Spotlight Series: Meet Sales Associate Lucas Marcroft

Warners' Stellian Sales Associate Lucas Marcroft

At Warners’ Stellian, one of our core values is family, and each new employee becomes a member of our family. In our Spotlight Series, we plan to share a deeper look into the talent that contributes to our success each day. This week, let’s meet Sales Associate Lucas Marcroft.

What does a typical day at Warners’ Stellian look like for you?

I arrive, tie my shoes and give a head nod to my manager, Jeff Warner, knowing it’s game time. I spend most days making phone calls, answering customers’ questions and geeking out about appliances.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like helping customers plan their future projects. It’s more than just picking out which appliances will work best for them. You need design acumen to help customers figure out what will look good in their finished space as well.

Can you offer advice for people considering a sales career?

It’s definitely a great field to be in, but you have to be willing to work hard. You are your own business; what you put in is what you get back.

Do you collect anything?

I used to collect Vitamin Water bottles when I was younger. They came in almost every color on the wheel and had different stories on the back. I had my whole window sill filled with them at one point. I also collected bottle openers when my wife and I worked in the restaurant industry.

What is your favorite winter activity?

I like to be outdoors with my family as much as possible. Recently, I’ve enjoyed watching my son, Antonio, learn to play hockey.

What appliance is the MVP in your home?

Definitely my refrigerator! It keeps my drinks cold and food fresh.

Are you interested in joining the Warners’ Stellian family? Apply here!

Top 2019 Kitchen Trends to Consider

Planning a kitchen remodel this year? Before you spice things up, find out what’s cooking in kitchen design. Our trusted construction and design partners share hot 2019 kitchen trends to consider.

Countertop Trends

Photo via Lindus Construction

Homeowners are gravitating away from granite countertops and toward quartz, according to Lindus Construction COO Andy Lindus. “Quartz comes in an array of colors, allowing homeowners to customize the appearance of their kitchen,” he says. Quartz also requires less maintenance and has a smoother surface.

Cabinet Trends

Kirsten Erickson, principal designer and founder of Alma Homes, continues to see color sneak its way into cabinetry. “Islands have been a very popular location if clients are afraid to commit to a bold color throughout the entire kitchen,” she adds. “And we’ve been seeing a lot more navy, black and deep green.”

Beautiful Chaos Owner and Lead Designer Sarah Martin echoes the bold color trend. “We are so excited to see kitchen color palettes brightening up,” she says. “It’s so fun to incorporate a pop of color in the heart of the home!”

Tile Trends

While Erickson says clients tend to stick to more neutral tones in their tile selections, creativity sparks when it comes to tile shape. This allows homeowners to maintain a simple color scheme while still adding interest to their kitchen. “We’ve been incorporating everything from marble mosaics to hex tiles to fun arabesque shapes,” she says.

Katie Kath of Jkath Design Build + Reinvent sees more homeowners taking a unique approach to classic subway tile, which comes in the form of handmade or beveled tiles. She says square tiles are also having a resurgence.

Wood Trends

“Wood elements have also made a comeback, with all signs pointing to more and more of this in 2019,” Kath says, noting trends of wood cabinetry, floating shelves and accessories.

And when it comes to the type of wood, Erickson says white oak has exploded in popularity in what seems like overnight. “We have been using it on kitchen islands, floating shelves, and it (or European Oak) is almost always our clients’ go-to for their hardwood floors,” she adds.

Owner of Adorned Homes, Katie Kurtz, says wood in the kitchen is best incorporated into a space that has the white woodwork we’re used to seeing in kitchens now, like in this custom kitchen from her real estate client TJB Homes, which features a mix of white enamel and white oak.

kitchen with white enamel cabinets and a white oak hood and island

Photo via Adorned Homes

While these trends produce beautiful results, Kassina Folstad of olliePop Design says first spend time defining what you truly love and desire in your home. Your home is one of your biggest investments after all. It never hurts to have a good designer on your side and a kitchen full of beautiful appliances.

Featured image via Café

Show Your Appliances Some Love this Valentine’s Day

Rekindle your appliance spark this Valentine’s Day by giving your appliances some extra TLC. The following appliance cleaning and maintenance tips will ready your appliances to cook a romantic dinner and handle the cleanup too.

Couple cooking dinner together in kitchen with black Frigidaire appliances

Refrigerator, thank you for keeping things fresh.

To show your appreciation, we recommend checking the seal and cleaning the coils. If you have an ice maker and water dispenser, consider the last time you changed the filter. Follow your manufacturer guidelines for frequency, but generally it’s twice a year. Learn how to change a refrigerator water filter here.

Dishwasher, thank you for cleaning up my messes.

It might be time to clean your dishwasher in return. To do so, clean out your filters and scrub the spray arm nozzles (a toothbrush comes in handy here) to loosen any food residue or buildup. Then, it’s time for the magic cleaner of all things – vinegar! Fill a cup of vinegar, place it on the top rack and run the dishwasher as normal.

Washer and dryer, thank you for not judging my pizza stains.

The trusted washer, a machine that keeps your world spinning. But in order to clean your clothes, you need a clean machine. We sell cleaning wipes for the washing machine exterior and Affresh tablets for cleaning the drum.

Use Affresh wipes for the exterior of the dryer while you’re at it. And don’t forget to check your dryer vent.

Range, thanks for keeping the flame alive.

Whether it be porcelain, ceramic or glass, learn how to clean your stovetop here.  And don’t forget those cast iron grates! Next, move on to cleaning the oven. Remove your racks first if you’re using a self-clean function.

Microwave, thanks for the lazy night(s) in.

For funky smells in the microwave, mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1/2 cup water and heat in a microwave-safe bowl for five minutes on high. Wait 15 minutes before opening the microwave. The steam will loosen dried on foods, so you can easily wipe them away.

Showing your appliances some love makes them work more efficiently and last longer. Basically, you and your appliances are a perfect match. Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are your best appliance maintenance/cleaning tips? Share them in the comments section below!

Furnace Troubleshooting Guide

Furnace on the fritz? While we prefer to leave real repairs to the experts, the following quick fixes may help troubleshoot simple problems. And we’re not done with our furnaces yet! Punxsutawney Phil, Groundhog Day’s biggest celebrity, may have predicted an early spring, but winter is still roaring, so your furnace should be too. Try these quick fixes first, then call your locally-trusted HVAC specialists at Warners’ Stellian.

Change Your Furnace Filter

Have you ever run a marathon with a cold? That’s what it’s like when you leave your furnace with a dirty filter. Dirty or clogged filters reduce airflow and make your furnace work harder than it should. Additionally, a clogged filter could be the reason your furnace is cycling on and off.

Check Your Fan Setting

Turn your fan setting to Auto. If in the On mode, the fan will continuously run, improperly heating/cooling your space.

Inspect the Vent Pipe

In extreme cold (think recent polar vortex, brrr) the vent pipe can clog with ice. If the vent pipe is clogged, your furnace may not be getting enough airflow to function. Head outside to carefully break the ice off the pipe and clear the surrounding snow to ensure proper airflow.

house with snow

Examine Your Draft (not the fantasy sports kind)

A faulty ignition or pilot makes it difficult to heat your home. Something as simple as a draft could cause a pilot light to extinguish. Shut doors and windows and give the gas time to dissipate before relighting.

Check Your Thermostat

If it seems like your furnace isn’t producing any heat, check the battery level in the thermostat. In some models, simply replacing the battery may do the trick.

Hire for Maintenance

Much like a car, your furnace requires annual maintenance and a tuneup to ensure all the moving parts are in tiptop shape. While this isn’t a quick fix, it allows these quick fixes to be possible instead of a costly major repair or replacement. Turn to Warners’ Stellian for an inspection and tuneup (or for a furnace if you’re past the point of no return).  

Save money and energy by scheduling an inspection and tuneup with Warners’ Stellian today!

Snack Guide for Super Bowl 2020

Super Bowl time is here, and whether you’re cheering for the Chiefs, 49ers or the commercials, the snack mix is crucial. Check out these Super Bowl recipes, which are perfect for getting your game or commercial watching on.

Game Day Apps

With some phyllo dough and a few key ingredients, your Super Bowl guests will think you’re a top chef. Get the recipe for spanakopita puffs here.

spanakopita bites displayed on table

Put a spin on your typical French fries of tater tots with roasted sweet potato wedges instead. The recipe from Electrolux includes an avocado chimichurri sauce too.

Super Bowl Dips

roasted eggplant dip in red bowl

Enjoy buffalo sauce and blue cheese without the mess of wings. This simple buffalo chicken dip recipe from GE only has 5 ingredients. Your guests and napkin supply will thank you.

Or for a lighter option, make this roasted eggplant spread from KitchenAid. Pair either dip with tortilla chips or your favorite bread.

Super Bowl Party Desserts

The ultimate game day spread ends with something to satisfy the sweet tooth. Try these chocolate football fan treats from GE.

football brownie treats on football field napkins

They are essentially chocolate on chocolate… on more chocolate. What more could you want? Except maybe these lemon bars to balance out the chocolatey goodness.

lemon bars

Let us know who you’re rooting for and what’s on your Super Bowl menu in the comments section below.