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Month: December 2021

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Kitchen Remodeling – Why Add a Kitchen Island?

Kitchen Remodeling – Why Add a Kitchen Island?

Anyone and everyone who owns a home almost without exception, when asked what would be their most important remodeling project replies add a kitchen remodel. And there are as many different sizes of kitchen remodeling projects, as there are people that have kitchens. These projects can range from a total kitchen makeover to something as simple as a new exhaust hood over their stove.

A simple kitchen remodeling project that many homeowners desire is the addition of a kitchen island. Home owners find that the addition of a kitchen island can serve several functions including providing a central point of focus in the kitchen, and also provided added cooking preparation and storage space.

When a homeowner works with a designer on their kitchen remodeling project, their designer will have them thinking outside of the box, literally because a kitchen island doesn’t have to just be your usual island shaped like a box. A kitchen island can have different ranges of style and function, and your designer will work with you, and help you utilize your available kitchen space.

Many designers will tell you that there are no fast or hard rules when it comes to the actual design of an island, but there are some basics that they do follow and will advise the homeowner about. The designer will advise the homeowner where work surfaces for the island should be placed, in relation to existing appliances such as a stove and refrigerator. Designers know that working aisles should be about 42 to 48 in. in order to accommodate one or two cooks working in the kitchen at the same time. Most designers also recommend that the island’s working surface area should be at least 36 in. so that both cooks have more than enough work space without actually bumping into one another while actually working together on the island’s surface.

The design of your kitchen island is going to depend on the layout of your floor plan. In an older home more than likely, you will find a closed floor plan. This type of floor plan dictates the use of what is termed the workhorse configuration. This type of island configuration is basically the four sided box that we mentioned earlier. For homes with an open floor plan, the designer and the homeowner have more selections of designs to choose from because they have the ability to use angular designs including L, Y, U or V shapes. These shapes function as walls, but they do not totally block off the kitchen from say the dining room or a smaller adjacent kitchen area.

The homeowner should realize that the larger the actual island is, the more functional it will be. The island can be more than just a prep surface for cooking meals. It can also be a smaller eating area, separate from the main kitchen or dining area. It can also hold a small TV and compact DVD player. Your kitchen island can be as unique as you are, with special moldings, brass accents, and special pulls and footings, creating a unique look and feel that reflects you and your personal style and taste. And this can be accomplished no matter how large or small your island happens to be.

The best thing about having a kitchen island installed is that it can be a relatively inexpensive project, depending on its size and scope, it is possible to bring in this sort of kitchen remodeling project for under $700 for a basic bare bones island, but when you start to add things such as a sink and other accents the cost can rise significantly.…

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Consider A Makeover For Your Bathroom

Whether your motivation is to enhance your usage experience or to enhance your home’s resale value, a bathroom remodel project is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. In terms of maximizing the benefits, few can argue that renovating your bathroom will offer the most bang for the buck in terms of payback when it comes time to sell while allowing you the extra comfort and enjoyment while you are still in your home.
Much like a kitchen, the bathroom tends to be one area where potential home buyers have strong emotions. A functional and stylish bathroom can literally make or break the deal when you put your home on the market. But resale potential is not the primary reason to consider your bathroom renovation. Sure we all would like as much money as we can get, but why not enjoy your home to the fullest while you are still in it? Plus, with the economy in a down trend, more and more people are choosing to spruce up their existing homes instead of moving to a new home. You can save a lot of money by remaining in your home and simply improving it instead of moving. For the long-term, that decision makes a lot of sense financially.
Your renovation project can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. It is amazing what a new mirror and a new coat of paint can do for a bathroom. If your budget and energy allows, you can get really ambitious and knock out walls, install a new tub or shower, add new cabinets, and a number of other things. The only limit to your project will be budget and imagination.
Before you begin any project, you need to plan carefully. the last thing you want to do is begin a bathroom renovation that renders it useless for weeks because you didn’t realize the impact of changes you made or because you ran out of funds before you finished. The best way to avoid these types of planning mistakes is to use the services of a professional contractor. A professional will know the process, know the right subcontractors, and be able to steer you towards a successful completion. If your project is relatively small, then you can probably do it yourself without any help. But when pipes need to be moved or electrical outlets need to be moved, unless you really know what you are doing, do not attempt these types of tasks by yourself. Always leave these types of jobs to the professionals.
A bathroom renovation can make a big difference in your enjoyment of your home while adding potential resale value. If you don’t have the bathroom of your dreams already, look into an upgrade. Whether you want a major facelift or just new counters and lights, you will be happy you did. And the older and more worn your current bathroom is, the more you will probably enjoy your new one. The best part is that there are many options available regardless of your budget, just get creative and enjoy the experience.…