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Things to Consider for a Quick, Well-Planned Kitchen Remodel

When starting a kitchen renovation project, always attempt to make a space which is both:

  • Functional, and
  • Accessible

With these goals in mind, begin designing a solution that works with your lifestyle. Are you a passionate chef creating elaborate dishes? Is your kitchen frequently populated with family and friends? Do you need more storage space for your appliances and cutlery? These questions will help determine how much space should be dedicated to an eating area, or whether you should take an open floor approach.

Design for Efficiency

When planning for a kitchen remodel, most designers consider what is known as the “kitchen work triangle”. This is when the three busiest areas in your kitchen – the sink, stove, and refrigerator – are placed so you could draw an imaginary line between the areas and have a triangle between them. The idea being that by keeping these three areas close enough, you will create a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and efficient to use.

Maximize the Space

A common misconception is that in order to get the best out of a kitchen remodeling, you have to invest in a home expansion project as well. Most of the time, spaces are just underutilized and a lot can be done with what you already have! Start by measuring your space, this is essential for determining your room layout. Optimize your kitchen floor plan by moving appliances, install shelves to free up counter space, and think creatively. There is a lot of room underneath your base cabinets for server ware and tablecloths.

Plan Systematically

Kitchen remodeling projects demand a lot of patience, and if you are not properly prepared you might regret the entire process. Things to take into consideration include:

  • Where will you cook while the remodeling is underway?
  • Have you protected the surrounding areas well?
  • How will this project affect your day-to-day?

The last point is particularly important when carrying out the project yourself. If you’re going to be working during the week and building on the weekends, plan the remodeling in stages. Start with spaces that you don’t need to use every day, and keep any alterations to the busiest areas when you have a free weekend.

By planning and thinking through what you want to achieve, sticking to the budget, and staying dedicated to your kitchen remodeling project, you can achieve the results you want with no troubles!


Basement Renovations – Using the Dormant Living Space

When starting home expansion and renovation projects, one of the spaces we always forget is the basement. Instead of breaking down walls or constructing new buildings why not invest in renovating the basement you already have? Basements are living spaces waiting to be used as kitchens, playrooms, or even an extra bedroom you could rent off as an apartment.

A basement renovation can be a daunting task to undertake whether you carry it out yourself or with the help of a professional. With a number of regulations to consider, it is helpful to know what you’re getting into before you start.

Dry it out

Eliminating all the moisture from your basement will help make the space more comfortable and protect your furniture and fixtures. If your basement is filled with significant moisture, and by this, we mean an actual pool of water, you’ll need to consult with a professional. But for less invasive moisture there are a number of easy DIY tasks you can carry out to cure water problems, such as: sealing cracks with special caulking, moving drains away from your walls, and even a good coat of water-lock paint can significantly reduce moisture.

Install an egress

Many homeowners like to side-step this task, but a well-placed egress can both save your life and improve the look of your room. The International Building Code requires that spaces have a means of egress that is fully accessible in case of an emergency. A good option for basements is to install a window that will be easily accessible and bring in some light. This will help your basement look less like a dungeon, as well as bring in some fresh air which could help with reducing moisture.

Plumbing

Whether you convert your basement into a laundry room, kitchen, or bedroom with its own ensuite bathroom, the plumbing connections of your basement need to be tested and properly installed to ensure the basement stays dry and, yes, yet again, free of any moisture.

Creating the space

Once you’ve decided exactly what you’d like to do with your room, sit down and plan how many rooms you will need, and whether or not you need walls. Framing the walls is an important process that will mark off your new living spaces and provide you with skeletons to hold electrical wires and outlets. When these are finalized, drywall installation can start taking into account all your appliances.

 

Only one question left: how are you going to decorate it?


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