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5 Tips for Remodeling

Thinking about remodeling your home soon?

Not quite sure where to start in the remodel process or how to go about it the right way?

Worried about sinking money into a home without seeing a future ROI?

Remodeling doesn’t have to be stressful, messy or put you over budget. It can be a simple, straight-forward and easy to complete process when you have the right pieces and plan in place.

When it comes to remodeling your home, there are a few insider secrets that will help you make it a successful project:

  1. Know Your Vision (and expectations)
    Having a plan when you start the remodel process is CRUCIAL. Having a solid vision and measurable expectations of what your space will look like following the completion is the number one way to be satisfied with your remodel. A great way to do that? Create a future 3D Design of what the remodel will look like.
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    Too often, practicality and functionality are overlooked and the different assets chosen for a remodel are not practical and take away from the value instead of adding to it. When choosing anything from fixtures to countertops make sure they can not only withstand the test of time and practical use, but also that they are cohesive with the value and style of your home. Whether you plan to sell in the future or not, a remodel project that is overzealous can end up being a hard sell and a huge loss.
  2. Know Your Style
    Does your current home have a distinct style? Maybe you’re starting from scratch with the style of your home or want to upgrade or change the current style?Here are a few tips for establishing a style during your remodel:a. Ask yourself, “What do I want to live with for another 5-10 years?”
    b. What is in line with current design trends?
    c. What will match the current style of my home?Not only do you have to live with the design if you stay in your home, if you DO decide to sell it has to be a design that makes a statement, while also amplifying the best assets of your home, without distracting from them. Need help accomplishing this? We’d love to give you a free consultation with one of our experts.
  3. Maximize Storage
    As much as we LOVE a concept that looks like a minimalist show-room, it ends up looking a lot worse in the end because without enough storage your space goes from clean and chic to cluttered and overwhelming in no time. An added bonus? Everyone wants to buy a home with a great kitchen with plenty of storage space.
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  4. Work with a TRUSTED team
    Last but certainly not least, work with a TRUSTED team. Working with a team that has years of experience, tons of trusted references and ample resources will make it easy to keep your remodel on track, on budget and create an easy remodel process. Want to take the remodel process off your plate completely? Let us help. From designing the space to executing the remodel, we can make your remodeling dreams a reality.

“We couldn’t be happier with our remodel of our kitchen, breakfast nook, and dining room by Poulin Design Center! They did an amazing job, and we just love the layout and design elements they incorporated into our design. We highly recommend them to anyone looking to remodel their home.”
– Debie Radcliff

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Solar is the Future: 30% Federal Solar Tax Credits End In:

30% Federal Solar Tax Credits End In:

2019/12/30 23:59:59

Is solar the future? Whether you’re watching the news, scrolling past an Instagram ad or talking to a friend: it’s hard not to recognize that solar power is a trend that keeps gaining momentum. In addition to its growing popularity, solar is becoming even more mainstream, with everyone from your neighbor to your uncle installing solar panels to help them save money and the planet. But is solar really the future?

To answer that, let’s actually take a step back. Solar power is actually a much older concept than we realize…

Do you know how long solar power has been around?

Since ancient times, civilizations have been harnessing the power of the Sun. In fact, Egyptians and the Greeks had to plan months, if not years in advance to make their homes habitable during the winter.

But, with their knowledge of the sun’s seasonal position in the sky, many homes were strategically built to capture as much of the sun’s heating rays as possible during the day so that they would stay relatively warm during the night.​

So how long will solar be around in its modern-day formatting? Is it a fast fad? Will it fade in the future?

The answer is no. Solar is here to stay and being one of the first people on board will be extremely beneficial for you, and your wallet. (Not to mention the environmental benefits that come from utilizing the power of solar that only compound over time.)

As it stands now, the world only gets about 1% of its energy resources from solar; however, it is entirely feasible that in the next 30 years this percentage could skyrocket to as high as 27%.

But the biggest form of support for the future of solar comes from the Federal Tax credit that was approved by congress in 2015 that created a 5-year solar tax credit extension, which makes ​solar energy​ more affordable for all Americans.

What is the solar tax credit?

The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value.

Want to know how to utilize this credit? This credit was actually established over 10 years ago, but the extensions provided are meant to make solar energy more affordable and easy to access for consumers. Here is what the extension looks like:

  • 2016 – 2019: The tax credit remains at 30 percent of the cost of the system. This means that in 2019, you can still get a major discounted ​price for your solar panel system​.
  • 2020: Owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 26 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes.
  • 2021: Owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 22 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes.
  • 2022 onwards: Owners of new commercial solar energy systems can deduct 10 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes. There is no federal credit for residential solar energy systems

Additionally, in previous years, owners of new solar energy systems could not claim the tax credit unless their system was operational. Now, the legislation allows them to claim it as soon as the construction of the system is complete, as long as it is operational by December 31, 2023.

Do you want to take advantage of the Solar Tax credit? Now is the PERFECT time because Poulin Solar Pro is also running a Grand Slam Solar promotion giving you 20% off in addition to the 30%! Contact us today so you won’t miss this!


Tariffs trickle down to remodels

URGENT: Tariffs trickle down to remodels- UPDATED

Dear Poulin Design Center Customer,
You may be aware that the federal government announced a tariff of 10% on certain flooring, countertop, kitchen cabinets, and raw material products imported to the U.S. from China, set into effect on September 24, 2018. In November of 2018 we took steps to hold pricing for you and many of you took advantage of it.

We understand that the second round of tariffs, originally schedule for January 1, 2019 have been delayed until March 1, 2019. If they are enacted, we fully expect to experience increases from our manufactures.

Because of the 2018 tariff, not only have we experienced price increases already, but we are seeing a second round of increases starting February 1, 2019.

Below is a list of the manufactures that have announced price increases, which will take effect as of February 1, 2019:

  • Kitchen Cabinets: Bellmont, Bertch, Omega, R.D. Henry- 8-12%
  • Flooring: Armstrong, Shaw, US Floors- 19%
  • Coutertops– Quartz- 19%
  • Plumbing Fixtures: Moen, Delta, Kohler- 12% increase

We value our relationship with you, and therefore we are taking a number of steps to mitigate the impact of this tariff on our product pricing where possible. If you have recently purchased a remodel project from us, your price is locked in- there will not be any change. If you have received a quote from us but have not purchased your remodel project yet, your price will be good until February 15, 2019.
We will be increasing our prices effective February 15, 2019. However, we are absorbing the tariff impact until February 15. After which, all of the affected product prices will increase.

Most of our products are assembled and manufactured in the United States. However, many of the components are shipped to the U.S. from China.

There are some products that are manufactured and exclusively made in the United States. We are also experiencing a price increase for theses products for the transportation and shipping, and increase in labor rates. These increases are also being passed on to us from the manufacturers.

While increased prices due to the imposition of the tariffs are unavoidable, we are taking every step we can to reduce the impact to our customers. In my 36 years as the owner of Poulin Design Center, the speed at which these price increases are happening is unprecedented. Our team stands ready to work with you to provide the best remodeling solutions.

For further reading on the tariff, see articles below:


Flooring, Including LVT, on Final Chinese Tariff List

Washington, DC, September 18, 2018–On the evening of September 17, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of Chinese imports to be tariffed; vinyl flooring (including LVT), ceramic tile, engineered hardwood and carpet are included on that list (vinyl, 3918.10.10; ceramic, 6907.21.10 to 6907.40.90; enginneered hardwood, 4418.73.10 to 4418.79.01; carpet, 5701.10.13 to 5705.00.20).

“In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10%,”the official release reads. “Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25%.”

As expected, the tariffs impact approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and reports that the tariffs are levied, “As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology.”

“The list contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines that were on a proposed list of Chinese imports announced on July 10, 2018. Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received comments over a six-week period and testimony during a six-day public hearing in August. USTR engaged in a thorough process to rigorously examine the comments and testimony and, as a result, determined to fully or partially remove 297 tariff lines from the original proposed list. Included among the products removed from the proposed list are certain consumer electronics products such as smart watches and Bluetooth devices; certain chemical inputs for manufactured goods, textiles and agriculture; certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets, and child safety furniture such as car seats and playpens.”

read more: here


The White House in Washington DC

Tariffs May Raise Remodeling Costs

The Trump administration’s new $200 billion in tariffs are starting to flow through the home improvement sector. Products that could be affected include nails, flooring, granite countertops, tiles, sinks, roofing, cement, paints, cabinets, wooden and steel doors, windows, lighting and appliances. The National Association of Home Builders recently released a list of 6,000 items on the list of goods imported from China that are now subject to tariffs. The list includes 463 “ubiquitous” parts and pieces of the renovation puzzle that account for $10 billion in construction and remodeling expenditures a year nationwide.

The Chinese and Canadian tariffs are not the only ones worrying builders and remodelers. The administration has also imposed 25 percent tariffs on steel imported from many countries and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum. According to a study by Freedonia Group, a market research firm, these tariffs are affecting prices on “most indoor and outdoor kitchen appliances” to varying degrees based on how much steel or aluminum they use. They include stoves and ranges, ovens, refrigerators, freezers and gas grills, among others.

Together, according to Freedonia, they “have the potential to upend a product market that accounted for more than $18 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2016.” Sales could “slump as consumers decide a new fridge or stove isn’t worth the price.”The sobering bottom line: The tariff war is on. Building and remodeling are being affected, and the costs to consumers could go even higher soon.

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Chinese Tariffs Act as a $1 Billion Tax Hike on Housing, Could Jump to $2.5 Billion

President Trump’s decision yesterday to escalate the trade conflict with China could wind up imposing a $2.5 billion tax increase on residential construction at time when builders are already grappling with higher housing costs.

Trump announced he is moving immediately to impose 10% tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including $10 billion of goods used by the home building industry. This 10% levy represents a $1 billion tax increase on residential construction. Making matters even worse, the tax hike will rise to $2.5 billion on Jan. 1 when the president said the tariff rate will jump to 25% if the two nations have not resolved their differences by year end.

If China retaliates, Trump has vowed to place tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports — a move NAHB has strongly opposed.

Responding to this action, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel issued the following statement noting the effects this will have on the housing market and urging the White House to change course:

“President Trump’s decision to impose 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including $10 billion of goods used by the residential construction sector, could have major ramifications for the housing industry. With housing costs on the rise, this action translates into a tax increase on housing that will rise even more significantly on Jan. 1 when the tariff rate jumps to 25 percent.

“Further, this tax increase is coming on top of the current 20% tariffs on softwood lumber imports from Canada. The lumber tariffs have already added thousands of dollars to the price of a typical single-family home.

“With America facing a housing affordability crisis, it is counterproductive to enact policies that will needlessly drive up the cost of housing. We respectfully urge the administration to change course and work to resolve these trade disputes in a manner that won’t harm American businesses and consumers.”

NAHB has been leading the charge to urge the Trump administration to resume trade talks with Canada. It is imperative to find a long-term solution to this trade dispute that will ensure American home builders and consumers have access to a reliable supply of softwood lumber at reasonable prices.

At NAHB’s urging, 171 House members sent a letter to the administration in June urging the United States to re-start softwood trade negotiations with Canada.

And in another effort spearheaded by NAHB, 12 Democratic and Republican senators sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week urging the administration to resume lumber trade talks and find an equitable solution that will satisfy all sides.

NAHB continues to work on all fronts to find solutions that will ensure a lasting and stable supply of lumber imports into the United States at a competitive price.

View NAHB’s analysis on how the Chinese tariffs will impact the housing sector.

For more information, contact David Logan at 800-368-5242 x8448 or Alex Strong at x8279.

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Tariff tax on Remodeling products – Significant price increase, Act NOW


You may be aware that the federal government has now announced a tariff of 10% on certain flooring, countertop, and raw material products imported to the U.S. from China, effective on September 24, 2018, with an increase to 25% effective January 1, 2019.

For many of our manufacturers including, Arizona Tile, cabinet companies, counter top manufactures, Armstrong, Shaw, Dal-Tile, Emser, US Floors, Indus Parquet and others, this tariff will impact Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), rigid core luxury vinyl planks, engineered hardwood, laminate, carpet, carpet padding, tile, stone, cabinets, quartz and granite counter tops, plumbing fixtures and products that are imported from China. Additionally, several of the manufacturers are experiencing increases in transportation expenses from the trucking and shipping companies who service their products.

We value our relationship with you, and therefore we are taking a number of steps to mitigate the impact of this tariff on our product pricing where possible. If you already have received a quote from us your price will be good until 11/15/2018. Call us to schedule your start date.

We will be increasing our prices to offset the imposed 10% tariff on affected products imported from China – including LVT, rigid core, carpet, tile, laminate, stone and engineered hardwood, cabinets, counter tops, plumbing fixtures – effective November 15, 2018. The manufacturers are increasing our costs on all shipments to us effective October 1, 2018.  However, we are absorbing the tariff impact on products shipped to until November 15, 2018.  After November 15, 2018, all of our product prices will increase 10%.

Most of our products are assembled and manufactured in the United States. However, many of the components are shipped to the U.S. from China.

We expect to implement an additional price increase, to be effective January 1, 2019, for the increased tariff amount announced.

There are some products that are manufactured and exclusively made in the United States. These products will also experience a price increase for the transportation and shipping increases that are being passed on by the manufacturers.

While increased prices due to the imposition of the tariff are unavoidable, we are taking every step we can to reduce the impact to our customers. Our team stands ready to work with you to provide the best remodeling solutions.

Please contact us TODAY to have us come out and review your remodeling needs so that we can get your product ordered prior to the increases.  You can contact me at: [email protected] or call our call center at 505-880-2500.  You can also book an appointment online at

We look forward to working with you!

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