Holiday Entertaining During a Kitchen Remodel

Holiday Entertaining During a Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t mean that you need to abandon your plans to entertain family and friends this holiday season. Yes, that’s right, it is possible to entertain while your kitchen is under construction. No matter how well you plan, sometimes projects get behind schedule. Or maybe your house is home to a lot of drop-in visitors during the holidays who might not know that your kitchen is under renovation. If your remodel happens to fall during the holidays, here are a few ways to make the most of your space and reduce inconvenience for your guests. Create a Temporary Kitchen If you know that you are expecting guests, consider moving as much of your kitchen as possible to another space in your home. It won’t have the exact same feeling as a kitchen, but can still provide a place for people to congregate and eat or drink. Did you Continue reading

Indoor Home Remodeling Projects for Winter Months

Indoor Home Remodeling Projects for Winter Months

Just because the temperature drops outside does not mean you need to stop working toward your goal of remodeling your home. The winter months are a great time to work on indoor projects and make plans to get back outside once the weather gets nicer. Before you resign to spending the winter months sitting on the couch, check out these projects that you can tackle inside: Decluttering This one is especially important before and after the holidays when you are likely to have friends and family in your home for holiday celebrations and an influx of new gifts coming in. Make room for everything and everyone by getting rid of things that you don’t need. Donate unwanted items to charity or make a few extra bucks by selling them on Craiglist. Either way, you are clearing space that will be needed when you start your larger renovation project. One word Continue reading

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means the start of the holiday season. The holidays are a great opportunity to catch up with family, but they can also mean stress and lots of frantic last-minute scrambling to get your home ready for overnight guests. You probably have the guest bedroom ready, but what about the kitchen and the bathroom? Your guests will be using those rooms, too. Use this list as a guide to make sure those rooms are set up to make your company feel comfortable in your home. Stock the Bathroom Many people who travel bring their own toiletries with them, but there’s always something that gets left behind. Save your guests a trip to the store or that awkward conversation about borrowing a toothbrush by having some essentials out and ready to go. A well-stocked guest bathroom should include: Toothbrushes Toothpaste Mouthwash Feminine products Razors Continue reading

Prep Your Kitchen for Holiday Entertaining

Prep Your Kitchen for Holiday Entertaining

November is here, and that means the holidays are just around the corner. With a little bit of preparation, this season can be one to relax with family and friends instead of worrying about how you are going to handle holiday entertaining.   Take these steps now to sail into a smooth holiday season: Clean Out the Refrigerator and Freezer Cooking for a crowd means a lot of grocery shopping and food coming into your home. Make room for all of it by cleaning out your refrigerator at the start of the holiday season. This includes getting rid of any spoiled or unwanted food, and also checking expiration dates on condiments and other items that you might not realize have gone bad. Same thing goes for the freezer — look for items that show signs of freezer burn or that you know you are not going to use. Once you’ve Continue reading

Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

A kitchen or bathroom renovation can bring many positive changes to your home, but it can also uncover some not so pleasant things lurking beneath the surface. Lead and asbestos are two of the most common hazards that are found in paint, insulation, and other materials used in older homes. If your home was built before the 1970s and hasn’t been renovated in a while, lead and asbestos abatement might be part of your remodeling project. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to make sure these hazards are removed from your kitchen or bathroom for good. Lead Health Risks Lead-based paint was not banned until 1978 and was very common in homes built before that time. According to the EPA, the older your home is, the more likely that it will have lead paint — nearly 90 percent of homes built before 1940 have it. Continue reading

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

Do you take your bath towels and bath mat for granted? If you’re like most of us, you probably use them every day without much thought to where they are stored or how they are preserved. Whether you have a large or small bathroom, it’s important to make sure that towels and mats have enough space to properly dry between uses. Otherwise, they’ll quickly turn musty and moldy. Maybe you’ve even experienced this in your current bathroom. Remodeling your bathroom is a great time to re-evaluate how these essentials are stored in between uses. Don’t skimp on the small stuff — here are a few ideas for caring for your bath towels and bath mats. Hooks, Bars, and Racks No matter how small your bathroom, there’s room to properly hang bath towels and a bath mat. One of the most popular options is a towel bar that’s mounted to the Continue reading

Ask These Questions Before Your Kitchen Renovation

Ask These Questions Before Your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is the center of many households, and the decision to remodel it is not one that should be taken lightly. Before you sink your hard-earned money into a renovation, it’s important to ask yourself some hard questions about how the space is used, how you want it to look, and how quickly you need the renovation to be complete. Coming into a consultation with honest answers to these questions will help the process run smoothly for you and your designer. Kitchen Use Everyone can say that their kitchen is used for cooking and eating, but beyond that surface level how is it really used? Factors to consider in answering this question are how many people are in your family, how often you entertain, and whether you plan to sell your home. Someone who entertains often will likely want a more open concept, while someone who is in their Continue reading

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

If you’re handy with tools and construction, you might be tempted to perform a kitchen remodel in your home all by yourself. However, even the handiest person might discover they will make some big mistakes while redoing their kitchen if they do not have enough experience with design and planning. Here are a few of the most common mistakes in kitchen design made during remodels: Lack of counter space. One of the biggest complaints people tend to have about kitchen designs is a lack of counter space. If you’re doing the job yourself, it can be easy to underestimate just how much space you’ll need for preparation and for placing appliances and other devices. Putting appliances too far apart. You want your refrigerator, sink and stove to be regularly close to each other, as they are the three areas of greatest activity in any kitchen. You should have easy access Continue reading

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

As you plan out your big kitchen remodel, don’t forget the lighting! Great lighting can really be an aspect of your kitchen that highlights all of its best aspects and can be the finishing touch you need to be fully satisfied with your upgrades. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your lighting in your kitchen: Plan it out ahead of time. You want to make sure all of your lighting makes sense and flows well with your design. Before you go ahead with making any purchases, make sure you’ve got a solid plan in place for how you want your space to be lit. This will help you to avoid spending more money than you need to on redoing any areas of your lighting in the kitchen. The number of fixtures and how they’re placed will depend on the size, layout and Continue reading

Hidden Remodel Costs

Five Factors that HGTV Forgot to Mention You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting a designer or builder bemoaning the disservice “home renovation” shows perform when they tout ridiculously low kitchen and bath remodel costs. The Internet (that gleaming beacon of all information factual and trustworthy) can be even worse! Here’s the thing: if it were all fun and games, everybody’d be doing it. These shows paint an awfully rosy picture, but there’s a lot of information they’re leaving out. Choosing to invest in a remodel is a major financial decision for most households, and being prepared with the right information is the first step toward the success of the project. If remodeling projects were really as easy as they seem on TV that same dead cat would hit drop-dead gorgeous kitchens with every swing. Here are five hidden costs of a remodel that HGTV forgot to mention: Materials Continue reading

How to Set a Realistic Budget for Your Remodeling Project

At the 2013 Home and Garden show in Denver Colorado Jan Neiges (CKD, LLC) presented How to Set a Realistic Budget for Your Kitchen / Bath Remodeling Project. In her presentation she has excellent tips on keeping your costs under control. One of her main points is that preparation and planning in the beginning of the project will save time and money later on. Some of her tips tell us to pick the right contractors and using their professional talents to guide the way. We have included the class outline here in PDF format to help you with your future project click below to down load the entire class. We know you will find it helpful.