Monthly Archives: June 2012

Why Remodeling Your Kitchen is Necessary

The roasting spit in this European medieval ki...

The roasting spit in this European medieval kitchen was driven automatically by a propeller the black cloverleaf-like structure in the upper left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being a homeowner, it is very unsettling for us to decide whether to have it remodeled or not. Since there are many complications during the decision-making wherein most of these problems occur during the budget or the extensive expenses that we might meet in the future. Some of the main reasons why remodeling our kitchen is necessary is because we might find it disturbing enough to find different things scattering around the cabinets, unorganized kitchen and have a limited space to work on. Since the kitchen is where we spend most of our time, we might value it a little more by having it remodeled bit by bit starting off with the drawer organizers to lessen the expenses that we might expect in the future.

Since there are many complications about the remodeling process, the most common reasons for it is because we just find it interesting to the mere fact that we want to see and feel a more comfortable ambiance when we stay in the area. But since most of us find it expensive to fulfill the needs to have the kitchen remodeled, there are a lot of tips and instructions on how to slowly cope with the budget to have a great kitchen through searching the internet or magazines. Kitchen remodeling may indeed be expensive but there are a lot of ways that we might join during the remodeling process by using different items in our kitchen where we can still use as a decoration or a much useful space or cabinet.

Indeed, there are many of us who are still unaware that such remodeling can happen and can give us a lesser expense compared to purchasing a new home when we feel uncomfortable with the present one. Thus, this process has always been expensive and unnecessary. So before we buy a new home, we might think again about the uncertainties and the extensive budget that we can get. Buying a new home leads to more cost since we always make renovations to the different rooms and areas of the house that we feel that we are not comfortable.

Another reason for kitchen renovations is the need for repair in the different areas or space. Some areas like the countertops, the ceiling, the sink leakage and the cracking or breakage of the cabinets needs immediate repair to avoid complications during daily use. We should also take note of the unwanted mold and algae formation in some wooden or cemented areas in the kitchen where it is exposed to moisture to avoid health problems or symptoms that we may acquire to such. We will find different materials or ready-made products that we can replace on the existing items in the kitchen with lesser price.

In conclusion, reasons for kitchen remodeling doesn’t always have to be based on the mere fact that we want to but also the needs of the kitchen in certain areas that needs replacement or organization of some items that allows us more comfort. Kitchen remodeling budget may depend on the type of items and areas that you wanted to remodel and the type of materials that we are going to use. Hence, if we wanted to save more time and effort by doing so and might feel uncomfortable in doing the deed our self, we can always hire a professional to do the job but expect the budget to be more than what we expect it to be but nonetheless, we are sure that we can get what we want the most for our kitchen.


5 Things to Do Before Starting A Kitchen Design Project (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found this article and I thought the author had a lot of good points so I wanted to share it with you.

In deciding on what to do in hiring a kitchen designer a well thought out plan is necessary for any kitchen design project to be successful. 

A good kitchen designer should be able to work with you to create the design that will both fit your desires and needs and that squares with your budget.

1. How Much Are You Willing To Spend?
Level with the designer just how much you will be willing to spend on your kitchen design project.
Let the designer know just what you would feel comfortable spending. This way you can insure that the designer and contractor will have a clear direction on where to go with the project and not go overboard. They will have a good idea of the limits when drawing up plans and selecting materials.

2. How Much Time Are You Willing To Devote?
You need to consider what your personal needs are and if you will be able to work around the necessary construction in your kitchen. By consulting with an experienced kitchen designer you can get a good idea of how long your kitchen design project will take by providing a timeline that your family can plan around.

3. What Style Are You Planning For Your Kitchen Design Project?
You want to give the kitchen designer as much information as possible. You need to do as much research as possible before your meeting with a kitchen designer.

First you should consult with design magazines and catalogs to get an idea of what style and design elements you would like to see for your kitchen. To compile more ideas visit kitchen design showrooms, check out products and design on the internet and take notes. What are your likes and dislikes regarding color and styles. Make a scrapbook with clips from the magazines and catalogs, as well as examples of materials and design elements you would like to see in the kitchen. Use these to show the kitchen designer what your vision is for the new kitchen. Also bring a list of questions for your kitchen designer.

4. How Do You Use Your Kitchen?
You need to be prepared for questions that a kitchen designer will ask you when you first meet with him. Among the questions that you need to ask yourself before talking to your kitchen designer are:
Will you be doing a lot of entertaining with family and friends? Is your family busy during the week with lots of activities? You should also fine out what other family members have in the way of ideas.

5. How To Prepare For Your Kitchen Design Project?
You will need to prepare for the disruption that will be caused by your kitchen design project. But with the right planning you can make the project run as smoothly and a quickly as possible.
You need to make sure that the kitchen design project area and the living area are separate for both safety reasons and to stay out of the way of the contractor and his crew. You might have to set up a temporary kitchen in another room of the house. What time of the year you schedule a kitchen design project can make it easier on everyone since in the warmer months it is possible to eat and cook outdoors.

About the Author

James Mahoney is the author of many kitchen design articles and has a site about kitchen design ideas at <a href="">Kitchen Designers He also publishes a newletter on kitchen design.

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Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

For those of us with very busy lifestyles, when we are at home, we need to be able to do everything we need to do as fast as we can, including preparing our meals for our family. This is why it is important for us to keep our kitchen organized and efficient. Bread Drawer InsertsTake a look around your kitchen. What do you see?  Do you see half empty bottles of condiments? Unused utensils? Plates and pots all at the same place? Then it’s time to organize your kitchen.

First things first, go through your entire kitchen starting with all surfaces. Go through all the stuff that seems to be on ‘display’. It may be decorative candles or artificial flowers, or a condiments tray left at the table. Whatever it is, always keep in mind, if it’s not needed on top of your sink or counters take it out. Next, open all your cabinets, drawers, pantry even your refrigerator. Get rid of any stuff that’s broken, expired or spoilt. Sometimes we don’t realize how much we tend to accumulate, and the best way to start organizing your kitchen is to de-clutter.

Next, look around and determine your work space. When you are preparing your dish and cooking, do you constantly need to go out of your way to get ingredients? Do your kitchen activities flow smoothly? If not, then you need to plot your space better. Store the utensils you use according to their activity. For example, store your chopping board, knives, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, etc. near your prep area. While your cooking area should have your pots, pans, cooking spoons and everything else you need for cooking handy. Organizing your kitchen according to your workflow can do wonders in making a kitchen more efficient.Wood Utility Drawer Tray Inserts

Now that you’ve de-cluttered your kitchen and organized it according to your workflow, you can now start working on your storage space. You’ve already determined which utensils will go into which storage space based on your workflow, now we need to determine how we can maximize these storage spaces.  You’d be surprised at how much you can actually store in your cabinets and drawers by using the right shelving and organizers. Use cutlery trays for your drawers. This way, you don’t need to rummage in your drawer trying to find the right tool. Plus, if you store knives in your drawer, not only are your fingers safe from getting cut, but it Spice drawer inserts 50x21makes your knife blades last longer because this kitchen organizer prevents it from  hitting and rubbing against other knives. Another is you can double the storage space of each cabinet by putting in pull out double shelves. Double shelves may be easily installed inside existing cabinets and allows you to keep everything you need by doubling up the storage space inside, without investing in another set of cabinets. Remember, organizing your kitchen does not mean investing in new fixtures, it may mean simply enhancing your existing ones so they can function better.