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YES! NOW is the best time to invest in your Home.

Picking the right time to do a home improvement project can be difficult. One of the most important factors to consider is getting the best return on your investment. 

There is plenty of financial incentive to acting now vs. waiting. Lower heating and cooling costs, is a great reason for you to look into replacing windows and doors, updating your home’s heating and air conditioning systems, renovating outdated kitchens and bathrooms, or replacing damaged and unsightly roofs, siding, and landscaping.

Then there’s always the reward of pride and enjoyment in your home. Having any of the needs above addressed, or investing in a new painting, decking, or sunroom project will also bring you great pleasure and satisfaction on a daily basis as you enjoy the investment you’ve made in your family’s home.

The simple truth is that for wise homeowners, this is a great time to get started with your project. You will get more value for your investment and your family will begin enjoying your home even more. Please be advised, timing is everything. There’s no way to know how long these lower construction costs will continue. Industry experts concur; costs are likely to rise considerably in the coming months.

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NKBA announces 2014 Bathroom Remodel Trends

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (FEBRUARY 4, 2014) — America’s bathroom styles are shifting.  According to research released today at the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), we like our bathrooms contemporary, spa-like, accessible, and easy to maintain.

“Spa bathrooms and Zen-like retreats are definitely desired aspects of today’s bathrooms, driving a more contemporary aesthetic,” said John Petrie, CMKBD, of Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and 2014 National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) President.

The ascendency of contemporary style is a major shift in the NKBA 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey.  As recently as a few years ago, traditional styling represented three-quarters of the bathrooms designed by NKBA members. Traditional bathrooms are now trailing contemporary (68 percent), while still representing 62 percent of the bathroom projects completed by NKBA bathroom designers in 2013.  

Other key findings about bathroom design trends:
* Beige and bone color schemes, with white fixtures and polished chrome faucets were popular designs in 2013.  Gray, the third most popular color scheme in 2013, will be by far the fastest growing in 2014, according to 58 percent of designer respondents.
* Fifty-seven percent of NKBA respondents specified bathrooms they described as universal design/accessible in 2013.  And 60 percent anticipate doing more in 2014.
* Fully 64 percent of NKBA designers specified a soaking tub in a master bath, with 42 percent expecting that trend to accelerate in 2014.  Preferences lean towards free-standing non-jetted tubs.
* About a third of designers included lighting in showers; and 70 percent included benches or seats. Both are expected to increase in 2014.
* Electric radiant floor heating was specified by 55 percent of respondents and half see it increasing in 2014.
* Steam showers gained steam, with twice as many respondents specifying steam showers as whirlpools for master baths in 2013.  Forty-four percent of respondents see the demand for steam showers increasing in 2014.
* Approximately half of NKBA respondents specified no-threshold showers, and seven out of 10 expect to do more in 2014.
* Eighty-four percent specified comfort height toilets and 81 percent, comfort height vanities in 2013.  Almost two-thirds see them increasing in 2014.

Bathroom Features in Demand:
* Ceramic or porcelain tile for flooring
* Quartz for vanity tops
* Linen storage cabinets
* Undermount sinks
* Wall-hung floating vanities, console tables and open shelving

The 420 kitchen and bathroom professionals who participated in this year’s research represent a significant segment of the market for professionally designed and installed bathrooms in the United States and Canada. Respondents reported bathroom project prices ranged from less than $5,000 to more than $30,000.  

Respondents reported the products, colors and features they used most often in their 2013 bathrooms, then predicted which ones will flourish or fade in 2014.
In the fading column, NKBA members noted a decline in Provincial and Tuscan-style bathrooms, as well as a decline in rustic/country looks.  Black is the least popular fixture color and is predicted to decline even more in 2014.

“The outlook for 2014 bathrooms is simple style, with an emphasis on clean lines and functionality that provides accessibility and easy maintenance,” said Maria Stapperfenne, CKD, CBD, of Tewksbury Kitchen & Bath in Whitehouse Station, N.J.
The 30-page 2014 NKBA Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report presents detailed findings and designer forecasts for 2014.  It is available at no charge to NKBA members in the members section of  

Find NKBA members near you by visiting NKBA PROsearch at

About The National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a nonprofit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With 60,000+ members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since its founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

The National Kitchen & Bath Association • 687 Willow Grove Street • Hackettstown, NJ 07840
800-THE-NKBA (843-6522) •

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Lancaster’s only local Home Show is this weekend!

The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County, PA is extremely excited to present the 2014 edition of Lancaster’s only locally produced Home & Garden Show! Hint: MBC will be there!!

Where: Spooky Nook Sports

When: Fri, Feb 28th 1-7p / Sat, Mar 1st 10a – 8p / Sun, Mar 2nd 10a – 4p

Why: It’s FREE!! And you’ll be supporting local businesses and charities.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Pre-Construction Letter

The following is a typical Pre-Construction Letter we send out to our Lancaster, PA clients.

Remodeling projects seem to have some common high and low points for many homeowners. If you are a seasoned remodeling veteran, you may already know what to expect and may not need to read this letter. If you have not lived through a remodeling project before, however, you are probably approaching your project with some degree of both anxiety and excitement. The purpose of this letter is not to cast a shadow of doubt on your project before it starts, but rather to simply point out some of these high and low points that naturally occur in the course of most remodeling projects. This way, you will a have a realistic idea of what to expect.

First, every remodeling job creates some degree of disorder, dust, uncertainty, and inconvenience. People will be tearing apart your house and putting it back together again — many of them people you have never met. We understand that this can be an unsettling experience and, accordingly, we expect our crews and subcontractors to respect the fact that this is your home they are working in and not a vacant warehouse. We want to know immediately if you have any problems in this area so that we can take immediate steps to correct them.

Second, remodeling proceeds in stages. One of the most difficult stages is working through the plan and permit process. Hopefully, by the time you receive this letter, you are finished with this process and are well into the stage of having your ideas turned into working construction drawings.

Another difficult early stage is the demolition phase. You will see new faces in and around your home on a regular basis. The insides of your house will be exposed. Electrical, heating, or plumbing services may be intermittently interrupted during this time. Dust, dirt, debris piles, and dumpsters will be visible in and around the work area. All of this can be rather stressful.

However, don’t worry — the demolition phase goes quickly, and will be cleaned up just as rapidly. Once the framing nears completion, people usually feel very optimistic and start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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After the framing is completed and the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work are under way, the project can appear to slow down because the progress is not as dramatic and visible as in the framing phase. However, a lot of detail work is done at this time. For instance, there are many required inspections by building officials. It’s critical that the work be done thoroughly at this point prior to insulating and closing the walls with drywall.

Next comes the drywall stage which most people are excited about. When the walls are covered with drywall, suddenly the rooms take on their true proportions and people start to imagine what it will be like to move back in.

Unfortunately, the final phase of all the work, after the drywall, can seem to take a long time. The finish work — interior and exterior painting; installation of all interior doors and finish woodwork; installation of cabinets, tile, and floor coverings; installation of finish plumbing and electrical fixtures; installation of shelving, closet poles, mirrors, glass shower doors, hardware, appliances, etc. — requires a fair amount of time and the efforts of many different subcontractors.

Nevertheless, thanks to a well-planned and coordinated scheduling effort during this phase, the day arrives when your project is completed. Finally, your house is once again your private residence, free of the constant construction activity that has transformed your ideas and plans into the new spaces that we hope you will enjoy.

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