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2014 Kitchen Trends for Your Coastside Kitchen

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Renovating your coastal kitchen can be full of decisions, new design ideas, vibrant colors and modern materials. However, if you are planning on selling your home in the next few years, it may be best to keep the design choices fairly neutral and current with what’s “in” for this year.

What’s “in” for 2014? According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s latest style report, the verdict for 2014 kitchens is: simple, clean and minimal. The association polled 420 designers about what homeowners want this year and the booming results were a contemporary space with simple style, neutral colors and clean lines with minimal ornamentation. Useful features that blend within the functionality of the kitchen, such as pullout and touch-activated faucets, topped the list.

Here’s a brief summary of top picks in kitchen design this year. If you are renovating or updating your kitchen, you may want to incorporate some of these features that home buyers will be looking for:

Flooring: Wood floors remain the top choice in kitchen flooring.

Color scheme: While the dominant kitchen colors last year were whites and off-whites, nearly 75% of designers polled said that gray will dominate this year’s color choice.

Cabinets: Expect darker woods to grow in popularity this year, taking over the white cabinet era. Glass doors will continue their popularity.

Countertops: Granite still remains a popular and practical choice but expect to see quartz beginning to outpace granite. As quartz gains in popularity, complimenting it with glass backsplashes will be a kitchen favorite.

Sinks: Stainless steel is always a tried and true favorite but growing in popularity in 2014 is composite granite, made from a mix of granite stone dust plus acrylic resins. Another innovation in the sink department will be pull-out faucets and touch-activated faucets replacing the old standards.

Appliances: Everyone always has space-saving in mind and with that trend, designers expect to see more microwave drawers in 2014.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

** Pictured here is the second-place winner in the large-kitchen category by Claire Reimann of Jason Good Custom Cabinet. (Joshua Lawrence/National Kitchen and Bath Association)

Coastside Home for Multi-Generational Families

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

We found a very interesting article in The Residential Specialist, an industry newsletter, reporting the newest trend of more and more multi-generational families living together either for economic needs, elderly parents moving in to have the care and support of family members, or college graduates moving back in due to the down economy.

This led us to thinking what a great opportunity we have available in 181 6th St. This property allows the creation of a legal 2nd unit on the main level; perfect for adult children or grandparents needing the extra care of family instead of paying the high cost of assisted living and being taken care of by strangers.

It’s an interesting read on the facts, the stats, and the benefits of multi-generational living. Read the whole article for yourself.

Family Reunion
By: Daniel Rome Levine

For Manuel Vargas, CRS, space can get a little tight in his office during client meetings. That’s because Vargas, a broker associate with Keller Williams Realty Landmark in Queens, N.Y., specializes in working with families in which multiple generations are looking to live together under one roof.

Vargas recently helped three generations of one family, 15 people in all, who pooled their savings and paid $950,000 for a house in which the parents, their three married sons and their son’s children could all live together. The home was specially designed for such families and was divided into four separate units, each ranging in size from 700 to 1,100 square feet.

The family bought the home using a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. They pooled their resources equally in order to come up with a 5 percent down payment, or $47,500, and the balance was covered by the loan. Vargas says, in general, up to five people can co-sign on an FHA loan, which makes it possible to secure a loan even though each individual alone may not earn enough to qualify for a loan.

“This is a huge trend right now,” says Vargas. Indeed, the number of multigenerational families living together is on the rise in New York and across the country — up over 30 percent to 5.1 million households between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S Census Bureau.

A 2010 Pew Research Center study found a record 49 million Americans, or 16.1 percent of the total U.S. population, living in households that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation.

If you have any questions, would like to see our great property suited to a 2nd unit on the main level, or you’re ready to buy a coastside home and want to explore the other great properties in the area, contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903. Our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

 

Start at the Studs to Remodel Coastside Bathroom

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

When deciding to renovate your Coastside home bathroom, there is a difference between remodeling to increase the value of your home and a quick-staging remodel if you're planning on selling your coastal home in the short-term.  

Most experts agree if you are preparing your home to sell, it’s worth the work to add a fresh coat of paint, update tile or grout, add a new vanity,  and update lighting & accessories to look great on the surface to buyers.

However, if you aren’t planning on selling soon, you need to consider how to protect your bathroom from its greatest enemies: moisture, mildew and mold.

Renovating on a deeper level like this will cost more upfront but will give you years of stress-free living in your home while increasing the value when it’s time to sell. To protect your bathroom from major repair down the road, start your renovation at the studs. Upgrade your walls, ceilings and subfloors to ensure your new bathroom will stand up to the dreaded mold and mildew that comes from continuous water and steam.

The bathroom is the most remodeled room in a home and we’ve shared some advice below to help in the planning and design stage.

Budget & Plan

  • Create a budget so you know how much you can comfortably spend before you begin. The average cost of a bathroom remodel is about $16,000 but plan for some unseen costs within the budget.
  • If you plan on hiring a contractor, get multiple estimates from reputable local contractors. Referrals from friends can be a valuable asset.
  • Shop on your own, with a contractor or interior designer to select building materials, fixtures and appliances.
  • Make sure to choose top-quality mold and moisture-resistant drywall in the bathroom to provide years of protection. Your contractor can give you recommendations. Make sure to not skimp on the quality of these.

Research Design Ideas

Spend some time deciding your style and what you want in the bathroom. Popular upgrades include decorative tile or stone and multiple showerheads or steam enclosures to give your bathroom “spa appeal.” Look at your bathroom space and be realistic with what will functionally and comfortably work in the space.

Be Prepared & Choose Quality

  • Prepare, both mentally and physically, for the demolition phase to tear out the tub, sink, tile, walls and flooring - whether a contractor is doing the remodel or you are.
  • If you are doing the work, be cautious of pipes, air ducts and electrical wiring behind the walls, ceilings and under floors.
  • Make sure caulking and grout is mildew-resistant to discourage discoloration.
  • Paint walls with mildew-resistant primer and paint to help cut down on future maintenance.
  • If you don’t currently have one, add an exhaust fan for additional moisture control.

If it’s staging that you need done before listing your home for sale, Kathy Rain is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) with a unique gift of design. She will help you put the "best face" on your home. Kathy offers you a competitive edge in real estate and has experience in staging many homes on the coastside.

If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Taste of Pacifica Promises to Delight

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Whether you’re a new homeowner in our coastal communities, have lived here for years, or just checking out our towns, local events are a great way to get to know the community. This Saturday, June 7th from 12:30 pm to 3 pm, the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 12th Annual “Taste of Pacifica” at the legendary Nick’s Restaurant.

If you’ve haven’t been yet, the “Taste of Pacifica” features 20 local restaurants offering samples of great culinary cuisine from their menus, a variety of wines and live music. It’s a great way to get a sampling of the delicious food that’s offered locally.

Participating restaurants include: Nick's Seashore Restaurant, Ash's Vallemar Station, Surf Spot Restaurant, La Playa Taqueria, Kani Kosen, Oceana Market, Mazzetti's Bakery, The Point Pizza & Pasta, Tam's Cuisine of China, Gorilla BBQ, Colombo's Deli, Moonraker Restaurant, Guerrero's Taqueria, Pacific Java Café, Sun Valley Fine Foods, Beach Monkey Café, A Grape in the Fog, and Rock 'n Rob's.

Besides the tasty food, smooth wine, live music and good company, there will also be a silent auction featuring dining & gift baskets, getaways, and tickets to attractions. Proceeds will benefit the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center in supporting strategic marketing efforts to promote Pacifica as a tourist destination.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Chamber of Commerce office at (650) 355-4122 or visit http://www.pacificachamber.com.

On your way home, top off the afternoon at one of our open houses! If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

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Kathy and Michael Rain of Coldwell Banker provides real estate services in the San Mateo County, California area including the surrounding communities: El Granda, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica and San Mateo. Search for homes in San Mateo County. We list and sell residential real estate, investment properties, vacant land, lots for sale in the San Mateo County, California area.

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