Houzzers on Houzz.com Say

Houzzers on Houzz.com Say: Dream Kitchen Must-Haves


by Becky Harris

Houzzers on Houzz.com Say


The kitchen above one among many must have for kitchens. This kitchen features a Pot filler. This handy faucet means no more having to schlep a heavy pasta pot full of water from the sink to the stove-top.

Bianco Antico: Granite

Bianco Antico: Granite used in kitchen above

The Granite counter top featured in this display is called Bianco Antico and isoffered in our Jackson Stoneworks Stoneyard, located on 1111 SW 22nd Ave, Gainesville, FL.



Hidden knife storageThe Kitchen below features a Hidden knife storage. These boxes pop up from the counter. Similar systems exist for storing other items, like herbs and even iPod devices.

Big cabinet drawers. Houzzers want to make the most of every square inch of storage space. Big drawers, especially those with dish racks and other inserts, maximize bottom cabinets’ storage potential.

Kitchen and Bath

Kitchen Remodel Costs: The Mid- to-Upper-Range Kitchen Remodel

by Bud Dietrich, Houzz.com contributor 

Kitchen and BathSeems that whenever I meet a potential new client, the first question is, “How much will this project cost?” I then try to explain that this is like asking, “How long is a piece of string?”

You see, there are just too many things that will influence a project’s cost. From basic construction issues, such as repairing what may need repairs, to client selections for cabinets, appliances and everything else, to whether or not we plan on moving things around or adding space, there are so many variables that come into play.

What if the existing kitchen layout doesn’t work? Maybe you want more space because you really love to bake and want a place to roll and cut out all those holiday cookies. Or a kitchen island is something you’ve always wanted so that friends and family can sit nearby as you display your culinary skills.

A $40,000 to $75,000 kitchen remodel might include:

 1. A total rework of the space. Everything, including the kitchen sink, may need to be moved, which means new plumbing, electrical, air ducts and so on. 

2. Professional-style appliances. From the 48-inch built-in stainless steel refrigerator to the 48-inch cooktop with grille and griddle to the 30-inch double convection ovens, this kitchen is all about creating wonderful meals.

3. Custom island. And if you want an island, why not make it like some large piece of furniture with legs and beadboard? It’s a perfect place for the kids to sit and do homework while the evening meal is being prepared.


4. Custom cabinetry. Beaded, inset doors of clear alder with a custom stain and glaze in nonstandard sizes with all the accessories make for a beautiful and functional kitchen at a cost.

5. Designer hardware. Forget about using big-box knobs and handles. Take the time to find the pieces that are special. After all, you will be using these things constantly.

6. Wood flooring. Wood or porcelain tile or a stone floor will be more costly than a vinyl tile or sheet.


7. Stone counters and a glass tile backsplash. A quartz or natural stone material such as granite will certainly be more costly than a laminate top. For some, the look and feel of these materials is worth the extra cost. And while laminate may start to look used and nicked up in a few years, stone will be fresh and new looking for years, even decades, after first being installed.


8. Custom storage. With custom cabinets, you don’t have to settle for what’s stocked. So if you want a cabinet designed to handle small appliances with drop-down doors that become extra counter space, custom is the only way to go. 

Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series Presents the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band Heavy Petty on Sept. 12


             Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department

                      RELEASE DATE:   August 26, 2014                                CONTACT: David Ballard, Event Coordinator
Email: ballarddg@cityofgainesville.org
Telephone: (352) 393-8746

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Gainesville, Fla. – Heavy Petty returns to the “Free Fridays” Concert Series with a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Friday, Sept. 12 from 8-10 p.m. Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty is one of the most famous musicians to hail from Gainesville, Florida. Heavy Petty is Gainesville’s own Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band.  The band first played on Valentine’s night in 2010 at Common Grounds in downtown Gainesville. Since then, the five-piece rock and roll band has played many different events and venues in and around Gainesville. Heavy Petty prides itself in playing Tom Petty songs with attention paid to strict interpretation, but also in being able to rock out, have a lot of fun and get the crowd involved.

Jason Hedges is the leader of the band, taking on the role of Tom Petty.  Hedges is a natural entertainer and easily gets crowds riled up and singing along.  He leads the band by drawing on a vocal style surprisingly similar to Tom Petty.  Other members of the band include Daniel App on lead guitar/backing vocals, Drew Doerr on bass/backing vocals, Logan Fischer on drums and Kris Criado on keyboards.

The “Free Fridays” concert will be one of the rare opportunities to see a Heavy Petty tribute concert in the near future. The band will still play an occasional Tom Petty tribute, but is concentrating on original material and plans to release an album of their originals later this year.

Heavy Petty is also one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that is sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).

The 2014 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.  This activity has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council, a grant from the Florida Department of State,  Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and a sponsorship from the Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 2 through Friday, Oct. 24 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2014 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For more information on “Free Fridays,” or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.


Healthier Preparation Methods for Cooking

When you prepare and cook meals at home, you have better control over the nutritional content and the overall healthfulness of the foods you eat. (You can also save money.)


Using Preparation Methods of Food Preparation

  • Stock up on heart-healthy cookbooks and recipes for cooking ideas.
  • Use “choice” or “select” grades of beef rather than “prime,” and be sure to trim the fat off the edges before cooking.
  • Use cuts of red meat and pork labeled “loin” and “round,” as they usually have the least fat. Nutrition - Fish Dinner (spot)
  • With poultry, use the leaner light meat (breasts) instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs), and be sure to remove the skin.
  • Make recipes or egg dishes with egg whites, instead of egg yolks.  Substitute two egg whites for each egg yolk.
  • For recipes that require dairy products, try low-fat or fat-free versions of milk, yogurt and cheese.
  • Use reduced-fat, low-fat, light or no-fat salad dressings (if you need to limit your calories) on salads, for dips or as marinades.
  • Use and prepare foods that contain little or no salt.


Cooking with Healthier seasonings 

  • Avoid using prepackaged seasoning mixes because they often contain a lot of salt.  Use fresh herbs whenever possible.  Grind herbs with a mortar and pestle for the freshest and fullest flavor.
  • Add dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary and marjoram to dishes for a more pungent flavor – but use them sparingly because they’re powerful.Nutrition - Herbs and Spices (original)
  • Use vinegar or citrus juice as wonderful flavor enhancers – but add them at the last moment.  Vinegar is great on vegetables, such as greens; and citrus works well on fruits, such as melons.
  • Use dry mustard for a zesty flavor when you’re cooking, or mix it with water to make a very sharp condiment.
  • To add a little more “bite” to your dishes, add some fresh hot peppers.  Remove the membrane and seeds first, then finely chop them up.  A small amount goes a long way.
  • Some vegetables and fruits, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, chili peppers, cherries, cranberries and currants have a more intense flavor when dried than when fresh.  Add them when you want a burst of flavor.


Preparation and Cooking Foods with Oils

  • Use liquid vegetable oils or nonfat cooking sprays whenever possible.Fats - Assorted Bottles of Oils (original)
  • Whether cooking or making dressings, use the oils that are lowest in saturated fats,trans fats and cholesterol – such as canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil – but use them sparingly, because they contain 120 calories per tablespoon.
  • Stay away from coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil.  Even though they are vegetable oils and have no cholesterol, they are high in saturated fats.


Alternative Cooking Methods to Frying

Instead of frying foods – which adds unnecessary fats and calories – use cooking methods that add little or no fat, like these:

  • Stir-frying.  Use a wok to cook vegetables, poultry or seafood in vegetable stock, wine or a small amount of oil.  Avoid high-sodium (salt) seasonings like teriyaki and soy sauce.
  • Roasting.  Use a rack in the pan so the meat or poultry doesn’t sit in its own fat drippings.  Instead of basting with pan drippings, use fat-free liquids like wine, tomato juice or lemon juice.  When making gravy from the drippings, chill first then use a gravy strainer or skim ladle to remove the fat.
  • Grilling and broiling.  Use a rack so the fat drips away from the food.Nutrition - Grilling Salmon Steaks (original)
  • Baking.  Bake foods in covered cookware with a little extra liquid.
  • Poaching.  Cook chicken or fish by immersing it in simmering liquid.
  • Sautéing.  Use a pan made with nonstick metal or a coated, nonstick surface, so you will need to use little or no oil when cooking.  Use a nonstick vegetable spray to brown or sauté foods; or, as an alternative, use a small amount of broth or wine, or a tiny bit of vegetable oil rubbed onto the pan with a paper towel.
  • Steaming.  Steam vegetables in a basket over simmering water.  They’ll retain more flavors and won’t need any salt.

Area home sales remain hot, increasing along with median price

With the summer home buying season starting to wane, Alachua County buyers closed on 255 existing single-family homes in July, up nearly 4 percent from the 246 sales in July 2013, while the median sales price shot up 14 percent to $194,000 from $170,000 a year ago.

The 255 sales marked the third-highest month of sales over the past four years, with the other two being June 2013 and 2014. It marked the fifth month out of seven this year that sales were up year-over-year.

The median price increase reflects a shift in the market to higher-priced homes and fewer distressed sales. The number of sales below $200,000 were down, but sales were up more than 20 percent in the $200,000-to-$600,000 range, including more than double between $250,000 and $300,000 with 35 sales.

The number of traditional sales were up 12 percent from 188 to 211, while foreclosures dropped from 52 to 39 and short sales dropped from six to five.

Statewide, single-family home sales were up 5 percent over the year, and the median price was up nearly 4 percent to $185,000 from $178,500 a year ago.

Florida Realtors Chief Economist John Tuccillo said the July numbers look very much like June’s numbers compared with the prior year, indicating a market that is settling into a stable pattern.

“I’m asked a great many times about the ‘new normal,’ meaning how the Great Recession changed the housing market. We are now beginning to see that the ‘new normal’ is really the ‘old normal’ with statistical patterns reminiscent of the market that prevailed prior to the frantic run-up of prices,” he said in a news release.

U.S. sales of all housing types in July were up 2.4 percent over June for the fastest pace of sales since July 2013, but they were down 4.3 percent from that month.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist with the National Association of Realtors, said sales momentum is slowly building behind strong job growth and a higher number of houses for sale.

“More people are buying homes compared to earlier in the year, and this trend should continue with interest rates remaining low and apartment rents on the rise,” he said in a news release.

The average rate for a 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgage dropped for the third-straight month in July to 4.13 percent, the lowest since June 2013, according to Freddie Mac.

Distressed sales are also down nationwide, accounting for 9 percent of sales, the first time the rate dipped into single digits since the NAR started tracking the statistic in October 2008. In 2009, distressed sales averaged 36 percent of all sales.

Sales of existing townhouses and condominiums dropped nearly 14 percent in Alachua County from 73 in July 2013 to 63 last month, while the median sales price rose more than 17 percent from $75,000 to $88,000.

Statewide condo sales were down nearly 7 percent over the year, and the median sale price was up more than 7 percent to $137,500 from $128,000 a year ago.


kitchen layout

How to Design a Kitchen Island

vanessa_brunnerBy Vanessa Brunner, Houzz.com Contributor

Size, seating height, all those appliance and storage options … here’s how to clear up the kitchen island confusion

The kitchen is one of the most complicated spaces to design in a house — and figuring out how to design an island can be confusing for homeowners. Houzz’s discussion boards are full of users asking for help on how to decide on a kitchen island size.

While there’s no set formula for figuring out how to size an island, some measurement guidelines can help. Kitchen designers Thomas Ahmann and Steve Justrich offer good advice for planning your kitchen island, starting with asking yourself six basic questions.

island's function

1. What is the island’s function?

Before you start thinking about smart storage solutions and what range you want, decide what your island’s main function is going to be. Most islands have a side devoted to cooking and a side devoted to eating, but what will your emphasis be? Prep work, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining? Or will you use it for everything, including homework and house projects?

If you want appliances and sinks in your island, you’ll need more space. If it will be used just for casual meals, seating should be your priority.

“The discussion regarding a kitchen island is really just a small subset of issues which the overall kitchen design and surrounding space must resolve,” says Ahmann. “In the overall scheme, what gets delegated to the island is part of the overall flow of working and living patterns. The island is part of a solution, and this is where most of the discussion should focus. Then the details will fall into place.”

kitchen island2. What appliances do you need in your kitchen island?

If you’ve decided you want to integrate appliances into your kitchen island, you need to plan for function as well as spacing. “If the main sink is in the island, you’ll need a dishwasher and have to decide if the dishwasher is to the right or the left of your sink,” says Justrich. If this is going to be your main prep area, you’ll need trash, recycling and compost areas nearby, too.

How big is your kitchen? If you have a large kitchen and your refrigerator isn’t near the island, you may want a smaller undercounter refrigerator nearby. If you’re installing a cooktop, take the space needed for an exhaust vent or hood into account. Make a list of everything you want in your kitchen island, in order of priority. You may not be able to get everything in your island, but try to get at least your top five features.

Kitchen Storage

3. How much storage do you need?

A lot of this depends on your kitchen layout. If you have space for a lot of cabinetry in the kitchen, island storage may not be a priority. If this is to be your main prep area, the sink and other appliances may have to come first, but try to make room for prep utensils and cutting boards near the sink.

“Typically, two 24-inch base cabinets back to back will accommodate most under-island functions,” says Justrich. “But make sure that your island isn’t too big, with extra space in the middle.”

Ahmann suggests making your island 3 feet wide, as that tends to look best — although sometimes a width of 2 feet is the best fit. The length can be as few as 4 feet, but he suggests planning for at least 7 feet if you need to accommodate a sink, a dishwasher and a cooktop.

How high should the counter be

4. How high should the counter be?

First things first: Determine your seating height. If you want to have bar stools at your island, you’ll need to decide if it’s 36 or 42 inches high. A 42-inch-high bar stool and bar tend to have a bit more flexibility — the island can be designed in two levels, with the working side set lower for prep work and the dining side higher to accommodate bar stools. The step in between is a handy place for electrical outlets, too.

A 36-inch-high bar provides for seating that’s between a typical bar stool and a table seat. It doesn’t allow for quite as much flexibility in design but can be a good choice for a defined eating area. Ahmann suggests leaving at least 12 inches of overhang for seating areas, but 15 to 18 inches tends to feel more comfortable.

kitchen layout

5. How will it fit into your kitchen layout?

Kitchens are anything but static — the busy nature of this space requires every part to be cohesively designed. Make sure that the working side of your island can function with the opposite kitchen counter. Will it make sense with the rest of your kitchen? Can it complete the work triangle of the sink, range and refrigerator? Or do you need another working area with a prep sink?

The open floor area around the island also requires some calculation. Ahmann suggests about 3 feet of floor space on the ends of the island. The working sides of an island should have 42 inches of space as a minimum, but more than 5 feet usually isn’t necessary. The entertaining and eating side of the island is usually determined by the adjacent space — a dining room or living room — if there is one.

Do you need a designer

6. Do you need a designer?

It depends. Islands are often the main gathering and work spot in the kitchen, so a lot of thought goes into them. “Anyone with a good sense of proportion and who takes care in planning for all the proposed uses can figure this out,” says Ahmann. “But that’s not everyone. A designer or architect can help in working this out, especially when related to more than just a working kitchen.”


Press Release


“Gainesville stone manufacturer to offer revolutionary new Dekton countertop material”

Gainesville, FL -

Local countertop manufacturer, Jackson Stoneworks, has been selected as the authorized fabricator in North Central Florida for a new material that represents the next step in the evolution of countertop surface materials. The new material is called Dekton and it signifies a technological and industrial leap forward in the countertop industry.

Made by Cosentino, Dekton is created through a process that employs an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years. Essentially, Cosentino’s process employs modern technology to mimic the earth’s natural processes for forming stone.

Known as “Ultra-compaction”, the process is responsible for the material’s revolutionary mechanical properties and contributes significantly to the material’s low porosity, making it low-maintenance and long lasting. The sinterization and ultra-compaction processes are exclusive to Dekton and create a non-porous material with a lack of micro-defects, which is designed to eliminate tension or weak spots in the material.

As the material does not require sealing, it is marketed as “Stain Proof” by its manufacturer Cosentino. The material also contains no resins, so it can withstand high temperatures without burning, scorching or cracking, and is resistant to abrasion.

The manufacturing process controls the pigmentation and decoration of the material giving the product color consistency from slab to slab, and because Dekton is also highly resistant to ultra violet (UV) light, it will not fade or degrade over time even in outdoor applications.

Dekton products are available in three thicknesses, from 8 to 20 mm, and have 5 times the flexural strength of granite, so it can be installed in thinner material over greater spans allowing for up to a 12-inch unsupported overhang on countertops, islands and bartops. This makes it an ideal material for walkways, pavers or driveways.

Jackson Stoneworks President, Tyler Ryals, was one of only 25 fabricators in the US selected to participate in certification training on the new Dekton material at Cosentino’s headquarters in Houston, TX, and Ryals believes that the product has a wide range of applications.

“It’s a great material and we are excited to have been selected. It’s stronger than natural stone and can be used for everything from walls, to floors, and of course countertops. And since it doesn’t fade in the sunlight, it’s an ideal material for outdoor applications like Outdoor Kitchens.”

For more information about Dekton materials, contact Jackson Stoneworks at 352-372-6600 or email them at dekton@jacksonstoneworks.com.

Fiber Up, Slim Down

Losing weight can be a frustrating experience if you feel hungry all the time.  Did you know you can curb your appetite — and your frustration with weight-loss efforts — by increasing the amount of fiber you eat?

High-fiber foods can help you lose weight by helping you feel full on fewer calories.  A healthy diet of lower-calorie foods and regular physical activity is your best strategy for achieving a healthy weight – and maintaining it.


The Scoop on Hunger and Satisfaction

How full you feel depends on several factors:

  • How often you eat
  • How much you eat
  • What type of food you choose
  • When your brain tells your body that it’s had enough food.

Why fiber?
High-fiber foods often require more chewing and have more volume. This can help your body recognize that it is full, before you start eating more food.  Fiber can also help reduce your cholesterol, ensure normal gastrointestinal function and lower your blood sugar.

Finding Fiber — Get the Skinny
Fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and leafy greens are some of your best bets for higher-fiber foods. The American Heart Association recommends eight or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, based on a 2000 calorie diet, and three servings of fiber-rich whole grains.

This or that?
Look at these two lunch choices.  On the left: a fried chicken sandwich on white large (1)bread with a shake.  On the right: a turkey and veggie sandwich on whole-grain bread with a blended fruit smoothie. Which is healthiest and best for weight loss? The turkey sandwich and the smoothie are – and they prove you don’t have to sacrifice taste when you eat healthier.  Better choices made consistently over time can lower your weight and improve your health.


spectacular wood counter

Dream Spaces: 12 Ultraglam Powder Rooms

Lisa Higgins
Houzz Contributor
Often the  smallest room in the house, the powder room is a place where homeowners can easily realize their most extravagant design aspirations. Remodeling one is less expensive — and less time-consuming — than revamping a living room or installing a new kitchen, so these manageable spaces are a good spot to get a lot of design bang for your buck.Graphic wallpapers and rich colors that might be overwhelming elsewhere provide pizzazz here. For lighting, think shimmering chandeliers or eye-catching pendants, rather than conventional overheads. Instead of a traditional vanity, why not use a modern vessel sink atop a wooden slab?If you’re itching for a small project, the powder room is a great place to experiment. Here are 12 inspiring spaces chock-full of good ideas that are easily transferable to many homes.
interior design
With its gleaming black walls enhanced with silver picture-frame wainscoting, this elegant room is the epitome of glamour. A vessel sink sits atop a waterfall slab of marble, flanked by two large square towel holders. The traditional Duchess sconces from Boyd Lighting come complete with luxurious tassels.
sink plumbing
The narrow floor-to-ceiling mirror behind the console sink makes this space look bigger — and also hides the sink plumbing. The soothing color combination works, too: Benjamin Moore’s yummy Seacliff Heights wall paint is teamed up with a dark gray textural tile backsplash (Wenge Mosaico by Fibra).
In a nod to the architecture of this Spanish colonial house in Phoenix, the powder room’s custom moldings and sink are made from Cantera, a quarried volcanic rock mined exclusively in Mexico and South America. The muted walls (painted Deep Ocean by Dunn-Edwards) set off an eclectic collection of vintage art, carved wood mirrors and hanging pendant lamps.
 spectacular wood counter
The wow factor here is the spectacular wood counter, custom made by the architects at Krannitz Gehl. But as they helpfully point out, you can do this at home: “You just need to get a big timber, blacken and wax it, drill holes for the plumbing and mounting plates, and bolt it to the wall.”More drama comes from the dark stacked-pebble tile and custom bronze sink with a WaterBridge faucet by Sonoma Forge.

chinoiserie design
Impress your guests with a striking wall covering like this chinoiserie design, Shantung Silhouette by Schumacher. Offsetting the boldness of the walls: a simple white pedestal sink (Memoirs by Kohler), a glass-fronted cabinet from Restoration Hardware and a large, gold-framed mirror.
pale wood floor
A design element in itself, this sleek, high-backed toilet (discontinued by Duravit; its Starck 1 model is similar) fits easily into the narrow confines of a modern space in San Francisco. The rich purple on the walls (Benjamin Moore’s Caponata) contrasts beautifully with the pale wood floor.
ornate mirror
There’s nothing expected in this half bath. Rather than a standard vanity, a chunky Turkish marble basin sits atop an antique painted chest. The muted blue shade (Pinedale Shores from Behr) on the walls shows off the framed art and ornate mirrors nicely.
powder room
This powder room, in a classic Greek revival house in Chicago, is beautiful in its simplicity. The veined gray and white tile wall is enhanced with touches of black (the base of the sink, the metal sconce) and glints of gold (a Kohler Purist wall-mounted faucet and soap dish). Add in the single, small oil painting, and it’s just about perfect.
oval mirror for primping
This moody blue, watery color scheme was inspired by Cape Cod, Massachusetts, although the house is in California. Other nice touches: shimmering wall tiles (Muse from Oceanside Glass), a large oval mirror for primping and a disco-ball hanging light (from James Modler) that reflects patterns on the wall.
soft grey walls
The vibe in this space is cool and collected, from the soft gray walls (Benjamin Moore’s Rocky Coast) to the elegant marble moldings and custom-made console. Silvery chrome legs on the console and a simple shiny mirror complete the design.
Rich gold rules in this dramatic space. Asuka wallpaper (from Osborne & Little), with its stylized white peonies against metallic gold leaves, sets the scene. The theme continues with luxe gold fixtures, including the towel bar and cabinet pulls.
Silent Auction & Member Mixer

BANCF Silent Auction/Mixer

What? BANCF Silent Auction/Mixer
When? August 14, 2014 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where? Santa Fe College

Silent Auction & Member Mixer

The annual BANCF Member Mixer held at Santa Fe College features music, open bar, food from some of Gainesville’s finest restaurants, and a Silent Auction filled with lots of great items. This year, Jackson Stoneworks will be featuring four Granite Lazy Susans cut from some of the most Exotic stones in the world. All types of items are available in the auction such as…a products or services from various companies, specialty items such as tickets to a concert, golf outings, dinners for two at a local restaurant, weekend getaways, gator tickets or other fun items. Proceeds from the Silent Auction benefits the BANCF’s educational and training division.

BANCF Member Mixers are fun events with more time to socialize and network with fellow members! This Member Mixer will host the ever-popular Silent Auction Luau Style. Put on your best Hawaiian attire and have some fun! Includes open bar, all-you-can-eat great food from our restaurant members and many items to bid on. Bring your spouse, employees, and co-workers! Proceeds from auction items fund BANCF’s Education and Training Programs including scholarships for building construction students at University of Florida and Santa Fe College.

Member Mixers are BANCF events that encourage meeting new people and having fun! After reviewing a member survey, it was evident that members wanted to have a casual event designed specifically for networking. Member Mixers provide just that…no speaker, no agenda! Lots of good food, drinks, and time to have fun and make important business contacts.

RSVP for next Thursday by clicking here.

Top 5 Tips to Staying Cool During Your Summer Workout

You’ve been exercising regularly, but now it’s summer — and hot. Sometimes even dangerously hot, and seemingly too hot to go work out.

But don’t decide this is the time for a little summer break from fitness, experts say, because you may be hurting yourself in the longer term.

“It’s important to continue exercising over the summer because the effects of exercise training are rapidly lost once training stops — use it or lose it,” said Barry Franklin, Ph.D., director of the William Beaumont Hospital Cardiac Rehab and Exercise Laboratories in Royal Oak, Mich. “Most studies suggest many of the key benefits are lost in four to six weeks of inactivity.”

Staying Cool During Your Summer Workout

Be smarter than the heat

Still, you can’t just ignore the heat because you could wind up with heat stress, heat stroke or other problems. So to keep the heat from melting your workouts, Franklin recommends you:

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Maintain salt-water balance by drinking plenty of fluids (preferably water) before, during and after physical activity.  Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
  2. Exercise smarter, not harder. Work out during the cooler parts of the day, preferably when the sun’s radiation is minimal — early in the morning or early in the evening. Decrease exercise intensity and duration at high temperatures or relative humidity.  And don’t hesitate to take your exercise inside, to the gym, the mall or anyplace else where you can get in regular physical activity.
  3. Ease in to summer. Allow your body to adapt partially to heat through repeated gradual daily exposures. “An increase in the body’s circulatory and cooling efficiency, called acclimatization, generally occurs in only four to 14 days,” Franklin said.
  4. Dress the part. Wear minimal amounts of clothing to facilitate cooling by evaporation. “Remember, it’s not sweating that cools the body; rather, the evaporation of sweat into the atmosphere,” Franklin said. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton.
  5. Team up.  If you can, exercise with a friend or family member. It’s safer, and could be more fun.

Know what’s up

Because vigorous exercise in hot and humid conditions can lead to heat stress, heat stroke and related complications, you should know the signs of danger to keep an eye out for.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Headaches
  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, moist skin, chills
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting or both

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Warm, dry skin with no sweating
  • Strong and rapid pulse
  • Confusion and/or unconsciousness
  • High fever
  • Throbbing headaches
  • Nausea, vomiting or both

Take steps to cool down and get medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

Transitional kitchens

12 Great Kitchen Styles — Which One’s for You?

by Sheila Schmitz
Houzz.com Contributor 

Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words: You know it when you see it, and the photo that inspires you most can often surprise you. Think you know your kitchen style? Check out these guides to a dozen favorite kitchen design themes, then tell us which one takes the cake.

Warm and homey farmhouses

Farmhouse kitchens. Warm and homey farmhouses anchored a life on the land, and they still offer great functionality and comfort. Their open shelving, wide sinks, classic flooring and big kitchen table make them easy to work in and easy to love.

rustic kitchens rival

Rustic kitchens. “Worn,” “distressed” and “rough hewn” may not be the first words that come to mind when we think of kitchens. But today rustic kitchens rival the classic white kitchen in popularity — thanks to their timber, stone, brick, vintage appliances and fireplaces.

modern kitchen designs

Modern kitchens. Definitions of “modern” vary widely, but when we think of modern kitchen designs, we often think of frameless cabinets, sleek and simple hardware, strong horizontal lines and a lack of ornamentation, with the natural beauty of the materials shining through.


Traditional kitchens. Traditional kitchens are defined by their details, which can include arches, decorative moldings and corbels, raised-panel cabinets, a mix of antique finishes and furniture-like turned legs — even a chandelier. Whether they have a classic American or old-world flavor, they still carry the stamp of their owners’ personal style.

Contemporary kitchens

Contemporary kitchens. Contemporary kitchens can be very sleek, but while a purely modern kitchen often celebrates structure and grid, a contemporary kitchen is often more playful in form and finishes, including elements of other styles and creating its own reflection of the times.

Transitional kitchens

Transitional kitchens. Think of a transitional kitchen as the great moderator. With the warmth and welcome of traditional design and the clean, simple lines of contemporary style, transitional spaces project balance and harmony. Because they offer a great deal of flexibility, they’re a great choice for homeowners whose taste spans the two.

Craftsman kitchens

Craftsman kitchens. Craftsman style arose in the early 20th century as a reaction to the mass-produced fussiness of the Victorian era. Its rich woods, built-ins, handcrafted tiles and well-made simplicity continue to charm us.

Cottage kitchens

Cottage kitchens. Cozy, happy and unpretentious, a cottage kitchen harks back to simpler times and evokes a sense of easy, carefree living. Beadboard, soft colors, vintage hardware, wood floors and colorful accents and curtains will infuse your kitchen with cottage comfort

Paris bistro kitchens

Paris bistro kitchens. If you long for a sugar-laced café au lait on Rue Monmartre, why not bring a little Parisian style into your house? Intimate kitchen lighting, pretty cookware on display, tile floors and a striped awning ought to do it.






Classic kitchens

Classic kitchens. What is classic? The answer is as varied as cooks are. Still, white or cream kitchen cabinets, simple architectural details and black accents offer a blank slate that homeowners can personalize with contemporary, traditional and eclectic touches as they see fit.

Mediterranean-style kitchens

Mediterranean-style kitchens. Flared hoods, hand-painted tile, warm wood cabinets, beamed ceilings and arched cooking alcoves are just some of the features that put Spanish revival kitchens on the most-wanted list.

Eclectic kitchens

Eclectic kitchens. Do you rebel against styles and refuse pigeonholes? It’s your house; you can mix and match for your own distinct kitchen style however you please. The trick: Be a rebel with a cause. Get ideas for a very personal kitchen, with touches of modern and rustic styles, well-traveled flair, humor and irreverence.