Kitchen Lighting 101: Lighting Basics for your kitchen Remodel

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Kitchen Lighting – Recessed Lights and pendants

 

It is important to understand the importance of lighting in your kitchen when you’re planning a kitchen remodel or kitchen makeover. New lighting fixtures not only dress up the kitchen décor but kitchen lighting also creates an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment for cooking and entertaining.

First let’s take a look at the primary types of lighting that that you should consider when planning your kitchen remodel, which are:

  • general lighting,
  • ambient lighting,
  • task lighting and
  • accent lighting.

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Why You Should Use LEDs in your Home Remodel

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Kitchen remodel – LED Lighting

 

When you are planning your kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or overall home remodel, LED lighting should be on your purchase list. They can make a remodel look so much more appealing than traditional lighting. If design and style are on the top of your list, LED lighting should be in the purchasing and shopping items.

In addition to adding design and style to your kitchen remodel, LEDs bring a great deal of efficiency to a home. Since an LED bulb is more energy efficient, they require less energy to be used by a homeowner, they have a much longer life, and they produce less carbon emissions, than traditional light bulbs. All in all LEDs are just better for the environment and they help save a tremendous amount of money on your energy bill, when you look at the annual cost savings. [Read more…]

Deciding on Your Kitchen Design Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchens come in many shapes, styles, designs and themes. Since a new kitchen can be a large part of your overall home improvement budget, making the right decision on your kitchen design style requires serious thought and planning for a successful kitchen remodel.

It helps tremendously if you know what style look you prefer, such as classic, modern, rustic, country, etc., before you embark upon your kitchen remodel. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from wall color to cabinet doors. Picking a very specific design theme, such as French Colonial or Art Deco, provides you a design platform to build your kitchen design.  Mixing and matching styles typically is called eclectic, while a look that blends traditional and contemporary elements is considered transitional.

Traditional Kitchen Style

Formal, Elegant and Classic

Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

What You Can Expect to see in a Traditional Kitchen Style:

  • Crown and rope molding, fluting, corbels and other ornamentation and trim
  • Cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany
  • Raised panel cabinet door styles
  • Antique fixtures and appliances
  • Wood, stone or other natural materials

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Your Kitchen Cabinet Style: Frameless vs. Framed Cabinets

Photo credit - Dura Supreme Cabinets

Photo credit – Dura Supreme Cabinets

If you are in the market to remodel your kitchen, you will be faced with lots of decisions to make. Budget, style, cabinetry, layout, appliances, lighting, increasing the footprint, countertops and many other choices.They all are important and need to be taken into consideration to achieve a world class kitchen remodel that you will enjoy for years to come. [Read more…]

Hot New Kitchen Products

Photo credit: Siematic

Photo credit: Siematic

If you are in the market to update your kitchen with a state of the art world class kitchen?

Don’t settle for boring in your kitchen remodel.  You want to make your kitchen look worth every penny of your hard earned dollars… Take a look at the the following hot new products that are simply sensational additions that will make your kitchen remodel be the rage and envy of all of your neighbors and friends… [Read more…]

How Do You Choose the Right Gutter Protection System for Your Home?

photo credit - This old house

photo credit – This old house – Laura Moss

If you are a homeowner in a single family home you will be faced with making decisions about gutters for your home.

A very popular question from homeowners  regarding gutters: Is gutter protection really necessary?

This should should be a resounding yes for homeowners, since the benefits are tremendous.

With all the invaluable benefits it provides, many consider it part and parcel of sound home preventive maintenance.

Undoubtedly, with a gutter protection installed, you are spared from all the risks and hassles climbing your roofs time and again entails.

What’s more, you will also end up saving money in the long run since you will no longer have to spend for costly gutter replacements and repairs for many years to come.

Keep your property’s foundation in peak shape, prevent fungus and mold formation and avert soil erosion by keeping the following gutter protection basics in mind.

 What are the different types of gutter protection systems?

  1. Gutter Screens

Like the name implies, this type makes use of a screen which is installed over the gutter.

  1. One piece

This type is a fusion of the gutter itself on one hand and the protection system on the other.

  1. Bracket

Brackets are attached to the gutters to keep the system in place.

  1. “In the Gutter”

This protection system entails placing items like foam or brush to serve as debris filter.

  1. Hooded or Domed Products

Otherwise known as surface tension products, this type is attached to the lip of the gutter using a bracket and is suited under the roof’s shingles.

  1. Dispersal

This type can be installed sans downspouts or even gutters. Rainwater coming from the roof falls onto a panel that contains angled louvers. The water then flows through these louvers and disperses in a pattern onto the ground.

How do you choose the most suitable type for you?

With numerous options at your disposal, choosing can be challenging.

Fortunately, you can easily narrow down your options by asking yourself key questions like:

  • Are trees abundant in my area?
  • How much money am I willing to shell out?
  • Are there structural issues I need to take note of?
  • Does it always rain where I live?
  • Do I need a system that can handle possible snow and ice build-up?
  • Will my chosen system be able to handle high winds?
  • Will there be a guarantee in case I experience issues after the installation?
  • Can I do the installation myself or do I need a professional to do it for me?

When choosing the right protection system, it is advisable that you cover all the bases. Not only will it ensure you will have the right system installed, but more importantly, it will help warrant you will be investing your money in something truly worthwhile.

Garage Door Maintenance: Essential Tips to Keep Your Door Looking Good for Years

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Bungalow Federation Style Garage Door

 

If you own a home with a garage that has an overhead garage door, this is probably the most used piece of equipment in your home that experiences the most wear and tear.  Since a typical garage door goes up and down over a thousand times within a year, it pays to properly maintain it.

Following proper garage door maintenance helps ensure reliable, quiet operation and safety. The good news is that it does not take a lot of time or effort to keep your garage door in tip top good working order.
The Importance of garage doors to your home

First and foremost, garage doors help give your home curb appeal and add to your property’s aesthetics. They also help ensure the security of the property and the safety of everyone in the household.

Since garage doors have such a huge impact on the perceived value of your home, it is important to properly maintain and care for them on a regular basis to ensure that you get the maximum usage for years to come. Check out the following helpful tips on keeping your garage doors in excellent condition.

Lubricate garage doors regularly

While not many are aware of it, lubricating the door hinges, rollers and edges is a key maintenance practice that is often overlooked. Citrus-based solvents and other good penetrating solvents like WD-40 are often highly recommended to do the job.

Apart from the lubricating garage door rollers, hinges and edges, do not forget to also lubricate the pulleys and the torsion-spring bearings.

Clean garage doors routinely

Keeping your garage door clean is pretty straightforward.  Using a soft cloth and a household detergent diluted with water are things you have in your home. You can also apply car wax to help ensure the door is free from moisture and dirt.

 Install weather seals on your garage door

Weather seals help keep your door in tiptop shape by keeping moisture out. Ideally, it is recommended that seals are applied in-between the door panels, on the bottom edge and on the door frame. Use self-anchoring galvanized screws when screwing and use compressed foam strips when sealing garage door panels.

Align the garage door sensors

When door sensors malfunction, chances are a sensor misalignment is the likely culprit. Fortunately, realigning sensors will only entail gently pushing the sensors to set it back in the right direction. Ideally, sensors should be facing each other. Blinking lights would often indicate a misaligned sensor. Once fixed, a solid light will manifest in lieu of the blinking one.

Reset the garage door opener

When the door closes briefly and opens automatically or closes only halfway, resetting is the first option you should look into. While each model often have specific instructions as far as resetting goes, the common procedure often includes unplugging to shut off the power and waiting for 10 seconds before turning it back on.

Performing preventive maintenance at home should include making sure your garage doors remain in peak condition. After all, one that is working efficiently will help ensure your home’s safety and your peace of mind.

Key Factors to Consider when considering Awnings for your home

photo credit: General awnings

photo credit: General awnings

Turning your outdoor space into the ideal sanctuary for relaxation haven can be relatively simple, if the proper steps are followed. While solar lights, flower pots, and lattice panels can help enhance your outdoor’s aesthetics, you need to also ensure you are protected from the harsh elements of the weather.

Fortunately, you can get the necessary protection and intensify the visual appeal of your property at the same time with the addition of awnings.

There are several benefits awnings provide for your home: Take a look at a few of  the following outlined below:   [Read more…]

Decorating Your Home with Paint & Style – 2015

Benjamin Moore - Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore – Color of the Year

One of the first things that a homeowner is looking for in a new home or existing home, is doing a project that is a winner. Painting is a process that is a hands down winner for decorating with design and style. Freshly painted surfaces in a home gives you a fresh and inviting new look and feel of your interior space.

Each year there are new colors introduced as colors for the year that will inspire design furnishings and designers to use in the home. You should pay special attention to these colors for decorating with style in 2015.

Photo credit - Guilford green - Benjamin Moore

Photo credit – Guilford green – Benjamin Moore

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Dream Kitchen Design Ideas from Celebrity Kitchens to make your kitchen more fun

Celebrity Kitchens Ideas to make your kitchen more comfortable and Enjoyable

If you love to cook and entertain then you will enjoy feasting your eyes on some magnificent kitchen that are kitchen lover’s dream.

Every issue of Architectural Digest features pages of inspiring designs from the homes of the rich and famous.  This month’s issue is no exception.  Featured Writer, Leslie Anne Wiggins, highlights several kitchens in the slideshow article, Perfect Kitchens for Holiday Cooking and Gathering.

One after another they are just breathtaking. Unfortunately the average homeowner, does not have the unlimited funds of most of the kitchens featured in the slideshow, however, there are so many elements that can be used even in a modest kitchen remodel or kitchen renovation project.

Take for instance the High Gloss Kitchen cabinets in the following photo from Architectural Digest. This kitchen was decorated by Francis Sultana features an updated kitchen in a 19th Century London triplex.  You can steal the look by using Acrylic High Gloss Cabinets with a monochromatic color. Add a wood floor or faux wood floor using Porcelain wood planks that resemble the real thing.  You can Add track lighting relatively cost effectively. For the countertops you can use a nice quartz with a color shade close to the cabinets to give you that monochromatic look and feel. Top it off with a sleek stylish kitchen faucet and a stove top instead of a standard range with oven at the bottom.

Photo credit Architectural Digest

Photo credit Architectural Digest – Designer :  Francis Sultana

In the following kitchen, home of John Legend and Christy Turlington, Designer Don Stewart of Desiderata Design used beautiful teak wood cabinetry and stools by Emmerson Troop in this elegant yet simple 1960’s home to create more space in the kitchen/dining area. [Read more…]