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Top 3 questions to ask embee & son BEFORE starting a remodel project

July 25th, 2014      Leave a comment

A remodel project in your current home is a large financial and emotional commitment. The designers at embee & son invest a great deal of time with each client throughout the process of design, revision, selection and estimation. Every detail is decided and reviewed prior to contracting our services providing clarity to our clients and insuring projects run smoothly. This intense preparation results in an itemized contract which lists work to be done, as well as, materials and labor costs.  

Here are the top 3 questions to ask embee & son before starting your remodel project.

1. What is our remodel project schedule? 
A schedule involves so much more than just start and completion dates. It outlines the tasks and timing involved, giving you an overall view of the sequence of events for the project. All embee & son customers receive a schedule detailing start and completion dates, arrival and departure times, work to be accomplished each day, and estimated template and installation dates for counter tops.  At embee & son, it is our policy to schedule a job after all materials have arrived, allowing us to remain on site until the remodel is completed. 

embee & son work schedule

embee & son work schedule

2. Does embee & son use contractors or subcontractors?
All work is completed by either employees of embee & son, Michael Barshinger Builder & Developer or by subcontractors with whom we have established long term relationships.

embee & son contractors

embee & son contractors working at a total Kitchen Remodel

3. Is embee & son registered with the state of PA and are they insured?
It is required all contractor’s be registered, as well as insured, in the state of Pennsylvania.  Our registration number is printed wherever our logo is seen; including all ads, vehicles, contracts and business cards.  It can also be found posted in the entrance of our  showroom.  A copy of our Certificate of Insurance is available upon request.

embee & son van

The embee & son van, ready to make an appearance at YOUR remodeling project


embee & son is the premier retailer in kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and home fashions in York, PA and South Central, PA. Visit our website to find out more how we can help you with your next project!

Regrouting help from embee & son

May 2nd, 2014      Leave a comment

“I thought I could repair a hairline crack between my countertop and ceramic backsplash by re-grouting, but the crack returned. HELP!

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


embee & son carries sanded and unsanded caulk which coordinates in color and texture to grout colors. This acrylic caulk expands and contracts with your countertop’s movement. The unsanded caulk is for 1/8″ wide cracks or less. The sanded caulk will correct wider gaps.

Stop in and talk with our 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.

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

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 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 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.

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