June 2018  
Licensed/Bonded/ROC #178018
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In This Issue:

The Value of an Outdoor Room
Surprising Choices for Bathroom Flooring
Five Appliances That Will Help Save Water
 Fresh Peach Sorbet

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The best return to realize on your home investment, is its enjoyment! Home remodeling projects are about customizing and improving the design so the space is more inviting and functional for your lifestyle. A room that never gets used is expensive real estate—and the same can be said of unused outdoor yards! Do you have a comfortable outdoor room to relax and entertain? It may be a hot time of year to think about being outside, but now is a perfect time to start the process to design and build an outdoor room that is Pinterest-worthy to enjoy the beautiful weather we have the majority of the year in time for Fall.

Here are some considerations.

  • If you cook, they will come. Will you want to have an outdoor kitchen? It can be great to have the option to cook food outside in the summer so the kitchen isn’t generating heat. Consider where you can have access to bring food to and from the outdoor kitchen, and the ventilation the appliances may need. You also may want it positioned where you can monitor the grill from the inside.

  • Light and Day. An attached patio will shade more of the house from the sun which is certainly welcome in the summer. The lower the ceiling and the larger the roof covering can lessen the amount of light coming into the house where it is attached. You may want a high ceiling on the structure to bring in more light and cross ventilation. Plan for adequate lighting, and ceiling fan(s) which the breeze makes it feel cooler. Your style may be rustic carriage lanterns, a string of bulbs, or glowing luminaries. Choose the lighting that will set the mood you want!

  • Consider comfort. Outdoor furniture in weatherproof wood or resin wicker is central to outdoor lounging. Choose fade-resistant cushions in fun seasonal prints or timeless solids. Soft toss pillows, cozy throws, and textured rugs help make your outdoor space homey. Some hanging swing chairs can be fun! Add some outdoor curtains that will softly billow in the breeze for some ambiance. Hanging a humming bird feeder can bring entertainment!
  • Make room for family and friends. Pavers or walkways that are illuminated facilitates a grand entry to an outdoor room. Seat walls, snack bar with bar seating, dining table and chairs, in addition to the conversational area gives plenty of options. Colorful, break-proof plates, cups, and serveware make impromptu meals easy. Add some small outdoor tables for kids and adults alike can enjoy a deck of cards, some classic board games, or a basket of crayons and coloring books. Welcome, linger, and enjoy the time together.

God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars…And God saw that it was good.   
Genesis 1:10
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Bathroom remodels are among the most popular home improvements and your choice of flooring can make or break this upgrade project. You’re probably already familiar with sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl planking, ceramic / porcelain tile, and laminate click flooring options, but you may want to consider these less common choices for great bathroom flooring.

CONCRETE AND TERRAZZO . It’s not just for patios anymore. Today’s concrete can assume many forms and finishes, from modern minimalism to classic, stamped looks. Concrete is naturally scratch-, stain-, and mildew-resistant, and its strength is as solid as its water resistance. As both the structural and top layer, it’s a durable, cost-effective choice for ecofriendly flooring. Its fancier cousin, terrazzo, a blend of marble, glass, and granite chips mixed into concrete that is polished, is similarly low-maintenance, but much higher priced.

LINOLEUM. It’s back and better than before. Linoleum, unlike the vinyl it’s usually mistaken for, is made of natural materials: powdered cork and wood, canvas, and linseed oil. Its namesake component is what makes it resilient and resistant to microbes, fire, and water. Because it’s biodegradable and lasts for decades, it’s a great “green” option. Though it’s available in planks or tiles, sheet linoleum may better suit bathroom installations because it has fewer seams for water to penetrate. A regular protective polish will coat your linoleum floor against scratches and water stains.

CORK . Spongy, soft, and slip-resistant, cork is also attractive and antimicrobial. It comes in variety of patterns and shades, each of them warm, comfy, and quiet. Cork provides good insulation, but is easy to dent, stain, or scratch. A proper sealing up front with a polyurethane topcoat helps increase its water resistance, and individual tiles or planks are easily replaced. The cost is similar to hardwood flooring for both floating and glue-down forms, but installation can be tricky and is best left to professionals. Because it’s a renewable, hypoallergenic resource, cork is popular with ecoconscious homeowners. 

These options are worth considering as you and your contractor select the best bathroom flooring for your budget and vision.

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 
Psalm 18:32
Everything from design to painting was done with the utmost care and attention to detail by Cook Remodeling. We were impressed with the postcard they sent our neighbors. Someone was working almost every day, and we were kept informed of the work schedule. The completed project turned out better than our expectations! 

We were so pleased with the professionalism of their entire staff. We rate them a perfect 10 and highly recommend Cook Remodeling to anyone ready to remodel.

Ernie & Donna P.
 Patio Enclosure & Den Extension, Sun Lakes
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Most homeowners are on the lookout for ways they can save money by lowering their energy bills. There are simple tricks, like turning lights off when you leave the room, or sealing windows to lower energy bills, and there are tougher ones, like conserving water. Taking steps to use less water may seem like an easy task, but it’s hard to give up that extra five minutes of a hot shower on a cold winter morning. Fortunately, there are a few appliances you can install to save water – take a look at these:

  • Energy Star Dishwasher: According to the Energy Star website, a dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. Energy Star certified dishwashers save even more, with specials features inside that clean dishes more efficiently without increasing the water usage!
  • Energy Star Washing Machine: Similar to the Energy Star dishwasher, a washing machine with the ES label saves water by using less – almost 40% less!
  • Low-flow Showerheads: A low-flow shower head reduces the amount of water coming through, saving an average of two gallons of water per minute compared to a standard shower head. These showerheads are one of the easiest changes you can make to save water.
  • WaterSense Toilets: Older toilets can use gallons of water per flush, while WaterSense toilets use a mere 1.28 gallons. For the average human flushing six to eight times per day, that can amount to over 10,000 gallons of water saved per year just from switching toilets!
  • Recirculating Pump: If your faucets and showers take minutes of running water before warming up, you’re probably wasting a lot of water. A recirculating pump directs water back through to become warm, making it the perfect temperature as soon as you turn on your faucet. 

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…think about such things.  
Philippians 4:18
My recent college graduate had been sending out resumes to all the targeted companies and positions she wanted hoping for an interview, and was not getting any replies. Frustrated, she asked me to look at her resume.
I didn't get much further than the first line of her cover letter before spotting the problem.
"Is it too generic?" she asked.
"I doubt it," I said, trying not to laugh.
"Especially since it is addressed, 'Dear Sir or Madman.'"

yield:  4 SERVINGS
  • 5 medium-size ripe peaches (approx. 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey*
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

Remove the pits from the peaches and then roughly dice into 1” cubes. Transfer them to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container then place them in the freezer and allow them to freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer and transfer to a food processor. You might have to let them defrost for 10 minutes or so so they are able to break loose. Add the honey, almond milk and lemon zest to the processor as well then blend until smooth.

Next transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container and then smooth it down with a spoon or spatula. Seal the container and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours then serve cold and enjoy!

I was filled with delight day after day.
Proverbs 8:30

Remodeling Ideas When planning to do a kitchen remodeling project, or a bathroom remodeling project, the first step is to gather photos to help clarify what you want the end result to look like. There are many ways for a kitchen remodeling project to be done, and you want the result to facilitate your lifestyle ....