Is your kitchen the next battleground over the greenhouse gases?

Natural gas has been viewed as a “clean” alternative, but it got that moniker back when the lion’s share of electricity was generated by coal. With coal on the dwindle, there is a new interest in what natural gas leaves behind. For every million BTUs generated by coal, between 214 and 228 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. While cleaner, natural gas still releases 117 pounds of CO2 while propane releases 139 pounds for each million BTUs. But that’s only part of the natural gas story. Extraction of natural gas can leak as much as 9 percent in methane – a gas 34-times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat over a century and 86-times stronger over 20 years.

For those still smart enough to be following the Paris climate accord, strong reductions in greenhouse gas production are translating into rapid diminishment of gas appliances and home heating use. Europe is looking at gas-based appliances being phased out in the next decade.

Closer to home, Berkley, California, became the first U.S. municipality to ban the installation of new gas lines into new multi-family buildings. And they’re not alone. Over 50 cities and counties in California are looking at similar bans while the state is also looking at the issue. The reason is simple. It’s estimated that a quarter of greenhouse gases produced by a building come from gas appliances and heating.

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August 2019 issue is a must-have for high-end appliance shoppers.

Consumer Reports is a magazine most of us don’t read often enough. Sure, when we need a new TV or car, we scour the library for back issues, but this is hit and miss. Last weekend, sipping a cool drink outdoors at a local watering hole, I needed armor, so I bought and brought the latest Consumer Reports. So interesting was the August issue that my drink’s ice melted long before I’d finished reading.

For the first time, the magazine issued a report on appliance reliability by the manufacturer. Even more enticing is the inclusion of ultra-premium brands like Miele, Thermador, Sub-Zero, and Viking, which often get left out due to a lack of data compared with brands selling tons more units like GE or LG.

While not to be confused with the organization’s ratings on appliance usability and features, reliability is clearly as important when buying a car as a refrigerator. The surprising yet unsurprising thing was the general consensus by appliance makers that 10 years of life is good enough. Some ultra-premium players like Miele and Sub-Zero/Wolf claim 20 years of useful life while washer/dryer brand Speed Queen touts 25 years.

Of course, that’s not to say that consumers will have 10, 20, or 25 years of flawless service from their appliance. The organization reports that 40 percent of refrigerators will require some type of servicing within their first five years – ranges, the most reliable class of appliance will see 25 percent requiring service.

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Central Dallas Home

Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, the old saying goes. If that’s the case, then the post-war beauty at 5824 Palm Ln. won’t be on the market long, so take a look while it’s still available.

This 2-2 is renovated from the top to bottom of its 1,479 square feet. The reno includes newly refinished and stained hardwoods, crown molding, surround sound capability, Wink home automation, a luxury master bathroom, and a kitchen that wows with its look and amenities.

The North Stonewall Terrace neighborhood in central Dallas is a prime location, near Mockingbird and Matilda, just three blocks from Central Expressway, three miles from White Rock Lake, and 3.5 miles from NorthPark Center.

It’s also zoned for Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, rated “10” by GreatSchools.org.

Our Thursday Three Hundred was listed June 5 by Damon Williamson at Keller Williams Park Cities for $399,900, and we bet this Central Dallas home will find a buyer soon.

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Sure, this CDA oven is cute, but is an oven ensconced in pink leather with a heart-shaped window a little too personal?

Flippers and developers use what’s worked successfully in the past. People who renovate their own homes love looking for new cool things. If you’re like me, using the same item twice is almost lazy. The only pieces I’ve used before in my latest renovation are a Bosch dishwasher (they’re just good) and a Grohe Ladylux kitchen faucet (For the record, no, I don’t feel like a lady – lux or otherwise – when I use it).

There are always new cool things to use and live with. Sometimes we renovators see new things that leave us scratching our heads. Sometimes those scratches turn to “Eureka!” and sometimes to “What the *#%*?”

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Congratulations are in order for luxury appliance showroom Capital Distributing, as the go-to spot for high-end kitchen brands such as Miele, Gaggenau, Wolf, Thermador, Subzero, La Cornue, and Viking has won “Best Appliances” from the Dallas chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for the third year in a row.

This family-owned business has been doing upscale kitchens right since 1973, and their showroom off of Stemmons is a wonderful spot to discover the perfect range, ovens, and even laundry system for your home. You can even try before you buy in their amazing kitchen demonstration areas. It’s no surprised that the design community loves this brand, as it’s easy to picture these luxury appliances in a variety of custom kitchens.

“We are proud to be recognized by the design community and appreciate that they voted for our company,” said Michael Davis, president of Capital Distributing. “We must continue to work hard at being the best appliance company in our marketplace.”

Enjoy being top banana for the third year in a row, Capital Distributing!

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

Everybody knows if you want to get noticed, all you have to do is feed them
and you can get their undivided attention. That’s why the kitchen has become the heart
(and theater) of the home more than ever, and tonights Houzz event at Capital
Distributing proved that.

The event was so popular that with more than 400 attendees they had to hold two sessions, and if you were lucky enough to get an invitation it was well worth it. With something this important, CandysDirt.com had to be a sponsor, and not only did we share our name, we shared our love of sweets — everyone got a cookie to take home with them (if it lasted that long!).

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Capital Distributing has just added some new displays that will make you want a new
kitchen even if you just remodeled, and from the statistics I’ve been hearing, if you are considering selling your home, luxury appliances are a very wise investment. Thermador and Bosch were also sponsors of the presentation, and between the new Thermador kitchens in Capital Distributing and the innovations that Bosch has coming, I’m not sure which one I’ll choose for my new kitchen!

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One of the smartest things I ever did was to buy my “Home Idea Factory” more than 10 years ago in Oak Cliff. Others saw it as a teardown as quickly as possible, I saw it as a home I’d never have to add on to. Yes, it was a factory and I love living in a historic space — if only these walls could talk.

Houzz shared some staggering statistics that let me know I’m not the only one who
appreciates owning their own home in Dallas. More than 89 percent of the people who visit Houzz.com from Dallas own their own homes, and 83 percent are considering redecorating, 38 percent are considering remodeling, and 13 percent are considering buying a new home, which is much higher than the national average.

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When I left tonight I had questions … many ask why you should own your own home but
my question is why wouldn’t you? Dallas is the poster child for achievable housing and
a great quality of life — my friends in other markets wish they could get as much home
and value as we do here. And the best news? We can use what we save buying a home
in Dallas and have a kitchen everyone else will envy.

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.

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By Lifestylist® Suzanne Felber

Everybody knows if you want to get noticed, all you have to do is feed them
and you can get their undivided attention. That’s why the kitchen has become the heart
(and theater) of the home more than ever, and tonights Houzz event at Capital
Distributing proved that.

The event was so popular that with more than 400 attendees they had to hold two sessions, and if you were lucky enough to get an invitation it was well worth it. With something this important, CandysDirt.com had to be a sponsor, and not only did we share our name, we shared our love of sweets — everyone got a cookie to take home with them (if it lasted that long!).

Houzz Capital Dist 14 7

Capital Distributing has just added some new displays that will make you want a new
kitchen even if you just remodeled, and from the statistics I’ve been hearing, if you are considering selling your home, luxury appliances are a very wise investment. Thermador and Bosch were also sponsors of the presentation, and between the new Thermador kitchens in Capital Distributing and the innovations that Bosch has coming, I’m not sure which one I’ll choose for my new kitchen!

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One of the smartest things I ever did was to buy my “Home Idea Factory” more than 10 years ago in Oak Cliff. Others saw it as a teardown as quickly as possible, I saw it as a home I’d never have to add on to. Yes, it was a factory and I love living in a historic space — if only these walls could talk.

Houzz shared some staggering statistics that let me know I’m not the only one who
appreciates owning their own home in Dallas. More than 89 percent of the people who visit Houzz.com from Dallas own their own homes, and 83 percent are considering redecorating, 38 percent are considering remodeling, and 13 percent are considering buying a new home, which is much higher than the national average.

Houzz Capital Dist 14 40

When I left tonight I had questions … many ask why you should own your own home but
my question is why wouldn’t you? Dallas is the poster child for achievable housing and
a great quality of life — my friends in other markets wish they could get as much home
and value as we do here. And the best news? We can use what we save buying a home
in Dallas and have a kitchen everyone else will envy.

Suzanne FelberSuzanne Felber is a design and branding expert who runs the website Lifestylist.com. An Oak Cliff resident and lover of all things design, keep up with Suzanne by following her on twitter.