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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Floor Plans for Kitchen

First, the owner should decide whether the remodeling would involve extending the space area of the kitchen. In a lot of cases, kitchen remodeling entails adding more space or islands to expand the kitchen’s working area.

Second, owners should determine whether the existing appliances are already enough or if more should be added. The volume occupied by kitchen appliances greatly affects the suitability of certain kitchen floor plans.

Lastly, it is helpful to think about the lifestyle of the kitchen owners and other people who frequent their house. Some kitchen owners would want to have a larger working area where they can cook. Others, however, prefer giving more space to the dining area where family members or guests can sit down and talk while doing kitchen tasks.

Apart from the factors previously mentioned, it would be helpful to apply the kitchen triangle method, which is suggested by experts, in the final kitchen floor plan. It is based on the positioning of the three most commonly used appliances or areas of the kitchen – the refrigerator, the sink and the cooking area. This way, experts say, moving around the kitchen becomes more efficient.

Among the kitchen floor plans, the most popular are the L-shape, U-shape, one-wall and open plan. The L-shape requires the refrigerator and sink to be placed against the same wall and the stove on the adjacent wall. The U-shape, on the other hand, separates the stove, sink and refrigerator by placing each one of them by a different wall.

Meanwhile, a one-wall kitchen floor plan is most effective for those whose space is limited. In this case, the stove and the refrigerator are placed against the same wall and the kitchen sink on the opposite wall. If the owners do not mind extending the kitchen area in other areas of the house, such as the living room or family area, they may choose to employ the open area kitchen floor plan. Just remember to position the sink in a place that is not readily visible to those who are in the family area.

Window Treatment in Kitchen

Size does matter when choosing window treatments for your kitchen window. Don’t overwhelm your small kitchen with large, bold prints. Choose smaller prints and lighter colors instead. Use accents sparingly. A drape over the window creates a great look, but it might devour a lot of space and make your kitchen window look ridiculously tiny. Work with your kitchen window size and you can’t go wrong.

Use a swag or a valance from which to hang curtains from. You can also use ruffled curtains to create a lovely country look. Want it plain? Go for the more structured tailored look and add a few accents like a colorful tieback, for example.

If you want more privacy but want to let in light, choose sheer printed curtains or louvered blinds. Roman blinds also work well or half-panel curtains that only cover a portion of the kitchen window. These window treatments allow a partial coverage without totally keeping you isolated in your little nook. They also give your kitchen a great look without a lot of cost.

When deciding on which window treatment to use for your kitchen, determine how much light you want to let in. While it’s always a good idea to encourage a lot of sunshine in, there might be times in the day when you want to reduce the glare. If you do, go for sheer curtains topped with printed fabrics or go for slightly thicker curtains and drapes you can tie back if you want more light.

Custom Kitchen Cabinet Design Firm

For custom kitchen cabinet design projects, you should find a reputable custom kitchen cabinet design company that you feel comfortable working with. To find a company that is right for you, you can ask friends, family, and neighbors. If they have recently finished a kitchen-remodeling project, that can give you advice that may save you not only time, but money as well. You can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes, so be sure, when you do pick a company you check their references and speak to satisfied customers before you begin.

You can also go to a local home improvement store when you can brush up on custom kitchen cabinet design terminology. You can also do your research online if you are pressed for time as many of us are these days. You can find out all you need to know about custom kitchen cabinet design when you search for information online.

You may decide to hire a professional such as a kitchen designer or an architect for your custom kitchen cabinet design. This can be ideal if you can afford it because with a professional, you will get the most out of your space in the most eye pleasing designs. A professional knows more than you do about the whole process and can steer you in the right direction. They can make your ideas a reality when you don’t know how. You may know what you want, but when it comes to custom kitchen cabinet design, you have a hard time expressing exactly what you mean.

Clean Stainless Steel

Here are several inexpensive ways you can clean the stainless steel items around your home, even those outside such as grills or even your trash cans (if you wanted to bother cleaning them!)

To clean your kitchen sink, put some olive oil on a cloth and rub the entire sink as well as the fixtures. Then clean with a dry cloth. This will also get rid of water spots.

To clean your electric skillet or roaster, just use club soda. Vinegar can be used to remove spots and stains from your utensils and flatware.

To get rid of grease on your appliances, rub with a mixture of ammonia and warm water. Large areas such as refrigerators or counter tops can be cleaned with glass cleaner or ammonia. If you have a rust problem, just use ordinary household cleaner as often as needed.

To avoid damage to your stainless steel items, never use steel wool as this will scratch the finish. Also, cookware should not be left on a high heat burner for a long period of time as this will cause discoloration which is not a “stain” that can be removed.

While you can find any number of products that give instructions on how to clean stainless steel, you can achieve the same sparkle without the use of abrasives and toxic chemicals.