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Kitchen and Bath Classics Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Pros Share The Top 5 Bathroom Design Trends of 2020

Whether you are building a new home In Saskatoon or remodelling a single room, the team at  Kitchen & Bath Classics Saskatoon are a a Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Store offer you one of the largest selections of plumbing fixtures, faucets, lighting and accessories from quality brand names,. Their showroom displays the latest trends and cutting-edge styles. In their latest offering they share their top 5 trends for bathroom design in 2020 

2020 Bathroom Design Trends. 



 Here's a breakdown of the latest bathroom trends according to design industry experts.  

Design Your Saskatoon Bathroom With The 2020 Pantone Colour Of The Year- Classic Blue.

Classic blue represents a “brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit”. It makes perfect sense that colour with that meaning behind it would be chosen for a place of rest and tranquillity—the bathroom.
Depending on your style and taste, Classic Blue can be used in a variety of ways. For example, a popular way to include colour in the bathroom is through tiles, either for the flooring or in the shower. You can also include a Classic Blue bathroom vanity if you want a pop of colour against flat neutrals that can use a bit of edge. If you’re feeling extra daring, you can even paint an entire bathroom Classic Blue! But we know that not everyone can commit to a paint job in a bold colour. If you want to incorporate the 2020 Colour Of The Year in smaller steps, you can try adding towels, flowers and paintings. 

Design With The Hottest Faucet Finish in 2020: Matte Black


The bathroom is a great place to experiment with matte black finishes. You can change your current faucet, showerhead, handheld showerhead, handles, pulls and lighting to this popular finish and see your bathroom transform from ordinary to extraordinarily modern.

Matte black finishes have been perfected to meet the needs of bathroom users, so you don’t need to worry about the finishes wearing off. Many luxury and mid-range brands are adding even more matte black faucets and accessories to their lineup, giving you a large selection to choose from in 2020.

Design Au Naturel and Eco-Friendly


Let your mind be free in the serenity of greenery in the bathroom. Between the hardness of bathroom finishes and materials, it's a much-welcomed idea to have plants and foliage in the bathroom. Bathroom plants are great to freshen the air, add some softness and of course, colour.

The new year also brings focus to creating an eco-friendly bathroom by changing out inefficient faucets and plumbing fixtures. 


Here are some bathroom features to think about:
  • Change out your toilet to a low-flow model
  • Install a low-flow showerhead that works on magnetized poles, like ones from American Standard
  • Get a motion-activated faucet so there’s less water wasted between washing your hands and brushing your teeth
  • Choose quartz countertops as opposed to other materials. Quartz impacts the environment significantly less than other materials

Design In Plain Sight


Here’s what’s funny about bathrooms—there are certain things we want to show off about them, like beautiful tile work in the shower or a gorgeous clawfoot bathtub. But there are other things we don’t necessarily love to look at...like plumbing and drains.

But what if they were designed to be extra pleasing to the eye? That’s what 2020 is all about.

Exposed plumbing is a rising trend. Bathroom brands are now creating industrial-inspired pipe systems that are meant to be shown off in an array of beautiful finishes. You don’t have to hide away complicated pipe systems behind drywall anymore!

As for drains, bathroom brands and designers have found a clever way to hide them in plain sight. Many shower drains can now be designed to look as though they are part of the shower tile or shower floor. The result is a sleek look that doesn’t distract!

You can even go as far as a wall-hung toilet to remove the bulk and clutter of a toilet septic tank. Bathroom brands like TOTO are trailblazing this 2020 toilet trend. It’s also great for smaller spaces where a tank can take up precious square footage.

Design Your Bathroom With Colours, Wallpaper and Fun!


Step outside your comfort zone in the colours and designs you choose for your bathroom. Break out of traditional neutrals in the bathroom and experiment with pops of colour in textiles, accents of paint colour and even wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper...But don’t think it’s the same type of wallpaper from your grandparents’ homes.

Wallpapers come in so many varieties these days. You can choose anything from gentle geometric patterns to bold prints and textures. But a great alternative to wallpaper is a nice tile. Tiles also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours for any project. The options are endless.


Design Your Bathroom With Kitchen and Bath Classics Saskatoon 


If you're considering a bathroom remodel or renovation, contact Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Experts at Kitchen & Bath Classics today!

Trusted Brags about DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos A Trusted Saskatoon Contractor And Restoration Specialist

The Trusted Saskatoon team loves partnering with incredible Saskatoon and area businesses that are locally owned and run with integrity. We are proud to welcome and brag about our newest partner in the Saskatoon General Contractor category  . DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos are Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, Disaster Services and Abatement Specialists.


Meet DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos

 

DDIY Property Maintenance and Reno’s is a locally owned family business founded in November 2014 by Dave Teichroeb.  Dave has 30 years of experience in the construction industry and DDIY specializes in general contracting and restoration. 

 


This was an obvious career choice for Dave as  his parents owned a small construction company. Dave started on the tools young and was working on projects helping his parents from age 12.


 “It’s just in my  blood,” said Dave . " I always had a passion for the industry and even remember mudding and taping my bedroom as a young child, when the family built a new home just outside of Dalmeny.”  

 DDIY Invests In Community 


A family man through and through, Dave has 5 children/step-children and  he is very involved with Knox United Church,  he sits on multiple boards and donates many hours to the church community. Dave also supports the Crohn's and Colitis Society and has sponsored the pancake breakfast fundraiser in October for the last three years. You will find him handing out coffees and burgers at the annual Chron's and Colitis Gutsy walk every June in Saskatoon.

 

Trust DDIY In A Disaster 


DDIY is proud to be qualified abatement specialists,  and Dave excels at offering support and help to people in Saskatoon and area at a time that is generally very stressful. DDIY provides remediation, restoration and reconstruction services. They offer property owners peace of mind that the job will be done quickly and professionally.



How we select Trusted Saskatoon businesses to partner with

  • We look for locally accountable businesses that have a reputation for quality driven excellence in the Saskatoon market.
  • Customers, clients and suppliers nominate businesses they are impressed with. 
  • We survey many of their past customers personally.
  • We check the businesses online reputation and we speak to business references and past customers personally.
  • All past customers we speak to are surveyed - it is a pass or fail! 
  • We ensure any required licenses, qualifications, WCB and insurances are valid and up to date.

 

What Did DDIY’s Clients Say? 

 

“DDIY do their job very well! We have had a variety of services in including lawn maintenance and snow removal. We have found the team to always be punctual and courtesy. They communicate well and I enjoyed working with them.I rate then 10/10!” Marcel, Saskatoon 


 

“I hired DDIY as general contractors for both myself and clients. We have been happy with all levels of their work! Dave is very honest and easy to work with. No job has been too big or too small. We have all appreciated his level of craftsmanship and I feel comfortable referring clients to him as I know the quality of work and service is a good reflection” Leslie, Saskatoon



DDIY Property Maintenance & Renos are Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, Disaster Services and Abatement Specialists


 


Trusted Saskatoon Jewellers at Batemans share a Tip about Hand Sanitizer Effect On Jewellery

Bateman Jewellers are Trusted Saskatoon jewellery experts! Did you know that they are the oldest independent jewellery store in Saskatoon?  Bateman Jewellers maintain that the relationship with their clients is very important to them, and Trusted Saskatoon is sure you have heard Cam say in his well-known radio ads 

'Your jewellery is a lifetime investment; Buy it from a lifetime friend. ' 

What Does Hand Sanitizer Do to Our Jewellery?


In the past few weeks, you've probably increased your use of hand sanitizer and other soaps due to the global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19 for short). But while all of those disinfecting agents are protecting you, they might be hurting something else—your jewellery.


In Batemans latest jewellery tip they share an article from JCK Online - a North American Jewellery Industry website. 




On the best days, many of us are germaphobes. My obsession with keeping germs at bay went into overdrive when I became a mom, and then throw in a pandemic, and I’m considering fashioning myself a hand sanitizer holster. Oh yeah, I’d wear it.
Years ago when I worked in retail, even then I had a small bottle of hand sanitizer close at hand. I remember being told that too much could eat away at the rhodium plating on my ring (I had a white gold wedding set at that time). Still, a quick rub here and there kept my hands feeling clean, and, though my ring definitely bled yellow over time, it’s hard to know if that was the reason why—or if it was just general wear and tear.


Currently, constant hand-washing and sanitizing isn’t just for peace of mind; it’s highly recommended. I don’t even want to write the word COVID-19—I swear it echoes in my dreams. But it’s keeping us prudently cleaning our hands, and in turn, cleaning our jewelry, too—at least, the pieces we wear on our fingers.
Let me please preface this by saying that yes, you should absolutely positively wash wash wash, spray spray spray, scrub scrub scrub—whatever keeps your hands clean. Jewelry is precious, that is true, but your health is all the more so.
However, given that I’m sporting a newly redesigned wedding ring, I can’t help but wonder what I might be doing to it with my constant use of chemicals. Am I causing damage?

I always take my ring off to shower, lotion, make meatballs—you get it. Not trying to gunk up the jewels here! But I almost never take it off to wash my hands, and certainly not to sanitize. I’m betting most wearers are the same.
I spoke with Shan Aithal, a metallurgist at Stuller, to get the dirt (pardon the pun) on keeping hands—and rings—clean. 

“To my knowledge, hand sanitizers are not capable of removing tough, albeit thin, rhodium that’s on a piece of jewelry,” says Aithal. “Hand sanitizers come in two varieties: alcohol-based and non–alcohol-based. The ones with alcohol are benign to jewelry items as alcohol is the main germ-killing ingredient. However, non–alcohol-based ones typically use chlorine-based compounds as germicides. These chlorine compounds could react with water and release free chlorine. Free chlorine radical is very reactive and could cause tarnishing of jewelry, especially if it is made of sterling silver. Also, halogens are known to cause stress corrosion cracking in low karat golds, in particular, nickel white golds.”

It is worth noting, in this case, that the CDC recommends using alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content. As long as you’re doing that, your metal will probably stay in great shape.
Soaps, according to Aithal, are a different story. “Soaps can contain abrasives, like Lava or that orange goo dispensed near hand-washing stations, that could damage the surface of jewelry and cause rhodium to be worn away.”

What about diamonds and sapphires? 


It won’t damage them but can leave a filmy residue on the stones over time, dulling the sparkle. But it’s not permanent, and nothing a quick soak in an ultrasonic can’t fix.


“If anything, people should be cleaning their jewelry more,” says Susi Smither, founder of The Rock Hound. “Think of all that horrid buildup of crud under rings and behind the setting of claw-set earrings. Hand sanitizer kills the baddies then evaporates fast—this shouldn’t have any detrimental effects on your gemstones, even materials such as gemstones and pearls. If you’re worried, at the end of the day give them a rinse and dry when you get home.”


Peggy Grosz, senior vice president at Assael, suggests erring more on the side of caution when it comes to pearls. 

“Sanitized skin should not come into contact with your pearls until completely dry and evaporate—wait about five minutes before putting on your pearls,” says Grosz. “As with perfumes and hairspray, the alcohol in the hand sanitizer can change the surface of the pearl, the two noticeable differences being a loss of lustre and a change in colour—white pearls, for example, will become yellowed if repeatedly exposed to such chemicals. Pearl rings should be removed when applying hand sanitizer, but because they have a mounting which separates them from direct contact with the chemicals, it is safe to put rings back on after a few minutes.”

Bottom line? Most, if not all, jewellery will be just fine, lovers of Georgian and early Victorian pieces should  take special care as water can get into rings with closed-back mountings and affect the appearance of the stones. Also, locket rings or any ring that has a photo of some other decoration under glass should not be washed with water.

But of course, sometimes the simplest advice is the best. When in doubt, it is always better to take your rings off before washing your hands.!


 If you are resting your rings on the sink while you scrub, please be sure the drain is closed, okay


Bateman Jewellers is a Trusted Saskatoon Jewellery Store 




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Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store End Of The Roll Flooring Ideas For Investment Properties

End Of The Roll Saskatoon Is A Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store located at the corner of 44th Street East and Faithful Avenue, Rod and the team at End Of The Roll - Saskatoon have been providing brand name flooring at affordable prices for decades. They invite you to visit their large showroom which has a great selection of inventory in stock. They always have great monthly promotions, and items in-store at clearance prices.  In their latest Saskatoon Flooring tip they share flooring options for revenue properties. 


FLOORING AND YOUR INVESTMENT PROPERTY

 

When it comes to investment properties, there are lots of things to consider in order to ensure you get the best return. With companies like Airbnb and VRBO, short term rentals can be easily managed. Having a short term rental can generate a high cash flow in a short time frame, but it might not be the best option in the long term. If your investment property is in a city that has a constant stream of tourists throughout the year, such as Hawaii or New York, short term is most likely the way to go. If your rental is in a town that has seasonal tourism, you might want to consider long term as it can be difficult to earn enough in the busy season to carry the place for a full year.


Flooring For A Rental Property

 

Now, when it comes to choosing flooring for a rental, it’s different than for the home you live in. As you begin to get your place ready, be sure to look at all factors before committing to your flooring. One of the major considerations is cost. However, it’s important to not sacrifice the durability of a product simply because of a low price tag. (In the long run, it could end up costing more.)

 

There are lots of flooring options available for rental properties. Keep in mind, if it’s a long term rental (lease), there may be less traffic, but your tenants may feel the need to rearrange furniture more frequently than a furnished short term place. The flip side is short term rentals will create more traffic coming and going on a daily basis. Short term renters often won’t treat the place like their own home and aren’t conscious of removing shoes and keeping the place clean. Whereas long term renters are more likely (not always) to keep the place tidy as it is their permanent living space. It’s probably safe to agree, low maintenance floors are the best no matter what the rental term is.

 

The rental industry (at times) can be very competitive, therefore having an aesthetically pleasing interior can be a deciding factor in if your place is selected for rental. If your rental is a long term, picking the right tenants is often a “go with your instinct” decision - but try vetting them the best you can. If your property is close to a college and has more than one bedroom, there’s a higher chance of having college students looking at it. If your place is situated in a more affluent neighbourhood, it’s likely you will have working professionals considering it as their “home.” With that in mind, having it in a higher end area, may require you to have high end floors to match, such as hardwood or tile.


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Hardwood


Over the years hardwood has earned a reputation of being one of the most luxurious flooring choices. Hardwood can be refinished as many times as needed depending on the wear and tear over the years. By having this flooring option in your home, it tends to increase the property value as it’s considered a high end finishing. Just because some people say it’s the best, doesn’t mean it’s the best for your rental. Hardwood is easily affected by moisture and therefore should not be installed in areas that tend to be damp. The cost to install hardwood can often be significantly higher than other flooring and is hard to repair if one portion gets damaged - therefore probably not the best for a rental unless your place is one with a more luxurious feel.


Tile

 

Tile is always a great choice, especially in bathrooms. It is long lasting, easy to maintain and isn’t affected by moisture. Not to mention, it is also considered an upgrade, therefore adding to the look of the home. There are various types of tile you could go with; ceramic, porcelain or natural stone - be sure to research all of them before making a decision. Again, it’s important to weigh out the cost up against the potential earnings as it is one of the more expensive products. Tile can be expensive to install and over time does need to be re-grouted.

 

Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank


Most rental properties are designed to be somewhat affordable for renters, yet still making the property owner money - it’s why they are called investments. One of the most common flooring types for rentals, and even permanent homes is luxury vinyl plank (LVP). With all the advances made over the years, LVP’s appearance is very similar to wood - helping to elevate the look.

 

Although luxury vinyl is cost effective and has the look of hardwood, it doesn’t increase the property value like real wood would. As mentioned above, tenants can be hard on floors and with short term rentals combined with foot traffic they can wear quickly. Unfortunately, it is prone to scratching, but on the positive side, it is easy to repair, as you can just pop out the sections you want to fix. It’s important to mention, luxury vinyl is easy to install and can be applied to almost any flat surface, making this an easy DIY project. Possibly one of the best features of LVP is it’s resistance to water, making it a great fit for any room.

 

Carpet


Carpet has been around for decades and offers a warm cozy feeling in a home, however, with all the different types of flooring available, it’s losing its popularity. The pros of carpet are - it’s easy to install, relatively cost effective, warm and one of the greatest benefits for rentals is the sound absorption it offers. If you have a rental property that is pet friendly, carpet might not be a great option. It is much harder to clean and will stain, unlike other flooring surfaces. Carpet tends to show wear easily and can often be a challenge for people with respiratory issues. Installing carpet does help mask what might be an uneven surface and with all the technologies, there are many hypoallergenic options to consider.

 

Of course, there are other aspects to having a rental property - flooring is just one part. Before making any decisions, consult a flooring advisor to find the perfect fit for your home or property. For more information stop by  End Of The Roll.


Trusted Saskatoon Pet Experts at Furbaby Pet Care Share Their Opinion On Pet Leashes, Collar and Harnesses

Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK, is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! They have the expertise and experience that you need. In their first Trusted tip they share their opinion on what they think is the best for your Furbaby and explore the options  - a leash vs a collar vs a harness. Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  


Leash versus Collar vs Harness…What is Best For Your Furbaby?

Let’s talk leashes, collars, harnesses and canine comfort. Everybody has their preference, and some leashing systems work for some dogs but not others. If we had things the Furbaby Pet Care way, about 75% of dogs on a walk today would be in a harness as opposed to a collar.

Here’s why: most dogs will pull on a walk. They see something they’d like to chase and they stretch things out as far as they can (usually six feet), straining against their lead, often at the cost of the owner/handler’s balance. This puts things under strain, and, if the dog’s in a collar/leash set-up, he or she is choking against the collar. The immediate answer for this type of dog is to get them into a harness system. A couple of the new ones, like Leashi or Halti, have been designed to pull to the side, pulling the dog sideways, under strain. Most dogs dislike walking sideways, so they learn quickly that if they don’t want to walk sideways, they simply have to walk along at the handler’s pace, leaving flowers, trees and a myriad of other points of interest, but off their own pathways, alone.

Another space the collar vs harness debate rages (you’d be surprised, people get passionate about this topic) is in the training arena. Traditionally, collar response is a very good way to train a dog to heel, to come when called and to pay attention to the handler during training and after, on every day walks, etc. Many Obedience Schools strongly advocate collar training and have for years. While collar training has many pros going for it, such as quick response to handler correction and very quick handler correction times, the downside is, again, you’re choking your dog, even a little, in order to get them to listen to you and improve their behaviour.

The other danger with collars, and this is especially true of small, toy and miniature breeds, as well as puppies of all breeds, is that collars risk exposing your small canine to esophageal and soft tissue damages to the neck and throat. These damages can become permanent and quite debilitating, leading to issues both immediate and ongoing, as well as chronic breathing, swallowing and eating issues.

Newly designed harnesses takes collar training head-on. In fact, new training harnesses offer the same type of quick response times by moving the discomfort from the dog’s throat to between their legs and chests, which, to many handlers and owners, is a much more pet-friendly way to train. Whichever way you lean (we clearly lean toward the harness), Furbaby is of the mindset that one of the best ways to ensure your dog is alert and attentive on walks and out in the world is to take them through some level(s) of Obedience training at your local Dog Training facility. 

Furbaby Pet Care offer Pet Training at Furbaby Campus, but wherever you go and whomever you trust to help you and your dog train for a better future, that is always a wise decision. 

Thanks for reading our article on Leash versus Collar vs Harness – until next time, Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay!

Furbaby Pet Care – Less stress for you and your pets!



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