April 2020
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April is here and many of us are falling into routines and a "new normal" as we observe social distancing and CDC protocols due to Covid-19. Our team is doing all that we can to adhere to these guidelines as we continue working as an Essential Business. If you have any needs, we are here to help!  

We would like to encourage taking our focus from the change in our own circumstances to recognizing those that experience the pandemic first hand. Many essential workers are keeping the country going from the frontlines: doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery workers, senior center workers, government employees, and teachers now conducting online studies, etc. WE THANK YOU!

This month we are sharing ways to save energy in your outdoor living space. These five options don't sacrifice form for function and may be the perfect addition when remodeling your outdoor area.

Above all else, take care of yourselves and one another during these trying times.


Tim Ellis and the T.W. Ellis Team


Saving Energy in the Great Outdoors

Building a deck, patio or other outdoor living project is a great way to expand your home and take advantage of the beautiful Maryland weather. While your outdoor living space may not be the first part of your home that comes to mind when considering ways to save energy, you can do a lot with the area to improve efficiency.

Consider your lighting options
One of the easiest ways to save money and energy is with efficient use of lighting. Instead of traditional floodlights or path lights that stay on all night, consider other solutions. Solar-powered lights absorb sunlight during the day to illuminate your outdoor space at night. There are variety of solutions using solar, from path lights to deck accent lighting that can improve your space. Energy-efficient LED lighting can replace traditional incandescent lighting to reduce costs as well.
Best of KBIS Best of Show: Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo
The Future of Kitchen & Bath Efficiency: Best of KBIS 2020
The Kitchen and Bath Association Show recently announced their winners for the best in show for 2020. If you’re anything like me, spring is the time of year when you look for that new appliance to make life easier so that you can spend your time outdoors enjoying some sunshine after a long winter. Here are the Best of KBIS 2020 winners for your kitchen and bath:

Best of KBIS Best of Show: Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo

The single-handle faucet features a distinct break-fix handle motif for unexpected sculptural design. Embracing the principles of wabi-sabi, the break-fix style of the single-handle faucet demonstrates the beauty of imperfection. Three widespread spout shapes and three handle options, including cross handles that can be installed in any orientation, along with various finishes, provide customization. The suite also makes innovative use of materials, including mother of pearl, concrete and teak inlays for the knob handle, and an option for a custom inlay.

Kitchen Gold: Plum

An elegant design is icing on the cake when enjoying this amazing new wine appliance. Plum fits onto your kitchen countertop as seamlessly as other small appliances, or it can be integrated into cabinetry. You can store two bottles of wine at their ideal temperature according to variety. There’s enough argon gas to preserve 150 bottles of wine. Each bottle chamber has an integrated HD camera that scans the label and automatically identifies the varietal, vintage, region, winery and wine. Preselected serving sizes will serve a 5 oz. glass, a 1 oz. taste, or a custom pour.

Kitchen Silver: Miele G 7000 Dishwasher

Generation 7000 dishwashers bring convenience and cleaning performance to the next level. Featuring AutoDos and its integrated PowerDisk®, the dishwasher dispenses detergent automatically and in precisely the amount needed. Extended app capabilities allow users to control and monitor their G 7000 dishwasher from anywhere, activate programs and options from their smartphones. Aside from loading and unloading, the machine takes care of the rest.

Kitchen Silver: Miele G 7000 Dishwasher
Bath Gold: GE UltraFresh Front Load Washer

If you love the gentleness and efficiency of your front load washing machine, but you’re tired of having to leave the door open to prevent odor and mildew, GE’s UltraFresh Front Load Washer is for you: it solves the biggest complaint people have about front load washers—mold and odors, from closing the door after washing a load of clothes. The considerations in this machine’s design include:

  • Drain residual water: GE Appliances developed a wider gasket that is angled to allow water to fully drain after the wash cycle.
  • Dry while keeping the door closed: The new UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ creates a revolutionary new airflow at the touch of a button.
  • Defend with exclusive Microban® technology, a unique antimicrobial technology, made exclusively for the GE UltraFresh Front Load washers.
Bath Gold: GE UltraFresh Front Load Washer and
Bath Silver: Drains Unlimited, DUW Series–Wall Recessed Linear Floor Drain
Bath Silver: Drains Unlimited, DUW Series–Wall Recessed Linear Floor Drain

The DUW Wall Recessed Linear Floor Drain is a one-of-a-kind linear drain. Designed to be nearly invisible profile, the DUW series drain blends into its surroundings and doesn't distract from your shower's surrounding beauty.
Smart Home Technology: U by Moen Smart Faucet

U by Moen Smart Faucet provides convenience, precision and intuitive technology to conquer daily kitchen challenges. Users can ask Amazon or Google voice assistants to start or stop water flow, activate presets and perform specific tasks like fractional measurements, temperature–precise (90°) or generic (hot)–and combined requests (1 cup of 90° water).
Smart Home Technology: U by Moen Smart Faucet
Outdoor Living: Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill

The new Shokunin Kamado Grill from Kalamazoo is developed on the principles of kamado-style cooking, dating back 3,000+ years. Built by hand in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Shokunin’s unique shape and construction make it extremely versatile for outdoor cooking. Key design elements include a stainless-steel body, ipe wood frame, added insulation, and an extended grill body with adjustable fire grates to build a fire at 3 different levels—increasing and decreasing the distance between food & fire.

Best of KBIS, Impact Award: Hansgrohe-Rainfinity

Hansgrohe continues to reinvent the shower experience with Rainfinity. The Euro-style VIP shower system in matte white is a showstopper. The system features an adjustable, concave-shaped 3-jet overhead shower that boasts a diffused arrangement of jet disc holes on its eye-catching graphite face so that spray isn’t limited to the head and shoulders. The setup also includes a shelf/handshower holder and wall connection, and a unique 4-function RainSelect shower trim.
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