Archive for April, 2010

I recently came across an article by the NAHB Remodelers (National Association of Home Builders) on hiring a professional for your home remodel.  There are some good nuggets in there and I’d like to share the article with you.

Seattle, 4/19/10 -When planning your home remodel, choose to hire a professional for getting the job done right. Home owners can save time, aggravation, and money by hiring a professional remodeler.

“Professional remodelers help home owners rejuvenate their residences for beauty and comfort,” said Donna Shirey, Chairman of NAHB Remodelers. “They save home owners time and money because these remodelers have years of training and in home remodeling experience.”

Consider some of the qualities that make professional remodelers the best choice for your home remodel:

  1. Technical training and experience in home remodeling.
    These remodelers have years of technical training and experience that cannot be equaled by do-it-yourself books or television programs. They understand a home’s structure, electrical wiring, plumbing and other details that must be considered before attempting a home remodel. Inexperience and ignorance can create costly mistakes, but professional remodelers can prevent disasters and solve unexpected problems.
  2. Ability to creatively address budget and space constraints.
    Most remodelers relish the chance to employ new design solutions to reorganize and maximize space in a home. This ability to work with a home owner on their remodeling dreams within a budget is a specialty of many remodelers. They can help propose alternatives that keep the budget in check, such as providing a variety of product choices or redesigning interior space to minimize the need for building home additions.
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Newspaper was once the lowest denominations of print material & paper.  Now is now renewed inspiration and material for artists.  I’m surprised at how many fun and clever home items are made from this daily read.  Novelty aside, if an item was not delightful to look at then it did not make it on my list!

Here are 6 items for your home that I hope you will enjoy too.

1.  Recycled Newspaper Magazine Baskets

This basket is woven over a metal frame with wooden handles.   I can picture this snuggled up to a cream colored traditional or modern sofa – providing just enough color and fun.



2.  Newspaper Vase

This graceful piece was my favorite find and is the creation of Filipino designer Tes Pasola of Mind Masters.  If you are ever in Canada, you can pick one up at an Indigo store.


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Head over to our Client Buzz page to see a video of Blaise giving a demo of this intriguing software.

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We at Gaspar’s take our food seriously.  How seriously you might ask? Well…enough that we offer cooking classes in our showroom with local chef’s, kitchen designers and appliance specialists.

The upcoming class is going to be held April 22nd from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at our showroom kitchen in Capitol Hill.  The Chef will be local food writer Amy Pennington.  She has just finished a book called, “The Urban Pantry – Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen” . She is also the owner of GoGo Green Garden.  This talented lady will be a real treat for us!

The Kitchen Designer is our very own, Cathy Gaspar.  Cathy not only loves to cook but also has been designing functional, impressive, beautiful kitchens for over 20 years.  Cathy will be sharing her tips on designing the perfect kitchen.

If you would like to reserve a spot for at our upcoming class please call (206) 324-8199 or e-mail: info@gaspars.com.  If you can’t make the April class but are still interested in our May 20th class, we have the fabulous Chef Shaun McCrain, who has cooked at some of the best resturants in the country including Thomas Keller’s “Per Se” in New York City.

Hope to see you there,

Sarah Henry

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