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.


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


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


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 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.


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.


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.



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.

5 Reasons Luxury Appliances Are Worth the Price

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One of the most exciting parts of a kitchen remodel is picking out new appliances. Of course, the sky’s the limit but budget often factors in and so most people are forced to make choices. You may wonder whether it’s better to invest in luxury appliances or put the money towards other upgrades. Here are some reasons you may want to go ahead and invest in top-of-the-line appliances.

What is a Luxury Appliance?

A luxury kitchen appliance is simply a piece of equipment that costs more money than you would usually spend. In the case of kitchen appliances, many high-end brands offer pricier alternatives to “the basics” you would pick up in a regular home store. Luxury appliances can include high-end refrigerators, stovetops, ovens, dishwashers, washers, dryers, and cookware.

5 Reasons To Consider High-End Kitchen Appliances in Your Remodel

The big question is, “are high-end appliances worth the investment?” Buying luxury kitchen equipment actually provides several benefits.

1. Long Life Expectancy

As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” While you can cut corners in many areas and get the most bang for your buck, most appliances function according to their price tag. Initially, you might spend less money. However, if you go too cheap, you will probably find yourself shelling out cash on repairs and early replacements.

One of the perks of buying luxury appliances from the get-go is that they last longer. Quality materials, assembly, and warranties ensure that you won’t have to buy a new appliance for a long time.

2. Performance

Another perk of buying high-end equipment is that it usually works better. Especially in the kitchen, no one likes to fiddle with touchy stovetops and streaky dishwashers. Buying luxury means you can trust your appliances to do their job, making your life easier.

3. Design

Luxury brands produce sleek, modern appliances designed by professionals. Remember, your home should reflect your taste, style, personality, and interests. Since your appliances are part of your home, avoid buying cheap, awkward-looking equipment that fails to do your home justice. Instead, look for a high-quality design that goes beyond modern trends and fits your kitchen design.

4. Extra Features

Another benefit of quality kitchenware is the extra features added to old designs. High-powered washing, extra storage, larger storage capacity, pre-programmable cooking, and more can improve your experience in the kitchen. Modern appliances provide modern benefits!

5. Savings

While modern tools and equipment can seem expensive initially, most are designed with energy-efficiency in mind. This means that in the long run, you spend less money on monthly utility costs. High-quality, environmentally-friendly appliances make a great upfront investment.

The Top 10 Luxury Appliance Brands for 2020:

So, which brands are considered “luxury?” While preferences vary among homeowners, the following appliance brands have spent 2020 at the forefront of luxury.

  1. La Cornue
  2. Sub-Zero and Wolf
  3. Miele
  4. Gaggenau
  5. Jenn-Air
  6. Thermador
  7. Viking
  8. BlueStar
  9. Dacor
  10. Signature Kitchen Suite (SKS)

Still Looking for Your Dream Kitchen?

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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