Dr. Jonathan Vrban balances his demanding schedule with a variety of hobbies and activities at home. An avid cook and experienced gardener, Dr. Jonathan Vrban also enjoys working on home improvement projects.
A little home improvement can go a long way in sprucing up living spaces and increasing property value. Where possible, doing a home improvement job yourself can go a long way in providing self-fulfillment and confidence. Consider these three priorities when mulling over your own home improvement goals.
1. Internal systems. Especially if you want to sell your home, repairing and/or updating the home’s major systems (plumbing, heating, and electrical) can go far. Homebuyers usually want to know that these systems are in working order; upgrading can help meet that assurance.
2. Kitchen areas. As the heart of the home, kitchens are where all the action happens. New homebuyers especially look over the kitchen thoroughly before making a decision. Upgrade its appliances, fixtures and appearance, and make your home’s heart more functional and attractive.
3. Bathrooms. Bathrooms come second to kitchens as the most important rooms in the house. Upgrade their appearance with new paint, fixtures, and flooring, and give them some fresh appeal.
Jonathan Vrban, a resident of Hawaii, frequently travels from Hawaii to other parts of the world. When he is not travelling Jonathan Vrban likes to cook and bake. He is especially proud of his chocolate chip cookie recipe, which demands more than 24 hours of prep time and uses the finest ingredients.
While individual bakers all have their own ideas as to what particular elements result in the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, they all tend to agree about the importance of using high-quality chocolate chips. The best way to determine whether a brand of chocolate chips should be included in a cookie recipe is to check its inclusion of high cocoa solids. Chips that contain less than 60 percent will provide only the faintest real chocolate taste, while those with more than 70 percent high cocoa-solids content will provide a rich, complex chocolate flavor upon which the rest of the recipe can be built. Another factor to note is whether a brand contains cocoa butter; the use of this ingredient, rather than cheaper and less flavorful vegetable oil alternatives, greatly enhances the flavor and texture of chocolate chips.
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jonathan Vrban maintains involvement in a vast array of professional and personal projects, honing his talents as a writer, chef, and gardener.