GREIGE – The New Neutral

It’s the new neutral of interior and exterior paints. It’s a combination of two words; gray and beige. It’s pronounced like beige without the B and with the GR, like GReige. Kind of like “GR age”. Another pronounciation is like “Gr-eee-je”.

“While gray creates the soft neutral tones homeowners have come to fall in love with, the beige undertones help infuse some warmth into what would be an otherwise boring & cold color. The resulting color works great for most homes. Whether you want to create a subtle welcome at the entryway area, accent a single wall or contrast the bright light coming in – greige works to perfection.”

You can’t just buy Greige paint color. Greige has an endless list of grey/beige names, each slightly different in color, with blue, pink, brown, green, red and yellow undertones. A partial list:

Collonade, Granite Boulder, Amazing, Repose,  Silver Drop, Stonehenge, Silver Point, Worldly, Asford, Perfect, French, Ashley, Windsor, Broxburn, Analytical, French Linen, Goose Down, Egyptian Cotton, Pebble, Barren Plains, Wheat Bread, Hazy Sky, Mindful, Stamped Concrete, Perfect, Stylish, Ellie, Mega, Pavillion, Rockpoint, Gracious, Gettysburg, Mineral, Owl, Edgecomb. Pale Oak, Mortar, Pewter, Balboa Mist – all with the word “Gray” in the name.

What’s your favorite?



Asbestos 3Asbestos is six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist heat, fire and electricity. These properties of asbestos supported its use all over the world for years in a number of different commercial, industrial and consumer products – including homes, especially those built prior to 1980.

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Asbestos, once called a “magic mineral” is a natural mineral that has been mined and used because of its durability, heat and chemical resistance. Asbestos has been utilized in thousands of products, in everything from insulation and other construction materials to car brakes and hair dryers. At the height of its use, asbestos could be found in over 3,000 consumer products.

20190424_184705_resizedI had to snap a photo of this asbestos encapsulated furnace I saw in a 1945 Narragansett home that was for sale. It will need removal by licensed professionals.

Asbestos abatementMy clients were buying a 1949 home in another town where asbestos had already been removed but there was still Asbestos pipessome friable asbestos on a couple of the steam pipes in the basement (like this photo). Asbestos 1When I told the seller’s agent that my client wanted the remaining asbestos removed as a condition of the sale the seller refused saying he was insulted we even asked and that it was not needed. The estimate to remove that asbestos was $1,681.

There are 70 countries where the use of asbestos is NOT banned.

Mesothelioma  & Asbestosis

Over time researchers realized that when asbestos materials are disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and cause dangerous exposure. When people accidentally inhale or ingest the microscopic fibers, the mineral can eventually lead to serious health problems, like mesothelioma and asbestosis.

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Bathroom Trends 2019

The biggest trend in bathroom renovation? images (1)

  1. urinals
  2. bidets
  3. Japanese toilets
  4. self-cleaning toilets
  5. vivid color schemes
  6. tiny bathrooms
  7. massage stations
  8. composting toilets
  9. out houses

Nope. It’s bathing accommodations for pets, especially dogs. If you bathe your dog you know how difficult this can be.images

The options are to shower with the dog, fill the family bath tub, fill an outdoor tub, use a hose outside or take the dog to the groomer. Except for going to the groomer all of the options are messy and wet – for the pet and human. 

Outstanding-Dog-Shower-Ideas-Pet-Washing-Stations-6_Sebring-Design-BuildBathrooms, laundry rooms and mud rooms

now are pet bathing stations.


Radon Gas and Real Estate

Picocuries = pCi

It’s how radioactive decay is measured.

1 pCi equals 2.22 decays per minute per liter of air


A curie is named for Marie Curie, an extraordinary woman who discovered radium. A ground breaking scientist in a man’s world of science, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1903 and in 1911 awarded another Nobel Prize in chemistry. She was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize and is the only person to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes in two different fields of study – ever!

Radon is a natural occurring gas in soil; it is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States and the world. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe in your home. Radon typically comes up through the ground and into your home through cracks and other tiny holes in the foundation. It is a cancer-causing agent. A silent killer with no odor or taste. Most people don’t know about it and how harmful it is.

Who measures anything in picocuries?

Radon gas is measured in picocuries per liter of air. In the United States 4 or less picocuries in a home is considered safe. Some states says 2 or less is safe. The World Health Organization says 2.7 or less is safe.

(Although no level of radon is really safe.)

I strongly recommend that radon levels in homes be tested, especially when buying a home. If the radon level is above  4 pCi/liter I suggest radon mitigation to bring the level below 4. A radon mitigation professional should be consulted to determine how to best reduce the radon in a home.