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Dec 13, 2009
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Deciding When to Remodel Your Kitchen

 

You have lived in your home for years. It’s beautiful and it has served you well. Now that life has found its own rhythm, you may decide that it is time for a change in your home. Where to begin? That is the toughest question. The living room is where you spend most of your family time. Maybe that is where you could brighten things up. Or maybe the bathrooms, they could probably use a little facelift. How about the kitchen? That is where you spend most of your time anyway. Yeah, the kitchen, why not? An improved kitchen can add dramatic value to your house and is the heart of the home. Kitchen renovations can range from simple touch ups to major overhauls. The first thing you should do is to decide on a budget and what your kitchen really needs. It could be that a new window treatment and a paint job will be enough to revitalize it. Or perhaps, it is in desperate need of new counter tops and new appliances. Maybe the lighting has never been great and you want a new kitchen lighting layout. Perhaps you want to gut the whole thing and start from scratch. See what your budget allows and consult a kitchen remodeling company if you need to.

If you are going to simply paint and change out the window treatments and accessories, then you need to decide on a color scheme. This doesn’t have to be terribly difficult.
Look at the overall light, be it natural or artificial, and decide if the room needs brightening up or would do well with deeper tones. Pick colors that work well together in either a compliment, like two different shades of the same color, or in contrast, like deep blues and yellows. If you have an inspirational fabric or accessory, play with the colors found in those to help you choose a wall color. Once you have made the decision, buy the paint and give it a whirl. For under $50 you can change the whole look for your kitchen.

If you are going with a huge remodel, after deciding on a budget, you need to consider the layout. Most people go with the traditional triangle layout. This puts the sink, the stove and oven, and the refrigerator in a triangle pattern making it easy to access during food preparations. This is a popular concept but not necessarily a kitchen remodeling law. You may decide you want something else. Be sure to layout your kitchen in way that is both stylish to your desires but also, functional. A beautiful kitchen is no good if you don’t feel at ease using it. Again, if you don’t feel creative enough to tackle kitchen layouts alone, consult a professional in the greater Chicago area. One suggestion is to check out an on-line source for examples. You may find examples of styles you like.

However big you wish to go with your kitchen remodel, take your time, do your homework, and never be afraid to consult others for suggestions and advice. This doesn’t have to be scary; in fact it should be fun.

For a free quotation on your next kitchen renovation or kitchen remodeling project, visit Galaxie Construction today!

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Dec 13, 2009
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Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel

 

Kitchen remodeling never fails to ranks a good spot among the most rewarding home improvements any homeowner could undertake whether to enhance quality of living or boost New York home value. But these tempting benefits also entail a lot of risks that if not carefully handled could end up with a disastrous finish and a broke homeowner, and that can be you. For any home improvement to be a success, it takes quality products and craftsmanship and as we know these comes for a cost and a good one at that. So whether you are in Manhattan, Queens, Long Island, Staten Island or Brooklyn; know the ways to save on your kitchen remodel without busting the budget and cutting corners.

1.      See Beyond the Initial Costs When undertaking a kitchen remodel, the initial cost that you would have to squeeze out may seem overwhelming. But if you look beyond and see the long term benefits, you’ll realize that all the costs would be worth it and can even prove profitable with the good boost on home value that you’ll get. Keep this idea in mind whenever you have to spend throughout the project. Whether shopping for supplies or hiring contractors, weigh carefully the cost versus the long-term value.

2.      Do What You Can  Though it is advised to hire a kitchen remodeling contractor to get your project finished in the most time and cost efficient way, there are still tasks that you can do yourself to cutback on labor costs. A word of caution… never underestimate what a kitchen remodel task entails. Make sure you have what it takes to do it successfully; otherwise, you will be throwing away instead of saving money.

3.      Focus on Efficiency Not Size Other than saving money, it is also important to save space in your kitchen remodeling project. This is especially true with New York kitchens where limitation in space is a common issue. The most practical way to be acquiring more square footage is through maximizing the use of space and not tearing down walls. Storage is among the most crucial elements that can help you achieve this. Forget shelves that unnecessarily eat up more space, and opt for pull-out drawers and other such organizational features that let you keep more for less the space. When shopping for appliances, you can browse through compact models that work as good and have the same features as their bulkier counterparts.

4.      Do Your Kitchen Remodel When Contractors are Not Busy There are certain times of the year when contractors are not doing much work and are more than willing to take on the job for you. Other than affording your kitchen remodeling the attention that it deserves from your hired contractor, the down time also lets you avail of amazing discounts from qualified contractors.

5.      Avoid Relocating the Sink Having your sink moved is much more complicated and costly than you think as this will mean changing the routes of your plumbing too. If you can, just keep the current layout and get creative in making it work better for you and the household. But if relocating your sink is unavoidable, then use this opportunity to upgrade the pipes.

Eugene Makeev uses his skills and expertise to help home owners in Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island avoid pitfalls by matching their needs with prescreened contractors Long Island.

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Dec 4, 2009
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Shopping for Kitchen Cabinets: Your Price Range

 

Kitchen cabinets are by and large the core of any kitchen. They can be highlighted by kitchen appliances such as the refrigerator, stove, cooktop, dishwasher and microwave, or these appliances can be modified to blend in by using panels that match your kitchen cabinets.

Shopping for kitchen cabinets can be intimidating, especially for a first time buyer. There are hundreds/thousands of major kitchen cabinet companies, and many more smaller custom kitchen cabinet shops where you can get any cabinet made from any species of wood that your mind can imagine. Add to that list the explosion of RTA Cabinet importers, and the laminated cabinet manufacturers, and suddenly the list can be overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that higher price always means high quality in construction, or more features being available.

In the past, pricing had always been the way to categorize kitchen cabinets. Traditionally, the higher-quality cabinets simply cost more money. As I mentioned before, with more and more importers conforming to the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) building standards, some of the RTA Kitchen Cabinets or stock cabinets can actually be a sturdier cabinet than the traditional, made to order cabinets. Regardless of what type of kitchen cabinet you decide to go with, it does not take much effort to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the actual kitchen cabinets.

Most kitchen cabinet manufacturers build their base and wall cabinets in standard sizes. The kitchen base cabinets are often 34.5 inches tall and 24 inches deep. They come in widths starting at 12 inches and can go up to 48 inches often in increasing width increments of 3 inches. Kitchen wall cabinets are often 12 inches deep and 30 inches or 42 inches tall. They also come in the same size widths as the base cabinets. Wall cabinets also come in several different heights and depths for locations such as over the refrigerator or over the microwave/hood range unit. With custom kitchen cabinets, you have even more choices available, since the kitchen cabinets will be created specifically for your kitchen space.

Different semi-custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers make different-sized kitchen cabinets for all sorts of special looks and situations. It is not uncommon to have one cabinet extend beyond adjacent cabinets to create a distinguished look. It pays to shop around to see all of the different possibilities and special cabinet features offered by the custom and semi-custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers.

One of the biggest advantages to true custom kitchen cabinets is the ability to make one giant base or wall cabinet instead of separate boxes that are screwed together by the installer at the jobsite. A  custom cabinet maker can easily make one giant base cabinet 8 feet long that installs as if it were a piece of furniture. The same is true for wall kitchen cabinets. The advantage of this method is the lack of vertical seams where two traditional cabinet boxes would mate up to one another.

Pay particular attention to the materials used to build the kitchen cabinets. Some kitchen cabinets are made with minimal-quality engineered lumber, particleboard, or fiberboard. . If you plan to load a wall cabinet with heavy traditional china, the weight of the dishes may cause the cabinet to pull apart over time. This is particularly true when it comes to the semi-custom cabinets that the name brand cabinet manufacturers sell at the big box stores (which is why price is not always an accurate gauge of cabinet quality). Many of the RTA Kitchen Cabinet manufacturers use solid plywood sides, which obviously creates a strong kitchen cabinet box than a particleboard or fiberboard box. When it comes to custom cabinets, the material choices are endless and can usually be specified by the customer.

Another factor that will determine the price of kitchen cabinets is the material used to hold it together. Custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers will often use a combination of dovetailed joints, wood biscuits, and glue to create tight joints. Mid-grade kitchen cabinets will have a wide range of materials holding them together (staples and nails on the lower end, to cam lock assembly and wood glue on the higher end). Most RTA Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers utilize the cam lock system, which creates a nice sturdy cabinet, and when enhanced with wood glue, can last a life time. Steer away from any kitchen cabinets that are using staples, wooden dowels, or just screws. The strength of the cabinet will be compromised at the joints with these weaker joining materials.

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