Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Our team at Arizona Wholesale just LOVES getting testimonials from our customers. This testimonial is a little different. It's a testimonial from a new home buyer at one of our valued home builder customers, Mattamy Homes. We're delighted to supply Mattamy Homes with a great selection of Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances, and to also represent Mattamy Homes through our unique Design Center center services. Here's what this home buyer had to say about their purchase experience:

I don’t often write letters of appreciation, but wanted to let corporate know how nice it is to meet such wonderful people who work for Mattamy…….from Lynn Lott and Mike Collins, to Mary Kay the design consultant, all the way to Paul and Bryan, the “builders”……………….you can tell immediately that the Mattamy organization is “picky” about hiring these folks …………….EVERY ONE we have come in contact with has been nothing but gracious………….and you have no idea how much that means on the consumer end of the deal…………………………I hate to say it, but customer service in every industry is at an all time low, and your people here in Tucson are certainly the exception……………….to the person, they have been accommodating, friendly, eager to answer the myrid of questions, etc. etc. Even the sub- contractors are so nice………when you do a drive-by they all wave, and seem so happy and enthusiastic about their jobs!

Kudos to all the Mattamy folks in Tucson, and the Arizona Wholesale team members who helped these customers along with their home buying experience.

If you're one of our builder customers, contractor, remodeler, designer, or end user home owner email us a note, and attach a photo if possible. You may be the next happy buyer featured here!


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Tips for Selecting Appliances

Appliance Help for New Homebuyers

Arizona Wholesale Supply is Arizona's Leading Builder Distributor

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New homebuyers have to make a lot of choices when selecting all the finishes, and products that go into their dream home. Fortunately, production home builders preselect options and upgrades that are suitable for their homes. Even so, making appliance selections can be very challenging. Here are a few tips in choosing appliances:

  1. Narrow the field. If your builder has a list of models and packages that are available to you, part of your work is already done. Don't waste time looking at brands or models that aren't available for the home you are purchasing. Even If you are building a custom home, there will still be some constraints based on the size of your kitchen, location of gas, water, and electric lines, etc.

  2. Budget and plan accordingly. If it's been a number of years since you purchased major appliances, get prepared for some sticker shock. Today's appliances will save money on energy usage, and still are a very good buy when factoring inflation over the years. However, when you want a built-in refrigerator, combo ovens, and other premium appliances such as wine storage units, built-in warming drawers, steam ovens and coffee makers, you're going well into 5 figures ($XX,XXX.XX).

  3. Consider brands. At Arizona Wholesale Supply, we carry the popular priced major production brands GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire (Electrolux). We also are your supplier for upscale brands, such as GE Profile, Electrolux, KitchenAid, and Bosch, as well as a host of luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Monogram, Viking, SubZero-Wolf, Thermador, Miele and many more. Most production home builders offer selections from only a single brand or two, and even semi-custom builders usually stick with a few preferred brands. For that matter, new home buyers tend to pick most or all their appliances from a single brand that they prefer. It not only narrows choices to products that the buyer is going to be comfortable with, appliance brands tend to have matching handles, knobs, etc.

  4. Work with a professional. Arizona Wholesale Supply consultants have many years experience with home builders, designers, and new home buyers. If your builder or design professional is one of the many that we supply, you can make an appointment at one of our locations to select your appliances.

Arizona Wholesale Supply is a family owned company, based right here in Arizona, and we've been at this for over 70 years.


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Pros and Cons: Range vs. Cooktop/Oven

Freestanding Range vs Cooktop and Oven

Kitchen Debate: Purchase a Range or a Cooktop and Oven

When building a home or re-designing a kitchen, homeowners can be faced with the choice of installing a single kitchen range vs. a cooktop and a separate wall oven. Here are a few considerations:

Advantages and disadvantages of a kitchen range

Freestanding-Range

This is a simple decision. Choose the range and you've purchased two appliances at once. No worries about locating two separate appliances, choosing among various dimensions eg, 30″ vs 36″, or running gas and/or electric lines to separate locations.

On the other hand, you'll be locking yourself into 2 separate appliances in a single space which may be inconvenient. You could find yourself needing to cook on the range surface while standing in front of a hot oven. Some people find that repeatedly bending over to access the oven is uncomfortable.

Advantages and disadvantages of a separate cooktop and oven

One big advantage is that by purchasing the cooktop and oven separately, you can get exactly the features you want in each appliance. Also, separate appliance purchases may sometimes result in different brands sizes and fuel types of cooktops and ovens. By having a wall oven installed at eye level, it can be operated and accessed without bending over.

Oven-Cooktop

In most instances, separate cooktops and wall ovens will cost more than a comparable freestanding range. Having remodeled kitchens in two different homes in the last 5 years, we've chosen both configurations. We love our current double oven range with radiant top. However, the separate gas cooking surface and combination wall oven/microwave probably edges out the freestanding range. Viva la difference!

For the best advice on appliance locations and options work with your builder and designer, and of course make sure to schedule an appointment with an appliance professional at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best choices.


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2016 Kitchen and Bath + Builder Show Jan 19-21

New Products Coming Soon to Builder Show and KBIS 2016

The combined IBS/KBIS (International Builder Show/Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) dubbed DCW (Design & Construction Week) enters its 3rd year in 2016 in Las Vegas from January 19th through January 21st. Joining the 2016 DCW event in Las Vegas are the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and the International Surface Event (TISE). It's a HUGE show!

When it comes to appliances, we can expect to see a continued focus on smart appliances, more import cooking brands (think Italy), and some added appliance finishes and colors.

Smart Appliances

We've been given just a few hints that more manufacturers will expand the use of technology to connect appliances to smartphones, home networks, and etc. The big question is convincing consumers to spend more for new features that they may still view as gimmicky.

New Brands

Unlike the U.S. appliance industry which is dominated by a few big brands, Europe has a wealth of brand names. In particular, there appears to be a host of Italian factories making cooking products that have been around for decades, now seeking to export their products to the U.S.

New Colors and Finishes

There has been a renaissance of pastel colors in appliances from the 50's and 60's. Buyers are showing an increased willingness to add these striking, colorful appliances in retro designs to their kitchens. Expect to see bold colors in more brands, and a continued interest in “old style” appliances. In addition, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the new black stainless steel. Photos don't really help. It's stainless steel with the stainless grain or “brush”, and it's black not shiny silver.

If you're not attending DCW this year, the event is moving to Orlando for 2017 and 2018 and returning to Las Vegas in 2019.


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All About Houzz

Whozz on Houzz?

So, you Tweet on Twitter, Hangout on Google+ Hangouts, and Pin on Pinterest. I won't even ask about Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, or Blab. But are you on Houzz? If not, why not? For those engaged in the design community, with over 35 million unique views per month, Houzz could become your #1 source of new business!

Houzz

Here's how Houzz describes its business:

Houzz has built a marketplace for home products and professional services. By integrating content, community and commerce, and by bringing all industry players together (service providers, homeowners, manufacturers, brands, etc.), Houzz has created an ecosystem for home renovation and design.

If you're business is related to architecture, home building, home renovation, improvement, or design, then Houzz could easily become your best social media tool. Houzz has a very holistic approach to the industry and to running a social platform. Here are the fundamental elements of the Houzz business model:

  • Photo Database
  • IdeaBooks
  • Editorial Content
  • Professional Directory

Though Houzz started as a mobile app, and still gets extraordinary wide use in the mobile environment, Houzz has become the overall largest website and online community in the home design, decorating, and improvement industry regardless of platform.

If you're already using Houzz, please leave us a note in the comments section describing your Houzz experience. How long have you been on Houzz? How are you using Houzz? Are you making new connections, getting views, engaging with contemporaries in your field? Share your experiences with us. We'd love to hear from you.


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Modern Decorating

Why is it that this room is so successful in its design, with so little in it to impress? Modern styles always seem to pull of that effortless grace that to someone unsure of how to achieve the look might feel intimidated into giving up. But this room has a lot of those modern touches in it and serves as a map to decorating modern.

 

To begin with, the room itself has almost no color. It lets different shades and textures of neutrals to do the talking instead. There is a gray carpet for some softness, an extremely light gray wood flooring with wider panels, breaking tradition. It also employs white flowing curtains and a rock wall that adds another layer of color and texture. Color is very important when your trying to achieve a modern look, it’s just a matter of how you are using color in ways you hadn’t before.

 

Another important aspect of designing in this style is to juxtapose metals and glass with nature. In this picture, there are minimalist chairs with smooth metal legs. The coffee table repurposed as a side table for the bed has a decidedly alien look to it.  The vases holding plants are clear and clean. All of this in a room dominated by an entire wall of rock that brings us back to nature. The wall is surely the crowning jewel, it is powerful but not overbearing as the owners chose to use a lighter rock to keep things like in a room that could easily be bogged down by too much use of darker materials.

 

And finally, using minimalist principles will help you achieve a modern look. Notice how there isn’t much frill and instead it lends itself to a more utilitarian approach. This allows all of the small details, such as the vase on the ground next to the chair be appreciated. It keeps clutter out and keeps the modern in.

 

These are a few tips to help guide you on your road to modernism in your home. Take the time to chose pieces carefully because you won’t have a lot to work with if you want to keep it modern. Good luck!

Solving appliance ducting concerns, makeup air, and island installations

Unique Appliance Problems Solved with Jenn-Air Downdraft

Contractor and Designer Creative Problem Solving with Jenn-Air

Sometimes you run across design and construction issues with appliances that just seem to defy solution. You think and think, and ask all your sources for suggestions and nothing seems to be a good solution. Here are two issues that seem to come up when it comes to locating and installing ranges and cooktops.

Island Installations of Cooking Appliances

Locating a range or cooktop on an island is perfect for an entertaining kitchen. Yet it seems quite rare (especially in Arizona) to find ranges or cooktops on an island. Advanced planning to get the 220v. electric or a gas line to the island is important. Doing floor cuts after the fact may be expensive, and impractical, and suspending an overhead hood from the ceiling can also be problematic.

However, one way to simplify these issues is to install a Jenn-Air downdraft range or cooktop. The proximity center ventilation eliminates the need for an overhead hood and clears the sight lines as well. In addition, Jenn-Air now offers a duct-free kit with a replaceable filter that eliminates the need for any external ducting. It's perfect for an island installation.

Makeup Air Issues Disappear

Recent changes in building codes require makeup air to replace the air removed from a home by powerful overhead hoods. Fortunately, because downdraft center proximity ventilation is close to the source of the vent air, high CFM motors are not required. The new Jenn-Air downdraft range vents at only 283 CFM. And, with a duct-free kit there is no air exhausted from the home so no concern with makeup air whatsoever.

Considering a new build or a remodel? Look into Jenn-Air downdraft to make ventilation challenges go away!


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7 Unique Ways To Wear a Button-Up Shirt

The quintessential wardrobe piece for both women and men – the button up shirt! There is nothing as classic, stylish, and effortless as a button up shirt that’s worn to its fullest potential. Interestingly, however, it often gets overlooked. We often think of it as mainly appropriate for work or too masculine to look cute. But the truth is that there are thousands of ways to wear a button up shirt, and nearly never even have to wear it the same way twice. Check out these suggestions for ways to rock it outside of the norm.

  1. White button up shirt un-tucked, with skinny blue jeans, black leather bag, and animal print ballet flats.
  2. Dark blue denim button up shirt, tucked into yellow and white structured maxi skirt, cinched with wide brown leather belt dangling earrings, and brown leather flats.
  3. White button up shirt, under slim fitting camel colored sweater with shirt tails showing and sweater sleeves scrunched to elbow with white shirt cuff flipped back, chunky necklace, taupe suede bag, distressed straight leg blue jeans, black flats.
  4. Loose wispy white oversized blouse with sleeves rolled and buttoned up at the elbow – tucked in only at the front and back, highly distressed boyfriend jeans thickly cuffed to show the ankle, suede neutral brown leather bag, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in gold or silver, peep-toe stilettos.
  5. Burnt orange thigh length oversized button up shirt slung low and slouchy with a tiny tie in the middle, black mini skirt, opaque black tights, black hip length cardigan with sleeves scrunched to elbow and orange shirt cuffs rolled back on top, large bold infinity scarf in colors that coordinate with orange shirt, brown leather booties.
  6. Form fitting white button up shirt tied at the waist with cuffs folded back to just below the elbow, dark khaki flared culottes, cream colored pumps, coordinated brown leather bag.
  7. Slouchy white button up shirt with cuffs loosely rolled to just below the elbow and tucked only in the front and back, pop color pink or coral skinny jeans, wide brown leather belt, large cheetah print scarf, black suede flats. 

Trends in Professional Style Appliances

Pro-Style Ranges in Standard Kitchens

Professional style ranges have been showing up in standard kitchens for several years now. Certainly, we’ve seen brands such as GE Café give a “pro” look to standard appliances with great success. But more than that, consumers are willing to jump ship when it comes to their standard range, opting for one of the high-end professional style brands for the added cooking power as well as the pro-look. Buyers seem to be not at all concerned with having matching appliances either by brand or style, and they don’t hesitate sticking a bulky pro-style range in with any overall kitchen style. In addition, they’re often unconcerned that the pro-style range will cost more than all of the rest of their standard appliances combined.

Builders, contractors, designers, and remodelers can be challenged with a non-standard depth, special ventilation needs, and other custom changes that might be required. Nevertheless, these pro-style non-standard ranges are in enough demand that the industry is adapting to buyers requests.

The good news is that trade professionals, can rely on Arizona Wholesale Supply to guide them through the maze of pro-range choices. Here are two examples of luxury brands that specialize in ranges with a professional look and features.

Thermador-Range

Thermador’s new Pro Harmony 30″ range above is touted as the only 5-burner 30″ Pro-Style range in the luxury category. This range is likely to cost $4000 – $5000 when it debuts later this year.

Italian manufacturer Bertazzoni below is making a mark with their 30″ Pro-Style range that retails for as low as $2599. That’s a very competitive price for a range in this category. Bertazzoni is also known for offering their ranges in a choice of brilliant colors in addition to the common stainless steel finish.

Bertazzoni-Range

Designers, builders, contractors, and remodelers wishing to explore opportunities in the pro-style range category are welcome to consult with the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply for more detailed information.


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1940s Kitchen Design

Retro designs can be a fun way to spice up your kitchen, and one of the most popular retro kitchen designs is the 1940s kitchen. These bold, vivid kitchen designs are eye catching and playful, allowing you to have a lot of fun in the design and use of the room.

Colors for 1940s Kitchens

The colors used in the 1940s were very bold, vivid, and often primary. Most kitchens used two colors together, with the two-tone effect running through the whole room from a checkerboard floor to tile countertops that used a differently colored border on the edges to highlight the color of the tiles in the center.

The most popular colors for a 1940s kitchen include:

  • Green – Nearly every shade of dark, bright or bold green works in this space. Green paint had been used only by the military during World War II, so after the war, the color became extremely popular for everything from paint to fashion.
  • Red and white – Bright reds paired with cool whites was a very popular color combination in the 40s.
  • Blues – Following the green trend, Navy and Air Force blue were also very popular.
  • Yellow – Look for bold, bright and cheerful shades of yellow.

1940’s Kitchen Accessories

Add a few fun kitchen accessories to complete your 1940’s kitchen design. Glass or acrylic knobs on your cabinets, colorful kitchen linens in the colors used in the rest of the space, and lots of enamel are all great ways to add a little retro style to the design. Finish it off with textiles on your chairs and windows in cherry prints, gingham, and checks in your favorite colors.

Furnishings

Look for brightly colored chairs and bar stools, chrome and enamel for your 40s kitchen furniture, or consider painting your existing wooden chairs in bright, 40s colors like sunny yellow or Kelly green. You can also replace the legs on your wooden table with chrome to help finalize and finish the effect.

Remember that furniture in the 40s was just the beginning of the diner trend of the 50s and 60s, so don’t be afraid to have some fun with your furniture.