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Modern kitchens reform

June 19, 2013

modern kitchens reform

Surface requirements:
• Amtico have brought out a flooring ideal for kitchens with Corian features. The textured pigment used for Corian worktops and sinks is used to create the new Harmony floor tiles from Amtico. The range costs £63 per sq m excluding fitting.
• Stone can be used for work surfaces, although you will have to look after it. The stone must be dense, smooth and easy to clean. Once fitted it must have a strong seal applied, although even with this it can still be marked. If you are worried about marks, go for granite or slate instead. Stone Age say that their Acero, in shades of blue, grey, brown, cream and Buckshot, is an ideal material for worktops, and they also supply flooring.
• Fitting out a Granny flat or giving a student more independence? Anson Concise supply
self-contained mini kitchens incorporating fridge, microwave oven, sink and hob. The cheapest ‘kitchen’, at £659, measures 1000mm I x 600mm d x 945 mm h, and includes a cabinet in a white ash finish, two hot plates, sink, tap and fridge. Top of the range is the Professional, size 1685mm I x 600mm d x 945mm h, with a shelf unit, microwave oven, grill and combi oven and solid stainless steel cabinet, £2,510. • Before ordering your new kitchen, check whether the supplier is a member of the Kitchen Specialists Association. Over 300 independent retailers and manufacturers of kitchens are represented by the KSA, which offers the customer protection, should a KSA member cease trading before delivery of the kitchen. The KSA will also help if you are unhappy about the work of the member who fitted your kitchen. Their helpline offers advice on problems, and can help you find your nearest member. Tel: 01905 726066.
• Several range-style cookers from Leisure have a little extra to offer. The Rangemaster, Classic and new gunmetal-finish Zenith are all fitted with the Handyrack, a cleverly-designed oven shelf attached to the oven door rather than the oven walls. It comes out with the open door, allowing you to baste the joint without burning your hands on hot oven linings.
• A gas oven with the advantages of a fan oven, Stoves’ Q-Series Rotostar places the burner head within a fan, which rotates at high speed like a Catherine wheel in the back of the oven. This produces the consistent heat that fanned electric ovens are known for, yet with the moist cooking conditions and controllability of gas. High-street prices start at £899.99.

Kitchen Remodeling

November 5, 2012

Tall order.

■ This 40-year-old kitchen lacked storage and counter space.
The kitchen was inefficient for the couple, who are tall (5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet 4 inches) and prepare meáis togecher.
■ Tall upper cabinets with adjustable shelves, drawers and rollouts in the base cabinets, a small broom closet, a deep cabinet above the refrigerator with vertical dividers, a telephone desk with file drawers and a 16-inch-deep pantry accommodated all storage requirements.
Countertops were set at 37 inches to provide a comfortable working surface height for the tall cooks. A 17-inch backsplash and glass cabinet doors contribute a more open feeling.

Budget kitchen remodeling

September 22, 2012

Kitchen designer Bill Noval, of Spyglass Design in Hopewell, New Jersey, knew his clients were strict about hewing to a budget. He also knew that they were determined to give their kitchen some custom detailing and a brand-new look. New appliances were top priority, as was improved lighting and venting.
For decorative as well as functional purposes, a laminate countertop with beveled edges was installed, along with a backsplash made in a variety of tile styles, including a few with floral motifs. All combine to create an attractive setting for a new pullout faucet and stainless steel sink. Although the window and pine flooring were unchanged, a fresh coat of white paint gave the space a shiny new look. Cooking efficiency was improved by replacing an old slide-in range with a cooktop, microwave and undercounter oven.

Cabinet parts 368.00
Countertop 742.00
Lighting 80.00
Tile 530.00
Sink & accessories 846.00
Cooktop 505.00
Microwave oven 464.00
Conventional oven 1,049.00
Labor costs are not included

3 Kitchen Remodelings Under $10,000

September 21, 2012

By focusing their attention on areas of specific need, these homeowners were able to brighten and update then kitchens without gutting their household budgets.
Old cabinets with a new look dominate this remodeled kitchen, above. Since they were still serviceable, they were simply cleaned, then wiped with linseed oil for luster and richness. New pewter-colored knobs were added as well. The kitchen plan remained unchanged, opposite above, but new elements give the 13- by 28-foot space much-needed sparkle. The rectangular tile inset beside the cooktop, opposite below, creates an excellent landing pad for hot pots and pans; it also neatly covers a mistake—a hole drilled by an installer trying to secure the countertop. See Buying Guide for details.

Cost of tiling

August 8, 2012

The cost of tiling can be prohibitive, but with some creativity and a bit of information about tiling materials available, tile can usually be affordable.
To determine whether and what kind of tile is right for your functional and design needs, visit and talk with several dealers. Let the dealer know where and how you plan to use the tile, including whatever you know about the underlying surface, whether the tile will be exposed to extremes of humidity or temperature, and whether the tile will have hard use.
From this information, a knowledgeable dealer can help you narrow down the options. From there, your design and budget considerations will provide the rest of the factors in your equation. Assuming that the substructure and surface of your intended tile installation site are suitable, you may also want to consider doing the project yourself. The adhesives, mortars and grouts currently available on the market today make it possible for most do-it-yourselfers to tackle a tiling job.
Another approach is to hire an interior designer to assess your needs and to design your project within your budget, as Ernesto Garcia did with the kitchen and bath featured here.
The most common applications for ceramic tile are kitchen and bath areas that benefit from surfaces that are durable, water-resistant and easy to clean. These properties make ceramic tile ideal for heavily trafficked floor areas. The variety in ceramic tile provides almost limitless design possibilities, even when beauty takes precedence over functionality.

Stainless steel

August 4, 2012

Lead and Water Don’t Mix.

Many manufacturers of plumbing products and water treatment equipment have switched to low-lead metals or stainless steel to help protect you and your family.

Wood windows manufacturers

July 7, 2012

Resign your dream home with the mind of a child who doesn’t know the meaning of “It just isn’t possible.” At Kolbe & Kolbe we have extended the limits of what can be done. We are dedicated to providing our customers with wood windows and doors that break the rules. Custom shapes, unique grille designs, exotic exterior finish colors, historic replications – we meet the challenge of making your designs a reality.

Solid surfaces

May 27, 2012

Choose your solid surfacing material with your favorite spice in mind from Formica’s new Surell collection. Choose from Ginger Root, Spanish Paprika, Cayenne or Pesto. Since the color goes all the way through, Surell can be routed, shaped, sculpted or sandblasted while maintaining a seamless look. It costs between $80 and $130 per linear foot

Products to decorate your home

May 14, 2012

From the kitchen to the bath, these products will enhance your home.

Make the floors more than just something to walk on with these new colors from Epro’s Alexandria Collection of floor tiles. The new colors include Legend Black, Virginia Stone, Washington Russet, Gentry Gold and Military Blue. All colors, new and old, are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be assembled to create patterns and borders. Prices start at $3 per piece.

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