5 Tips to Redesign Your Kitchen

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By Olivia Reynolds

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, you have to realize that you’re not only making over the nucleus of your household, you’re also raising the resale value of your home.  When you think about it, most of your social occasions all revolve around the kitchen—from dining with the family to dinner parties and even breakfast with your spouse every morning.  Oftentimes, kitchens are the only place we can actually spend some time together with our busy schedules.

So, whether you’re looking for a slight redesign with some new kitchenware and gadgets or a full-on remodeling, take these five tips into consideration—they could help you save some money while improving the most social of rooms in your home.

1.  An interactive kitchen is more exciting and engaging.  The memories that you make in the kitchen will revolve around its functionality, so make the room as engaging as possible.  Accomplish this by adding utensils and appliances that make people want to get involved with cooking.  For instance, adding a pasta roller or a sous chef board can make adults and children alike want to get in on the process.

Think about the space and how the flow of the kitchen is conducive to company.  If you only have a prep area big enough for one person, only one person is going to be in the kitchen.  Try to think about a kitchen island on wheels or other mobile options that open the space up in every instance—from cooking with the kids to throwing a pre-game cooking party.

2.  Fill your space with necessities, not flamboyances.  A lot of people think that they need to have a full set of knives, pots, pans and kitchen appliances to have a great kitchen.  In actuality, you can minimize your cookware and just use a simple stockpot, a ten or twelve inch frying pan and a few saucepans and baking dishes are all most people need.  The same goes with knives: a few different sized chef knives, tough scissors, a paring knife and minimal specialty knives pretty much give you a full run of the menu.

What you want to do instead is focus on quality, not quantity.   This will free up a lot of extra space around your kitchen that you can use for other things such as nifty appliances and other design-orientated pieces.  Of course, the space is really up to you to do with what you choose, but the important thing is to have the space to use in the first place.

3.  Watch cooking shows and television kitchens.  While it isn’t always practical to have three ovens in your kitchen, use the more pragmatic elements of kitchens on television.  Pro chefs have their kitchens set up the way they do for a reason—it works.  Pay attention to the easy-clean surfaces, stainless steel appliances and open shelf options.  This makes cooking a lot more practical and cleanup a snap.

The simple fact of the matter is that the better you feel in the kitchen, the more time you’ll spend in there cooking.  Take some hints and pointers from friend’s kitchens whose cooking you admire.  Don’t be shy when you’re going out to your favorite restaurant either—ask if you can just pop in and take a quick peek.  Let them know how much you love their food and you want to see how the chef works—they’ll be flattered.

4.  Make your budget work for you.  Thinking outside of the box can be a great way to save money on your kitchen redesigning project.  Get creative and involve the whole family—make a scavenger hunt around the town.  Try to get items like a colorful vase that matches the backsplash to hold your spatulas and grilling forks.  Think about practical solutions such as placemats near the sink—a little color matching can make a kitchen look completely new for just a few bucks.

5.  Redesign your design concept.  When you think of kitchen redesigning, you probably think about knocking down walls and installing new sinks and tiling—it doesn’t always have to be like that.  Redesign the actual concept of your design and you can find yourself making smaller, personal touches that make the kitchen your favorite room in the house.

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About the Author

This guest post is written by Olivia Reynolds working for Top Tradespeople, UK, one of the most sought after websites for finding kitchen fitters quotes. If you’re on the lookout for loft conversion tradespeople but want to check tradesman reviews on loft conversions as well as loft conversions quotes, do visit their site today for more info.

Different Floors for Different Rooms

kitchen flooringWhen it comes to picking the right flooring for your home there’s so much to think about. Not only do you need to balance what the room is used for, you have to take into account how much you have to spend and the look you want. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of things to think about to get the perfect floor for each room of your home.

Bedrooms

Your bedroom is where you spend the majority of your life when you’re at home, so you need a flooring choice which will create an atmosphere of calm. The most common choice for bedrooms is carpet – the thicker the better. You can buy carpets in a wide variety of styles, patterns and textures, but be aware that they take the most effort to keep clean.

Kitchens

When choosing a material for your kitchen floor you need something which is low-maintenance and easy to clean for all those accidental spills.

A polished concrete floor is the toughest floor covering for your kitchen. Granite tiles also make a good choice as they are durable and hard-wearing.  However, both these materials can be cold – even moreso in winter. If you want something with better insulation properties you could choose a linoleum or rubber flooring – both can be installed directly over concrete and once sealed are a breeze to clean.

Dining room

Wooden floors make a perfect choice for dining rooms as they can be treated to make them resistant to spills and stains. Dark stained solid oak flooring also looks fantastic if you have white walls and airy ceilings. Alternatively you could choose a laminate floor – this is a more cost-effective flooring option if you have a minimal budget.

Bathroom

When choosing a floor for your bathroom water resistance is key – you want something which is safe to walk on when wet and one that won’t stain easily.

Ceramic tiles are great for bathrooms as its durable, easy to keep clean and waterproof. Linoleum is also a popular choice – especially if you’ve got an uneven floor because it will help disguise any imperfections. Steer well clear of carpet and cork flooring for your bathroom as both absorb moisture.