Last month the Internet Alliance Home Research Council announced the results of a study citing which technology innovations homeowners want most to add in the future .
A survey of 602 homeowners revealed that the kitchen functions as the nerve center of the house, with most families doing much more than just cooking and eating there. Popular activities in the kitchen include doing homework, paying bills, planning schedules, entertaining friends, talking on the phone and leaving messages for family members.
It’s not surprising that the primary kitchen user is also the person in charge of keeping the schedules. Which is why a digital calender is the most requested item. Respondents stated they want a large screen calendar that allows users to add appointments or post notes that anyone can see from either the kitchen or the internet.
The next most requested item is a recipe projection system. Consumers reported wanting a wireless recipe projection system that would allow them to look up a recipe on-line and then have the recipe projected onto a surface in the kitchen from a small cabinet-mounted device keeping countertops clutter free.
Homeowners did not show much interst in refrigerators or pantries that scan barcodes; instead they cited wanting a control hub in the kitchen. From there they want to be able to monitor and adjust the household systems. Specifically, they requested a screen where they can view the temperature inside and outside of their home, adjust the thermostat on a touch pad and view live video of both the front and back of their house.
Other requested items included wireless internet access and charging stations for charging 3 phones or PDAs at the same time regardless of brand.
With all the concern about Pet Food these days I thought I might share a recipe printed in the local weekly.
8 cups raw rolled oats (or 16 cups cooked oatmeal)
2 pounds (4 cups) raw ground or chopped turkey
1/2 cup Healthy Powder*
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup cooked vegetables (or less if raw and grated, may be omitted occasionally)
3 tablespoons bonemeal (or 5,400-6,000 mg calcium or 1 tablespoon eggshell powder)
10,000 IU vitamin A (optional if using carrots)
400 IU vitamin E
1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce or 1/4 teaspoon iodized salt (optional)
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced (optional)
15 miligrams iron (optional)
Mix ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Freeze remaining food within 2-3 days of preparation.
Healthy Powder: 2 cups nutritional (torula) yeast
1 cup lecithin granules
1/4 cup kelp powder
1/4 cup bonemeal (or 9,000 milligrams calcium or 5 teaspoons eggshell powder)
1,000 mg vitamin C (ground) or 1/4 teaspoon sodium ascorbate (optional)Mix ingredients together in a 1 quart container and refrigerate.
With the current downturn in the housing market many homeowners are looking to remodel their kitchens and bathrooms either for their own enjoyment or for selling their home in the near future.
Especially here in Naples where builders once offered only white melamine cabinets and white laminate countertops; they are now offering granite and wood-look cabinets as a standard. This means all the homes and condos that are just a few years old are having a tough time competing with all the incentives builders are offering to unload their inventories.
So what is a homeowner to do? When budgets are limited it is always a good idea to incoporate storage aids such as lazy-susan corner cabinets and pull-out trash bins. Bathrooms can also be improved by adding linen cabinets. According to a recent survey they are the number one requested item and are sure to help improve the value of your remodel.
I always suggest my clients look at a 5-piece glazed thermofoil door. It’s similar to what the builders offer but it looks like a glaze has been applied. The glazing makes these cabinets look more expensive than they really are – a great selling bonus.
Here’s a picture showing two of the 4 finishes available through Kitchen Studio of Naples, Inc.
If your bathroom is dark or the lighting is unflattering, follow these tips from the American Lighting Association.
Shower Power. Shower lights should be bright enough to help avoid spills while making shaving and shampooing easier. Shower lights also help an enclosed stall feel bigger.
Tub Tips. Tubs, like showers need good general light, which can be provided by a recessed fixture. To avoid glare, aim the light’s beam at the outside edge of the tub.
Night Light. A night light can be created by illuminating the floor in the toe-space below vanities with a linear light system.
Mirror Mirror. A single sconce. Set at eye level, should be located on each side of the mirror to provide even facial illumination necessary for eliminating dark circles and shadows. Look for fixtures that light downward, allowing heat to dissipate more easily from the socket and creating longer bulb life.
Vanity Fair. Adding a recessed halogen light over a vanity provides cross illumination, when used in conjunction with wall sconces, filling in gaps. Layering light is also beneficial in reducing glare.
Table Topper. Table lamps add a soft personal touch to bathrooms. Remember to place them away from water sources
Potty Panache. Focused flood or halogen fixtures over the commode provide good light for water closet reading.
Get Glowing. Bulb selection is as important as choosing and placing the right fixture. Colored and coated bulbs enhance facial features. Avoid clear bulbs and fixtures with exposed bulbs.
Twice as Nice. As we age we need more light to see well. By 55 years old, people need twice as much light to see as well as they did when they were 20.
In Control. Don’t be afraid of having too much light. You can easily install dimmer controls to adjust lighting levels and create moods.