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Heart Of The Home

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Kitchen is the Heart of the home

The kitchen is the most important room in your home because it is the center of your family’s day-to-day living. Your day most likely begins in your kitchen with breakfast to start your day. You deserve to begin every day in a tranquil environment. You prepare meals for your family in your kitchen and probably even eat in your kitchen. Your family and guests often gather in the kitchen to socialize, eat, and cook together. Your kitchen is a bonding area that not only ties your home together, it ties your loved ones together.

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Why is the KITCHEN the most important to have up to date?

Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home.  Studies show that an out of date kitchen can break a sale if the house is on the market.  Buyers look at the kitchen first.  Ultimately if you want your house worth more ~ start with the kitchen!

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Here are the most important things to consider for remodeling a kitchen:

1. Use quality materials.
Top-quality drawer slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won’t stick. Stay away from drawers that are stapled together or made of particleboard. For cabinet interiors, wood veneer is more durable than melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard.

2. Determine cabinet heights.
If you have eight-foot ceilings, choose cabinetry that goes to the ceiling. They offer more storage, enabling you to use extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. If your ceilings are higher than eight feet, leave 15 to 18 inches above the cabinets.

3. Decide whether to paint or stain.
Though stained-wood cabinetry is forgiving, most finishes date quickly and aren’t easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets can lend a unique personality.

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4. Select an elegant countertop.
White Carrara marble (honed or acid washed and sealed) and stained wood add elegance and warmth. We also like honed Kirkstone slate, soapstone and Wiarton limestone, and plastic laminate with a wood edge for a sophisticated look.

5. Install an island that works.
Beware of placing a bulky cube in the middle of the room. We like islands that have an open, airy look. Ideally, an island should be unencumbered by appliances, but if you want it to house a dishwasher-sink combo or a cooktop, try to maintain the light look of a leggy harvest table.

6. Don’t overdo the details.
Design accents such as pediments over stoves and plaster mouldings on cabinet fronts can represent decorative excess. Remember that the style of the kitchen should match the rest of your home.

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Dressing it up with corbels

What is a corbel?

Corbel. In architecture a corbel or console is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, a type of bracket. A corbel is a solid piece of material in the wall, whereas a console is a piece applied to the structure.

Below are examples of different ways corbels can be used in decorating and construction.

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Dressing up Exterior

The use of corbels in exterior design brings more dimension and attention to a home or property.

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 Custome Home being built by HiCaliber has exterior corbels

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The use of corbels for upper deck reinforcement
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 Decorative corbels for additional detail for mantels

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Using unique corbels beneath kitchen countertop

There is no limit as to how to use a corbel.  From the images shown above you can see the variety.   Corbels come in many different designs and the materials used to make them are endless.  When you decide to do that remodel or build you new home contact HiCaliber.  They are there every step of the way and make sure no detail is left unnoticed.

Call us at 435-674-9338  Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber with of 6,700 likes.  Also on Instagram https://instagram.com/hicaliberstgeorge/

 

Steel vs. Wood Garage Doors

Is your garage door sagging, almost impossible to lift, or just generally falling apart? If it is, maybe now is the time to replace it with a new one that’s easy to operate and maintain.

Not only can a new garage door provide safe, secure, and easy access to your garage, but it also can renew and refresh your property’s overall appearance, particularly if it can be seen from curbside.  With the technology today, doors have been made to help save money by reducing utility costs.

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Garage doors are made from steel, wood and wood composites, fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum. Though each of these has its benefits, steel and wood doors are by far the most common.

• Wood is a classic because of its natural beauty, availability, and easy customization. But it just doesn’t last as long as other materials and thus requires fairly consistent care.

• Steel garage doors have become very popular because they’re strong, relatively inexpensive, and low maintenance. In addition, state-of-the-art steel garage doors do an excellent job of imitating the look of wood.

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In addition to the use of an increasingly broader selection of durable materials for their manufacture, garage doors have become high-tech, with high-performance insulation and energy-saving glazing, finished interior surfaces, baked-on exterior finishes and more. Some non-wood doors have been given very realistic wood grain surfaces that will accept a stain—it is hard to differentiate between these and real wood.

If you are trying to decide between wood or steel, the advantages of steel are outweighing wood.  Steel lasts longer, and is less maintenance.  And if you can get the same look as wood, why not go the steel route?

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In terms of style, carriage-house garage doors have become very popular because of their classic look. For a sleek, translucent contemporary look, aluminum framed doors with opaque glass panels are hard to beat. You will want to make sure to do a sample test of the colors next to the exterior of your home before making your decision. Never make the decision in a warehouse. The lighting can be slightly deceptive, and once the doors are up, it’s difficult to change your mind. Always use the natural lighting at your property when testing samples.

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Depending on your environment, one style may suit your needs better!

HiCaliber can assist in helping you find an honest local company for farage doors.  We have built many homes in the southern Utah area.  We can even help guide you in the right direction when making the final decision on material and color.  Call us 435-674-9338

 

Ways to Improve Home Value

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1. The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. Potential home buyers make a beeline for this room when they first view a home for sale, so make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated.

For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.

If you’ve got a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets themselves a makeover. You can remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes, then add brand-new doors and drawers. With a fresh coat of paint over the whole set, your cabinets will look like new.

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2. Give appliances a facelift. If your kitchen appliances don’t match, order new doors or face panels for them.

Simple Secret: Many dishwasher panels are white on one side and black on the other.

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3. Buff up the bath. Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. They, too, can be improved without a lot of cash.

replacing an old, discolored bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles or a small piece of sheet vinyl will add value. If your tub and shower are looking dingy, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles.

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4. Step up your storage. Old houses, particularly, are notorious for their lack of closet space.

Firms like ClosetMaid allow you to measure and redesign your closets online. You can also get design details and parts for these systems at many large home-improvement stores. Most closets can be updated in a weekend or less.  In the end, your closets will be more functional while you’re living in the house and will make your home look more customized to potential buyers when you’re ready to sell.

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5. Add a room in a week or less. If you add a closet to  your den, you’ve now got a four-bedroom house. That adds a lot of value.

This quick fix can be very inexpensive but still add a large sum to the total value of your home.

Have HiCaliber come and update your home for you, we would love to be part of improving your living space and increasing the value of your property.

435-674-9338 and find us on Facebook for promotions https://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber

 

 

 

CABINET UPDATE!

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NEW KITCHEN WITH JUST A COAT OF PAINT!!! WHY NOT?

Painted cabinets are ruling Pinterest these days, since  DIYers love the idea of updating their kitchens with only a few coats of a new color. It seems like a no-brainer project, but this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls. Avoid these blunders to end up with cabinets you can’t wait to show off:

1. You have unrealistic expectations.

Painted cabinets look lovely, but they aren’t going to look totally smooth. If the cabinets have a visible open grain, the grooves are going to show through the paint. Even if it wasn’t super obvious when the wood was just stained, it’s going to be more evident once the paint dries. You can fill the grain with putty, but that can be time-intensive and challenging to get just right.

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  2. You don’t allow yourself enough time.

This isn’t a quick fix project. Some people think it’s going to be done easily and quickly.  But the process can take up to an entire week to complete.

3. You don’t clean the wood.

No matter how clean you think your kitchen is, you need to wipe everything down with a grease remover. Otherwise, when you add a water-based paint to an oil-covered door, the paint won’t stick. We recommends a paint-prep de-greaser called TSP. This can be found at Lowes or Home Depot.

4. You don’t remove the doors off and drawers.

This is a crucial first step: Take all the doors off, pull the drawers out and remove the hardware knobs and hinges. Some people try to save time by painting everything — hinges and all — while they’re still in place, but it’s not a long-term fix. Your cabinets and hardware will start to chip and show wear and tear.  Once the paint on the hinges starts to crack, all you can do is sand everything down and soak the hardware to remove the paint, so save yourself the aggravation.

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5. You SKIP labeling where your doors, drawers, and hardware go.

Because what once was hung up will need to go back in the same way.  It’s worth using numbered labels to help you remember where everything goes. A piece of masking tape stuck to the back of each piece will do just fine.

6. You SKIP sanding.

MOST IMPORTANT!  Even if your cabinets are in near perfect condition, you still have to sand them so the paint will stick. Use sandpaper in the middle of the spectrum (150 or 200 grit is good) and just give all of the surfaces a quick buffing.

7. You don’t prime.

It’s a tempting step to skip, but consider this: Your finished kitchen could look amazing then, three weeks or three months later, knots in the wood can start to bleed through your paint. Use a stain-blocking primer, and you won’t get surprise blotches as the paint cures.

8. You pick the wrong color.

There’s no right or wrong color for your own kitchen. But for cabinets, it’s important you get it right the first time: This project is easy but it’s not the kind of job you’re going to want to redo any time soon if you don’t like the color.  She suggests painting a big poster board with a tester can in the color you’re considering (you can usually get a small one for just $5).  Hang it up next to your backsplash and your appliances and make sure that it’s what you envisioned.

9. cheap paint.

Of course you going to want to make this project affordable.  But, cheap paint is not the area you want to save a few bucks on.  Investing in high quality paint will give your finished product the look you are going for.  Buying cheap paint can sometimes lead to a disaster, wasting your time and money.

10. You rush to put cabinets back on.

Yes, it’s super annoying to wait days for paint to cure. But if you accidentally smudge the paint, you have to sand the door and repaint it (a hard truth any woman who’s painted her nails and didn’t wait long enough understands). It is worth it to wait and give the doors much needed time to dry.

If going out and buying new cabinetry isn’t in the budget, don’t let that stop you from having an updated kitchen.  If you think this project might be a little too much to handle, call HiCaliber and we can do it for you. 435-674-9338, find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber

A Dream Parade Home Becomes Reality

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It’s getting close to that time again… Saint George Parade of Homes!!!

“Inside a picture frame, you will find the perfect home you’ve always wanted. Decor that you’ve looked for all your life but have never been able to find. A floor plan that matches your exact wishes complete with features that make life wonderful. The 2015 St. George Area Parade of Homes offers just this. Frame Your Future by visiting 28  homes under the sun and blue sky of St. George, Utah. Frame a future full of ideas, innovations, floor plans and homes that turn your dreams into reality!” -http://paradehomes.com/

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Before you make any purchasing decisions, remember that HiCaliber is a reputable construction company .  Contact us for an estimate and advice on creating the home of your dreams.  Most of the designs you see at the Parade of Homes, HiCaliber can replicate for a fraction of the cost.

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Energy efficiency is the new wave in new construction, and HiCaliber knows how to build economical, efficient buildings that are both functional yet eye appealing. HiCaliber is an award winning builder with State, Local and National awards. We have been building in Arizona, Nevada and Utah, as well as out of the country since 1976.

With more than 11,000 new construction projects under our belts, you can be sure that the HiCaliber Professionals have the knowledge to get your job done right.

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Exterior Lighting

Make your home inviting this holiday season!

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MAKE A STATEMENT

There are several reasons to maintain and update your landscaping but did you know there are benefits to adding lighting to the exterior of your home???

Appearance

The obvious advantage to landscape lighting is the enhancement to your home’s appearance. The lights make your home and landscaping visible even after dark. When positioned properly, landscape lights make architectural features of the home pop out, adding a sense of drama. The lighting makes your house stand out by boosting the curb appeal.

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 Functionality

Landscape lighting increases the functionality of your outdoor spaces. With proper lighting, you can use your front and backyard longer. Flood lights attached to the exterior of the house provide a large amount of general light to brighten a patio area or a portion of the yard. Lights attached to deck posts illuminate the area for late-night dining or conversations.

Security

Lights illuminating your home’s exterior make the house less of a target for crimes like vandalism. A criminal doesn’t want to approach a home with adequate lighting. Illuminating entrance points, like doors and windows, with lights makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break in unnoticed. When choosing where to place landscape lighting for security, consider the darkest areas of the yard.

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Safety

The safety of your family and guests when outside is another benefit of outdoor lighting, giving you peace of mind knowing they can safely make it to your entrance. Home exteriors are full of potential dangers, like tripping hazards. Lighting near those hazards makes them visible to prevent injury. Lights that illuminate the driveway, entrance, and house number allow visitors to find your home with ease.

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HiCaliber

HiCaliber can install outside lighting for your home.  If you live in the Southern Utah Area, and you want your home to have the latest and greatest landscape lighting give us a call.

435-674-9338 or visit us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber.

Located at 1330 W Sunset Blvd, Suite L, Saint George, Utah, 84770.

Tips On Decorating For The Holidays

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Stay With One Theme And Style For Your Decorating

When it comes to seasonal decor, less is often more. Sticking with simple decorations and one theme will save your time and money. Plus too much decor can compete for attention. Pick an area of focus, like a mantel or dining room table, then build from there. For a traditional Christmas theme, try evergreen wreaths, red poinsettias garlands, and gifts wrapped in festive Christmas paper.

Choose Two To Three Colors For Your Holiday Palette

Each year, designers, department stores and catalog vendors all seem to promote a new set of colors and trends for the holidays. Rather than get caught up with the annual holiday tradition form your own personal decorating strategy. So take it easy and go simple. Whether you choose the traditional Christmas colors of green and red, a woodsy arrangement of green and brown, or a retro combination of bubblegum pink and purple, once you pick your colors, stick to them.

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Bring The Holiday Celebration To Every Room

Set a festive mood throughout your house! Add a creative centerpiece to the dining room table. Deck out the fireplace with garlands, wreaths and twinkling lights. Create a welcoming entryway table by swapping out year-round photos, figurines and knickknacks with framed Christmas cards. Make your kitchen more inviting by replacing traditional kitchen curtains with a seasonal valance. And don’t forget the bedrooms!

Use Lots Of Candles

There’s nothing like candlelight to make a room feel warmer and more inviting. Simple tea lights are an easy way to dress up any occasion. Arrange them in glassware, on a long tray, or in empty jars. Of course scented candles are a wonderful addition for every room, and they’ll fill your home with all the memorable aromas of the holidays. The scent choices today are endless.  We recommend evergreen to fill the air!

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Create A Welcoming Dining Table

Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! Since many holiday gatherings revolve around the dinner table, it’s a good idea to get your dining room into the spirit. Candlelight, tableware, festive accessories and pretty linens all create an instant holiday makeover. Dress up place settings with a pine cone or other natural elements. Or add a wrapped gift to each plate as a party favor. Make centerpieces as elegant or as simple as you like. You can even look around the house to create a pretty centerpiece in a hurry. Stack bowls filled with small ornaments, nuts, or berries for a festive design. And remember, the holidays are the best time to break out the good china and crystal stemware. Save the disposable silverware and paper napkins for those upcoming January football parties.

Holiday Party Planning

We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure your home is CLEAN!  First impressions are KEY, make sure your carpets are clean, your counter surfaces are spotless, and your home smells of holiday fragrance.

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 1. THEME

Every good holiday party should start with a theme. It should be a theme that can carry throughout the party too, from the food all the way to the decor. This is how to throw a successful party that everyone will enjoy!!!

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 2.  FOOD

It seems in this day and age, a lot of tips revolve around the food. It boils down to: most party food sucks. If you’re learning how to throw a party, make sure that your food is great tasting, awesome looking and makes your guests want to come back for seconds!  Remember PRESENTATION IS KEY!

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 3.PLAN AHEAD

When you are learning how to throw a party, make sure that you plan ahead for anything.  Make sure to have additional seating for those “weren’t invited but came anyway” guests.  Have a back up plan if one of your ideas has a chance of failing, so you are frantically looking for a “fixer” as guests are arriving.

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 MUSIC

The music is so important!  Great music can set the party off on the right note. Nobody wants to be at a silent party. Makes things awkward. You want to make sure that the tunes are up-to-date and that they are songs are appropriate for all ears that might be in attendance.

 

Advantages Of Tile

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The Advantages of tile flooring versus carpet:

Water Resistant: Glazed ceramic flooring tiles have a protective layer that rests over material, making them impervious to water and stain penetration. They are also naturally resistant to the ravages of high humidity conditions. This makes them ideal for use in moist environments such as bathrooms.Ceramic flooring is extremely tough and difficult to crack. A quality installation can last for 10 – 20 years and longer if well maintained. If a single tile does crack due to a severe impact, the process is fairly simple to replace it.

Easy to Maintain: Ceramic flooring is fairly easy to care for. Dirt, stains, and liquids all rest on the surface, allowing you to easily wipe or mop them away. Regular maintenance just consists of sweeping or vacuuming with a soft brush attachment to keep the floor free of dirt and loose debris. If set in stains do occur you can use a heavy duty cleaner without having to worry about damaging the material.

Design Options: Modern manufacturing techniques allow ceramic producers to make materials which can be printed in numerous ways. Solid tiles can be mixed and matched in patterns or accented with designs or motifs.  The tiles themselves can be cut and shaped into triangles, rectangles, and planks giving you the ability to create a custom design.

Allergen Advantages: Ceramic tiles have a hard, solid surface, that does not tend to attract dirt, dust, pollen, or other allergens. When these small debris particles do land on a ceramic floor, they stand out against the surface, making it easy to wipe them away with a mop or sponge. This helps to keep the air free of irritating materials that can be harmful to those suffering with allergies or asthma.

HiCaliber is trained to install, repair, and replace tile.  If you want to benefit from the listed advantages give us a call 435-674-9338 or visit http://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber.  Located in Saint George Utah.  Preferred Southern Utah Tile Installer.