Light Bulbs.....A Bright Idea!





Winthorpe Design & Build Newsletter                                                                     Volume 1  Issue 11

Our Services

  • Design Build
  • Planning
  • Additions
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Interior & Exterior Remodels
  • Custom Homes
  • Insurance Repairs
  • Renovations for the Aging
  • Porch and Decks
  • Basements 
  • Hardscaping & Fire Pits
  • Outdoor Kitchens

Winthorpe Design Build has been around for over twenty years. Scott, Dave, Jerry, Krag and the team have a cumulative experience of over 95 years in the construction business.  We are a full service design-build company and we can help with your plans, your ideas, and your dreams. 

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Custom Bathroom
Light bulbs….. a bright idea! 
   Some helpful tips for lighting. Bathroom task lighting is tricky in the bathroom. Cool  light is often recommended, but it can distort colors when applying makeup. So you may have to choose one  characteristic over the other or consider halogen bulbs here. Decorative incandescents, such as some globe  lights, aren't part of the phase-out. Remember that lights over the sink can cast unpleasant shadows on your face;  lights on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet are better. Recessed lights designed for wet areas are fine  over the shower. Bedrooms. Relaxation and romance are key. Dimmers and warm lighting can help, so look for bulbs in the 2700 to 2900 Kelvin (K) range. You’ll see this noted on the bulb package. Consider cooler lighting, which has a higher Kelvin number, for reading lamps or fixtures. Position those higher than the bed to minimize shadows. Skip CFLs in lamps in children’s rooms, where rough-housing is more likely to lead to broken bulbs. CFLs release small amounts of mercury when they break.  For more information on lighting and shopping for lights, please visit Winthorpe's Blog                                                                                                                                                                                                 


-15% off design fees*

-Free undermount sink and faucet with full kitchen or bathroom remodel**

-Free 50” flat screen tv with custom renovation***

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Take advantage of our February specials and let us help make 2014 a special year for you, your family, and your friends. Offers valid for the month of February 2014.

Valid with signed agreement dated prior to 2/28/14. *a $75 to $1000 value based on project ** up to $600 value with minimum $15,000 contract ***a $500 value with a minimum $20,000 renovation contract


Scott’s Corner 

What happened to “Service”? We all find ourselves asking this more and more as we go about our daily routines. No one seems happy to go that extra mile to provide above average service let alone provide their minimum level of service. Thankfully, everyone at Winthorpe Design & Build still has the philosophy that our clients are truly important and it is our service that sets us apart from others. We feel it is important to make sure the job is done right! Every Winthorpe employee has the ability to identify and research potential issues that they may come across on a project. We are not in this business to cover up or ignore potential situations that may cause problems down the road. We are in this business to create solutions for our customers. It’s our service, and our pleasure to help our clients on a daily basis; it’s what we do, it’s why we are here. Please let us know if we could be of service or if you know of someone that may need our service.  Scott


These Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are the perfect treat for Valentine's Day 

Image via cookingclassy These Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are the perfect treat for valentine’s Day Ingredients: 1 cup 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp cornstarch 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup granulated sugar     2 large eggs (at room temperature) 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup whole milk (at room temperature) 1 recipe Strawberry Buttercream Frosting *recipe below* 12 small fresh strawberries or strawberry slices, for decoration Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-high speed, whip together eggs, sugar and vanilla until mixture is very pale, fluffy and thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Mix in melted butter and vegetable oil. Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour, add 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by 1/2 of the milk mixture, blending until well combine after each addition. Pour batter into 12 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven 19 – 22 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack, then frost with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting and top with a small whole fresh strawberry or fresh strawberry slices.*Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe:* Ingredients: 3/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature) 1 cup (15g) freeze dried strawberries 2 1/2 Tbsp heavy cream 2 cups (230g) powdered sugar Directions: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, whip butter on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy 6 – 8 minutes, frequently scraping down sides and bottom of bowl. Meanwhile, pulverize freeze dried strawberries in a food processor** until finely ground (wait about 10 second before opening food processor allowing the powder in the air to settle a bit. There should have 3 1/2 Tbsp of the strawberry powder). Transfer strawberry powder to whipped butter and blend mixture until combine. Stir in heavy cream followed by powdered sugar and whip mixture 4 – 5 minute longer on medium-high speed, until very pale and fluffy, frequently scraping down sides and bottom of bowl. For best results frost and serve within an hour.


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