When we have a sale, you know it’s something special. Particularly when it’s a Vanity Blowout Sale! As part of our Inventory Clearance Event, we’re offerring stellar deals on first-quality, solid-wood-construction bath vanities.
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Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Vision Kitchen and Bath has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.
“This is our third year in a row, and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Vision Kitchen and Bath General Manager Jerry Krech. “We are truly blessed to receive an award that recognizes the collective efforts of both our staff and our installers. It is they who ensure that our customers are always priority number one! Now we’re looking forward to an outstanding 2013 with many NEW improvements on the horizon.”
“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Vision Kitchen and Bath earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 550 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. More than 1.5 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine, and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.
If there is one watchword when it comes to building custom cabinets, it has to be “precision.” To begin with, you need precise measurements of the area where the custom cabinets will be installed. Unlike mass-produced cabinets, custom cabinets are made to fit in very specific location within your home. This means that the precision—there’s that word again—required to ensure a proper fit is beyond exacting. It is also beyond the capability of even the most precise woodworker to execute within a reasonable time frame.
Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Manufacturing have revolutionized mass production over the past generation. As digital technologies of all stripes have become more economically accessible, CAD-CAM is now within reach of short-run, custom-products manufacturers such as Vision Kitchen and Bath. We use CAD programs to design your cabinets so that they will fit with the desired installation location. The program also allows you to see how the cabinets will fit in your home once they are installed, before a single board is cut or screw is turned. Once the plans are finalized, they are sent to our CNC (Computer Numerical Control) woodworking machine which cuts, drills, and routes premium hardwood to the precise specifications required. State-of-the-art technology, applied to the ancient craft of woodworking, is what makes affordable, made-to-order, custom cabinets possible.
Eventually, whether it’s the hassle of it or the expense, we all get sick of eating out. If you’re anything like your esteemed scribe, it’s really easy to fall into in a rut in the kitchen. At my house, the “meatloaf/pasta/grilled chicken” cycle can get pretty monotonous.
So I often venture online for new ideas. However, being the inveterate tinkerer, I can never leave well enough alone. I always have to throw in something “off-recipe.” Sometimes it does wonders. Other times, well, I have to make a quick trip to Papa John’s.
This is an easy baked tilapia recipe that is a modification of several that I found online and melded together. Failed experiments notwithstanding, I wholeheartedly recommend a little kitchen improvisation. Cook a few recipes and—when you feel confident enough—throw something of your own in and see what develops.
4 Tilapia Filets
3 Teaspoons of Minced Garlic in Olive Oil
Old Bay Seasoning (What? You don’t have any? Go out and get some now.)
photo by T o n y via flickr.
Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese (Or some equally suitable combination thereof.)
Butter-Flavored Cooking Spray
(You’ll also need a baking sheet and aluminum (or as the Brits say “alumiNIUM”) foil.)
What to do with this stuff:
Take the baking sheet and cover the cooking surface in aluminum foil.
Spray the foil with the butter-flavored cooking spray.
Place the tilapia fillets on the baking sheet.
Spread butter on the fillets in a thin layer, like a generously buttered slice of toast.
Spread the minced garlic evenly over the fillets.
Liberally season with the Old Bay.
Evenly coat the fillets with the grated cheese.
Cover the tilapia fillets with a sort of aluminum foil tent. This will keep the fish from drying out while cooking.
Put the whole shebang into an oven pre-heated to 400 degrees F and bake for 25 minutes. (I like my fillets with crispy edges.)
If there’s one always-reliable kitchen design truism, it’s this: there can never be too much counter space in a kitchen. No matter how much you may have, you can always use a little more, am I right? Look, right in the middle! It’s a counter! It’s a bar! No! It’s… the Kitchen Island!
Okay, now that got that out of my system—ahem—it’s fair to say that a kitchen island is a great way to add a multi-functional space to any kitchen.
It can be more space to prep ingredients, knead dough, set out your food processor/bread-maker/waffle iron when you need to use them, or just hang out while someone else makes dinner. Add a couple of stools and a bit of counter overhang and you have an informal place to nosh.
This asymmetrical island features knick-knack drawers on the narrow end.
What makes the kitchen island such a boon to your culinary efforts is how it converts the empty area in the center of most kitchen layouts into space you can use. And, remember, that new-found counter space doesn’t just float in midair. The kitchen island brings with it flexible storage opportunities galore. And, isn’t that another thing every kitchen can’t have too much of?
I found this great video on cleaning granite countertops at eHow that is full of not only basic granite countertop cleaning tips, but also more specific advice on handling especially stubborn stains and marks. eHow is a great resource that I can highly recommend for quick answers to DIY dilemmas.
Kitchen organization is something that all of us could do a better job with. I don’t know about you, but it always seems to me that kitchen organization is a process that can never end, so long as you actually use your kitchen to, you know, make meals.
I’d have to say that, every six months or so, I go on an organizing binge. This happens when I can no longer take the chaos that entropy has brought to my cabinets and drawers since the last biannual kitchen organization-fest. This might surprise you—seeing as I work for a kitchen cabinet fabricator—but, being recent homebuyers, my wife and I (yes, the kitchen is my domain in this house), are still living with the cabinets that came as original equipment.
I recently happened upon a blog post in Outnumbered (a very well-written, day-in-the-life blog from Danelle) that invited readers to take a look insider her cupboards. She also admits:
“Obviously, I would never let you look inside my cupboards if I hadn’t just organized them.”
That having been said, I highly doubt that Danelle’s cupboards look much different when they’re “messy.”
One thing I’ve learned in my time at Vision is that sustainable kitchen organization starts with what I call “the infrastructure.” First, you start with custom cabinets that make the best possible use of the available space. (In our old house we found a quesadilla maker—not seen since our wedding—all the way in the back of one of those awkward corner spaces next to the range. I won’t lie to you, it was like Christmas. Quesadillas for everyone! ¡Sí Señor!”)
Needless to say, made-to-measure of kitchen cabinets avoid creating that sort of organizational black hole. You can incorporate thoughtful details like specialized spice drawers with an integral rack, and pull-out, sliding kitchen trash bins. That way, there’s more than just a place to put something because that’s we’re you decided to put it, but a place for something because it the place was made for it. No more having a stuck drawer because I put a spatula in the wrong place. (It went in. Why won’t it come out?)
Granite is known as one of the most durable types of countertops available. That does not mean that granite countertops are maintenance-free, however. While granite countertops are indeed strong and durable, precautions to keep them from being stained or damaged are called for. Proper care and cleaning will ensure your granite countertops will continue to look beautiful for a long time to come.
Clean Spills Immediately Avoid spilling anything other than water or mild dish soap on your granite countertops, particularly liquids that are highly acidic. Beverages such as orange juice, soft drinks, and anything alcoholic contain acid and can damage to your countertops if they are not cleaned up immediately. Use a cloth or paper towel to soak up any spills and and wipe with a damp cloth to avoid leaving behind any sticky residue.
Avoid Harsh Cleaning Products Just as foods and beverages can have high levels of acidity, common household cleaners can contain acid or other chemicals that could potentially damage the finish of your granite countertops. A solution of mild dish soap and water will allow you to thoroughly clean your granite will protecting their lustrous shine.
Protect Your Countertops with a Sealant A great way to protect countertops from potential damage is to apply a sealant. A non-toxic sealer can keep granite countertops looking new. While sealer does not make your countertop stain-proof, it will give you more time to clean up spills before the granite will begin to stain. For optimum results, sealer should be re-applied very two to three years.