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3 Kitchen Updates that Won’t Break the Bank

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Whether you’re getting ready to move and want to increase your home’s value or just moved into a new house and are desperate to remodel, you may be weary of tackling any changes in the kitchen. Traditionally, kitchens are more expensive to remodel than any other room because changes usually require structural reconstruction, including moving gas or water pipes, electric cords or built-in furniture (such as cabinets).

However, there are some simple changes that can be made in the kitchen that will significantly increase its value, as well as changing the look and making you feel like you just invested thousands.

Give Cabinets a Facelift. Paint them if they’re wood, or replace the doors for new ones in a different style. Glass ones are great if you’re the organized type and want a modern look. Otherwise, go for something with texture, such as shutter-like doors or something with molding. You can also replace the cabinet hardware and choose knobs that are brushed metal or

Get Rid of Fluorescent Lights. They make the room look dated and yellowish. Install track lighting if you can afford to pay a professional, or buy a couple of floor lamps and place in opposite corners. If you have a large table, create a centerpiece by grouping several candles and placing them on a tray in the center of the table.

Replace the Floor. You don’t need to spend a fortune or even hire a professional to change your floors. Instead, buy self-adhesive vinyl flooring at the local home improvement store and simply place it on top of your current floor. While each product comes with its own instructions, it’s usually just a quick process of no more than a couple of steps.

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The Space behind the Cabinets

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Kitchen cabinets are what most people think of when they imagine what the typical kitchen is outfitted with. In fact, finding a kitchen with anything but cabinets is not so easy. If the goal is to create more space in the kitchen area, however, then a great way to go would be to place those cabinets in boxes and instead install open shelving. French kitchens are often designed in this manner and have some benefits. The first is that everything in the kitchen is readily accessible. The second is that as there are less dark spaces and this means there will be fewer bugs using the area as their new home. Third by exposing the walls behind the cabinets the room becomes that much more larger and inviting to be in.

Another great idea is to design something in a country vein by using stained and distressed lumber to give the space an older feel. Using cuts of lumber that are atypical will also add some flavor. Instead of using one inch pieces for shelving try five quarter which will lend a more plentiful feel. If there is to be much weight on the shelves choose a wood that is of sufficient hardness like red oak, maple, mahogany, ash or even southern yellow pine.

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4 things you should know about remodeling your kitchen

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Remodeling your Kitchen

When moving, put all your kitchenware in moving boxes marked fragile.

When planning a kitchen remodeling (or even some basic redecoration), it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

Kitchen are one of the most expensive rooms in the house to remodel (bathrooms are the other) because they usually require structural changes. Expect to spend quite a large sum, even for smaller changes, and be prepared for surprises or additional charges that may pop up along the way.

You probably won’t be able to cook at all when your kitchen is being remodeled. Even during small changes, there will still be debris and dust flying around, which makes the handling of food rather dangerous. During this time, it just makes sense to either order in or eat out.

Remodeling your kitchen will shield the best results when and if you decide to sell your home. Experts agree that future home owners look at the size and overall design of a kitchen above that of the bedroom and living room when making a decision.

If you can’t afford to do structural changes, go for impact: paint the cabinets, get a new table and chairs, hung new curtains and change the cabinet’s hardware.

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