Featured Family: Brady the Brave

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When Eileen Attar was pregnant with her second child in 2016, she felt that this one was different. “After a healthy pregnancy, my husband Chris and I welcomed Brady into the world. Moments after he arrived, we noticed something was terribly wrong: Brady’s feet were raw and missing skin. After two weeks in the NICU and a heartbreaking diagnosis of RDEB, we brought Brady home.”

Epidermolysis Bullosa is a group of life-threatening genetic disorders that affect the body’s largest organ: the skin. Individuals with EB lack critical proteins that bind the skin’s two layers together. Without these proteins, the skin tears apart, blisters, and shears off leading to severe pain, disfigurement and wounds that may never heal.

“We were overwhelmed,” said Chris, “Not just by the daily tasks required to keep him safe, but by the effort it took to get the resources we needed. Home health agencies had rarely cared for a person with EB, and the fact that Brady was an infant made them even more hesitant. Our private insurance company would not cover wound care supplies that cost upwards of $8,000 a month. These bandages would be Brady’s only form of treatment and without them, he would not survive. We realized quickly that we weren’t the only people who hadn’t heard of EB, but it’s rarity also meant that our path forward would require constant education, and through that, it would hopefully lead us to properly and exceptionally care for Brady.​”

 

 

Brady is now two and a half and his spirit continues to keep him smiling and laughing each day. He loves hummus, tomato basil soup, and anything that involves his older brother Leo and black lab, Clementine. He works diligently with physical and occupational therapy three days a week. Perhaps most profoundly, Brady is learning to stand and hopefully soon walk on his tender, fragile, and often still wounded feet.

“Our family keeps high hopes that Brady will be able to do most of the things that ‘normal’ children can do,” said Eileen, “EBRP is working diligently to fund the research and clinical trials needed to improve Brady’s quality of life and give him the chance to just ‘be a kid.’ Treatment would mean Brady could walk and possibly even run! We will not give up and we are grateful for all who believe that together we will heal EB.”

On Oct 21, 2018 Caruso Family Charities awarded $10,000 to EB Research Partnership in Brady’s name in the hopes of finding a cure for this terrible disease. Learn more about EB Research Partnership.

Featured Family: Brady the Brave

Choosing the Perfect Range Hood: Everything You Need to Know

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A range hood is an important kitchen feature, yet is often forgotten in the shadow of cabinets, countertops, floors, etc. If you are in the process of remodeling your kitchen, make sure you know what type of range hood you want so that you can make the right decision for your home.

What is a Range Hood?

A range hood is a metal canopy that hangs over your stove and removes excess steam or smoke using a fan. Not only do range hoods prevent smoke from building up in your kitchen, but they also help keep cabinets from developing a film of moisture. That means less clean-up for you!

What Are the Different Styles of Range Hoods?

Before you can choose the range hood that is perfect for your home and kitchen, it is important that you understand the difference between range hood types.

1. Ceiling Range Hoods

Ceiling range hoods are true to their name. They are full-sized hoods mounted from the ceiling alone over the specified range. Generally speaking, ceiling range hoods are located over kitchen islands that double as stoves.

2. Wall Range Hoods

Not surprisingly, a wall range hood is attached to the wall. If your stove is pushed up against a wall in the kitchen, you might have a wall range hood. Wall hoods are also full-sized.

3. Undercabinet or Microwave Range Hoods

Undercabinet range hoods are common in microwave areas. They attach to the bottom of a cabinet and provide an inexpensive alternative to full-sized range hoods. However, undercabinet range hoods are far less efficient than ceiling or wall hoods and will only eliminate concentrated amounts of steam or smoke.

How to Choose the Perfect Range Hood

In addition to considering the range hood type, it is important to evaluate the following 4 things.

1. Kitchen Size and Layout

First, determine where your stove sits. Is your kitchen spacious or cramped? Do you have room for an overhead range hood? If you are already in the process of remodeling, it is worth your while to make room for a good range hood.

2. Appearance

Since range hoods are so big and obvious, it is important that you get one that looks good. Choosing the right color, material, style, etc. can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your kitchen’s style.

3. Cost

Of course, the cost is a necessary consideration. As already mentioned, undercabinet range hoods are the most affordable option, but if you have a big kitchen, they may not be the wisest option.

4. Power and Energy Consumption

Not only do range hoods possess fans, but they also feature extra kitchen lights. Be careful to invest in an energy-efficient brand.

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

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Liberty Oilfield Services' Motorcycle Ride

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Liberty Oilfield Services wanted to put together a motorcycle ride and have the proceeds go to a Colorado non-profit but weren’t sure which non-profit they wanted to support. After lots of Google searches, they stumbled across Caruso Family Charities and instantly fell in love with our mission of supporting low-income families who have a child suffering with a life-threatening illness.

After a couple of planning meetings, Liberty Oilfield Services’ team went to work and planned a weekend filled with friends, family, food, camping and of course motorcycle riding all throughout Southern Colorado.

When the ride was over Liberty Oilfield Services ended up raising over $43,000 for Caruso Family Charities. We were blown away by the amount of money raised and cannot thank Liberty Oilfield Services enough for their incredible support. Caruso Family Charities will be able to help so many Colorado families in need because of this generous donation!

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

4 Reasons Custom Cabinets are Worth the Money

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Kitchen remodels are all about creating a space that meets your needs and fits your home. Often, the best way to achieve this is to invest in custom work. Custom cabinets are particularly advantageous, but are they worth the money?

What Are Custom Cabinets?

Custom cabinets are built-to-order cabinets that are entirely designed and chosen by you. While semi-custom cabinets allow for a little bit of tweaking, fully custom cabinets have no limits in terms of material, color, size, design, and style. This makes them perfect for custom kitchens, as you can have them specially tailored to fit walls, themes, etc.

Are Custom Cabinets Worth the Money?

Because custom cabinets are more expensive to install than standard cabinets, many homeowners wonder if they are worth the money. Custom cabinets provide several benefits, including the following.

1. They make great use of space.

Custom cabinet installation means there is no need to waste any storage space. Whether you like empty wall space or you want to line every spare inch with shelving, the ability to customize cabinet sizing means you can get the most bang for your buck.

2. You can style them to “fit” your home.

If your home follows a certain theme or trend, your cabinets can help complement the style through customization. On the flip side, if you prefer your kitchen to be an accent room, you can design your custom cabinets in a contrasting style.

3. They are often higher quality.

Because custom cabinets are built-to-order rather than mass-produced, they are generally higher quality and will hold up better in your home.

4. They add value to your home.

Did you know that custom remodeling increases your home’s resale value? Whether you are remodeling to sell or simply because you want to improve your living space, additional value is always a pro!

What Else Should You Know About Custom Cabinets?

Before making your final decision, consider some other facts about custom cabinets.

1. Sometimes “custom sizing” just means choosing from a wider variety of standard sizes.

“Custom” is a scary word to some people, but custom cabinets are as personal as you make them. If you prefer, you can simply choose from a wider variety of sizing and materials without actually “designing” your own cabinet.

2. You don’t have to customize your entire kitchen.

It’s also important to remember that not every cabinet has to be custom. Some homeowners only need one or two custom cabinets to fit into certain spaces. You can save money by purchasing standard cabinets for the rest of the kitchen.

Make Your Kitchen Count!

Not only does having an attractive, efficient kitchen increase your home’s value, it makes you feel good. Investing in a quality kitchen remodel is a great way to bring comfort and style to your home.

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodeling Project Typically Take from Start to Finish?

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Apart from cost, the most common question people ask about their kitchen remodel is, “How long will it take?” The time needed for designing and remodeling a kitchen depends on the scope of the project, the availability of materials, and the type of renovation.

What Are the Different Types of Kitchen Renovation?

There are two primary types of kitchen renovation.

1. Replacement Kitchen Renovation

Replacement kitchen renovations are fairly straightforward. Renovators simply swap out your already existing appliances and fixtures with brand new ones. No reconfiguration is necessary. For example, if you decide to replace your oven, your new oven goes in the same exact place as the old one.

Kitchen replacements typically take 6-8 weeks from start to finish.

2. Custom Kitchen Renovation

Custom kitchen renovations take a little longer than kitchen replacements because they often involve structural changes. If the homeowner wants things moved around, electrical work and other construction can prolong the process.

Again, the exact timeframe will vary depending on your personal needs, but generally speaking, custom kitchen renovations take 10-12 weeks from start to finish.

What Causes Project Delays?

Uncontrollable delays are almost inevitable. However, it is helpful to know what causes them so you can prepare and be better equipped to handle them.

1. Scheduling conflicts with contractors

If you have multiple subcontractors, their respective project delays will likely affect each other. For instance, if one is delayed, it might mean another can’t finish their work yet either.

2. Unexpected repairs

Plumbing and electricity can be unpredictable. Whether you’re working with a replacement renovation or a custom renovation, wiring issues can take some time to iron out.

3. Delayed shipments

If your contractors don’t receive their materials on time, then that will naturally push back the installation.

4. Weather, illness, and other unforeseen circumstances

The fact is, life happens. Accepting upfront that delays might occur will make it easier to recover when they do.

6 Tips for Avoiding Project Delays

Some things are out of our control, but that doesn’t mean that preventative steps can’t be taken to avoid some delays. Follow these general rules of thumb to keep the renovation process flowing as smoothly as possible.

1. Communicate constantly with your designer and general contractor.

2. Choose products and materials at the beginning of the project so they can be ordered quickly.

3. Once the design has been set, avoid making changes.

4. Prepare your home for the renovation.

5. Try not to micro-manage the project.

6. Be available to your designer and contractor.

As with most things, communication is key. Your contractor should be honest with you regarding delays, and it’s important for you to do everything you can to help prevent them on your end.

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

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Caruso Family Charities' Featured Family: Dane the Swimmer

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Dane Cuesta is a 12-year-old boy who loves to swim but his favorite pastime was put on hold after his Lung transplant in 2018, which his body rejected. He currently requires twice-monthly Photopheresis, which is a procedure where blood is removed, treated and returned to his body in order to stabilize his progression toward lung transplant failure. Dane will need this treatment until his second lung transplant. Meanwhile, he has to have a long-term indwelling catheter, which prevents him from swimming, as it cannot get wet.

Dane’s mother, Angie, found a company in England that makes custom drysuits that will cover up Dane’s medical equipment and will allow him to swim again, drastically improving his quality of life. Unfortunately, Dane’s parents have fallen on hard times and could not afford to get Dane a custom drysuit. Dane’s medical team at Children’s Hospital Colorado knew how much this would mean to Dane and they contacted Caruso Family Charities for help.

Caruso Family Charities was not only able to buy Dane his custom drysuit but also paid 4 months of rent for Dane’s family.  This significant donation has given Dane’s parents some breathing room and allowed them to focus on caring for Dane and his other siblings.

Consider giving back to your community by visiting www.carusofamilycharities.org.