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How to Design a Kitchen Remodel

The design of a kitchen remodel is, for many people, the most satisfying and fun part of the process. While it is possible to design a beautiful, elegant kitchen by yourself, you may also want to consider hiring a professional to help you with your design. Your contractor is the best resource.He has knowledge others may not know or consider
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1.He knows all of the latest Materials including Items made from recycled materials
2. He knows a bearing wall from a non bearing wall and the cost of a beam is needed
3.He knows the codes If while working he can bring you abode up to code. It could be something simple like not shut of valve under sink to rerouting electrical lines necessary with creating an open concept

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A professional contractor can give you many ideas and introduce you to new products while staying true to the spirit of your original design vision. Whether you decide to do all the design work yourself, or hire a professional, there are some things to consider that will get you launched on the right track for your kitchen remodel.

The art of kitchen design is intricately linked to how you will be using the space. The old saying, form follows function, has a lot of truth to it. Design is not only about how things look, but how things are used. And while most of us no doubt start our dreams of a new design for our kitchen with visions of a specific look in mind, space planning is equally important.

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and many different activities take place there besides cooking. You may routinely linger with a cup of coffee and the morning newspaper, or feed your family breakfast before they dash out the door. Your children may like to do their homework while you cook in the evenings, or perhaps you and your spouse share cooking duties. Maybe you regularly host large gatherings, or cook for intimate dinner parties. All these various activities will affect your kitchen design, and it is important to consider them as you begin planning. You will also want to ponder storage space as you plot your design. Do you routinely have trouble finding space for all your pots and pans? Is there enough room for every family member to sit around the nook? All of these space-use issues and any other problems you have with your current kitchen design should be noted. You might want to talk to each member of the family and see what their concerns about using space are.

Once you’ve made a list of problems to correct in your new plan, the fun part of kitchen remodel design begins, as you make choices about cabinetry, flooring, counter-tops, and lighting. All of these design elements need to work together to create a coherent design, but that’s not difficult to accomplish with the huge variety of products available today.

There are a multitude of cabinet options, starting with your choice of wood or laminate. If you decide on wood, you’ll need to choose what kind-oak or cherry or birch? And then there are door styles-plain, curved, recessed panel, arched? With flooring you need to consider not only looks but durability and ease of cleaning. Counter-tops need to be sturdy and durable, and with the variety of natural and synthetic choices today, your design can pair beauty with easy maintenance. Lighting is also intimately paired with space issues in your design-are there places in your current kitchen where you need more light? Is the preparation area currently too dark? Perhaps you want recessed or track lighting to increase the brightness, or maybe you prefer an elegant chandelier. When considering lighting get LED lighting or fixtures that will use LED bulbs. The Kitchen has heavy use and the lights are on a larger portion of the day. By all means have the main light in the prep area with a remote control to dim the light at night for easy access in night time hours.

Begin with these considerations of space and use as you ponder your kitchen design and the rest will naturally fall into place. Your kitchen design will not only be a thing of beauty, it will also be a functional, efficient space.

Being Comfortable With Your Kitchen Renovation

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From Living room AfterBeing realistic with your budget is the first rule of renovation. In renovation, budget is key. It will hopefully keep you from making lots of wrong decision and choices before you are well into your renovation. Do research before setting a budget so you will have an idea what contractors, appliances and materials you will need for your kitchen renovation. Once you have all your information for every aspect of the design, then you will be able to work out a workable budget. It is wise too to have a little bit of a cushion for the unexpected. Even the best-planned budgets can get thrown off track if something unexpected pops in during the installation or final renovation stages of your kitchen. It is always good to source at least three quotes from contractors to make sure you’re not paying too much. Never automatically go for the lowest bid because it certainly worth your money to spend a little extra to get quality work.In reference to your appliances for your kitchen, it’s best to shop around and not buy the first thing you see. Price ranges vary from store to store so take your time. It is definitely worth the time to wait on a sale. Also you can use as a bargaining tool too by buying all the kitchen appliances from one store. Anyway you can safe money is the name of the game in kitchen renovations. Keeping your kitchen renovation on a budget is to be disciplined. When the urge comes “I just have to have that” syndrome, you will have to exercise discipline. Buying things that you had not planned on will send your budget through the roof.When it comes to kitchen remodeling, there are several things you need to think about even before acquiring the services of a professional contractor, or making appliance selections. More than any other room of the house, the kitchen is the most versatile. It is used to prepare meals, feed the family, store foods, and clean and store service ware and other household items.

The kitchen is also the family gathering place. Everyone undoubtedly migrates to the kitchen because it is the main focus of the home. Therefore, it is important that every kitchen remodeling idea be taken into consideration. Search through home decorating magazines and catch some great ideas on TV. Whether you decide to design the kitchen yourself, work with a kitchen remodeling contractor or home center, formulating a plan will be the first step. In other words, write the vision and make it clear.

The first kitchen remodeling tip is to consider the three basic kitchen functions: storage, food preparation, and clean-up. A well thought out kitchen design will accommodate each of these three functions. The layout of the kitchen design should be defined with convenient layout and ease of movement. The classic “work triangle” should be the basis of the floor plan. The kitchen sink, refrigerator and stove, as the three kitchen features used most often, should be arranged in a triangular pattern. This work triangle saves unnecessary steps when cooking and has proven to be the most convenient layout. The work triangle concept saves unnecessary steps when preparing foods, and proves the most convenient layout design.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Salem Construction

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Shawn Kelly established Salem Construction  in 1999. Shawn is a Master Carpenter who learned the trade from his father who worked at the New Haven Ship Yards until they closed. He has applied what he learned to every aspect of construction. He has the ability to build a house from start to finish.
Shawn  is responsible by keeping up with city codes including all changes as they occur.
 He keeps up with new building materials and the way they are used.  
He has also studied green construction and kept up on new products that are made from recycled materials.
Some of his specialties are Restoration
Remodeling Kitchens and Baths
Floors and Tile
Custom Mantles
Walk ways
Porticos and pergolas
siding & windows
Outdoor Kitchens
Patios And Decks Salem Construction is Fully Licensed And Insured
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