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How to Improve Your Kitchen on a Budget

Are you planning a kitchen renovation? Here are some tips and ideas on improving and remodelling your kitchen without breaking the bank account.

Use 3D Rendering

With 3D rendering software, many of which are free, you can now create and edit images of your ideal kitchen. Before spending any money on renovations, experiment with 3D rendering to finalise the 'look' for your kitchen.

Decide on Colour Schemes

For a sunny look use warm colours such as red, orange and yellow. Large kitchens that receive allot of natural light may look better with a cool colour scheme, in leafy green and sky blue. You can also use neutral colours such as white and grey and have one wall painted in a brick finish for a more dramatic look.

Consider the Shape

The kitchen is no longer just a room meant for cooking. It is now a space for families to eat together and socialise with guests. Reorganise your kitchen into a U or L shape, and keep the sink, cooking range, and refrigerator in a triangular pattern. This arrangement will turn your kitchen into a pleasant communal area.

Fixtures on a Budget.

Kitchen flooring: Hardwood or laminate floors add class to your kitchen. Ceramic tiles that look like marble is also a great idea to be considered.

Sink settings: A stainless steel deep inset sink with two or three compartments and a fancy tap fitting for your sink should give your kitchen an instant facelift.

Granite top overlays: Opt for the granite overlays that simply go on top of your existing kitchen counter surface. It looks almost as good as the real thing!

Cupboard doors: Simply refacing the cabinet doors in bold dramatic colours will infuse new life into your kitchen.

Decorative Lighting

Using light fixtures strategically can make your kitchen dazzle. Skip fluorescent ceiling fixtures and go for mini chandeliers, dinette pendants, recessed lights and island track lights. Our best recommendation is to get under-cabinet lights. They make your kitchen look ultra-glamorous.

Selecting Appliances

Check out our kitchen category for good deals on bigger appliances like refrigerators and ovens. Buy 'display units' at local appliance stores that are often discounted up to 50%.! Go for appliances in a brushed steel finish which will make your kitchen look minimalistic and modern.

Using these tips, you can make your kitchen look chic at a fraction of the price and with the money left over, you can splurge a bit on a nifty coffeemaker, blender or food processor!

 


About Concrete Countertops

In the past five years, concrete countertops have become more popular as homeowners seek attractive and durable countertops for their kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, kitchen remodeling is going through an anti pre-fab and manufactured design trend. The more one-of-a-kind, the more sought after by homeowners. With granite considered too ordinary, concrete countertops provide a fantastic option for customized countertops that still have a quarried look. Everything about concrete countertops is customizable, from the size and shape to the color, thickness, edging and method of casting.

There are other benefits to installing concrete countertops:

Durability - They resist all types of damage including chipping, cracking and scratching.

Simple maintenance - Concrete countertops need to be re-sealed once a year. Waxing, which is optional, can enhance the natural smoothness of the concrete.

Endless design options - The options are truly infinite. Concrete countertop artisans can add small objects to the countertop, such as glass chips or sparkles. Homeowners can also choose to include an embedded soap dish or an integral sink. Integral sinks are designed within the countertop.

Eco-friendly - Concrete is a widely available and renewable resource, which makes it the preferred choice for homeowners seeking an eco-friendly countertop option. Many stone countertops contain petroleum-based plastics or non-renewable quarried stone.

Pre-Cast or On-Site
Concrete countertops are either formed at your home or at the concrete contractor's shop. Most concrete countertops are formed at a shop and then delivered for installation. For larger projects, the transporting of the tops could end up adding too many additional costs. Damage is also a concern when transporting larger concrete countertops. Countertops poured on-site can create a long, seamless concrete countertop. If you prefer a seamless appearance, then consider on-site casting. Otherwise, spare yourself the mess and have it formed at the shop.

Cost
Good things come with a good (i.e high) price tag. Expect to pay $65-$100 per square foot of concrete countertop. Concrete countertops can increase the resale value of your home, and they have a lifespan of over 20 years. Concrete countertops are expensive because they are formed by skilled craftspeople. The process is labor intensive and the installation takes longer than for other countertops. According to costhelper.com, the total cost for concrete countertops in a typical kitchen of 200 square feet overall, with 30 linear feet (approximately 90 square feet) of countertops is $5,400 -$9,000. Keep in mind that the total cost will vary greatly according thickness, complexity of design and other customized details.

The bottom line is: If you are looking for a handcrafted countertop designed to your specifications, then choose concrete countertops. They will express your style and individuality like no other durable countertop - and they create a great conversation piece in your kitchen.

 


Make The Most Of Your Small Kitchen

Many people get frustrated by the lack of work and storage space available in their small kitchens. This is a problem that is common to many of us. The good news is that there is something that can be done. With a well thought out kitchen remodel you can maximize the space that you already have and create space that you never knew existed!

Maximize Your Kitchen Space

The most important thing to do when remodeling your kitchen is to make the most of the space that is available to you. The first step is to ensure that you have enough storage space for all your kitchen necessities.

Storage space is of utmost importance. The last thing that you want is a cluttered kitchen, with groceries and kitchen utensils piled up all over the place. A disorderly kitchen can create a stifling and unbearable effect. To avoid this you need to maximize your kitchen's storage space.

Making More Room

To create more space in a small kitchen you need to be creative. Why not install floor to ceiling kitchen cupboards? Of course, this will require a small stepladder or foot stool, but it can be very effective. Make sure that the top shelves are used for items that are not used often, while the bottom, easily accessible shelves are used for items that are used most frequently. To maximize your under counter storage space you can fit rotating cupboard shelves on the corners of any kitchen fitting. Make sure that no space is wasted or inaccessible.

Once you've made as much storage as you can, there are some tips that you can follow to create even more room for yourself. Installing slightly deeper counter tops will give you more room to work, and getting rid of your center island will create a more open looking and feeling area in your kitchen. You want to be sure that you are keeping storage in mind each time you think about remodeling.

Make More Space

Small details can have a big effect on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Examples of this include the size of your kitchen carpet and the placement of your lighting. A smaller kitchen carpet can make the general area appear larger, while smaller light fittings that are installed close to the ceiling can make your kitchen feel more open and inviting.

Select the appropriate furniture for your small kitchen. Removing a kitchen table and replacing it with a counter with stools will also maximize your working area. The stools should be narrow enough so that they can be tucked under the kitchen counter after use.

At first, a small kitchen remodeling job may seem like a big headache but, with the right attitude and some inventive ideas, it is possible to create an open, inviting, comfortable kitchen!

 


Remodel your Home with Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

It's wonderful to think about having solid wood kitchen cabinets installed in your home. There is nothing quite as heart warming as walking into your kitchen and realizing that you have done everything you can to make this important room of your home even more inviting. When you're ready to do this remodel job, you'll have to decide what type of wood you will be using, along with the style for the doors.

The most popular wood species used in solid wood cabinets are ash, cherry, maple, oak, and birch. Once your wood selection has been made, you will also want to decide the style of the doors. You will even want to decide whether you will be painting the wood cabinets or if you will stain them instead.

When you paint your solid wood kitchen cabinets you will not be able to take advantage of the natural wood grain, but you will have the opportunity to blend it into the rest of the room or use a contrasting color to make them pop. Painted wood cabinets do not have to be made from the very top of the line and most expensive wood so that may be something you can consider. You will still have the benefits that are inherent with wonderful hard wood, but the savings will be dramatic.

Solid wood kitchen cabinets that are custom made really allow the home owner to demonstrate their very own tastes. That means that you get the opportunity to select from among all the different styles of doors, and maybe even invent your own. Just a thought. Hardware styles also make their own statement on wood cabinets so be sure you know what kind of statement you are looking to achieve before making your selection.

While you're at it, don't forget to think about what you are going to be adding to make your solid wood cabinets entertainment friendly. That's right; you will be entertaining a lot in once you have your wonderful new kitchen. For one thing you will want everybody you know to see what you have done and for another thing family and friends will be sure to just happen by to get a look at the results of your creativity.

Many people don't understand the importance of adding attractive wood molding to their wood cabinets as well as throughout the home. What you are doing is adding that little touch which says that the work is finally finished. It also adds an extra bit of architectural detail that helps to stabilize what is already there. By covering up seams, you are not only providing a much better overall effect, you are also helping everything to stay in place more securely. That is after all the entire reason trim has traditionally been used in the first place.

So, what are you waiting for, get your creative juices flowing, and get started remodeling your home with kitchen cabinets. There is no doubt that you will be glad you did.

 


Outdoor BBQ Sink

If you are an avid grill cook, you need to think about adding an outdoor BBQ sink to your backyard. This appliance works similar to the kitchen sink, though it adds a great deal of convenience. You no longer have to run into the house to get access to water. With this sink, you may only have to walk a few steps away from the grill to wash your hands or a tool. There are many benefits to having a BBQ sink on hand.

As mentioned, probably the biggest advantage of having a BBQ sink near the grill is the prevention of extra trips back to the kitchen. You need to stay as close to the grill as possible to be sure there are no dangerous flare ups. You also don't want to run the risk of overcooking the food because you weren't around to see that the meats and veggies were done. With a sink close to the grill, you can easily step away and do what you need to with the water while still being able to see the cooking food.

Cleaning can also be a breeze with an outdoor BBQ sink. No longer do you need to run inside the home to wash your hands. Getting a drink of water on a hot summer day while cooking is also more convenient when you have a sink outside with you. You can also use the water for cleaning other things, such as gardening tools. Anytime you are outside and need to wash something, it's easy to do with a BBQ sink.

After using the grill, clean up and maintenance is much easier when you have an outdoor sink. The grill needs to be maintained in order for it to last as long as possible. The racks need to be cleaned with soap and water, which can be easily done with an outdoor sink. You don't have to risk making a huge mess at your kitchen sink when you have access to running water in your own backyard. Also, having to carry the items into the kitchen may cause a mess of charcoal particles and other things on the floor, requiring you to mop once you've cleaned your grill.

Safety is another factor that is promoted with an outdoor sink. If you have a flare up on the grill, you could easily put it out by filling a spray bottle at the sink that is outside. If you drop a cooking utensil on the ground, you may be inclined to continue using it and avoid going back into the house to wash it off. You can quickly sanitize the tool if you have a sink nearby your grill.

As you can see, there are many benefits to having an outdoor BBQ sink. Installing this appliance is quick and easy, as most work with a garden hose. Having a water source near the grill is very advantageous, especially for those that cook outdoors on a regular basis.

 


Guide to Fitting Your New Kitchen

If you like to cook, or even if you just do it from necessity, having a homely, organized, and modern kitchen is probably important to you. Although, the old kitchens are still out there, there are so many new, modern elements that can add luxury and class and convenience to any home. Kitchens have changed with the way humans have changed in the last few years. We have become more demanding of our time and having less of it to spend cooking.

Many of us are on the move, always busy, looking for time saving methods. Then, there are those of us who are more interested in having a stylish kitchen, rather then workable. Others, prefer the look and feel of a country kitchen. With so many options out there and so much to consider, it is easy to become frustrated.

Consider your options and your needs when remodeling or even building a kitchen. Your options for kitchen equipment will be the first priority. What do you need and want in your kitchen? Do you want state of the art appliances or will ordinary models do? Do you want two ovens as opposed to the standard one? Dishwasher? What type of refrigerator will you want? Side by side, drawers under the counter? Maybe a larger freezer section? Also to consider is the amount of work surface you will need.

Maybe a center island would provide extra room for preparations? Would you like a breakfast nook? Do you want all of your dining area to be in the kitchen or do you have a dining room? How many people will you plan to serve on a regular day? If you have children, you will want to ensure their safety in regards to appliances and counters.

Yet another thing to consider is space. How much space you have will depict what you have room for. Cabinets and pantry style storage is important as well. Perhaps you like modern style kitchens. An option for space here is to use more of a mobile kitchen. From the entire work surfaces and cooking surfaces to just appliances, many things within the kitchen can be mobile. Manufactures make products that can literally pick up and go at a moments notice.

Once you have your kitchen needs and appliances set, consider the style you are going to decorate it in. Maybe a country kitchen is the look you like. If so, adding some rustic items to your collection would add charm and a relaxed feel. A big farmers table and chairs would be an added touch.

Is the space you are working in outdoors? Outdoor kitchens are also a big hit these days. Just about any type of appliance and cookware can be made to work outdoors. Grilling is the most thought of outdoor cooking style, but it is far from the only.

There are many stores that specialize in kitchens as well. Kitchens Etc and Kitchens are two. These places offer an immense amount of options for whatever style you are looking for. Some carry large appliances as well. Small utensils, cookware, even decorations can be found in just about every make and model. You can shop these store online if you cannot find one near you. They make a great way of adding to or helping to remodel any kitchen. Definitely a place to start when looking for ideas of what you want your new kitchen to look like.

 




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