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Choosing a Kitchen Sink to Match Your Style and Budget

If you’re remodeling your kitchen on a budget – or equipping a new kitchen and haven’t a clue where to start – focus on the kitchen sink. Yesteryear’s limited selection of cast iron and stainless steel can’t compete with today’s stylish, modern sinks.

Simply choose the mounting type and style, then select the material. A new sink will transform your kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Mounting Types and Design Options

In general, your kitchen sink will either rest above or attach beneath the kitchen counter. Understanding installation types, styles and terminology will help you find the sink you really want.

Surface-Mounted Sinks: Surface-mounted sinks drop into a hole made in the kitchen countertop. If the sink is rimmed, it features an exposed flange that meets and seals to the countertop. Self-rimming sinks, on the other hand, lack the flat flange, using rounded outer edges to rest on the countertop instead. Both are fairly simple to install and work with most countertop materials.

Under-Mounted Sinks: For a kitchen countertop that looks seamless, consider an under-mounted kitchen sink. The countertop still features a cutout to accommodate the sink, but instead of dropping through the counter, it mounts to the underneath. The effect is a sleek counter surface. It’s considered a low-maintenance design that looks especially good with modern interiors. Under-mounted sinks work best with solid counter materials like stone and concrete, not moisture-permeable countertops like laminate.

Tile-In Sinks: As the name suggests, a tile-in sink is surrounded by a tile countertop. The sink drops into a hole, like a surface-mounted sink. The difference is the height: Once the tile is installed, the sink rim is actually flush with the surrounding countertop. This makes cleaning the countertop a breeze and calls attention to the beauty of your tile, rather than the sink basin.

Integral Sinks: Some people mistakenly call these “Corian sinks,” but Corian is just one integral sink and counter manufacturer. Integral sinks are made of the same material as the countertop and fused to it, presenting a seamless appearance that’s also easy to keep clean.

Farmhouse Sinks: Another popular kitchen sink style is the farmhouse sink. Rather than referring to how the sink mounts, it’s a design that features a front apron panel. It’s a stylish look that highlights the sink itself. Farmhouse sinks may be under- or surface-mounted, and even tiled-in.

How Many Bowls Do You Need?

Bigger isn’t always better. When selecting your new kitchen sink, consider the size of your kitchen and your work habits before settling on a bowl size or number. Most sink styles are available in single and double bowls, and sometimes triple as well. One bowl may be smaller than the others, especially with triple bowls, which often sandwich a smaller bowl between two larger ones.

Single-bowl sinks work best for smaller kitchens (less than 150 square feet). Triple bowls are the ultimate luxury, allowing you to stack dishes to dry, have dishes soaking, and still peel vegetables in the third basin.

Sink Materials

Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is easy to clean, reasonably priced, and strong. Look for the gauge (thickness) of the steel and the sound-deadening ability. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel, making it more durable. Spray coatings and special pads on the bottom of the sink reduce noise. Choose a satin finish, rather than a mirror finish, to lessen scratching. Look for varying bowl shapes for added style.

Cast Iron – Cast iron sinks are coated with enamel and come in a variety of colors. Cast iron is heavy, but a bigger issue is that it chips and scratches easily. Exposed iron will rust, requiring replacement or repair. Also, cast iron doesn’t keep water hot for very long. It’s favored for the glossy finish and stain resistance. Use cast iron with farmhouse sink styles for authenticity.

Composite – Composite sinks encompass three specific types: quartz composite, polyester/acrylic composite and granite-based composite. Of these, the polyester/ acrylic composites are more budget-friendly and provide a shiny look. Quartz composite sinks are more durable. Composed of 70 percent quartz and 30 percent resin filler, they resist damage and also come in various colors and finishes. Granite-based sinks are a higher-end choice and offer the greatest scratch and chemical resistance of any sink material.

Take your time when shopping for your new kitchen sink. Look online and at various stores to get ideas and find the sink you’ll love.

Check out our Pinterest page  to see sinks we love! http://www.Pinterest.com/NissouRealty

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon
619-250-4541 DIRECT   |   619-873-2772 OFFICE
Email: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.StephenNissou.com
CalBRE # 01443193

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Nissou Realty Group Thanksgiving Can Food Drive with The Salvation Army of El Cajon

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It’s that time again! Nissou Realty Group has partnered with The Salvation Army of El Cajon to host our 2nd annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive to help feed 2,000 families this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season! This weekend, we will be delivering brown bags to homes all over Rancho San Diego! Fill them up with canned food & non-perishable item and on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Stephen Nissou & the team will be coming around picking up your food donations. 
The most needed food items this holiday season are:
-15 oz Can of Pumpkin
-Chicken OR Vegetable Broth
-Cornbread Mix
-Cream of Mushroom Soup
-Black Olives
-Bread Crumbs
-Cranberry Sauce
-Milk Powder
-French-Fried Onions
-Green Beans
We sincerely appreciate all the donations! If you would like to volunteer to help pass out or pick up donations, please contact us!
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty

The Benefits of an Open House

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You’re ready to sell your home and your real estate agent suggests an open house to showcase your home. What are the benefits to an open house?

Open Houses are one of the most effective ways to showcase your home to potential buyers. It gets eyes on your home to bring in potential buyers who would otherwise be too lazy or unmotivated to book a showing. By adding in advertising and signage and you’re going to catch the eye of casual and serious prospective buyers.

By doing an open house, you can set the scene your way with prospective homebuyers. Many times, prospective buyers will want to view your home with little to no notice. It can be stressful keeping your home “showcase ready” while on the market. With an open house, you’ll be able to prepare for an event that has the potential to bring in many potential buyers. Sweeten the deal by baking cookies and setting them out or filling vases with fresh flowers.

Another benefit of having an open house is that you are able to lock in an interested buyer. If your home has already caught the eye of a potential buyer they are more willing to come back for a second look at your home in a less formal setting. An open house gives the buyer the opportunity to also bring family and friends to the showing. Any given weekend, you’re likely to see multiple open houses in a particular location.

Buyers that are interested in purchasing a home in your area is able to compare homes in the area that are for sale by attending many different open houses, which gives you the opportunity to allow your home to stand out in a crowd.

Finally, another benefit of an open house is that you get to choose the timing to showcase your home. Holding an open house has the potential to put your home on the real estate map. Work strategically with your agent to schedule and organize a successful open house.

 

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

 

Happy 4th From Nissou Realty Group!

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Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

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July 4th Fireworks in San Diego County 2014

Fourth of July, 2014 Fireworks and Festivities Schedule for San Diego County and Surrounding Cities (July 1st – July 4th, 2014)
Where and when can you see the fireworks display for July 4th? Whether you’re looking in San Diego Harbor or Surrounding Cities, the events will be fantastic!

San Diego

  • Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show
    Location: Multiple Locations along San Diego Bay
    Time: 9:00 PM
    Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from four barges strategically placed around North San Diego Bay, they can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Just find a place along the bay and you will not be disappointed. Music from 105.7 “The Walrus” FM radio.
  • Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Firework
    Location:
     SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
    Time: Fireworks at 10:10 PM
    SeaWorld San Diego is excited to light up the sky with an amazing fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the 4th of July.
  • Ocean Beach
    Location: Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Ave.
    Time: 9:00 PM
    Spend the day picnicking, swimming in the ocean, walking and playing in the sand and shopping along Newport Ave. Then bundle up as the sun sets and pull up a blanket for a really spectacular fireworks show launched from the OB Pier.
  • Old Town 4th of July
    Location: Old Town State Historic Park
    Time: 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego recreate an old fashioned Independence Day celebrated on the frontier. (no fireworks)

Coronado

  • 4th of July Celebration in Coronado
    Location:
     Various Locations on Coronado
    Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM.

North County Coastal

  • San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
    Location:
     Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
    Date: July 4, 2014
    Time: Starts at 9:30 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
    Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30 AM, then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade at 7:00 PM, a concert provided by the Navy Band Southwest followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
  • Red, White and BOOM!
    Location:
     LEGOLAND California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
    Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM
    Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.
  • Oceanside’s Independence Day Parade
    Location: North on N Coast Hwy 101 from Wisconsin Ave to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall)
    Date: June 28, 2014
    Time: 10:00 AM
    Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more. The theme this year is “The Spirit of Freedom.” (no fireworks)
  • Oceanside Fireworks Show
    Location: El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Road
    Date: July 3, 2014
    Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
    Bring a beach chair and enjoy Oceanside Fireworks Show with music by El Camino High School and Oceanside High School bands along with bites from amazing food trucks.
  • Camp Pendelton Beach Bash
    Location: Del Mar Beach on Camp Pendelton
    Date: July 4, 2014
    Military members and their families enjoy an explosive fireworks show, live bands, a video tribute, sun, surf, patriotism and Esprit de Corps all in one day at the 4th of July Beach Bash!

North County Inland

  • Independence Day Celebration
    Location:
     Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway, Escondido
    Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
    Pack a picnic, and grab a blanket to enjoy an afternoon full of music, food, kid-friendly activities, contests and fireworks with the 1st Marine Division Band.
  • Grand Tradition July 4th
    Location:
     Grand Tradition, 1602 South Mission Road, Fallbrook
    Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 8:45 PM
    Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, Quack-Up Suck Race, Rubber Raft Regatta, food and drink, and fireworks! Tickets include admission and tickets which can be used for food, beverages and activities.
  • Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration
    Location:
     Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa
    Time: Fireworks at 9:00 PM
    Come early for the parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks.
  • An Old Fashioned Fourth of July and Fireworks
    Location:
     Poway High School Stadium, 15500 Espola Road, Poway
    Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
    Following the Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM), head to Poway High School for music, more food, glow sticks and fireworks.
  • Rancho Bernardo’s The Spirit of the Fourth
    Location: Webb Park
    Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM
    It’s a whole day of fun in Rancho Bernardo with a pancake breakfast; a festival with food, music and games; a parade; and fireworks!
  • Rancho Santa Fe’s 33rd Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic
    Location:
     16948 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
    Time: 1:00 PM
    Pack a few blankets and chairs for a free patriotic parade followed by a concert performed by the Coastal Communities Concert Band. (no fireworks)
  • San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
    Location:
     Bradley Park, Rancho Sante Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos
    Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
    Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!
  • Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festival
    Location:
     Scripps Ranch Hoyt Park (Festival)
    Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    After the community parade, enjoy fun, food, music and games at the free festival. (no fireworks)
  • Independence Day Celebration: Honor our Heroes, Celebrate our Freedom
    Location:
     Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
    Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
    Celebrate Independence Day Vista Style with live music, the Light up the Night Dinner and fireworks.

East County

  • El Cajon 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks
    Location:
     Kennedy Park – 1675 East Madison Avenue
    Time: 12:00 to 10:00 PM
    Enjoy a picnic in sunny San Diego East County and stay for a spectacular fireworks show.
  • Julian 4th of July Parade
    Location: Along Main Street from Julian High School to Frank Lane Park
    Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Julian presents a homegrown event that celebrates the town’s gold rush era history, the dedication of veterans and active duty military who serve our country, and local residents who cherish the special qualities of the little town tucked into the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego.
  • Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks and Family Picnic
    Location:
     Olive Pierce Middle School – 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona
    Time: 5:30 to 10:00 PM
    Join the Romana Kiwanis and Rotary clubs for food, fun and fireworks.
  • Santee Salutes
    Location:
     Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee
    Time: 3:30 to 9:30 PM
    Rock out with 80z All Stars playing hits from the 80s, a patriotic ceremony by the HMH-462 Color Guard, inflatable zone, food trucks and fireworks.

South Bay

 

  • Independence Day at the Border
    Location:
     Larsen Field – 4061 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173
    Date: June 28, 2014
    Time: 3:00 to 4:00 PM
    Come and enjoy an Independence Day Celebration in San Ysidro complete with family activities, live music, drinks, food and fireworks!
  • National City’s 4th of July Carnival
    Location:
     Kimball Park – D Ave & E 12th St, National City, CA 91950
    Dates: July 2-6, 2014
    The National City Host Lions Club invite you to celebrate the 4th of July with a weekend long carnival complete with rides, games, food, fun and fireworks on the 4th of July at 9:00 PM!
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
 

Mito Walk & Roll 5K Marathan

Join Stephen Nissou and the Nissou Realty Group team this Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 11am at Point Loma’s Liberty Station for the Mito Walk & Roll 5K Marathan, where we will walk, run, and roll for the children that can’t. 

LOCATION: 2455 CUSHING RD SAN DIEGO, CA 92106
VENUE: NTC PARK LIBERTY STATION IN POINT LOMA
START DATE: MAY 17TH, 2014
TIME: 11:00AM
END DATE: MAY 17TH, 2014
Mito Walk and Roll 5K Marathan
The UCSD Mito Research Fund is a non-profit organization that was founded by the Whaley Family. The Fund was made to help raise awareness, as well as research costs to help find a cure for Mitochondrial Disease. Research efforts go directly to the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at the University of California, San Diego. 

Mitochondrial disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fail to produce energy for the cell or for organ function. When it fails, less energy is produced and generated within the cell. Whole systems begin to fail and life is severly compromised. 


Children with the disease are treated at both UCSD Medical Center aand Rady Children’s Hospital. The joint mission is to create a comprehensive center for research, diagnosis, and treatment and young adults with the disease. 

For more information about Mitochondrial Disease, and the efforts being made to help rid the disease from young children, please visit http://www.MitoResearchFund.org.

To sign up for the Mito Walk & Roll 5K, please visit: http://helpmito.ignitemktg.net/event/mito-walk-and-run-5k/#prettyPhoto

Let’s help find a cure!


 

THANK YOU from Nissou Realty Group!

I would like to extend a giant THANK YOU to all my clients, family, and friends who came out to my Red Carpet Event and Charity Raffle to benefit the UCSD Mito Research Fund and Seminary of Mar Abba The Great at The Palms Banquet Hall! It was definitely a night to remember and I sincerely appreciate you coming! Together we were able to raise money for these wonderful charities. As promised, for the remainder of 2014, I will donate 10% of my commission for every house I sell to both charities. Thank you again to all our sponsors, caterers for the delicious food, and donators of the raffle prizes! Also a thank you to my team for all your hard work and planning!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

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KW’s RED Day!

Nissou Realty Group is out today to celebrate Keller Williams El Cajon’s RED Day!

RED Day, introduced in 2009, is Keller Williams day of giving back to the community. RED stands for Renew, Energize, and Donate. Each year on the second Thursday of May, associates from all over the world spend the day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. RED Day is just another example of our commitment to each other and to the cities and towns where we live and work.

Today, we are out cleaning and beautifying Santee Lakes! Be part of all the fun from 9am-3pm!

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Discover La Jolla

La Jolla, also known as the jewel of San Diego, is a beautiful beach front city just a few minutes north of Downtown San Diego! From world-class shopping to one-of-a-kind dining, the sunshine sparkles year-round.

There’s always something going on in La Jolla. Whether it’s live entertainment at the La Valencia Hotel, or the PGA Golf tournament in Torrey Pines, or going to see the sea lions at the cove, there is always something to do when visiting La Jolla.

With five beaches to choose from, make La Jolla your one-stop shop for beachgoers. Visit Windansea Beach, where you can check out underwater reefs and fierce waves. This is a very secluded part of the beach, where admirers can watch experience surfers, or have a romantic picnic on the beach. Windansea Beach is located at the end of Nautilus Street.  For the kids, check out La Jolla Children’s Pool, with harbor seals! La Jolla Cove is always a fan-favorite for swimming, snorkeling and diving! La Jolla Shores is a long beach with soft sand, clean water, and gentle waves. Ideal for families, sunbathers, and beginner surfers.  Finally, there is controversial Black’s Beach located just north of the Scripps Pier. The north portion of the beach is clothing-optional. For the avid-hiker, check out Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and the La Jolla Walking Trail, with some of the best-hiking trails in all of San Diego.

La Jolla has over 25 eateries, serving anything from classic American, to seafood, to Mexican food and more!  And when you’re done eating, check out the shopping experience, that is “as unique as you.” La Jolla shopping attracts anyone, from bargain hunters to celebrities that have been known to shop the strip. Some of the most luxurious brands are located in La Jolla, along with everyday values. The best part about it is that you can browse with ease around a beautiful seaside village rather than a crowded and noisy mall.

And for San Diegans that are looking to go on a “Stay-cation”, there are a number of elegant coastal hotels to choose from.

For more information on La Jolla sites and attractions, as well as entertainment, check out www.lajollabythesea.com!

 

 

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

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Mito Research Fund Part of Nissou Client Appreciation Event!

Don’t miss the May 1st Red Carpet Event hosted by Nissou Realty Group where we are helping out the UCSD Mito Research Fund with our charity raffle. There will be multiple prizes, inlcuding a tablet and signed Padres baseball! 
Children with mitochondrial disease have a 50% chance of living until the age of 10. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to many other diseases including Autism, Parkinson, PTSD, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Obesity and infertility. If a cure is found for mitochondrial, all of these diseases and disorders will benefit. The little girls pictured are Kailyn and Charis. They are 3 and 5 and cannot walk or talk because of this disease. Please help us find a cure to save their lives.
For more information about UCSD’d Mito Research Fund, please go towww.mitoresearchfund.com. To RSVP for the event, please go to www.StephenNissou.com/RSVP

MITO Research Fund

 

 

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