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The Importance of Kitchen Design

Professional and competent kitchen design services are carried out by architects, interior designers, and/or efficient installers. Or, if you are design savvy, you yourself can design the look and layout of your kitchen.

Results of a survey conducted by Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine in 2010 showed that 16% of the people surveyed had already renovated their kitchen in the previous financial year, while 22% understood the importance of kitchen design services and showed interest, but were undecided due to the lack of enough funds.

The Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for the year 2011-2012 shows that for middle-range budgets, a major remodeling of a standard 200 sq ft of kitchen space can cost up to $57,494; whereas, a minor remodeling would cost up to $19,588. For upscale remodelers, the costs could go up to $110,938 for a major remodel.

When you decide to invest such an amount of … Read More

Anatomy of a Kitchen Countertop

The kitchen, being the contemporary centerpiece of every home, requires a countertop which (1.) meets the functional needs of daily cooking preparations and (2.) complements the beauty of the entire area.

Whether you are building a new house or doing a major kitchen renovation, it is important to know a few useful information which will help you decide on the final design of your countertop.

Furthermore, should you intend to have your local supplier install it for you, he or she will most likely ask some of the details which we will discuss in this article. Therefore, it is best to have a list of some of your ideas beforehand. Keep in mind that the installer will charge you accordingly based on the specifications of your project.

The Frontage, the central part of the countertop, is the working area of the kitchen. It is here where we perform mostly the … Read More

Exotic Kitchen Design Makeovers From Around the World

When doing a kitchen renovation or designing a new kitchen for you custom built home, you can choose many different exotic styles from around the world. If you have a limited budget, you can decide on the style and slowly renovate your kitchen when you have the money until it is complete. It is an important part of your home and family so make sure that it has enough light and ventilation and does not have a cluttered feel.

Tuscan

This kitchen renovation will bring to your kitchen a warm rustic mood with earthy colors. These colors can include hues of olive green, and yellow, and mellow shades of burgundy, gold, and burnt orange. The Tuscan kitchen stems from the Mediterranean architecture so blue also goes well with this design. To give your walls a rustic feel, you need to texture them using builder’s sand to the paint or do … Read More

Choosing Door Handles and Knobs For Your Kitchen

Shopping for door knobs and handles is just one of the things that you have to be concerned with when it comes to kitchen renovation. When shopping for these vital parts, you do not just pick off those available products that fancy you. The kitchen is a very important room inside the house. That is why it is essential for you to select the most suitable knobs for doors and handles for your cabinets. The following are some factors that need to be considered if you want to get the best door knobs and handles for your kitchen:

• Style – Look at your kitchen and determine its style. Does it look modern? Does it look traditional? Since door knobs and handles come in a variety of styles, you will not have a hard time choosing the ones that will look good with your kitchen. You will want these things … Read More

A Mark of Distinction: Custom Closets and Cabinets

Custom cabinetry is a mark of distinction in a home, and it gives you the most direct way to get what you want. Remodeling provides an opportunity to make creative use of storage space and to enhance the livability of indoor areas. Kitchens are often the rooms that get the most benefit from remodeling, providing time saving conveniences and improving access to frequently used storage space.

As the most popular room in homes today, a kitchen is often the favorite gathering place for family and friends. Providing comfortable space that allows room for everyone to rest or socialize as well as adequate work space for the chef, a remodel of your kitchen cabinetry is the perfect place to start a transformative project.

Focus on Needed Improvements

Real estate agents confirm that kitchen remodels provide the best return on investment. To get the result that you want to achieve, focus on … Read More

Custom Built Kitchen Cabinets

Have you been shopping for kitchen cabinetry and been dissatisfied with the selection of the big box stores and import cabinet dealers? Well perhaps you should really take a close look at considering custom built kitchen cabinets as an option for your kitchen remodel project. Here I will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of both stock and custom cabinetry.

Stock Kitchen Cabinetry

What are stock kitchen cabinetry? Stock kitchen cabinets are cabinetry that are pre-built to a specific size and then resold by a cabinetry dealer. Stock cabinets are typically produced in 2 inch increments. In some basic kitchen layouts such as an L shaped kitchen you can lay cabinets out without much problem. But what do you do when you are fitting cabinets between two walls? Well in this case the cabinet dealer can supply you with filler pieces to take up any large gaps that will … Read More

Kitchen Makeover

The kitchen is undoubtedly the most important part of a house. Kitchen of a house can make or break a deal at times of selling; it also raises the market value more than any other part of a house. And so any money spent on remodeling a kitchen is a smart investment and will be worth the money spent on it. Go through the catalogues of contractors for model kitchens and mix and match to give your kitchen a makeover. Whether you want to remodel the kitchen from scratch or just do a few touch ups, contractors have something for everybody.

Recycle

Don’t immediately discard everything from your current kitchen, according to J. B Perkins, Program Manager at Habitat Reuse, “About 85 percent of a house is reusable.” So squeeze as much money as you can out of your kitchen before you start remodeling.

Different Approach

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Green Remodeling: Saving Money and Creating a Healthy Home

When planning a renovation of your kitchen, bathrooms, or adding additional living space to the home, talk to a professional contractor about creating a house that is more efficient and safer to live in. The benefits of green remodeling include saving money through greater efficiency, improving indoor air and water quality and reducing the negative impact on the environment.

SAVING MONEY

Energy efficiency is the top reason why homeowners choose green remodeling, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers. Homeowners save money on utility bills when the home is more energy efficient. This is an attractive feature to home buyers, so creating an energy efficient home also adds to its market value. A certified contractor can conduct an energy evaluation of the home and suggest changes that can be made through professional remodeling or even simple changes, like using newer energy-saving lights or installing a programmable thermostat.… Read More

How To Be a Smart Shopper When Selecting Kitchen Cabinets

When renovating or remodeling a kitchen your choice of kitchen cabinets might be the most important selection you make. Cabinet selection is important for two reasons.

First, the cabinets you choose for your new kitchen will be the items having the greatest visual impact. In the average kitchen cabinets are mounted on or against at least two walls (or the equivalent), and perhaps more. Cabinets will also create the base for an island, whether designed for cooking or for casual dining. The cabinets you select will establish the design of your kitchen.

Second, the cabinets you select will account for about half of the total cost of your kitchen renovation or remodel. Although you can find and purchase cabinetry in a wide range of price categories, this is an almost universally applicable rule of thumb. Good cabinetry in not inexpensive. Most contractors and kitchen designers will agree that kitchen cabinets … Read More

Tips for Remodeling a Kitchen on a Budget

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a kitchen remodel. Here are some tips to get you a wonderful kitchen that looks and feels like a grand remodel for well under $1,500 (excluding labor costs).

Paint Transforms a Kitchen

A fresh coat of paint will make a huge impact on any kitchen and it’s also one of the most cost effective methods of transforming a room. For around $50 in material costs the kitchen walls can be made colorful and vibrant, given a neutral time that accentuates other features such as countertops or cabinets, or made to conform with an overall theme such as a totally white kitchen. Paining is also relatively easy and can be done by yourself, although a home renovation contractor will happily take care of it for you.

If you are using a contractor, you might also want to consider painting old cabinets to rejuvenate … Read More