Vintage Tiles Add Pop, Color and Movement

Written By: Jules Marie, 33Words PR
Article provided courtesy of Porcelanosa

Sometimes the simple addition of a pop of color is the answer to how to begin a kitchen or bath remodel. Look around the room you want to upgrade. What’s missing? Color? Movement? Texture? Homeowners and designers alike agree that kitchen inspiration often begins with something as beautiful as a section of vintage tiles which add a touch of class to the room and become the centerpiece for an updated room.

 

The Porcelanosa Nazari and Sevilla collections may be just what you’re looking for—the lustrous sheen of Nazari tiles lends warmth, personality and comfort to every kitchen. Nazari ceramic tiles offer irregular textures that stand out for having asymmetrical surfaces. While a combination of matte and glossy surfaces are available in the Nazari Collection, choosing a glossy surface has the ability to produce reflections which adds movement to a room. A splash of lovely warm gold will be achieved when using Sevilla Mostaza tiles as a wall covering or backsplash. Designers have added Sevilla Mostaza tiles with their rich color to kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and even in shower areas.

 

Sevilla Rose adds a vintage look with its glowing pink hues and is the ideal vintage backsplash to use for blending into a contemporary look. We can thank First Lady Mamie Eisenhower for introducing America to the color pink as she used so much that the White House was referred to as the Pink Palace. Though pink tiles were the color of choice for entire bathrooms and kitchens in the 50s and 60s with over 90 “shades” of pink to choose from, today’s use of this faint color is generally used sparingly and as an accent color to other décor choices.

 

If you’d rather tone down the color and ramp up the sheen, then consider Nazari Ifrane with its shimmery pale silver and grey hues. Porcelain tiles withstand stain and water damage and are easy to clean and maintain due to the dense and non-porous finish. The beautiful silky finish will bounce light around the room and add a warm dimensionality to the room. Choosing a tile from the Nazari collection will yield a more traditional or rustic look within the home.

 

Surround yourself with the color of the sea with the gorgeous emerald green Sevilla Aqua tiles. Whether used as a backsplash or for an entire wall in a kitchen, bath or family room, Sevilla Aqua tiles uplift a room’s décor immediately with their rich, jewel-tones and 3D effects.

The versatile and durable Nazari Collection, with its vintage tiles, is designed to add personality and warmth to every room with its unique handcrafted tiles inspired by traditional North African traditional ceramics with a Mediterranean flair.

Friday’s Featured Listing – 15675 Deer Mountain Circle, Broomfield, CO

BRIGHT AND OPEN, MOVE-IN READY ANTHEM HOME

INTRODUCING: 15675 DEER MOUNTAIN CIRCLE, BROOMFIELD, CO, 80023

Price: 1,150,000

2 Beds/ 3 Baths

Square Feet: 5,320

Built: 2018

MLS # 861123

Listing Agent: David Scott – 303-588-8358

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

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This is your Move-In Ready home in Anthem’s 55+ Active Adult Community with countless amenities. Soak in the sweeping mountain views from the entire West side of your home, including the eat-in kitchen, family room, and luxurious master bedroom. Enjoy coffee or wine and beautiful sunsets over the Continental Divide on the expansive covered decks overlooking open space behind your home or cozy up inside by the fireplace on cold winter nights. You have an open palate in the light and bright walkout basement. Welcome home! 

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: 2 Fireplaces, 3 car garage attached, street and garage parking, central air Conditioning, forced air, expansive covered decks, 

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE: Cathedral vaulted ceilings, wood floors, light and open floor plan, pantry, kitchen island, walk in closet, multiple fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, walk out basement

AMENITIES INCLUDE: Health club, bike trails, walking trails, indoor community pool, tennis court, clubhouse, common recreation/park 

HOME OWNERS ASSOC. FEE: $510

 

Quick Fixes to Boost your Homes Curb Value

By: Claire Marie, Staff Writer

In a world where ‘what you see is what you get’ is quickly becoming the norm, it’s increasingly important to make sure that the exterior of your home is giving off a great first impression to potential home buyers.

Things that may seem inconsequential, such as the color of your door, or the shape of your doorknob, could be costing you.

A study recently conducted by Zillow, published in Time Magazine, found that painting your front door black or charcoal gray could increase your sale price by as much as $6,271. Caution was urged when changing the color of rooms like your kitchen- the same study found that homes with red kitchens sold for $2,300 less than those with traditional lighter tones, while having a muted tone like taupe or light blue in the bathroom could raise your home value by as much as $2,800.

Painting your front door isn’t the only way to increase your home’s value; you can also install an eye-catching doorknob that will set the tone for the furnishings on the interior of the home. For example, if you have a home where everything inside is very modern and clean you could install a doorknob with an electronic lock, or if you have a Victorian styled home you could get an ornate door knocker. It’s all in the details.

One of those details is the address of your home. This is obviously very important when selling your home as you want to make sure that potential buyers have an easy time spotting your house from the street. A great way to do this is to buy new numbers that complement the exterior of your home and will be instantly eye catching.

 

Another great way to boost curb appeal is to add a stone, or brick path which will draw the eye straight to your doorway. This is an especially nice touch if you are trying to show off your newly painted door!

 

The final touch is landscaping. You may think this doesn’t apply to you- maybe you don’t have a yard at all, let alone the money to spend on planting a garden. Instead, consider buying a few potted plants or installing window planter boxes- these will quickly brighten up and add a cheerful quality to any home. If you do have a yard make sure that you give it the same consideration as you would the interior of your home- mow the grass, prune the bushes, rake up any dead leaves, and pick up any kids’ toys that may be laying around.

 

Remember – the exterior of the home sets the tone for what people expect to find on the interior so make sure your home is making the statement you want both inside and out!

Friday’s Featured Listing-6590 Lakeview Road, Boulder, CO

FRIDAY’S FEATURED LISTING

STUNNING CONTEMPORARY MASTERPIECE

6590 LAKEVIEW ROAD, BOULDER, CO, 80303

3 Beds / 2 Baths

Price: $4,125,000 USD

Square Feet: 2,927

Listed By: Meghan Bach – 619-955-2788

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

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This is quintessential Boulder, outperforming in every facet. Stunning contemporary masterpiece perched on a full acre. Endless wow views synergistically converge with exceptional Craftsmanship, Architecture and Design. An avatar of Efficiency, Sustainability and Automation. Shimmering lake, verdant Foothills and graceful Flatirons embrace us at every turn in this high IQ, NetZero home. Symbiotic outdoors-in floor plan engaging every square foot. Retreat to your private dry sauna and steam spa then soak in the sunrise and sunset views on the deck.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: 1 Fireplace(s), security system, music system, attached, 3 space garage, carport, central air conditioning, forced air, hot water, multi-zoned heat, radiant heat, electric air filter

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE: Solar domestic hot water, solar hot water heat, southern exposure, high efficiency furnace, solar pv owned, sauna, wet bar, kitchen island, media room, steam shower

Colorado Landmark, Realtor’s Listings to Watch for November

At Colorado Landmark, Realtors we pride ourselves on providing a seamless transaction experience from beginning to end. With the number of unique homes in the Boulder area a one-on-one approach is critical to market each property effectively, and we take our commitments to our clients very seriously. We provide expertise honed over 4 decades as we guide you through each transaction and help you learn and understand the process you are involved in. At Colorado Landmark, Realtors we understand that every home is more than just a home, it’s a landmark.

We lead in sales not only in the luxury market, but also in the residential market. Our agents are happy to work with you to find you a home at any price point, and we offer a global relocation network with access to brokerages all around the world. 

To see all listings currently available through Colorado Landmark, Realtors please visit our website.

November Listing Watch

 

 

Friday’s Featured Listing – 1133 North 119th St, Lafayette, CO

 

FRIDAY’S FEATURED LISTING

CHARMING LOG CABIN WITH ROOM FOR HORSES

1133 NORTH 119TH STREET, LAFAYETTE, CO, 80026

4 Beds / 3 Baths

Price: $939,500

Square Footage: 3,584

MLS # 850639

Listed By: Scott Ripmaster 970-708-0444

Colorado Landmark, Realtors

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Charming one-of-a-kind log home in Lafayette! 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on 3.3 acres with open floor plan, cozy living spaces and finished basement with laundry, storage and game room for entertaining. Pristine location surrounded by farmland and open space and just minutes to lively downtown Lafayette or Erie! Zoned for horses with barn. 

The Art of Organizing

Written by: Sheryl Hadley – President of Organization & Relocation
Provided Courtesy of Organization and Relocation.com

You know how sometimes you walk into a house and it just feels good? People remark on how it has “great energy?” That simply doesn’t happen when you walk into a space that’s messy, chaotic, or overflowing with clutter. The energy is stale, and you feel off-balance the minute you open the door.  

At Organization & Relocation we spend our days increasing people’s productivity by organizing their homes and offices or relocating them–sometimes across town, sometimes across the country. We recommend movers, oversee the move (from pre-move purging to organizing the new space), make the beds, and hang the art. We make packing paper and moving boxes magically disappear. 

Throughout this the house becomes a home and the office becomes a place you look forward to spending time in. We want our clients to walk in, sit down, and feel that everything is in its place. We are committed to taking the stress out of the process and setting up organizational systems that work for them. Our motto is, “It’s all in the details,” because the art of creating a beautiful space that has only what you need and use comes down to the little things.  

However, organizing is not just about making sure everything is properly put away. It’s about creating beauty and sanctuary within a space. Even if you consider yourself among the creatively challenged, here are a few habits you can incorporate into your everyday life that will make organizing the kind of art you can master:

  • The Lifestyle Change: If you have less stuff, it naturally follows that you have less stuff to organize. Are you keeping that vase from Grandma just because it was hers even though you can’t stand it? When making a purchase, consider why you are buying it and whether you really need it. Be thoughtful.
  • The Art of Purging: Grab two trash bags, and walk around your house for 10 minutes. Label one bag “donate” and the other “trash.” Do you have piles of pens you never use because you make notes only on your phone? Do you have six spatulas but hardly ever cook? Be ruthless.
  • The Burning Questions: Ask yourself these three things when purging: Do I use it? Do I love it? Do I appreciate it? If you don’t get a resounding yes to any of them…get rid of it. Make room for things in your life that you really want. Be honest.
  • The Beauty of Colorizing: Use the same hangers, whichever style works for you, and organize clothes by genre and color from white to black along the color wheel to make each closet a work of art. Be detailed.
  • The Art of Art: Hang your art so that the center of the piece is 60” from the floor. Many people hang it too high, believing that it makes the room feel bigger. Your room will feel balanced, and the piece will show better. Be precise.
  • The Clutter-Free Home: Clear your surfaces and containerize, label, and vertically store meaningful items you absolutely must hang on to. Be selective.

I believe that organizing is a lifetime process, not a one-time event. You don’t have to devote an entire weekend to a massive project. Use ten minutes here, twenty minutes there. Do one drawer, one cabinet, one closet at a time. Try to impose order and beauty where there was none before.

As van Gogh pointed out, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” That’s the true art of organizing; focusing on the details so the masterpiece can be revealed. 

Happy Organizing!

 

 

**For more information on organizing or for consultation requests you can contact the Organization & Relocation Team directly at (303) 448-9966
info@organizationandrelocation.com

Friday’s Featured Listing – 974 Spring Ranch Dr. Golden, CO

EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS AT THIS

LUXURIOUS MOUNTAIN RETREAT

974 SPRING RANCH DRIVE, GOLDEN, CO, 80401

4 Beds/6 Baths

$1,700,000

MLS # 865108

Listing Agent : Kevin Byrne – 303-931-2283

The Byrne Group at Colorado Landmark, Realtors

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Rare opportunity to live in Spring Ranch, one of Golden’s most exclusive and picturesque neighborhoods. Beautiful, private, custom SW style home on an idyllic 7.32 acres just minutes away from I-70 (45 Minutes to Boulder, 29 minutes to Cherry Creek and 75 minute to Vail Village). This estate boasts over 6800 square feet with the main floor featuring a master suite, luxury bathroom with radiant floors, luxurious gourmet kitchen, hickory floors, formal dining with double sided fireplace and a breathtaking living room with tranquil mountain and lake views. The second floor highlights a large private office, rooftop patio and three generous bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The inviting lower level includes an oversized entertainment/game room, in-home gym, natural cooling wine cellar and an upscale custom built wet bar that is perfect for entertaining guest. Additional features include a three car garage, security system, and multiple patios. This home is in the perfect location to access world-class hiking, biking, shopping, restaurants and travel.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: 5 Fireplaces, three-car attached garage, ceiling fan, central air conditioning, radiant heat, forced air heating system, full basement

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE: Eat-in kitchen, separate dining room, cathedral/vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, pantry, walk-in closet, washer/dryer hookups, skylights, wood floors, kitchen island, full master bath

HOME OWNERS ASSOC. FEE: $500

BUILT IN: 1994

STORIES: 2

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 6873 ft

ABOUT SPRING RANCH: Spring Ranch encompasses 360 acres of pine and aspen-laden hills and is situated between the communities of Genesee and Evergreen. The community offers luxury homes located on 3 plus acres in an upscale subdivision of homes. 

 

Moisture Control in Homes: “A Watershed Moment”

Published by Luke Griess October 17th, 2018| for Scott Home Inspection

 

Moisture Control in Homes: ” A Watershed Moment”

 

What is the most basic protection that a home provides you?

Shelter. We need shelter to keep bugs, critters, and beasts at bay. We also need shelter to protect us from the burning noonday sun, as well as from the cold winter winds.  All of these things are easy enough to keep out; all you have to do is build a cube, with 4 walls, a ceiling, and a floor.  Maybe throw in a door so that you can come and go as you please, and perhaps a few windows for natural light!

Simple enough, build a cube and you have a home!  But wait, there’s still one threat we haven’t accounted for.  Something we can’t live without, but we’re often trying to avoid contact with.  Water!

Water seems like a harmless enough threat, until you get caught outside in a severe rainstorm, or even worse, if you fall out of your boat into the lake!  In these situations, water can be pretty threatening.  But the threat doesn’t end if we simply stay in our boat or put a roof over our heads.  We have to keep the water from permeating our cube entirely, otherwise, it can be destructive in some brand new and sinister ways. This is why moisture control is very important.

Moisture in building materials leads to rot, which can compromise the structural integrity of the home.  Moisture on organic materials that doesn’t dry out quickly can lead to mold, which can compromise the structural integrity of our lungs and impact our health.   There are countless other problems that moisture can cause, such as ruining your treasured possessions, watering down your beer, or simply dampening your spirits.  Seriously, this is why building science has been combating water as one of its key adversaries since the advent of the mud hut!

Moisture control does not seem like a difficult concept in theory….but, water can flow in multiple and unexpected ways.  In building science, there are 4 key ways that water can flow through a home.

1. Bulk Water 

The first way is through bulk water entry, such as rain or snow, or flooding from ground water.

A pitched roof over the home does most of the job, and if we put an impermeable roofing material on top, with each shingle overlapping the shingle below, all the way to the peak, we have a “watershed” moment!

But hold on! Now all that water is running off the roof, and is cascading down onto the ground right next to the house.  This is making a muddy mess, and we’re in danger of flooding.  This may also be causing damage and settling to the very foundation which our cube sits atop! However, do not fret; we have some moisture control solutions:

Gutters – to collect the roof runoff!

Downspouts – to drain that water down to the ground!

Downspout Extensions – to kick that moisture away from the house and into the yard!

Grading and drainage – to slope the dirt around the home to make sure that water runs away from the foundation!

Sump pumps – If moisture still comes in contact with our foundation, we can prevent our basement or crawlspace from flooding by installing a buried perimeter drain system, to collect that water, direct it to a sump pit, and install a sump pump to discharge the water!

This all works great. Is it a fool-proof way to keep the bulk-water out?  At least for our simple cube.  However, the problem is, nobody really wants to live in a cube these days.  We want unique homes that are aesthetically pleasing, with several different angles, shapes, and changes in materials.  This complicates things immensely.  Now we have to apply our “one shingle over the other” theory to all of these oddly shaped areas.

We need to install flashings! What are they? Flashings come in various shapes and sizes, depending on the application, but typically they are comprised of sheet metal which has been shaped for a particular application, and installed to direct the flow of water away at a transition of materials or change of direction in the structure. Roofs meet sidewalls, and need flashing under the siding but over the roof.  Kick-out flashing is needed at those tricky roof to sidewall to gutter junctions.  Flashing is needed where siding rests atop brick or concrete, and flashing details are required over windows, doors, and over deck connections to the house.

Building code has developed requirements and best practices for moisture management, but unfortunately not all homes were built to today’s code standards, and even on new homes these details are easy to overlook. Add to this the possibility of poor workmanship, and the fact that many weekend warriors tackle projects that are out of their league, and you can imagine there are numerous ways for our “watershed” moment to end in failure.

2. Capillary action 

So we’ve solved the bulk water issue, haven’t we?  Water runs downhill, and we’ve overlapped everything on our home to make sure it runs off of the building instead of into it.  But wait!  Water can change direction on us.  It can run uphill, through a principle called capillary action. This concept is demonstrated if you dip a paper towel into a spill on your counter top.  As soon as it makes contact with the liquid, the paper towel sucks that moisture upwards.

Now imagine your siding is somewhat porous.  Not as porous as a paper towel, one would hope, but all wood and masonry materials are permeable to a degree. So we keep these materials away from contact with potential standing water to aid in moisture control.  We keep the siding or brick off the ground, leaving a 6-8” gap between the siding and the soil where the foundation is exposed, to prevent water from soaking up into the wall. We install building paper or house wrap behind these siding materials, to provide a drainage plane in case moisture does penetrate.

At roof edges, we install drip edge flashing under the shingles. This provides a simple capillary break, so that the water can drip off of the bottom of the metal flashing material rather than wicking up under the shingles and causing potential damage to the roof decking and eaves.

3. Air-Transported Moisture 

So the first two flow paths were easy enough to understand, but this is where we start wading into deeper water, figuratively speaking, of course.

Moisture is present in the very air we breathe! And our houses are “breathing” this air too, in a sense.  Inevitable gaps or holes in the building envelope allow air to both enter and escape. With the stack effect, heated air rises through our home, and escapes out the top.  If air is leaving, it’s also entering, and that’s usually occurring near the bottom plane of the home.  In that air, depending on humidity level, gallons upon gallons of moisture can be hitching a ride through our house daily.  If that air travels across a surface where the temperature is below the dew point, condensation occurs.  Now those gallons of moisture can be beading up on our building materials.  And rot and mold come into play again.

Older homes were built in a manner that allowed them to breathe more easily, with very little insulation to cause resistance, and numerable open paths for air to travel, so that wetted building materials could easily dry out, preventing air-transported moisture from causing damage.  The problem is, these old mouth breather houses also exhale a lot of the air that we pay good money to heat or cool. And, energy costs today are far higher than they were back in the old days.

In the modern era, we’re building much tighter homes.  We’re sealing gaps and holes with caulking or spray foam.  We’re putting in tightly sealed windows and doors.  We’re installing sealed air barriers at the walls, and filling the wall cavities completely with densely packed or air- impermeable insulation such as closed cell foam.  The result of these efforts is fewer paths for air to enter or escape.  Basically, our cube now looks like a thermos.  So we’re retaining much more of that conditioned air.  And we can prove this with blower door testing. Where it was not uncommon for older homes to lose more than 100% of their conditioned air in the space of an hour, many new homes only lose 10-15% in an hour.  How’s that for progress!

But we have to be very careful now not to allow moisture to travel into these assemblies, or it can take a very long time to dry out.  We have also now created the potential that humidity cannot easily escape, and the air can become stale and stagnant, so we install mechanical ventilation systems to allow the home to breathe again, but this time in a controlled and more efficient way.  One example is the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator), which uses a power fan to simultaneously pull incoming fresh air and outgoing exhaust air through a heat exchanger, to help limit energy loss.

Good example of vapor sealing

Bad example of vapor sealing

4. Vapor Diffusion 

The moisture is not only traveling in the air that flows through larger gaps, but it can also move through building materials in the form of water vapor.  Moisture in the soil under the home can evaporate, and those vapors can travel through the permeable building materials.  This is why we install low permeability vapor barriers for moisture control, such as the plastic you sometimes see on the ground in crawlspaces, to prevent the vapors from the soil from permeating the floor and other areas of the home.

So as you can see, we’re fighting a battle on at least 4 major fronts, just to stay dry.  To compound the confusion, the methods that we use to combat these various and bold paths of moisture will vary from climate to climate.  In hot, humid climates, the general path of vapor travel is from the outside to the inside, so the vapor retarders are installed on the outside of the walls, behind the siding.  In colder climates, the path that vapor travels is generally from inside to out, so instead the vapor retarder is installed on the inside of the wall, behind the drywall.  And in climates like Colorado, where we actually get to experience 4 distinct seasons, we’ve argued back and forth for decades on where and how to install the vapor retarder, or we’ve eschewed it altogether, lest in solving a winter problem we cause a summer problem.  Today, modern house-wrap materials such as Tyvek are designed so that they can perform as both an air and moisture barrier, while still allowing water vapors from inside to pass through to the outside.

In humid climates, air conditioning and de-humidifiers can be absolutely essential to moisture control, not just for comfort, but to remove moisture from the indoor air. Conversely, in our dry Colorado climate, a device called an evaporative cooler or “swamp cooler” may be installed in lieu of air conditioning.  These systems pump water into pads which surround a large fan.  The fan pulls outside air through the wetted pads and then into the house, and as the water evaporates, the air is cooled.  And then, get this, in the dry winter months, we might use a whole house humidifier on our duct system to add humidity to the heated air and increase comfort.  Both of these devices could be a recipe for disaster in many humid climates, but you can get away with almost anything in the desert.

With all of these “watershed” moments and innovations in building science, we’ve helped push back the tides. However, moisture will undoubtedly continue to fight back, against homes both old and new.  A certified Home Inspector can help identify these potential issues, recommend solutions, and potentially help you to avoid investing in a home that is losing this war with water.  A home inspector is trained to identify those failing components or improper installations which can lead to hidden moisture damage, so you can fix any issues with a home’s moisture control.

If you believe you have a moisture issue in your home, you may benefit from a mold and moisture inspection or a mold air sample test. Give us a call today! 303-373-2424

 

About the Author: 

Luke Griess is an ASHI certified Home Inspector and Certified HERS rater, with over 20 years cumulative experience in the home inspection, residential energy services, and construction industries.

 

 

 

*This article has been published with permission of Scott Home Inspection. 

For more information or to set up an inspection today visit their website at https://scotthomeinspection.com/ or email info@scotthomeinspection.com