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Grill Perfect Steaks With the Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill

This Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill is perfect for anyone who enjoys cooking and dining on perfectly cooked meals, especially a good steak! Even the inexperienced cook can grill perfect steaks, exactly as ordered. The secret seems to be how evenly the appliance heats the grill. Also, every Raclette comes with two different grill tops, one stone and one metal teflon coated top. This really is a wonderful appliance and they have been popular in Europe for a long time.
Brand: Velata
Manufacturer: Velata
Model: Raclette Tabletop Grill
Product ID: SKU 25170
5 based on 14 reviews
$140.00 New

As a poor cook without one bit of “chef” in my blood, I’ve been trying to BBQ a good steak for years, and never once have I had any success, at least none to speak of. Finally, we purchased one of these Velata Raclette Tabletop Grills and everything changed. I grilled two filet mignon steaks, exactly how we wanted them, perfectly, on the first try. I figured I was just lucky so tried it again, with the same delicious results! Turns out, this cool little grill cooks the foods at a controlled temperature resulting in an evenly cooked steak. From the outside edges to the middle, they were medium rare all the way through. Absolutely amazing and we would recommend this product to anyone who enjoys cooking and eating delicious meals. Also, it’s a great way for families and friends to cook, eat and spend time together. Everyone can participate if they wish. We recommend this product!

If interested in learning more please visit the website and you too can look forward to enjoying your Velata Raclette Tabletop Indoor Grill.

Time for Potty Talk Here in Santa Clarita

After viewing the most recent issue of California Real Estate magazine we immediately realized it was time for a potty talk here in Santa Clarita! According to the recent issue the magazine, as of January 1, 2014 residential remodel permits issued for homes built before 1994 will require the homeowner to retrofit the toilets, faucets, shower heads and other fixtures, changing to the water saver type. This law applies to single family home permits and some multifamily and commercial properties as well. The commercial and multifamily remodel must affect over 10% of the total size of the structure, but the single family home must comply for any remodel permit, no matter how much area is being remodeled. Darn, it wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have to change out the potties! Toilets can last almost forever by changing out the guts, so it seems a bit wasteful to replace it while it still has potty life. We have no choice with faucets and shower heads because their lifespan isn’t that great in the first place. Oh well, what’s done is done and now it’s the law!

Plumbing Fixture Compliance Specifications

In order to be in compliance the plumbing fixtures must meet the following specifications:

  • Toilets can use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush
  • Shower heads must have flow rates of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute
  • All other interior fixtures must use no more than 2.2 gallons per minute

By January 1, 2017, all homes built prior to 1994 must be in compliance! This is all about conservation and making best use of our resources, and that’s always a good idea. Unfortunately, it’s just another added expense for Santa Clarita and all California homeowners. This isn’t about complaining about taxes or legislation, but some of us were wondering how this is going to be enforced after 2017? Will they have potty police coming out to inspect our potties? Not likely! Who would pay for it? Seriously, the new retrofit laws could be enforced in a number of ways but we’re sure they are hoping we’ll all be good little homeowners and do the right thing, all by ourselves. When that doesn’t work, it will likely be a requirement for the home to be in compliance when selling. Eventually, we’ll have no choice because when it’s finally time to change out the toilet, there won’t be any other toilets available that don’t meet the new compliance specifications.

We’re very interested to hear your thoughts and comments on this article, Time for Potty Talk Here in Santa Clarita.

Santa Clarita Home Improvements that Pay Back When Selling

Home Improvement Cost Percentage Chart

New homeowners are often unsure about what type of home improvements to make that will actually pay back when eventually selling their home. For example, if it costs $20,000 for a new built in heated swimming pool, will home value increase by at least the same amount? Probably not, but the basic rule of thumb is, if making home improvements that will pay back when selling a home, keep those improvements simple, neutral, and don’t over spend. Don’t pay for a high end home improvement that would be perfect for a home in Beverly Hills, if you live in a standard 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Canyon Country. The more customized the improvements are, the less chance you will have of recouping the cost when selling. It doesn’t matter if your home is in Santa Clarita or San Fernando Valley, when selling a home you want to attract as many prospective buyers as possible. When it comes to colors and finishes, we all have different tastes. What looks good to me might look terrible to you! That’s why it’s so important, even if a bit boring, to stay neutral with colors and materials. The bottom line is, don’t make any improvements that are likely to scare off potential home buyers when it comes time to sell your Santa Clarita home.

If the homeowner is not concerned with doing improvements that pay back when selling, none of the rules apply. We are all free to make whatever customizations we like. Just don’t expect the cost for those improvements to increase the value of your home by the same margin. I remember, for years we lived in Canyon Country of Santa Clarita and often gazed across the street at a neighbor’s house. From the outside, it looked similar to all the other basic and average homes in the neighborhood. One day we were invited inside and we were shocked to see it was almost all solid stone! Unfortunately, it was overkill for the home type and location.

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