How to Remodel your Kitchen

It's inevitable that the contractor may have to make multiple visits back to the house to finish these items; prepare yourself for more than one visit and you'll be fine.The best way to approach this is with a Zen attitude.

You have decided to remodel your kitchen, but you do not know where to start. Now what? There are many homeowners that fall into two camps: some buy kitchen appliances first, others start collecting kitchen photos. There are some who decide that they need more room. There are also some who just upgrade their kitchen. Once you have pondered and you’re ready to have a kitchen-remodeling project, there are steps to consider to complete your kitchen workbook.

First step is to think about what you need. This step is all about how you use your kitchen, and finding the layout and features that fit your household’s lifestyle.You have to get ideas from every resource possible. Second step is to research and plan. The best place to start is by figuring out your preliminary budget. As a homeowner, you’re not expected to walk into this knowing what everything should cost. Remember, this is an educational process. Third step is to find the professionals that you will need. Many homeowners get referrals from friends or colleagues and start by hiring an architect or designer. Still others might work on their own with a builder or contractor. Pros are available to help you with everything from contracts and permits .Fourth step is to work on design development and construction documents. This is the stage where you finalize the design, and prepare floor plans, etc. Fifth step is to get contractor estimates. If you don’t already have a licensed contractor on your project, your next step is to find one to carry the project through.The last step is to survive the dreaded punch list. Once construction is over, well … almost over … there’s always this annoying little list of items that are missing, wrong, or simply forgotten about. Sometimes the homeowner does the punch list. It can be as informal as an emailed list of items that need to be fixed or finished.

It’s inevitable that the contractor may have to make multiple visits back to the house to finish these items; prepare yourself for more than one visit and you’ll be fine.The best way to approach this is with a Zen attitude. Things happen, little things get missed. It’s sort of like making a list for the grocery store and still forgetting some key ingredient. We all do it.

It's inevitable that the contractor may have to make multiple visits back to the house to finish these items; prepare yourself for more than one visit and you'll be fine.The best way to approach this is with a Zen attitude.

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Refurbishing Tips for Your Kitchen Cabinets

One of the main attractions in the kitchen is the cabinets, particularly those installed on the wall. The kitchen cabinets serve varied purposes. Beyond being a storage area for food, utensils, plates and other food containers, they also serve as display area for valuable items such as ceramic plates, cups and teapots as well as silverware. This being the case, it is of utmost importance to install an attractive cabinet made from sturdy materials.

If you wish to further beautify your existing kitchen cabinets, you can easily refurbish them without spending much. The trick is to simply change the doors instead of removing the entire structure.

Keep in mind that as long you have a sturdy frame for your cabinets, there’s no need to change it entirely. You need to only enhance or change the doors to make the structure look brand new again. Just be sure to align them properly and check that they open and close correctly.

If you want to use an entirely solid wood cabinet door or combine wood with glass, ensure that you paint them well to achieve that smooth and glossy look. Solid wood is best to use to attain that upscale look without the high price tag. Its other advantage is the fact that it can resist water. [Continue Reading...]

Kitchen Make-Over

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handlesKitchens being the most to suffer from wear and tear from constant use most often precedes all other parts of a house as a candidate for a make-over. There are a lot of small things that can give an otherwise drab kitchen new life such as novelty cabinet hardware that comes in many shapes and sizes.
Go to the hardware store and take a sample with you so you get those that line-up so you don’t end up with kitchen and cabinet doors studded with holes. If the ones you have are old and you think may be of value, why not get them on ebay for another man’s junk may be gold to others. Use fancy ones that have either glass or crystal inserts to add sophistication. Got stains on the ceiling, measure out the part and order a stainless steel panel you can bolt onto the wall for some effect, it’s also a lot easier to clean.

DIY Veggie Stamps

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Last post, you learned how using a magnetic strip to display and store your knives can be a practical and decorative move for your kitchen. Today, we’ll focus on a more colorful and organic way to do it!

Fruit and veggie stamps are a great way to add a fun and fresh vibe to your kitchen walls. These type of stamps are also quite eco-friendly – After you’re done with your project, you can shop them up and use them as fertilizer for your garden.

Gather your tools: you’ll need a sharp knife, various vegetables and fruits, brightly-colored acrylic paint, and flat containers for the paint, like plastic dishes you won’t mind parting with. Once you’ve carefully lain out newspaper around the area, slice your vegetables in different kinds of angles. Daub the side you want in a dish of paint, and press onto a spot on the wall to stamp. Voila! You have just made your first vegetable or fruit stamp. Have fun experimenting with different colors and textures!

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The Single Wall or Pullman Kitchen

The Single Wall or Pullman Kitchen is designed for homes that are narrow or lacks area space. Unlike other kitchen designs this may be the most inexpensive. It is not designed to make use if the classic kitchen triangle design but it still allows an unobstructed traffic flow.

The Single wall is not the best kitchen design but it can be upgraded to either the corridor or the L-shape kitchen design, provided that there is space available.

It is best for small homes or apartment since it does not take too much space. This is the simplest modern kitchen design.