Calming Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore

Create Harmony with Ben Moore's 2021 Color of the Year!If you’re looking to cover your walls with calming paint colors, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year.

“Soft power, silence, pause.” These are some of the words that Benjamin Moore uses to describe the blend of blue-green and gray that is Aegean Teal 2136-40. This intriguing mid-tone creates natural harmony and looks just as amazing in the kitchen as it does in the bedroom, den or home office.

Want calming paint colors? The entire Ben Moore “Color Trends Collection” for 2021 is designed to nourish the spirit with the comforting, sun-baked hues. It also helps us celebrate the simple pleasures in life—like “the faded rumple of linen sheets in the morning and perfectly ripened fruits on the windowsill. The twelve hues in the palette radiate warmth and well-being. These are colors that make your home feel even more like home. Settle in.”

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So, go on… Take a moment to reflect and reset. Intriguing, balanced, and deeply soothing, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021, Aegean Teal 2136-40, creates natural harmony. Check out the full video introduction to this calming blue-green and gray combination:

This isn’t your ordinary mid-tone teal. The slight hint of bluish-green evokes calm and harmony, while making yellows, whites and beige tones POP!

Reclaim Your Ease

Pair Aegean Teal 2136-40 with Muslin OC-12 to beautiful effect, like in the cozy bedroom above. Muslin OC-12 is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces.

Tip: Less is more when working with this subtle teal. Surround Aegean Teal with whites and off-whites to allow its soft colors to really sing.

Work in Harmony

Create a home office that truly inspires productivity! These soft Aegean Teal 2136-40 cabinets create a sense of balance to help you work better and feel less distracted. It pairs well light gray walls like Benjamin Moore’s Foggy Morning, or Gray Cashmere.

Tip: Wicker baskets, metallic hardware and lighting fixtures complete this cozy and homey look.

 

Get Your Interior Painting Project Done!

Painting the rooms of your home can have tremendous impact, and it’s a great family project with a modest price tag. Strive for a balance of linear elements and colors, and don’t be afraid to ask the experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips along the way. Get your painting project started!

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-of-the-year-2021

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

How to Save Money on a Kitchen RemodelFind out how to save money on a kitchen remodel from GNH designer, Michele Gregg.

Are you dreaming of an updated kitchen but don’t have a huge budget to spend? Maybe you’re thinking of selling and want to bump up the value of your existing kitchen and make a great first impression? Well, you’ve come to the right place! From a few small cosmetic updates to a major reno, GNH kitchen designer, Michele Gregg shares her secrets for how to save money on a kitchen remodel.

If you’re looking to update your kitchen on a tight budget, there are many different approaches depending on the size of your project. There are a few tried and true updates that are low cost with big impact. But if you have a little bit more to spend, a well-placed upgrade can reap big rewards when it comes to resale value.

Here are a few simple ways to create a functional & aesthetically pleasing kitchen, without spending a fortune.

  1. Fresh coat of paint. A new wall color can change the room drastically!
  2. Wallpaper an accent wall. Wallpaper is making a comeback! Give the room a focal point… Easily add texture and depth.
  3. Hang a new light. Swapping out existing light fixtures will give a fresh update to your space. You can select a light to fit your desired style.
  4. Add undercabinet lighting, gives great task lighting!
  5. Replace your faucet.
  6. Swap out your cabinet hardware. This is a great way to add some style to your cabinetry.

The best part? All these projects can be completed by a DIY homeowner on a weekend!

How to save money on a kitchen remodel - fresh coat of paint

For a full-fledged kitchen remodel, you can pick and choose what to upgrade in order to get the most bang for your buck.

Here are my recommendations for cutting costs on your kitchen remodel.

  1. New Design, Old Layout – Embarking on a new design using your existing layout will help keep labor costs and construction costs down. Relocating appliances, plumbing & electrical can also inflate costs.
  2. Keep Existing Appliances – If you keep your existing appliances and replace only as needed, you can use that money elsewhere in the remodel. There are many appliances that you can swap out after your remodel is complete. With some appliances, advanced planning with your designer will be necessary. Example: Your current working refrigerator is a 32” wide, but you know you will want a 36” French Door refrigerator. Your designer can ensure your space will accommodate the future refrigerator.
  3. Avoid Costly Project Delays – With a kitchen remodel, it is more than just replacing cabinetry. Working with an experienced designer will help you navigate all aspects of this remodel. Designers stay up to date on trends & new materials. They are familiar with their local building codes and working with contractors. Their experience will translate to avoiding delays and will save money in the long run.
  4. Choose Affordable Cabinetry – Cabinetry comes in a variety of pricing. All serve a purpose, when paired with the right application. Working with a designer will help you navigate the quality, customization, and necessities for your space & budget.
  5. Prioritize Needs vs. Wants – Make a list of ideas, necessities, and dreams for your space… prioritize them in order of most important to least important. Be realistic with yourself! Understand how certain cost-effective products can help with achieving your dream list. Or invest in top desired items first and stretch your projects out over time.

What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

Are you ready to begin your kitchen remodel plan? Visit one of our showrooms to discuss your kitchen remodel with an expert designer today!

7 Kitchen Remodel Tips From the Pros

7 Kitchen Remodel Tips from the ProsLooking for kitchen remodel tips from the pros?

Get a jump-start on planning and designing the perfect kitchen for your family! It’s easy to create a gorgeous new kitchen with help from the pros. They’ve been doing it for years and are often on top of the newest trends. To help you get started, check out these 7 kitchen remodel tips and trends from GNH Kitchen Designer, Michele Gregg.

Things to Consider as You Plan a New Kitchen

1) Budget Wisely

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, making a budget and sticking to it is key. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending 15-20% of your home’s value on your kitchen remodel. This guideline ensures that your new kitchen is a wonderful investment towards the value of your home.

2) Consult a Pro

Don’t forget: a kitchen remodel involves more than just replacing cabinetry. Working with an experienced designer will help you navigate all aspects of your kitchen remodel. From cabinets and countertops, to lighting and fixtures, and more! Designers stay up to date on trends & new materials. They are familiar with their local building codes and working with contractors. Their experience will translate to avoiding delays and will save money in the long run.

3) Have patience!

Each space is unique, and your perfect kitchen will take time to design, plan and create. Take time to enjoy the process of designing, planning, and product selection. It will be worth it in the long run! The more challenges you can anticipate and solve in advance, the faster your remodel will go, and the more money you will save.

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Popular Kitchen Design Trends

4) Add More Functions

Today’s kitchens are designed to accommodate more than just cooking. Kitchen designers now create spaces where people can gather, play games, and even work on their laptops or mobile devices. Of course, the modern kitchen is still a place for cooking, baking, cleanup and prepping meals. But, in addition to these basic functions, our kitchens have evolved. We’re now using this all-important room to entertain our family & friends, help our kids finish their homework, balance household budgets or plan parties–and much more!

5) Break it Open

Open concepts are very popular. Even the smallest kitchens will feel bigger and brighter in an open concept layout. This also floods the space with daylight coming from windows in other rooms and can facilitate airflow. But larger kitchen spaces are also trending towards the open concept layout. By opening up this all-important room to the living room, you make it easier to interact with your family or guests from the kitchen as they relax on the couch. You can add space needed to create “entertaining zones” like coffee nooks, breakfast bars, and more.

6) Work Smarter

Smart kitchens are plugging in. More and more, manufactures are implementing “smart” technology into the kitchen and bath. You can now turn on or adjust the settings of your appliances and faucets with Alexa, Google, or your smart phone or device. Expect to see more innovation with technology in the kitchen and bath over the next few years.

7) Go Bold

Design with color and texture in mind. White Shaker style cabinetry has been popular for years now. While it still remains popular, we are now finding ways to introduce color and texture. A dark navy-blue island stands out against the white perimeter cabinets. Wood stained floating shelves that coordinate with the hardwood floors. A honed or “leathered finish” countertop that creates warmth.

7 Kitchen Remodel Tips from the Pros - Design Trends

Have fun designing your gorgeous new kitchen!


Are you ready to begin your kitchen remodel plan? Visit one of our showrooms to discuss your kitchen remodel with an expert designer today!

What’s the Timeframe for a Kitchen Remodel?

What’s the Timeframe for a Kitchen Remodel?

What’s the Timeframe for a Kitchen Remodel?

It’s exciting to plan a new kitchen, especially if you’ve been living with an outdated space. You envision sleek new countertops, cabinets, and appliances. You might even have the hardware and paint colors selected!

But a kitchen renovation, like all home improvement projects, involves a very specific timeframe. Knowing what to expect during a kitchen remodel will help you and your whole family relax and enjoy the transition from an ugly old kitchen to a beautiful new one. Here are a few key guidelines for any kitchen design project from KraftMaid Cabinetry.

1) PLAN

What will your new kitchen look like? How will it function? What is your budget? These are all questions to answer while planning your remodel. KraftMaid suggests revising your design plan often. “It’s easier and far less expensive to try out ideas on paper than it is to change course after you order materials and begin construction.”

It helps to work with an expert GNH Kitchen Designer as you plan. They will make suggestions that can save you time and money, help you choose materials, and even recommend local contractors!

2) ORDER

Expect 4-6 weeks before your cabinets arrive. This gives you time to purchase fixtures, flooring, and appliances. Plan ahead for life during construction during this time. You may need to set up a temporary kitchen elsewhere in the home, plan easier methods for cooking meals, and other logistical concerns.

3) CONSTRUCTION 

Depending on the scope of your kitchen design project, construction can take a few days or up to 2 weeks. Your kitchen designer will have the best sense of the exact timeframe. During this stage, demolition happens, as well as plumbing, electric, and HVAC, as needed. Expect surprises and delays—they’re a normal part of every remodel!

4) INSTALLATION

This is where the magic happens! Your new kitchen starts to come to life as your contractor lays flooring, installs new cabinets and countertops, as well as lighting, faucets, backsplash, and hardware.

 

Create Your Dream Kitchen Space!

Our expert designers are ready to help bring your vision to life on time and on budget. Visit our showroom or connect with the team at GNH to get started! Download our free kitchen planning guide.


Source: https://www.kraftmaid.com/getting-ready/planning-your-project/project-timeline/

Fire prevention week - safe cooking

Fire Prevention Week Tips: Cooking Safely

Fire prevention week - safe cooking

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” is so important. It reminds homeowners that cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

Here’s this year’s key Fire Prevention Week campaign messages:

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How to Choose Replacement Windows

How to Choose Replacement Windows

How to Choose Replacement Windows

The autumn season is the perfect time to swap out drafty old windows with new energy efficient ones. Investing in replacement windows now will equal savings on heating costs all winter long—and beyond. But how do you choose replacement windows in the first place?

One shortcut is to visit your local GNH Lumber to discuss your window replacement project with our seasoned experts.

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To help you choose just the right windows for your home and budget, we recommend considering some common cost-saving options and answering a few common questions beforehand:

1) PLANNING

Start by considering which windows you want to replace. Do you want to replace all of them, one floor at a time, or just individual units that will save energy and add convenience to a particular room in your home?

2) BUDGET

Prepare a preliminary budget. This will help you determine how many windows you can replace with the styles, features, and materials you want. Pay particular attention to the window’s thermal performance since this will factor into the cost. Windows that qualify for tax rebates may cost more initially but these costs are offset by rebates and greater energy savings over time!

3) APPLICATION 

What do you want your new windows to do? Are they architectural design features or will they provide specific functionality? Do you want the windows to open and close? How they should operate? Vinyl windows like Smarter Windows from GNH Lumber will provide lower maintenance, greater convenience, and higher energy performance than most wood windows.

4) ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Finally, discuss energy-efficient window options (like standard insulated glass and low-e glass) with the knowledgeable staff at GNH Lumber. Don’t forget to work the additional cost of these features into the context of estimated savings on your heating and cooling bills. Do the expected savings justify the extra cost? Vinyl window frames are less expensive and do provide more insulation qualities.

Sources: http://www.smarterwindows.com/Page/How_to_Buy_Replacement_Windows

 

Are you ready to explore your window replacement options? Visit a GNH location to discuss your new or replacement window project with an expert today! Or download our free window replacement guide.

How to Prepare Your Wood Deck for Stain

How to Prepare Your Wood Deck for Stain

With the condition of wood surfaces varying widely, some DIYers hesitate when it comes to prepping their wooden decks before staining. But properly preparing your deck surface has many benefits.

Learning to prepare your wood deck for stain beforehand usually results in a more beautiful stained surface. It also ensures maximized stain performance over time.

Learn how to prepare your wood deck for stain from Benjamin Moore to help you achieve a beautiful and professional finished result.   

1) CLEAN off Stains from Mold and Mildew

Ben Moore Clean

CLEAN is a maintenance cleaner that safely removes stains from mold and/or as well as water stains. Plus, it is multipurpose and effective on siding, shakes, outdoor furniture and more.

2) BRIGHTEN by Removing Tannin and Rust Stains

Ben Moore Brighten

BRIGHTEN is used to break the shiny, tough-to-penetrate “mill glaze” on new wood and ensure deck stain adhesion. It also removes tannin and rust stains. Are you staining a tannin-bearing wood? BRIGHTEN counteracts the darkening effect of RESTORE and REMOVE by neutralizing the pH of those formulas.


3) RESTORE Severely Weathered Wood

Ben Moore Restore

RESTORE is a gentle, bleach-free formula that quickly restores severely weathered and grayed wood decks to their natural color. And, it prepares the deck’s surface for re-coating by removing tannin bleeding, discolored surface fiber, and stains from mold and/or mildew.


4) REMOVE Latex and Oil Finishes

Ben Moore Remove

REMOVE is a fast-acting formula for peeling oil or latex stain, varnish, and clear wood finishes. It also removes damaged and discolored wood fibers to prepare the surface for re-coating.

REMOVE may darken some wood types. If desired, use BRIGHTEN to restore the deck wood to its natural color. Do not dilute REMOVE on surfaces with multiple coats, solid or semi-solid stains.

 

And there you have it! Restoring a wood deck is a satisfying job that reaps huge rewards. Questions about your wooden deck or siding prep or stain project? Visit GNHlumber.com today or stop by our Greenville or Windham locations to discuss your staining project!

 

Sources: https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/project-ideas-inspiration/exteriors/decks-ideas-and-inspiration, https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/contractors/job-solutions/deck-stain

How to Replace Windows in Zones

How to Replace Windows in Zones

How to Replace Windows in Zones

Should you replace windows in zones?

Replacement windows can save you as much as 15% on your energy bills while reducing wear and tear on heating and cooling systems. Plus, updated windows will improve your quality of life by introducing more light and fresh air to your favorite room or home office.

If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of a full window replacement, don’t worry. You don’t have to replace every single window in your home to start enjoying beauty, function, and energy-savings. Instead, you can replace windows one zone at a time.

Explore replacement Marvin windows in a wide range of styles at GNH Lumber! Simply request a project quote today

Want to learn more about the benefits of new windows? Get the FREE guide!

Window Replacement by the Zone

Now is the perfect time to replace your home’s older or malfunctioning windows before the chill of autumn comes and begins stealing away precious heating dollars. But how do you know which windows need replacing? Some signs, such as condensation or cosmetic damage, might not need replacement at all and are actually perfectly normal. Others, like water stains and wood rot, need immediate replacement.

Knowing the signs that require prompt attention versus those that can be easily fixed can help you evaluate whether and how soon a replacement is needed. This will help you replace windows in “zones” for a more targeted, cost-effective approach.

Remember, you don’t have to replace every single window in your home in order to make a dramatic improvement in your home’s style, airflow, and energy savings!

Here’s our guide to evaluating your home’s overall window health and creating “zones” for targeted window replacement.

How to Replace Windows in Zones

Zone #1 – Immediate Attention Needed

Sometimes replacement windows are non-negotiable, especially when they greatly compromise your home’s energy-efficiency and/or security. Look for these signs that you’re in the “red” zone:

  • WATER DAMAGE – Water between glass panes, leaking, water stains or evidence of wood rot can be signs excess moisture is accumulating where you cannot see it, which means your windows are no longer effective. This can lead to mold, mildew, warping, or structural damage.
  • COMPROMISED SECURITY – As entry points into your home, you should address broken windows immediately.

 

Zone #2 – Time to Investigate

Sometimes replacement isn’t immediately necessary, although it would still help with ease of operation and climate control. Here are some warning signs for windows you should keep an eye on:

  • FAULTY OPERATION – Difficulty opening or closing, sticking sash and pesky operational issues can sometimes be solved with a thorough cleaning or small repair. However, these can also be signs that parts are nearing the end of their lifespan.
  • LESS CLIMATE CONTROL – New windows can get rid of drafts to make rooms more comfortable. But if the time isn’t right, replacement can wait!

 

Zone #3 – No Need to Replace

Some of your home’s windows may not need replacing at all! Don’t mistake these signs for critical damage. They are likely normal and can be corrected during routine maintenance:

  • CONDENSATION – Condensation is perfectly normal. It simply indicates the presence of humidity, which means your windows are doing their job and holding heat inside your home. There are many easy ways to remove condensation that don’t involve replacement. Read more at Marvin.com/condensation.
  • COSMETIC ISSUES – Issues like chipped paint, tarnished hardware, and dirty weather stripping can be addressed on your schedule with routine care and maintenance.

By dividing your home into zones using the evaluation methods above, you can make the right window replacements now while keeping less urgent updates on the back-burner for a later date.

 

Questions about your window replacement project? Need help evaluating your home’s overall window health? Visit a GNH showroom today or contact our experts with your window or door replacement questions!

What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

What’s the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

Is your kitchen space large or open concept? The layout of your kitchen design will help establish work zones, influence counter space, and allow for seating – or maybe not. Your GNH designer will help you choose a layout that maximizes your larger kitchen space and supports your family’s goals.

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Here are two popular kitchen layouts for larger kitchens from KraftMaid:

1. G-Shaped Kitchens

This layout uses nearly every square foot of available floor space by adding a peninsula or partial fourth wall of base cabinets to a U-shaped layout. Because the narrower entrance into the work zone can make a cook feel claustrophobic, this layout works best in larger kitchens.

  • Adding a short return on the open side of U-shaped layout minimizes traffic flow in and out of the work zone.
  • There are plenty of places to set up specialized zones.
  • This layout features the most corner base cabinets. Use corner storage solutions in your design plan to maximize utility in these awkward spaces.

2. U-Shaped Kitchens

A U-shaped kitchen has cabinets along three walls with open access on the remaining side.  If your room is large enough, set up multiple work zones on different sides of the “U” so two people can use the kitchen without getting into each other’s way.

  • Continuous countertops and ample storage surround the cook.
  • A U-shaped kitchen has potential for more upper cabinets than other layouts.
  • When three perimeter walls aren’t available, add a peninsula to an L-shaped kitchen to form the third side of the “U.”

Create Your Dream Kitchen Space!

Our expert designers are ready to help bring your vision to life on time and on budget. Visit our showroom or connect with the team at GNH to get started!

 

Source: https://www.kraftmaid.com/getting-ready/planning-your-project/layout-options/

 

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Why Should I Stain My Wooden Deck?

Your outdoor space is a cherished place. A place for you to share meals and memories with family, neighbors, and forever friends. As such, it should exude warmth and beauty all year round. We recommend Duckback Stain for unsurpassed beauty and warmth through superior innovation, product quality and performance.

Superdeck Stain uses quality premium ingredients like tung and linseed oils, carnauba wax, and premium transparent iron oxide pigments that protect your deck and deliver a rich, warm glow. What about rain? Well, let’s just say that it sheds like water off of a duck’s back!

Here are 3 answers to the question, ‘Why should I stain my wooden deck or porch?’ from doityourself.com:

1) Make Your Wood Waterproof

Wood decks and porches are exposed to water throughout their lifetimes. Unlike paint that sits on the wood surface, Superdeck Stain penetrates deep within the wood itself. This protects the boards and repel moisture from the inside out.

2) Rot Protection

Once wood rots, it cannot be repaired, and it might create a dangerous deck or porch. According to doityourself.com, “Wood stain protects your wood from all kinds of rot. Staining your wood will keep out termites, mold, mildew, and many other pests that can cause rot.”

3) Blocking UV Rays

Repeated exposure to sunlight can damage wood and fade wood color. Superdeck Stain contains the highest quality iron oxide pigments to create long-lasting colors and inhibit UV damage caused by the sun. Their waterborne Semi-Transparent Stain is formulated for 3 years of durability. This unique formula penetrates deeply offering excellent UV protection and lasting defense against premature weathering and mildew.

 

Protect and Beautify Your Outdoor Living Space!

Now’s the perfect time to protect your wooden deck or porch with a fresh coat of stain at GNH. Get started now.

Sources: https://www.superdeck.com/about/; https://www.doityourself.com/stry/why-stain-wood-4-reasons-to-use-exterior-wood-stain