The Nuts and Bolts: October 31, 2013

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A little DIY, FYI…

Kitchen Remodelers More “Open-Minded” Than Ever Before

According to the Fall Kitchen Remodeling Survey by Houzz, a Web site that helps people find ideas and resources for remodeling, younger generations have strikingly different ideas about the ideal kitchen than their predecessors.

To them, bigger is not necessarily better, and open spaces are essential. Only a third of those renovating a kitchen are increasing the square footage of their space, while three quarters are opening up their kitchens, typically as part of a great room. Consistent with the open-concept approach, three in five respondents are incorporating an island into their new or updated kitchen.

Whereas those over 55 years old favor a traditional look, younger homeowners are more likely to describe their future kitchen as contemporary or modern. The most popular features among those undertaking or planning a remodel include granite and quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances that are also environmentally friendly, and soft and neutral color schemes.

You can download the full report at:

Make My Room-Painting Project Go Faster? Yes, Please!

Every now and then, an innovative new product radically changes the status quo. Self-priming interior paints (aka “paint and primer” coatings) have the potential to do just that.

By using a self-priming interior paint, a do-it-yourselfer or contractor can quickly repaint an interior space and short-circuit the normal painting regimen, which consists of applying a coat of primer over a properly-prepared surface and then adding two or more coats of paint. Now, it’s possible to paint that same surface with just two coats of self-priming paint—thus eliminating an entire application.

If you’re thinking about doing some home painting in the near future, you might want to try the “next big thing” in coatings: a paint and primer in one. To learn more about these paint-and-primer products, visit the Paint Quality Institute blog at

Could DIY Be the Key to Aging Gracefully?

A new study shows that, among senior citizens, DIY and gardening are two activities associated with a lower risk for heart attack and stroke. Those who kept active in this way had 27% fewer incidences of either heart attack or stroke.

Cardiologist Dr. Kevin Campbell explains some possible explanations for this correlation:

1. Older adults typically do not get the recommended amount of exercise. Diet and exercise play a large role in maintaining ideal body weight and help prevent heart disease and stroke.

2. Active seniors tend to have lower body weights and smaller waists. This means lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, and better overall health.

3. Seniors can get lonely and depressed, and depression has long been associated with heart disease. It may be that when seniors are engaged in activities such as DIY and gardening, they tend to have more sense of purpose and are therefore less depressed.

4. Also, prolonged sitting and inactivity drives down metabolic rate, so you burn fewer calories and gain weight. Activity raises metabolism.

5. Ultimately, these routine activities are ideal for seniors, who may not do as much formal exercise.