7 Steps to Make your Home Age-Friendly

Housing for aging in place can be beautiful if it is thought through beforehand and not when there’s a crisis. Most of our clients remember going to an elderly relative’s home and seeing a hospital bed in the living room with medical equipment. In our experience, Baby Boomers and other homeowners don’t want their home to look like a hospital, retirement facility or an old person’s home. They want safety, but with the current look of home remodeling. Today your home might have mobility problems that should be thought about before you or your relatives reach an age when there are steps galore, narrow doorways, and bath tubs and showers that require the agility of younger bodies to use. Rather than wait for a crisis, Pykles can start by retrofitting your space – for example, moving the laundry room from the basement to the first floor, converting the downstairs den into a bedroom and building additions.  Pykles can put in kitchen counters at different levels for sitting or standing, recess mats into your floor to reduce the risk of tripping, stack closets where an elevator could later go and install backing for grab bars – just in case. These days, many grab bars look like pretty towel racks or elegant toilet tissue holders. A ramp into your house can be disguised with landscaping on both sides as a gently sloping walkway. Tweaks such as a curbless shower with a bench or drop-down seat, wide doorways, levers instead of doorknobs, and nonskid flooring are just good universal design, better for not only walkers and wheelchairs, but baby strollers and bikes,...

Pykles Remodeling Preferred Providers

As a long time local business in La Mesa, CA we have made many friends over the years and would like to share some of them here with you today. If you are new to La Mesa and are wondering who Pykles might refer you to for certain services, you need look no further than our list of Preferred Providers below: Trade or Profession                                   Company Name                                        Contact                            Phone Business and Private Accounting         Marilyn K. Turner, CPA                                Marilyn Turner              (619) 667-6600 Carpet Care                                               Coles Carpet Care                                           Kevin Cole                      (619) 735-5563 Commercial Lending                              W Business Capital                                        Russel Norton                (619) 992-8230 Credit Repair Services...

Get $500 Off Your Kemper Cabinet Order!

This just in! Kemper Cabinets is offering a $500 Visa Reward Card to any client who orders 12 or more of their cabinets between January 5th and February 11th, 2016!        Eligible orders must have a minimum of 12 cabinets Consumer receives a $500 Visa Reward Card* for eligible orders (please allow 60 days from date of registration to receive the gift card) Offer valid for independent Kemper dealers only Offer valid in the following states only:  AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY Orders must be placed with Kemper Cabinetry between January 11, 2016 and February 5, 2016 Designer must register the consumer for the rebate after the order is placed with Kemper (Order # is required during registration).  Registration will include: Consumer Name, email, address** and phone Dealer Name, PO #, Order Acknowledgment #(s) Designer info including Designer ID Click this registration link to register your consumer: http://go.masterbrand.com/KemperConsumerRebate011116 Once you submit the registration you must print the confirmation message that displays on your screen and retain for backup Your consumer will receive an email confirmation, so make sure you are using the consumer’s email address (Do not use your designer email address in the consumer email address field) All gift card registrations MUST be submitted by February 29, 2016.  WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY REGISTRATIONS AFTER THIS DATE *One Consumer Reward card per household **Consumer address MUST be the address where the gift card can be mailed via USPS.  DO NOT USE AN ADDRESS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION UNLESS A MAILBOX IS PRESENT. CALL PYKLES TODAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS...

California’s New Water Efficiency Laws

In response to one of the most severe droughts in California’s history, our State recently implemented new flow rate restrictions for plumbing products sold or offered for sale in our State. The affected products and their start dates are listed below. Starting September 1st, 2015 Residential Lavatory Faucets: 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM) Starting January 1st, 2016 Toilets: 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF)* Urinals: 0.125gpf Kitchen Faucets: 1.8gpm Public Lavatory Faucets: 0.5gpm Starting July 1st, 2016 Residential Lavatory Faucets: 1.2gpm** Shower heads: 2.0gpm Starting July 1st, 2018 Shower heads: 1.8gpm**   *Effective flush (2:1 ratio for dual flush) **Sale of product manufactured prior to enforcement date is allowed   Pykles Remodeling will continue to keep our customers as informed as possible about these changes as they become known in our industry and throughout California. If you would like to know more concerning these new water efficiency rules or learn about what else you and your family can do to save water call us at (619) 463-1600 and remember…”If you’re in a Pickle…Call PYKLES!”...

La Mesa’s Annual Flag Day Parade – 2015

At Pykles Remodeling we know how to have a fun time. That is why each year we participate in La Mesa’s annual Flag Day Parade. Here are some recent photographs of our entry in the parade this year (May 30th, 2015) which featured Craig Pykles in his 1971 Jeepster Commando and Toby Pykles, on the back of our stake bed truck, with his Americana Roots band named Fanny & the Atta Boys.  Pykles is proud to be an American business working hard to improve the quality of life for each of our customers. We love this country and are proud to show off our patriotism whenever the occasion...

Hot Water Requirements for Walk-In Tubs

To support our last blog post on “Why a Walk-In Tub is Right for You”, I’d like to respectfully submit another article that supports this claim that came to us from a Walk-In Tub manufacturer with a stellar reputation for excellent customer service and superior products, Bliss Tubs of Pasadena. The following has been taken from an informational flyer of theirs that I felt is worthy of our blog: GUIDANCE FOR ASSESSMENT OF HOT WATER REQUIREMENTS FOR WALK-IN TUBS The customer’s hot water heater should be assessed during the walk-in tub planning process. For a regular size Bliss wlk-in tub such as the B3052 and B3054 models, many Bliss purchasers have been happy with the hot water delivery from their existing 40 gallon tanks. However, as discussed below, major hot water heater manufacturers recommend a 50 gallon water heater. In addition to the current heater’s capacity, the heater’s age and location can affect the amount of hot water that can be delivered to the walk-in tub. As water heater’s age, their performance declines. Location of the hot water heater relative to the location of the walk-in tub can also have an impact. Tank Heaters For a regular size Bliss walk-in tub as the B3052 and B3054 models, the recommended minimum tank size for electric or gas tank water heaters is 50 gallons. Normally one can assume a 70% hot water output from any tank heater (tank heater manufacturers can provide specifications and reccomendations.) A 70% output should provide roughly 35 gallons of hot water from a 50 gallon tank with the thermostat set to the industry standard of 120...

Why a Walk-in Bathtub is right for You!

Walk-in Bathtubs are new, emerging products coming to the bath remodel world and Pykles is happy to share our expertise in installing and maintaining these tubs with our clientele here in San Diego. To get started in explaining why a walk-in tub may be the right thing for you and your family, we’d like to first dispel any misconceptions or myths regarding these tubs, their usage and ease of accessibility. The first common question our customers ask regarding Walk-in tubs is: How long do walk-in tubs take to fill? How much water does a walk-in tub require? The answer to these questions is simple. Walk-in bathtubs have roughly the same footprint as any standard size 30″ x 60″ bathtub, with the obvious exception, of course, to their height, which usually measures around 38″. Taking into account the displacement of water of any bather, along with the shape of the bathtub’s seating area, any standard size walk-in tub will use between 30-35 gallons of water per bath. Pykles understands that this can make bathing not only a large time commitment, but a large use of water for any home as well. This leads us to our next question, which is: 2. “Won’t my bath water get cold by the time my walk-in bathtub finishes filling?” and, “Do I have to use my walk-in bathtub as a bathtub?” Pykles is happy to say that the answer to both of these questions is NO. The great thing about walk-in tubs is that most models come with air-massage features such as jets or a bubbler. These features use electric motors coupled with in-line heaters to...

Western Pottery Toilet Sale!

Pykles Remodeling is proud to announce a renewed offer on a great deal for the installation of Western Pottery Toilets! If you need a new toilet, whether it be a Round Front, Elongated or ADA “Comfort” Height Elongated Toilet installed in your home, Pykles is offering each of those for a limited time at incredible prices! Each of these toilets is 1.28 Gallons Per Flush (GPF) which means that they are High Efficiency Toilets or (HET’s). So, if you have never had one of them installed in your home here in San Diego each and every toilet you choose to have installed qualifies for a $100 Rebate from your local water district by taking your proof of purchase from Pykles and redeeming it through bewaterwise.com! 1 – Western Pottery 822-HET Round Front Toilet 1.28 GPF installed = $269 (before $100 rebate!) or only $169! 1 – Western Pottery 832-HET Elongated Toilet 1.28 GPF installed = $289 (before $100 rebate!) or only $189! 1 – Western Pottery 872-HET ADA Height Elongated Toilet 1.28 GPF installed = $339 (before $100 rebate!) or only $239! Each of these Two-Piece toilets comes complete with a New Wax Ring, Supply Line, Bolts and Caps and if you call Today Pykles will install it all AND take your old toilet away ALL for the advertised price. Due to California’s severe drought this offer has been renewed by the Southern California Municipal Water District for all new High Efficency Toilets you have installed in your home until the 1st of June, 2016! Remember “If you’re in a Pickle…Call Pykles!” Pykles Remodeling – 8348 Center Dr. Ste. A –...

Pykles is proud to be named an Accredited Bosch Contractor

Pykles Remodeling is proud to announce that we are the latest ABC Contractors to be selected by the Bosch Corporation to represent them and the service of their products exclusively for San Diego County. What is an ABC Contractor? Accredited Bosch Contractors are members of a select group of professional heating and air conditioning installers. This means that Pykles has been individually selected by Bosch, inducted into the ABC program, factory-trained, and equipped with the information and tools required to install, service and maintain Bosch and Buderus equipment to the highest standards. How does this benefit me as a Homeowner? Pykles was selected by a Bosch representative based on our expertise in sizing, installing and servicing HVAC systems. Additionally, this means that Pykles has been required to attend factory training and routinely performs quality installations of one or more products such as: Tankless water heaters Heat pump and solar hot water systems Heating boilers Geothermal heat pumps Extensive Training. An ABC contractor is factory-trained to properly install and service Bosch products and has experience installing such systems. Extended Warranty Coverage. After installing your Bosch or Buderus heating or cooling system, Pykles registers the products on your behalf. You will receive a certificate of registration as proof of the extended one-year warranty as well as the standard warranty. Exclusive No-Cost Extended Warranty. Only an ABC Contractor is authorized to provide this one-year extended warranty in addition to the standard Bosch product warranty for added peace of mind. Technical Expertise. If your Bosch HVAC system ever requires service, Pykles has access to spare parts along with technical support from Bosch and Buderus factory-trained experts. If...

EZTR40 – A Whole New Way to Install Tankless Water Heaters

As the year comes to a close our vendors build anticipation with the promise of new and exciting products they have researched and developed that will be launching at the start of 2015. One of the products that Pykles is proud to announce is the EZTR40 from Noritz. The Noritz co. is on the verge of completely revolutionizing the way their tankless water heaters will be used in place of the standard 40 gallon Natural Gas tank type heaters in your home or garage. Let me give you a brief history as to how tankless heaters used to be installed and just how the EZTR40 is different. The EZTR40 stands for “Easy Tank Replacement – 40″ meaning this unit is meant to replace any 40 gallon Natural Gas heater in your home. Prior to the EZTR40, anytime a homeowner wanted to have a tankless heater installed it would come with the added expense of changing out their existing 1/2″ gas line from their old heater for a larger 3/4″ gas line from their meter to accommodate the high powered burner and heat exchanger that was a part of the new design. Additionally, homeowners would have to have their plumbing contractor extend or move the existing copper water lines to and from the heater to reach the bottom of these tankless units. These extra labor and material costs have gone away with the new innovation which is the EZTR40. The EZTR40 uses a 1/2″ gas line to power it’s burner assembly to 15,000 to 120,000 BTU’s with a Maximum Flow Rate of 6.6 GPM (gallons per minute) all while utilizing...