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


by Becky Harris

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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. 

5 Steps to Loving Exercise

5 Steps to Loving Exercise … Or At Least Not Hating It

5 Steps to Loving Exercise

We all know the benefits of regular physical activity – increased energy, better cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke and looking more svelte.

But about 80 percent of Americans don’t make exercise a regular habit, and, according to a recent American Heart Association website survey, 14 percent say they don’t like exercise.

So how do you overcome an exercise aversion? Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D., assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has some tips to help you incorporate exercise into your life – and maybe even learn to like it.

  1. Exercise That Suits You
    Find an exercise that best fits your personality, Dr. Carnethon said. If you are social person, do something that engages you socially – take a group exercise class, join a kickball team or walk with a group of friends. Or, if you prefer having time alone, walking or jogging solo might be a better fit for you. MyWalkingClub.org is the perfect way to connect with others who share your goals, lifestyles, schedules and hobbies.Try some of these ideas to help you get moving – at home, at work or at play.
  2. Make it a Habit
    It takes about three weeks for something to become a habit, so give yourself the time to create a regular routine. One way is to try to exercise around the same time each day.
    “Exercise can become addictive in a positive way,” said Dr. Carnethon, who is also an American Heart Association volunteer. “Once it becomes a habit, you’ll notice when you aren’t doing something.”
  3. Build Exercise Into Your Lifestyle
    Be honest with yourself. If you don’t live close to a gym, it’s not going to become a habit for you. Likewise, if you are not a morning person, don’t plan on somehow getting up at the crack of dawn to make a boot camp class.“The key is building activity into your lifestyle so it is not disruptive,” Dr. Carnethon said.There are many ways to fit exercise into your life, and it doesn’t mean you have to make a big financial investment.

    You can borrow exercise videos from the library or DVR an exercise program. Do weight or resistance training with items around your home (for example, use canned goods as light weights).  Walking is great option, as well. The only investment is a good pair of shoes.

  4. Do Bouts of Exercise
    It’s OK to break up your physical activity into smaller segments, Dr. Carnethon said. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes a day of exercise most days, but if that sounds overwhelming, try three 10-minute workout sessions.You could do a quick calisthenics routine when you wake up, take a brief walk after lunch at work and, if you commute with public transportation, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
  5. Keep Going
    If you miss a day or a workout, don’t worry about it. Everybody struggles once in a while. Just make sure you get back at it the next day.“It doesn’t take too long to get back on track,” Dr. Carnethon said. “It’s easy to make something a habit again. You will see same benefits before. Any little bit you can fit in will show benefits.”

What Goes With Granite Counters?

Laura Gaskill
Houzz Contributor
They are classy and hard wearing and come in a range of shades — is it any wonder granite counters are still so popular? Whether you are planning a new kitchen or want a fresh look that works with your existing granite counters, here are eight ideas to get you started.
Kitchen and Bath
1. Whitewashed wood and watery blue. Granite counters with cool, gray tones work well with beach-inspired hues like silvery blue, whitewashed wood and white sand. Try stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, blue-gray glass tiles and whitewashed woodwork.
Granite Counter Tops
2. Duck-egg green and warm gray. Because granite is a natural stone, it makes sense that it would work well with other hues from the natural world. Try it with other rock and mineral colors, like duck-egg green and warm stone gray.
Granite countertopIn this kitchen the island cabinets are painted duck-egg green, while the rest of the cabinets are left crisp white. The warm gray wall color picks up the gray of the granite, and ties in with the stainless steel sink and appliances.
Counters: Persia Pearl Granite
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3. Taupe and cappuccino. Granite counters with a warm tone look beautiful surrounded by other rich, warm hues like taupe and cappuccino. Making some of the cabinetry white keeps the space from feeling too dark and heavy.
white kitchen
4. Crisp white paint and gray glass tile. For a fresh, modern look, try accenting gray granite counters with all-white cabinets, ceilings and walls. The flooring shown here is a light gray tile; dark wood would add a welcome touch of warmth to a cool gray scheme like this.
Black Granite
5. ‘Greige’ and white. Honed black granite counters like the ones shown here look sleek and stunning when paired with white cabinetry, wood floors and warm greige walls.
 black granite counters
6. Black, gray and white. Another option for black granite counters is to go a bit darker with graphite or charcoal walls and pure white cabinets. A chalkboard wall would also work well in a kitchen like this.
Alaska White granite counters
7. Warm white. Alaska White granite counters look a bit like marble — enhance the richness by painting cabinets and walls the same warm off-white hue. Pristine white ceilings keep the space feeling open, and pendant lights add to the elegant feel.
Sea salt and bottle green
8. Sea salt and bottle green. Using two shades of a similar hue is a great way to bring depth and interest to your space. A soft mineral green covers the walls in the space shown here, while a deep bottle green brings the island and range hood into focus. Warm wood floors keep the space feeling welcoming and relaxed.

Harn Museum of Art at UF, Enriching Audiences through Culture

by gainesvillechamber

Born and raised in a college town in Georgia, Dr. Rebecca Nagy has become quite comfortable living out her childhood fantasy of a life based on art.

Rebecca-Nagy-217x300Nagy’s love affair with the arts can be traced back to her childhood where she said her biggest influencers were her teachers. Years later, she found herself on the staff at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Today, Nagy heads the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

“I had a really good impression of the Harn before I started working here,” Nagy said. “When I traveled to visit Gainesville, my husband and I fell in love with the city. When I was offered the position with the Harn my husband and I were both very happy.”

“We both love the college town environment,” Nagy added.

Nagy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University where she majored in art and later earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She credits her career in the arts to her early travels.

“Traveling really fueled my interest in art,” Nagy said. “I always liked traveling and going to museums, from the time I was a kid.”

The Harn is a 112,800-square-foot facility that houses more than 9,000 works of art in the collection. The collection areas are Asia, Africa, modern art, contemporary art and photography. Nagy joined the Harn staff in 2002 and led the facility through its first major constructions since its opening in 1990.

There are six collections curators at the Harn who develop exhibits; Nagy emphasized the teamwork that is involved in each of the exhibit’s selection and execution.

“We try to provide a variety of exhibits that will be interesting and enriching to all of the different audiences we serve,” Nagy said.

Nagy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University where she majored in art and later earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She credits her career in the arts to her early travels.

“Traveling really fueled my interest in art,” Nagy said. “I always liked traveling and going to museums, from the time I was a kid.”

The Harn is a 112,800-square-foot facility that houses more than 9,000 works of art in the collection. The collection areas are Asia, Africa, modern art, contemporary art and photography. Nagy joined the Harn staff in 2002 and led the facility through its first major constructions since its opening in 1990.

There are six collections curators at the Harn who develop exhibits; Nagy emphasized the teamwork that is involved in each of the exhibit’s selection and execution.

“We try to provide a variety of exhibits that will be interesting and enriching to all of the different audiences we serve,” Nagy said.


This audience is made up of art lovers, college students and faculty, Gainesville residents, and students of all ages in the Gainesville area and beyond. When choosing new exhibits, the museum keeps their audience in the forefront of their mind.

In 2005, the addition of the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, which features a contemporary art display and a café, created an increase in attendance and excitement for the museum. The excitement and rise in attendance was mirrored in the opening of the Cofrin Asian Art Wing in 2012.

“With each of these additions, we saw an excitement from our public because there was something new and exciting to see,” Nagy said. “We were able to enhance the integration of the architecture, the art, and nature.”

This integration mimics the atmosphere of the Gainesville community. Nagy and her husband enjoy the many cultural amenities that Gainesville has to offer. As residents of the downtown community they enjoy being able to walk to many cultural destinations like the Matheson Museum, the Hippodrome, and the Thomas Center, to name a few.

“Gainesville is always getting better,” Nagy said.

As a member of the Chamber board, Nagy has a chance to experience and be a part of the changes and improvements in the Gainesville area. The museum plays a role in the intellectual atmosphere in Gainesville and is eager to integrate more technology into their museum experience.

“We’ve been working with Kinwa, a startup company in Gainesville, on an app called Bubble, which gives you information about select art pieces as you walk through the museum,” Nagy said.

In addition to incorporating more technology into their museum experience, the Harn (and Nagy) is committed to keeping interesting, up-to-date exhibits rotating throughout the facility. Current exhibits include “String of Pearls: Traditional Indian Painting” and “Life is a Highway: Prints of Japan’s Tokaido Road” among many others.

Last July, the Harn released its five-year strategic plan, in which the mission statement was revised and four goals were clearly defined, one of which is “Innovation through Technology.” This goal is being met through ideas like the Bubble app. The Harn is also currently redesigning the website to be more interactive and user-friendly. The new website is set to launch this fall.

In the meantime, visit harn.ufl.edu for exhibit and other museum information.

Walk, Don’t Run, Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Healthy HeartOK, so you’re not much into running? Or maybe you’ve had an injury and can’t run. Then just walk — every step you take is part of your journey to good heart health.

In fact, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running, according to a new study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Science Division in Berkley, Calif. All three conditions are risk factors for heart disease and stroke — and you can do something about them.

Researchers analyzed 33,060 runners in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study. They found that the same energy used for moderate- intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease over the study’s six years. Read more about the study highlights.
The more people walked or ran each week, the more their health benefits increased.

“The findings don’t surprise me at all,” said Russell Pate, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. “The findings are consistent with the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity in adults that we need 30 minutes of physical activity per day, at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week to derive benefits.”

On Your Mark, Get Set … Walk!
Maybe you’ve been sedentary for a while. No problem.

“Just get started,” Pate said, “even if it’s a few additional minutes per day.”

It’s not all or nothing; it’s step by step. So set a reachable goal just for today. Then you can work toward your overall goal of 30 minutes a day by increasing your time as you get in better shape.

“Just find an approach that you find enjoyable,” said Pate, who is also a volunteer for the American Heart Association. “It may be the setting, doing it with someone or walking alone because you appreciate the solitude.”

And if you’re busy — like most of us — you can split up your walks into 10-15 minutes each. You can also work in walking when you:

  • Take the dog out for a stroll through the neighborhood.
  • Spend quality time with the family at the park.
  • Park farther from your workplace and use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Window shop at the mall.
  • There’s lots of ways to engage in it,” Pate said.

It’s So Easy — and It Works
All you have to do is lace up with a good pair of sneakers — and walk. It’s that easy. It’s also safe, the least expensive and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.

“It’s not a skill-dependent form of activity,” Pate said. “It’s the most accessible form of physical activity. You can do it almost anywhere. And it doesn’t require a lot of equipment.”

Before you know it, brisk walking can become a part of your daily routine. And you’ll reap plenty of benefits:

  • For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours.
  • Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day improves your heart health.

“Clearly, walking is an important form of physical activity,” Pate said.

Roca W+W

Meet the New Super Toilets

Indoor plumbing is arguably the greatest invention in the history of humankind (with the possible exception of Peeps sushi). And the porcelain and chrome toilets that grace most bathrooms in the industrialized world work fine. While most people think, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” some gadget-happy companies — especially in Japan — say, “Why not?”

Fancy electric high-tech toilets, which the Japanese call super toilets, can be found in more than 72 percent of Japanese households. At minimum they include a bidet feature and often a seat warmer.

High-tech features vary, but most of the toilets use electricity to provide warming, automation and bidet functions.

Numi SquarishThe Kohler Numi’s squarish, angled shape, subtle buttons and strange automatic lid make it look like it’s anything but a toilet.

It has a motion-activated lid that automatically opens when anyone stands in front of it and what Kohler calls “advanced bidet functionality,” which is an integrated air dryer.

The appliance, however, goes beyond the normal functions of a toilet and adds atmosphere. It has a heated seat and even a subtle air vent that warms the floor in front of the fixture.

It even has an atmosphere light and a music player. A touch-panel remote, which attaches to the toilet with a magnetic docking station, lets you customize all the settings.


Japan super toiletThe leading super toilet maker in Japan is a company called Toto. And if you’ve ever visited a nice hotel in Japan with a Toto toilet, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore.

Toto’s most advanced toilets are sold only in Japan, with controls labeled only in Japanese. The most advanced Toto toilet you can buy in the United States is the Washlet S300.

It has a heated seat, a remote-controlled bidet feature with air drying and the option of an oscillating bidet stream of water.

Roca W+WRoca W+W, which stands for “washbasin plus water closet,” uses advanced technology to help the environment.

The water appliance saves, filters and chemically treats the sink water you use to wash your hands and brush your teeth, then reuses that water for flushing the toilet.

The net effect is that you use the same amount of water in the sink but zero extra water for the toilet.

Recognizing Roadblocks in Weight Loss

Health TipKeeping extra weight off can be as challenging as losing it. You may be tempted to go back to your old habits. It takes commitment to stick to your new, healthy lifestyle. Yet when you do, you may notice that you have greater self control with food, feel stronger, have better eating habits and are in better overall shape!

A couple days of tracking your calories with our food diary can help figure out how to dodge the food traps.

Decide ahead of time how you will deal with your habits and temptations to veer off course. If there are mental or emotional barriers that have previously kept you from losing weight, find ways to deal with them so that you don’t sabotage your weight loss efforts.


Here are some common roadblocks and solutions.

Roadblock Solution
I get hungry between meals and end up buying snacks out of the machine at work or the convenience store. Always keep low-calorie heart-healthy foods around. Use a shopping list, and don’t shop when you’re hungry. Learn healthy substitutions for high-calorie foods.
If I go to a buffet, I just can’t control how much I eat. Take one minute at a time while you are in front of the buffet table and remind yourself how hard you are working to lose weight. Put a small portion on your plate and don’t go back for seconds. Believe that you can do it and you will!
I usually grab something on the way home from work because I am so tired, I don’t feel like cooking. Plan your meals a week at a time over the weekends and cook partial meals then so that you have most of your meal prepared and only need to heat it up and add finishing touches. Check out some of our recipes. For those with cardiovascular conditions, try some of our low-cholesterol, low-sodium and diabetes-friendly recipes.
I can’t seem to resist my cravings for sweets and salty foods. When you start having a craving, drink a tall glass of water. Fooling your stomach into thinking it’s full can guide you past the craving.
I love dessert. I can’t give it up! When you crave a high-calorie food, eat a small amount and forget about it, instead of resisting until you give in and gorge on it. If you don’t trust yourself with just a little, don’t eat any at all. You can also find some smart substitutions and trade-offs with our list of ways you can save calories.
I don’t like working out. It’s boring. Stay active! Don’t give up on your physical activity plan. Find an exercise partner or exercise class to help you stay interested. Visit our Physical Activity website and START! Website to learn how to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Get tips for long-term success.

Lapsing and Relapsing

A lapse is a small mistake or return to old habits. This can happen when you have a bad day and overeat or skip exercise.

A relapse is when you go back to old habits for several days or weeks.

Remember that having a lapse or relapse is not failing. You can get back on track. Think about whether you feel hunger (gnawing in your stomach) or urges (mental cravings for food). When you feel an urge, set a timer for 15 minutes and wait, or do something else before eating. This will teach you to be in control of your desire for food. Try to use other ways to respond to life’s stresses besides eating. Take a brisk walk, start a new hobby or calm yourself with advice from our Stress Management website.


Classic Finish: Once and Always Chrome

by Paul Anater
Houzz.com contributor

Other kitchen and bath finishes come and go (remember antique brass?), but chrome never goes out of style. Chrome remains my go-to finish when I want a design to come across as clean, bright and tailored.

Chrome is one of the more common elements on the earth. Chromium ore, also known as chromite, comes from a few sites around the world and is an important resource in South Africa, Turkey, Russia and India. Most people know chrome from its distinctive shine, but chrome almost never occurs in nature that way. Rather, it’s combined with other elements to form compounds that do everything from give rubies their red color to allow human beings to metabolize sugar.

Chrome was an important pigment long before it became a faucet finish. Here’s a fun chrome fact: The yellow color of a school bus is actually chrome yellow, a paint derived from chromium ore.

It wasn’t until the early 1920s that somebody figured out how to electroplate base metals with chrome. It was in that same period that the chrome faucet made its debut. The corrosion-resistance and luster of chrome plating made it an instant hit. It’s been the most common faucet finish sold ever since.

These days, chrome competes for attention against brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and others. Something tells me, though, that it’s chrome that will have the staying power. What about you?

chrome bridge faucet

The combination of a chrome bridge faucet, a chrome sprayer and glass knobs on the cabinetry take the shine of the stainless steel refrigerator and spread it throughout this whole kitchen, though with an appealing subtlety.

vanity top
A vanity such as this one is what I meant when I described chrome as “tailored.” The chrome wall-mounted faucet, chrome sconces and chrome hardware on the vanity itself are as pulled together as a Chanel suit.
nickel cabinet handles
The chrome faucets, nickel cabinet handles, stainless steel sinks and red enamel Aga range combine to make an even and pleasant range of metal finishes in this kitchen.
chrome escutcheon
A chrome knob, a chrome escutcheon and a white cabinet door is an enduring classic that comes as close to being “timeless” as anything I can imagine.
mirror-like shine
The mirror-like shine of chrome hardware makes a brilliant counterpoint to the honed marble and dark cabinetry in this bathroom.
chrome fixtures
This bath design takes a page from the tail end of the Arts and Crafts movement, and its chrome fixtures are period-perfect. Despite the modern flourish of the frameless shower enclosure, this bathroom reads as if it were 90 years old.
chrome fixtures
The chrome fixtures in this warm and spa-like bathroom show that shine needn’t be cold.
island  kitchen
The chrome pendant lights over this island take this kitchen’s Rule of Three symmetry into the stratosphere.
galvanized steel bar stools
The chrome faucets, galvanized steel bar stools, black enamel lights, chrome strap hinges and stainless steel refrigerator add up to a cornucopia of metal finishes. This combination shows once again that purposefully mismatched metals can be a winning approach to the design in any room.
kitchen's complex design
This kitchen’s complex design is masquerading as simplicity, and the chrome flourishes are an important part of the act. The twinkle of chrome lifts the eye up and draws attention to the handsome shapes of the windows.
shin, marble counters tops
The warmth is in the wood int his kitchen. It’s in the wood and only the wood. The chrome legs on the stools combine with the shine on those counters, and together they make the walnut cabinetry appear to be even softer than it would otherwise.

Preventing Injury During Your Workout


Walking is one of the safest ways to get more physical activity. Minimize your injury risk with these tips:

Get a smart start
Start low and go slow with supportive, well-fitting, cushioned athletic shoes. Increase your walking time or distance by 10 to 20 percent each week. Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles to avoid the wear and tear that can contribute to injuries. See “Sneaker Savvy” handout. You can find a list of walking shoes recommended by the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine at http://www.aapsm.org/walkingshoes.html.

Avoid blisters
Studies have shown that synthetic fiber socks decrease blisters compared to cotton socks. (Cotton tends to absorb moisture and increase friction.) Look for socks that are made with synthetic fibers such as Coolmax®, acrylic or polypropylene. If you buy new shoes, start with a short walk so that new pressure points don’t irritate your skin.

Skip the shin splints
Shin splints (pain on the front of your lower leg) can occur if you increase your walking distance and speed too quickly or add too many hills too soon. Prevent them by wearing athletic shoes with adequate support and cushioning and gradually increasing your walking mileage and pace. Be sure and stretch your calves (both straight and bent knee) after walking.

Nix the knee pain
There are many causes of knee pain, including osteoarthritis and other problems. If you experience knee pain when you exercise, talk to your doctor. You may need a new pair of walking shoes with better support or cushioning. You may also benefit from strengthening and/or stretching exercises targeting the muscles that support the knee and hip.

Happy trails
Don’t forget to look both ways when you cross the street — especially with many quiet hybrid cars on the road! If you’re listening to your iPod, make sure the sound doesn’t drown out street noise. Wear light-colored clothing with reflective strips if you’re walking at dawn or dusk.

Walking on sidewalks is safest. If you walk on the road, walk against traffic so you can see approaching cars. There is a slight grade from the middle of the street to the curb to allow for water drainage. Walking on the edge of the street forces the downhill leg to bend slightly inward, stretching your iliotibial band (a ligament that runs along the outside of your thigh). This could cause some irritation and pain. Alternate walking on different sides of the street so you don’t have the same leg consistently on the downhill slope.

Concrete sidewalks are less forgiving than asphalt. Cinder tracks and dirt trails are even softer and gentler on your joints.

Walking paths and hiking trails can be scenic and refreshing. Just watch out for uneven terrain, rocks, tree roots or hidden holes, which could cause ankle injuries. You may want to invest in lightweight trail running or hiking shoes, which provide additional support for walking in the great outdoors.

Injury 101
Listen to your body. If you feel pain, particularly if it increases or comes on earlier in your walk, limit your activity and contact your doctor.

If you experience an injury while walking, follow the RICE prescription and call your healthcare provider:

  • Rest. Rest the injured area. Get off your feet!
  • Ice. Apply a bag of ice to the injured area for about 20 minutes. Ice is nature’s anti-inflammatory and can reduce tissue damage. Use a bag of frozen peas if you don’t have an ice bag handy. Place a wet cloth between the ice pack and your skin. Repeat morning, after work and evening as long as you experience pain and/or swelling.
  • Compression. Use an ace bandage/wrap to secure your ice bag to the injury with some pressure. This can help control swelling.
  • Elevation. If your foot or knee is injured, sit or lie down with your leg elevated at/above heart level. This reduces swelling and can help promote faster healing.
Tim Giuliani

CEO unveils assertive 5-year plan for local development

By Anthony Clark
Business editor at the Gainesville Sun

Tim Giuliani

Gainesville’s economic development agency unveiled a five-year plan Wednesday that encompasses a wider region, targets growth in specific industries and promises to recruit more companies with nearly triple the number of jobs of the last plan.

The Council for Economic Outreach revealed the plan to CEO investors — businesses that have contributed to the agency — during a luncheon at Mark’s Prime Steakhouse with more than 60 people in attendance. CEO, an arm of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, will kick off a $6 million fundraising campaign in the fall chaired by Todd Powell of the Plum Creek Timber Company.

Current investors already have committed verbally to donate $3.2 million, equal to the last campaign, said Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the chamber and council.

The plan increases the council’s job creation goal from 1,200 to 3,500 and adds a goal of $1 billion in regional infrastructure investments.

The council kicked off its five-year planning process early after surpassing its goals for the last plan — called Momentum 2015 — in 2½ years, which included creating 1,200 jobs and $5 million in capital investment. Nanotherapeutics alone committed to a $135 million investment to build its new facility in Alachua.

CEO now is working with 48 companies on retention, expansion or recruitment projects, compared with 10-12 projects when Giuliani arrived in 2012, with a goal of 70 by the end of the year.

Since the CEO investors last met in March, the agency is working with 30 percent more companies, the number of potential jobs has increased from about 2,000 to more than 4,000, and the potential capital investment is $337 million, according to Susan Davenport, vice president of economic development.

“We’re working diligently to close as many as possible,” she said.

Five companies already have announced local commitments this year, the biggest being Gainesville-based Optym’s expansion project to add 100 jobs and spend nearly $5 million renovating a building, and Davenport said three more announcements are pending.

Some of the highlights of the plan presented by Giuliani include:

— Recruiting companies to the broader region to compete against bigger cities.

— Targeted recruiting in specific industry clusters in which the region has an advantage, including logistics, advanced materials, agricultural life sciences, human life sciences, software and information technology, and, crossing all industries, advanced manufacturing.

— Marketing the region to the world, as well as internally so local business leaders can spread the word as they travel.

— Partnering with CareerSource North Central Florida to develop skills for available job opportunities.

— Working with community partners to address an achievement gap by providing opportunities and career tracks to people who feel they do not have an opportunity today.

— Taking a more comprehensive approach to economic development by addressing public policy, workforce issues, jobs for all education levels and regional investments.

— Involving more active stakeholders to present a united front for economic development.

Giuliani also listed several concerns that arose out of about 150 stakeholder meetings in updating economic development concerns, including a perception that the region is too small to be a global player “and that’s simply not true. We need a marketing initiative to speak to that.”

Other concerns included a need for more management-level talent, more buildings with flexible space and wet lab space, more jobs for unskilled and semi-skilled labor, a lack of capital to fund new enterprises and a more business-friendly ecosystem, he said.

Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy, the keynote speaker, said city government has made a lot of progress — from the staff level to elected officials — in finding common ground with the business community.

Braddy accompanied chamber members and staff on a recruiting trip to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore in May, and upcoming trips are planned for Chicago, Silicon Valley and New York to meet with companies and site consultants.

Kamal Latham, the chamber’s vice president of public policy, said the city has adopted nearly half of 27 recommendations that the chamber made regarding issues such as regulatory affairs and permitting, and another third are in progress.

Chamber staff provided an update on several ongoing initiatives that include support for a larger convention center and Plum Creek’s development plans, helping companies interested in exporting, creating headhunting services for trailing spouses to find work, and listing job opportunities with Santa Fe College counselors, among others.


Clever Extras for a Perfectly Personalized Kitchen Sink

Professional chefs often refer to the benefits of mise en place, French for “putting in place.” In a pro’s kitchen, it involves arranging cooking ingredients and food prep areas to minimize movement and maximize efficiency. Increasingly, kitchen sink manufacturers are making it so home chefs can easily organize their meal preparations around the sink — and they are doing it so effectively, you could find yourself spending even more time in front of the vessel.

There are a whole host of accessories for kitchen sinks, from bottom grids to colanders to cutting boards and much more. The breadth of what’s available makes cooking and cleanup easier and lets you tailor a sink to your personal cooking and cleaning style.


Cutting Boards: Different Ways to Slice and Dice

The Blanco ONE system is marketed as a workstation rather than a regular sink. As the series’ tagline says: “ONE collection, endless stories.” With the many accessory options offered by Blanco and other makers, it seems the configuration possibilities are also endless. Here, a custom ash wood cutting board drops into the center of a D-shaped Blanco sink (many people like the shape because the curve can accommodate big dishes and pans with long handles), so washing and chopping can happen in nearly the same spot.

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Mark Hird, senior product manager for stainless steel sinks at Elkay, says that the latest kitchen accessories are designed with an eye to making life in the kitchen easier. The Avado series comes with a cutting board with a cutout for running water or waste. “The idea is that you can chop and prepare food, and swipe the scraps through the hole and down to the disposal,” he says.

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One of the most tricked-out sinks on the market comes with an intriguing cutting-board system. The Galley Workstation features a series of sliding and drop-in accessories, including at least two cutting boards made of either bamboo or polyethylene. “I like to have two cutting boards, one for meat and one for vegetables,” says Roger Shollmier, the inventor of the 4-year-old product. “The Galley Workstation always has cutting boards ready and waiting.” The unique system (which can also be used in outdoor kitchens) can include a drying rack, bowls and colanders that slide across the sink’s rim.

Utensil Racks

Hird says Elkay came out with the E-Dock sinks in an effort to clear the clutter that surrounds the basins of busy people. “The sink has a band around the entire perimeter and magnetic accessories such as a hook, a soap dish, a sponge rack, a utensil holder and a garbage disposal plug that can attach anywhere on the basin,” he says. “The idea is that they can be removed when needed and adjusted to fit how you use the sink.” (Two other Elkay signatures are shown here. The wavy grid keeps blades from slipping through the rack, and the Perfect Drain has no food-trapping lip.)


The Blanco ONE drop-in utensil caddy (seen on the left), is being touted as a way to keep tools both safely out of the way and at hand. The knife block is marketed as a way to keep the blades sharp, and the larger cubby makes a convenient resting place for spatulas, whisks, spoons or other prep items.


Mike Marbach, product manager for stainless steel sinks at Kohler, says that new products such as the Strive system are the result of hours spent observing Americans as they work in the kitchen. “People let us into their homes, and we saw how they prepare food for daily meals and for entertaining,” he says. “The design of systems like the Strive came from that.”

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One of the things researchers noticed is that people are looking for a simple place to hang a dishcloth. “Sometimes it was placed over the divider or faucet, sometimes on the edge of the sink, sometimes crumpled on the counter,” he says. “One of the features of the Strive is a dish towel rack that hangs off the sink divider.”

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Another hanging rack can hold sponges and utensils.

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Bottoms Racks: To Have Is to Hold

The bottom grid is perhaps the best-known accessory (and seen in many of the sinks pictured here, including this one from Franke). It keeps the bottom of the sink from scratching, but many people rinse produce on it as well.

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A new breed of rack is rising from the depths of the sink, and it’s more about working hard than protecting beauty. This staggered rack available in the Blanco ONE system has lower and higher levels. One protects the bottom of the sink; the other makes for a more accessible place for washing food or drying stemware.


“We found that people love a large sink basin, but they don’t necessarily love bending over it,” says Hird. “Wire racks that sit on very small ledges in the upper third of the basin [such as the rack in this Gourmet series Elkay sink] bring things closer.”

Rinse Baskets and Colanders

Rinse Baskets and Colanders: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Another sink in Elkay’s Gourmet series can be ordered with a full-basin rinse basket. Whether you are washing the Thanksgiving turkey, your garden bounty or a big farmer’s market haul, this supersize basket can handle the task.

kitchen suppliesMaking Sense of the Options

“Research shows that the kitchen sink is the most used appliance in the kitchen,” says Brad Kiel of Franke. “It really makes sense to think all of the options through before making the decision.” One of the options is Franke Oceania series sinks.
kitchen sink appliancesKiel suggests really thinking about how you cook to determine what you need. Most accessories are add-on purchases, so considering your cooking style will help you determine if you need a built-in cutting board or a tray equipped with prep bowls that can double as servers (as seen on this Kohler Stages sink).

Once you have thought it through, Kiel suggests purchasing the accessories when you purchase the sink. “All of them are made to fit specific sinks,” he says. “Buying the accessories when you buy the sink ensures you will have the perfect fit for your model.” (There are some generic products on the market, but achieving a tailored fit is tough.)

Marbach says that checking out online sources and showrooms is a good way to educate yourself about the full array of add-on accessories available.

Storage is a consideration, Hird notes. “When you are buying extra items, you have to think about where you are going to put them,” he says. He also suggests thinking first about the type of sink, and the accessories after that.

“In the past many people haven’t put much thought into the selection of a sink; they chose what looked good or what they had had in the past,” says Cassy Osborne, product manager for Moen sinks. “Today, with all the options out there, choosing a sink that works for you really makes a great difference in how your kitchen works.”