6th Annual Unbridled Eve Gala

Unbridled Eve 2017
Product details include the following: Savvy 36″ furniture style vanity, model: Pasadena, including cabinet base, custom granite countertop (not the wood top with vessel bowl as shown in this picture) … Biscuit rectangle undermount sink, single handle oil-rubbed bronze faucet (donated by Louisville Winnelson), matching framed mirror.

Unbridled Eve Gala Auction

All of us at Savvy Home Supply are very excited to be donating this beautiful vanity + mirror (retail value: $2,760) to a great cause. Go to the Unbridled Eve Gala on May 5, 2017 @ 7p.m. at the Galt House Hotel and it could be yours! All proceeds from this fabulous event benefit the amazing non-profit Blessings in a Backpack.

The Unbridled Eve Gala takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel from 7:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. with Dance Party admittance starting at 10:00 p.m.

Experience a night of Southern elegance and hospitality during the sixth annual Unbridled Eve Gala. Black tie-optional.

Buy Tickets Here or for more info, email Peggy Koch or Tonya York Dees or call 502-894-9768.

Experience Louisville at its finest!

 

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What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 6

I promise that you will survive Week 5 and that Week 6 will pull you out of your depression because progress picks back up and your kitchen starts to look like an actual, functioning kitchen, again!

Week 6

Our countertops arrived during the sixth week of our kitchen remodeling project and they brought a literal headache with them.

Be aware that the glue the Savvy Home Supply contractors use to hold the counter intact is the strongest, foulest smelling stuff around. Make sure to air out the house and stock up on Tylenol. And whatever you do, do not walk into your kitchen and lean on the countertops while the remodeling team is installing them – especially if you decided on quartz. – because this little mistake will cause the team to start the leveling process all over again! (I’m sure the guys at Savvy Home Supply were cursing me under their breath when I walked away. I really felt bad about that stupid mistake…)

Week 6 also brings the ceiling lights and (what I thought were) finishing touches started to happen. By the end of Week 6, I never wanted to eat another grilled piece of meat again and headed to Costco for microwaveable meals. Despite how bleak my diet was becoming and how grumpy my husband was with the Costco meals, I was beginning to see the light at the end of the kitchen remodeling tunnel. And I was starting to help with the process. I took a few days off of work to help with installing the kitchen back splash and it was truly an exciting few days.

First, I discussed how I wanted the backsplash to look with the remodeling team and then we started laying the tiles. I recommend laying all the tile out first. Don’t just start gluing! We had to tweak the design slightly to get it to fit the space and I’m glad we figured this out before gluing up the tiles  I had a lot of fun this week. I had creative control, but the guys doing the work were the real masters at what they did. They bought into my idea and made it work even when it was unconventional and questionable in their minds. Our teamwork produced some amazing end results that I am so happy with!

I was really starting to anticipate moving back into my kitchen at the end of the week, but remember that life doesn’t stop for your remodel to be finished. Things can pop up, like, holidays, deaths, sickness and the ever dreaded waiting period while something is being made. (Remember the long, drawn out wait for the countertops!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 5

Remember when I said last week to keep the thoughts at bay about finishing early? Week 5 proved to me that the time estimate is given for a reason and you should take it with a grain of salt because remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience.

Week 5

This is the week of no shows and the week where I really needed the vacation that I thought I needed two weeks ago!  After Savvy Home Supply came in and  turned my house back into a bustling work zone, suddenly, no one was showing up. The cabinets were in and everyone was waiting on the countertop to be created from a template the contractors took.

Let me tell you – this week sucked all the life out of me!

I wandered around my new kitchen looking at all sorts of things and thinking “the contractors could be doing this” while they were just waiting for the countertops to be cut! Honestly, my entire attitude about my kitchen remodel changed again and I was getting a little irritated.  My husband’s critical comments about how the workers were doing their job and I needed to let them do it did not help my attitude, either. For me, this was truly the hardest week of all.

By the end of Week 5, I was feeling two things: for one, I was depressed with my unfinished, unusable, and seemingly abandoned kitchen and two, I felt like my contractor didn’t care about me or the job they were doing to my kitchen. I think it’s very important to have open communication with your contractor and remodeling team at this time – for morale and sanity!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 4

By now, you’ve survived a tedious part of the kitchen remodel process (with or without alcohol) and work is starting to pick up again as you enter Week 4!

Week 4

This was one of my favorite weeks throughout the entire kitchen remodel because the cabinets came in during Week 4! As soon as I saw all the guys from Savvy Home Supply show up to my house again, my attitude from last week started to dissipate. The cabinets went up and with them, my dreams went back up. Cabinet handles, adjusting, and the building of any special pieces and lighting followed the cabinet installation and suddenly, the week was over.  

I had my appliances all picked out, but if you haven’t chosen your appliances then you need to get them on order as soon as possible. I was really getting into the swing of camp cooking by now, but some of the novelty had worn off and after seeing a lot of progress compared to the weeks prior, I found myself getting exciting about finishing early. Try to keep that thought at bay.  It may be harmful to your liver next week!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Weeks 2 and 3

After a smooth first day and first week, your kitchen looks like an empty room that used to be a kitchen and work on smaller details has begun.

Week 2

At the start of Week 2, my kitchen was all cleared out and work on the kitchen remodel seemed to be slowing down. The remodeling team was running wiring for my new lighting and new drywall was going up, too. The Savvy Home Supply team was still working, I could tell that, but it was smaller, more minute work that didn’t have the same obvious visual evidence as cabinet and appliance removal had the first week.

During Week 2 of the kitchen remodel, I also noticed that the amount of workers showing up at my house had changed. I went from seeing 3-4 workers coming into my home to two – and sometimes only one! Regardless of the seemingly slow period, I was still charged up about things and pleased with myself for figuring out that it is totally possible to grill up a bunch of different meats on the weekend and then be creative with them through the week.  All in all, Week 2 was a success… until the remodeling team got to the stage where they were fixing sheet rock. This stage was about as exciting as watching paint dry!

Week 3

I got out the bottles of booze in the midst of Week 3 and if you haven’t broken out the alcohol yet, this week may make you change your mind! Week 3 is the stage where the 1 guy that I had been seeing started stopping by once a day just to apply more mud and then leave. This quick appearance, mud application, and disappearance went on for days and days. Once the mudding was done, the minimal visits continued, but the one Savvy Home Supply team member given this job started sanding instead of applying mud!

I recommend a small vacation during Week 3 if possible.  All I could think about during this time was that they will never finish the sheetrock and sometimes the out of sight, out of mind approach is the best one to take!  At this point it is also particularly important to keep that plastic zipped up unless you want everything through your house covered in drywall dust. (Trust me, you don’t!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Day 1 – Week 1

For the next 7 weeks, Savvy Home Supply is going to feature a guest blogger who will recount her experience with her first kitchen remodel and what to expect when contracting.

Day One through Week One of My First Kitchen Remodel

If I could start with one piece of advice for anyone starting their first kitchen remodel, it would be: get organised and prepare for your kitchen to be unavailable. From day one when the remodeling team enters your home, your kitchen no longer belongs to you. There is no more using your stove, sink, refrigerator, pantry, etc. As soon as the contractors arrived to my home, the appliances were unhooked and moved into the garage. After that the water was disconnected and a sheet of plastic with a zipper in it was put up to separate the kitchen from the rest of the house.

I found the rest of week one to be filled with excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t believe how fast things were happening in the remodeling process. The old cabinets, countertops, walls and ceilings disappeared before my eyes and I couldn’t imagine how the entire process was going to take 4 to 6 weeks. The remodeling team at Savvy Home Supply was working so fast.

While Savvy Home Supply was working at top speed to give me the kitchen of my dreams, a main area of my house was still out of commission. If you move forward with a kitchen remodel then you will need to maintain some sense of normalcy. I recommend getting a toaster oven, a hot plate, a microwave, a grill, a large table to serve as your prep area, a wash tub and a large book shelf to use as a pantry. Remember to keep out a few pots, pans, dishes, bowls, glasses, cups, silverware and prep dishes. A cutting board, spices, oil, and food storage bowls are also critical unless you plan on eating out all the time. A coffee or tea pot, slow cooker, rice cooker, and electric skillet, are also nice to have, but they are not necessities.

By the end of Week 1, I found that a pat on the back was warranted. Things were going smooth and I felt like I had this kitchen remodel down with my Savvy Home Supply team.

3 Ways to Really Customize Your Bathroom Remodel

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Taking on a complete bathroom remodel project is a commitment and has the potential to get quite stressful; however, with enough planning and the help of a team of bathroom remodeling experts – you can have the bathroom of your dreams and it can be customized to fit your needs and taste. Before you get started on your custom bathroom remodel, consider these ways to truly customize your bathroom.

3 Ways to Really Customize Your Bathroom Remodel

  1. Use Tile as a Focal Pointbathroom remodel

    Traditionally, tile has always been used as flooring, but tile has so much untapped design potential if you allow yourself to think outside of the box. Consider using tile for flooring, but making it more interesting by putting a design into the inlay of the tile. If you’ve already decided on another flooring textile, you can incorporate tile behind the bathroom sink by installing a back splash. Back splashes are popular in home design right now and are popping up in kitchens and bathrooms across the country. Whether using colorful tile for a pop of color or the ever popular white subway tile for a bright white and clean effect, installing a back splash behind a sink or around a bathtub is a great way to incorporate tile into your bathroom remodel. Tile can also be used in the shower and opportunities abound in regards to tile choices. Right now the use of heat sensitive tile in showers is picking up steam among bathroom remodelers. These tiles change from seemingly normal black tile to a colorful pattern when hit with hot water. The color changing aspect gives homeowners a modern bathroom design with a temporary pop of color for fun. Regardless of if you are using tile for flooring, a backsplash, or in your shower – it has endless opportunities for customization.

  2. Install Clever Storage Solutions

    In most bathrooms, space is somewhat limited, but even if it isn’t and you have plenty of space for storage units – clever storage solutions are always beneficial to have. At Savvy Home Supply, we trust in Rev-A-Shelf for all our customer’s requests for storage solutions during their custom bathroom remodels. Rev-A-Shelf has been in the business of custom storage solutions for over 35 years and continues to supply professional home remodelers and do-it-yourselfers with a “whole home” approach to storage. At Rev-A-Shelf they offer everything from custom cabinet pullouts to hold all of your hair products and accessories to drawer organizers for cosmetics and other loose drawer contents. You can customize your bathroom to accommodate your dirty and clean laundry, as well, with under-the-cabinet hampers and foldout ironing boards. By installing clever storage solutions, you are able to customize your bathroom remodel to fit your specific needs when it comes to storage while also making your bathroom easier to use and more enjoyable.

  3. Opt for Non-Traditional Lighting Fixtures

    When remodeling a bathroom, one of the biggest decisions that you will make will concern lighting. Does your bathroom have a window which allows for natural light to get in? Are you going to be rewiring electricity during your bathroom remodel? These are all questions to ask yourself and figure out before looking at lighting. When the time does come to choose lighting fixtures, opting for nontraditional options is a design move to consider. Long gone are the days of round vanity bulbs above the mirror and recessed lights in the ceiling. Popular bathroom remodelers are shifting towards making statements with their bathroom lighting choices. Whether that means using hanging lights with colored shades or a combination of a chandelier and lighting planted overtop of the mirror, choose the lighting design that is right for you and that will serve your needs the best. Non-traditional light fixtures will set your bathroom apart from others in a unique way. By using non-traditional lighting fixtures, you bring a level of customization to your bathroom remodel that few other homeowners will consider.

When it comes to a complete bathroom remodel, there are many details to consider. Tiling, storage solutions, and lighting fixtures are only a few items that will need to be crossed off your list. Remember that the most important thing to consider when taking on a complete bathroom remodel is how you picture and want to use the space after the remodel is complete. If you know what you want in your new bathroom, but aren’t exactly sure how to get it all incorporated then it may be time to contact a team of experts. At Savvy Home Supply, we have bathroom remodeling experts on our staff ready to help you finalize plans and get started. Call 502-882-2952 and speak to one of our experts or stop into our showroom at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd. in Louisville, KY today!