Kitchen Tips

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Kitchen Tips
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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 10:08am

Consider these issues now so that you don't have expensive change orders later:

http://www.renovation101.com/Kitchen-remodeling-issues1.htm

▪ If you are going to be adding a lot of new cabinets, I would recommend that you work with a kitchen designer. Major home improvement stores (such as Home Depot or Lowes) have in-house designers who will help you for free.
▪ Create a "work triangle" between your refrigerator, sink, and stove.
▪ Specify the brand/size of the following fixtures/appliances early: refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, stove, range, microwave, garbage disposal (many different levels…don’t get stuck with cheapest), venting, faucet, sink.
▪ If you want double basin sink, which side has large basin?
▪ Do you want a drop-in or undermount sink?
▪ Countertop material? How would you like the edges of the countertop to look?
▪ Where would you like to position the soap/sprayer?
▪ If your countertop is not a single surface, where would you like to locate the seams?
▪ If using granite, inspect the slab before it is delivered. There are wide variations in material.
▪ What will be your backsplash material?
▪ Will countertop protrude into any door trim or walking space?
▪ How do you know if your granite countertops need maintenance? Put a few drops of water on the surface and see if they bead up. If not, then you can obtain a sealant from any hardware store.

http://www.renovation101.com/Kitchen-remodeling-issues2.htm

▪ Plan location of any electrical receptacles: oven/stove, refrigerator, disposal.
▪ Plan location of water source for ice maker.
▪ Will you want a gas or electric stove/oven?
▪ Be sure to ask the Contractor to save all warranties, RECEIPTS, instructions, extra pieces that come with appliances.
▪ Decide on the material for your plumbing fixtures: for example, chrome, satin nickel?
▪ Where will food storage happen (pantry or plenty of cabinets?)
▪ Where will brooms, mops be stored?
▪ Do you want wine storage cabinetry?
▪ Do you want any undercabinet cd or tv? Undercabinet lighting?
▪ Decide on the cabinet color/style, and cabinet pulls.

and from http://www.renovation101.com/Kitchen-Main.htm

Backsplash
To have one or not to have one?

Cabinet Trim
Filling gaps between cabinets can be difficult for existing cabinets.

Flooring



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In reply to: cl_thatyank
Sat, 03-01-2008 - 10:13am

Kitchen Remodeling Plans

from http://www.repair-home.com/Kitchen_Remodeling_Plans.html

Iinvest a little bit of time before you remodel, on kitchen remodeling plans. This is a big undertaking and as we all know, the kitchen (like the bathroom) is one of your house's essential rooms.

While many steps in the kitchen remodeling plan may seem obvious there are a couple that may surprise you.

Get a Building Permit

Your contractor will usually take care of this for you. But, if you are doing the work yourself the responsibility is yours. They are very easy to get, but you could get into big trouble if you neglect this phase. Do it well in advance. Some municipalities can process you claim in a day, others make you wait a month. Also, post the permit where all can easily see it.

Rent a Trash Bin

Again, if you have a contractor, he or she will probably take care of this for you. If you are doing it yourself you must be careful to account for time and space. A dumpster can arrive in a matter of minutes, or it could take days. The real drag is that you cannot start your kitchen remodeling until it arrives, unless that is you don’t mind storing trash in your garage. Also, be sure to compact all trash. It will save you money (dumpster disposal charges by volume, not weight) ...

Get Yourself an Outdoor Toilet

Why get a toilet you say, we already have one. Well the workers who are working on your new kitchen will need to relieve themselves over the course of the day, and you don’t want their muddy boots all over your house. Also, provide a trashcan for cigarette butts and coffee cups.

Auxiliary Kitchen

As your kitchen is being torn apart you are going to need a place to cook some food. You will get sick of eating fast food joints after about a day and half. This can be a barebones deal. Make sure you have a microwave and a hotplate. A fridge is also an essential element.

Clean Out The Garage

You and the workers will need a place to put large stuff that cannot be installed until completion. A clean garage can make this a hassle free venture for all.



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In reply to: cl_thatyank
Thu, 02-28-2008 - 9:35am

Kitchen remodeling tips
Things To Keep In Mind
http://www.repair-home.com/Kitchen_remodeling_tips.html


Once you have your space planned out the biggest challenge in remodeling your kitchen is to not only choose good materials and colours for it but also create a lively interior that incorporates appliances and cabinets with structural elements.

Trading Spaces: Geography of Your Kitchen 
The National Kitchen and Bath Association defines the kitchen work triangle as an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink. The triangle formed by these imaginary lines should total 26 feet or less for maximum efficiency. To further make your kitchen user-friendly it is important that no entry, appliance or cabinet doors block each other when you open them. If you have an island in your kitchen, an appliance or door on it shouldn’t hit an appliance or cabinet door across from it.

The current trends in kitchen remodeling see the area as adjacent to the dining area or a dining room; this allows the cook to keep contact with guests and family members despite the defined borders.

One way to distinguish the kitchen from the rooms around it is to have its ceilings higher than the dinning area’s where the setting is more intimate.

Small Kitchen Spaces

In space-challenged kitchens, finding enough storage space is often a problem. Cutting back on your cabinets and opting instead for a walk-in pantry as well as removing those items that you hardly ever use are easy ways to make space for the items and appliances you do need in your kitchen. So move your china out of the kitchen and into the dining area; use this new found space for your pots and pans.

Your countertops can differ in heights; this allows for visual variety and also helps to maximize productivity if there are more than one cooks in the area. Vary your cabinet door styles to make your space more visually interesting; after all your kitchen does not have to be uniform in its outfit: use one style of door for your wall cabinets and another style for the island. On the same note, choose different cabinet paint colour or decorative finish; burnt orange for the island and gentle yellow for the surrounding cabinets; apply wood stains that are darker for the island and lighter for the rest of the area.

Hiding Spaces

To hide or not to hide, that is the question for many home owners. For some, being able to see your refrigerator or oven is not really that bothersome. Luckily, for those who do find appliances to be rather unsightly, there are panels that you can install to disguise these machines. Just make sure the panels match your cabinets.

For those items that you can't really hide, like your stove top, installing a raised ledge or breakfast bar on your island or kitchen peninsula can help that stove top disappear. And what about double ovens? If they are installed in the wall, well then there isn't much you can do. However, installing one or both ovens into your island will help make sure that oven is out of view.

An easy way to help your appliances blend in with their surroundings is to buy stainless steel. Because stainless steel appliances reflect the color of their surroundings, and since the material is pretty neutral to begin with, these appliances are often much less noticeable. Plus, they add a sophisticated touch to any kitchen.



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Fri, 02-22-2008 - 11:00am

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

http://homedoctor.net/Kitchens/kitchen-remodeling.php

Home improvement projects, though often creative and exciting, are not always wise economic investments. Very few people will ever see returns on the money spent on these projects. Kitchen projects, however, are one of the few exceptions to this otherwise worrisome rule. In general, kitchen remodeling projects show average returns between 81 and 88 percent (much higher than other projects). And as opposed to other home projects, smaller remodels, or “facelifts,” tend to show the greatest returns. The price of kitchens vary widely, ranging from below $5,000 for stock cabinets, laminate countertops and linoleum floors, to over $50,000 for hardwood flooring, custom cabinets, and stone countertops. The good news is, although kitchen remodels are never cheap, most of the money you put into your project will be a wise investment in your home.

abinets

Cabinets are generally the most expensive part of kitchen remodeling and come in an enormous array of designs, colors, wood types, and sizes. Walk through the cabinet section of your local Home Depot and the sheer number of options for just the knobs and handles can give you a headache. When shopping for cabinets, deciding on the basics - wood type, size, and at least a general price range - before going to the store can alleviate a lot of stress. Decide if you want a ready-to-assemble set (which you assemble and install yourself), stock cabinets (the least expensive of the already assembled cabinets), semi-custom, or custom-made cabinets. An alternative to replacing old cabinets is refinishing. This option helps keep costs down and can often provide the desired facelift without the need for a full cabinet overhaul.

Appliances

Appliances can be one of the most costly items to replace in a kitchen so it is a good idea to look carefully at what features are of greatest importance to you. Maybe you can sacrifice the professional range if you don't spend a lot of time cooking and instead spend the money on features that you will appreciate later - a good ventilation system, for example. Size is another important factor when contemplating appliance purchases. Most appliances come in standard sizes, so you should be able to easily find the right one for your space, but make sure you take those extra few minutes to measure before you end up with a beautiful new fridge that you can't quite fit under the overhead cabinets!

Countertops

From laminate to wood and tile to stone and stainless steel, options for countertops abound in the world of kitchen projects and, like all other features of your kitchen, vary widely in price. Choosing kitchen countertops may be difficult, but vital to a kitchen's overall appearance. Laminate countertops are by far the least expensive option, while stone and stainless steel counters are the priciest. Important considerations when selecting countertop materials are durability--think about how much wear and tear your new countertops will take--and appearance. Much of the value of a kitchen remodel lies in its asthetic appeal and countertops are one of the most visible aspects of a kitchen.

Flooring

Again, durability and asthetic appeal are the two most important factors in choosing flooring. Choice of flooring can dramatically affect the overall feel of a kitchen. Create space by using light colors and matte finish if your kitchen feels too small, or, for a closer, more intimate feel, employ darker woods or more colorful flooring choices and glossier finishes



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