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Ideas to Design a Dream Kitchen

March 31st, 2012

By Lawrence Reaves

A dream kitchen is one of the most desired items in a house, as it is one of the key focal areas of any home. You need to remember that remodeling a kitchen is actually a pretty straightforward thing. You do not have to worry about too many pipes as with a bathroom. And you will find that cabinets and your appliances are usually pretty square and will fit as they are supposed to. Also know that there is huge mark up in labor and materials for putting in a new kitchen. So you may want to think twice about spending 20,000 dollars for a new kitchen when you can do it yourself.

Of course, people who are not experienced builders shudder at the thought of putting in a kitchen themselves. You really can do it. What you need to do is get some graph paper and a couple pencils. Measure the whole kitchen and lay out the floor plan. You can make a scale map pretty easily if you measure it all accurately.

Now you are going to want to select the appliances you want. The good thing about most of these products is the sizes are fairly standard. You know a stove is going to measure 30 inches across, and you know that a dishwasher is going to be 24 inches. Fridges of course can come in several sizes.
Next, you have to decide about where your water is going to be coming from. It is a good idea to try to keep the water sources about where they are or you are going to be into some serious work. If you are ok where the sink is, you will not have to move any pipes. This is also the case with the dishwasher. If you do want to move the location of one of these, this is what they invented the extension pipe for, so don’t worry. Remember that if you start messing with the water lines, know where the water shut off is both in your house and in the street.

Kitchen cabinets can vary a lot in price so be ready for that. The most pricy part of most cabinets is going to be the front door. You actually can put together cabinets yourself and save a ton of money. You will need to draw in where the cabinets are going to do on your paper. Remember that the hardware is a place where you can save a lot of money. Buy a lot of that stuff online and watch how much you can save.

You should try to not buy granite countertops as you are not going to get your money back, but you can make due with laminate just fine.
If you will follow some of these tips to create your new kitchen, we think that you will really like how it looks. And you should be able to get more for your house when it comes time to make the sale in a few years.

Accent Building Products is a direct distributor of the industry’s top accent home and building products.Click here for more about the cabinets and other home improvement products they offer.



Making Your Kitchen Spacious Without Going Over Your Budget

July 31st, 2011

The Pros and Cons of a Full Renovation

More families nowadays are increasing the amount of time they spend inside the kitchen. This has led to a sharp increase in the number of annual kitchen renovations. Creating a new kitchen for your home can involve adding new cabinets, countertops, appliances and making your kitchen space more comfortable and functional for everyone in your home.

One goal of most kitchen renovations is to make the kitchen spacious. You’re going to have a hard time enjoying all of the great new additions to your kitchen if it’s still tight on space. There are several different ways to add more space to your kitchen.

The first is to do an actual renovation. The upside to this option is it allows you to add the most space to your kitchen. This can make room for new components like an island you want to add to your kitchen.

The downside to this option is its cost. Adding space in your kitchen in this manner requires demolition, adding foundation to the room, putting additional flooring and more. Not only can this option be pricey, but it can also take quite awhile to complete.

Deciding whether or not to fully remodel your kitchen comes down to your plans. If you’re only going to live in your home for a few years, it’s likely not worth the money and effort. But if you’re planning to stay on your home for another five to ten years, the result will definitely be worth the cost.

A Bump Out May Be All You Need

Changing your kitchen space may not require fully remodeling the space. You may simply want a bit of extra space for an element like a small area to eat. Depending on the layout of your home, it may be possible to bump out this additional space.

The difference with this option and remodeling fully is the space is being extended instead of creating a new one. This results in far less work and thus a much lower cost. It’s definitely worth talking to a kitchen designer or contractor to see if this is a feasible option for your kitchen.

Add Space on the Cheap with Visual Tricks

Most people who live in an apartment don’t have the ability to fully remodel or bump out space. Some homeowners may not have the budget for either of these options.

The good news is there are visual tricks you can employ to make your kitchen feel bigger. Natural light is the number one way to increase the perceived size of your kitchen.

Lots of glossy surfaces can feel overwhelming in larger kitchens. But choosing options that are glossy for the cabinets and the surfaces is an excellent way to open a space that is smaller. Combining gloss with natural light can make a small kitchen feel much larger.

Tile can be used in multiple ways to increase how big your kitchen seems. Tiling all the way up the wall can make your kitchen feel taller. A designer can show you how laying tile down in a specific pattern can make your kitchen feel wider.

When it comes to adding new cabinets to your kitchen, one of the most important decisions you will make is the company you choose to work with throughout this process. One company that won’t disappoint you is Huntwood Industries. As you can see from Kitchen Cabinets and Spokane Remodeling, Huntwood will be there to guide you through this process.



Guidelines When Updating Your Kitchen

July 24th, 2011

5 Measurements to Help You Choose the Perfect Kitchen Table

The table you choose needs to allow for at least 24 inches between each chair you plan to add.

30 inches is the perfect height for a kitchen table. If your table is going to be accented by a hanging light fixture, you also want to have at least 30 inches of clearance between the fixture and top of your table.

The table that you opt to look for should be 30 inches wide. This will provide a comfortable amount of space between the seats on either side of the table.

Allow for 42 inches between your table and any other pieces of furniture. This will give you room to walk without needing to squeeze through a gap. If space is tight, you can reduce the distance to 36 inches.

Kitchen Countertops 101

Granite is the most popular option. Homeowners love granite for it’s appearance and durability. This countertop usually increases the home’s value. The downside is it’s susceptible to stains. It can also be quite costly.

Slate is great because it’s resistant to stains. It is not resistant to chips and scratches. Minor scratches can usually be removed with sandpaper.

Limestone can make a kitchen look timeless. It’s also an organic choice that’s very versatile. The main problem with this is it’s not scratch resistant, or stain proof. It also falls on the higher end of the price spectrum.

White marble is a great and a really classic choice. Like many classics, it comes with a price. This option is prone to discoloration and scratches.

Wood is perfect for the kitchen where there are plenty of foods that are being prepared. This countertop can be put to hard work. Rejuvenating a wood countertop is as simple as sanding it. You do have to be conscious of not sitting hot cookware on it. The same goes for promptly cleaning up any vinegar that gets on the countertop. It’s also important to apply mineral oil to the surface on a regular basis.

Soapstone is a less common but really great option. This countertop is resistant to heat and stains. You do need to regularly apply mineral oil to soapstone. The reason soapstone is not seen in tons of homes is it’s the most expensive option on this list.

Ideas for Making Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

Coat any new additions to your kitchen with BluWood. This will protect new wood against mold without releasing any harmful chemicals into your home.

Open up your kitchen with natural lighting. Opting for energy-efficient options will cut down on how much electricity your home uses. It will also keep more money in your pocket.

Brighten up your kitchen by bringing in fresh flowers on a regular basis.

Stop doing your own dishes. Many people don’t realize that putting their dishes directly in the dishwasher and then running it when it’s full uses less water and energy than washing them by hand. What’s great about this change is it also saves you time.

Consider using bamboo for your kitchen cabinets. Cork is another eco-friendly material you can use in your kitchen.

Now that you’ve decided that you are going to upgrade your kitchen with new cabinets, you are probably interested in finding some expert advice on making this process as easy as possible. To get started on the right track, find out more about what you can learn from Zach Hunt at Huntwood Industries by going to Spokane Remodeling and Cabinets Spokane.



Going About Room Remodeling

July 18th, 2011

If you’re planning to have a new look for a room on your house, then chances are you need to remodel it. Now, you’re problem is where to start, what you need to take into consideration and how you want to make the room the way you have imagined it to be. There are many factors that you need to take into consideration. You need to know exactly the space that you’ll be working on, what equipment that you have to use – yes, it is overwhelming. That’s why in this article, we’ll look at a few steps that you need to take in in order to make your remodeling easier. These are the basic foundations to successful remodeling, and if you are able to follow them, you’ll find how easy remodeling is.

The first thing you are going to need to do is to analyse and brainstorm. Basically when we say brainstorm and analyse, we are talking about writing down everything that you want done. You must identify exactly what your needs are first before you go ahead and start knocking walls down and removing furniture. You need to take into consideration as much as you can. These considerations will include: the functionality of the room, the positioning of the furniture, the size of the room (before and after), the color of the wallpaper and so on. Once you have written down all the key points, you then need to decide how they are considered when you remodel. So, you need to think about how the room will look after you have changed the wallpaper, whether or not the new furniture fits in, and all the other factors mentioned. Once you have painted the perfect picture of your new room in your mind, you will be ready to start remodelling.

Before you can start the actual remodelling, you are going to have to clean the room. Whether you want to do this or not, it is definitely vital for the success of your remodelling. There is nothing more difficult and challenging than remodeling a room that you can’t walk in without stepping into some foreign object. Once the room is tidy and easily accessible, you will be ready to eliminate all the things you don’t need from that room.

First off – take a look around the room and ask yourself what you actually need to be in there. If there is no use for a certain object or piece of furniture then get rid of it. If there are pieces of furniture in the room that don’t fit into your plans, then they will only become a burden when you come to starting the remodelling. Sometimes there will be furniture that doesn’t need to be moved, but can actually be modified instead. When we say modifying, we mean that all you may need to do is paint over a certain piece of furniture or part of the room so that it fits in to what you had planned. Make sure you use your head before making any drastic decisions.

After you have planned everything perfectly, you should then be free to remodel your room without having to go through too much stress. After you have finished remodelling, just take a step back from what you have done and see if it is exactly what you had in mind. You will then need to ask yourself, is the room actually better or worse for the house? If you think that it matches exactly what you are after, then you are free to add to the room or leave it as it is. If not, then you need to restart everything all over again!

Before you decide what cabinets to order for your home, you want to talk with a cabinet expert. To talk to someone who’s going to listen to what you want and then provide you with the best recommendations, get in touch with Zach Hunt from Huntwood Industries. To find out more about working with Huntwood, head over to Spokane Remodeling or Cabinets Spokane.



Using Cabinet Hardware As Finishing Touches

July 17th, 2011

After all those countless options, you have finally decided the kind of cabinets you’d like to add to your home. Not only have you finalized the style of cabinets that you want to put on your kitchen, bedroom or other room, but you’ve also decided on the kind of wood is gonna look best for your home. You may think that the process is finally over, but there is actually more to do before you’re truly done. The final step that you need to do to complete what kind of hardware for the cabinet you’ll be using. Though it may seem like it’s a minor detail that doesn’t need time spending on, this ais actually one of the most important decision. The hardware that you will be choosing can make your new cabinets look better than you have expected, the wrong hardware can ruin the overall look you’re trying to have for your new cabinets.

There are two main types of cabinet hardware which are knobs and pulls. The right option for your new cabinets will mainly depend on the look that you want to have. Of the two choices, pulls are generally considered the more modern choice. This is because their length can give cabinets a very slick and polished appearance. However, this doesn’t mean that knobs can’t work in a modern setting. In some cases, you want a modern option that is nothing more than a subtle accent. This kind of scenario is exactly when knobs work very well. For example, the new cabinets that has a polished silver knobs looks sleeker than the cabinets of the same type but with pulls.

Even if you’re quite decided to take the pulls, it’s still worth taking a look at the knobs that are available. The reason this can be useful is because it will allow you to see all of what’s available instead of feeling like you need to limit yourself to a smaller selection. As you’re looking at knobs, one of the things that you want to keep in mind is that less is definitely more. You notice that there are few “busy” options that is available. In fact, many of these options cross all the way to being quite gaudy. The reason that you want to avoid these options is because they are exactly the types of choices that can sabotage the great look of your new cabinets. While you may think this doesn’t apply to you if you aren’t trying to create a really modern look, there’s simply no reason to go with this type of hardware. To avoid regretting your hardware decision, your best option is to stick with simplicity.

Before making your last decision for the hardware, you need to check the last factor for your hardware, of it’s proportionate to your cabinets. You might have selected a great style of knobs or pulls, but if they tend to be too small or too large for you cabinets, it won’t look attractive at all. By paying much attention to this detail, you can have a big chance to end up with the right type of hardware to complete the look of your new cabinets.

Adding new cabinets to your kitchen can give it a completely new look. If you’re getting started with this process and want some help, Zach Hunt from Huntwood Industries can provide you with the assistance you need to add the perfect new cabinets to your kitchen. To see just how easy this process can be, go look at Spokane Remodeling and Spokane Cabinets.



The Little Things You Can Do To Increase The Value Of Your House

July 14th, 2011

Increasing the value of your house doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to buy thousands worth of equipments and materials. Sometimes, you can increase it simply by doing a few changes. People often get tempted to spend so much equipment on every fancy bit of equipment, that’s why they find themselves struggling to find a make a return on their investment because it wasn’t planned properly. Spending money is something that you have to plan very, very wisely and if you are not careful enough, you could find yourself come to the end of your house remodeling. In this article, we shall look at ways to increase the value of your house without spending too much money.

The first place you can start is your kitchen. Take a look around and see how much space you have first. If there isn’t much space in your kitchen, and you can see that it’s very messy, then you need to want to make some room. You may want to remove a few kitchen cabinets so that things will seem more practical in the kitchen. Nobody is going to want to buy a house that has a cramped kitchen. Lets face it, the kitchen is one of the most important places in the house, seeing as that is where your food is being made – and if people think they cant work in the kitchen efficiently, they wont be interested. So make as much space as possible without moving too much important elements.

The next thing you can do it to think about all the little things that might need changing. Upgrading little parts of your house, such as door knobs, can add up and have a big effect on the overall value of your home. You may want to purchase new door knobs, have clean windows, refurbish your cabinets, change the curtains and so on. When buyers come to your house, the will notice every single detail in it – and if your house looks like it has been well looked after in all departments, they will be much more likely to buy it from you.

Next is your garden. Keeping your garden in great condition is a sure-fire way to increase its value. It’s really not too hard either. Take a thorough look on your garden and check the condition its in at the moment. If its an overgrown jungle out there, then you are going to need to get some lawn mowing done. Always make sure that you trim your grass with a sharp razor blade and maintain its beauty with regular fertilization. Buyers will go crazy at the site of a well looked after garden.

these are the basic things that you can do in order to increase the value of your home. They are thousands of other little ways that you can do up your house without having to pay much money. You should be able to do most of the jobs without having to hire someone in to do them – this way, you will be saving a lot of money. Make use of these tips as a guideline to remodel your house – and with the use of your brain, you’ll be able to figure out ways to make your house look more beautiful without spending too much money or make much effort.

Because you’re a homeowner and not a professional decorator, you may feel intimidated about upgrading your kitchen with new cabinets. However, be assured that when you work with a company like Huntwood Industries, you have absolutely no reason to feel intimidated. Just visit Edmonton Kitchen Cabinets or Cabinets to find out more about what we can offer you.



Jazzing Your Bathroom Up Without Having To Spend Too Much

July 13th, 2011

Having a nice looking bathroom is hard to achieve when you don’t have enough money coming in. The reality is, a lot of homeowners can’t afford to make their houses beautiful, especially when they have bills and mortgages to pay. It also goes the same for people who are trying to sell it in the future, it’s just really hard to raise the extra fund just to redecorate the bathroom. However, there are few ways that you can still make your bathroom nicer without spending too much. Giving your bathroom a whole new look is a great way to make your house look like more of a home and even help get its value increased. So in this article, we shall look at some options to jazz up your bathroom without making you bankrupt.

When doing up your bathroom, you don’t have to be pulling out your sink and bath-tub and replacing them with fancy new ones. If you take a look around your bathroom, you will notice that you are probably lacking in the accessories department. Getting nice looking accessories for your bathroom is also a great way to make it look fresh and modern without spending a fortune. A lot of companies are now producing great looking soaps, dispenser, toothbrush holders, bins and even towel racks. Adding a few of these with matching themes to your bathroom will make it look a whole lot better in no time, and without having to spend too much money either. Try not to buy too much of the same thing, or mix around with color schemes too much as this will make your bathroom look a bit unattractive.

An affordable way to make your bathroom look a hundred times more classy, is to add glass where possible. By this, we mean that you might be able to replace your shower door with something with a glass like texture. Glass instantly creates a wealthy look and will almost definitely increase the value of your home. You may want to look at having some inexpensive glass cabinets installed into your bathroom too. The quality won’t be great, but it will still look better than those tacky wooden ones you have up at the moment. Always try and be as cost efficient as you can when doing up your bathroom, and always prioritise. If you are thinking about making some big changes and don’t have the money, just pick on one of two things you can afford and do what you can with the rest. This may include changing the sink you currently have, or replacing it for a nicer one. Whatever you do, just make sure you have a very strict budget that you can stick to and plan everything before you make any changes.

Repainting your bathroom walls is another cheap way to make it look nicer. You don’t always have to buy expensive tiling and wallpaper in order to make your bathroom look beautiful. sometimes all you need need is a fresh layer of paint and its done. You will probably want to buy some paint that matches your color theme or you might find yourself with an over contrasting bathroom, which is never pleasant. Applying white paint always make bathrooms clean and fresh, just add a few layers to give it a glossy look afterwards.

These are the basics to jazzing your bathroom up without spending much money. Use these tips wisely and you will soon create the bathroom of your dreams without breaking the bank.

If you want to change the look of your home without extensive renovations, new kitchen cabinets are one of the best options. If you’re ready to get started, Zach Hunt of Huntwood Industries will be more than happy to guide you. As you can see at Spokane Remodeling and Cabinets, getting started with this process is actually quite easy to do.



Increasing the Value of a Home Through Renovations

May 10th, 2011

There are many reasons homeowners want to renovate their homes. One of the major reasons these days is to increase the value of their home. How do you know if what you are doing is going to be a valuable home improvement? Are you also renovating in the meantime to add comfort while you are still in the home? Of course, so it is important to research the renovations that will return the most bang for your money.

Things to consider doing to spruce your home up that add value without a lot of cash out of pocket are cosmetic like painting, getting new updated fixtures and new flooring can add a lot of appeal to a home. These are manly things you can do or hire out to a local handyman. These little things are inexpensive but will give the impression of a clean kept up home which is what you want when you are putting money into your home. Other things that can make a large difference are things that just require cash not a lot of effort such as area rugs and fresh linens.

If you are looking for a home improvement project that is going to make a huge impact on a home’s value look into renovating the kitchens and bathrooms. They are often the projects that will involve hiring a contractor but can offer you the most added value upon resale and comfort while you still own the home. It is important to determine your exact motives when looking into any remodeling/renovation project to make sure that it is worth the time, money and effort.

When thinking about updates consider the range of time that you hope to stay in this home. If you are thinking that you are going to place it on the market in a year it is probably best not to begin a kitchen remodel that is going to take 4 months and cost upwards of thirty thousand dollars. I would think about projects in increments of time. If you plan on selling the house within four years from the time of renovation carefully do a cost analysis to determine if it is worth the expense. Will you get your money out of the project?

Projects to consider in this time frame range from new flooring, windows, a roof, siding, painting, freshen up landscaping and staining the deck. Things that are relatively inexpensive but that produce an appeal to buyers. If you are planning to stay in your home for a period of time greater than four years you can take on the expense of a kitchen or bathroom remodel and get your money out of the investment in the end. Plus you have had time to enjoy it and savor the changes that have been made.

There are many cost analyzers on the internet today that will help you financially determine if the home improvement costs are outweighed by the increase of value to the home. It is important in any renovation that you are satisfied with the end result and that appeal has been added to your home. You are the one that has to love where you live so also keep that in mind during your next renovating project.



Prehung Doors-Hinge and Knob Hardware

January 9th, 2011

When prehung doors are ordered, the homeowner needs to choose which finish they want on the hardware. Because (here’s a big tip), the salesperson may not ask you and the hinges are usually a default color, which is brass. If you want a different color hinge, then tell the door supplier when you order. This applies only to prehung doors since slabs do not come with a hinge installed. The door and knob hardware may be the last thing on your mind at this point, but it is good to know that a decision should be made when the doors are ordered.

The finishes commonly available for knobs and hinges are brass: (polished or dull), brushed chrome, nickel, bronze and antique brass. There are, however, all sorts of finishes available like black or glass. These would be a special order.

The color of your doorknobs should be in the same tone as your hinges. However, you don’t need to necessarily have an exact match-in color and finish. For instance, polished brass doorknobs go well with dull brass hinges. This combination coordinates the color, but allows the hinges to appear less prominent than the knobs. For most doors, hinges should not be a focal point of the door and need to blend in, rather than stand out. For a standard door height, then the standard hinges are typically simple.

Fancier and larger hinges are available to complement tall, stylish doors. Some doors are tall and heavy enough to require a bigger hinge and/or more of them. Picture an 8 ft tall, heavy mahogany wood, like you might see in a lawyer’s office. That type of door will have at least 3, maybe 4, hinges and big ones too! Fancy, shiny hinges would look perfectly fitting on a door of this type.

Some tips about door and knob hardware:

• Lever handles may be easier to use than knobs for people who have difficulty grasping or using their hands.

• On double doors that are not passage (only open from one side), there is a nifty piece of hardware called a “ball or roller catch”. It is hidden at the top and keeps the door closed. This way, you can use any knob or pull since they do not have to actually function.

• If you want the hinges to match the knobs perfectly, you will need to make this selection at the door supplier. If the knobs (with other hardware), are chosen later in your house building or remodeling process, then it may be a different manufacturer than the hinges. For prehung doors, the hinges come installed on the door.

• When the doors are ordered, most homeowners have not even considered the hardware for their house yet. You may not be at that point in the construction process. Give some thought to the finish of the other fixtures in your house: plumbing faucets and lighting. You probably want them to match with your interior doors.

If you do have to swap out the hinges on your prehung doors, it is not THAT big of a deal. During a house building or remodeling project, it all adds up in terms of cost, however, so as the homeowner, think about hardware before you order your interior, prehung doors.

Info for a homeowner to have a successful remodeling or house building at BuilderInYourPocket.com . A buying guide is a big help for selections-Complete Guide to Buying Interior Doors.
Free resources about doors, managing your project and money, the emotional roller coaster and more. Julie Groth is a builder and remodeler.

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