DesignIdeasForYourKitchen http://designideasforyourkitchen.com Kitchen Remodeling Ideas Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:01:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Kitchen Plumbing Tips from Experts http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/kitchen-plumbing-tips-from-experts http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/kitchen-plumbing-tips-from-experts#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:06:24 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=549 Plumbing ProfessionalWhen plumbing problems arise, most people tend to feel a sense of helpless panic. If the issue lies in the kitchen, you may find yourself wondering if your dishwasher or disposal will have to be replaced. Before you resign yourself to replacing expensive appliances or enduring costly repairs, take a few small measures to see if the problem is less serious than it seems. The Roto-Rooter experts are always happy to help you, but it can get pricey to call a plumber for every minor leak. Follow these tips, and save the phone number of your local plumber for the more dire situations.

Everything in the Kitchen Sink

Never confuse a garbage disposal with a garbage can. Treating it with the care it deserves will prolong its life and maintain its function. Fibrous food, such as celery or vegetable peels, or items that are hard to grind, like nuts, should not be introduced to your disposal. Chicken skins and banana peels can wrap themselves around the blades, creating a clog and preventing the disposal from working the way it should. Remember to run water for fifteen seconds before and after flipping the switch, flushing the drain and suspending bits and debris as they float down the pipes. If you notice an odor coming from your kitchen sink’s drain, try running a handful of ice cubes through the disposal. This scours and sharpens the blade; pouring a small amount of dishwashing soap with them enhances the result and lends a fresh scent.

Examine the Leak

Get under your sink and take a look at the leak. The location will determine the kind of repair required, and will tell you if you can handle it on your own. If the leak is around the base of the spout, the culprit is likely a worn out O-ring. This can easily be replaced by drawing up on the spout and worming it free. The O-ring might take some grit to release, since it is liable to be wedged into place. If the leak looks like something beyond your ability to repair, call a professional before you take anything apart. You don’t want to pay them to fix your mistakes before they can begin to fix the leak.

Turn off the Water

Without confusing water pipes with gas lines, you will need to turn off the water supply. Generally there are 2 valves under the kitchen sink, supplying hot and cold water through separate controls. If there is nothing under the sink, the main supply to your home will need to be shut off. This step is critical for you or your plumber, saving you from a messy cleanup project following the repair.

Make Repairs Timely

To prevent the wood under your kitchen sink from warping, do not allow it to be exposed to water for a long period of time. Fix any leaks immediately. This will also avoid mold and mildew from developing, which present a foul odor as well as health hazards.

Know When to Bring in Backup

It may be difficult to admit when your plumbing has you beaten, but it is important to recognize when your skills and resources are inadequate to fix your problem. Call your Roto-Rooter experts if you find yourself fixing the same mess repeatedly, or if a few initial attempts do not alleviate the problem.

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Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling Sell Your Home http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/bathroom-and-kitchen-remodeling-sell-your-home http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/bathroom-and-kitchen-remodeling-sell-your-home#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:55:52 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=543 Kitchen-TilePutting your house on the market is a great reason to get started on those updates and upgrades you’ve been putting off. Conventional wisdom says kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, and conventional wisdom is right. Doing some bathroom and kitchen remodeling in NJ could dramatically increase the appeal of your home to prospective buyers, resulting in a faster sale and possibly a higher sales price.

Think Before You Demolish

Before you bust out your sledgehammer, familiarize yourself with current home design trends and determine what you would like to change and how you would like it to look. It’s important to keep in mind the architectural style of your home when considering your new design goals and to stay true to the bones of the house. Nobody wants to walk into a Victorian home with an Ikea kitchen. Also, be mindful that you’re aware of the trends but don’t make things too trendy. You don’t want people looking at the house to immediately think, “Well, that’s going to have to be redone in a couple of years.” Stick with tried and true looks with a few trendy accents that can be easily swapped out once the fad passes. Next, you should figure out what you can realistically accomplish on your own given your skill set and how much free time you have available, and what you need a professional’s help to do. If you have experience tiling and a few spare Saturdays, you may want to handle the back splash or new floor on your own. However, knocking out walls and re-configuring plumbing or electrical schematics are tasks best left to those who really and truly know what they’re doing, unless collecting insurance money is an integral part of your ultimate plan. Keep in mind that remodeling doesn’t mean you have to gut a room and replace everything, so think about which of your existing fixtures you can work with instead of replacing. Maybe your cabinets would be just fine if you sanded and refinished them and installed new knobs, for instance. Or perhaps your floor would be passable with a deep cleaning and some new baseboards. In the bathroom, if you can’t make that avocado green bathtub look current, it may be more affordable get a fiberglass insert that is essentially a slipcover for your tub and shower than to buy a whole new tub. Resurfacing would be another option in that instance.

The Payoff

However you decide to go about it, making your kitchen and bathrooms the highlight of your home will pay big dividends in the end. You will easily recoup any money spent in the bathroom and kitchen remodeling in NJ when you sell your home and then some, so if it helps to think of it as an investment that would be completely valid. Consider it a savings account with a higher interest rate and faster accrual period. Buyers really do care about this stuff, and they really can be sold on a specific home because of it. If you’re serious about selling, get serious about updating.

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Four Tools to Find a Trusted Plumbing Expert http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/four-tools-to-find-a-trusted-plumbing-expert http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/four-tools-to-find-a-trusted-plumbing-expert#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:04:37 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=536 Plumbing ProfessionalWe have all had one of these experiences: the toilet will not flush, the sink is filled to the brim and will not drain, or there is a suspicious puddle in the kitchen. After the initial freak out it is time to get down to business, and that means calling a trusted plumbing expert. For many people, that will mean turning to the tried and true services provided by a local Roto-Rooter plumber. Here are some ways to choose an expert plumber to fix your drainage and leakage conundrums.

Superior Products

There are many great plumbing products used by professionals out there. However, if you are looking for plumbers who can use the right product at the right time, why not choose a member of a company that creates their own products for the job? Expert technical knowledge with an unbeatable arsenal for any situation is a combination that you just cannot beat. Look for a company who can not only fix your problem but can leave you with trusted tools, such as Roto-Rooter Pipe Shield or RootX.

Superior Reviews

Sites like Yelp or Google provide us with a means to hear what past clients of plumbing companies have to say about the services provided. You will have to look through a lot of reviews of different companies if you do not already have someone in mind. Most sites rate on a scale of zero to five. It is usually in your best interest to skim over any plumbers that have less than three stars. Look at what people have to say about timeliness and pricing, as well as if the problem was rectified the first time. Now, we all know that there are people that will find something to complain about, so read a good sampling of reviews to get a real idea of what to expect from the person or company you hire.

Timeliness

When there is a creeping puddle coming from your dishwasher or an intimidating amount of grey brackish water coming up from your tub drain, you do not want to wait days to have the issue resolved. We all know that Murphy’s Law will make sure these issues arise at the most inopportune of times, so look for a plumber that can be there within a couple hours. One of the best services provided by a plumber is that they are available 24/7. Another benefit, in addition to having your service man or woman there in a short period of time, is that they can complete the repair quickly as well. Now we should not expect that a full installation of a new dishwasher can be done in thirty minutes but you should expect that the time it takes to complete any plumbing job does not take an unnecessary amount of time.

Make a Phone Call

After all the frantic searching and time spent online to find your expert plumber one of the most important things to do is call them! Even companies with the best products or timeliness can have the worst customer service. If you have trouble making an appointment or dealing with the person who answers the phone it is likely that the level of customer service expected by the company may be less than you are looking to work with.

Put It All Together

It is important that all these factors come together to make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck. No one wants to see their money go to unprofessional or less than competent people, so make sure you feel comfortable hiring the plumber or company that you have researched. You can bet that going with a larger company like Roto-Rooter will provide all the customer service, experience, and superior products that you are looking for in your plumbing expert.

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How to Remodel your Kitchen with your Appliances in Mind http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/how-to-remodel-your-kitchen-with-your-appliances-in-mind http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/how-to-remodel-your-kitchen-with-your-appliances-in-mind#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:49:46 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=529 modern appliancesWhen planning a kitchen remodel, you’ve got to decide whether or not to keep your current appliances. Most homeowners can’t wait to see their squeaky clothes washer and leaky refrigerator hit the curb when they decide to remodel. However, if you recently moved and brought newer, beloved appliances with you to an outdated kitchen, you may want to keep them. Or, you may have bought new appliances in recent years out of necessity when kitchen remodeling was not an option and they’re still in good condition.

So, let’s approach this from two different perspectives.

Designing your Kitchen Remodel Around your Existing Appliances

  • You’re options are limited here, but at least you’re working with appliances you really like. Now, you’ll want to choose the rest of your elements to match both the style and functionality of the appliances.
  • In terms of style, if your refrigerator and range are stainless steel, then retro and contemporary styles make the most sense. If you choose a retro 40′s look, why not go with stainless steel subway tiles for a backsplash and stainless steel or tile countertops? If it’s a modern kitchen you want, then recycled glass, solid surface, granite, concrete, lava and quartz countertops should be on the list for consideration. Cabinets, flooring, lighting, fixtures, wall colors and accessories will follow suit in terms of style.
  • White, black and almond/bisque/off-white appliances each have styles they go best with. Peruse your favorite kitchen magazines and websites looking for appliances the color of yours. Taking note of the kitchen styles they go well with will get your creative kernels popping, and you’ll soon have great ideas for building your new kitchen around your existing appliances.

Designing your Kitchen Remodeling with a Clean Slate

  • When you’re replacing appliances, you’ve got far more choices. Some will find this overwhelming. Breathe deep. Take your time and do plenty of browsing. The more kitchens you get your eyes on, the easier it will be for you identify styles, colors, elements and accessories that reflect your tastes and what you want in your remodeled kitchen.
  • Begin by deciding what types what appliances fit the way you like to work in your kitchen. Ranges work with any style; cooktops tend to be more contemporary. Wall ovens lend themselves to traditional, country and contemporary design. A range with a built-in microwave has a contemporary look. Grills are traditional and country. Wine coolers deliver a contemporary flare. Built-in refrigerators usually have a very traditional appearance or one that is quite contemporary, based on the panel or finish that is used. Dishwashers…are dishwashers, and you’ll find the right one for your kitchen once the more important appliances are determined.
  • When you’ve decided how you want to store food and beverages and prepare meals in your kitchen, you will have a much clearer idea of the style to pursue using the guidelines above. If you plan a built-in fridge, a gas range with a grill alongside a wall-mounted oven and bread warmer, you’ve got the makings of a fantastic traditional, country, Old World or Mediterranean kitchen.
  • If you’re going with matching stainless steel refrigerator and freezer, an under-counter wine cooler and a range with a built-in microwave/convection oven, then you’re a contemporary guy or gal. If you’re in love with the color bisque, then traditional and country styles are “you.”

Building Out your Kitchen Plans

  • Once you have decided on the appliances and finishes you plan to use, then you can start to build out the rest of your kitchen based on the styles that work well with them. You’ve just narrowed your options, and this will make the rest of the selection process easier. You’ll enjoy it more too, because your ideal kitchen will be taking shape in your mind’s eye and soon in the appliances and other elements you’re physically bringing together.
  • Look for cabinets, countertops, flooring, plumbing fixtures and lighting fixtures, backsplashes and accessories that fit the design scheme you’ve chosen.

This is how to remodel your kitchen with your appliances in mind. It’s not the way everyone does it, but it is a popular approach with those who love to cook and care deeply about the appliances they use every day. For further information about appliances check out applianceaficianados.com.

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Update Your Home with Granite Countertops http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/update-your-home-with-granite-countertops http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/update-your-home-with-granite-countertops#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:56:37 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=521 Granite CountertopsOne of the places that people spend most of their time while they are home is in the kitchen. It is a place that will gather people together and a place many memories are created. Some kitchens may be outdated; don’t be embarrassed by your kitchen. Your kitchen needs to be a place that you love, especially since you are the one preparing the food and getting everyone together for meals. Updating and beautifying your home is a very common thing to do. It gives your home a new look and will add value to your home. By getting granite in Troy, Michigan, you will be able to make your kitchen a place that you enjoy spending your time.

Get the Best Quality

Granite and stone have become very popular for kitchens and bathrooms. It adds elegance and class to your home and gives it a richer feel. When it comes to granite, there are many different options of quality that you can choose from. You will most likely only replace your countertops once in your home and since new countertops are an investment, make sure that it is good quality that will look great. By getting the best quality of stone, your countertops will look absolutely incredible. Don’t have any regrets by getting a lesser quality. You need to love and enjoy your new kitchen and bathrooms and enjoy the elegance the stone has to offer.

Pick What You Want

Whether you are building a new house or replacing and updating your home, it is important that you are able to choose and customize your countertops to be exactly how you would like them. You will first have the option to choose what type of stone you want. You can decide from either granite, marble, silestone, caesarstone, or zodiaq. Once you decide which material will be the best for your home or business, you will then be able to choose which color of stone will look the best in your home. Experienced staff will also be able to help you pick out and envision what type of stone will complete the look of your home. By having so many great choices, you will be able to get the design that you were hoping for and have a kitchen and bathroom that will exceed your expectations.

A Great New Look

When you are looking to add new countertops to your home, it is important that you get exactly what you want. Since there are so many options, make sure that you don’t want to settle for anything but the best. By having a great quality of stone, your countertops will last for years to come. Visiting http://www.granitetroymi.com/, you will be able to get the expertise that you need to help you get the best look with the best design. Quality craftsmen will be able to beat your expectations and will give your home the elegance that it needs. No matter how big or small your kitchen might be, adding stone will give your home instant value and will be a great new addition that you will fall in love with.

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Tackling Your Small Kitchen Remodeling Project http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/tackling-your-small-kitchen-remodeling-project-2 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/tackling-your-small-kitchen-remodeling-project-2#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:47:17 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=520 Not everyone’s home is designed to fit a large kitchen that can seat a dozen people; some homes come smaller. There is nothing wrong with a small layout, as long as you can provide functional and cleaver storage ideas. Finding the right experts who handle Kitchen remodeling in NJ will help you feel happier and comfortable in your kitchen space.

Small KitchenDesigning Around Your Kitchen Limitations

With a small kitchen, space is limited. The ability to create space horizontally may also be limited; instead you may want to think about designs that allow you to stack up and use your vertical space in an appealing way. When space is tight you have to make the most out of every nook and cranny. Consider something like a pull out cabinet spice rack. This fits in seamlessly with your cabinets and takes advantage of unused space. This also has the bonus element of allowing you to see all the spices in an organized manner, instead of having to fish around for them in a pantry. Having a small kitchen designed just the right way can create an easy to navigate place to enjoy. You can also add a pull out pantry to save space and clutter from over taking your kitchen. Stacking your modern appliances will also help you to maximize your space.

Tips to Improve Your Space

Although open shelving is a another great alternative to create a more open feel, you have to keep in mind that you will probably be dusting and washing your dishes a lot more than you ever have before. Whites and light colors are usually a great go to color when you are trying to make your kitchen space feel larger. Dark colors and dramatic patterns tend to emphasize that your kitchen is smaller than it probably is. If your kitchen comes with a window, try and play up this piece because it will add great natural lighting to your space and create an illusion that your kitchen space is roomy. Keep your kitchen accessories to a minimum. Look for chairs that don’t have arms, this will allow for an easy way for you and your family to get in and out of tight spaces

Finding the Right Kitchen Layout

Having a U shaped kitchen design can help create efficiency where space is limited. Although this design may not be for everyone it can be set up by having your essentials for cooking and cleaning close by and perhaps having the refrigerator some distance away. Other popular design layouts for a small kitchen are one wall, galley, and L-shaped. Small kitchens focus on functionality and less on effectively using all of your space in a way that benefits you. When it comes to a small kitchen, clutter is definitely the enemy and something that you probably have to tackle and control on a daily or weekly basis. Remodeling your small kitchen into a functional and beautiful place that laughs in the face of clutter is something that an expert can help you with. Finding the right team to handle your kitchen remodeling in NJ is important. You want to make sure the contractor you hire is not only licensed and insured, but can also provide you with samples of kitchen remodels that they have previously done. The last thing you want to do is hire a framing contractor to do your kitchen remodel; you’ll likely end up frustrated with the process and the finished look.

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Do You Need A Plumbing Service During The Holidays? http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/do-you-need-a-plumbing-service-during-the-holidays http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/do-you-need-a-plumbing-service-during-the-holidays#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:46:06 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=509 You’re trying to host a holiday event that you know your friends and family will be talking about for years to come. Something usually always goes wrong, and when a pipe bursts or something happens with your septic system, it can seem like things are ruined. Fortunately, when you call a plumbing service in Miami, they can get things up and running again before you know it.

When Something Goes Wrong

You’ve been running all around the house trying to make sure everything is in place for your guests. You’ve been working hard to make sure things are perfect and that they will be comfortable in your home. So when something goes wrong—the electricity goes out, your appliances aren’t working, or something else messes everything up, you will want to get it fixed as soon as possible. The good thing is that many companies are on call no matter what goes wrong. You want things fixed fast, and when you call a reputable company with emergency services, you will know that you can have things running the way they should be. The holidays are stressful enough alone without the added problems relating to electricity or plumbing.

Plumbing ProfessionalGet It Done Right

When you run into a situation that requires calling a service, you want to make sure that the job is done efficiently and that you can get back to enjoying your holidays. If you’re unsure about which company to call, it never hurts to talk to friends and family about which companies they have used when they were in the same place you are. You can also call ahead and ask about prices. When you’ve spent so much money on making your holiday special, the last thing you will probably want to do is spend the money to have your system fixed. Think of it as getting it fixed for a long time, though. Someone who knows what they are doing can make sure that you don’t run into other problems down the line. When you get the issue taken care of now, you won’t have to deal with it later.

The Feeling of a Peaceful Mind

When the holidays come around, the last thing you need is a major problem you feel like you can’t handle. Accidents happen, and it’s important to get them taken care of quickly so you can get back to enjoying your time off with friends and family. Calling a reputable company can save you a ton of time and money later down the line. When you call a plumbing service in Miami, you can get back to the joys of the holiday, like baking and spending time with your family that has come to visit. You may not want to deal with a problem and you might wish that it never happened, but it takes only a few minutes to make everything okay again. Calling a service that is fast and can get things done quickly for you can save your holiday and make you feel better.

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Tackling Your Small Kitchen Remodeling Project http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/tackling-your-small-kitchen-remodeling-project http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/tackling-your-small-kitchen-remodeling-project#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:41:30 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=508 Small KitchenNot everyone’s home is designed to fit a large kitchen that can seat a dozen people; some homes come smaller. There is nothing wrong with a small layout, as long as you can provide functional and cleaver storage ideas. Finding the right experts who handle Kitchen remodeling in NJ will help you feel happier and comfortable in your kitchen space.

Designing Around Your Kitchen Limitations

With a small kitchen, space is limited. The ability to create space horizontally may also be limited; instead you may want to think about designs that allow you to stack up and use your vertical space in an appealing way. When space is tight you have to make the most out of every nook and cranny. Consider something like a pull out cabinet spice rack. This fits in seamlessly with your cabinets and takes advantage of unused space. This also has the bonus element of allowing you to see all the spices in an organized manner, instead of having to fish around for them in a pantry. Having a small kitchen designed just the right way can create an easy to navigate place to enjoy. You can also add a pull out pantry to save space and clutter from over taking your kitchen. Stacking your modern appliances will also help you to maximize your space.

Tips to Improve Your Space

Although open shelving is a another great alternative to create a more open feel, you have to keep in mind that you will probably be dusting and washing your dishes a lot more than you ever have before. Whites and light colors are usually a great go to color when you are trying to make your kitchen space feel larger. Dark colors and dramatic patterns tend to emphasize that your kitchen is smaller than it probably is. If your kitchen comes with a window, try and play up this piece because it will add great natural lighting to your space and create an illusion that your kitchen space is roomy. Keep your kitchen accessories to a minimum. Look for chairs that don’t have arms, this will allow for an easy way for you and your family to get in and out of tight spaces

Finding the Right Kitchen Layout

Having a U shaped kitchen design can help create efficiency where space is limited. Although this design may not be for everyone it can be set up by having your essentials for cooking and cleaning close by and perhaps having the refrigerator some distance away. Other popular design layouts for a small kitchen are one wall, galley, and L-shaped. Small kitchens focus on functionality and less on effectively using all of your space in a way that benefits you. When it comes to a small kitchen, clutter is definitely the enemy and something that you probably have to tackle and control on a daily or weekly basis. Remodeling your small kitchen into a functional and beautiful place that laughs in the face of clutter is something that an expert can help you with. Finding the right team to handle your kitchen remodeling in NJ is important. You want to make sure the contractor you hire is not only licensed and insured, but can also provide you with samples of kitchen remodels that they have previously done. The last thing you want to do is hire a framing contractor to do your kitchen remodel; you’ll likely end up frustrated with the process and the finished look.

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Affordable Choices In Custom Kitchen Ideas http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/affordable-choices-in-custom-kitchen-ideas http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/affordable-choices-in-custom-kitchen-ideas#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:33:46 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=496 Victorian Kitchen Design CabinetsWhen it is time to remodel or renovate your kitchen, the extent of the project will depend on at least two elements—the amount of your budget and the desired result or goal. The budget will naturally be the prime consideration and everything else must fit into that framework. Decide if the purpose for renovating the kitchen is to improve function or for aesthetics or both. If working within a smaller budget and all your custom kitchen ideas cannot be implemented, consider the Eco-friendly way of kitchen refurbishing for some parts rather than replacement.

Planning to completely renew the entire kitchen can become quite costly. If money is not a consideration, then  you will be limited only by your imagination. However, since most people fall between just a bit of paint and a completely new kitchen, many options are available for a new look and function without breaking the budget.

If you are happy with the layout of your present kitchen, for instance, and existing plumbing and wiring can be used, that is a budget friendly option.  Renovations start getting very expensive when you have to move plumbing and electrical, trust me on this one.   Plumbing and electrical relocation are best handled by the licensed professionals.

Generally the sections of the kitchen that need improvement or replacement fall into five categories which are:

  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Major appliances
  • Countertops
  • Lighting
  • Flooring

Start by taking a complete assessment of the kitchen to determine which part will need the most updating The next step is to contact home improvement stores or contractors for itemized estimates for the separate categories. Once the desired changes and the budget amount is decided, it is time to make choices within each category.

Kitchen Cabinets

Changing your cabinets makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of a kitchen and there are several choices available. Replacing the cabinets entirely is the most expensive choice but may not be necessary depending on the portion of the budget that is allotted to the cabinets. If the present cabinets are sturdy and of good quality, the more economical choice is refinishing. Unless you are very good at furniture refinishing, this is better left to professionals. When the cabinets are stripped, sanded, stained or painted and new hardware is in place, no one will know they are the same cabinets. Small Kitchen Remodel Or you can just reface the cabinets, which means leaving the basic structure of the cabinets in place and only replacing the cabinet doors and hardware, sometimes just updating the hardware is enough to give the cabinets an updated look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Appliances

The choice to replace all major appliances will depend on how old they are and how well they function. If your dream custom kitchen ideas include a must-have smooth-top range with a convection oven and touch controls, then make it a priority to fit this appliance into the budget. Newer appliances are more cost effective to run because of the new energy saving standards and in the long run help pay for themselves and put less strain on the environment. If all large appliances cannot be replaced, there is a good chance of matching the finish of the stove or other item you want to your existing ones.  Make sure your new appliances are energy star rated.  You might be able to claim some sort of rebate for these types of appliances.  But regardless, they will save you money.  I purchased my new kitchen appliances as a package deal and was able to get an extra 5% off.

Countertops

If countertops are worn and dated, nothing else you do in the kitchen will matter much in making the room attractive. However, replacing countertops is very expensive even with choosing the least costly material. Another option is refinishing, which has grown very popular recently thanks to new technology. It is an especially good option in older homes with large counters or odd angles. The process involves covering the existing counter with a hard, durable acrylic coating that is beautiful and easy to clean.Countertop Replacement

Another option is laying a very thin layer of granite or some other type of stone over the existing countertop. It is another Eco-friendly idea since the original countertop will not have to be disposed of and acts as a base for the new countertop.  If you tend to make a mess in the kitchen like I do, I found that a free flowing pattern in my granite works best for me.  I had a solid color laminate countertop previously and you could see every little stain or crumbs that didn’t quite get wiped off the counter.

Kitchen Lighting

New lighting can make a great difference in the ambiance and appearance of any room, including the kitchen. Good lighting is an important safety measure as well. Adding task lighting in the areas most used for food preparation and other jobs is inexpensive and well worth including. I had recessed lighting installed in my kitchen and put on a dimmer switch.  Once I’m done in the kitchen for the evening, I dim the lights and my kitchen looks beautiful . I have pendant lighting over my sink and bar area.  What is really nice is that I can change out the pendant lights without having to change the entire fixture.  That way I can update my color scheme whenever I choose (budget permitting of course) .

Eco Friendly Ideas in Flooring

When premium hardwood flooring is not in the budget, consider materials such as luxury vinyl or laminate. These durable substances capture a realistic look of ceramic, natural stone or plank flooring and offer many choices in colors and patterns. The current luxury vinyl and laminate are not the same as even 5 years ago.  Some of the new options are just beautiful and don’t even look like vinyl.

If you are concerned about the environment, Eco-friendly ideas in flooring include bamboo or cork. They are both renewable resources and their beauty and durability will make a lovely finish to your kitchen refurbishing project. They are both non-toxic and pest and mold resistant. You will proudly show off your beautiful new kitchen and your part in protecting the planet as well.modern kitchen flooring

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A New Look For Your Kitchen Even On A Tight Budget http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/a-new-look-for-your-kitchen-even-on-a-tight-budget http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/a-new-look-for-your-kitchen-even-on-a-tight-budget#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:19:40 +0000 http://designideasforyourkitchen.com/?p=479 Little changes, without costing an arm and a leg, throughout your kitchen can help you update its appearance and make the room look new. Complete kitchen renovation is way too costly in most cases. Following these budget conscious tips for a stylish renovated kitchen you will love and be proud to show off.

Appliance paint can be found in your local big box store in a variety of current fashionable colors and finishes. The hardest part of any of these types of projects in updating your appliances with paint is removing hardware and covering the parts you don’t want to change is covering them with painters tape. Make sure you get the tape secure against the edges of the areas you don’t want painted. However, painting them is fairly simple and you will be pleasantly surprised at how good your old appliances look.

Replacing old, stained burners with new shiny ones is a super easy and inexpensive improvement.   Use heavy-duty glass cleaner or even some type of oven cleaner to clean badly stained glass on your oven. A little fresh appliance paint, cleaned up burners and clean oven glass can go a long way to improving that area of your kitchen.

You can find a great selection of hardware for your cabinet faces that will change the appearance of your kitchen. Trying to decide on which hardware is probably the hardest part, well at least it was for me. Outdated hardware, can make your entire kitchen look dated. Take your old hardware with you when you do go shopping ( I actually leave one in my car just in case I find somewhere interesting to stop and look for handles); make sure you find new cabinet fixtures will fit the current cabinet holes. That way the new handles, knobs and pulls are easily attached.

Task lighting for under your cabinets can puts the spotlight on your beautiful countertop. It also has a nice glow when you turn off the main kitchen light.

You should consider changing what is probably not very flattering overhead lighting in your kitchen. I know mine was horrible it was fluorescent lighting and it was way too harsh. I changed mine to recessed lighting Recessed Lighting For Your Kitchenand also added some trendy pendant lights, one over the sink and a set over the bar area. Or if you ceiling height will permit perhaps some sort of an elegant chandelier style light designed specifically for the kitchen would be in order.
While curtains can change the entire look of a room, I prefer some sort of blinds that I can open all the way or just partially to filter the light. Curtains in the kitchen just get too dirty and smell like food all the time. Imagine burning something on the stove and the smell sits in your kitchen curtains for days. No thank you.

I know there is paint available for your kitchen faucets and other kitchen fixtures if you don’t want to replace them all together, but I have found some really nice fixtures that are affordable and most of them are updated to be eco friendly. This simple step will update your kitchen quickly.New kitchen faucet
Even though kitchens do not normally have a large amount of open floor space, I like a small rug or two to solidify the style of my kitchen. For example an elegant simplistic look, place a hardwood or bamboo looking mat on your kitchen floor. Or if you need some color in your kitchen a brightly colored and/or patterned rugs can add some much needed interest to a room that does not have much color. Finding colors that all work together in your kitchen pull the room together. Make sure your rugs are washable so you can toss them in the machine if you spill anything on them.

Updating your kitchen does not always require a lot of money. Mainly a little time, some effort on your part and a nice updated style can improve the look of your kitchen with very little expense.

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