411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

7 Versatile Furniture Pieces For Your Home

If you are moving into your first apartment or are working to replace the college apartment furniture with quality stuff, it is recommended to have...

on Nov 27, 2020

Most Common Appliance Issues and What Causes Them

Domestic appliances can last a long time if maintained properly, but even the most well looked after ones will start to show signs of wear and tear...

on Nov 22, 2020

Top Tips When Restoring, Rebuilding, or Repairing Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is timeless. You can take a piece that was made fifty or one hundred years ago and incorporate it effortlessly into a modern design....

on Nov 17, 2020

Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Customizing your front yard to suit your style and boost your curb appeal has never been easier, with so many designs and ideas online that you can...

on Nov 17, 2020

Pros and Cons of Installing a Yard Irrigation System

One essential part of a residential property is the lawn. Aside from it adds appeal to your landscaping design, it can even increase its market...

on Nov 15, 2020

The Complete Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

by Charlie Brown on May 30, 2014

Even before a budget is worked out, the homeowner needs to figure out just what he or she wants in a kitchen remodel. Some remodels are little more than weekend make-overs while others can take weeks if not months. These remodels require tearing out walls and rearranging electricity and plumbing. Whatever type of remodeling it is, the homeowner will need a checklist. Here's a more complete kitchen remodeling checklist:

Cabinets

Cabinets are framed or unframed. Framed cabinets are the more traditional of the two. The frames allow the cabinets to be wider than frameless cabinets and keep them perfectly square and stable. Frameless cabinets have a door that's hung on a special kind of hinge. They give the cabinet a more modern look. Though frameless cabinets are a bit less stable than framed cabinets when they're not installed, once they are installed they're just as sturdy.

Vertical parts of cabinets are often made out of solid wood while the flat surfaces of cabinets are made of plywood, particleboard or MDF. These materials have less inclination to warp. Solid woods made from deciduous trees are called hardwoods. Woods made from conifers are called softwoods, even though the names have little to do with how hard or soft the wood is. 

It's best to have the wood finished at the manufacturer's before it's shipped to the home. That's because wood tends to warp with the changing humidity in a room.

Countertops

Countertops can come in all kinds of materials, including wood. A wood butcherblock countertop, however, should be kept away from the sink or wherever it may be exposed to water. Since it is wood, it can swell and rot if it's exposed to too much water. Other materials for countertops are:

Stone

This can be granite, slate, marble, limestone, soapstone, travertine or other types of stone. These countertops are uniquely beautiful, but porous stone like granite, marble, and limestone need to be sealed to protect against staining.

Laminate

Laminate is much less expensive than stone. It's easy to care for and resists staining. It can also be installed by the homeowner.

Stainless Steel

This alloy of iron and chrome is almost indestructible. It can stand high temperatures and can't be stained. However, over the years it will show scratches. Still, some homeowners who love to cook won't mind this.

Solid Surface

This tough material can be bought in all sorts of patterns and colors, even those that imitate granite and marble. Mild damage can be fixed with sandpaper.

Flooring

Flooring can be as varied as countertops. Floors can be made of laminate, which allows them to be installed over an existing floor. They can be made out of ceramic tile, resilient material, hardwood or stone. Some homeowners even install carpet, but the carpet should be very tough and mildew resistant. Synthetic carpeting might be good for a kitchen.

Sinks

Sinks can be perfectly utilitarian or works of art in themselves with beautiful decoration. The sink can have a single bowl, a double bowl or three bowls. The third bowl is usually attached to the garbage disposal unit. Other sinks can have built-in colanders, dishracks or chopping boards. Sinks can also be made out of many materials, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Fire clay
  • Composite materials
  • Solid Surface
  • Enameled cast iron
  • Enameled steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Soapstone
  • German Silver
  • Stone
  • Brass
  • Copper

Besides different materials, kitchen sinks can be self-rimming, rimmed, under-mounted or integral. Solid surface countertops often come with integral sinks. This makes leaking around the edges of the sink impossible

Lighting

Good lighting is essential in a kitchen. Light not only makes the kitchen look welcoming but is necessary for the safe running of a kitchen. Ideally, a kitchen should have at least one bright window. If the old kitchen didn't have one, it will be worth it to have one installed during the remodel.

As for artificial light, the homeowner will need to know exactly what sort of lighting he or she wants and where it well placed. They can be pendants, track lighting, recessed downlights, and fixtures mounted flush to the ceiling. Lights can be placed over the sink, in the toe kick area and even inside cabinets.

Kitchen / Bathrooms 2073 Views

Author

charliebrown1433

Charlie Brown

pain in my ass about $5 a post

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

How to Quickly Fix 4 Home Emergencies

Regardless of size and severity, home emergencies can be frightening and overwhelming. In the heat of the moment, it can be stressful trying to...

Safety / Security

How to Find Cheap High Quality Tiles

Honestly, when it comes to tile work in the home, only an experienced eye can detect the difference between artistic and functional and just plain...

Floors / Tile / Hardwood

Garage Door Security – Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Burglars

For thieves and burglars, the easiest access to a home is the garage. Security companies always ask homeowners to secure the garage whether you are...

Safety / Security

8 Effective Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away This Summer

Backyard barbecues, playing catch with your child, relaxing by the pool… These summer activities are so close to perfect, but it only takes...

Pest Management / Ecology

6 Things You Should Do After a Flood

Floods can be overwhelming, whether they are caused by a plumbing failure, falling water, a sewer backup, a sump pump malfunction or rising...

Improvements / Remodeling

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2020