Jul 14, 2015

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Renovate Your Kitchen in 11 Easy Steps

Renovate Your Kitchen in 11 Easy Steps

Kitchen renovation can be a complex, costly and time consuming endeavor. Most kitchen renovations require combined efforts from different contractors in a series of steps which might keep your kitchen out of use for a period of four to eight weeks. To effectively renovate your kitchen follow these simple steps to plan and implement a stress free and cost effective kitchen renovation.

1. Carry Out Enough Research

Read books and magazines sharing information about kitchen renovation styles and designs. You can also visit other homes and share your idea in order to trigger a stream of more ideas that might help you.

2. Budget

Kitchen renovation is a very costly undertaking which might take more than $60,000 according to recent research. Because of this, setting up a budget for your kitchen renovation and staying within it is a matter of great importance. Decide how much money you can afford to spend by considering your finances.

Furthermore, consider how long you intend to stay in your house. If you plan to sell your house within three to six years then your kitchen renovation should be viewed as a real estate improvement. Only spend the amount you believe you will rake back after the sell. On the other hand if you plan on living in your house longer than five years, do a remodel that will make you/your family comfortable.


3. Design

Work with a kitchen designer to come up with a plan and layout for your kitchen. Schedule a consultation and an initial inspection to measure/assess space requirements and discuss design options with respect to layout;flooring;lighting;cabinetry;appliances;finishes and fittings. This will help you to come up with a well detailed and itemized plan.

4. Contractor/s

To perform the kitchen renovations, hire an experienced contractor/s. To reduce the cost , you can do less technical tasks like removing and storing utensils, food, appliances and crockery; dismantling and removing existing kitchen appliances, benchtops, cabinetry, sinks, splashbacks, light fittings, finishes, taps and floor coverings

5. Structural Renovations

If your kitchen will require structural alterations for instance adding a door, skylight, window or removing a load bearing wall to open up more space, call in an insured and licensed builder early enough to coordinate the job. This procedure is usually messy, noisy and sometime hazardous. Therefore keep everyone except workers out of the area and warn neighbors about the noise in advance.

6. Plumbing

You should provide your plumber with a detailed flow plan early enough. Schedule your plumber to install/re-position pipes, water heating units, and drains.

7. Electrical

You should schedule an electrician immediately after structural alterations but before flooring, tiling and cabinetry. In addition, ensure all the new electricals are feasible.

8. Splashbacks and Benchtops

Your kitchen benchtop/splashback installation can be done by a specialist or your builder.

Traditional-kitchen-renovation-idea9. Flooring

Floors should be properly sealed and hard-wearing because the kitchen floor is highly trafficked. Choose the best flooring materials for instance wood and tiles for a lasting finish.

10. Cabinets

You may require a carpenter early in kitchen renovation to site doors, windows or walls; lay wooden flooring or install pantry. Reschedule the carpenter after the completion of plumbing, flooring and electrical installation to install cabinetry, benches,shelving,buffets, splashbacks and benchtops.

11. Sinks, tapware and hot water appliances

Reschedule your plumber to fit sinks, water filters in-sink garbage disposal and tapware. In addition, he can install, Connect and test dishwashers, hot water systems and water recycling systems.

12. Painting

This is a simple and short job. You should clean, prepare and dry all surfaces before varnishing. Also, allow enough time for the paint to fully dry.

I hope these steps will significantly help you to do your kitchen renovation perfectly well.

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Jul 14, 2015

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Kitchen Renovation Tips

Kitchen Renovation Tips

A kitchen renovation is a big step to take, the tiniest improvements in your kitchen gives your lifestyle a whole new meaning. Regardless of whether you are remodeling the island, buying new utensils and kitchen appliances or just fixing new cabinet knobs, renovating your kitchen will make you feel at peace and it upgrades your home. Remodeling your kitchen is a great source of functionality, comfort, efficiency and glee to your cooking and gathering space, however, the process can be expensive, time consuming and also very demanding, therefore, you should not get into it rashly. Before even going to the showroom or your pro, there are a few things you need to consider. Know where to start and have a plan for the remodeling process, this is ensures that there are no surprises.

To start with, why are you renovating your kitchen? This is the first question that you should contemplate on, knowing the purpose of your renovation assists you in even knowing what to budget for and the path to take. For instance you could be replacing worn out cabinets, this requires things like knobs, hinges, among others. You could also want to make your kitchen more spacious and usable or just increasing the storage space. Pointing out why you want to remodel helps your professional contractor in advising you on the areas that are suitable for you.

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Durability always depends on quality; ensure that you use high quality materials for your renovation. This ensures that your kitchen lasts longer, for instance when you use low quality slide drawers and hinges, opening and shutting your cabinet doors will be a nightmare, and your drawers will not also be opening after some time. Quality is always expensive, but remembers, cheap i s also expensive.

The first thing that the eye catches in your kitchen; the countertops, they are so noticeable. I recommend granite it is available in various colors, choose your color, dark or light, the price depends on the brand. Granite is the best since it is of high quality, and granite is granite, the chances of you getting low quality granite is almost zero; stone is stone. Moreover natural stones are more durable.

506b034cfb04d60a5100169f._w.1500_s.fit_The floor, this is another conundrum. Choose a floor type that compliments your cabinets and countertops. Durability, design and maintenance are things that you should always put into consideration. Granite and Limestone tiles are good choices but they may look awkward if not installed in the right way. Before picking any of them first consult your contractor on his expertise on these types of floors. If this does not fit in your budget, hardwood is also a good choice; you also save a lot with this type of floor.

Finally in your remodeling always consider how much time you need to keep the fixtures clean. Some surfaces such as countertops, marble, granite and terracotta are good at camouflaging stains and dirt. However, smooth surfaces and light such as ceramic and laminate show little dirt and are easy to clean. For cabinets you could paint or use the satin cabinets. Stained woods looks amazing but some finishes do not last long therefore you could go for the brush-painted cabinets for more personalization.

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Jul 7, 2015

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Choosing the right Cabinets for your Bathroom

Choosing the right Cabinets for your Bathroom

A beautiful and functional bathroom can be a real asset to any property, not to mention that it will also be a pleasure to own. There are two important things that cannot be compromised, when it comes to a bathroom. These are functionality/utility and aesthetics. A purely functional one with no aesthetic concerns at all can soon turn into an eyesore whereas a very beautiful one with no functionality at all can soon turn into a big inconvenience. It is important to achieve the right balance between functionality and aesthetics and both these factors should not be compromised. This is why you should choose only the best bathroom cabinets for your home. Here are a few important factors to consider before you make your choice.

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First, you must consider the purpose of the cabinet. This must include everything you will want to store in it because the every reason you are opting for one is storage. This means you will have to get the size right and ensure that there is enough space to keep everything you will need to store inside it. Thanks to innovative bathroom furniture manufacturers, you can get very well designed ones which are ingenious when it comes to providing ample storage space. It is also wise to choose one which is of the right shape for your bathroom. There are many shape options available too like corner cabinets or square ones or rectangular ones. Depending on where in your bathroom you will be placing it, choose the right size and shape.

After taking into account its primary purpose and the space in which it will be installed, you must also take into account whether you want one which is integrated with the countertop/wash basin or one which is free standing. There are advantages and disadvantages to both these choices and you will have to take into account your budget and needs to make the right choice. Again, the amount of space available in the bathroom and other aesthetic considerations will play a major role in influencing your decision. It is also important to choose a product which offers maximum value for money. For this, it makes better sense to shop using the smart online route. This will mean that you are not paying for retail spaces but buying directly from the manufacturer/factory floor. This also means you will get significantly lower prices for great quality products too.

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If you will not settle for less than the best bathroom cabinets at the best prices, take advantage of the internet. You will find that there are many products available online and you will be able to browse through a large variety from the comfort of your home or office. You will also save the time and effort it will take to visit retailers. Apart from the cost advantage, you can also enjoy the advantage of more choices when you choose the online shopping option. Ensure that you choose to buy good quality products from a reputed and reliable brand whose manufacturer has been in the market for many years. This way, you can be sure of the quality of the product you will receive.

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