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The Beauty of Glass Tile

April 29th, 2014      Leave a comment

At embee & son, we have a wonderful way to add a handcrafted look by selecting glass tile for your next remodeling project. It is a unique and perfect choice for a backsplash, a shower accent, or a flooring accent. It’s becoming a more popular choice over the standard porcelain or ceramic options.

Installation of glass tile that is complementary or distinctive to your decor style can give you wonderful effects alongside of other materials such as quartz, granite, tile, and vinyl. These tiles come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures.

The Beauty of Glass Tile

Glass tile is perfect artistic way to produce a very unique design in any room of your home. Tiles are crafted to be daringly different, consciously creative, and cannot be matched by other materials. It’s never been easier to create back splashes with more character and charm than now with all the options to be paired with glass tile.

Stop in and talk with our design experts at embee & son to fully explore all your options and choices. Or you can email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA or visit our website: www.embeeandson.com


The embee & son Details Make All the Difference

April 25th, 2014      Leave a comment

In this segment, we are going to discuss counter top edge profiles and how the right edge for you is one of the embee & son details that makes all the difference.

Anyone who has taken on the daunting task of a remodel knows it’s the small things that can be overwhelming. Choosing an edge profile for your new countertop classifies as one of those small choices that have a big impact. These edge options became available to consumers because of the modern usage of machines to fabricate solid surface countertops.

Below are the edge profiles offered at embee & son:

 

Counter top edge profiles

Counter top edge profiles

 

The top row shows not only the most popular edge profiles of 1/8” Eased and 1/4” Eased, they are also the most affordable selection.  They have a straight edge with a small radius on the top and a slightly eased edge on the bottom.

Eased Edge ProfileThis is a photo of a 1/4″ Eased Edge Profile

The second and third rows show the next most popular edges and they are considered Level 1 Edge Profiles with a small additional charge to manufacture. A Top Round has a slightly larger top radius than the eased profiles listed above and a Demi-Bullnose has an even larger radius than the Top Round. These two choices are made by clients due to the edge being complementary to both traditional and contemporary design styles. A Full Bullnose has a larger radius on the top and the bottom. This choice is great for any style of kitchen, with it commonly used for countertops with upper bar areas.

Full Bullnose Edge ProfileThis is a photo of a Full Bullnose Edge Profile

The Small Bevel is more of a contemporary style edge with an angular slanting edge at the top giving it a more modern look and feel.

The fourth and fifth rows show edges that are considered Level 2 and Level 3 Edge Profiles with a moderate additional charge to manufacturer. A Small Ogee edge and a Large Ogee edge are chosen for their beauty and elegance in design. It’s a wonderful way to enhance the solid surface countertop you choose. Clients select these two edges for kitchen islands and perimeter countertops to accent the island.

Large Ogee Edge Profile
This is a photo of a Large Ogee Edge Profile

Finally, we have the Chiseled edge. This edge profile is obtained by carefully chipping the edge and smoothing the projections. Clients select this edge for more contemporary kitchens and outdoor kitchens.

 

Since your new countertop will be a surface you see and touch every day, make sure your choice is practical and will complement the rest of your remodel. If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA or visit our website: www.embeeandson.com


Avoiding Common Painting Mistakes

April 22nd, 2014      Leave a comment

Here are some things to avoid when doing interior painting in your home.

Choose a quality brush or roller.
It is a wise investment to select these because even if you use the premium paints available, a sub par applicator will only produce less than desirable results. This could include small lumps, dust fuzzies, and bristle hairs.

Preparing your painting surface is essential.
Do any necessary repairs to your walls. Such as filling holes and fixing any imperfections. The walls should be clean, dry, and smooth before you begin any paint application. Ensuring these steps are taken will give you a better application of the paint.

Refrain from overextending the brush or roller.
By doing this, there is a possibility the paint can dry in the brush or the nap of the roller can become matted.. Instead, once the paint starts to slightly disappear, reapply the paint to the brush or roller. This will also give you a smooth line of paint.

Keep your hand steady.
Believe it or not, your breathing can affect the steadiness of your hand. Your body does move ever so slightly when you are breathing. To remedy this for those very important areas, such as cutting in near the edges, hold your breath of slowly breath out. Try it! It works.

Keeping the life of the touch-up paint.
It’s very important to keep some left over paint as touch-up paint. But how do you do that effectively? For water-based paint, place plastic wrap directly on the top of the paint and seal the paint container. For oil-based paint, add one half inch of water on the top of the paint and seal the paint container.

These are just a few friendly paint tips brought to you by the staff at embee & son. We know that painting your home can be a daunting task. Just know that we offer painting services and a large selection of paint colors to chose from. We always make sure the job is done correctly.

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


A wood look staircase that you can showcase – embee & son

April 18th, 2014      Leave a comment

“I have a carpeted pine staircase. How can I change it into a wood look that I can showcase?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

There is a newly developed system of pre-finished or unfinished wood stair treads and risers that can be installed directly over your existing pine staircase without having to cut off the present stairnoses. These treads and risers are available in multiple wood species. They come in stain finishes to match popular or coordinating wood floors and railing systems. Also, they come unfinished for custom staining.

If you have any questions for our staff about flooring, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. We have samples and options to show you just what you can do to make your flooring wonderful again.


Your Dream Bathroom – It can be a reality with embee & son!

April 11th, 2014      Leave a comment

What is most important to you in Your Dream Bath Remodel?

It is Flooring? Cabinetry? Shower enclosure? Lighting? Fixtures?

embee and son bath remodel

In this beautiful Dream Bathroom embee & son installed: Mid Continent Cabinetry – Lewis – Oak Carbon Tropical Brown Granite – Full Bullnose Moen – Branford – Brushed Nickel Vallelunga – Sierra Stone – Brown

Starting the Dream Bathroom process is easy. Contact our talented designers, Vicki Collazo or Stevie Storck, to schedule your FREE in-home measure and consultation. They will guide you every step of the way from product selection through finished design. Our quality installers will bring everything together in your home just as you envisioned. At the conclusion of your Dream Bathroom project, you will fall in love with your home all over again.   If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


Composite Granite: Another Option for Kitchen Sinks

April 4th, 2014      Leave a comment

By Stevie Storck

By far, the most popular sinks embee & son installs with our granite and quartz countertops are stainless steel in an under mount configuration. And for good reason! Stainless steel is affordable, easy to clean, and durable – being both heat and stain resistant. This is why you will find stainless steel sinks and countertops in just about every commercial kitchen. It’s a high performer, and when combined with stainless appliances, creates a streamlined
and professional look.

However, stainless sinks can scratch and dent over time and can also show water spots. A brushed finish (versus a mirror finish) will help to disguise these marks, but if you are going to choose stainless, make sure the sink you choose is made of a lower gauge of steel, so it will be more dent and scratch resistant. Some stainless sinks can be quite noisy when you are washing dishing, so it’s important to look for sinks that have a rubberized under coating or pad, which can help to absorb sound.

All of the negatives I mentioned above can be lessened to some degree by choosing the right sink model, but there is one negative of stainless that can’t be avoided —

With stainless, you have no color options.

Composite granite is an extremely durable sink material that comes in a variety of neutral colors, sure to coordinate with your chosen counter top. I suggest composite granite sinks to my customers who may dislike the industrial look of stainless, who are looking for a more durable sink material, or who may be choosing oil-rubbed bronze or antiqued brass instead of a silver-tone for their cabinetry hardware and don’t want to mix finishes.

Composite granite sinks are comprised of 80% granite, and are manufactured in a similar fashion to quartz countertops. Granite stone dust is combined with acrylic resins and baked at extremely high temperatures to create a totally non-porous, durable and low maintenance product. At embee & son, we carry Blanco Silgranit® as our top choice for composite granite sinks.

Blanco has two excellent tools for helping you to envision composite granite sinks with your kitchen counter tops. The first is the BLANCO Color Assistant, which lets you choose from over 40 different countertop material images to see which Silgranit ® colors coordinate the best.

Blanco Silgranit Colors

The second is the BLANCO Silgranit II ® Color App, available for iPhone and Android. This app allows you to actually take a photo of your countertop selection and to see how your choice of a Silgranit ® sink would look once it is installed.

Blanco Silgranit ColorApp

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


Luxury Vinyl Tile at embee & son

April 1st, 2014      Leave a comment

“I dread the thought of removing the several layers of flooring in my kitchen but I want those new Luxury Vinyl Tiles that look like Ceramic Tile. Do you have any suggestions?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

You may be fortunate enough to have interflex vinyl flooring as the top layer. This type of vinyl is only perimeter glued to the underlayment. If this is the case, it can be easily removed and the underlayment can be patched around the perimeter to accept the Luxury Vinyl Tiles. This scenerio is more common than you may think and can save you considerable time and labor expense.

HINT: If you can lift the vinyl floor with a suction cup you have an interflex floor.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

 

If you have any questions for our staff about flooring, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. We have samples and options to show you just what you can do to make your flooring wonderful again.


Lighting 101

March 28th, 2014      Leave a comment

By Vicki Collazo

Every day, we take light for granted; the sun comes up each morning and sets at night.  We flip a switch and the light comes on, flip it again and it goes off.  We use devices to illuminate our homes, offices, cars and phones…we can’t live without it.  The sun, the greatest light of all, lights and warms the earth and provides nutrients for all living beings. It changes throughout the day creating movement, color and beauty. How many of us have sat on the beach in the evening and watched as the light bounced off the water? What is more stunning than a summer sunrise or the colors of the sun setting on the horizon? 

Just as light is important in nature and our everyday lives, so it is in our designs at embee & son.  It is the most overlooked or forgotten detail in kitchen and bath design.  Each time I sit with a client to review the “must haves” for their new kitchen and bath, lighting is often missing.

 “What about the lighting?” I ask.

“…oh, yes, we need more.” is the usual response. 

Most clients are surprised and thrilled to see how much lighting is incorporated in their design.  As found in nature, each room must have layers of light. The sun rises softly signaling the start of a new day, intensifies to its peak at midday illuminating our daily activities, and bathes us in the glow of the moon and the stars at night. These layers; general, task and ambient lighting, are to be incorporated in every room of your home.

embee and son lighting

General-

General lighting floods a room with light allowing you to see everything; therefore it needs to be the brightest light in the room.  In kitchens, it’s the recessed ceiling lights.  Single fixtures in the middle of the room are insufficient and cast shadows on your work surface.  Bedrooms, offices and even bathrooms need appropriate ceiling fixtures to provide sufficient light to illuminate the entire room.

 

embee and son lighting

Task-

Task lighting illuminates specific zones.  It is the under cabinet lighting and pendant over the island in the kitchen which are the designated work areas.  Desk lamps, table lamps and reading lamps are necessary for the task at hand whether it be paying bills, playing games or enjoying a good book.   Vanity lights are the task lights in the bathroom…not the general lights.  They are strategically placed, allowing you to see in mirror.

 

embee and son lighting

Ambient lighting-

Ambient lighting’s primary use is to highlight the beauty of either an interior or exterior space.  It is the decorative and accent lighting in the room. This is where we have fun accenting architectural details, artwork and use various light sources to create warmth, drama, whimsy and romance.  It can be as simple as dimming the task lights in the kitchen or as complex as layers of multicolor LED lights on timers.

 

It is always best to consult with a professional when planning your lighting design. In addition to the layers of light, there is a myriad of details a designer uses to determine the proper lighting for a room or space.  General lighting requires formulas to assure the correct amount of watts used to sufficiently illuminate. Natural sunlight and the location of a room dictate the type of lighting needed.  Northern and eastern exposures cast a cool light while western and southern exposures cast a warm light.  A designer will know how this will affect the look and colors of a room throughout the day.  

Light fixtures are not only functional but are also architectural pieces in a room.  The scale of the fixture must be balanced with the scale of the room. Other important factors to consider when creating a lighting design are; function of the space, age of the client, height of the ceilings, colors of walls and fabrics and the textures of the furniture and textiles. The designers at embee & son will help you create the perfect setting for your kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel by providing effective work spaces, resale value and quality of life.

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be
delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


CAMBRIA QUARTZ – Family Owned, American Made

March 25th, 2014      Leave a comment

Crafted by some of America’s top experts and unequaled in beauty, Cambria® is fast becoming the preferred pure natural stone of
designers and remodelers alike. It is a product that can be used for many applications in your home, the most popular choice being counter tops and vanities. Its superior performance with strength, durability and maintenance-free benefits make it a very popular choice for our customers.

At embee & son, we carry a selection of Cambria® color samples to
please everyone’s taste and style. When you visit our showroom, the
Cambria display contains selections from every Collection including Waterstone, Cambrian, Marble, Jewel Quarry, Desert and Classic.

Cambria Showroom Display

 

Here are the 10 reason to choose Cambria®:
1. The leader in design innovation and palette development
2. Over 100 designs, all one price
3. Family-owned, American made
4. Superior service
5. Premium performance with elegance and practicality
6. The stronger natural stone choice
7. Lifetime limited warranty against manufacturing defects
8. A healthy environment due to its nonporous, nonabsorbent qualities
9. The best for the environment
10. Reputation of exceeding expectations

At this time, embee & son is pleased to provide special promotion pricing on the following selections:
Aragon
Bellingham
Brentwood
Brownhill
Buckingham
Lincolnshire
Newhaven
Nottingham
Sutton
Waverton

Cambria Promotion Samples

 

See why Kathy Ireland says Cambria is “gorgeous & unique” in this video: http://bit.ly/OArfjo

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


Creating Contrast in Your Kitchen Design: Part 2

March 21st, 2014      Leave a comment

By Stevie Storck

In my last post, I talked about why creating contrast with your finish selections is important and showed an example of a kitchen that successfully balanced medium and dark tones with white painted cabinetry. This time, I’m going to focus on creating contrast in kitchen design that uses medium and dark tone wood cabinetry!

Contemporary Kitchen by Seattle Kitchen & Bath Designers NW Home Designers

Espresso stained cabinets are striking in person, but many
people are afraid of using such a dark color in their kitchen. This kitchen proves that you can have a dark brown/black as the primary tone in your kitchen, and still have a space that feel bright, sleek and warm. First to offset all of the dark cabinetry, they chose a creamy off-white color for their
countertops and walls. Then, to bridge the high contrast, they introduced warm, medium tones in the backsplash and flooring.

The Formula?
Primary Tone = Dark
Secondary Tone = Light
Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Medium

 

Craftsman Kitchen by Dallas Kitchen & Bath Designers Brooke B. Sammons

Wood cabinetry with a medium tone stain is excellent for
creating a warm feeling or for replicating historic styles, like in this craftsman-inspired kitchen. This designer made a great choice by selecting hardwood flooring with a light to medium tonal variation. You never want to try to match the wood of your cabinetry to your flooring exactly! The cream walls
and lighter countertops help to balance all of the wood and the dark slate backsplash creates a contrasting focal point. The dark finish of the cabinetry and lighting hardware help to tie it all together.

The Formula?
Primary Tone = Medium
Secondary Tone = Light
Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Dark

 

However, there is another way to create balance in a kitchen
with medium tone cabinets. The warm wood tone of these cabinets would really pop against a dark wall color, like an olive green or eggplant and a dark countertop. A white subway tile backsplash and white painted bar stools are all
that you would need to balance this design perfectly.

The Formula?
Primary Tone = Medium
Secondary Tone = Dark
Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Light

 

Hopefully I’ve demystified the finish selection process a
bit for your kitchen remodel. Using any one of the four formulas I’ve shown you and you are guaranteed to have a beautiful, balanced kitchen.

Still feel like you need help? Don’t worry! At embee & son,
we have two interior designers who are here, not only to create the best layout for the functionality of your kitchen, but also to guide you through the selections process to ensure that your end product is well-designed AND
beautiful!

 

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


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