Highlight the Beauty of the Wooden Elements in your Kitchen

Mixing up white textures and heavy grains showcases the natural beauty of the wood.
Whether attempting  a modern look like this kitchen:
or traditional:

Walk in Showers

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According to the Wall street Journal

The shower gets more use than the bathtub in many households. That’s why some homeowners are ripping out their tubs completely, creating bigger showers instead.

Extra shower space allows for multiple shower heads, a built-in seat and designs without shower doors, said John Petrie, president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, in an email interview about current kitchen and bath trends. They can be designed without a threshold — which look more contemporary and are easier for people to use as they get older.

“People really like the bigger showers. They like that there’s elbow room,” said Susie Johnson, a real-estate agent with Coldwell Banker Gundaker in St. Louis. Meanwhile, comments she hears from prospective buyers about whirlpool tubs when walking through a property are often along the lines of: “That’s a nice tub but I don’t take baths,” she said.

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Now, keep in mind that a home should still have at least one bathtub, Johnson added. Having a tub will be important at resale for some buyers, particularly those with small children. For high-end homes, buyers expect a shower and a separate bathtub, especially in the master bath, she said.

One other possible consideration before ripping out a bathtub is how it will be viewed by multiple-listing services when you’re selling the home. Realtor.com, for example, defines a “full bathroom” as having a toilet, a sink and a bathtub. A room with a toilet, sink and shower is a “three-quarter bathroom.” A room with only a toilet and sink is defined as a “half bathroom” or “powder room.”

But those definitions aren’t universal, and often a full bathroom is considered as any room in which a person can bathe (be it by bath or shower), Johnson said. Besides, descriptions of what the bathrooms contain are often included in the listing, which clears up any confusion, she added.

 

38 Steps to a Successful Kitchen Remodel

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Steps:

1: Have a good design on paper with accurate measurements

2: Choose your appliances & cabinetry and verify that they are compatible with one another

3: Order cabinets

4: Accept delivery of cabinets, appliances, fixtures, tile etc.

5: Prepare site by relocating existing refrigerator to temporary kitchen

6: Prepare site by isolating construction site from remainder of home

7: Prepare site by protecting other areas of home affected by construction

8: Demolition of room down to the studding

9: Level & install new sub-floor, attached to floor joists with screws

10: Cart all rubbish away

11: Straighten, level & plumb walls & ceiling

12: Install any new windows & doors

13: Install exterior siding as needed

14: Inspect or replace all electric wiring

15: Inspect or replace all plumbing

16: Replace or relocate radiators

17: Replace or relocate A/C registers

18: Insulate all exterior walls & ceilings

19: Install new drywall, make ready for painting

20: Install crack prevention mat over new sub-floor

21: Install ceramic tile with mortar

22: Grout ceramic floor

23: Install base cabinets

24: Counter-top template is made

25: Install wall & pantry cabinets

26: Install under cabinet light rail, crown, base & toe kick moldings

27: Install window & door moldings

28: Install cabinet hardware

29: Install temporary sink

30: Clean job site for homeowner to use until countertops are installed

31: Installation of counter-tops under DJ’s owner’s supervision

32: Installation of back splash tile

33: Grouting of back splash tile

34: Installation of sinks & faucets

35: Installation of Appliances

36: Thorough cleaning of job site

37: Review with homeowner elements of their new kitchen i.e. water, gas & electric shutoffs, new appliances etc.

38. Review all open issues with Homeowner & resolve them A.S.A.P

Amusing Statistics about kitchen appliances in K+BB

Homeowners in Need of Kitchen Transformation and Appliances

February 20, 2014

Americans consider the kitchen a central area in their home for family and guests, but according to a nationwide study released by LG Electronics, only 12 percent of homeowners like to show off their kitchens to visitors.

The survey of more than 1,000 American homeowners revealed that upgraded kitchen appliances are in such high demand that 95 percent of homeowners would even be willing to give up something they enjoy for 12 months. Nearly one in five of those surveyed would forgo sex, and more than one in four of those who are married would give up winning fights with their spouse to receive upgraded appliances.

The survey reveals multiple reasons for Americans’ disappointment in their kitchen appliances, including:

Outdated America: 53 percent of homeowners describe their kitchen as outdated, and nearly six in 10 say they do not have all the appliances they need for this room.

Out with the Old: 69 percent plan to update their kitchen, and two-thirds of them say they will do so in the next two years.

Fridge Frustrations: More than two in three consider the refrigerator their most crucial home appliance; however, many are unhappy with their current model. Chief complaints include a lack of freezer and storage space, food spoiling before the expiration date and inefficient use of energy.

Convenience Challenges: More than half of those with ovens say they do not feature a self-cleaning function and are left having to spend significant amounts of time cleaning the appliance by hand. In addition, almost a third of homeowners say they’ve had to cook a meal in shifts because of a lack of cooking space in oven ranges.

The Kitchen Scapegoat: When dishes don’t come out clean, 37 percent of homeowners with a dishwasher blame their appliance. Nearly eight in 10 complain this appliance doesn’t leave the silverware or dishes spotless. More than a quarter of homeowners who use a dishwasher end up wiping down or scrubbing their dishes before loading them into the machine.

“We know that many consumers are unhappy with their appliances for a variety of reasons – from being outdated or mismatched to how loud or inefficient they are,” said Dave VanderWaal, director of brand marketing, LG Electronics USA. “The LG Studio line was designed with consumers in mind, offering the enviable combination of performance, versatility, efficiency and a high-end aesthetic tailored to address many homeowners’ kitchen challenges. With its seamless blending of style and technological innovation, this premium appliance collection adds a sophisticated yet functional elegance to the heart of the home.”