The Professional Choice

A companion overview to the popular "Ask Mr. Handyman" radio program airing on Christian Talk Radio, KCRO 660AM Saturdays @ 9:30AM.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Top Ten Bathroom Remodel Additions

Most American’s want a bathroom to be functional, clean and enough space to be comfortable when relaxing for a bath or getting ready for a big day. The baby-boomer generation has set a trend that is really focusing on the creature comforts of the bathroom. The top bathroom additions in the 2010’s are:

1. Large airy showers. Some are replacing the tub area with a larger, open-style shower area with glass swinging doors and multiple showerheads.

2. Noisy Jacuzzis are being replaced by soaking tubs. Baby boomers did the Jacuzzi thing and now want the peace and quiet of a relaxing, soaking tub.

3. Let the light shine in. More, ample lighting and skylights are the trend.

4. Larger vent fans can vacate the heat and moisture more quickly and more efficiently and clear the steam off the mirror in a few minutes.
5. The addition of more, smarter storage space. Smaller drawers with dividers and some vertical storage space adds style and class.

6. Dual vanities are making a comeback. His and hers are once again popular, each with their own storage space as well.

7. The aging baby boomers are adding grab-bars and safety items long before they tend to rely on them for getting around. The right preparations for the remaining years in their home can make aging more comfortable.

8. Heated flooring is the best thing since sliced bread, especially on those cold winter days.

9. Elegant tile work and designer colors. Vinyl is out. Tile floors and walls are in.

10. Entertainment zone. For the guys that don’t want to miss that one play, or the lady that wants relaxing music while she soaks. TV’s and radio options are available for the bathroom.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hot & Muggy Weather Tips

With this terrible muggy weather we have had numerous customers ask Mr. Handyman what can be done to make their homes more comfortable. Here are some tips to keep cool during this season.

If it feels warm and muggy in your home and the A/C seems to remain on throughout the day it is time to take some action.

1. Have the A/C unit serviced. You may have condenser coils that need cleaned. The system may need a charge or the evaporator coil may need checked. The service man can look for other reasons the A/C unit is getting a workout this summer (duct work that can be directed to pull more warm air from the upstairs to be cooled).

2. Check the attic. You may not have enough insulation in the attic to keep the cool air in the home. Insulation can be added and the homeowner may quality for the 30% tax rebate on the purchase price. The attic may not be vented properly trapping the hot air and allowing that hot air seep down into the living space. My mother-in-law saves over $60/month because we insulated her attic.

3. Doors and windows may be leaking that cool air and allowing the warm muggy air into the home. Inspect and evaluate all windows and doors for signs the weather-stripping is doing its job. Replace any that is suspect. Weather-stripping is inexpensive compared to higher utility bills and it could save you $$$ each month.

4. Reduce the use of "heat-producers." Grill out more instead of turning on the hot stove or oven. Boiling water for pasta puts a lot of heat and moisture into the home. Use the microwave more. Run the dishwasher and dryer at night when the heat load is reduced.

5. Block the hot sun from coming in. Keep blinds and shades pulled on the South and west sides of the home during the day.