Featured Family: Jacob Bain

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Remodeling contractor Steven Bain and his wife Lauren work hard to care for their four young children: Breanna 7, Lukas 6, Jacob 3, and Noah 18 months. In February of this year, 3-yr-old Jacob was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. Since then, their lives have been turned upside down. Steven’s capacity to work has been greatly diminished with numerous trips to the hospital and Lauren’s job has been made so much more difficult with 3 other small children to care for.

Their families have been there for them to help with the kids, but are unable to provide financial support. With many trips to see his son in the hospital, Steven has had to limit the number of remodeling jobs he can take. This is what happens to so many of our families. Life is going smoothly until tragedy strikes and bills mount quickly.

Caruso Family Charities is relieving some of the financial stress for this young family. The couple is working hard to maintain normalcy for their other three children so they don’t feel the stress of the many mounting pressures. Jacob has at least three years of intense chemotherapy ahead.

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

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10 Kitchen Trends That Can Raise the Value of Your Home

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The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home and, not surprisingly, a Realtor.com report stated that 80 percent of homeowners consider it one of their top three most important spaces. While many people value an updated kitchen, the cost versus the ROI of a kitchen remodel is a major consideration. An experienced kitchen designer can help homeowners make the right choices for their lifestyle and budget.

Depending on your needs and budget, a minor kitchen remodel — one that doesn’t involve gutting the space, changing the layout or moving walls —may make sense. This would include replacing appliances, updating cabinet fronts and hardware, new countertops, fresh paint and new flooring.

A midrange major kitchen remodel is more extensive and likely requires moving walls or relocating appliances, fixtures and cabinets to improve functionality. Other possibilities at this level are an island addition, semi-custom wood cabinets, new energy-efficient appliances, as well as new flooring and paint.

On the high end, an upscale major kitchen remodel would include higher quality finishes, such as custom cabinetry and stone countertops, and high-end appliances with extras such as water filtration.

A kitchen renovation will most likely have a positive impact on the value of your home. When choosing what to invest in, carefully consider how to maximize your ROI while keeping in line with your home’s value.

1.  High Quality Cabinets

Younger buyers in particular are embracing white custom or semi-custom cabinets. Two-tone cabinets, white and gray or white and blue, are also popular, as are neutral tones paired with wood finishes.

2. An Island

A well-placed center island continues to be a selling point. In-island sinks are in, while island cooktops are not. The key is for the island to work well with the flow of the larger space.

3. A Walk-in Pantry

As more people shop for groceries in bulk from warehouse stores, accessible and organized storage is crucial. Pantry storage specifically for cutlery and gadgets is another sought-after feature.

4. Quartz or Granite Countertops

Both quartz and granite have resulted in significant boosts to home value, with quartz slightly higher. These popular countertop choices have been linked to faster home sales compared to homes with laminate or other less desirable materials.

5. New(er) High-end Appliances

Homebuyers appreciate newer appliances, knowing they won’t need to be replaced soon. Greater energy efficiency as well as special features make high-end appliances attractive to current homeowners as well as to prospective buyers.

6. Open Layouts

Floor plans that allow the kitchen to blend seamlessly into other areas within the home and even with outdoor spaces have become a staple in home design. Removing walls to create that openness may be worthwhile.

7. New Flooring

Kitchen flooring should be durable and practical, but it is also a key design element that must work with the other materials, textures and colors in the room. Popular options include stone, tile, cork, wood, laminate and vinyl.

8. Fresh Paint

Paint is an economical way to renew an older kitchen with a fresh, clean feel.

9. Glass Tile or Subway Tile Backsplash

The classic appeal of these options contributes to higher selling prices and less time on the market, compared to kitchens with more intricate backsplash designs.

10. Upgraded Lighting

Under-cabinet LED lighting, task lighting and ambience lighting enhance the look, feel and functionality of the kitchen.

Contact Caruso Kitchens today for help with all your kitchen design needs. We are located in Lakewood and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Featured Family: Aaliyah Morrow

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Natalie Morrow is a single mom to daughters Aaliyah, age 12 and Amiya, 7. When she was 5, Aaliyah was diagnosed with a large brain tumor that left her blind and unable to walk. The tumor has also caused Diabetes Insipidus, an uncommon disorder that causes an imbalance of water in her body. This imbalance leads to intense thirst even after drinking fluids (polydipsia), and excretion of large amounts of urine (polyuria). Natalie has to quit work to care for her daughters full-time.

They need regular trips to school and doctor appointments but they have no car, so they’ve had to depend on Lyft.

Caruso Family Charities provided six months of rent and dance lessons for younger sister Amiya. In a remarkably sweet twist, the very same day, another generous family called to donate a car, which was happily given to this family.

“I’m always amazed when our generous CFC community steps in to help these families,” said Jerry Caruso, founder of Caruso Family Charities, “But sometimes it borders on the miraculous.”

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

What is the Difference Between Stock, Semi-Custom, and Custom Cabinets?

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Are you trying to decide what cabinet type is perfect for your kitchen remodel? Before making any definite choices, it is important to evaluate each option and understand the differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets.

Understanding the Difference Between Types of Cabinet

Each cabinet type has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the perfect choice will vary from homeowner to homeowner. Let’s take a closer look at each cabinet type.

Stock Cabinets

If you are in the middle of a kitchen remodel on an older home, you likely have stock cabinets in your existing kitchen. Stock cabinets are mass-produced, standard-built cabinets that are ready-made upon installation. While you do not get an opportunity to customize stock cabinets, they are the most affordable option as well as the quickest.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

While “semi-custom” might sound like an oxymoron, this cabinet type simply allows for some flexibility when purchasing stock cabinets. For example, semi-custom cabinets can be changed to fit your wood preference, finish, cabinet depth, etc. While you may not get exactly what you want as far as personal design goes, they allow you to make small changes without the price tag of fully custom cabinets.

Custom Cabinets

In and of themselves, custom cabinets are the ideal cabinet type. They are built-to-order specifically for your home, and you can customize them down to every last detail. The catch is that they are also the most expensive option, and they take some time to build.

Which Cabinet Type is Right for Your Kitchen?

Custom cabinets are not for everyone. After all, if a more affordable option works just as well for what you want and need, it makes more sense to save the money. Choosing the right cabinet type for your home is all about evaluating your personal needs. It is helpful to take the following factors into consideration.

1. Storage Space

How much cabinet space do you need or want? Will a stock cabinet fit the bill? If you can obtain the right measurements with stock or semi-custom cabinets, custom cabinets might not feel necessary to you.

2. Kitchen Use

Consider how much time you spend in the kitchen. If you love to cook and spend a lot of time staring at those walls, it might be important for you to add a little flair.

3. House Style or Theme

Naturally, your kitchen should complement the rest of your home, whether in matching style or tasteful contrast. Look at the big picture and decide which cabinet type will help you achieve stylistic solidarity.

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.

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.