Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Ella Silvester

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Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Ella SilvesterElla Silvester is an 8-year-old girl diagnosed with Extrarenal Rhabold, an extremely rare and aggressive tumor. Ella’s disease is extremely widespread and the prognosis for this disease yields survival rates of less than 5%. At the moment, she is undergoing radiation to two metastatic sites (brain and abdomen) as a palliative measure to try to slow the progression of these lesions. Her future treatment course remains undetermined.

Ella lives with her parents, Kimberli and Jonathon, and her three brothers in Evergreen. Her mother stays home to care for them and her father works full-time as an engineer. Given the diagnosis and real potential for terminal diagnosis, Jonathan has taken a leave of absence from work for the foreseeable future to spend precious time with his daughter. This time away from work will be unpaid, and therefore, any support that can be offered is greatly appreciated, not just financially, but also emotionally as they face the devastation of this disease.

Caruso Family Charities is assisting the family with living expenses during this difficult and precious time.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

What are the Best Countertops to Pair with White Cabinets? - Example 4

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White cabinets are a great way to accentuate the natural light in your kitchen, as well as make your kitchen appear bigger and brighter. However, your countertops are equally important. Which countertops pair best with white cabinets, and how can you know what type is right for you?

Choose a Theme

Before you make a countertop selection, it is important to narrow down your preferences. Take a good look at your house as a whole. Are you drawn toward neutral colors, natural materials, bright pops of color, or modern materials? Generally speaking, you will take one of two aims regarding your countertops.

Neutral

Neutral countertops will blend in with your white cabinets and lend an open, spacious feeling to your kitchen. A neutral theme can be purely white, white with tan, gray, or pale splashes of color. Usually, it is best to keep a neutral theme all throughout the home rather than in just one area.

Contrast

A contrasting theme can either begin with a neutral color palette or with a bright color palette. The idea is simply to contrast your colors and materials in order to draw the eye toward statement pieces. It is important to be careful with contrasting color schemes, as they can make rooms appear smaller and more cramped. However, the occasional contrasting color pairs well with a mostly neutral color scheme.

Which Countertops Go Best with White Cabinets?

So, which countertops complement white cabinets? While the color of your countertops is largely determined by your overall color scheme, we suggest that you consider the following materials for your countertops.

1. Marble

Marble is an elegant countertop material that comes in numerous styles and colors. If you are going for a neutral theme, then a white and gray marble makes for a beautiful, elegant choice. If you like a less modern look, marble might not be right for you. However, it is versatile and pairs wonderfully with white cabinets.

2. Corian

Corian is made up of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. It is a durable material that, like marble, comes in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. If you have white cabinets, a tan or light brown Corian countertop provides a cozy, comfortable look. It also pairs well with warm or natural lighting.

3. Granite

A classic choice of countertop material is granite. Marbled granite is durable, affordable, and goes great with every type of cabinet. A dark-gray or black granite provides some contrast with the white cabinets if you prefer a more contrasting color scheme.

4. Wood

Wood countertops are growing increasingly popular, especially when paired with white cabinets. A wooden accent lends a rustic, traditional feeling to a home, and it can go a long way in warming up your kitchen.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Additionally, you should keep the following factors in mind when selecting a type of countertop for your kitchen.

  • Durability
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Cost
  • Lifespan
  • Trendiness

Ultimately, you need to weigh your personal preferences and tastes with the current trend of a style. Will a certain material be popular in 10 years? How will it affect your resale value if you intend to move later? As with all things, make sure everything is in balance.

How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

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Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Shaker

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If you are in the process of remodeling your kitchen, you might be wondering which type of cabinet to invest in. Ultimately, the cabinets you choose should reflect your personality as well as the theme of your home. If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at these popular cabinet styles.

Keep in mind that this list of cabinet styles is not exhaustive. However, it does provide an excellent starting point for you to center in on a style that you love. The following are 4 popular kitchen cabinet styles for any home.

1. Shaker

Based on traditional Shaker-style furniture, Shaker cabinets feature clean lines and a minimalistic look. Much like a picture frame, each drawer and cabinet is framed by 4 pieces with a 5th flat piece acting as the “picture” in the middle. Shaker cabinetry is extremely versatile and goes well in kitchens of all types, including modern, rustic, large, and small. Additionally, Shaker cabinets look great in a wide variety of colors, making it easy to match your kitchen to the rest of your home. Or, you can create a kitchen that is a total contrast to the rest of your home! It’s all about the freedom to express creativity.

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Shaker

2. Traditional

For many people, traditional cabinets provide a feeling of warmth or nostalgia. Originally made popular in Europe, traditional cabinets often feature beautiful woods and rich earth tones. Decorative carvings typically add a little “flair” to the corners and knobs of the cabinets. Most of the time, traditional cabinets fit best in classic homes. They are beautiful without being overly sleek and modern, and they appeal to old and young alike.

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Traditional

3. Country or Farmhouse

The farmhouse look has grown increasingly popular in recent years, and cabinetry can help seal the deal. Generally speaking, country or farmhouse cabinets feature slightly distressed or reclaimed wood, often in varying shades of white, tan, and gray. Iron knobs provide additional decoration. Overall, the goal of a country cabinet is to create a bright, sunny feeling in the kitchen. Farmhouse cabinetry goes particularly well with hardwood flooring and lends an air of casualty to a home. The farmhouse look is great for entertaining!

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4. Modern

When it comes to modern cabinetry, the sleeker the better. Modern cabinets boast clean lines, sharp corners, and little decoration. Typically, modern cabinets come in shades of charcoal, black, navy, etc. Many homeowners pair their modern cabinets with stainless steel appliances and granite or Corian countertops. One benefit of a more modern look is the freedom to decorate with other items, as the cabinets won’t clash with additional ornamentation.

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Modern

How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Nicholas Skeers

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Six-year-old Nicolas Skeers was born with a severe genetic mutation to the gene B3GALT6. His disorder is rare: only a few cases have been reported worldwide. It affects his bones and connective tissue. Nicolas can’t walk or talk. His mother Kimberly is a single mom. Since Nicolas is on a respirator and needs constant care, she doesn’t work. She’s been mostly homebound, since Nicolas doesn’t fit in a regular car seat. As the sole caregiver for her son, Kimberly has put aside caring for herself. Dental and medical exams have been lax for years.

Thanks to your donations, Caruso Family Charities is assisting with three months of rent, medical exams, dental exam, cleaning and x-rays for Kimberly and a custom-built car seat for Nicolas to help ease the burden. Nicolas gave us a huge smile when placed in his car seat for the first time.

About B3GALT6  
B3GALT6 mutations can cause severe multisystemic disorders that result in severe soft connective tissue malfunction and bone fragility with multiple early-onset fractures, skeletal abnormalities, and intellectual disability. The gene B3GALT6 is responsible for spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia with joint laxity type 1 and for several Ehlers-Danlos syndrome variants. It affects biological processes in various tissues, including skin, bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

Nathaniel Ybarra

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Nathaniel Ybarra suffered from a rare brain formation disorder known as lissencephaly. Typically caused by a virus during the first trimester, lissencephaly results in the lack of development of brain folds. Children with lissencephaly generally have significant developmental delays, depending on the degree of brain malformation and seizure control. Nathaniel’s mom, Brianna was constantly at his side, while his dad, Ray, worked hard to make ends meet.

Sadly, the Ybarras lost Nathaniel just one week shy of his 1st birthday. The Ybarras have another son, Elijah, who is 3.

This little family struggled financially. Caruso Family Charities is assisting with living expenses, and burial expenses.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

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What are the Best Kitchen Colors & Designs for Resale?

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Before you begin your kitchen remodel, remember to account for resale value. Depending on how soon you intend to resell your home (if ever), certain trends may prove to be a poor investment. With that in mind, let’s take a look at which kitchen colors and designs are best for resale?

Design Tips for Resale

If you plan to sell in the near future, sticking with today’s kitchen trends probably won’t hurt your resale value. However, if you plan to sell your home way down the road, make sure you choose something a little more timeless. Buyers’ shock in 10 years’ time will likely reduce the selling point of your home.

Here are our design tips when planning for home resale.

1. Stick with neutral and modern colors.

Neutral colors never go out of style simply because you can do anything with them. While bright prints and colors come and go, neutrals continue to be the backbone of valuable homes. Another benefit is you can decorate your home however you want with the neutral undertones highlighting your decor.

2. Go for a uniform look.

Make sure you find a theme and stick with it. Neat, tidy, and bright describe a home prime for reselling. Try to keep rooms from looking busy, instead drawing the eye to natural focal points. Furniture arrangement plays a key role in a home’s uniformity.

3. Don’t be afraid to throw in a little contrast.

One great way to draw the eye is to add a bit of contrast to your home. After all, uniformity doesn’t automatically equate to “boring.” Statement walls, contrasting throw pillows, colorful wall art, and unexpected patterns can all bring a delightful “contrast” to a room, spicing up its neutrality. The important thing is that the contrast is never permanent.

Of course, if you plan on staying in your home for the rest of your life, or you don’t mind a little renovation later, decorate to your heart’s content. Ultimately, your home should be as stylish, comfortable, fun, or colorful as you want it to be. Just make sure you examine the situation from every angle before settling on a theme or color scheme.

Which Kitchen Colors are Best?

You can always repaint later, so don’t feel like you have to choose one of these colors. However, the following colors tend to work best for resale, and they look great in a kitchen any day of the week.

White

Shades of white tend to brighten and open up a room, emphasizing natural lighting and making a kitchen appear larger than it actually is.

Gray

A soft shade of gray is another neutral that isn’t quite as stark and bright as white. You can pair gray with contrasting accents to bring the perfect balance between happy and subdued to your kitchen.

Blue

Blue is a beautiful, calming color that looks great in any room, especially when paired with soft shades of white or yellow.

Red

The color red has long been a favorite color for kitchens, bringing a cheerful pep to everyone’s favorite room. Red also tends to “pop” on its own, meaning little decor or effort is required to make the kitchen seem more lively.

Yellow

Yellow is a naturally happy color, but make sure you choose the right shade for your kitchen’s lighting. If the shade is too dark or harsh, it can cause headaches and make the room look outdated. Yellow looks especially lovely with gray.

Green

If you want to be adventurous and steer away from the norm, look for a beautiful shade of green. If you go with a darker green, use white as an accent. If you go with a light sage green, the room will naturally appear brighter and more cheerful.

How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?

If you’d like an expert design consultant to help you choose the perfect colors for your kitchen remodel, simply schedule an in-home design consultation appointment. We’ll help you design a kitchen that will sell your home today, tomorrow, and long into the future.

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Griffin McConnell

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When Caruso Family Charities first met the McConnell family four years ago, they were in a dire situation. Their 8-year-old son Griffin had been having full-blown epileptic seizures almost constantly, which had become life threatening. They were quickly losing their exceptionally bright son, who learned to play chess at the age of 4 and was in gifted classes at school. When his seizures wouldn’t stop, Griffin was taken to the hospital in Grand Junction, then airlifted with his mother Kori to Children’s Hospital Colorado. His dad Kevin quit his job, packed up the younger children and moved the family to Denver for a long ordeal.

After all other treatments failed, Griffin was preparing for a hemispherectomy – an extremely invasive brain surgery that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and leave him permanently disabled – but would save his life. His parents considered every creative way possible to qualify for assistance to pay for the surgery, including filing for divorce (an idea that didn’t seem far-fetched with the marital strain from so much stress.) With Kori constantly at Griffin’s side at the hospital for two months, Kevin was doing his best to work a lesser-paying job than the one in Grand Junction to make ends meet. But they were behind on bills and faced foreclosure on their home. With no family in Denver, they didn’t know where to turn.

Help Arrives

Through a mutual friend they met Jerry and Karen Caruso, who offered not just a little help – but real help. Their initial reaction was to say no, but the situation was much larger than they could handle alone. But the McConnell family became part of the Caruso Family Charities’ family. Their bills were paid and their mortgage was caught. Their marriage was saved and they were able to bring Griffin home after the hospital and focus on his recovery with his brother and sister at his side. All three children are now thriving: Griffin and his 10-yr-old brother Sullivan are chess champions and also perform in local theater. Six-year-old Moira will perform in the play Annie this summer. Best of all, Griffin has been seizure-free ever since.

“We would have lost our home if not for the help of Caruso Family Charities. You literally kept our family together.” – Kori McConnell

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How Long Does a Bathroom Remodeling Project Typically Take from Start to Finish?

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Once you’ve made the decision to remodel your bathroom, you need to arm yourself with information. After all, having a bathroom out of commission can be rather inconvenient. You won’t want the project to drag on indefinitely and that’s why having the right contractor for a bathroom remodel is so important.

How long does a bathroom remodel take, and what are the possible delays? Let’s take a closer look.

Factors Affecting Remodeling Time

At some point, almost every building or remodeling project will be subject to some delay. Accepting this ahead of time will help you remain flexible during your bathroom remodel. That said, it is helpful to know which factors can affect your timeline.

Before beginning your bathroom remodel, answer the following questions.

1. Is the project a cosmetic remodel or a strip-to-the-studs rebuild?

A basic bathroom makeover will take half as much time (or less) as a complete bathroom remodel. If you plan on replacing a few cabinets, repainting, and changing the flooring, carve out a few weeks. If you plan on tearing out your bathroom down to the studs, plan on it taking a few months.

2. Are you doing the work yourself or are you hiring a contractor?

Even if you are experienced in home renovation, chances are high that you have a work schedule to keep. The great thing about contractors is, not only are they knowledgable and quick, renovating your home is their full-time job. This alone means they’ll finish your remodel a little quicker than you probably would on your own.

That said, if you have the skill and the time, a DIY remodel can save you money, and you may not lose any time at all.

3. If you’re hiring the work out, is the contractor an owner-operator, or is he/she subcontracting electricians, plumbers, and carpenters?

Good subcontractors are vital to a job well done. Make sure you ask your contractor if he/she has help or if it’s a one-person show.

4. Are all materials readily available or are they special-order goods that may cause you to wait for delivery?

One of the biggest delays in home renovation is caused by a lack of materials. If a certain task depends on a certain material, and that material is not delivered on time, everything is immediately held up.

An Idealized Timeline

The timetable below assumes the work is being done by a good general contractor working with competent subcontractors, that all tradesmen show up on time, that no one gets sick, materials are readily available, and that you, the homeowner, do not issue any change orders that slow down the progress. In addition, all “dead days” have been removed.

 

TASK TIME (DAYS)…….. NOTES
Demolition……………………… 2 May take longer if the bathroom is on a second story or otherwise difficult to remove refuse.
Rough Carpentry 2 Optional
Plumbing Rough-In 1–2 Plan on the full 2 days or more if you are moving services such as tub and toilet.
Electrical Rough-In 1–2 A good professional electrician can move swiftly, so it would be unusual for this to go more than a day. “Rough-in” means to run the electrical lines but stop short of hooking up the final connections.
First Inspection 1 The first inspection prior to buttoning up the work with drywall goes fast and should only add one day to the total timetable. However, since scheduling inspectors can be a problem, this may slow down the remodel by a week or two.
Insulation .5 Insulating a bathroom should go very fast, as usually only one or two walls are involved.
Hang Drywall 1 Drywall may be begun the minute insulation is up. It is fast work for a contractor.
Finish Drywall 2 Finishing means applying joint compound, letting dry, sanding, and sometimes repeating.
Paint 1 Painting a bathroom while it is still in its bare state is relatively simple and fast. Except for the ceiling, no masking is required.
Final Inspection 1 Like the first inspection, final inspection itself does not take very long—perhaps less than 20 minutes for each inspector. However, scheduling the inspector may slow down your work.
Tile Work 2 Optional: you may not be doing tile work, but like drywall, there is the applying/drying cycle that takes time.
Cabinetry and Trim 1 There tends to be minimal cabinetwork in bathrooms, so this should go quickly.
Flooring 2 Plain vinyl floor could go down in a morning; tile, engineered wood or other flooring will take longer.
Hookups, Fixtures, Etc. 2 Hooking up toilet, sink, etc.
Miscellaneous 1.5 Allow time for contingencies.
 

TOTAL

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Need Some Help With Your Remodel?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. However, kitchens aren’t our only area of expertise! We also love helping homeowners with cabinetry, countertops, and appliances all over their home.

With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the bathroom of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Nathaniel Contreras

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Legos will always be special to the Contreras Family

 

DJ and Rita Contreras had 3 beautiful sons. In August of 2012, their oldest, 9-year-old Nathaniel was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, above his left femur. Nathaniel immediately began treatment: two months of chemotherapy.

“The impact it had on his body was pretty hard to watch,” said Rita, “He would wake up to throw up, cry, sleep and wake up and cry.”

At his 6-month checkup doctors found it had spread to his lungs and Nathaniel endured surgery and 8 more months of chemo. His cancer went in remission for 9 months but by Christmas break, he was sick again. Scans showed it had spread to his brain. DJ and Rita took turns staying with Nathaniel around the clock. “When you don’t know how much time you have, your priorities shift,” said Rita.

When Jerry Caruso offered to help the family with bills, Rita and DJ said they did need help, but what they wanted most was to give their son something special. So Caruso Family Charities provided something priceless: a one-week vacation in Florida to take the boys to Legoland. “We had the absolute best time with him,” Rita glowed. “That was July of 2015 and we lost Nathaniel in September.”

Nathaniel lost his battle with cancer on September 22, 2015. “These are treasured memories,” Rita added, “Thank you for giving us our last family vacation.” The impact on Nathaniel, and his family was priceless.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.