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Your "Dream Kitchen" should be spacious, convenient,
easy access to any cooking utensils, durable floor, easy to clean, energy efficient appliances, modern gadgets, modern plumbing, sufficient lightening, and easy access to counter tops. Additional space maybe required for a pantry, hallway, or an adjacent room. Kitchen system is very important to exhaust rather than re-circulate air, and operate quietly. During the renovation, health hazards could be reduced or eliminated: Remove any asbestos, lead based paints, install water filters, and purchase a fire extinguisher. Some kitchen remodeling plans will move the kitchen, to a better location in the home. Investing money to upgrade a kitchen will definitely increase the resale of your home. According to Remodeling magazine, in 2002 minor kitchen renovations average cost $14,773, and major renovations cost $43,213.

Remember, before remodeling a kitchen: Cover doorways into other rooms with plastic, to avoid dust from entering into other areas of the home. Pack everything including dishes, cups, and utensils into boxes, for temporary storage. Purchase plastic cups, forks, knives and plates for easy dispose, since the kitchen may not be suitable for usage during the remodeling time. If dishes or utensils need to be used, then a bathroom sink or bathtub may serve as place to wash those items. Set up a microwave and refrigerator temporarily in another room. Good time to use restaurant coupons or order out your meals.

When choosing a plumber, electrician or contractor, check their business reputation with the Better Business Bureau, get references, and see previous work. Make sure all necessary city or county permits are obtained. Make sure these or sub ? contractors are insured, and licensed. A Contractor should be paid at most: One Third the cost before any work is started, and should make appoints for city building inspectors to check their work, before continuing onto a new project.

The shape or layout, of the kitchen should be designed according to the efficient use of space, equipment, and how many are using facility of the kitchen. A variety of kitchen shapes have advantages and disadvantages, depending the owner?s preference. Corridor Shape Kitchen: Uses a minimum amount of space, convenient for low traffic corridor thoroughfare, and a minimum of nine feet and five inches between cabinets required, for wheelchair access.
U - Shape Kitchen: Allows, short distance between work centers, and eliminates traffic through work area, and two corner installations have more difficult access for storage. Corridor Shape Kitchen: Useful for more then one person using the kitchen, and difficult access for storage. Island or Broken U - Shape Kitchen: Minimum counter space for island is two feet and six inches by three feet. Also, space between island and stationary cabinets, should be approximate 36 to 42 inches wide. Island Space provides additional work - space for any additional shelving, optional plumbing, titled cooking center, additional electrical appliances, second dishwasher, warming oven, or small refrigerator. Multi - Level Island Kitchen: Combines food preparation, eating areas, wine racks, cookbook shelves, bar sinks, deep fryer and other amenities. Multiple Islands: Each Island is designated for a specific use, such as food preparation, or eating convenience. Portable Island provides versatility, and convenience to a kitchen with a freestanding or rolling worktable.

Finished materials are applied when remodeling a kitchen. Have a unique style, configuration, and protect the existing cabinetry from further damage. These finished materials are used for cabinets, countertops, flooring, kitchen sinks, and appliance, which can be purchased or custom built. A contractor> or interior kitchen designer can provide samples and pictures, for consideration. Generally there are three finished material options: Plastic laminates, rigid thermofoils (RTF), and wood veneer. Plastic Laminates are sheets of synthetic material that is hard, smooth, resistant from scratches, available in a variety of solid colors, and wood grain looks. Rigid Thermofoil made from medium density one - piece fiberboard wood door. Covered on the front with Rigid Thermo Foil (Formica). These doors are good for applying onto the surface of cabinets, because matching material is available to adhere to cabinet faces, and sides. Wood Veener applied to cabinet surfaces by peeling off the protective adhesive, and carefully line up the veneer onto a surface. Always add an extra inch to wrap around the edge of the surface. Adding a little pressure to the center of the piece will firmly adhere to the application. Also, easy to trim back any excess veneer material.

Preparing meals takes time, and our feet appreciate a comfortable surface to stand on. Standing on tile, may feel very comfortable, but during wintertime or cold climates, the tile becomes ice cold. Installing an electric floor warming will solve this problem. Easy to install, and you can program a thermostat to keep the floor warm any time of the day. 'Warm Yours' is a floor heating system: Cost: $1000 to $1,800 a kitchen floor. Information regarding this system by sending an E-mail to: Or Writing to: Warmly Yours 1400 East Lake Cook Road, Suite 140, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089.

Variety of light fixtures, can illuminate one or more areas of a kitchen, provide better lighting when preparing a meal, and set the mood for a romantic meal. Suggestions for convenient kitchen lighting: Placing one or two track lights over the sink, with energy -- efficient compact fluorescent tubes. Installing under -- cabinet task lightening, and low -- voltage mini -- lights over, under or inside cabinets. Dimmer controls provide range of high to low intensity lightening for casual or intimate setting. Also, dimmers extend the life of incandescent lamps and sold in a variety of controls.

When remodeling a kitchen, least expense methods to highlight cabinets: Paint the outside cabinets with splashy colors or use stencil to highlight one or more areas. Upgrade Door Knobs, and locks with a modern or classic design. Remove cabinet doors, for open look inside, and place on the shelves lace or doilies, that flap over the edge, which enhances a new design. Also, consider wall papering the inside of each cabinet.

Trends in kitchen remodeling, turned the kitchen into the heart of the home. Place where family spends time, and entertains. The popular Food Network Channel, and other similar television programs, has encouraged many to spend more time preparing their own meals, and since many kitchen appliances have become easier to use. Appliances are purchased with "Energy Star" label. These products exceed the minimum standard for energy conservation standards by 15 to 20 percent, and save money on electricity. Some kitchen remodeling projects, kitchen walls are taken down to provide an open entrance way into the living room. Restaurant quality appliances are being equipped in modern kitchens, including easy clean Cook Tops with multiple burners, griddles, dishwashers, and food warmers in drawers. Installing better kitchen lightening including recessed lighting,cabinet lightening, task lighting, and under the counter lightening fixtures with a master control panel. Kitchen appliances such as dishwasher and are raised four to five inches from the ground, to avoid having to bend down or prevent back problems. Consider adding child safety locks for appliances, and cabinets. Visiting Kitchen Design Centers or Home Improvement store will provide new ideas, and outline costs for remodeling or upgrade kitchen area. Bring a floor plan to discuss and review design ideas.

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A properly designed addition enhances a home! This requires the talents of a good architect. If you possess them, you may want to design your own home addition. Most people rely on an architect to help them design their new home addition.

Home Addition Planning - Getting Started -
The first step for your new home addition is to prepare a program if it is not too confusing to use these architect terms.

List the use and approximate dimensions of each room for your new home addition. Rectangular rooms (Approximately 1/2 again as long as they are wide) generally have the most comfortable layout.

Addition Window and Door Location
For the best light and ventilation, locate windows on two walls and try to place doors near corners.

Room Layout Considerations for Your Home Addition
Consider how each room relates to other rooms.
What factors should you consider?
* Noise * Access * Light

Visualize Room Relations
What can you use to help you see how the rooms will relate?
Know it will take time first of all.
Then illustrate what you would like to see happen.

Illustrate? Illustration examples: Notepad with scribbles and rough sketches Magazine Clippings Your site plan: Make copies and scribble in where you would like addition. Pictures of your home copied - drawing in roughly your addition location. Pictures of other homes - with similar layouts of what you would like to see.

The Three Home Addition Options
There are three options for your addition style.
* Build horizontally from your home
* Build Up above your home
* Build a major addition (2 story wing or a full second story)

Home Addition Attractiveness
Can any style of addition be made to look attractive?
Yes - still most designers play it safe by following two rules.
1: Echo the original house wherever possible.
2: When the addition must depart from the style of the house - The departure should be clear and intentional, in subdued contrast to the original.

Important Home Addition Elements
Three elements are particularly important:
* Roof
* Siding
* Windows

Roof Aspects For You and Your Builder To Understand
Roof aspects that are crucial to appearance are details:

Slope: Matching is fairly simple in most cases and with some carpentry tricks the overhangs can be matched as well.

Roof Covering: You can usually find roofing material of the same size and shape as the ones you have. However - They almost NEVER will match perfectly. Generally you can settle for an approximate match. If the roof is a dominant feature - you may want to re-roof the entire home.

The Homes Covering is Often Siding or Brick.
Siding: Old fashioned patterns still can be found in stock in lumberyards, and if necessary, you can order pieces specially milled to match at a fairly reasonable cost. Siding your entire home is another option. Is there a good place for a contrast in siding material? Stepping your addition 8" from the corner may help. If your home addition is being added to a smaller homes this can create an effect on the home design not desired by some homeowners.

Roof, Siding, Windows = Your New Home Addition Look!
Combine these details. We have now created the look for your new home addition!

Home Addition Planning of Location
In the planning for your home addition - Consider inside your home the room's layout, and outside your home what architects call the focus point of the house. The focus point is what draws and holds your eye, such as the front door or a large window. For this reason most additions to homes are built at the rear.

All these home addition rules are overruled by gifted designers and architects. The most strikingly beautiful new home additions achieved there impact because the builders dared to disregard conventional building methods.

So what is the final authority?
Individual taste. It is your home, and your home addition must please you!

?By All Means, Don?t Say, ?If I Can;? say, ?I Will!? Abraham Lincoln

?Whatever You Do Today, Do It Better Tomorrow.? Robert Schuler

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