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Incorporating TVs and Entertainment

7 Jan , 2013  

Q: We are huge sports and movie fans. What are some clever ways and locations we can incorporate TVs into our home? A: Gone are the days when televisions were limited to a couch-front spot in the living room. Homeowners are now putting TV sets in numerous places around the house. Using a little foresight […]

Crown Molding

30 Nov , 2012  

Q: What are some things we need to know before installing crown molding in our dining room? A: Crown molding is a subtle way to add elegance, texture and dimension to any room. You can use crown molding to trim walls, fireplaces, baseboards and so much more.  Its versatility is a key reason that architects […]

Low Maintenence Flooring

16 Nov , 2012  

Q: We have 4 children and 2 dogs… full house! I would love to remodel our mud room – what are some suggestions for durable, easy maintenance flooring? A: A big family can sometimes equal big messes for your flooring to withstand. But don’t sweat it; there are a number of durable flooring options that […]

Incorporating Natural Stone

9 Nov , 2012  

Q: I love natural stone. What are some creative ways I can incorporate it into my home? Countertops are a given… but what about other accent pieces? A: It sounds like you are one of the many homeowners who simply love the classic look that natural stone can bring into a home. Stone has remained […]

Bathroom Storage Solutions

5 Nov , 2012  

Q: We recently moved into a new home. We love everything about the master bathroom, except for limited storage factor. We have a pedestal sink and a small vanity. What suggestions do you have?   A: Keeping everything organized in the bathroom can be a difficult task, particularly if it has limited storage space to […]

Trends in Tile

26 Oct , 2012  

Q: We would like to replace the old laminate flooring in our kitchen with tile. What are some trends in tile for kitchens?   A: Many homeowners are choosing to explore tile floors once they’ve discovered its many benefits. Tile is long lasting, low maintenance and environmentally friendly. But best of all, you can give […]

Cooking and Entertaining

19 Oct , 2012  

Q: “I am really into cooking and entertaining. What options might you suggest for sinks, ranges, and hoods?” A: Cooking and entertaining can be a lot of work. But the right tools can make it easier to prepare, serve and clean up after meals. Whether you are a budding celebrity chef, or novice learning the […]

Bathroom Accessibility

5 Oct , 2012  

Q: “My husband is a wheelchair user. We have a low-threshold shower, but would like to redesign the rest of our bathroom to better accommodate – what are some suggestions to make our space more functional?”   A: There are a number of features that can be installed to make a bathroom more accommodating for […]

Cabinet Functionality

28 Sep , 2012  

Q: I recently moved into a new home and the storage in the kitchen is horrible! I am having difficulty getting to my pots and pans, and think I have too few drawers. What are some trends you are seeing that are available in the cabinet world? I definitely need some help. A: Cabinetry functionality […]

Cabinetry 101

7 Sep , 2012  

Q: My kitchen really needs some new cabinets. Where should I start when shopping for new cabinetry?  A: Deciding on new cabinets can be a little overwhelming because there are so many different styles, finishes, sizes and embellishments to choose from. So, to make things a little easier, allow me take you through Cabinetry 101. […]

Pets and Carpet

31 Aug , 2012  

Q: David, I have two large dogs and am in desperate need for new carpet for in my living room. What type of carpet would be best? What kind of stain-proof materials are available in the market?   A: Pets and carpets can sometimes be a tricky combination. Luckily there are numerous stain-proof carpets on […]

Vessel Sinks

24 Aug , 2012  

Q: What are your thoughts on vessel sinks in bathrooms? How do they compare to a normal sink?   A: Installing a vessel sink is one way to add contemporary elegance to your bathroom at an affordable cost. For those readers who aren’t familiar, vessel sinks are specially designed sinks with basins that sit above […]

Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood

16 Aug , 2012  

Q: My husband and I are renovating our kitchen and would like to replace our old tile with hardwood floors. What’s the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?  Which should we use? A: Installing hardwood floor is a great way to bring warmth and style to any room. Plus, it’s durable and its enduring […]

Fireplaces

29 Feb , 2012  

Hi David, I love the look and warm feeling of fireplaces, but I know there are different kinds. What is the difference? Fireplaces certainly have an appeal in the home (especially on days like we’ve had recently) and are often part of a home remodel project. The warm glow and lazy flicker from a fireplace […]

Breath Easy

21 Dec , 2011  

This may seem like a strange question, but I have terrible allergies and cooking in our kitchen makes it uncomfortable for me to breath. Is there anything we can do to improve the quality of air in our kitchen? —Steve Steve, that’s not a strange question at all. In fact, contemporary kitchens are often designed […]

2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award

21 Dec , 2011  

Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer […]

Humidification and Its Impacts on Hardwoods

2 Dec , 2011  

As the leaves change, football takes over the weekends, and the temperatures drop, it’s quickly apparent that the toasty Indiana summer is making its very quick transition to the grey days and the frosty nights of a Hoosier winter.  And with the winter comes the inevitable use of your furnace.  And while we have much […]

Talking Shower Heads

24 Aug , 2011  

Perhaps the simplest shower upgrade is replacing the shower head. Twist off the old, twist on the new (don’t forget the Teflon tape) … done. But there are many more twists to a true shower experience upgrade. It’s a big conversation addressing a homeowner’s preferences and limits for shower head flow, function, style, energy usage, […]

One Fell Swoop

1 Nov , 2010  

Hey David, we are looking into a remodel project that will affect our kitchen, one bathroom and a dining room. The problem is, we have three kids and are a little hesitant to commit such a large portion of our home to an unusable state for any length of time. Would it be better to […]

Keeping Stainless Stain Free

12 Aug , 2010  

David, I love my stainless steel sink, but it seems like there is constantly a residue or visible spots on it. Is there any way to keep it looking new? Thanks —Deborah Although stainless steel is resistant to stains, it certainly is not stain proof. In fact, what makes ‘stainless’ steel different from other types […]

Historic Meridian Park Home

2 Jun , 2010  

We’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of homes in historic areas of Indianapolis. It’s both a fascinating and challenging experience. Being able to see craftsmanship that has outlasted the craftsman is an inspiration and an aspiration of mine. By contributing to the preservation and the extension of the lifespan of a home, […]

Registered Heat

5 May , 2010  

Historic or period homes are always interesting to work on. Often, we encounter details that provide character and function, but these details can be a challenge to replace or restore. Heating registers are one of the features of historic homes, that over time, have lost their appeal and importance in the home building process. However, […]

Bathroom Fans

6 Apr , 2010  

This question comes from Alice, who had a problem with her bathroom fan. My bathroom fan sounds like a garbage disposal, can it be fixed and is it really urgent? Sorry to say, but if the bathroom fan is growling at you, you probably need a new one. What you are hearing is most likely […]

A Clogged Tub Drain

18 Mar , 2010  

Hey Dave, I have a bathtub drain that is constantly clogged. I have tried chemical un-cloggers and nothing has seemed to work. Are there any simple ways I can fix this without calling a plumber? Thanks Sara. There are a couple methods you could try before making that phone call, and it sounds like you […]

A Shovel Full of Driveway

20 Feb , 2010  

While making our AKB home enhancements, we often have to park our trucks or trailers in out of the way locations in order to prevent damage to a driveway or landscaping.  This reminds me of the damage a lot of us do to our driveways in the winter by shoveling and improper salting. Here are […]

Kitchen Remodel: Recap

31 Jan , 2010  

A follow up to our first video series.

Home Show Promo

23 Jan , 2010  

Interested in a FREE Granite Countertop? Stop by Booth 111 at this year’s Indianapolis Home Show and register to win. We encourage you to stop by and hello as you’re making your way through the show—but if you just can’t wait, you can fill out your entry in advance on our Web site here: affordablekandb.com/freegranite-homeshow10

2010 Indianapolis Home Show

11 Jan , 2010  

AKB will be at Booth 111 for the Indianapolis Home Show this year. See all the details, exhibitors and events and get your tickets at the Home Show’s Web site: www.indianapolishomeshow.com

Kitchen Remodel: Episode 2

16 Nov , 2009  

In our second installment, we hear from Ryan, the project manager, as the old kitchen is removed in order to make way for the new one. Stay tuned for Episode 3! If you missed Episode 1, see it HERE

AKB VIDEO is HERE!

2 Nov , 2009  

We’re proud to announce our first video case study. This is the first installment of a 3 part case study illustrating the transformation of an Indianapolis Kitchen. Stay Tuned for Episode 2! In our second installment, we’ll hear from Ryan, the project manager, as the old kitchen is removed in order to make way for […]

Stay Warm

12 Oct , 2009  

I haven’t turned on the furnace yet, but believe me—I’ve thought about it. This time of year is unique because it reminds of how relative temperature can be. A 50 degree day in October can feel like the South Pole, but a 50 degree day in January would have me dusting off the golf clubs. […]

Custom, Semi-custom, and Stock Cabinets

16 Sep , 2009  

One of the questions that comes up often is: “what’s the difference between custom cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and stock cabinets?” Well, there certainly is a difference, and there’s more to it than just price. Stock Cabinets Stock cabinets are mass produced. Because, they are manufactured in high volumes, they are usually limited in features, finishes […]

Countertop Care

28 Aug , 2009  

Hi David!We have a new coffee maker which came with a poorly designed decanter. So now, every time my husband and I pour a cup of coffee, a little bit dribbles down the side of the pot and on to our countertop. This happens pretty much every day. Do we need to be concerned about […]

Compromising

31 Jul , 2009  

David, My wife and I are considering remodeling our master bathroom. We are on a fixed income, so our resources are somewhat limited—but intend on living in our home for a long time. What are some areas that we can make some compromises to fit everything into our budget? Thanks, Randy Randy, You are on […]

Here We Go!

8 Jul , 2009  

As you can see, this is our first post, and I’m excited to get started. In this first post, I just want to go over a little bit about who I am, what I do, and why I have this blog. My experience with investment property exposed me to some of the shortcomings in the […]

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