Oct 16, 2009
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Remodeling a Kitchen – Your Options


If you are like many of the homeowners today you are probably thinking about remodeling a kitchen as part of your big home improvement project for the year. Probably one of the main reasons why you are going to remodel your kitchen is the fact that you like to cook. You may even just want to do it out of necessity in an effort to bring more organization and also be able to give it a more homely feel to you and your guests.

Although there are still a lot of the more traditional kitchens that are still in existence in today’s home, there are a lot of modern elements that you can add in an effort to add luxury and convenience to your kitchen. A lot of the kitchens today have changed as much as their owners have in the past few years. You are one of the many that have become more demanding of your time, and seem to have less and less time of that time left to cook.

You are like many in America today who seem to always be on the move and constantly looking for various ways to save time. But yet you may also be like the others who are more interested in having a trendy kitchen rather than one that works for you in the saving time factor. Because of the fact that there are so many different options that are available, it is no wonder why you might become frustrated as a result.

When you are beginning to remodel or even build your kitchen you need to first consider your options. And the options that pertain to the appliances in the kitchen should be your first priority. You need to ask yourself what kinds of things do you want and need in your kitchen. Do you want state of the art appliances or just any model that is affordable and semi stylish? Are you looking at the option of two ovens, or just the plain old traditional one oven?

Another thing you will need to also consider is the amount of workspace that you are going to need. Possibly you want to look into a center island for example to provide you with more workspace. If you happen to have young children you will also have to take certain safety measures into account as well.

Also you need to look at the space that you have available. This will tell you how much room that you have for your add-ons that you are looking into. Also another important factor to consider is your cabinets and pantry style.

Finally you are going to want to choose the style of your kitchen. Are you going for a more sophisticated look or a more country appeal? Once you have this in mind you are going to want to begin searching for decor items and appliances that will go with your overall theme of your kitchen.

Remodeling a kitchen is not a difficult task. You just need to set out some ideas to get the project done successfully and to help you create a space that you are proud of for years to come.

And while you are remodeling the inside for yourself, why not do something outside for the kids. A backyard swing set will keep the children entertained for hours, allowing you the freedom to complete the work inside. You can get a quality wood swing set that the kids will love without spending a fortune.

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Oct 15, 2009
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Kitchen Design Basics – Common Mistakes


Kitchen remodels are on of the most popular and profitable home-improvement projects one can undertake. By following some basic guidelines, you can insure that the finished product will add maximum value and utility to your home. Here are some basic guidelines.

Pay attention to the Work Triangle

kitchen islands are very popular and many will incorporate an island into their kitchen updating project. Make sure that the basic work triangle will not be impeded by the introduction of the island. Basically the traffic flow between the refrigerator, sink, and cook top should not be blocked by the island. The work triangle theory of kitchen design has been abandoned by some in recent years, but I still consider it to be an important and fundamental tenant of sound kitchen design.

Make Sure To Leave Adequate space Between the Cabinets

The minimum recommended space between rows of cabinets or between cabinets and kitchen islands is 39″. Often, in an attempt to introduce an island into the kitchen, this will be reduced. This is a big mistake as the kitchen will then feel extremely constrained and uncomfortable. If you anticipate having more than one person using the kitchen at a time, I recommend that this be increased to a minimum of 48″, though 54″ is even better.

By following the two principals outline above, you can avoid two of the more common mistakes that many homeowners make. If you are unsure of how to reconfigure your kitchen, it may be wise to obtain input from an experienced kitchen designer.

Paul Eden is a mechanical engineer who’s hobby is home-improvement. He also has written about flat screen wall mounts and plasma TV mounts.

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Oct 15, 2009
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Kitchen Design Considerations


It is certainly true that kitchens have come a long ways over the years in regards to their “prestige” in a house. It used to be that kitchens were only found in the rear of the house, tucked away out of sight out of mind more or less. Fortunately, this is not at all the case any longer. Once people realized that more often than not, when people casually gather together in a house, whether it be a formal holiday party or a casual get-together, the kitchen is often the focal point. Because of this kitchen design has evolved to include much larger spaces as well as spaces that transition seamlessly into family and dining areas.

If you are in the process of planning a new kitchen, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider when it comes to your design. For example, will your kitchen have an island? What kind of lighting do you plan to have? What kind of appliances? What about the overall feel; will it be rustic, modern or something completely unique that you come up with on your own? As you can see there are many things you’ll need to decide on in a creation of your own personal kitchen.

Because of this metamorphosis of the kitchen into a family room/great room, kitchen islands or, alternatively, “peninsulas”, are very useful. They allow the cook, chef, host/hostess or whomever is doing the work in the kitchen to have a surface to work on while still being able to easily engage in conversations and activities with everyone else. Without a kitchen island type setup like this, the person in the kitchen would constantly have their back turned to everyone else. This is certainly not an ideal situation for either side of the coin.

The color of your kitchen cabinets will go a long ways to setting the tone for the overall kitchen. Bright colors and create a fun, funky atmosphere while stateless steal or brushed steel will create a very modern but rather cold, and he septic feeling. If you were to go with natural wood, the lighter woods such as birch, beech or ash will contribute the lightness to the kitchen whereas the medium range would might be chestnut or cherry. For something darker, you can simply apply darker stains rather than necessarily spending a lot more money on harder, darker woods. The call is yours.

Kitchen lighting plays a huge role in the design of your kitchen, yet it is often overlooked or is the last thing to be considered. This shouldn’t be the case. Remember, a lot of time will be spent in the kitchen most likely. There’s no reason to be straining your eyes in dim light or in harsh light when there are so many options that can contribute a positive feeling to a space. For example, if you happen to have a smaller kitchen, the use of smaller spotlights can be used to make it look larger than it actually is.

Of course the countertop is a critical choice you’ll need to make for your kitchen. Many people opt for the natural stone materials such as marble, granite and limestone for the counters. Another option would be to go for ceramic tiles. With Randy tiles you will have a tremendous variety of sizes, colors and patterns to choose from. Besides ceramic tiles, you can also get solid acrylic surfaces with at least as many choices when it comes to colors, patterns etc.

My two personal favorite countertop materials are concrete and wood. I like concrete because it is durable and versatile and because I have installed numerous concrete countertops always with great success and very happy owners. Would… well, what is simply beautiful though it can get somewhat abused over time due to water and household chemicals. Finally, stainless steal is yet another option. A very clinical, modern look. Completely different from the wood countertop, but done correctly they can be at least as stunning, just in a different way. Just be aware that while they will not absorb stains (hence the “stainless” part of the name), they do tend to scratch fairly easily.

Speaking of scratching… this article has barely scratched the surface of options you may want to consider when planning out your new kitchen. But isn’t that the way of creating your home? Each and every room, and each every aspect of each row, has so many different facets to consider and that you can tweak to make your own. And that my friend, is the beauty of creating not just a house, but a home.

Cindy is a long time writer and an even longer time fanatic about interior design and home organization. Her most recent adventures with her own living space involve combining black light bulbs with a modern floor lamp to create a very unique ambiance. It’s a departure from her previous chandelier lighting obsession.

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