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Headline: Five Bathroom Trends for 2017

BathroomStaying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists, it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five bathroom decor trends that are appearing in 2017.

1. Geometric Patterns: Many homeowners are selecting bold patterns in geometric shapes, like chevrons, triangles, or hexagons. These patterns can add intrigue and continuity to your tile or shower curtain.

2. Plants: Even the best-designed bathrooms can benefit from some small plants. If you have a windowless bathroom, there are some low-light options that can survive with little maintenance.

3. Dark Colors: This can be tricky to achieve, but it comes with a big pay off. While traditional bathrooms are often painted with brighter whites and greys, opting for darker colors can make a bathroom seem more luxurious and relaxing. Imagine sinking into a deep bath with dim lighting—that might convey the appeal of a darker palette.

4. Brass Hardware: Trends often come back around, and this year, brass fixtures of the ‘70s are popular once again.

5. Minimalism: The massive master bathroom is still great, but there’s also some appeal in smaller bathroom designs. Minimalism allows for smaller spaces to feel more intimate, but still airy and open.

Water Conservation Initiative Becomes Law 2017

New Law Effective January 2017

All homeowners across the state will be required to install water-conserving plumbing fixtures on homes built before 1994. If the current fixtures in your home use more than the following amounts of water – replacement is required:

  • Any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush
  • Any urinal manufactured to use more than one gallon of water per flush
  • Any shower head manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons per minute
  • Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons per minute

If you are planning on selling your home, and the above requirements have not been met, a disclosure to buyers will be required. At some point the new buyers may have to install these water conservation plumbing fixtures.

Home Owners – New Water Conservation Laws for 2014

Planning on remodeling your home, in an attempt to conserve water in California Senate Bill 407 was passed on 2011 and becomes effective in 2014. Planning on remodeling your home, if it was built prior to 1994 you are required by law to install low flow devices, i.e. shower heads, faucets, toilets.

Not remodeling – you are still on the hook. You will be required to make the upgrades if your home was built prior to 1994, but you have until 2017 to take action.

Not sure how the officials will check every home to make sure this is being done, but I am sure we will find out before the deadline in 2017.







The Smart Meter Controversy

Smart MeterMany utility companies across the Country are installing Smart Meters without homeowner’s permission. The utility company’s defense is the meters will help conserve energy thus reducing utility bills. The bigger concern from many is the possible health related issues because the units emit radio frequency energy.   Homeowners can opt out of but not without paying a fee. In California there is a $10 monthly fee tacked on to your bill.  Here is an article

Are Smart Meters Dangerous?

By: John Riha

Published: March 15, 2013

A home owner in Texas pulls out a handgun and tells a smart meter installer to back away from her house. He does. A couple in British Columbia covers their already-installed smart meter with a metal hood to block its radio transmissions. The company that makes the hoods is doing a brisk business. In Maine, a smart meter opponent brings a lawsuit against the utility company that wants to install the new technology on his house. He wins his case. These are just a few of the hundreds of incidents I’ve seen in the media lately about the digital devices utility companies are installing on customers’ homes all over North America (and other continents).
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Will I Recoup My Money if I Remodel My Home?

It looks as though the money invested in remodeling a home is worth the expense. Most people remodel to enjoy the latest designs long before they consider selling their home. Yet they are concerned about getting their money back on the remodel. Keep in mind that if the remodel was for your enjoyment then it was worth it regardless if you get any money back.  Ask yourself the question “did we enjoy this”.

To make your home more marketable when you do decide to sell, the remodel definitely pays off as your home will sell quickly and close to your asking price if not for more. A buyer who is looking at a home that is out dated automatically subtracts the costs to upgrade the home from the asking price. The average for a minor kitchen upgrade in California will give you a return of 94% on average of the money spent for the remodel. Read the rest of this entry

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