Marion Booth March 29th, 2018
It seems that no matter how much time you budget for a remodeling project, it usually takes longer than you expected. For a complete remodel, the down time during construction can be at least two or three months and much longer, depending upon the size and extent of the project. Your family needs to eat in the meantime. So, before construction starts make arrangements to store, heat and clean up, enough to keep you going until the kitchen is back on-line. Many of my clients who have had the good fortune to have a bar sink in the family room, have moved in the old refrigerator and microwave near the bar sink and this combination becomes the interim kitchen during construction of the new one. The upside to this is that it provides a great rationale for eating out more often! THE KITCHEN FOOTPRINT. Let's start with the space you have available for the kitchen. Whether you are designing for a new home, or remodeling in an existing one, you are limited by how much space you have available in which to create your dream. If the space is fairly small, you will want to consider whether or not you have the option of expanding. You may be able to accomplish this in your existing home and, in a new home, very often you still have time to alter the architectural plan, if needed. In either case, if you can eliminate or relocate a wall or walls or add to the house to create more space for the kitchen, it will improve the function and value of the room significantly.
Marion Booth March 29th, 2018
Common Solid hardwoods: Alder: This solid hardwood has remained popular due to lower cost, broad range of available stain colors, and subtle grain appearance. Alder's natural nut brown undertones allow it to take stain similar to a light colored maple, a dark walnut, or even a red cherry. It is a softer wood within the hard wood category, so not that tough. Great economical choice for raised panel stained wood with a high end look in the rustic and traditional kitchen styles. This solid hardwood maintains its popularity due to its great versatility of use coupled with a reasonable cost. The subtle grain and natural nut brown undertones opens the alder to a variety of stain options. Well stained alder can have the appearance of many other wood types including light colored maple, dark walnut, or even a red cherry. Alder is a bit softer than other hardwoods so it may not be quite as resistant to wear and tear. Overall, it makes a great economical choice for decorative raised panel, stained wood giving a high end finished look best suited to rustic and traditional kitchen styles.
Melisa Randolph March 29th, 2018
Are you thinking of changing the way your kitchen looks? Have you browsed through hundreds of options but still confused? How about sticking to some of the evergreen styles and layouts which will help you to build your dream kitchen? Kitchen is called the 'heart' of every home. And if you are having a kitchen that lacks the oomph factor, then it is time to renovate it. Whether you plan to stay in the same home or want to sell it anytime soon, a good-looking kitchen is ideal in both the situations. When you want to renovate your kitchen, it is safe to stick to some of the evergreen styles and layouts. Following are some of the styles which can give your kitchen the personality it deserves: Contemporary Kitchen, A kitchen is no longer a place to cook food. It is now a place where you can eat, socialize and catch up with your family. A contemporary kitchen can serve as the best place to meet & greet and have meals at the same time. It is a highly functional and modern style which helps you to double up your kitchen as a hang-out place.
Tanya Christian March 29th, 2018
Because its small stature the one-wall kitchen design often lends itself to the use of combination appliances. Hood/microwave works well here as does a range for cooking rather than a cooktop and separate oven. Try not to crowd appliances too closely together. Leaving ample space for cabinetry between appliances will make the kitchen much more functional. Pros: The single wall design totally eliminates outside traffic flow in this kitchen. This is the perfect choice for an open floor plan or basic kitchen layout. Likely to be the lease expensive kitchen to remodel. Cons: The lack of a traditional work triangle in the one-wall kitchen design makes it a less efficient kitchen layout. Lack of size can lead to limited storage space. Storage can be very limited in a smaller kitchen such as this.
Lina Robertson March 29th, 2018
When designing with furniture, spaces must be created between each piece that allow the 3-D character (3-D in that furniture is made with at least 3 finished sides) of each piece to be appreciated. These spaces are most important as they allow the design theme of the adjacent room to continue uninterrupted into the kitchen. The spaces allow the wall, ceiling and floor coverings (the architectural finishes) to instantly meld the kitchen and family room into one homogeneous space in a way that is impossible to do with horizontally designed cabinetry. The spaces define the room's personality and allow the furniture to become more eclectic as well, emulating the same design techniques used in the design of the family room. No longer must the kitchen have just one color of wood, or one door style or one countertop material. The spaces allow all of these elements to change more readily. For a clear example, think of an open-plan log home where all the interior walls are exposed logs. A furnished kitchen allows the logs to be seen between each piece, which helps to unify the open-plan room whereas a horizontally designed cabinetry filled kitchen covers up all the logs. In an open-plan loft design where the kitchen is always seen, a furnished kitchen can blend seamlessly into the other casual seating groupings by allowing all the architectural finishes to meander between all the pieces and hold everything together.
Greta Zamora March 29th, 2018
Poplar: Good economical choice for painted kitchen. Difficult to stain due to natural green undertones. Softer end of the hardwood spectrum, less durable than a maple, oak, and a little softer than alder. For the white French country style kitchen, painted poplar will give you the same look as maple at a lower cost, but it will not resist nicks. Typical used for high end decorative painted trim such as white wainscoting and crown moldings in tradition and French country kitchens. Cherry: Higher end material choice that carries good durability and a rich red undertone. Often found in formal and refined traditional kitchens. Alder is an economical substitute that will achieve the same refined look at the sacrifice of durability. Maple A very hard wood with a mild grain pattern. This material can take a natural stain, dark stain, or hold paint with a high level of durability. Cost is higher than poplar as a paint grade alternative and alder as a stain grade alternative but the maple will hold up better over the long run.
Dianna Dennis March 29th, 2018
If you hire an experienced contractor, he will able to suggest you with modern ideas for increasing space in the kitchen. Ask him to make optimum use of the free space by adding more cabinets in the kitchen. t is Uncomfortable for Family Members, With the increasing number of family members, the need for a large kitchen increases. If you are going to get married in the near future or expecting a child, it is best to consider the requirements of new family members. If the kitchen is not suitable for a large family, do not think of buying a new home. Simply consider remodeling the kitchen to increase its space.When you have small children in your home, it is best to baby-proof the kitchen. Ask the renovation contractor to build sturdy cabinets that do not cause any injury to small children. He will address your safety concerns effectively and build kitchen cabinets keeping the safety of your children in mind. It is time to sell your Home Are you interested in selling your home? If your answer is yes, it is essential that you upgrade the kitchen. If you think that remodeling the kitchen is a waste of time and money, remember that roomy, well-lit and modern kitchen is important for every home buyer. A dull kitchen will not fetch you a good price. So, it is wise to invest in upgrading the kitchen. By remodeling the kitchen, you will be able to show the kitchen space in new light. The renovation contractor will take care of faulty plumbing as well paint the kitchen walls beautifully. If you are putting your home on sale, it is essential that you discuss simple remodeling ideas with the contractor. Do not opt for highly-customized ideas because potential home buyers may not like them. Instead, choose simple and elegant ideas that will make the kitchen look beautiful.
Emily Schneider March 29th, 2018
A kitchen is an unavoidable area of the home. If it does not appeal to your eyes, it is time to renovate it. It is a daunting task to renovate your kitchen. But, it is better if you do not keep looking for more and more options. It will confuse you. Also, you will be disappointed if the kitchen doesn't turn out the way you want it to be. Hence, instead of going for something that you have never imagined, it is better to stick to the evergreen styles and layouts. They won't disappoint you and you'll be able to build your dream kitchen easily. Are you really happy or just really comfortable? When it comes to the kitchen, a homeowner chooses comfort over happiness. If you are comfortable with the layout of the kitchen, you may not want to change it. But, remember that you must pay attention to the kitchen because it is the heart of your home. If the kitchen is old and dingy, it can attract the growth of mold and mildew. Also, an old kitchen with a broken countertop or damaged cabinets can cause injury to your family members. As a homeowner, if you are unable to make a decision about remodeling the kitchen, do not worry. Here are a couple of signs that will indicate it is time to take care of the kitchen:
Madeline Valenzuela March 29th, 2018
For example, if your cabinet frames are basically sound, and the existing floor layout is good for you, then you could avoid spending far more than necessary by simply refinishing kitchen cabinets, floors, walls, replacing aging appliances, and fitting contemporary kitchen light fixtures. At the other end of the cost (and disruption) scale, you could have an expert cabinet maker building kitchen cabinets, fully customized to your design and style preferences, with brand new integrated appliances throughout, decorative kitchen tiles for the floor, and personalized picture kitchen backsplash designs on the walls. There would also be a modern kitchen island design featured in the center, and an elegant family dining space of course. For many of us however, there will be trade-offs we need to make to get as close as possible to our ideal kitchen, while keeping within the bounds of affordability.If this is your case, you could consider several lower cost approaches to kitchen construction, and especially cabinet installation: , factory-built cabinets - can be installed by a kitchen fitter (not as highly skilled as a cabinet maker), flat-pack, or ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets - can be DIY installed, or by a kitchen fitter, refacing your existing cabinet doors and drawers - specialist task, but probably less costly than rebuilding all your kitchen storage cabinets. But what if you've completed your dream kitchen specification, developed a practical layout design, selected your style preference, and chosen the best value installation approach, and its still way over your budget?
Lola Berger March 29th, 2018
Pros: Due to the smaller work area and basic kitchen layout this is one of the more efficient kitchens to use. Easy to keep clean and clutter free. The limited space means remodeling this kitchen should be less expensive. Cons: Traffic can be a concern if the galley kitchen is open on both ends. Cooks are typically not engaged with the rest of the guests and can feel a bit isolated in a galley kitchen. Typically not designed for eat in use. If planned properly a snack bar can be added. L-SHAPED. Perhaps the most common kitchen shape is the L-Shape kitchen plan. In this kitchen layout the problem of pass through traffic is eliminated. The possibility of corner storage also comes into play with the wall and base cabinetry at the inside of the L shape. It is important to take advantage of this space and use it wisely. Blank or dead corners should be avoided here. Take care not to make each leg of the L too long to avoid unnecessary amounts of travel while working in the kitchen. A maximum leg length of 12 to 15 feet is ideal. If you have a large enough room to work with you can explore the idea of adding an island to this kitchen plan.
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