Cutting-Edge Kitchen Design Trends for 2012: A Return to Simplicity; “Green Power”; and Spaciousness

Posted on January 10, 2012 By BA Staff

Perhaps you’re remodeling your condo’s kitchen, and you crave cutting-edge tips from the pros about how to reshape your aesthetic or save money/time/energy on your project. Or maybe you’re building a new home from scratch, and you’d like to stay innovative and energy-efficient. In either case, consider these breaking trends for 2012 kitchen design:

Wood Decking Vs. Composite Decking

Posted on July 25, 2011 By BA Staff

Maybe you and your spouse have finally elected to tackle the “big remodeling project” you’ve had on your to-do list for who knows how long. Or maybe you’re “biting the bullet” and renovating your Bay Area condominium in preparation for selling it in a year or two. In any event, you face many aesthetic and logistical challenges and choices ahead. And it’s the “little details” that often make construction or remodeling so difficult.
If you’re working on a new deck, for instance, you have to choose a material. Should you choose wood, a wood polymer composite (synthetic decking), or some other material (e.g. plastic)?

AC Not Working? It May be Time to Call a Pro… But Try These Five Tips First!

Posted on June 23, 2011 By BA Staff

The Bay Area fortunately does not get as hot and steamy as other, more scalding parts of California, such as Death Valley or the “Southland” of L.A. and San Diego. But it can get quite uncomfortable – particularly if your air-conditioner brakes or malfunctions during a heatwave. If you are not technically inclined, your first instinct might be to grab a phone and call a pro to service your unit. But before you hop on that line and waste time (and money) getting professional help, ask yourself the following 5 questions:

Remodeling your Bath? Make Room for These Four Essential Elements!

Posted on June 10, 2011 By BA Staff

Whether you’re renovating a condominium, building a new home from scratch, or simply modernizing a cramped, outmoded bathroom, here are four crucial elements to meet and exceed your needs for comfort, cleanliness, relaxation, and environmental efficiency.

4 Must Read Tips on Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinets When Remodeling

Posted on May 9, 2011 By BA Staff

Whether you’re revamping a corporate kitchen, building a new mansion in the Bay Area, or simply upgrading a cramped and dysfunctional kitchen so you can actually use it (without wrenching your back or clanging around for 10 minutes to locate the sauté pan you need), review these tips on selecting the right cabinetry… before you get to work.

Spring Is In the Air: Why to Get Your A/C Serviced ASAP

Posted on March 14, 2011 By BA Staff

Most homeowners take their HVAC and air conditioning equipment for granted. Truth be told, modern, sophisticated heating pumps and A/C unit can robustly withstand a lot and keep their efficiency. But even the best machines out there will degrade. An average A/C unit, for instance, might lose five percent of its capacity annually. Thus, say you built your home with a 14 SEER unit A/C several years ago. Today, that unit might only function at 10 SEER capacity.

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