Ever wish your home had its own Rosie the Robot? Remember her? From the Jetsons? Well, KB Home (NYSE: KBH) isn’t in the robot business, but it is in the new home business, offering a near-custom homebuying experience that provides a wide variety of options for making your home a cleaner place and easier to keep clean. Since all new KB homes are ENERGY STAR ® certified, this means they include MERV-8 air filters to help reduce pollutants and allergens within the home. All KB homes also include low-VOC paint to help homeowners breathe easier. Furthermore, KB Home homebuyers work with a personal design consultant to customize their new home at the KB Home Design Studio. Following are five tips from one of those professionals for making optimal décor choices to help keep your home clean:
|1.||Select hardwood or laminate flooring. An increasing number of KB Home homebuyers are opting for hard surface flooring versus carpeting. Not only is it a timeless and classic look that is durable and easy to clean, it can also help reduce allergens in the air. If you do opt for carpeting, make sure it is low-VOC for better indoor air quality. All carpeting offered at KB Home’s Design Studio is low-VOC.|
|2.||Covet quartz countertops. A visually striking alternative to granite is quartz, which is available in a stunning array of colors at the KB Home Design Studio. It’s non-porous, requires no sealants and keeps its gloss and shine without polishing—just wipe down with gentle soap and water and you’re good to go.|
|3.||Consider new “mirror-glass finish” appliances. Why not decrease the time spent scrubbing away fingerprints and smears from the front of your appliances by opting for a super-sleek and modern “mirror-glass finish” appliance suite from Whirlpool’s® Ice Collection? Available in black, white and stainless steel finishes at the KB Home Design Studio, these are the hot, new and surprisingly affordable alternative to taking the traditional stainless route.|
|4.||Install a central vacuum system. Another option available to KB Home homebuyers is a central vacuum system, a particularly desirable choice if their new home is multi-level. Homes can be piped for easy vacuuming in any room of the home, with every bit of pet hair, dust and crumbs ending up in an easy-to-clean canister in the garage. Kickplate inlets in the kitchen make it easy to sweep away mealtime messes and hose outlets in every room of the house mean no more lugging a vacuum up a flight of stairs.|
|5.||Pick an integrated sink. Remember the tip about quartz countertops? Install these in your bathrooms and the sink can be integrated directly into it. Say bye-bye to grout and nasty buildup in that crevice between the sink and your vanity’s mirror or backsplash. Clean-up is a breeze when it’s all one piece! The next best thing? An undermount sink. And in the kitchen, make soaking dishes extra easy with an extra-deep farmhouse style sink to really simplify your life.|
About KB HomeKB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the company has built more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to Order™ approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot location to floor plan and design features. In addition to meeting strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines, all KB homes are highly energy efficient to help lower monthly utility costs for homeowners, which the company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®). A leader in utilizing state-of-the-art sustainable building practices, KB Home was named the #1 Green Homebuilder in the most recent study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies list. Los Angeles-based KB Home was the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and trades under the ticker symbol "KBH." For more information about KB Home's new home communities, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com.