5 items under $20 to keep your home looking like new

Whether it’s a new home, a newly remodeled space, or your new apartment - these items make keeping your space looking like new foolproof and easy. One of each makes a fantastic housewarming gift!

1- SLOBPROOF TOUCH-UP PAINT PENS

Fill these with each paint color that was used in your house. Then, touch-ups are a breeze and you don’t have to worry about prying open the paint can or accidentally drying out your can of spare paint.

2- GOOF OFF PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH REMOVER

Residue from the stickers on your new fixtures and windows is no match for this product. Also removes scuff marks, dried latex paint, duct tape residue, and candle wax. A little goes a long way!

3- MAGIC CLEANING ERASERS

Magic erasers will come in handy to remove scuffs and marks as well as clean sinks and bathtubs. They dissolve as they are used, so the 20-pack comes in handy. If you accidentally remove too much paint from your wall and expose the drywall, use the SLOBPROOF TOUCH-UP PAINT PENS to touch-up the paint and make it look as good as new.



4- MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTHS

These microfiber cleaning cloths are the best for getting a streak-free and lint-free shine on stainless appliances and glass (from windows to wine glasses). Although they are advertised to work with or without cleaners, we find they work best with a little cleaner.

5- WEIMAN STAINLESS STEEL CLEANER

This is the ONLY stainless steel cleaner that we have had streak-free success with, when used with microfiber cleaning cloths.

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Project Update: Stadium District

DRYWALL AND MILLWORK

Drywall is up and millwork is underway at our Stadium District project.

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NATURAL LIGHT

The light that flows in through the solarium roof in the family room is amazing, even on an overcast day.

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SNEAK PEEK

It won’t be long before we can show you the final product. There are lots of details that go into a vintage-appropriate renovation like this one, including milling new trim to match the original trim in the home and borrowing details from other portions of the house. Want a sneak peek? Have a look at this elevation drawing showing the fireplace and the range/hood wall of the kitchen.

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Brondell Swash 1000 vs. TOTO S500E

These two bidet seats were recently in a face-off as candidates for one of our projects, which all started because of a conflict between the framing and where we wanted to place the outlet.

When we opened the walls, we discovered that there was framing in the way of the outlet we planned to place to the right side of the toilet (the right side being the side that is on the right as you are seated on the toilet, not as you are looking at the toilet while standing in front of it) for the TOTO S500E bidet seat we planned to install.

Although the cord on the Toto S500E is long enough to reach around the base of the toilet to an outlet on the left side, we wondered if there was an equivalent option to the TOTO with the cord on the left side. This led us to a side-by-side feature comparison of the TOTO S500E vs. the Brondell Swash 1000.


SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON OF BRONDELL SWASH 1000 vs TOTO S500e

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DECISION FACTORS

When it came down to it, we liked the idea of a stainless steel nozzle. It just seemed more… sterilizable… and durable. The longer warranty seemed to support this thought as well.

We discovered that although the TOTO bidet seats are super popular, they apparently fall short in the “can sit on seat when closed” category. This seemed a silly thing to have to worry about, so that was another check in favor of the Brondell.

The one feature that would have been nice would have been user presets. This wasn’t a dealbreaker for our clients, but I think Brondell would be wise to add that feature to this model in order to solidly tip the scales. That tends to be a VERY important item for some buyers.

Although it was not a big factor in this decision, it is worth noting that the Brondell Swash 1000 is several hundred dollars less expensive than the TOTO S500E.

WHAT IS TOILET BOWL MISTING AND eWATER TECHNOLOGY?

Exclusive to TOTO, this is a toilet bowl cleaning feature that sprays a mist of electrolyzed water onto the bowl surface after each use and periodically (every 8 hours of non-use). There is also a pre-mist function that helps prevent waste from sticking to the bowl.

LESSONS LEARNED

The “typical” side for bidet seat cords is actually the LEFT side (as you are seated on the toilet). The TOTO models and two models of the Brondell Swash (1200 and 1400) are exceptions to that rule.

The lesson here: Decide which bidet seat you want and to verify which side the cord is on before your electrician wires the outlet for you.

FINAL DECISION

In the end, they chose the Brondell Swash 1000. Although the TOTO S500E’s pre-mist function seemed like a useful feature (all of today’s water-efficient toilets suffer from more frequent skid marks in the bowl), they weren’t convinced it would truly reduce the frequency of cleaning.

Have you had any experience with the eWater feature? If so, please tell us below in the comments.

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