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December 27, 2017

Kid Bathroom Ideas for a Safe and Fun Place to Get Clean

Learning to use the bathroom is a natural part of growing up, and one way to instill these skills of independence from an early age is to designate a kids bathroom in your home. Decorating a bathroom for the youngest members of your household is fun because there are so many cute kids shower curtains, kids bath towels, and other accessories to make bathroom time more enjoyable. But of course, with kids, there are always safety concerns, so you’ll need to childproof certain aspects of a traditional bathroom to make it kid-friendly. Continue Reading

December 20, 2017

How to Choose the Best Kitchen Lighting for Your Home

In every room of your home, lighting makes a big difference in how the room feels, how welcoming it is, and how it performs for daily tasks. Lighting is especially important in the kitchen because of how much time is spent here to prepare meals, eat, clean, and socialize. Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

What New Yorkers Should Know about the Toilet Replacement Program and Conserving Water

Central Plumbing Specialties is part of a sustainability program called the Toilet Replacement Program because conserving water is a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts. Without conservation and high efficiency toilets, the future of water is uncertain. This is why we support forward-thinking sustainability causes that help New Yorkers take back control of their resources. Continue Reading

December 6, 2017

Utility Room Design Ideas for Ultimate Functionality

>Utility rooms are most commonly used for laundry and to store cleaning supplies, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a little style and flair. The best utility room design ideas are highly functional and well-organized with lots of room for storage and high-performance plumbing fixtures. Continue Reading

November 23, 2017

How to Pick the Best Kitchen Colors for Your Home

The colors that you choose to decorate your home sets the mood for how you feel when you and your family and guests spend time here. Colors that are too bland can feel dreary and lifeless, yet bold colors may be difficult to coordinate and reduce the resale value of your home down the road.Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

How to Take Bathroom and Kitchen Measurements for Your Remodeling Project

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom takes a lot of planning and coordinating, and it all starts with taking good measurements. While you may have some rough dimensions already available, measuring rooms in a home provides some context and helps you decide which fixtures and features will work best in the space. Continue Reading

November 9, 2017

Popular Kitchen Layouts & Choosing the Best One for You

American families tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen – cooking, eating, cleaning, and socializing. Many homeowners have some initial kitchen layout ideas when they first move into a new place, but the type of kitchen design you have may actually guide how you use the room.Continue Reading

November 2, 2017

How to Design a Guest Bathroom & Prepare It for Your Guests

Whether you’re having friends stay overnight, family members stay for a few weeks, or just hosting a dinner party, your home’s guest bathroom makes a big impression on the people you know. Here are some tips on how to design the ideal guest bathroom, taking space, use, and practical features all into consideration. We’ll also highlight the ways that you can prepare your guest bathroom for visitors to create a room that is welcoming and inviting.Continue Reading

October 25th, 2017

How Boilers Work and How to Choose a Boiler for Your Home

There are a few different ways that you can heat your home, but the boiler is a very important component of the modern central heating system. Essentially, boilers supply natural gas to a home through a pipe that goes to an external gas main. While boilers may not be installed as often in brand-new homes as they used to, boiler systems continue to work very well and have some significant benefits. Continue Reading

October 18th, 2017

How to Design the Ideal Kitchen to Cook for Large Crowds

Some kitchens are perfect for single people, for couples, and for small families. But if you cook for large groups of people on a regular basis, these types of kitchens probably aren’t sufficient for your needs. First of all, the kitchen needs to be large enough with plenty of storage space. There are also specialized kitchen design features that make preparing and serving large quantities of food easier and more convenient. Continue Reading

October 11th, 2017

Different Types of Bathtubs & How to Choose the Right One for You

The bathtub in your home is much more than just a place to get clean. This bathroom fixture provides a place for peace and relaxation, and the type of tub you choose can even keep you safe from slip-and-fall accidents. Continue Reading

October 4th, 2017

All About the Modular Kitchen & Why Modular Designs Are Trending Right Now

Many people have a go-to cleaning product that they use on pretty much anything that has collected dirt and grime. However, not all surfaces are the same, and using the wrong products can actually ruin them over time. When cleaning kitchen and bathroom fixtures, for example, it’s important choose your product based on the finish of the fixture. Continue Reading

September 27th, 2017

The Best Cleaning Products to Use on Kitchen & Bathroom Fixtures

Designing the perfect kitchen takes a lot of time, work, and planning, and many busy families are looking for a simpler approach. One popular trend in kitchen design is the modular kitchen, which is a kitchen that been pre-fabricated and then tailored to accommodate specific preferences. While conventional kitchens are traditionally built onsite, modular designs feature premade cabinets and fittings that can be joined together in different configurations. Continue Reading

September 20th, 2017

How Water Filtration Works & the Benefits of Drinking Filtered Water

If you’re drinking tap water in your home, you could be consuming hundreds of chemicals and pollutants with each refreshing gulp. The Environmental Working Group actually has an online database where you can search for what’s in your water by zip code. Check it out! Continue Reading

September 13th, 2017

7 Homeowner Preparedness Tips for Natural Disasters

Many people think of Florida and the Caribbean islands when discussions of hurricanes come up. However, the New York area has been hit hard with some big storms over the years. Most New Yorkers still have vivid memories of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, which was unique because it was a late-season hurricane and caused a record storm surge and devastating flooding in many areas. Since then, New York has been impacted with the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea in 2013, Hurricane Arthur in 2014, Tropical Storm Bill and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, and Hurricane Hermine and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Continue Reading

September 6th, 2017

5 Reasons You Need Radiant Heat Floors in Your Home

There are many different ways to heat a home, but one of our favorite methods utilizes radiant heat floors. By relying on convection, this type of heating system delivers heat directly to the floor. There are three main types of radiant floor heating systems: electric radiant floors, radiant air floors, and hot water radiant floors. These heating systems are often used in bathrooms, but can be used throughout an entire house as well. Continue Reading

August 24th, 2017

Tips for Cleaning Bathroom Linens and How Often They Should Be Cleaned

Cleaning the bathroom is a household ritual that family members may take turns with every week or two. Few people truly enjoy cleaning the bathroom, but these are necessary tasks that must be done for the health of everyone who uses the facilities. In addition to scrubbing the toilet, sink, and shower, bathroom linens must also be cleaned on a regular basis. Here are some tips for cleaning bathroom linens, including how often these items should be cleaned and the risks of neglecting them. Continue Reading

August 17th, 2017

Grout Considerations When Remodeling a Bathroom

Grout is a type of paste or mortar that is used to fill gaps and crevices between floor and wall tiles. If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, there are many things to decide upon, such as plumbing fixtures, color schemes, and decorative pieces. But it’s also important to give grout the attention that it deserves. That’s why in this article, we’re highlighting the key grout considerations that you should keep in mind as you move forward with bathroom renovations. Continue Reading

August 9th, 2017

How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill with Better Refrigerator Habits

The refrigerator is the most utilized appliance in the modern kitchen, but it is also likely the biggest drain on your wallet in terms of energy costs. Following the air conditioner, refrigerators use up more energy in the average home than anything else. Here are some tips for saving money on your energy bill with better fridge habits and key upgrades. Continue Reading

August 2nd, 2017

5 Places That You’re Forgetting to Clean in Your Kitchen

Many homeowners are in the habit of doing the dishes, wiping down countertops, and rinsing out the sink. But there are lots of other parts of the kitchen that get neglected with regular cleaning routines. Some appliances and surfaces really stand out to us when they get dirty, while others can go unnoticed for weeks, months, and even years. Continue Reading

July 26th, 2017

5 Ways to the Most of Limited Bathroom Storage Space

No matter how large your bathroom is or how many drawers and cupboards it has, chances are that you still dream of having more storage space. Bathroom storage is essential for stashing away toiletry items, extra rolls of toilet paper, spare towels, and hair styling tools. And without enough storage space, bathrooms tend to become messy, dirty, and cluttered. Continue Reading

July 19th, 2017

How Clean Is Your Kitchen Sink, and Why Does It Matter?

You wash dishes in your kitchen sink every day, so it must be clean. Right? Continue Reading

July 12th, 2017

How to Choose the Right Toilet for Your Bathroom

Here’s a fun fact: men and women spend an average of an hour and 42 minutes on their toilets each week. That’s nearly 92 hours over a person’s lifetime! Continue Reading

July 5th, 2017

How to Get Your Home’s Plumbing System Ready for Fall

It’s always a bit sad to see the summer season end, but fall is also a beautiful time of year to be in New York. This is a time for apple orchards, hikes among the changing leaves, and preparing your home for cooler days ahead. Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

What to Do with Your Home’s Water System When You Go on Vacation

Do you have a fun trip planned for the summer?

Many of us look forward to long vacations in the summer months, thanks to a little extra time off of work and school. But as a homeowner, there are many things that you need to take care of before hitting the road and leaving your house behind. For example, you’ll probably want to turn up the thermostat, unplug your electronics, and set up timers to light up rooms and deter burglars. But one of the most important pre-vacation jobs to do around the house is adjust the plumbing system to prevent leaks and water damage. Continue Reading

June 7, 2017

Is Summer Causing Your Garbage Disposal to Be More Clogged Than Usual?

Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbecues, trips to the beach, and…garbage disposal clogs? Continue Reading

May 31, 2017

How to Deal with Sewer Line Backups from Summer Thunderstorms

Rain and thunderstorms are a natural part of summer in New York, and there’s something pretty wonderful about listening to those familiar sounds while you stare out the window on a lazy day. However, this type of weather can also cause serious problems for homeowners. No one likes to deal with sewage issues, but summer storms are one of the biggest cause of them in our area. Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

5 Amazing Grand Central Showroom Locations in New York for Kitchen & Bath Supplies

With a little extra time off work and fun parties to plan for, summer is an ideal time to start working on home renovations or add decorative updates to everyday rooms. Most homeowners start with remodeling projects in the kitchen and bathrooms because these are highly utilized rooms that we spend so much time in each day. Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

The Filing Processes for Kitchen & Bath Renovations in Westchester, Manhattan, and Rockland

Lots of homeowners dream of renovating certain rooms of their homes without fully understanding what the process entails. For example, Bill and Hillary Clinton didn’t get the required permits before making upgrades to their Chappaqua, New York home, which included a new kitchen, HVAC system, and filling in a swimming pool. Their remodeling plans were halted, and the Clintons were informed that permits must be filed before work could occur. Continue Reading

May 10, 2017

Summer Checklist for Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures

When many homeowners consider checking the plumbing in their home, they only think of the toilets, sinks, and showers. However, the exterior of a home may also have extensive plumbing fixtures, and these are the ones most often neglected. Continue Reading

May 3, 2017

Stylish Luxury and Specialty Features for Master Bathrooms

The master bathroom is a very important room in the home, in terms of personal use as well as future resale value. Even if you keep the design of the other bathrooms in your home very simple, the master bathroom deserves a little extra attention. Continue Reading

April 26, 2017

How to Design a Kid-Friendly Modern Kitchen

If you’re a parent, your child’s safety around the house always comes first. As you’re decorating your home, this goes for furniture, windows, appliances, flooring, and even paint choices. But one room that parents often struggle with decorating is the kitchen. This is because it is difficult to balance this multi-use space for cooking, congregating, playtime, and maybe even a little pre-dinner homework. Continue Reading

April 19, 2017

Ventilation in the Kitchen: Importance, Methods, and Design Strategies

When upgrading kitchen fixtures or remodeling a kitchen, one of the most overlooked features is the ventilation system. However, proper ventilation can help prevent inhalation and fire risks to keep your space comfortable and safe. Continue Reading

April 12, 2017

Types of Toilets: Pros, Cons, and Design Styles

Having a toilet in the home is one of the most basic of household needs. But homeowners may be surprised to learn how many different kinds of toilets there really are. When designing or upgrading your bathroom, there are many factors to consider when choosing a toilet, such as type, design, flushing features, and eco-friendliness. It’s also important to consider which toilets will meet your long-term New York plumbing supply needs. Continue Reading

April 5, 2017

Tips for Decluttering and Organizing a Small Apartment Kitchen

Kitchens are notoriously small in New York City and often the first thing a new apartment owner sacrifices when looking for a new home. Living room space and storage space often take precedent over kitchens for busy professionals and families who don’t cook every day. Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Tips for Buying a New Garbage Disposal for Your Kitchen

Garbage disposals are incredibly useful for grinding up and getting rid of cooking waste with just the flip of a switch. This modern convenience allows us to get rid of food scraps without clogging our drains or stinking up our trash cans. But if you’re in the market for a new garbage disposal, there are many things to think about before you buy. Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

Comparing Shower Head Types & Choosing One for Your Bathroom

Showering is a key part of our daily routine, but many of us simply get used to the shower head we’ve always had in our home bathrooms. However, one of the easiest and most rewarding plumbing fixture upgrades that you can make is to replace your shower heads for a new and improved model. Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

What Homeowners Should Know Before Remodeling a Bathroom This Spring

With the start of the spring season and warmer weather headed our way, more homeowners are starting to work on home renovation projects. Here are a few things that homeowners should consider when planning to renovate their bathrooms and how bathroom fixture showrooms can help. Continue Reading

March 8, 2017

5 Ways to Get Your Home’s Plumbing Ready for Spring

Spring is a time of longer days, warmer temperatures, and blooming flowers. But for homeowners, it is also a time of extreme temperature shifts, excess moisture, and household maintenance. If you start getting your house ready for the season now, you can save yourself time-consuming and costly repairs later in the year. Continue Reading

March 1, 2017

Common Mistakes in Bathroom Renovations & How to Avoid Them

Last month, we highlighted the top things that homeowners should know before remodeling their bathrooms. With the spring season well underway, more people are checking out bathroom showrooms, starting DIY projects, and hiring contractors. Continue Reading

February 27, 2017

Types of Sinks & Faucets with Pros and Cons of Each One

Gone are the days when sinks and faucets were all one and the same. Today’s styles of sinks and faucets are much more advanced and diverse than ever before, which gives homeowners many options to choose from. Continue Reading

February 18, 2017

Aesthetic Considerations for Designing Your Kitchen

A kitchen isn’t just a room for cooking; it’s also a place where friends and family gather to connect with each other create memories. The way that you decorate your kitchen sets the tone for how new memories are made and how you feel while spending time in this important room. For example, you can approach kitchen aesthetics with high-tech, country, modern, or minimalistic styles to suit your taste and purpose. Continue Reading

February 4, 2017

Prevent Exterior Pipes from Freezing and Bursting

Winter weather doesn’t just pose risks for highway crashes and slip-and-fall accidents. It can also create serious problems for homeowners in terms of pipes and plumbing issues. Exposed exterior plumbing can be especially at risk in the cold winter months. Fortunately, there are some preventative measures that you can take to protect your pipes and prevent costly water damage and flooding. Continue Reading

January 25, 2017

The Importance of Fixing Leaks & Risks of Leaky Plumbing

Okay, let's take a poll. Who's ever noticed a leak in the kitchen or bathroom and simply put a bucket under it to "fix" the problem? Many of us have done this, but unfortunately, leaky plumbing can create serious problems for your home's infrastructure. In this article, we'll talk about the importance of properly dealing with kitchen and bathroom leaks to avoid the serious types of damage that could result. Continue Reading

January 11, 2017

Easy and Beautiful DIY Ideas to Design Your Home's Bathroom

Many people are intimidated by bathroom renovations because of the complex plumbing fixtures and tiny details. But a bathroom is one of the most important and most used rooms in a home, and you deserve a beautiful space that meets your needs! Fortunately, there are lots of ways that you can design your bathroom yourself without a lot of cost or hassle. In this article, we highlight a few of the easy and affordable ways that you can design your own home bathroom, DIY style. Continue Reading

December 21, 2016

How the Right Plumbing Fixtures Can Save the Planet and Your Budget

Many people only think about replacing their plumbing fixtures when something breaks and are then faced with unexpected costs that add up quickly. But what if we were to tell you that replacing your fixtures before they break could actually save you money and help reduce your carbon footprint? Here are a few reasons why the right type of plumbing fixtures can save you money and be eco-friendlier in terms of water waste. Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

New Styles & Trends for Kitchen Plumbing Fixtures & Accessories

Functional and decorative plumbing products have come a long way over the years, and each year brings new styles and trends to the table. In this article, we'll discuss a few current kitchen plumbing trends that are popular today and also look to the future to see what may be in vogue in the near future. Continue Reading

November 23, 2016

Why Plumbing Fixtures Need Extra Love & Care During the Holidays

During the holiday season, you may feel like you need a little extra pampering to make up for stressful days and busy schedules. But you aren't the only one who needs a little extra care this time of year - your plumbing does too! Here are some reasons why you should pay close attention to your plumbing fixtures during these festive winter months. We'll also discuss how to avoid over-stressing your plumbing system and possibly causing serious damage. Continue Reading

November 09, 2016

Design Changes & Remodeling Projects to Do Before the Holidays

Holiday season is right around the corner, and that means lots of festivities, celebrations, and houseguests coming your way. But before your in-laws and extended family roll in for your big holiday meal, why not dress up your home to make it cozier and impress your guests? Getting your home ready for the holidays doesn't have to be a tiresome chore, and in fact, DIY projects can bring your family together during this busy time. In this article, we explore creative design changes and remodeling projects that you can make to ring in the holiday season with festive cheer. Continue Reading

October 25, 2016

The Importance of Generators During Hurricane Season

With hurricane season underway in the Northeast, it's more important than ever to be prepared for hazardous weather conditions. One of the best ways that you can be prepared is to supply your home with a backup source of energy, and generators can provide the safety and security your family needs in the event of weather-related power outages. Continue Reading

October 12, 2016

How to Design a Small Bathroom that Doesn't Feel Crowded

Many people dream of a spacious and well-appointed bathroom with multiple sinks, a jet tub, and plenty of room for relaxation. Although not every home can accommodate such a dream bathroom, that doesn't mean that you can't strategically design even the smallest bathroom to make it feel much more accommodating! Continue Reading