Oct 6, 2009
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Modern Kitchen Design – 5 Great Ideas

Planning a modern kitchen design? Well, here are five great bits of advice I can offer you on getting every element of your plans bang on perfect.

Let’s start by talking about planning. A modern kitchen could look and feel any number of ways but what will determine how yours looks is your lifestyle. Think about how often you use your kitchen, what you use it for and the type of things you do in there. Then write down all the things you need to have in there to enable you to work better. Planning isn’t the most glamorous part of any kitchen design, but you’ll be rewarded for your work by the end of the process.

The second tip is choosing the right materials. You’ll want to invest money in strong materials that not only look beautiful and modern but also last for as long as you need them to. Things like stainless steel are popular in modern kitchen design and will also stand the test of time. Make sure you think about every little thing you put into your kitchen and consider if you’ll get your value out of it.

Next, incorporate an island into your kitchen. No modern kitchen design is complete without a central unit these days. An island can also be remarkably functional and you can have it purpose built to suit your own needs. For instance, if you do a lot of cooking you can have a sink or chopping board built in. An island is also useful for entertaining guests so if you have a lot of dinner parties, it will usually become the central hub of activity.

Make sure you keep those lines clean. When I say this I mean that in a modern kitchen design, all the surfaces should have very straight edges and line up perfectly. A nifty tip is to ensure you overhead cupboards reach the ceiling. This is something that easily gets overlooked but can really give you that streamline effect, which is essential for a modern looking kitchen.

Last but by no means least; involve yourself in the process from start to finish. If you’re passionate about how you want your kitchen to look then make sure you stay on top of the design process right through to the fitting. Designers and builders will take liberties and make key decisions if you don’t make yourself clear. Stay involved with the project and see it through to the finish. You’ll be rewarded with a stunning modern kitchen.

Thomas Baugh offers more advice on planning a modern kitchen at the Kitchen Design Site.

Article Source: Thomas Baugh www.ezinearticles.com


Oct 6, 2009
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Design Ideas for Small Kitchens

If you don’t like your kitchen you are not going to want to spend time in it. Open kitchens are popular and help homes sell faster. So what do you do when your number one complaint is that your kitchen feels closed?

LKN cabinets is prepared to tackle this problem in several common ways. We have pictures available showing Before and Afters of past  kitchen remodeling jobs we have done around Lake Norman. Projects fall in two 2 categories:

1.      Elimination of walls. This requires often drywall and framing to take place off non-load bearing walls. From openings to complete removal this will be the common choice to “open” the kitchen.

2.      Removal of overhead cabinets. Many older homes have overhead cabinets above a bar area. These can be removed and the ceiling repaired. From this point new cabinets can be put in that often include glass mullion doors to give a more open feel. Mirrors can also be used as a design tactic for “openess”.

Both scenarios require drywall repair/install which is one of the many services LKN cabinets manages for its clients as a fully licensed and insured general contractor.



Oct 6, 2009
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4 Secrets to Buying Cheap Kitchen Cabinets

1. Go Independent

The best way to get cheap kitchen cabinets is to choose an independent cabinet store that doesn’t merely carry brand names. Do you want to pay brand name prices for the same cabinet? Chances are, many independent cabinet stores are can get you a great price, sometimes as little as 20% the price of Kraftsmaid or Mill’s Pride cabinets. You can, many times, haggle at these stores and get close to their wholesale price, so definitely try to get a better deal.

2. Know Your Quality

The main thing to look for is the cabinet box. Although particle board is seen in many home improvement stores,100% wood cabinets ie plywood sides should be preferred. Avoid any cabinet using MDF, a type of compressed wood backing for the cabinets, since these can sag after a while especially when getting wet. LKN cabinets offers many choices of cabinets that are all wood with no particleboard or MDF used.

Some cabinets come from China, but the wood is still top quality because it’s gathered from their respective countries and is shipped to China for manufacturing. Many of these cabinet factories keep up-to-date on the latest innovations by top manufacturers, such as soft-close or fully extend-able drawers. Be sure to check them out and see what things they use, such as their new hinges or dove tails. LKN cabinets is proud to have 2 lines of such cabinets for heavily discounted prices.

3. Ask for a Discount

Discount kitchen cabinets are usually shipped in containers and require assembly. LKN Cabinets will assemble them before we sell or install them, but if clients were to want to assemble themselves they may. An experienced contractor is need to hang or install the cabinets at that point.

4. Find These Stores

Look at the classifieds, the Yellow Pages, or a local advertising paper..

If you aren’t sure of the kitchen you want, always feel free to contact us at LKN cabinets (704)232-5169.

SOURCE: www.elegantcab.com