Kitchen Cabinets – To Replace Or Not Replace – That Is The Question

kitchen remodelI found out recently that one of the fastest growing areas in home renovation is kitchen makeovers.. that is, not just a complete refit, but more of a facelift, just replacing the doors and drawers, handles and worktops, to get a gleaming new look kitchen, but without all of the expense and inconvenience of a full remodel.

It is something that I have done on many occasions to hotel rooms that had small kitchens included in the room, and it was just for a few cabinets in that instance, but I didn’t realise that it was such a hot home remodelling subject.

When you design your new kitchen, one of the major decisions that you need to make is concerning the cabinet doors. Since the cabinet doors are one of the largest surface areas that you see in the room, you should make sure that the doors you pick are the ones that best fit the look and style that you were looking for.

You also have to consider that your cabinets, while still solid and serviceable, are probably a size that is no longer supported by the major manufacturers, but you will find that the specialist replacement door businesses, such as this guy local to me, www.qualitykitchendoorsderby.co.uk can help you to find what you need.

I contacted him and he tells me that he is able to source just about any size colour and finish to suit existing cabinets, so I am sure there will be a similar business close to you that can do the same.

When you are looking at furnishings for your home it makes sense that you shop around, weigh up all of your options and make sure that you find something perfect for you. When it comes to actually buying items there are some purchases that we spend more time considering than others.

When considering a kitchen remodel, the best thing to keep in mind is that the kitchen cabinets are the most important aspect of the entire project. There are so many kitchen cabinet doors to choose from and this can make the remodel project a bit more confusing and overwhelming.

So you’re remodeling what we are told is probably the most used room of the house. You were told right! Making improvements to an existing kitchen/kitchenette could increase the worth of the house considerably. There are numerous items to consider here, including the style of the rooms that are adjacent to the kitchen too.

The kitchen is the area in the house which we hold dear to our hearts. Unfortunately, it’s also a space which gets abused like no other. People are opening and closing doors and using and abusing the area every day.

Whether you are planning on marketing the house or staying in it, modern cabinets are a desirable way to update the room plus add more storage. Kitchens and bathrooms are 2 of the largest selling points for any home sale, so you can be sure that you will always recover any expense that you put into your new kitchen.

So if you are looking for a new kitchen for your home, consider changing the doors and drawers to get a classy facelift for less than the cost of a full remodel.

The video below has some ideas to get your creative juices flowing… the kitchens are very expensive looking, but there are design ideas to be gained by watching.

How to landscape your garden on a budget

landscape-design-ideasLandscaping is an art that involves changing the features of a piece of land, making it look more attractive and visually appealing. It is done through meticulous passion and planning but you will not have to spend a large amount of money if you follow our ideas on how to landscape your garden on a budget.

The most important step for landscaping is unity of the different elements of landscape so that it can perfectly fit together, creating a beautiful and attractive garden. You will need to incorporate different elements like plants, trees and other natural elements, and also consider how to mix and match them to make your garden look beautiful.

There are different steps to landscape your garden on a budget which includes-

Keep things simple- if you want to achieve the desired look of your garden then you will need to keep things simple. This can be done through minimalism and simplicity, and can be achieved if you do not over design your garden with different textures and colors.

Balance the design- when you balance the design of your garden, you will be able to make the garden look beautiful but for this you will need to keep a sense of equality in mind while you are planning your new landscape. Beautiful gardens can certainly be achieved on a limited budget by reducing the number of features that you want in your garden. This will save you a considerable amount of money.

This video below has some great ideas as you will see:

Determine your garden’s design- you will need to draw up the landscape gardening ideas based on the layout of your home. This will help in deciding the kind of design you will have for your garden and for this you will need to add specific details relating to the garden which includes layout of your home and other structures within the immediate vicinity.

Create a cost projection- you will need to allocate the amount that you are willing to spend on your landscaping project. You will need to create a list that will include the plants you want in your garden as well as other materials and tools that you will need for the landscaping job. If you want to add wood and rock in your garden, then you should also include it into your list as it will help you in determining the actual cost of landscaping.

Deciding on the different elements- the cost of landscaping depends on the different elements like the kind of materials and elements that you plan to use for creating them. You can always achieve a classy landscape which includes perfect lawns, flowering ground covers and beautifully meandering pathways even following a strict budget. You will need to balance the hardscape like trees, shrubs, ground cover, gates, fountains, pavers and many other elements.

Inexpensive building materials- the use of affordable building material can reduce the cost of landscaping your garden without being a burden on your budget. You can get everything on the internet, from brick, stones to hoses and lawnmowers that will help you to landscape your garden on a budget.

And don’t forget to look for used or recycled materials. Many times people advertise their unwanted bricks, retaining timbers and hardcore or gravel. A good website that I have used many times is http://www.preloved.co.uk/ and look for more excellent ideas on youtube.

Renovation or Restoration

lightbulb momentI am not sure what the image above has to do with this post, maybe it represents my lightbulb moment, or maybe I just liked the picture, but either way welcome to my blog! I hope my tips and tricks that I have picked up along the journey of my life will help you to maintain, restore or repair whatever project you are working on.

I find I am constantly being asked by younger relatives and friends for their advice on project in the home related to maintenance, which is why I decided to turn this old defunct hotel related website into a one stop DIY advice centre. The project is obviously going to take some time, and I  am not the worlds fastest typist, but we are on the way to creating a useful website.

So are you renovating or restoring, are you repairing or upgrading, I suppose it all boils down to the same thing; you have a room of some kind that needs work. It could be your kitchen, bedroom, garage, attic conversion, whatever, the basic principles are always the same.furniture paint

You should decide which parts of the room you would like to keep, and which you need to remove or change. Think of how you might be able to use the things that you already have and change them for the better, rather than throwing away and buying new. Very often just a coat of paint or new handles can transform an old dresser or wardrobe. Try to use reclaimed materials too whenever possible, they are cheaper and environmentally friendly.

Consider too what the room will be used for, if it is a damp location such as a bathroom or wetroom, be sure to use materials that are designed for such use, such as mould resistant paints and drywall or treated timber made for a damp environment.

Planning is the key as with most things. Decide the end result you want, then plot a path to get there by sourcing the materials you need, or by finding a local trades person that can do the job for you.

It is sometimes surprising to learn that you can get the job done for you at about the same cost as if you did it yourself. For example, a painting company gets paint at a large discount, because they are constantly buying from the supplier. You however pay full retail price. If you are considering a large paint job, the paint savings that the professional gets can offset his labour charges, getting you the job done for the same price, and saving you the hassle. Worth considering.

This is also usually true for new window installations, insulation projects, tiling and decorating. It is always worth arranging a free estimate to find out. You could save yourself hours, which can then be spent on other projects.

Another way to save money is to use recycled materials, such as paint, windows, carpet, roof tiles etc. The list is endless. Try to find an outlet near you that specialises in selling these items, or find websites, such as http://www.preloved.co.uk where you can find all kind of items, including furniture and even cars that people are just wanting to be taken away. Cool!

So that’s it for the first entry, I hope you found it useful, and I will start working on the next. Of course if you want to send me something that would be beneficial to any readers, such as hints tips and ideas, then contact me through the form on the site.

I thought I would include the video below, which is about preparing a wall prior to painting. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not doing any preparation, so here are some worthwhile tips to consider before starting your next paint project.