Kitchen Remodeling Tips...

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Sun, 04-06-2008 - 11:47am

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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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Thu, 04-10-2008 - 1:49pm

from http://www.kitchen-cabinets-tips.com/remodeling.html


The idea behind kitchen remodeling is a rather old one. In fact remodeling tries to change mainly the visible parts of the kitchen and give them a new look. Most of the time it is done to save money, sometimes its also a nice way of keep work and disturbance as small as possible. Especially if your existing cabinets are still in good shape kitchen remodeling or refacing can be a perfect alternative.


Before you start thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you should have some general thoughts. If you are not happy with the color or look of your doors and countertop, but the appliances are still in good conditions, than refacing is the right way to think about. In case you do not like the way your kitchen is designed and where drawers and doors are located, you might better look for a entirely new kitchen.


Areas where remodeling can be done


First and most visible part of any kitchen are cabinets with doors and drawers. By exchanging them with new once, the look of any kitchen will change often dramatically. Whilst often the visible outside parts of the cabinets get refinished, the biggest part concerns kitchen doors and drawer fronts. Generally there are two kinds of doors available: framed and panel type doors. Whilst framed doors give a kitchen a more traditional look, panel style doors will make them look more modern. As the drawer fronts are also exchanged, make sure that all drawer guides are checked and exchanged if needed as well.


From a visibility point of view, the second most important part of any kitchen remodeling is the worktop or kitchen top. Here you can choose for a huge variety of materials and colors. The range goes from marble or granite to DuPont® corian and laminate boards. Available in nearly every type of color and pattern, it is the perfect way to change the look of an entire kitchen.


Kitchen sinks and faucets


Together with any kitchen top reworking comes the question of the kitchen sink and faucets. Make sure you do not change the countertop and leave the old kitchen sink in it. Being one of the most frequently used parts of any kitchen, the sink usually carries the biggest burden. Have a close look and better have it changed as well. As far as the faucets are concerned it is really worth to have a look on how modern kitchen faucets can make work easier. Ask your remodeling company for any suggestions they have, it could be worth rethinking.


The next area where changes might be needed are the kitchen appliances. Make sure everything from fridge to oven still works well. Even if they work you might want to change them in order to save on energy. A good example are today's refrigerators which consume a lot less energy than 10 or 20 years ago. Do not just look if your appliances still work, but also how much energy the need. This way you might save extra money in the future.


Lighting, floors and curtains


In every remodeling process, lighting should be a topic. With simple spots or fluorescent lights it can look so much nicer. Spending little money in some indirect lighting and even small kitchen will look larger.


Finally and often overseen in any redecoration is floor and curtains. Before thinking about changing kitchen fronts, you might consider changing the kitchen floor. Have a look if your existing floor will go well with the newly selected kitchen colors. Even further if your room has one or more windows make sure you do not forget to change and refresh your curtains. Just imagine what it will look like, having old curtains around a fresh and new looking kitchen.


To sum it up, every remodeling needs good planning beforehand. Make sure you have a close look at your old kitchen before you decide going to reface. Find a good refacing company around your area and ask them for a detailed quote. Compare it with the price of a new kitchen. Depending on all the changes needed, kitchen remodeling can be a very cheap way of getting a totally new look.




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from http://www.styleathome.com/styleathome/client/en/HomeGarden/DetailNews.asp?idNews=598&idSM=175


Top 10 kitchen renovation tips







From the cabinets to the appliances, find out how to ensure
a successful renovation.






By Karen Cole Banack and Melody Duron





















Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. Here are the 10 most important things to consider when you're updating your kitchen.

1 Use quality materials


Quality drawer slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won't stick. Stay away from drawers that are stapled together or made of particleboard. For cabinet interiors, wood veneer is more durable than melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard.

2 Determine cabinet heights.
If you have eight-foot ceilings, choose
cabinets that go to the ceiling. They offer more storage, enabling you to use extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. If your ceilings are higher than eight feet, leave 15 to 18 inches above the cabinets.

3 Decide whether to paint or stain.
Though stained-wood cabinetry is forgiving, most finishes date quickly and aren't easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets can lend a unique personality.

4 Select an elegant
countertop.
White Carrara marble (honed or acid washed and sealed) and stained wood add elegance and warmth. We also like honed Kirkstone slate, soapstone and Wiarton limestone, and plastic laminate with a wood edge for a sophisticated look.

















5 Install an island that works.
Beware of placing a bulky cube in the middle of the room. We like islands that have an open, airy look. Ideally, an island should be unencumbered by appliances, but if you want it to house a dishwasher-sink combo or a cooktop, try to maintain the light look of a leggy harvest table.

6 Don't overdo the details.
Design accents such as pediments over stoves and pilaster mouldings on cabinet fronts can represent decorative excess. Remember that the style of your kitchen should be compatible with the rest of your home.

7 Avoid maintenance nightmares.
Natural surfaces with inherent texture -- slate, terra-cotta, brick and tumbled marble -- are more difficult to clean but camouflage the odd crumb. Smooth surfaces in light colours, such as white laminate counters or ceramic floors, are easy to clean but show everything. And as much as we love stainless steel, it's not easy to keep smudge-free.

8 Stick to basic appliances.
Instead of lots of appliances and gadgets, consider selecting a few reliable basics. For example, a commercial-quality stainless-steel range makes an interesting focal point and takes up less space than separate wall ovens and a cooktop.

9 Incorporate an adjacent dining room.
A clever design, plus the appropriate
lighting and furniture, will let you adapt the room's atmosphere to suit any occasion. Consider a banquette design combined with slipcovered chairs for an efficient use of space.

10 Add interest.
Your kitchen should reflect you, not look like a showroom. Before designing the space, search for a piece of unique furniture and use it in your design -- a room full of floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall kitchen cabinets looks boring and uninspired.




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Kitchen Ideas for Any Home Project
By Ken C. Morris 

Not everybody loves the idea of building a custom home. It is expensive and it takes a lot of time. Yet many families in that building a home to get just the right floor plan that they need for their busy family. The good news is that if you do not want to buy a brand-new home. Yet are afraid to buy older home, because it is too small. And you can often take part in home renovating projects that will help you get an older home. Perfect for your family to kitchen is probably a huge selling point. When it comes to home, if you purchase an older home with a small and undesirable kitchen, and it is time to break out the tools and get busy renovating your kitchen.

Kitchen Ideas: Learn to do it Yourself:
You can learn to renovate your entire kitchen and all you need is some informative tips and ideas on how to get it done. It may seem like a daunting task when you consider ripping apart a kitchen to renovate it. However, think about what you are looking at--you probably need more counter space, more cabinets and updated appliances, You can easily order the type of countertops you need to size and you have a lot to choose from. If you are trying to save money, then look at laminate countertops. Of course, you cannot beat the look of granite or marble countertops, however, these are harder to install and will certainly cost you more money in the long run. One trick that budget conscious homeowners often employ when it comes to kitchen ideas and saving money includes using a more expensive countertop on a kitchen island and using a less expensive laminate on the larger counter surfaces. You can guarantee that your guests will notice the beauty of the granite or marble that is used on your island and not notice the less expensive countertops in the other parts of your kitchen.

Refurbishing Existing Cabinets:
Other great kitchen ideas for any kitchen renovation include refurbishing existing cabinets in your kitchen. If you find that the cabinets that are already in your kitchen still have a lot of use in them, but that you do not like the way they look then there are many great kitchen ideas that will tell you exactly how to refurbish these existing cabinets. After you are done repainting or re-staining these cabinets, add new hardware, which is quite inexpensive and easy to do, for a wonderful look in your kitchen.



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from http://www.kitchen-cabinets-tips.com/designs.html

Whenever it comes to new kitchen designs and how to develop new ideas for future kitchens everybody looks at newly available technologies to be adapted. Whether looking and traditional kitchens or more modern once whatever new type of hinge or drawer slides, stops or lifts are offered by the industry makes its way into cabinets and cupboards. Let's have a look on most recent developments on kitchen hardware which most certainly will influence future kitchen design.

There are many ways to of applying lights in kitchen design. Whether it was using neon lights underneath the hanging cabinets to halogen spots pointing directly on the kitchen sink and oven. And of course there was the indirect lighting which influence designs for many years. So what is next? Well one fantastic new idea comes from Hettich with its compact Minisys fluorescent tube. The tube is put behind glass panels and gives an impressive highlight especially when using drawer fronts and doors made of glass. Apart of the practical advantage of given extra light in finding anything in a drawer or a cabinet, the fluorescent light make every drawer row an eye catcher.

As far as corner solutions are concerned new kitchens will certainly more often see Blum’s corner cabinet solution with drawers and pull-outs instead of doors. Every cabinet maker has come across the problem of how to best use the space in an 90 degree corner, where usually drawers would collide or space is very difficult to access. The design award winning solution allows the drawer to pull out perfectly using all of the given storage space within the kitchen cabinet.

Another very promising idea which could go well into new kitchen designs is Hettichs vertico synchro. A sliding door system (photo:Hettich) which moves two vertically sliding kitchen doors up and down at the same time. Especially for top-mounted kitchen cupboards it is a beautiful alternative and permits contemporary designs.

New hardware development will influence future kitchens. Especially interesting if you get new or remodel old cabinets.

Some of the ideas may look a little bit futuristic, but make sure that you know at least that these solutions exist, so you can decide whether or not you want them incorporated into your kitchen. After all, with these and many other new developments in kitchen hardware, new kitchen designs will offer even more usability.



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