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Searching for Kitchen Ideas

Where do you go for ideas to create the perfect kitchen?  Do you find Pinterest helpful?  How about Houzz?  Do you search specific brand websites, or do you search for local dealers where you can see and touch the products?  Do you ask your friends or find ideas in magazines?

Once you have the perfect kitchen in mind, how do you proceed to create it?  Do you hire an interior designer or an architect.  Do you want to work with a general contractor or do you search for a local remodeling company?

What advice do you value the most?  Do you search Consumer Reports or go shopping and hope for good advice from local dealers?

How do you put it all together?  Does a tabbed binder help?  So many decisions…..wall color, flooring, window treatments, countertop material and color, cabinet styles and hardware, lighting, backsplash, appliances and plumbing, an island with seating or a prep area, ventilation, and on and on….

Has designing your kitchen been a great experience or a total disaster?  What advice can you share that might help others design the perfect kitchen?

My name is Tom Burns, Sales Professional at A-1 Appliance in Nashville, TN.tom  I work with one critical component of the kitchen design process….the appliances.  Someone called me today and asked when they should order the appliances and should they be installed before the countertops or after….I could sense that they were paralyzed by the logistics of it all.  To simplify it, my answer was that the appliances are the first decision and the last installation.

Everything hinges on the appliance selection!  The architect can’t draw the kitchen without this decision.  The cabinets can’t be designed and built until dimensions are determined.  Will the range be the focal point of the kitchen, or is it important to integrate the appliances into the cabinetry to make everything look like furniture?  When everything is complete….the painting is finished, the cabinets and countertops have been installed, and the plumber and electrician have finished their work, it’s time for the final touch….the appliance installation!

Your masterpiece is almost complete.  But have you selected a dealer with an expert delivery and installation team?  Can they install everything without damaging your new floor?

Yes!  It can be done!  When you think of appliances in the Greater Nashville area, think of A-1 Appliance.a1logo(1)  A great starting point in your research should be our website, www.a1appliance.com.  You can also find a huge database of ideas on our blog, www.a1applianceideas.com.  And when you are ready to see the appliances in person, we invite you to visit our showroom. phone1 (1)A-1 Appliance offers products in all price ranges, styles, and colors.  Come on in and let me help  you sort through all of the choices!

 

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Shopping for Kitchen Appliances

For most people, buying a new kitchen appliance or a washer/dryer is not a frequent experience.  It’s not like choosing a restaurant for lunch today.  A lot is at stake here….You need to feel confident that you can find a good selection of product, that the company is reputable, and that the staff is qualified to meet your needs.  In my humble opinion, A-1 Appliance is your best choice!  (Disclaimer: I have been a member of the sales staff at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years) 🙂tom

We have an incredible selection of appliances in all categories!  You may find inspiration in the Wolf/SubZero Living Kitchen, or in our live Jenn-Air kitchen.

For more ideas, venture upstairs to our Bosch/Thermador gallery, or to our Electrolux kitchen.  On any given day, you may find us baking cookies in our Miele kitchen….yummy, it sure smells good at A-1 Appliance!

Do you need to learn about magnetic induction cooking?  I can show you how with a quick demo!  I love to boil ice….yes, I said ICE.  I put a scoop of ice in the pan, and within 90 seconds I have boiling water!

Speaking of ice, did you know there is “good ice” and “bad ice”?  Watch this demonstration and tell me which one you prefer!

Not only does A-1 Appliance have a great showroom, we also have an in-house service department.  Do you need to talk with a service technician?  We can do that!  We have our own delivery and installation team.  You may have a very complicated installation issue.  If you need on site assistance in the planning stage…we can do that!  WOW….A-1 Appliance has a great sales staff too.  We offer an educational experience at A-1….we create APPLIANCE HAPPINESS!phone1 (1)

Seller of things essential to life as we know it… microwave ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, cooking and laundry equipment, and more!  Connect at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

“Oh No!”…..

We all hate hearing those words coming from the kitchen, right?  Nothing good ever comes from it!

Our response is….. “What happened?”

I can share quite a list with you from personal experience, and I’m sure you can too!

I think I’ve heard just about all of them.  You see, I am an appliance salesman in Belle Meade, a suburb of Nashville, TN (recently voted as the NUMBER ONE best place to retire rich: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45hdfl/belle-meade-tennessee/  Here are a few of the most painful I’ve heard:

  1. A young couple returning from vacation turned into their driveway to discover water running out of the garage door.  It turns out that an appliance started leaking upstairs the day after they left for vacation.  A year later they are still dealing with the insurance company and major repairs.
  2. One of my favorites comes from a family who had just moved into a new split-level home, newly landscaped.  After closing on the new home and moving in, they left for a few days to finalize the sale of their old home.  It turns out that the movers had tracked grass seed on to the new carpet.  While they were gone, the washing machine hose had burst on the upper level, saturating the new carpet on the lower level.  They returned to find grass growing in their new living room!
  3. Too bad O rings break.  These evil little things can cause a slow leak. One of my customers suffered major damage when they discovered that their dishwasher had been slowly dripping water for a long time.  When the wood floor showed signs of buckling in front of the dishwasher, further inspection showed rotted flooring underneath, damage to the wall and adjoining cabinets, and damage to the room below.  OUCH!
  4. “I’ll never have another ice maker in my refrigerator!”  I heard that recently when a water supply line burst and flooded half of the house.  No simple repair here.  Wood floors had to be replaced throughout the house!
  5. Just a few days ago, someone brought in an electric coil burner from their range.  It had erupted into flame and burned in half while they were eating breakfast.  Good thing they were home to turn off the power!
  6. Can you imagine coming home from vacation and discovering that the power had been off for several days?  Open the refrigerator for a very unpleasant experience.  You can never get rid of the smell of rotten food!

So each of these things I have described are painful to deal with.  These are things you can’t anticipate, but must deal with immediately.  A natural companion to the pain is the frustration of not being able to fix the problem quickly.  

Buying a new major appliance or making repairs to your damaged home is not always a quick process.  It can be mentally and physically exhausting to shop through the many available choices and price points.

“Am I making the right choice?”  “Should we look at other brands?”  “Am I getting the best deal?”  “When will my kitchen be back to normal???”

I hope these things never happen to you, but if you are in Nashville and find yourself in any of these unpleasant situations, I hope you will call me at A-1 Appliance.  I’ll do my best to speed up your recovery!  If you are far away, you still might find helpful advice on our website, blog, facebook, or twitter pages.phone1 (1)

You can find multiple ways to contact me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartNachoA-1_2

It all boils down to the recipe!

I’m not a food blogger….I sell kitchen appliances, so in a round about way, recipes are very important to me!  As I was thinking about the common definition of “recipe,” it occurred to me that everything ultimately boils down to the recipe (no pun intended, but the analogy is awesome isn’t it?)

Every product or service is built with step by step instructions (ingredients).  The raw materials have to be mixed or added at the appropriate time to achieve the desired outcome (dish).  If the ingredients are good, the final product, or service, is good.   A famous chef (CEO, Manager, Designer, Inventor) produces a much sought-after product.

Let’s talk about the ingredients from our pantry (factory).  Again, we are back to raw materials, often harvested from many sources.  The great chef has a well trained staff to purchase the raw materials in the correct quantities and at the right time, so that other members of the team can cook (build), and serve (deliver) to the consumer….(there you go…another food analogy–we “consume” food, but we are consumers of products and services too).  As consumers, we don’t want meals (products or services) with poor ingredients made with a badly written recipe!

So, let’s travel down the food chain and look closely at the recipe.  If you visit the showroom of A-1 Appliance in Nashville, TN you will see The Living Kitchen, featuring Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances.logo-subzero-onlogo-wolf-on  This “recipe” originated in Madison, Wisconsin at the Sub-Zero and Wolf factories.  They follow a precise recipe with the finest ingredients, tasted throughout production to be sure it is perfect for consumption, and finally displayed with care in fine showrooms such as ours at A-1 Appliance.a1logo(1)

So, if you are looking for the perfect recipe for your kitchen, I personally invite you to visit our kitchen.  We will help you mix the perfect ingredients to amaze and delight your family!

A-1 Appliance has an awesome kitchen staff…..a well-educated sales staff preparing daily for your visit, supported by an awesome team of delivery, installation, and service technicians to meet your every need.

From our kitchen to yours…a perfect meal every time! (don’t you love the analogy?)

Today’s recipe by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  more information at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

Innovation

I’ve been selling kitchen appliances for over 15 years.  I have been constantly amazed at the frequency of new product introductions.  The kitchen today is much different than the kitchen of 15 years ago.  If it has been a few years since the purchase of your last appliance, you should stop by A-1 Appliance and see the amazing, innovative products from the kitchen appliance industry.  I’m very optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the United States….because I see the products made in the USA….many of them right here in Tennessee….every day!

So today’s word is INNOVATION!  I found some great thoughts on the subject by President Obama.  Here is what he said:

Innovation

“The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do — what America does better than anyone else — is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. ”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, JANUARY 25, 2011

America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on its people’s capacity to innovate.  We can create the jobs and industries of the future by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people.  To win the future, the U.S. must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation seeks to harness the ingenuity of the American people to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained.  This economic growth will bring greater income, higher quality jobs, and improved quality of life to all Americans.

You can read the Innovation Strategy and submit your comments and feedback on Slideshare using the links below:

If you prefer to submit your comments via WhiteHouse.gov, you can do so here.

Download the PDF of the Strategy for American Innovation (PDF)

 In Nashville, home sales were up 18 percent in February, according to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

NEW BUSINESSES THRIVE IN NASHVILLE

Startups being founded at fastest rate in decade…Nashville is a magnet for entrepreneurs!

How has innovation changed your life?  If you would like information about the newest, most exciting kitchen appliances in Nashville, stop by our showroom this Saturday, 3/23/13 from 11:00-3:00.   We will be having some cooking demonstrations and a huge sale!phone1 (1)My name is Tom Burns.  I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….
I hope innovation continues long into the future in the appliance industry!   Follow the progress with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

You’ve Been Asking For This…..

I’ll bet the title of this blog made you curious about the content!  I hope it plays well on twitter, facebook, linkedin, G+, etc.  Sometimes headlines get a lot of attention.  Please share it…..(I’m told that just asking your readers to “share” gets a very high percentage of “shares,” so I’m curious to see if it’s true!

So, now to the “content” part of this blog post.  I sell washers and dryers.  Keep reading….it does get interesting!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you know that Stainless Steel appliances are incredibly popular.  Virtually every day someone comes in to the A-1 Appliance showroom and asks me if we have any washers and dryers in Stainless Steel.  …..we have not…..UNTIL NOW!!!!

Introducing the new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer in ….wait for it…. drum roll…..STAINLESS STEEL!  How do I describe them?  Incredible!  HEAVY!  (good thing we have big guys on our delivery team!) New Features! Stands out in a crowd….DEFINITELY!  You really should come by and see this awesome set!  This isn’t painted silver….it’s the real deal!

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Let’s visit the Whirlpool website for some more great information:

http://www.whirlpool.com/laundry-1/laundry-2/washers-3/-[WFW96HEAU]-1021202/WFW96HEAU/

http://www.whirlpool.com/laundry-1/laundry-2/dryers-3/-[WED96HEAU]-1021201/WED96HEAU/

And best of all….These machines are designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A.  But wait….there’s MORE!  This set is on sale RIGHT NOW!  phone1 (1)

Thank you for reading this far along in my blog post.  I have to say that there is way too much information about these new machines to share in a blog post.  If you are reading this and live in the greater Nashville area, please stop by the AMAZING A-1 Appliance Showroom and let me show you in person.a1logo(1)

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things that are essential to life as we know it…. You can connect with me on various social media sites via http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

 

 

The Kitchen as “Work Center” or “Family Room”?

When you walk into your kitchen, do you see it as a work center or as a family room?  It’s an important question to ask if you are planning to build a new home or remodel an existing kitchen.  http://www.houzz.com/professionals/s/Appliance-Showroom/c/Nashville-Metro

Do you consider yourself to be a serious cook?  If so, you might want to consider  professional grade appliances, along with plenty of counter-top and cabinet storage space.  The working kitchen might contain a large commercial-style range with a seriously powerful vent hood, along with a very large built-in refrigerator and a large capacity dishwasher.  Accessories might include one or more warming drawers, an ice machine, a microwave or steam oven, plus additional under-counter refrigeration near work areas.  An awesome brand to consider would be http://www.subzero-wolf.com/

If you think of the kitchen as a gathering place for the family, it may be important to have a large island surrounded by stools, and the appliances would be appropriate for “speed cooking.”  For example, the GE Advantium would  be great for a young family preparing a lot of convenience foods.  http://www.a1appliance.com/appliances.php?url=/_CGI/SEARCH?pn=psb1201nss

A Wolf Steam Oven would be appropriate for a family with young children where the focus is on healthy eating.  Cooking more at once would be possible with convection ovens, or cooking faster would be possible with a magnetic induction cooktop.

The point I’m making is that many questions have to be asked before choosing the right appliances for the kitchen that matches your lifestyle.

If you are looking for a wide selection of appliances and guidance to the products that meet your needs, then I would invite you to contact me at A-1 Appliance in Nashville.  We create “Appliance Happiness”….because we listen to your needs!

This question is brought to you by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..  You can contact me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  Let me help you create the kitchen of your dreams!

 

The Art of Kitchen Design

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Have you ever thought of an appliance showroom as an art gallery?  You might be surprised to see the sights at the A-1 Appliance showroom in Nashville.  As you wander from room to room, we hope you find design ideas you can use.  Here is something new and exciting which we will have on display soon:

36″ Accolade™ Downdraft Ventilation System
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Overview

An unexpected refinement in ventilation, each Accolade™ Downdraft Ventilation System is individually crafted and hand-polished. Its graceful movement is matched by its singular performance: It powerfully, quietly, beautifully clears the air, then disappears on command. It’s truly at the forefront of design and performance.

Finishes

Jenn-Air 36" Accolade™ Downdraft Ventilation System JXD7836BS

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Features Specifications Parts & Accessories Guides & Manuals Warranty
Premium CraftsmanshipThe highest attention to craftsmanship – from the elegant marriage of glass and steel to the remarkable performance features – makes this ventilation system a rare work of art.
19-Inch RiseHood rises a full 19 inches to effectively ventilate cooking vapors from all types of cookware — from shallow saute pans to tall stockpots.
1,200-CFM High-Performance Blower (Sold Separately)Provides exceptionally powerful ventilation that’s designed to accommodate high heat from every type of cooktop and capture even the most persistent cooking odors.
Additional Features

  • 7.5 Sone Rating (1,200-CFM Blower sold separately)7.5 Sone Rating (1,200-CFM Blower sold separately)
  • Dishwasher-Safe Aluminum Mesh Filters, with Stainless Steel FrameEasy-to-clean filters that maintain optimal ventilation performance by keeping ductwork clean.
  • Magnetic Filter LockA strong magnetic fastener that helps ensure optimal performance and quiet operation by locking the filter tightly against the seal.
  • Ambient LED LightingElegant white lighting behind a translucent sheet of curved glass adds an alluring touch of refinement to your kitchen.
  • 10-Inch Round Exterior VentingLarge-diameter venting that enables quiet airflow for efficient performance.
  • Three Exhaust PositionsVersatile ducting options (left, right or bottom) that help ensure optimal installation of the ventilation system.
  • Concealed ControlsConcealed yet easily accessible, these controls maintain the hood’s elegant aesthetic.
  • Remote ControlOffers ease and convenience by enabling you to control all ventilation functions from a distance.
  • 4 Fan Speed SettingsProvides a range of ventilation power to accommodate your precise cooking needs.
  • Timed Blower OffThis selection continues to clear the kitchen of cooking vapors even after food has finished cooking, by gradually reducing ventilation speed until blower is completely off.
  • Automatic Shutoff When RetractedThis feature provides peace of mind by ensuring that the blower will always be turned off once the hood has been lowered into the countertop.
  • Status and Fan Speed Indicator LightsLED lights that clearly display fan speeds and indicate when Timed Blower Off mode is activated.
  • Clean Filter Indicator LightA convenient indicator light that reminds you when it’s time to clean the dishwasher-safe filters.
  • Curved Downdraft DesignThe hood makes a bold statement by elegantly rising from the countertop when cooking begins, and retracting back into the countertop to maintain open sight lines when not in use.
  • Stainless Steel TrimMatching trim that adds a finishing touch around the retractable hood’s integration into the countertop.

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Your Kitchen Could Be Hazardous To Your Health!

Air pollution is in the news daily.  We are all concerned about greenhouse gases, smog, pollution from cars and factories, and global warming.  But have you stopped to think about the indoor air quality in your kitchen?  The air in your own home could be hazardous to your health!

Here are some reasons you should be concerned about the ventilation system in your kitchen:

  1. A vented hood above your range or cooktop will remove hazardous air pollutants that come from cooking….smoke, grease, and steam produced by the food, plus carbon monoxide if you cook with gas.
  2. A vented hood will remove excess heat, making the cooking process much more pleasant, plus it will protect your family from eye, nose, and throat irritation and bad cooking odors.
  3. A vented hood will remove grease and moisture from the kitchen which helps prevent the growth of bacteria and mold!  This is particularly important for allergy sufferers and anyone with lung problems.
  4. Are you thinking of selling your home?  Most real estate agents will tell you that the kitchen makes or breaks the sale of the home.  Updated kitchens add close to 80% of the cost of the project to the value of the home and usually results in faster sale of the home.

If you have questions about the appropriate ventilation system for your home, stop by A-1 Appliance in Nashville and let me guide you through the selection process.   You can find us at http://www.a1appliance.com

Notes from the kitchen, by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..  connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartphone1_1-scaled5001

Wondering About High Efficiency Washers?

Here is a fun way to discover how the new GE High Efficiency washer works for you…. Have fun….

http://www.geappliances.com/appliances/washer/top-load-washer-dryer/stunning-feats-picker.htm

Ask for Tom Burns when you visit the A-1 Appliance Showroom in Nashville!  Learn more about our products at http://www.a1appliance.com and connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart
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