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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsIf you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner, forget about it!“It’s way too late for that!” says Gina Bonura, Alure Home Improvements‘ kitchen and bathroom design & sales manager. People have come in to see her because they were inspired by the national holiday that brings families and friends together from near and far to finally take a close look at the one room in their house where they all spend the most time together and realize with a shock it’s in serious need of a makeover.If that really was their deadline, she says, “They should have been here in the beginning or the middle of the summer!”An experienced professional, Bonura knows how much a kitchen remodeling project truly entails. She’s more than willing to help her clients make their dreams come true, but timing is everything. And that’s why she extends this invitation.“Come in now,” she advises. “Between now and Christmas it’s the best prices because it’s the end of the year. You couldn’t start the job now because it takes time for the cabinets to come in, but then you’re all set to go once it’s the first of the year.”At Alure, customers have two options. One department specializes in what they call a 10-day kitchen, which is a direct replacement in the existing space after it’s been gutted. The other department handles custom kitchen projects, which generally take between six to eight weeks because they can involve moving the plumbing, taking out walls and even adding extensions.“People are thinking bigger,” says Bonura. “Before the Great Recession, people just wanted to keep it light. Now people want to take space from other rooms because everybody’s in the kitchen. So, more and more people are getting rid of the separate little living room, the enclosed dining room and the little kitchen, and making it all one space.”How much it costs depends on the job. According to Bonura, you should plan to spend around 8 to 12 percent of the current value of your home on a kitchen renovation because it’s a key factor in raising your property’s value. “If my home was a $500,000 house, I’d want to put at least $50,000 into it to make it worthwhile to gain back my investment,” she says.People have an amazing array of choices about what their kitchens look like and what they contain.Start with appliances. These days, customers don’t want microwaves installed over the stove. They tend to prefer a stainless steel hood or a decorative wood hood that serves like a focal point. Microwaves are going into drawers below the cabinets or in the kitchen’s island. Steam ovens are very popular these days because the food retains moisture and nutrients.“You’re still going to need a small microwave somewhere when you want to make popcorn,” says Bonura, “but I would say invest in the steam oven because you can use it for everything else.”Another new appliance that impresses her is the induction cooktop stove, which uses an electromagnetic field to heat the cookware. She says it works so fast you can boil water in 90 seconds. “But it doesn’t get hot,” Bonura explains, “so if a child walks by and touches the stove, they are not going to get burned.”Thanks to the latest in kitchen technology, there are ovens on the market that are so sophisticated that “you can program it from your iPhone while you’re on the soccer field,” she says. “You don’t even have to be home and the oven will start.” But it won’t come up with a recipe—you still have to think about what you want to cook.As for the kitchen sink, some new faucets and fixtures are hands-free. To turn the water on, all you have to do is wave your hands under the faucet, which is a great relief if you’re making bread and your fingers are sticky with dough.When it comes to choosing color schemes, gray is still in, but what’s trending is a shade with taupe undertones, so it’s a warmer gray. But the palette is up to the customer.“Black cabinets are wonderful,” Bonura enthuses, adding that it doesn’t make the kitchen too dark. “It depends on what you do with it.”These days texture is as important to cabinets as color. Some surfaces look like driftwood, Bonura says. The ornate look is not a popular style, but the trend is moving away from the austere look.“Shaker is still a popular style, which is really just a square with a recessed center,” she says, “but customers are looking for a little more detail. They don’t want a lot of molding on the cabinets.Meanwhile, quartz countertops have replaced granite as the material of choice, because there’s no maintenance, no sealing and no staining. Bonura says quartz is also durable and exquisite.“They’re coming out with quartz that imitates the movement of natural stone,” she says. Some customers use the same color quartz countertop all the way up the back splash so there’s one clean look with no grout.“It’s expensive, but people love it—and it’s beautiful,” she says.Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsOne key area for consideration is kitchen storage. Bonura will spend time with the customers to determine where they store their materials “so that we can create a better system for them. We have all types of accessories that we can use if they want, or we can help them figure out the best way to store what they have.”For anyone contemplating kitchen remodeling, Bonura recommends that they first research what they like and dislike, but she admits it’s sometimes hard to do. That’s why they come to her, because she has the advanced technology to help them visualize what their new kitchen could look like. Customers can don virtual reality glasses to get a real feeling for the new space.“There’s no guesswork,” Bonura says. “We can show it to you!”“I never talk someone out of what they really want,” she says, “but I’ll show them how it will look. I will explain to them why I think it may or may not work. We work together, so it’s a collaboration.”last_img read more

first_imgBayern München Muller: Ancelotti shouldn’t be a scapegoat Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 07:28 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Carlo Ancelotti Bayern coach Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti UEFA Champions League Bundesliga Bayern München v Freiburg Freiburg The manager paid the price for Bayern Munich’s unimpressive start to the season, but the German says the players are to blame Thomas Muller does not believe Carlo Ancelotti should be made a scapegoat after the Italian was sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September.Bayern made the decision to relieve Ancelotti of his position last month following the team’s 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Bayern 13/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There had been rumours in the weeks leading up to his sacking that several key players in the dressing room were unhappy with his methods and had expressed that behind the scenes.Bayern sit five points behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund after seven matches, but Muller does not believe all the blame should be laid at the feet of Ancelotti.Speaking to reporters at an Audi event, Muller said: “A big part of this [their recent struggles] is caused by the team that stands on the pitch and does not perform like people expect it to.”We must be realistic about this and not be of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti was a scapegoat.”Jupp Heynckes was installed as Ancelotti’s replacement until the end of the season, but Muller has urged fans not to expect an instant improvement.”We should be very careful about setting targets which we can throw into the bin afterwards again,” he said.”We won’t suddenly play football from another galaxy. There will of course be matches where people see us and be very critical.”last_img read more