A Place To Turn is a local food pantry that works with local parishes, schools etc. on a referral basis helping families in crisis. With your help, The Wiese Company will repair the second floor ceiling (which is in the process of falling down), as well as improve the lighting and clothing storage area with an improved and more cheerful environment. Join Chef Kurt Von Kahle for an exciting evening of food and entertainment!Come have a great time with food and wine and help a terrific cause. You’ll learn about the newest in cooking technology as Chef Kurt demonstrates the benefits of induction cooking. Plus 100% of your donations will go directly toward material costs needed to renovate rooms in the A Place To Turn building that serve as an important oasis for families in need. Win a Jenn-Air or Chef Prepared Meal for 6! Thanks to our friends at Yale Appliance, we will be raffling a Jenn-Air 36″ Black with Stainless Induction Cooktop, and a Chef Kurt prepared meal for six in your home! Raffle tickets are only $25.00, event tickets are $50.00, and sponsorship opportunities start at $100.00 (email email@example.com for details). What: Induction Cooking Event with Chef Kurt When: March 20, 2013, 6:00 to 9:00 pm Where: The Wiese Co. Showroom, 28 N. Main Street, Sherborn Donation: $25.00 raffle only $50.00 event $100.00 sponsorship (includes event attendance) To purchase raffle and event tickets, click the corresponding links above. Your donations will help us change this: To this: We hope to see you at the event!
You may already have done some phasing with projects… like the room you painted and purchased furniture for or the bath remodel. Phasing has many benefits from managing the disruption to your family and lifestyle, to capturing economies of work and location. When it comes to larger projects, a bit more research can guarantee an improved synergy and help avoid any loss of economies. The most common reasons for phasing include: Less disruption to the household, zoning or other municipal restrictions, and budgeting.
Recently we completed a project that started with phase 1 in 2009. The Owner wanted to expand and renovate the kitchen as well as add on a garage space with a proper mudroom. The plan included an unfinished second story that would work as a full master suite when the time was right. At the time of the planning, Wellesley had adopted some additional restrictions on building size which would have put a moratorium on the master suite so the Owners turned their attention to other areas of the home.
In early 2011, we renovated the existing master bath with the understanding that the room would be used by their daughter in the near future, so the selections of materials and design took this into consideration. Last winter we began designing the conversion of one of the bedrooms into a new laundry, closet and bath- the old laundry location was in the future dressing room- this renovation was done just prior to the master suite, which allowed there to be no disruption in laundry- something every family can appreciate.
With the master suite finishing the first week of September, 2012- the Owner and I were chatting about the phased journey, and that I wanted to write about this project and the reasons to phase things. In his words “We really had all those reasons in mind for the way we wanted to do this. Initially the town wouldn’t let us go further with the second floor build out … and we didn’t want to push the budget either so we could make the master everything we always wanted. This also made sense given the age of the children at the time of the first phase when the new master would be a bit further down the hall from them. In the end, the phased process made all the remodeling more enjoyable and allowed us to focus on each space. It was especially nice that Matt [the production manager] built the outside temporary stair so the last master suite project was virtually dust free and did not intrude on our day to day life.”
Sherborn Kitchens + Bath serves as The Wiese Company‘s official showroom. The note below is from the founder of the company, Ray Wiese, 20 years in business has left a couple of gray hairs on this remodeler (well, maybe more than a couple). I opened our doors in 1992 during an election year when incumbent George Bush Sr. faced unknown Bill Clinton and the first serious (did I say serious?) 3rd party candidate ever Ross Perot. The country was still trying to pull out of a recession that seemed to linger on… based mostly on a housing bubble crash (with a minor banking crisis). I guess this is a “full circle” story. With each passing year we have seen some of the country’s best and worst economic times. Hard to believe some of our most challenging times were at the height of the boom! You may have experienced the same issues I did-tradesmen that were too busy to return calls, human resource issues at their peak and the out of control price of goods. As we move forward past the recent economic climate, I am grateful for what that GREAT recession has proved to me:
- The most important part of our business is customer service.
- By hiring like-minded people, our staff jumps right in to take their share of the project on with equal fervor and care.
- Committing to quality and value creates happy customers who will refer us to their friends and family… just like in 1992.
I can hardly express the gratitude and satisfaction of working on your homes and with your families… here’s to another 20 years!
Today we design kitchens for lifestyle as equally as we do for ergonomics and safety. Beware only thinking about the former, and dismissing the latter. We believe that paying close attention to key functions of the kitchen will allow you to have a space that works great for cooking as well as for everything else. For example, your lifestyle items may be that “the kids like to do their homework at the island every day” or “my sister and her family often visit and we all cook together.” These lifestyle requirements may require an extended island to keep the olive oil off the homework or an additional sink for those extra helping hands in the kitchen. In this edition’s featured kitchen, our client’s 2 teenagers are often using the kitchen as the rendezvous point at the beginning and end of their day. The family addressed the lifestyle needs by making sure they used a large farm table as a place for family time at meals as well as Sunday morning websurfing. You’ll notice we featured an open space for bowls stored below the island and for a pot rack above. The client often cooks from scratch after returning home from her day job and likes everything “tout proche” (French for “near at hand”). As the client’s husband boasted, “My wife is an excellent cook — everything she makes is fresh. Her soups and stews are incredible.” As a planning note, knowing your daily cooking habits should dictate the amount of prep area along with adjustments for their location as well as the choice of appliances. This client belongs to a CSA Crop Share so they selected a Sub-Zero refrigerator that has higher humidity levels that keep vegetables fresh for about a week longer than typical refrigeration. Thanks to Andres and Liz of Newton for another fun and unique kitchen project. Bon appetite!
Among the many important factors in choosing the right fixtures and appliances is the growing importance water conservation. Whether you are in the mood to be green or undertaking a remodeling project, water-efficient fixtures and appliance can make a big impact on saving water, and your money too. According to WaterSense, an EPA partnership program, the average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill and in some areas of the county much more. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save approximately 35% on your annual costs. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances and fixtures, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year! Also, when we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly water supply infrastructure investments and new wastewater treatment facilities.
- If one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!
- If 1 percent of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with more efficient models, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity—enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for one month.
To help you understand just how much you can save by installing water-efficient products in your home, visit the WaterSense Savings Calculator.