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Remodel Kitchen

Go Green With Your Kitchen Remodel Design

Going green on your kitchen remodeling project, not only makes sense for the environment, but can save you money. Keep these kitchen ideas in mind for your  remodeling project.
Use natural light as much as possible. Strategic use of windows and skylights can make a huge difference in your energy bill. Your lighting should be designed to take advantage of nature. Overuse of recessed and track lighting may not be necessary. Use as much lighting as you need.
Pay careful attention to your appliances. There is a common misconception that having the Energy Star Logo is the answer. The truth is that by researching the actual usage of your different kitchen appliances you can save hundreds of dollars in energy costs.
Most appliances now display the Energy Star Seal. Research your appliances as some may be more energy efficient than others. Energy use of your appliances can vary greatly among brands and models. Make sure you check.
Make sure all of your plumbing fixtures are low flow. Wasting water is never a good idea. You will be saving water with low flow fixtures and you will use less hot water, which will also increase your energy savings.
Don’t discount the energy saving power of insulation. The type of insulation you use in your kitchen walls and ceilings can ensure you and your family will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Your kitchen design should be based on the proper amount of insulation based on your own climate.
Use building materials that are made to last. Even though the materials may have an environmental appeal, they need to be able to stand up to every day use. Kitchen materials that don’t last will have to be replaced. This will end up costing you more money in the long run. Remember this as you choose your countertops and flooring.
Consider using a solar water hot water heater. One of the biggest expenses for any home is hot water. Your kitchen uses a large amount of hot water. Going green in this area can save big dividends.
If a solar hot water heater is not possible, consider a tankless on-demand water heater. There are a number of different types available. You will not be wasting energy costs on unused hot water. You will only be paying for water that you actually use.
Remember with the best energy plan for your kitchen remodel, you not only will help the environment but you will also be saving money. Going green can add up to big savings for the planet and your wallet. And nothing can be better than that. …

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Bathroom Remodel

Getting Yourself A Kitchen Renovation

The money you spend for the renovations for your kitchen can closely equal what you spend for the college education of your children. With that, always keep in mind that it is best to think well before going through this expensive undertaking. The first step you want to do is make a list of all the questions you have to ask the people you will hire for the project. With this, you are being spared from lots of heartache, wasted time and unexpected costs.
We spoke to several kitchen designers and homeowners, who shared important questions to keep in mind to ask you and designers when embarking on a kitchen renovation. Why am I doing this? Answering this question will go a long way toward prioritizing your goals for the project, says a certified kitchen and bath designer.
Make sure you ask questions like the benefits you will take away from this and why you are really doing this. Asking for credentials is also important and in any certifying organization there are three levels of certification that are based on experience and education, and offers courses in professional development. Knowing that these people have this kind of affiliation allows more consumers and homeowners to work with the right people. A lot of clients are able to find certified designers at every price point.
When looking at a designer’s portfolio, you are getting the opportunity to see the past jobs that the company has done, and see the diversity of the designer. References are equally important. Keep in mind that a good designer will always have plenty of references.
It is always good to consider if you and your designer work well together. In order for the designer to get an idea as to what your style is, it is best to tour them around your house. Here you will get the opportunity to feel each other out.
More often than not people will get intimidates when budgets are brought up says One designer. People are just scared to discuss about it. It is better for him if he is the one who asks his clients if they are thinking of a figure like $25,000 to $50,000. In this case, he always tells his clients to find a range they are comfortable with and be honest with it.
What is your role and responsibility? It’s important to determine whether the designer will have a limited role as the project progresses, or be fully involved from beginning to end. From plans to the design itself, one stop shop designers will give you the needed help you need for the renovations.
Make sure you are able to obtain a timeline with guarantees for when the project will be done. What happens if you do not have any expectations is that workers walk off the job to do other jobs, leaving you alone, and you are stuck eating in your basement for another six weeks. What you can do is to delay the final payment until all the work has been completed.…

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Bathroom Remodel

Things to Consider Before Starting a Kitchen Remodeling Project

Have you ever been hungry at home, walked into your kitchen, and suddenly felt uninspired to cook? If you dread using your kitchen, whether your appliances are outdated, the space is poorly laid out, or it is just plain ugly, it may be time to make a change for the better. Perhaps what you need is a kitchen remodel. Yes, it can be done and will definitely improve the look and feel of your kitchen. But before embarking on this project, there are certain things you need to know to prepare yourself for the possible challenges that come with completing a kitchen remodel.

For the best results with the least surprises, it is important to start your project with a good plan. Know beforehand what changes you want to see in your kitchen. If you are unsure, collect photos of kitchens that you like and consult an expert. It may help to work around a theme, as it will keep the style consistent throughout the kitchen. Many websites offer image galleries and there are a number of books dedicated to remodeling. Once you have a look in mind and a detailed plan, you are ready to get started.

The following is a list of things you will need to consider before tackling your kitchen remodel:

Space management – Know the size as well as the shape of your kitchen. Keep in mind the classic “kitchen triangle” to make sure your layout is optimal in both design and function. The three points of the triangle are the refrigerator, sink and the stove/oven. You should be able to maneuver between the three without any hassle.

Countertops and Cabinets – Choose the material and design that you feel comfortable with. There are plenty of cabinet and countertop options in a wide price range. Researching the benefits of each material you are considering will help to narrow down your selections. Of course this choice may depend on the theme you have chosen.

Faucets and Sink – Many people now prefer designer sinks for their kitchen. You may visit showrooms to see the latest available. Make sure you choose a sink you can easily use by being mindful of the size and depth of the sink and the features, height clearance and maneuverability of the faucet.

Kitchen Appliances – They should be accessible for easy use and most new appliances have energy efficient features. When choosing appliances, their size and color should compliment each other and also be consistent with the theme chosen.

Kitchen Walls and Floor – The material, pattern if any, and color of the walls and floor should remain true to the overall theme of the kitchen. The best materials for kitchen flooring are non-porous and durable, as they will hold up better with daily use and food spills.

Lighting – As with any workspace, there should be generous lighting in the kitchen. Having lights over each work zone – particularly the stove and sink – will make a big difference when you are using the space.

Financing – When tackling any remodeling project, the budget may have the biggest say as to how much can be done. This should be considered during the planning stage. It is best to consult a contractor if you are planning a kitchen remodel. Many offer a free estimate and can give you an idea of how much each part of the project will cost and what can honestly be accomplished based on your budget. The worst thing you can do is begin a project you can’t afford to finish, so make realistic plans based on your financing and stick to them!

A kitchen remodel may take several weeks and as such, you must be prepared to have a makeshift kitchen to use for the duration of the remodel. It is also important that house rules are made clear before the remodel, for both the workers and your family. The workers should be informed of areas that are off-limits to them and your family, especially children, should know to stay out of work areas. The workers should be respectful of your home and always clean up after themselves at the end of each workday.

You should be involved in the project as much as possible and never hesitate to ask any questions you have for the contractors. If you start with a good plan, stick to your budget, and communicate with the contractor, your kitchen remodel will be a great success.…

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Home Contractors

Remodeling the Kitchen the Safe Way

Taking on the project of remodeling the kitchen can be an overwhelming task. Doing it yourself can save loads of money and give you complete control. Many people prefer to do it that way mostly because of the money savings. Instead of spending extra money toward a contractor, you can spend it on doing more for your remodel. However, if you’re going to do the remodel yourself, you should be sure to take certain safety precautions so you don’t injure yourself.
You may laugh and wonder what could be so dangerous about a kitchen model. You’d be surprised how many people injure themselves with the tools used in the remodel. Be sure you know what you’re doing before you get started with the power tools. If you’ve never used a certain tool before, make sure you know how to use it first. Not only should you know how to use the tool, but you should be familiar with the dangers associated with it, so you don’t make a mistake and end up hurting yourself.
Be sure to be careful using the tools around the people who are helping you as well. Make sure everyone is aware of the dangers involved in each tool. Keep the kids out of the kitchen while you’re working so you don’t accidentally hurt them with something when you didn’t realize they were there. Make sure you know your surroundings. Don’t do the classic Three Stooges number of spinning around with a 2X4 and hit your friend in the head.
Watch out for your back. Make sure you know how to lift things (bend at the knees) and don’t strain your back while lifting. Don’t lift things that are too heavy for you. If you throw your back out, it will be extremely painful and it will surely put your project on hold at the very least. At worst, you could cause yourself serious injury and your back may never be the same again. Get others to help you lift things so you’re not putting too much strain on yourself. If you feel your back muscles starting to tense up, perhaps it’s time to take a break, or call it a day so you can rest your back. It will be better to take an afternoon off then to have to take weeks off of the project due to an injury.
Remodeling can be a great way to spruce up your kitchen. If you do it safely, you’ll be able to feel good about your accomplishment and enjoy your finished product.…

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Home Renovation

Why Buying a Kitchen Or Bath Remodel From a Big Box Store May Not Be a Good Idea

Have you ever went into a Lowes, Home Depot or Costco and asked to see the owner? Of course not; that’s ridiculous. It does however shed some light on why purchasing services from the big box stores frequently ends in disaster. Let me say at the outset that I have nothing against the box stores. In fact I spend several thousand dollars there every year. If I need an item they carry I pick it up, take it home, plug it in and use it. If it doesn’t work properly I return it for a replacement or my money back. No problem. Have you ever tried to return a kitchen or bath remodel? Of course not; that’s ridiculous too. That’s another reason why the big box model doesn’t work well for complicated design/build projects. Make no mistake the box stores want very much to provide top quality services as well as off the shelf products. It’s not for lack of desire that they fall short. Why would a homeowner consider buying a kitchen or bath from a store like Home Depot or Lowes?
There are 3 primary reasons:
1) We assume the price will be better since we benefit from their leveraged buying power.
2) We assume they will be around in case we have any warranty issues in the future.
3) They offer financing and/or other incentives.
Let’s examine these one by one. First, while it is true that large chains buy more volume than most retail outlets, they also obtain some products (eg cabinets) from name brand manufacturers that are not of the same quality as those the manufacturer provides their retailers. This provides the box store with better margins but at the expense of the homeowner who is getting a product of slightly lesser quality marketed under the same brand name. Secondly, while most large chains have very good return and warranty policies, once you add outside subcontractors and the subcontractor’s subcontractors to the equation it becomes extremely difficult to resolve any of the myriad issues that can come up during or after a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Finally, the offer of financing or some other token incentive will never compensate for the complications and frustrations often associated with box store construction projects of any size. Also, most retailers have access to third party financing and are willing to throw in a sink or some other item to close a sale.
Let’s go through a simplified example of contracting with a box store to have a kitchen remodeled. First the homeowner visits the kitchen department of the store either with dimensions of their own or to arrange for the store to send someone to their home to gather the necessary information. So the first person the homeowner has contact with is the salesperson in the store. Next a second person visits the home and sketches a floor plan which is taken back to the store and given to a designer, which may or may not be the original salesperson.
The designer works up a kitchen design and invites the homeowner to the store to review it and look a cabinet and countertop options. If other decisions are to be made, such as plumbing or lighting fixtures, the homeowner will need to work with people in those departments to make those choices and get the items required. Assuming that the homeowner approves the design and agrees to the price they then pay for the full price of the cabinets and perhaps the countertop material as well. The project is then turned over to the expediting department to order the materials and select the subcontractor to give the job to. This subcontractor in most cases has never seen the job and is working off a pay sheet that dictates what they get paid for each task of a project.
It is worth noting that the primary subcontractor, rarely if ever, works on the project himself. They pass the project to one of their subcontractors who in turn uses whatever labor is at their disposal to do the job. None of the subcontractors who actually do the work want to continue working under this arrangement any longer than they have to. For one thing, the pay isn’t that good. The box stores squeeze the primary subcontractor so they can offer attractive pricing to their customers. The primary subcontractor in turn squeezes his subcontractors so that he can make as much as possible on each job. The subcontractor who does the work will quit as soon as he has a better offer or can get a job of his own. Sometimes this happens in the middle of a project. It’s not hard to imagine what kind of problems that creates. The cabinets are shipped directly to the customer’s home where someone …

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Renovation Costs

When to Decide On a Kitchen Remodeling Job?

If you have noticed that you are getting too used to your old kitchen counter tops that have now faded and the floor of the kitchen is also starting to crack then it is about time that you decided to kitchen remodel.
There is no need to go into what it is that you do in your kitchen but the bottom line still remains that it is one of the most widely used rooms in your house. This is why you need to restore it back to its former glory if not even better.
One of the biggest things that you will have to deal with is the cabinetry. They take considerable space and if they are so worn out, they will be the first things that catch the eye when somebody walks in.
Luckily, you have a wide variety of wood choices that you can think about for your kitchen cabinets. One of the most commonly used types of wood is the maple because it is available both in the hard and the soft types of varieties.
The fact that maple wood is even and has a very soft grain, it will work well with a majority of the type of stains or paints that you may want to pick for them.
Another very popular type of wood when it comes to the kitchen cabinets is the oak wood. It is extremely hard and will last for many years to come once you have installed it in your kitchen.
Apart from being very durable, it also comes in a wide array of shades that will match the rest of your interior decor with its distinctive grain pattern and texture.
For those kitchen owners that want to go for a look that is rustic then hickory is a very good option having a strong grain pattern and durable quality as well.…

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Home Improvement Contractors

Suggestions For Remodeling A Kitchen On A Funds

Probably the most frequent house enchancment projects in the U.S. is kitchen remodeling. OPT FOR OPEN SHELVES In case your cabinets are too far gone to reface, open shelving will scale back the price of higher cabinetry, stated Liz Tiesi, the proprietor of Threshold Interiors That approach you are solely paying for the piece of wooden to make the shelf and the bracket to carry it up — not a whole cabinet field, which is a lot more in material and labor,” she mentioned.\n\nThen add the items you want for preparing meals, like a toaster oven, hot plate, microwave, coffeemaker and fridge (even a half-size model could be great). You must also consider the quantity of storage that you just need and the style of home equipment that you really want.\n\nIf you happen to’re keen to place in slightly “DIY” by rolling up your sleeves and grabbing a couple of easy instruments like a drill, screws and a level, you can also have a high end European style kitchen in your home because of Ikea kitchen cabinets.\n\nOf course, many individuals take into account what would be ideally suited when remodeling their kitchen. We had a consumer who insisted her kitchen was too dark and that the one solution to repair it was to reconfigure the partitions to allow extra pure gentle in,” stated Ms. Fies of the Renovation Roadmap.\n\nHaving a plan in place makes the undertaking stay on finances and schedule. A kitchen remake is among the most desirable home enchancment tasks for a lot of Houston area householders. The price of a kitchen remodeling job can differ widely, relying on the extent of the rework.\n\nStart with an in depth ground plan, stated Ariel Darmoni, managing partner at 123 Remodeling, a general contractor firm which was featured in Houzz and on HGTV. (Ask your countertop installer to make the cabinets.) Add trendy metal brackets for support and to repeat the metallic tones found within the appliances, hardware, and tap.\n\nWe have now a stunning kitchen and toilet product showroom that will help you higher visualize your dream transform, and also have a retail store with a components counter for the do-it-your self owners on the market. Counter tops are one other alternative which may be determined by your finances.…