Sunday, April 19, 2015

Design SUNDAY | 4 Trends Popping Up in High-end Kitchens

brokerbeat New Canaan edited & reblogged HOUZZ
posted by Regi van der Heyden, New Canaan Realtor


Here's what luxury homeowners are adding to their kitchens.

Steam cooking

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    Steam ovens are becoming more popular in higher-end kitchens, said Adam Stickle, general manager of luxury home builder Primrose Homes in Pennsylvania.
    Some of the steam-cooking appliances have a compartment that can be can filled with water, but he said manufactures are starting to run water lines directly to the appliances.

    Touch open cabinets

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      Forget cabinet hardware.
      Stickle said he's been installing cabinets in high-end kitchens that open automatically with just a touch.
      The minimalistic look has also led to a more integrated kitchen, according to Jason Maltas, president of luxury home builder Gordon Gibson Construction in California, with hidden storage spaces for everything.
      "Think of those things like ladles and spoons that would usually be on the counter top in a vase," he said. "Instead now, they are integrated in a drawer that pops up next to the range and there's a space cut into the drawer for every utensil."
      All-star pantries
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        Pantries aren't just for storage any more.

        Owners want more functional, custom-built pantries that are "almost like a mini kitchen inside," said John Robinson, owner of luxury home builder Wood & Clay in New Hampshire. He's currently working on one that has a built-in coffee center, a mini sink, room for food prep and ample storage .

        Pantries might be getting bigger, but that doesn't mean owners want them to be noticeable. Steve Murray, president of Murray Homes in Florida, said he is building pantry doors flush with the cabinetry.

        "It takes away the need for huge banks of cabinets everywhere and it allows more flow and function."

        Refrigerated drawers

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          No more cramming the fridge after a big grocery haul. Refrigerated drawers are being added throughout kitchens to add more chilled storage space.
          "They look just like a regular drawer in your kitchen that you pull out," said Robinson, adding that nearly every kitchen he built in the last year had this feature.
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          Friday, April 17, 2015

          MILLENIALS.

          brokerbeat New Canaan edited & reblogged Entrepreneur
          posted by Regi van der Heyden, New Canaan Realtor

          Based on my personal experience (through/with my son) this article is SOOO true
          ... LOVE IT !!! As parents we have a lot to be proud of, and that's a REALLY GOOD Thing &:>




          Millennials are changing the way we do business.  

          I'm no expert in generational psychographics, nor am I a fan of generalities. But in having worked with entrepreneurs across four generations, I have observed several differentiating factors in the millennial generation that I believe are already changing the face of business and will completely alter what we expect from our workforce within the next 10 years. More than that, the way these differentiating factors show up in this generation of entrepreneurs will revolutionize how we perceive and create value in the marketplace.

          Here are the five ways millennials are different from generations before them.

          1. They don’t believe being shackled to tradition or location.
              This generation didn’t know a time without digital technology; they were weaned on it. They take for granted that you can put a playroom, a research library, a movie theater, and the yellow pages for the entire world in your pocket.
               While farmers were shackled to their fields and pastures, the industrialists were shackled to their factories, and the “mad men” were shackled to their offices, while the office drones were shackled to their cubicles, this generation is shackled only to their devices and the reach of a cell tower or Wi-Fi signal. As cellular and Internet coverage spreads, and devices become more and more powerful and portable, those shackles are becoming less and less restrictive.
               This generation has been accused of being lazy. But what generation hasn’t? What I see is that this generation believes in efficiency of effort for maximum impact. And they naturally use technology to achieve it.
               I’m reminded of the story of “The Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail,” which was part of Time Enough For Love by Robert Heinlein. The enterprising hero of the story was charged with the milking of the cows. But he wasn’t one to enjoy being up with the sun and he’d been told that was the time the cows required milking. He soon determined that the cows didn’t give a fig about the time of day, they cared only about frequency and results.
               That hero must have been a millennial ahead of his time. Because that’s exactly how this generation seems to approach the demands of any business. They figure out the required outcome and how to get it on their own terms.

          2. They don’t believe in the inherent value of face time.
               That isn’t to say they aren’t social. Nor is it to say they don’t ever want to take meetings with clients. They just don’t see why people get paid for showing up unless the job requires their physical presence. 
               Face time, to the millennials I talk to, is more valuable when there’s less of it. When it’s reserved for the really important pow-wows, or when it’s a smaller portion of the day.
               This is, of course, a direct consequence of technology as well, because that’s what makes it possible. But it’s also a recognition, I think, that the only way to have it all is to work at maximum efficiency when you work. For the millennial entrepreneur that means fewer face-to-face meetings and more emails, texts, video conference or calls. It means selling results, not hours on the meter or time in the building. The positive aspect of that is that this generation of entrepreneurs is also less likely to fall into the trap of selling their time or becoming a commodity.

          3. They believe in learning, not pieces of paper.
              While my clients of other generations are likely to tell me about the degrees they’ve earned, or about the prospects or projects they’re afraid they won’t get because of the degrees they haven’t earned, my millennials talk to me about what they’d need to learn in order to get the gig.
               Which isn’t to say this generation doesn’t value a formal education or certifications. But when it comes to personal growth or qualifications they value knowledge and experience more. Time will tell, but while the previous generations seemed to expect that once you graduated your education was finished unless you decided to pursue another degree, the millennials seem to have a mindset of continual learning. And why not? With a connected device they can audit courses from the most revered universities or consult Wikipedia and countless other reference sites. If they need some practical how-to advice they can find a forum or a YouTube video. They can learn continually and cumulatively without compromising their work or lifestyle.

          4. They believe in learning from someone else’s experience.
               In line with valuing learning over degrees, this generation is all about learning from anyone who has done something they want to do. They gobble up stories of successful trailblazers, they pick the brains of more experienced people in their industry, and they look to everyone from formal advisers to fictional characters as role models.

          5. They believe in life, not work-life balance.
               I’ve always had clients ask me about work-life balance. Not my millennial clients. They want to talk about designing a life. That life includes their family and friends, it includes their hobbies and pastimes and it includes their business.
               While many professionals in my generation are chanting the “what is the world coming to” mantra that sounds just like the one I heard from my parents, and is probably a lot like the one they heard from their parents, I’m excited. While others are saying “these kids have a lot to learn,” I’m thinking these innovators have a lot to teach.


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          Thursday, April 16, 2015

          Thursday | DARE TO BE GREAT


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          Wednesday, April 15, 2015

          12 Tech Tools to Help Sell Your Home Faster

          Couple Looking At House On Digital Tablet's ScreenFrom drones to capture aerial shots to high-quality videos, sellers are pulling out all the stops ... as the housing market has improved, so has another aspect of real estate: the tech tools available to help you.

          “Before the recession, agents were still marketing to other agents,” says Brian Balduf, co-founder and CEO of VHT Studios, which provides digital market services that include professional photography and video for real estate companies in Chicago. “Now you have to market directly to consumers. With the market coming back, you’re seeking all kinds of new apps and technologies.”
          According to data from the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of buyers use online tools in their home searches. Rather than waiting for agents to send them listings, they go online and tell the agents which homes they’d like to see. That makes what appears online even more important.
          “First impressions are huge, especially online,” says Adam Briley, leader of the Briley Homes team, which also includes his wife, Stacey, at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate in Omaha, Nebraska.
          With so much quality media online, the bar is high for real estate listings photos, videos and other material to make that impression, especially with .
          “Real estate is such a visual product,” says Balduf, who points out that websites such as Pinterest and Houzz are boosting expectations for home photos and videos online. “If the listing doesn’t have strong visuals … skip skip, skip,” he adds. Younger buyers don’t expect anything less than the best online, so Balduf says, “the days of just having a crummy photo in the MLS are over.”
          Among the tools that would-be homebuyers are using to scan their options before leaving their couches are professional photos, floor plans, 3-D walk-throughs and video.
          What works is “any method of marketing the home that allows people to create an emotional connection and way to see the home,” says Alyssa Hellman, Go leader at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Go Realty in Cary, North Carolina.
          Not all agents use the same tools, so a prospective seller’s interview with a potential listing agent should address specific marketing tools. Will there be professional photos? What about a floor plan or video? Exactly what is appropriate may depend on the home and the market, but it’s a discussion that’s important to have before you .
          “Online marketing is the most important aspect of getting a home sold these days,” says Karen Krupsaw, vice president of real estate operations for Redfin, a national real estate brokerage that has made the online experience a priority. “I do think that’s the critical component.”
          You also want to make sure your agent puts your home on all the major real estate portals, including Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia, because that’s where the buyers are. Plus, they should put the home up on the multiple listing service, the agent’s own website and social media.
          “Marketing on the portals is more important than ever,” Hellman says. According to comScore data, Zillow accounted for 40 percent of the traffic to real estate websites in January, with Trulia (which has been acquired by Zillow) accounting for 29 percent.
          Tech products also help agents market their services, since sellers want to choose the agent who will present their listings best. Last year, the Brileys hired a local production company to create a nearly five-minute video showcasing their team and its approach to clients. They also created a 76-page glossy magazine. They send both to prospective clients in advance of their listing meetings, with the idea that they are selling themselves ahead of time and just need to discuss the home in the meeting.
          “It was getting stagnant,” Adam Briley says. “We didn’t have the wow factor.”
          Here are 12 tech tools you and your agent may use to sell your home.
          Professional photos. Gone are the days when a few cellphone snapshots were adequate for a real estate listing. Buyers are searching online with tablets, phones and computers that allow them to see in high resolution. They want photos of every room. Balduf estimates that 15 to 20 percent of listings include professional photography, but the number is closer to 40 percent in Chicago. “That raises the bar for everybody else,” he says.
          Maps. Maps on agents’ websites, the real estate portals, local property appraisers’ websites and Google Earth all enable buyers to see what’s around a home they’re considering, whether it’s convenient shops and services or an eyesore.
          Easy-to-use search tools. Many buyers use Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Realtor.com or other portals to find the homes they want to see. But some brokerages may provide even more customizable tools, allowing you to search by amenities, draw borders or otherwise pinpoint your search. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, for example, lets customers search by commute time or school district. “They can search for homes that enable them to have the lifestyle they want,” Hellman says.
          Drone photography. Drones are being used by more companies to take aerial photos of large properties and more expensive homes with views.
          Floor plans and 3-D floor plans. Buyers like to know how a home’s rooms are connected. One way to do that is with a floor plan. VHT makes its floor plans interactive; if you click on the kitchen, you’re taken to the kitchen photos, for example. Redfin uses 3-D walk-through floor plans on all its listings in selected markets. “We find that more eyes on the walk-through means more interest in the home,” Krupsaw says.
          3-D immersive video tours. It’s now possible to “walk through” a home using immersive video, like that used in video games, wearing 3-D glasses and looking at a big screen.
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          Tuesday, April 14, 2015

          Ooey Gooey Melts

          6 NYC Grilled Cheese Shops You Really Need to Visit

          Layers of cheese melted between thick slices of bread—the classic grilled cheese is hard to
          beat. We’ve loved a good melt since we were kids, and New York City is far from over this
          cheesy sandwich. Chefs and sandwich aficionados have kicked it up a notch, stacking and
          melting gourmet grilled cheeses that we can bet your mother never made you. Serving up
          savory, sweet, and saucy melts, here are six NYC grilled cheese shops that you really need
          to visit.



          Melt Shop
          55 W 26th Street
          (212) 447-6358

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          The grilled cheese gurus at Melt Shop, serving at five locations in Manhattan, are determined
          to make the “best damn sandwich on the planet.” And, well, their savory-sweet melts like
          the “Truffle Melt” (havarti, truffle oil, and arugula on sourdough) and the “Maple Bacon”
          (aged cheddar, house-made ‘brick spread,’ and maple-glazed bacon on white bread) are
          pretty damn good. They’re even better with a side of tater tots and a milkshake (try the
          “Heath Bar Crunch” or “Nutella-Fluff”).



          La Maison du Croque Monsieur17 East 13th Street
          (212) 675-2227

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          Dedicated to croque monsieurs and gourmet grilled cheeses, La Maison du Croque Monsieur–
          which has a sister café in Paris–occupies a space that was once the home of an erotic novelist
          from the ‘40s named Anaïs Nin. The retro café’s grilled cheese sandwiches are named in
          honor of the saucy writer and her many gentlemen callers. La Maison’s classic croque Mr.
          Henry–named after her fellow writer Henry Miller–is made with slow-cooked Jambon de Paris,
          creamy Béchamel sauce, artisan cheese from Murray’s Cheese, and thick slices of Amy’s Bread.

          Cheese Grille
          188 Allen Street
          (212) 460-9383
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          Pair a grilled cheese with a beer or glass of wine at Cheese Grille. These sandwiches, made
          with bread from Balthazar Bakery, are excellent by themselves or with a bowl of the
          signature spicy tomato soup or a side of sweet potato tots. Try savory melts, such as the
          spicy ham and cheese (ham, gruyere, caramelized onions, and Dijon mustard) or dessert
          sandwiches, like the strawberry grilled cheese (chèvre, strawberry jam, and Speculoos on
          brioche with a side of ice cream).




          MeltKraft
          442 9th Street
          (347) 889-6290

          MeltKraft is making a name for itself with a daring grilled cheese menu, offering sandwiches
          like the “Valley Thunder” (cheddar, beef brisket, and baked macaroni and cheese) and the
          “Melter Skelter” (raclette, pickled green tomatoes, jalapeno, barbecue potato chips, and
          watercress). These grilled cheeses are made with artisan cheese from the shop’s own
          dairy farm in Long Valley, New Jersey.


          Little Muenster
          Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place225 Liberty Street
          (212) 786-0186

          They’re “stackin’ cheddar” and other cheeses at Little Muenster, serving a grilled cheese
          menu that rotates and changes with the seasons. With melted creations like lobster grilled
          cheese on a brioche bun and roasted butternut squash with asagio, this isn’t your average
          grilled cheese.




          The Wheelhouse
          165 Wilson Avenue
          (718) 483-9970

          New York City’s first build-your-own grilled cheese shop, The Wheelhouse, let’s you customize
          your grilled cheese from 15 types of cheese. Or, choose one of the sandwich shop’s house
          specialties, like the “Spicy Buffalo” (cheddar, blue cheese, fried chicken, red onions, and
          buffalo sauce on sourdough) or the “Grilled Kimcheese” (cheddar, spicy kimchi, and sliced
          green apples on multigrain).

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