Remodeling a residential kitchen can be a large project that redesigns the entire layout and location of relevant features, or they can be smaller solutions such as replacing the flooring or having new counter tops created and installed. Often times the replacement of flooring goes hand in hand with having new counter tops, especially if the new counter tops are going to be of a completely different color, shape and style then the ones currently in existence. More often than not customers have to make cost cutting decisions in order to complete the project due to higher than expected costs and lowered than needed budget concerns.
If you want your home to reflect the respect you have for the environment, installing a floor made of sustainable, renewable resources can make an impression on your guests and drain some of the strain that manufacturers throw into the environment. Choosing earth-friendly flooring material, dust-free equipment, and the least damaging sealants and finishes will keep your home improvement project favoring the environment instead of working against it.
A floor is the most frequently used place in any home, yet is often changed the least. Because improving your home with a new floor is such an expensive, long-term investment that carries decades of visual impact, it should represent the personal convictions of the homeowner – particularly for the environmentalist. Wood floors from sustainable forests, reclaimed wood, bamboo, cork, and natural linoleum are top flooring choices for the environmentally-conscious remodeler. Read the rest of this entry »
Concrete is an incredible, durable material that is well-worth its investment, but rarely has anyone extolled the virtue of concrete’s dull gray color in an outdoor setting. Concrete patios are practical, but concrete often looks harsh, dull and interruptible to the natural landscape.
Staining your concrete can change its hue to blend in with the natural surroundings. With the right choice of color, concrete stain can take away concrete’s cold barren face and replace it with a warm welcoming hue that doesn’t detract from the surrounding landscape.
If you haven’t poured the concrete yet, you can add a dye to the wet concrete mix to create a base for the top layer of stain. This prevents a sharp color contrast from appearing when the top layer of stain starts wearing away. Instead of a defect in the concrete gaining attention, the area will achieve an overall weathered look and the defect will be unnoticeable. Read the rest of this entry »
Design principles seldom change, but technology changes as fast as we can flip through the pages of a book to read about it. Technological influences and instantaneous information have changed the way we live, and the way we design and remodel our home. In many kitchens, a laptop is an indispensable necessity.
What used to be a work triangle of stove, refrigerator and sink, is now becoming a work quadrangle of stove, refrigerator, sink and laptop. Kitchens have to remain safe and efficient while incorporating the advent of the laptop-loving chef. Laptop-loving chefs may find themselves inconveniently walking back and forth to read an online recipe, watching batter fly off a spatula onto a monitor screen while following a celebrity chef video, and shaking out crumbs and spices from their keyboards as they search for substitutions for exotic spices. Read the rest of this entry »