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2021 Solar Rules: Guide for New Mexico Homeowners

2021 Solar Rules: Guide for New Mexico Homeowners

Solar is a newer source of renewable energy that has recently exploded in the US, due to it becoming more affordable for homeowners. With this proven source of power, the policies have progressed surrounding the tax incentives for consumers.

Recently, the rules have changed for the solar industry. At the end of 2020, congress passed a COVID relief bill in which many policies were amended. Buried in the 5,593 page bill, the federal tax credit for solar was extended for 2 more years.

Below we will review the current rules for going solar in 2021, what this means for New Mexico homeowners.

The New Rules

With the 2-year extension of the federal tax credits, this means homeowners will have the ability to save 26% percent on their system for 2 more years. Prior, they would have till the end of 2021 to go solar with a lower 22% tax credit.

Below are the OLD rules, slated to end by 2022:

  • 30% federal tax credit through 12/31/2019
  • 26% federal tax credit through 12/31/2020
  • 22% federal tax credit through 12/31/2021
  • 10% federal tax credit moving onward—commercial jobs only

Here are the new rules with the 2-year extension:

  • 26% federal tax credit through 12/31/2022
  • 22% federal tax credit through 12/31/2023
  • 10% federal tax credit moving onward—commercial jobs only

What does this mean for New Mexico homeowners?

This is great news for homeowners in New Mexico. Alongside the federal tax credit, the state is also offering tax breaks for going solar:

  • 10% State Tax Credit
  • $0 State Sales Tax
  • $0 Property Tax added to system’s value

If you decide to go solar in the next 2 years, you would save 36% on federal and state tax credits, plus pay ZERO sales tax.

It must be noted that in order to qualify for these savings, you must be the homeowner that buys the system. If you’re leasing solar from a company, you won’t receive the tax benefits listed above.

How much money does this actually save you?

The average solar system in New Mexico costs $18,000. So, if you factor in your federal and state tax credits of 36%, then you’ll be paying $11,520, saving you $6,480. Plus, you’ll save $1,417.50 in sales tax (7.875% for Bernalillo county), as well as in property taxes.

The total savings for this example is $7,897.50.

Besides savings on the upfront costs of solar, you will also save money in the long run. Once your solar loan is paid off, you can start saving that money and enjoy controlling your energy costs. You will also save on the future rate increases from your electricity bill if you did not go solar.

Additionally, by going solar, you have increased the resale value of your home. To read more on this topic click here.

Overall, going solar will get you a good return on your investments in the long-run.

How to get the tax credits

Solar savings will be reflected on your tax return. We recommend that you work with your tax professional to properly file for your tax credits to ensure you receive your savings. At this point, you can use the tax credit money towards your solar loan to reduce the cost, or use it in other ways.

Here are the forms you’ll need:

Key Takeaways

  • The solar tax credits have been extended for 2 years
  • Homeowners can save 26% in federal tax credits through 2022,then 22% in 2023. After this the tax credit goes away for residential solar.
  • New Mexico homeowners can save 10% in state tax credits through 2027
  • To receive your tax credits, file with a tax professional.

Ready to go solar?

If you’re ready to go solar, get started with a FREE, no-obligation solar consultation with one of our professionals.

deluxe walk in shower with tan marble

Shower System Solutions

Is your shower asking you to upgrade it? As a foundational element to your bathroom, the shower is a place to refresh and rejuvenate. But is it safe and functional for your family’s needs? Is it outdated? These are the top concerns that our customers tell us.

We know that a family’s composition may change over time, whether they add a little one in the home or an elderly parent. Some health conditions can also contribute to the need for a safer shower option.

To help you update your shower system, we have outlined our recommended shower wall surrounds, design selections, installation timeline, shower maintenance, and industry warranties. We want to make sure you have a SAFE, FUNCTIONAL, and STYLISH shower that will last for years to come!

Shower Wall Surrounds

There are a few great options for your shower wall surround. Our top recommendation will always be a solid surface wall surround since these are lower maintenance, non-porous and faster installations for our clients. Tiles is another option that provides a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to suit our client’s design style.

Below are our top-selling wall surrounds.

Re-Bath Durabath™ SSP is a solid surface polymer that is non-porous, waterproof, and groutless. This makes it mold and mildew resistant and for a fast installation. This material is backed by a lifetime labor and material warranty, plus we give our clients free Re-Bath cleaner for life.

Re-Bath Natural Stone is another great option for your shower surround. The material comes straight from 3,000-year-old rock quarries across the globe, bringing a little piece of earth inside of your home. Natural stone is groutless, waterproof, and easy to clean. The unique veining and coloration won’t fade or discolor and is backed by a 10-year limited warranty. Keep in mind that this material will need to be sealed as needed.

Both the Durabath™ SSP and Natural Stone products can come in a variety of wall patterns.

Deluxe Master Shower

Solid Surface is another great option for your shower wall surround. Similar to Durabath™ SSP and Natural Stone, this is a manufactured wall panel that offers similar benefits. It is groutless, durable and easy to clean. There are a variety of designer colors to choose from and wall patterns. The wall patterns give the illusion of tile without the added hassle of maintenance.

Tile is another option that our customers love. It gives them flexibility in their design since there are many colors and materials to choose from. The various patterns available include subway, herringbone, chevron, straight, diagonal, offset, vertically stacked, and more. You can use small or large tiles or mix it up by adding a decorative tile.

Tile requires more diligence to maintain to prevent mold and mildew over time.

grey shower with black horizontal patterned tile

Design Selection Overview

Besides your shower wall surround, there are a few design selections you will have to make. Our company provides Professional Design Assistance to select your products in the comforts of your home or at one of our design centers.

Shower Base: Our company uses a custom solid surface shower base that is hygienically sound and highly durable for years to come. The 3 main shower bases that are available are standard threshold, low threshold (ADA compliant), and curbless. We also recommend adding a slip-resistant layer to your shower base to help prevent any falls in the shower.

walk in shower base

Showerhead: This is one of the most fun pieces to select for your shower upgrade. There are many styles of showerheads from modern to traditional in a plethora of finishes: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Polished Nickel, Brushed Gold, Matte Black, and Oil Rubbed Bronze. Matte Black is our new favorite finish and is currently trending in homes across the nation. Features to look for are the size of the showerhead, handheld shower function, and of course the style of the unit.

walk in shower with detachable shower head

Grab Bars: to install added safety features, you can strategically place grab bars in and around your shower. We recommend grab bars near the shower entrance/exit points, shower seats, and even a grab bar shelf that can also hold your shampoo and conditioner.

bath and shower grab bars

Shower Seating: Another SAFETY feature to add to your shower system is shower seating. This gives you a place to sit down, if needed or store your bare necessities. You can choose a built-in shower seat, fold-down seat, or a corner seat. Some clients provide a separate chair unit, which is great if you need to move the shower seat. We do recommend an attached seat for better stability.

shower bench seating

Shower Shelving: You’ll need somewhere to put your toiletries, especially if you want to get rid of that shower caddy! Consider built-in niches, corner shelves, and dual-function grab bar shelves. Don’t forget to add a lower shelf for a footrest while you shave.

walk in shower with shelving

Shower Door Enclosure: To keep your splashes inside the wet zone, you will need a shower enclosure. Glass shower doors present a clean look while displaying the beauty of your new shower system. Your actual shower door can have a dual bypass door or a slider, as well as a pivot door. Most doors will come with a towel bar, handle and knob that comes in a variety of finishes. You will also want to consider the thickness of the glass to ensure your door is durable. We recommend going with a shower door that is at least ¼” thick. To protect your glass from water spots, we recommend investing in a glass shield treatment and a great squeegie.

shower enclosure

Shower System Installation

How long does it take to install your shower system?

Our team installs typical shower systems in 2-4 days. We demolish the current shower system and make sure to remove everything down to the studs. This ensures that there is no water damage, which could cause our customers huge problems down the road. We then install the new shower system for our client’s specific design. Keep in mind that our 2-4 day installation is for shower systems only, and do not include the other elements that a full bathroom remodel would have.

Maintenance of New Shower System

Now that you have a new shower system, you want to make sure it lasts for years to come!

One of the greatest benefits to using Durabath™ SSP, Natural Stone, or Solid Surface is that it’s EASY-TO-CLEAN and groutless. You also don’t have to worry about mold and mildew growing in your wet area since the materials are waterproof.

Plus, our Re-Bath clients will receive Free cleaner for life. This cleaner has the “magic sauce” for cleaning bathroom wall surrounds and our customers love it.

Industry Warranties

In the remodeling industry, there are various warranties to consider when remodeling your home.

The first is the Contractor’s Warranty:

  • Contractor warranty in New Mexico– According to NM Home Builders Association, “NM does not require a contractor to offer a warranty(1).” This means that if you hire a handyman or any contractor in NM, they do not have to guarantee any of their work in your home. This makes going with a reputable company even more important, and that you don’t use a contractor that will take your money and leave.
  • Poulin Design Center Warranty- To ensure that our customer’s remodel will last, we offer a 2-year labor and material warranty. We send out warranty letters every 6 months during this time period as a friendly reminder to keep your remodel in tip-top shape. If needed, we will send down a team member to inspect any issues and resolve them.

The second warranty is the Product Warranty. Our company has searched hard to find reputable and reliable companies to work with that have the best warranties in the industry. All the products we recommend can be found in our Design Centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for our customer’s convenience. Below are the warranties provided for the shower brands we stand behind.

  • Re-Bath Durabath SSP™-  LIFETIME labor and material
  • Re-Bath Natural Stone- 10-year limited warranty
  • Swanstone Solid Surface- Limited lifetime warranty

Please note that to ensure your warranty, you will need to register your products per instructions.

Closing Thoughts

One of our greatest joys is to enhance our customer’s lives by installing a SAFER, more FUNCTIONAL and STYLISH shower space for them to enjoy for years to come.

Now that you know what to expect, you can start planning your new shower. If you’re ready to take the next step for a Free Design Consultation, click below or call us at 505-880-2500.

Securing Energy For Your Future

In light of the year we’ve faced in 2020, many of our customers have new reasons to convert to solar energy for their homes. The number one reason our customers go solar is to save money, followed by helping the environment and increasing their property value. A new reason to go solar has emerged: to secure energy for the future.

In this blog, we will explore this idea and see how solar plays a role in securing energy for you and your family.

Supply and demand chain impacted

The pandemic has greatly impacted the supply and demand chain for consumer goods. Toilet paper, disinfectants, and meat were wiped out on grocery shelves for weeks. Most stores even had a limit to how many packages of TP you could purchase.

We have also seen the impact of this in the home improvement industry—appliances can take up to 3-6 months to be shipped after you have purchased them. At Poulin Design Center, we’re encouraging our customers to purchase their appliances as soon as possible once their design is finalized.

While lead times for certain goods and services are being reduced, the domino effect of a broken supply and demand chain can be felt for months.

Residential electricity has increased

According to the International Energy Agency, “Residential electricity demand has increased in most economies as a result of lockdown measures.” Since many people are staying home more and working remotely, this is perfectly plausible.

Has this had an impact on your energy bill yet? While managing work, schooling, and “normal” life at home, has your bill increased?

For many of our customers, their bills have.

Owning solar creates energy independence

When one of our customers converts to solar energy for their home, they are creating their own power generating station. Instead of relying on the utility company for electricity, they become self-reliant for their energy production. This is a game-changer when it comes to controlling your energy costs and demand for electricity.

When you work with one of our solar advisors, they will design a system based on your actual energy needs. You will also work with them on creating a system that is grid-tied or with a battery storage system—blog coming soon.

Energy for your future

The technology for solar has exploded so much over the last few years and has become more affordable for homeowners now than ever before. Instead of paying more for electricity, you have the option to pay fixed monthly payments till your system is paid off—then you own it, have energy independence, and benefit from the many tax incentives include with solar—click here to learn more.

Are you ready to go solar?

If you’d like to learn more about going solar for your home, schedule your Free Solar Consultation today.

With Poulin Solar Pro you get

Remodels of 2020

As we celebrate our 38th year in business, we wanted to look back over this last year of projects.

As an essential business, we have been fortunate to keep our customer’s projects on track while following the latest health and safety guidelines. The health of our customers and employees is at the forefront of our minds, and we want to ensure they stay safe during these uncertain times.

Although we remodeled several homes in 2020, below is just a small sample of the work our team has done. Be inspired and enjoy!

Kitchen Transformation in the Foothills

We had the opportunity to completely transform the look and feel of this home in the Sandia foothills.

✅ Created an open space concept in this home
✅ Functional space for the kitchen
✅ Updated appliances
✅ Hidden dishwasher
✅ Updated flooring

Albuquerque Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel

Kitchen

✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Feature cabinet with glass
✅ Soft-close doors and drawers
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Stylish honeycomb backsplash
✅ Slide-out drawers for expanded storage

Bathroom

✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Updated tub
✅ Built-in grab bars
✅ Removed old carpet and added tile
✅ Easy-to-grab hardware

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

We partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to remodel a section of their showroom. You can read more about their remodel in our blog here.

✅ Area to showcase new Thermadore and Bosch appliances
✅ Bellmont 1900 contemporary cabinetry
✅ Two-tone cabinetry
✅ Oversized island with seating
✅ Quartz waterfall edge on island
✅ Unique backsplashes
✅ Sleek, clean contemporary style
✅ Area for future events

Tom’s Kitchen and Family Room Remodel

The owner of Poulin Design Center “tooled up” to remodel his own kitchen in early spring.

✅ Two-tone quartz countertops
✅ Two-tone Bellmont cabinetry
✅ NEW wood-look flooring throughout the home
✅ Stone fireplace with cedar mantle
✅ Added built-in sliding barn door to the entertainment center

To see an in-depth “Behind the Scenes” of Tom’s remodel, click here to learn more.

Santa Fe Bathroom Remodel

✅ Floating vanity with slab doors
✅ LED mirrors
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Freestanding modern tub
✅ Added door for patio access
✅ Spa-like shower with body sprays
✅ Built-in bench and niche

Los Alamos Gourmet Kitchen Remodel

✅ Black quartz countertops
✅ Expanded storage
✅ Large Island
Floating shelves with underlighting
✅ Wet area sink
✅ Pot filler

Full Home Remodel: Kitchen, 3 Bathrooms, Flooring

Master Bathroom

✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Corian countertops- antimicrobial
✅ Frameless shower door
✅ Built-in grab bars

Guest Bathrooms

✅ Matching products for a cohesive look
✅ Half vessels sinks
✅ Showerhead with handheld on a slide bar
✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ S-Curve shower doors

Kitchen

✅ Granite countertops
✅ Large island with extra storage and barstools
✅ Wine cooler
✅ Walnut shaker cabinets

Northern NM: Guest Bathrooms and Solar

Bathrooms

Contemporary bathroom design
✅ Captured unique vision of customer
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Vessel and half-vessel sinks
✅ LED mirrors

Solar

✅ Controlled energy costs
✅ Energy bill eliminated once the solar system is paid for
✅ Net metering- store excess energy on the grid for later use
PLUS…
✅ 26% federal tax credit
✅ 10% state tax credit
✅ $0 state sales tax
✅ $0 property tax added to system

Open Concept Kitchen

✅ Waypoint Cabinetry
✅ Quartzite countertops
✅ Waterfall edge on the island
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Black stainless steel appliances

Thank YOU

Thank you for trusting Poulin Design Center with your home remodels and solar projects! We’re looking forward to 2021, we hope that you are too!

Laurene’s Famous Cranberry Salad

We have had the privilege of remodeling homes across central and northern New Mexico, including thousands of kitchens throughout the years. The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and for good reason, we all congregate there to socialize, eat, drink, hangout, and more. We thought it would be fitting to share one of our Poulin family traditions around Thanksgiving time that we love—eating cranberry salad.

My sister Laurene, who is also our Design Center Manager, is a wonderful cook. For the last 25 years, she’s been bringing cranberry salad to Thanksgiving dinner, and we devour it! We took the time to share with you this favorite dish that is easy to make, and best done the night before your feast.

We hope you enjoy this family recipe!

Laurene’s Famous Cranberry Salad

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12-ounce package of cranberries
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1-pint blackberries, reserve half for garnish
  • 1-pint raspberries, reserve half for garnish
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 6 oz pack of cherry 🍒 jello
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 /4 cup sugar
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Orange zest

Method

  1. Dissolve jello with 1.5 cups boiling water in a separate bowl.
  2. Chop pecans and celery in a food processor. Add to mixing bowl.
  3. Mix cranberries in a food processor. Add to mixing bowl.
  4. Add jello, orange juice, sugar, pomegranate seeds, 1/2 pint blackberries, 1/2 pint raspberries, apple, pear, and orange zest to the mixing bowl and stir.
  5. Place in your presentation dish and garnish the top with reserved berries and pomegranate seeds.
  6. Chill in the fridge overnight.

Enjoy!

Do you have a family recipe that you’re known for?

Share it with us in the comments below or send us an email with your FAVORITE recipe- from our family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you make the cranberry salad be sure to tag us on social media @poulindesigncenter

Bellmont 1300 Series

Introducing the Bellmont 1300 series…

On Time. On Budget. On Trend.

We are excited to share the latest door style from Bellmont Cabinet Co.—the 1300 series.

The simple door style offers exactly what our customers are wanting—a quality cabinet that fills the gap for transitional and contemporary styles.

We shared the new line with our designers and they’re excited to start using it for our customers!

One of our Santa Fe designers, Dana Gamaleri said, “It combines value with simplicity and quality.”

Here are our favorite features:

➡️ Frameless design for a cleaner look
➡️ European-style cabinetry
➡️ Soft-close doors and drawers
➡️ Powder-coated steel drawers
➡️ Stainless steel floating metal shelving
➡️ PET film used, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles
➡️ Quick turn-around time for ordering cabinets

Let’s take a look at the details of the new 1300 series.

Door Styles

There are 4 different door styles with the 1300 series:

  1. Tempo
    • Contemporary
    • Slab door style
    • Available in Gloss/Matte White and Matte Grey
  2. Horizon
    • Contemporary
    • Slab door style
    • Available in Frax and Grau, which are textured woodgrain laminate
  3. Apex
    • Transitional
    • 5 mm Pencil Edge Frame
    • Available in Matte Black
  4. Frame
    • Transitional
    • Shaker door style
    • Available in Matte White and Matte Grey

Colors

The colors offered for the 1300 series are the epitome of trendy right now. Offering a selection minimal palette of white, grey and black in a matte finish, plus a standard gloss white. To diversify the selection, woodgrain textured laminate is offered for the Horizon door style: Frax and Grau.

These are the colors that our clients are wanting right now.

Matte Black

Available for Apex

Gloss White

Available for Tempo

Matte Grey

Available for Tempo and Frame

Frax

Textured laminate available for Horizon

Matte White

Available for Tempo and Frame

Grau

Textured laminate available for Horizon

20% off Kitchen Cabinets

We hope that you’re liking this new series as much as we are. To celebrate we want to offer you 20% off Kitchen Cabinets* through the month of November 2020. To claim, click below.

*Some restrictions may apply, see store for details. With a complete kitchen remodel. Expires 11/30/20. Offers cannot be combined and are not valid with past jobs. License #21850.

8 Hidden Costs of Remodeling Your Home

When remodeling your bathroom, it’s important address any hidden issues lurking behind your walls to save you money and prevent future problems. This will ensure that your home will be up to code, address any underlying issues that you may have and give you peace of mind knowing your house has solid “bones”.

With over 10,000 remodels, we’ve seen our share of hidden creepers in the bathroom including mold, termites, water damage, lead pipes, asbestos, and even the miscellaneous hidden artifacts that are a blast from the past.

Catch the “mold” creeper in your shower before it haunts you…

What’s lurking behind your walls?

Plumbing Issues

The biggest issue we see around plumbing is leaking pipes. The damage due to a leak could cause the following problems: water damage to the framing, which can cause structural issues; added moisture to your bathroom that can lead to mold spores, and a leak left unchecked can cause rusty pipes. At times our team will run into deteriorating pipes—sometimes they rattle, sometimes they rust, and other times they rot!

Once you discover a leak, it’s important to assess the damage and address it. This will assure that the extent of the damage does not cost you more money. During your remodel, it may be time to update your plumbing to today’s standards. Be sure to work with a professional to properly correct any issues your home may have.

Electrical Issues

We are shocked to find how many homes have faulty wiring in them—causing a major fire hazard. Our team also comes across extension cords behind the walls, old wiring, and outlets that are not GFCI protected, protecting your home from a power surge and electrocution. Cutting corners on a DIY job can come back to “ZAP” you.

To protect your home from getting short-circuited, be sure to follow safe electrical practices. When doing a remodel, this is a perfect opportunity to get your electrical up to code and give you the peace of mind that your home and family are safe.

Foundation Issues

Plumbing that concrete was not properly formed around.

The foundation of your home is integral, keeping your home’s structure upright—especially when natural disasters may come. A common issue our team encounters is plumbing that is encased in concrete, which is due to poor construction. The plumbing should be easily accessible and ready for changes—not covered in a dead pool of concrete! This is truly a “hidden” cost of remodeling, since the homeowner or remodeler will not know of the issue until the shower pan or bathtub is removed. To fix this, the concrete will need to be broken apart so plumbing can be adjust for your new design, get your plumbing up to code, and as good practice, to replace the pea trap.

Another common issue we’ll run into is a cracked foundation or a foundation that isn’t level.  This happens from the home settling into the ground over time. To fix this issue, we will level the foundation before adding new flooring, see example in video above.

Mold Damage

Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere in the home, but usually lives in the bathroom. The moist, dark environment is a perfect breeding ground for mold spores. If you find that you have mold behind the walls of your shower, it is important to remove it. This is one of the more expensive problems to find during your remodel, but the structure of your home will benefit from it.

A few ways prevent mold growth in your bathroom are to always use the exhaust fan when taking a shower, add light to your shower space (mold cannot survive in the light), and clean frequently since mildew will turn into mold if left untreated

When it comes time to remodel, be sure that you use a non-porous backerboard and a wall surround that is groutless, like our line of Re-Bath Durabath™ and Natural Stone which is naturally mold and mildew resistant.

Lead

Lead is a heavy metal that is toxic. It was added to painting products and is commonly seen in homes prior to 1978. As long as the lead is not disturbed, via sanding, scraping, burning, brushing, blasting, etc., then it won’t be harmful. This becomes especially problematic during a remodel, where a wall removal may part of the new design.

For each of our customers, their Project Coordinator will go to their home and test for lead. We are certified in lead-safe practices and know how to correctly remodel when lead is involved. In New Mexico it is not a common issue since our state did not use lead-based paint like many of the other states in the US.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a group of fibrous minerals that help strengthen and fireproof materials¹. In the early 19th century it was commonly used in insulation, plaster, paint, and tile flooring. It causes a number of health problems but primarily Mesothelioma, which is cancer in the lungs. Unfortunately, asbestos is not banned in the United States, but there are strict regulations on where it can be used.

If your home was built prior to 1978, it’s important to use a professional for your remodel. Like lead, asbestos is harmless when it is undisturbed. However, that’s nearly impossible to do during a remodel, and a professional will follow the safe practices to properly abate asbestos when doing home construction.

Bug Infestations

Many homeowners don’t know they have a bug problem until they see what’s been crawling behind their walls. Pests, including termites, are especially harmful to the framing of your home. If you find damage to the wood and studs, it’s important to take care of the issue immediately.

You may not know this, but termites will typically already have a nest in the ground before you build your home. Once the house is there, they’ll move in and live inside the walls and start chowing down the wood. This can lead to structural problems, including the area of concern just disintegrating.

The professionals at Poulin Design Center will recognize this problem and help you address this if your home has an infestation.

Hidden and Usual Treasures

Critters and rust aren’t the only things hiding inside your bathroom walls—sometimes there’s trash or treasure, other times relics from the past. In homes built before 1950, it was common to have a medicine cabinet that had a slot to deposit razor blades, see picture above.

Other fun artifacts they have been reported are: recipes, wallets, beer, cash and a favorite being a newspaper, taking them back to an era when a car was more affordable!

R.I.P Remodeling Nightmares

Remodeling your home can come with unexpected costs, so be sure to budget for those costs before you remodel. And now that you know the scary monsters that could be hiding behind your walls, be sure to take charge of your home and keep it in a good state of health—no mold, water leaks, lead, critters or anything else of that could be lurking.

Hidden issues will eventually show themselves, so finding them out before they become a costly repair will save you time and money in the long run. Just remember not blame the remodeler for the haunted issues your home has been facing for years—your remodeler will fight to remove all the spooks and scares your house has been assaulted with in silence.

Ferguson Design Center

The Poulin Design Center worked with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to update their showroom vignettes.

Design Goals with Ferguson

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery needed to update vignettes inside their Albuquerque showroom. Each vignette was original to the showroom when acquired by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in 2007.

The new space needed to fit an updated line of appliances that the original cabinets would not accommodate. Additionally, they wanted to have a space that would accommodate events in the future. To install their new appliances, and create an inviting event space, as well as update the overall décor, they would work with Poulin’s design team to accomplish their goals.

Design Phase

Daniela Colello

Daniela Colello was the designer on this project from the Poulin Design Center. She worked with Joseph Candelaria, Showroom Consultant, to create the vision for the vignettes.

“Daniela was great. She asked all the right questions, offered a lot of great insight,” Joseph said.

For Daniela, designing a vignette that focused on appliances over creating the routine functional kitchen was a first. “It was a wonderful new experience. I learned a lot about designing displays for appliances and enjoyed the research. We utilized European-styled cabinets and highlighted the high-end brands that Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery carries.”

The new clean, contemporary look transformed the entire space while achieving the goals needed for the vignettes featuring Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s newest line of Bosch and Thermador products.

Ferguson Installation

Once the products were selected, and the design established, our team came out to perform demolition and install the new vignettes. Installation went well and any hiccups in the process were resolved.

Additionally, our team had to be innovative in creating certain functions of the vignettes that were unique to the display. One example was installation of a non-functioning cooktop in one of the display drawers. Since this is not the normal use of a drawer, our team worked hard to make sure this stove would fit properly while fitting within the display parameters.

Final Product

With teamwork and collaboration, Poulin Design Center was able to achieve the vision brought by Ferguson—a new, sleek look was captured in the two kitchen vignettes that showcase over 25 appliances.

When asked if the design goals were accomplished, Joseph replied, “One hundred percent. The outcome exceeded our expectations. We’re extremely happy with the way everything went, and with how everything turned out.”

Closing

We have partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for over 20 years as a top referral for our customer’s appliance needs. We are so glad that we were chosen to remodel Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom this year and are extremely happy with the outcome.

To learn about the latest products at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and speak to Joseph about your appliance needs, click here to schedule your visit.

Ready to Remodel?

During the month of October, we have partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to give you a $2500 Appliance Rebate with your complete kitchen remodel*. Click below to claim your savings and get started on your project!

Top 3 Reasons Our Customers Go Solar

The solar industry is growing at a rapid rate. It is projected to grow to 48% of total U.S. renewable generation by 2050¹!

Our customers see the many benefits of solar, but the top 3 reasons our customers go solar are to save money, help the environment and to increase their property value. Let’s take a deeper look at why these are the top reasons to go solar.

#1 Reason Our Customers Go Solar Is…

Save Money by Eliminating Their Power Bill

We hear our customers say over and over again that they want to control their energy costs. Your electricity bill is one of the few bills that you don’t control, with monthly costs varying throughout the year and subject to rate increases year after year.

When you go solar, you basically trade your power bill for a solar loan payment. The loan is set at a fixed interest rate and doesn’t fluctuate every month-plus the bill is typically the same or lower than your normal bill. Once you pay off the loan, you OWN the system and eliminate your power bill.

No more renting electricity! For the life of your home, you won’t have a power bill anymore, except for a small fee to stay on the grid.

#2 Reason Our Customers Go Solar Is…

Help the Environment

As we see more and more natural disasters and plastics polluting the oceans, it’s natural to want to do something to help the environment. One great way to decrease greenhouse gases is to convert to clean, green energy.

By harnessing the power of the sun, you eliminate the use of finite resources such as coal, and draw from the consistency of the sun to “Power Your Lifestyle”.

Here is an example of what a 16kW system is doing for the environment in 1 year:

#3 Reason Our Customers Go Solar Is…

Increase Their Property Value

Not only will you SAVE money by eliminating your power bill, but you’ll also MAKE money by increasing your property’s value without paying extra on your property taxes. Isn’t that nice?

On average, a home with solar will sell for 4.1% more than a similar home without solar. This translates to about $8,200 added to a home valued at $200,000².

To go more in-depth about increasing your property value with solar, click here.

Bonus #1- Current Tax Incentives are AMAZING right now

One of the many reasons our customers are going solar right now is because of the current tax benefits being provided by the federal and state:

  • 26% Federal Tax Credit on solar systems installed by 12/31/20
    • In 2021 the Federal Tax Credit will lower to 22% and be gone after 12/31/21 for residential systems
  • 10% State Tax Credit on solar systems installed through 12/31/27
  • $0 State Sales Tax added to solar systems purchased in New Mexico
  • $0 State Property Taxes added to solar systems, even though they increase your property’s value.

To maximize your savings, consider going solar before 2021 is over. Just remember, your solar system will need to be installed before the end of the year to qualify for tax credits of the year you’re applying it towards.

Bonus #2- Industry Warranties Are Top-Notch

The warranties for solar are the best the industry has ever seen. The LG panels that we recommend will give customers a triple 25-year warranty:

  • 25-Year Product Warranty: this protects the actual solar panel and any defects that may be present. However, LG tests every panel to ensure it will perform well in real-world circumstances.
  • 25-Year Performance Warranty: this protects the rate of degradation of the module, which is about .3% each year. So after 25 years, your LG panels will work at minimum of 90.8% efficiency! Compare that to a study done on the lifespan of solar panels, that says after 15-20 years solar will work at 80% efficiency³.
  • 25-Year Labor Warranty: If you have panels that repair or replacement, LG will cover the cost of labor for up to $450.

Bonus #3- Protection Against Rising Rates

Now that solar is installed for your home, you’re able to enjoy NO rate increases, which would have cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your home’s lifespan. Check out how rates have increased over time, and are still on the rise.

Learn More

Are you considering going solar? What reason to go solar stands out to you?

If you would like to talk with one of our Solar Advisors, click below to get started.

Kitchen Shelf Styling 101

Introducing our GUEST BLOGGER—Leslie Dunegan of Cornerstone Design WACO

Message from the owner:

When I was young, my father had me help with several home projects that ranged from painting to building houses. I enjoyed working with my hands and eventually started helping my friends and neighbors with their remodeling projects or paint jobs. I even put myself through college by remodeling homes. I didn’t know it at first, but remodeling would be the business I would dive into for the next 38 years.

As a father, my daughters grew up watching us develop our home remodeling business and grew to love different aspects of it. My oldest daughter Stephanie is our Assistant Manager and is learning the business to manage it in the coming years. My other daughter, Leslie, has a real talent for interior design and décor. She actually started her business with her husband in Waco, Texas called Cornerstone Design specializing in countertops.

Although we are in neighboring states, my heart is close to their family and it makes me proud to see how remodeling is running through the generations of our family tree.

It is my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger this week—Leslie Dunegan of Cornerstone Design.

Enjoy,

Tom Poulin
Owner of Poulin Design Center

Shelf Styling 101

While perusing Pinterest or Instagram you may see beautifully styled open shelves or bookcases. Maybe you go to Hobby Lobby or Target and see many different jars, botanicals, or books, and wonder “how can I use these items in my decor?” Today we are going to show you how to style your shelves, which types of mediums to use and how to create that Pinterest worthy shelf in your home.

Elements to Incorporate

Choosing your styling items can be a fun process especially if you incorporate personal items as well. Here are a few items you may want to use when filling your shelves.

  • Potted plants or vases. These do not have to be real plants, they can be faux, silk, or even rubber. Don’t let the stress of trying to keep a real plant alive stop you from making your shelves look the way you want.
  • Books. Books add color, height, and symmetry to your shelf. You can use all one color, or ad a mix of tones that complement the decor you already have. The ideas are limitless when using books.
  • Candlesticks. Candlesticks are another great way to add height and interest to your shelf but they also add history. Thrift stores or flea markets are great places to find old, ornate candlesticks in a space. Mix up the metals or material and let it tell a story on the shelf.
  • Jars. Using jars help to bring in funky shapes, new texture, and even height to space. With jars, you can pick several different types. All types of jars, from amber glass to terra-cotta to milk glass add different styles, textures, and trends to your shelf. Don’t be afraid to let your eclectic side come out with this item.
  • Framed Art. Art adds color, texture, tells a story, and can add a personal touch. When picking art make sure it’s something that you love and would like to look at. Mix up the frame material and don’t be afraid to layer your art.

Start Stylizing Your Shelf

Now comes the fun part…adding all your unique and specials finds together to make a cohesive, creative, styled shelf.

1. First, we are going to start with your largest item. This serves as our anchor point for the shelf. Everything else will be built around this one item. Most of the time, a framed piece of art or a family picture will be your anchor.

open kitchen shelves decorating ideas

2. Layering that anchor point will add dimension and interest to the piece. Have fun pairing it with a similar or even complete opposite piece of art or picture.

open kitchen shelves decorating ideas

3. Add a potted plant to help balance the shelf. If your anchor piece is tall, you will want it to favor one side, and balance out the other side with a slightly smaller botanical. This provides balance but also a change in shape and texture.

open kitchen shelves decorating ideas

4. Up until this point most of our items have been tall and large. We want to help fill gaps and bring the interest down, so adding a smaller plant is a must. You can mix up the pot color or even shade of botanical with this smaller plant.

open kitchen shelves decorating ideas

5. Your first shelf is done! Remember less is more! And sometimes it requires standing back and staring for a while…

6. Moving on to the next shelf we want to remember balance is key but also add in some new textures we didn’t do on the previous shelf.

7. Adding glass jars that are different heights will allow for a clean, crisp look to the shelf. It gives shine and you can also fill those jars with useful items. Maybe the shelves are in a laundry room. Fill those jars with clothespins, or laundry pods. The ideas are endless.

open kitchen shelves decorating ideas

8. Let’s break out the books and find one or two that can create height for your space. You are creating a pedestal for your last item.

9. The last item is a potted plant. Choosing one that is wider and more vine-like can fill up space on the shelf. Adding this final plant creates a triangle effect between the top and bottom shelf. This helps to balance the shelves and create a cohesive look.

open kitchen shelves decorating ideas

Remember when styling your shelves, it doesn’t have to have to be brand new items, it can be comprised of some of your favorite family heirlooms or precious books. Make it reflect your style, your home, and the things you want to put on display.

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Founded 39 years ago by Tom Poulin CGR, Poulin Design Remodeling, Inc., has become a mainstay of Albuquerque home renovation.

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