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Date: March 2013
50 Year Warranty
Urban Designs 3.21.13    
When is the last time you purchased something with a 50-year warranty? Most likely, never.

Rocky Mountain Tradition's warranty explains that the floor will not wear through for 50 years, assuming the buyer takes care of the floor according to the maintenance recommendations. If there is a problem with wear through, it must exceed 10% of the surface area for this warranty to cover. They also extend a lifetime structural warranty to the original purchase that the engineered flooring products will not delaminate, again, as long as the maintenance recommendations are met. How’s that for quality?

For more about Rocky Mountain Tranditions visit: http://www.rockymountaincollection.com/hardwood-floor/warranty.aspx

Get Those Stainless Appliances Clean Again
Urban Designs 3.11.13    
Looking for a way to remove those fingerprints and stains from your Stainless Steel Appliances? We found this tip on eHow.com and are happy to pass it along!

1. Dampen a cotton ball with acetone and wipe at the spots on your stainless steel appliances. This will remove most fingerprints and hard water spots.

2. Use a sponge or rag to scrub at the spot with acetone if it doesn't come off right away.

3. Scrub at the spots on your stainless steel appliances with a no-scratch scrub pad. This is often the only way to remove rust spots or other caked on material.

4. Polish your stainless steel appliances with a commercial stainless steel cleaner, available in the home cleaning products aisle of your local supermarket.

5. Refresh your stainless steel's original shine by dabbing some vegetable oil on a clean cloth--paper towels will do in a pinch--and wiping it on to the stainless steel surface you want to polish.

If you don't have acetone, try using vinegar or even club soda to wipe spots off your stainless steel appliances.

Read more: How to Clean Spots Off Stainless Steel Appliances | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4913522_clean-off-stainless-steel-appliances.html#ixzz2NH3HXoeO

Kitchen Solutions: Smart Storage Design
Dwell Magazine 3.8.13    
Published as: 
Counter Intelligence
For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in their home's renovation.
Modern kitchen with long countertop and oak cabinetry

The white oak used for the cabinets, kitchen island, and dining table is finished with double-boiled linseed oil, which can be reapplied by the homeowners as the wood mellows and patinas.

Ken Leung and Bonnie Lam loved their leafy, coveted neighborhood in central Toronto, but the couple—big fans of Japanese architect Tadao Ando—wanted to raise the design bar on their dowdy 1920s house before they settled in. The solution: knock down the garage, sell half of the lot to a new neighbor, and hire a local architect to build a new house in the piece that was left.

In Donald Chong of Williamson Chong Architects, they found their match: a young designer devoted to small-scale urban infill and experimentation. Ken and Donald were long-lost high school acquaintances, and their shared history plus a similar sense of aesthetics established an easy sense of trust. The couple spelled out their basic design wants and helped select hardware and countertops, but they gave Chong free rein in the planning stage: "We asked for at least one significant architectural element that would make our home unique," says Leung. "Don gave us at least four."

The most striking feature is the "kitchen-studio," as Chong calls it, a first-floor entertainment space that is wrapped, floor to ceiling, with custom cabinetry in rift-cut white oak. Visitors always wonder where the stuff is hidden away, and Leung and Lam—who hate visible clutter—make the most of all that storage space. "The great thing is, we're really only using half of the cabinets," Leung adds, "so there's lots of room to grow."

The Design Details

The eight-foot-tall cabinet doors make the kitchen feel like one seamless unit.

The custom beveled edge for the island's "Blizzard" white Caesarstone countertop forgoes the standard one-inch countertop overhang to save on space and maintain a sleek feel.

To keep the room's sight lines open, an angled trim was used for the back nook that Leung and Lam requested for food prep. A Vola faucet is used with a sink by Mekal.

The dining table, fabricated by KGA Kitchens from Chong's design, sits underneath pendant lamps by Nud Collection. Vintage teak chairs were designed by Niels Møller in 1954.


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