3 Areas To Add To Your Workstation Kitchen

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Areas To Add To Your Workstation Kitchen

In the past, kitchens were designed based on the work triangle, creating easy access between preparation, cooking, and cleaning. However, contemporary kitchens tend to favor workstations instead. In a workstation-based kitchen, each workstation has its own set of cupboards, a major appliance, and adequate counter space. Workstation kitchens still have the preparation, cooking, and cleaning areas. However, they give you the opportunity to add areas to your kitchen that fit your lifestyle. Below are three workstation areas you should consider adding to your kitchen.  Coffee Station  If you regularly drink coffee, then it is likely that either a coffee pot or espresso machine is currently taking up valuable counter space in your kitchen. By purchasing a built-in coffee machine, you can save counter space and create a sleeker appearance. Besides the built-in coffee machine, your coffee station should include your coffee condiments, such as sugar or coconut oil, spoons, and cups. You will only need minimal counter space for this workstation, but placing it near your dish washing station is a good idea.  Canning Station Canning and freezing fresh foods at home is making a comeback in the United States. However, most modern kitchens are not designed to accommodate the canning process. Canning will require plenty of storage for canning supplies, spices, jars, and lids. Ideally, you will set your canning station between your preparation station and your stove, so you can easily clean and prepare your foods and then boil cans for sealing.  Snack Station  If you have children in your home, you may consider setting up a dedicated snack station for them. This station could have a microwave installed beneath the counter so young children can easily heat their own snacks. Additionally, you might consider a small refrigerator drawer to hold snack items. This way you can set aside a week’s worth of snacks in the refrigerator drawer and then allow your child to choose which snack they want each day, giving them more autonomy over their food choices. Ideally, the refrigerator door would be located directly below the microwave and you would have clear counter space above the microwave for making snacks such as sandwiches. A small cupboard to the side can hold dishes and cutlery as well as snacks that do not require refrigeration.  If you are in the process of designing a new kitchen, consider the way you use your current kitchen and decide if workstations might be more useful than the traditional kitchen triangle. Contact a kitchen remodeler, like Callier Thompson Kitchen & Bath or a similar location for more ideas and...

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4 Mistakes To Avoid While Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Mistakes To Avoid While Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

So your kitchen is a little outdated and you’re looking to take on a remodeling project that will bring your kitchen space into this decade, increasing the resale value of your home in the process. Before you decide on your kitchen remodeling plans, however, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to be careful to avoid. Failing to Optimize the Layout Don’t assume that the layout your kitchen currently has is the best one for your needs. Simply throwing new cabinets and countertops into your kitchen space isn’t going to do much if the space itself is non-functional. Consider meeting with a kitchen design contractor to figure out what layout will best suit your space. It might make more sense to shift the layout around a little in a way you never thought of in order to create additional space. Choosing a Non-Practical Counter Material These days, granite and marble countertops are very popular options. Not only are they elegant and durable, but they add that luxurious look and feel to any kitchen. Still, don’t be so closed-minded in your design that you’re not willing to consider other materials. After all, granite and marble both require maintenance in the form of re-sealing the stone every few years, whereas quartz is just as durable but is relatively maintenance-free. Not Taking Cabinets Up to the Ceiling If your existing kitchen had cabinets that stopped short of the ceiling, now is the time to change that. These days, home buyers prefer taller cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling (assuming you don’t have 15-foot ceilings in your kitchen). Cabinets that stop short are often a waste of space and a sign of an outdated kitchen. Failing to Consider Functional Space Finally, when designing your kitchen, don’t forget to consider the functional space while the kitchen is actually in use. For example, that huge refrigerator with the slide-out freezer door might seem like a great idea, but if there’s not much clearance between the sliding door and the cabinets across from it, you’re probably better off with a standard French-door refrigerator and freezer. This is another situation where working with a kitchen design specialist can help you maximize your space and avoid potential pitfalls. By avoiding these mistakes while designing your new kitchen, you can end up with a space that you absolutely love spending time in and that’s worth your investment. For more about this topic, talk to a remodeling contractor in your...

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How To Remove Mold From Wood Furniture

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove Mold From Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is beautiful, providing a warm and rich feeling to any room. However, it is also susceptible to mould and mildew, which occurs from excess moisture. This may be from a roofing leak following a big rainstorm, or simply having too much humidity indoors. If you find signs of mould on your wood furniture, follow these tips to remove it and save the furniture. Vacuum Loose Mould Spores If you find traces of mould or mildew on your wood furniture, you should start by simply vacuuming it with the attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Even if you don’t notice it, you likely have loose mould spores on the furniture. It may not be visible to you, or can look more like regular dust. By vacuuming up these loose spores, you avoid having them enter the air or drop onto the ground when you start cleaning the furniture. If the furniture is light enough, it is best to move the furniture outside and clean it there. This helps prevent it from spreading around your house. After you have vacuumed the furniture, empty the vacuum bag and dispose of it properly. Clean the brush attachment on your vacuum so no spores remain. Scrub Away the Mould and Mildew After you are done vacuuming, you can start cleaning the furniture. To start with, use just warm water and mild dish detergent. Other cleaners are available, but they might be too harsh for your furniture. Detergent works good on most types of furniture. However, any time you use a new cleaning product on wood, test an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t affect the wood. When you’re ready, dip a cloth into a bowl or bucket of soapy water, then start wiping away the areas of mould. Continue dipping it into the water and wiping away the mold. You may also need a cloth that is slightly abrasive, but without scratching the furniture. When you are done cleaning off the mould, use another cloth with just water to rinse it. Dry Out the Furniture As soon as you are done cleaning the furniture, you need to start drying it out. Moisture and water is what causes mould and mildew in the first place, so if you leave the furniture wet for too long, all this cleaning becomes pointless. The best thing to do is let it dry outside in the sun, but if that isn’t possible, point some fans toward the furniture to dry it quickly. To avoid excess moisture in the future, it is a good idea to use a dehumidifier in your home. Also apply a coat of wax over the wood furniture when it is dry to provide an additional layer of protection from mould and other types of damage. For assistance, talk to a mold remediation...

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Installing Window Film To Reflect Heat

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Installing Window Film To Reflect Heat

The summertime means hotter temperatures, and no matter how hard your air conditioner is running, the sun’s heat can make your home feel warmer than it should. Adding a reflective window coating or film can help keep the sun from penetrating the interior of your home and keep it cooler. You can find window film at many home improvement stores, and it’s fairly easy to install. Here’s how you can apply this protective coating to make summer living more comfortable for yourself and your family. Preparation Before you purchase the reflective window film, you’ll need to measure the length and width of every window. Be sure you’re just measuring the glass panes and not the sill or trim. It’s recommended that you add a bit more to the total number of square inches you calculate to provide for any excess or mistakes. A good rule of thumb is to add one inch per side to each pane of glass just to be sure you have enough material. Before you apply the film, clean your windows using a mixture of gentle soap (baby shampoo is a good choice) and water. Do not use ammonia or other glass cleaners, as this could damage the film. Make sure your windows are completely dry before application. Application When you’re ready to apply the reflective film to your windows, be sure you choose a time early in the morning or evening to avoid the sun’s heat during the day. Too much heat can cause the solution you will use to coat the glass and apply the film to dry out before it’s completely adhered. Window film has an adhesive on one side and is applied using an additional solution designed to help it adhere to the glass. Start from the top and begin placing the adhesive side directly onto the glass. Using the included solution, spray it evenly on top of the film and squeegee it slowly and evenly to remove any bubbles for a smooth finish.  Final Steps Once the reflective film has been applied to your windows, trim the excess off any edges using a utility knife. Spray some more solution onto the film and run the squeegee over it one more time to remove any remaining bubbles. Within a few minutes, the film will adhere to your windows, but it can take several days for the adhesive to allow the film to completely cure to your windows. With this simple installation process, you can reap the benefits of reflective window film all summer long to help keep you and your home cooler.  For more information, talk to a company like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling,...

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How To Repaint Your Bathroom Baseboard

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repaint Your Bathroom Baseboard

If your bathrooms need a facelift, there are few DIY projects that are as practical and achievable as a paint job. Painting the walls in your bathroom is a simple, but very effective way to completely redefine the look of the room. Homeowners love paint jobs because it is a project that can be done with minimal tools and training. With a few basic rollers, brushes and masking equipment, you can effectively paint interior walls and ceilings. One of the hardest parts of any paint job is painting the baseboards. This article explains how to paint bathroom baseboards like a pro. Taping Off and Prepping the Wood First, you cannot just paint the baseboard as it is. The baseboard is bound to have scratches and dents that need to be touched up before you can paint it. A simple high grit sanding sponge will get the job done. You don’t want to rub off the existing paint, but you should aim to make the surface smooth and consistent. If there are any holes or dents, you need to fill them with hardwood putty. This means you will need to then resand the puttied area after it dries to make it flat again. Next, wipe down the baseboard to remove any fine dust from the sanding. Then, you can tape it off. Use painter’s tape to cover the top edge. It is best it you place the tape line directly over the caulk. Taping the bottom edge will depend on what type of floor you have. For instance, you can use normal painter’s tape to cover wood, tile and linoleum floors. Rougher surfaces and carpet can’t be taped off as effectively. You can often tuck masking paper underneath the baseboard to cover the bottom edge. Painting the Baseboard Painting baseboard molding is a little harder than painting drywall. You should always use an angled, fine brush. The angled brush makes it easier to paint so near to the ground. Hardwood will not absorb paint very quickly, so you need to use a sparing amount on your brush. Use short strokes and overlap the paint so it blends in. By applying several thin coats, instead of one thick coat, you can get a smoother paint finish. Painting the baseboards is an essential part of any interior paint job. A straight line between the walls and baseboard will make the entire paint job line cleaner. For more tips or help with updating your bathroom, contact a local remodeling company like Foothill Bath, Kitchen, Window...

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Three Reasons You Should Green Your Roof Next Time You Get It Replaced

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons You Should Green Your Roof Next Time You Get It Replaced

As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to educate yourself on roofing materials before replacing your roof. You probably know that cool roof options exist and that they’re better for the environment, but why should you choose one for your house? What’s in it for you? Here are three reasons you should decide in favor of a cool roof for your roof replacement. 1. Money The real savings that you’ll get from a cool roof involves your energy bill. That may sound weird, but it’s because your roof is so important to the temperature of your house. This means that with a cooler roof, your air conditioning unit won’t have to work so hard to keep your house cool. This is great news, especially if your unit has had problems with freezing up from overwork. The energy saved can make quite a difference in your energy bill, and the wear and tear you’ll save your unit from by demanding less work of it will help it last longer than it might otherwise. 2. Convenience Another benefit of cool roofing is longevity. Cool roofs often last much longer than asphalt shingles, meaning you’ll have to replace your roof much less frequently. One reason for this is that many common cool roof materials (such as metal and tile) are more durable and have longer working lives than asphalt. Another reason is that a “cool roof coating,” which is often used on cool roofs, helps protect roofing materials by adding a layer of waterproofing so the roof can last even longer.  3. Environmental responsibility If you’re an avid environmentalist or even just an environmentally responsible citizen of your town or city, you may have heard about something called “urban heat island effect.” This is a rise in temperature that occurs in cities and towns, mainly because of the hot black surfaces of roads and roofs. The increased temperature makes the town less comfortable, increases the chances of heat-related illness in summer, and plays havoc with the local ecosystems and any relatively nearby waterways where storm water might end up. A cool roof is one step toward mitigating the urban heat island effect of your community. So if you plan a cool roof for your next roofing replacement, you’re supporting environmental efforts and adding your influence to the mitigation of your city’s heat island. These three reasons are just a few of the arguments in favor of a cool roof. Research the available cool roof options, such as slate, copper, and tile roofing, and you may just fall in love with an environmentally responsible roof. Talk with a local roofer like Angle Ridge Remodeling for more...

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