purest. Watch out for yellow with green undertones, as they can be harsh and hard to match. A gorgeous neutral gold color can be just as cheerful as a bright yellow, but can be more livable in living and family rooms. The purest yellows can light up a kitchen or eat-in nook. 

If Your Favorite Color is Blue

Blue is a calming color and is the most common favorite color among men. Blue appeals to people who consider themselves down-to-Earth, and easy going. The most restful blues are popular for those seeking comfort and relaxation.

How to Decorate With Blue

Blue can range from an easy denim hue to a bright robin's egg or even a smoky gray-blue. Most any blue is relaxing and easy to live with. If your taste leans toward blue with a touch of green, keep your other colors on the warm side and avoid gray in the space. Blue is a restful bedroom color and is especially pleasant for a guest room. 

If Your Favorite Color is Green

All shades of green are not as popular as blue or neutral colors, because of green's tendency to become harsh easily with certain undertones. The most popular green is a deep emerald green that conjures images of a vibrant forest.

 Lush green is a favorite of those that value tradition, nature, and abundance. 

How to Decorate With Green

The most popular green color used at home is sage green. This is a soft green that is muted with gray. Sage green is a relaxing backdrop for living and family rooms, as it doesn't overwhelm the space with color. Brighter greens and those with yellow undertones are perfect as accents in a kitchen or adjacent eating area.

If Your Favorite Color is Neutral

Neutral colors can be anything from beige to gray, in all shades. The darker the neutral, the more formal and traditional your style will be. Soft neutrals are favored by those that crave simplicity, and balance. 

How to Decorate With Neutral Colors

It's essential to know the concept of undertones, and how to recognize them.

A neutral-filled room that contains taupe with a pink undertone, and beige with a green undertone, will feel out of balance enough to be noticeable. If you're combining neutrals, a range of shades in the same color will be more harmonious. "

Just pick something you like
With these things in mind, go and just pick a color that you really like. You can't go wrong with that.

Tips For Being Energy Efficient During The Summer.

  • Set the A/C to 78 degrees or above. The A/C is the largest consumer of energy in most Floridians’ homes, and the one that puts in the most overtime when the summer heat is at its highest. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when cooling to maximize energy savings. For every degree the thermostat is set above 78, customers can save up to 10 percent on their cooling costs. Customers who set their thermostats to the recommended temperatures year-round could save about $300 in annual energy costs. You could also make saving energy even easier by investing in a programmable thermostat.
  • Become a fan of the fan. Ceiling fans offer an inexpensive alternative to setting the thermostat to a lower temperature. That’s because fans make people feel several degrees cooler without lowering the temperature in the room – all while using a smaller amount of the energy consumed by the A/C. Set the fan to turn counter-clockwise in the summer and make sure to turn it off when leaving the room.
  • Adjust the water heater. This is one simple  change that will continue saving energy over time. Set the water heater to 120 degrees instead of 140  and save up to $85 in annual energy costs. If you head out of town, turn it off entirely. There’s no need to heat unused water. Plus, once turned back on, most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
  • Upgrade attic insulation. Think of it as adding another layer of protection between your living space and the outdoors. Upgrading to insulation that’s rated R-38 or greater is the best way to reduce  home cooling and heating costs. 
  • If you can stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Take your culinary quest to the grill instead. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces a home’s A/C to work harder, raising electric bills. Grill outdoors instead of baking or roasting to save energy and money.