Category Archives: Kitchen Improvements
Gone are the days when kitchens were only used for cooking. Now with the open-concept design gaining more and more popularity in the home, the kitchen is a place for family and friends to congregate on a daily basis. This being said, it’s important that your plans reflect what this space will be used for when creating your dream kitchen.
Not only is the kitchen one of the most used rooms in a home but it is also one of the most costly, timely, and complex spaces to get right. However, there are a few simple things you can do during the preparation and design development stage that will help you make the kitchen renovation process a smooth and successful one:
Decide what the purpose of your kitchen is:
Before you start designing your space, you need to determine what the purpose of your kitchen will be. Do you want the focus of your kitchen to be cooking, entertaining, multi-functioning, hosting big family dinners, or a bit of all the above? Whatever the focus and goal is for your kitchen renovation, it’s important to have it figure out before the design process begins. This way you’ll have a clear goal in mind as to how the kitchen should be designed to function.
Think about the feel you’d like to achieve:
You want your kitchen to not only compliment your lifestyle but the rest of your house too. Have a look at the rest of your house and see how you can integrate the feel of each room to have a nice flow from room to room in your home. For example, designing a country-style kitchen when the rest of your house has a modern style won’t compliment your space.
Research pricing before hand :
Most people who are thinking about starting a kitchen renovation experience sticker shock when they realize how much everything will cost. It’s important that you research how much the things you’d like to do will roughly cost so you can know what is doable for your design. This will avoid you being disappointed when the design process begins, as you’ll already have a rough estimate to what can fit in your budget.
Be aware of time constraints:
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when renovating their kitchen is making last-minute decisions on accessories and components that they would like to add. Things such as cabinet, countertops, appliances, or flooring usually take about 6 to 8 weeks to arrive (especially in custom designs). To avoid having your renovation possibly triple in completion time do your best to ensure that the design is finalized and incorporates everything you’d like it to before it begins!
If you’re looking to transform your kitchen, then give us a call. One of our representatives will be more than happy to come out and offer suggestions as well as provide you with a free estimate.
Carpets effectively make any home comfortable and relaxing. They’re great options that people might have for your houses and like other options we make, we have to maintain and take proper care of the carpets correctly and adequately. A part of proper care is carpet housekeeping services. Cleansing carpeting may well be a daunting task for most of us however if we are fitted while using proper understanding relevant for this, the job may become simpler.
Clearly, stopping carpeting to acquire dirty can be a helpful guideline in carpet care. If whatsoever possible, remove slip-ons or footwear before travelling carpeting. Slip-ons and footwear may look clean but little are you aware you will find small items of muck underneath that could cause carpeting to acquire dirty and finally become broken.
When getting rid of carpet stains, make certain not to rub the stain, only lightly blot about this. Lots of rubbing only will spread the stains and may weaken carpeting materials which makes it put on out rapidly. It is best whenever the stains remain fresh: already bring them of so that they will not settle and be difficult to remove.
In addition, stains that aren’t removed perfectly would return initially before lengthy. To prevent stain ablation, the stain needs to be engrossed in thick bit of cloth then placed with something heavy on the top out of this overnight so the cloth can realize your desire to take in balance much much deeper stains. Then clean carpeting the standard way.
Within our haste to wash the stain, we very frequently frequently behave that may worsen the issue. For instance after we want the stain to dry rapidly, we’d make use of the hair dryer or even an iron however that’s only in a position to permanently lock the stain across the carpet.
Regularly cleaning carpeting will effectively eliminate the muck which has selected the top carpet. However, a few of individuals grimes may select the so much much deeper layers within the carpet which typical cleaning might not remove. Thus, deep cleaning or customers are suggested to obtain completed. You will find machines for deep cleaning accessible in shops you can use if you want to complete your own personal carpet deep cleaning.
Yet if you wish to decrease the issues in the task, you will find professional carpet and residential skin skin cleansers who are able to perform the task to meet your requirements. Whatever option you select, the important thing factor key to keep in mind should be to completely clean carpeting about two occasions or yearly.
You could use the size of your kitchen as an excuse for bad cooking or not cooking at all but not anymore. As I mentioned in 5 Space-Saving Appliances Small Kitchen Owners Need, many manufacturers are now offering all sorts of compact appliances that can help you become an iron chef. Believe it or not, even if your small kitchen only comes with a microwave, you can still make delicious meals (not frozen food) to impress your family and friends.
Therefore, stop blaming the equipment or kitchen size. Here are 10 easy, yet delightful meals you can easily prepare in your small kitchen. All you need is a portable induction cooktop, microwave or even better, just a countertop—no heat at all!
Portable Induction Cooktop Recipes for Special Date Nights
If you already traded in your gas range for more counter space, but still want to pick up your cooking skills occasionally, a portable induction cooktop will surely come in handy. Aside from putting it away when it’s not in use, it actually works like traditional stoves. You can use it to boil, sauté, stir-fry and grill as long as you cook in pans that don’t contain aluminum, copper and Pyrex.
Below are three quick, date-night recipes designed for portable induction cooktops:
Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter Sauce
- 1 pound large fresh sea scallops
- Kosher salt and white pepper, to taste
- 1 lemon (zest)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted, sweet cream butter
- Chopped fresh, flat leaf parsley for garnish
- Lemon, quartered for garnish
- Pat scallops until very dry. Toss the scallops with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Set induction burner on the sear setting and heat the oil in a grill pan. When the oil becomes hot, add the scallops and cook the scallops on one side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the butter to the pan. Just as the butter melts completely, turn the scallops over and add the lemon juice.
- Cook scallops an additional minute and move to a warm plate. Add lemon zest to pan and stir sauce to blend.
- Spoon any sauce in the pan over the scallops and sprinkle the parsley over the top.
- Serve immediately.
- 4 boneless chicken breast halves without skin
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 to 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup Marsala wine
- Pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.
- Combine flour, salt, pepper, and basil; mix well.
- Heat oil and butter in an 11” sauté pan using the med-high setting on the induction burner.
- Dredge chicken in seasoned flour mixture. Cook chicken until lightly browned on first side, about 4 minutes. Turn chicken and cook about 2 minutes longer.
- Remove chicken and add mushrooms. Cook about 6 minutes until lightly browned.
- Add Marsala wine and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add chicken, reduce heat to med-low; cover and simmer 10 minutes and serve.
Beef Stew (Highly Recommend Cooking with a Pressure Cooker)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inches
- 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
- 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 8 oz. button mushrooms, halved
- 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Salt and Pepper
- Set induction burner on sear and add olive oil to a 6-quart pressure cooker. Once the oil is hot, add the beef in batches and cook, turning occasionally until browned, about 6 minutes per batch.
- Transfer the beef to a plate once browned and season with salt and pepper. Once all the cubes are browned combine beef, carrots, onions, tomatoes, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme and pepper in the pressure cooker. Add wine, mushrooms and olives.
- Cover, lock and bring to high pressure using the stir-fry setting on the induction burner.
- Use boil setting to stabilize pressure and cook for 18 minutes. Depressurize cooker using quick-release method. Carefully remove the cover and discard the bay leaves.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour and ½ cup of the cooking liquid from the pressure cooker. Blend and whisk the mixture into the sauce in the cooker.
- Cook the sauce on the induction burner using the BOIL setting, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, orange zest and parsley and serve.
Microwave Recipes, from Breakfast to Dinner
Your microwave can do so much more than just heat leftovers or frozen food. From breakfast, snacks, dinner to dessert, it’s truly a time-saver, helping you prepare healthy meals that don’t come packaged in a box.
Okay, you may be skeptical about the word “healthy,” because rumor has it, microwaves can cause cancer. However, the American Cancer Society dispelled the myth. When microwaves are used according to instructions, there’s no evidence that microwaves pose a health risk to people.
To ensure your first microwaved meal is perfect and healthy, I picked four simple recipes, from breakfast to dinner and dessert that will never go wrong.
Breakfast: Quiche in a Mug
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk (preferably whole milk)
- 4-8 mini cherry tomatoes
- 1 slice of halloumi (diced)
- 1 teaspoon salted butter
- 1 slice of smoked salmon
- 1 slice of bread (preferably chiabatta)
- 1 or 2 slices of onion
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon of corriander
- Cut the mini cherry tomatoes in half.
- Slice the smoked salmon into thin strip.
- Tear the chiabatta bread into small pieces and pack it into a 1/8-cup measurement.
- Crack the egg into a large microwave safe mug, pour in the milk and mix together with a fork.
- Melt the butter in the microwave and add in the egg/milk mixture.
- Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and coriander.
- Toss in all the remanding ingredients. There’s no need to spread them evenly.
- Place the mug in the center of the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute.
- Remove the quiche from the microwave and serve.
Snacks: Potato Chips
- 1 1/3 pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed
- 2 teaspoons or so of extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cooking spray
- Slice potatoes into 1/8-inch rounds for thicker potato chips. For thinner ones, use a mandolin to cut very thin slices.
- Toss slices in a medium bowl with oil and salt to coat evenly.
- Coat a large microwave-proof plate with cooking spray. Arrange some potato slices in a single layer on the plate.
- Place the plate into the microwave, leave it uncovered and cook on high for 2-3 minutes until potato slices turn brown.
- Turn slices over and continue microwaving until they start to crisp and brown around the edges, about 35 seconds for very thin potato slices or 2-4 minutes for thicker slices.
- Check frequently and rearrange slices as needed to prevent scorching.
- Transfer chips to another plate and allow to cool completely.
- Repeat process with remaining slices.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Lunch/Dinner: Microwave Risotto
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, plus extra if needed
- 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
- In a small pan, melt butter over medium heat and sauté the garlic and onions for about 2 minutes.
- In a 3-quart microwave safe dish, heat the vegetable broth for 2 minutes.
- Stir the garlic and onion mixture and uncooked rice into the bowl of broth. Cover tightly and microwave on high for 6 minutes.
- Stir in the wine, cover, and cook for 10 minutes more.
- Since all microwaves are different, if the rice is not fully cooked add ¼ cup broth and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in the cheese and serve.
Dessert: Chocolate Mochi Donuts
- 1/4 cup mochiko or glutinous rice flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 4 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Combine all ingredients into a mug and mix with a small whisk until batter is smooth.
- If using mugs to cook, split batter into two mugs and microwave each separately for about 1 minute, or until cooked. If pouring into donut molds, the batter in the mug was enough for two regular-sized donut molds to be filled about 2/3 full. Cook each separately for about 1 minute. If using smaller molds, adjust time according.
- Once mochi cools, you can decorate with glaze and/or sprinkles.
No-Heat, No-Fuss Recipes
Unfortunately, for city dwellers living in a teeny tiny kitchen with little counter space, the above recipes will not work. As such, you won’t be able to fit an induction cooktop or microwave when your counters are crowded with bowls of ingredients.
Hence, why bother cooking with heat? By adapting your cooking method, you can absolutely cook with ease no matter how small your kitchen is. Here are three no-heat, no-fuss recipes that can help you become a more efficient, professional small kitchen cook. Most importantly, they’re perfect for brown bagging.
Strawberry Oat Bars
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
- 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
- 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
- Pulse dates, nuts, oats and salt in a food processor until combined.
- Press the date mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
- Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture. Top with remaining strawberries. Slice into rectangles.
- 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts
- 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil, plus leaves for garnish
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- Sea salt
- 1 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise, slices cut into 1/4-inch-long strips
- In a bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, walnuts, basil and oil. Season with salt.
- Let stand 20 minutes.
- Toss with zucchini and garnish with basil.
French Tuna Salad Sandwich
- 1/2 loaf crusty French baguette
- 1 clove garlic, cut in half
- 4-6 basil leaves
- 1 (6oz) can tuna
- 3/4 cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, sliced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
- 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1jar or can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup blanched French green beans, sliced into thirds (optional)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Remove some of the insides of the bottom half to create a trough into which the filling will go.
- Brush both halves with a little extra virgin olive oil.
- Rub each with the garlic.
- Line the half with the trough with the basil leaves.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the tuna, olives, red bell pepper, onion, parsley, artichoke hearts (if using) and green beans (if using).
- In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk the lemon juice into the olive oil until it is combined.
- Pour the vinaigrette into the tuna mixture and stir to combine.
- Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
- Spoon tuna mixture into the trough of the baguette over the basil leaves.
- Wrap sandwich well in plastic.
- Crush it down by placing a brick or heavy cast iron skillet and refrigerate, preferably with the weight, overnight.
- In the morning, cut sandwich in half. Wrap in foil, brown bag it and enjoy it at work.
Just because your kitchen is small, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a good cook. Next time, before you use your kitchen size as an excuse for not cooking, double check if the above recipes are REALLY impossible with your tiny space. Chances are, they’re not.
Ever wanted a project you could do in a weekend in your kitchen? Whether that’s a complete overhaul or simple little inexpensive upgrades, there’s something you can do to your kitchen to better it this weekend and still maintain your budget at the same time.
If your kitchen is showing its age and you want to have it redone, you probably realize that a project of this type is quite expensive. If your budget cannot handle that extra expense at this point, you can still give your kitchen a bright, updated look without breaking the bank.
Pick out and install new hardware for your kitchen cabinets. This small, seemingly insignificant change can do wonders to add a modern touch to your kitchen. Visit any home improvement store to find an endless array of choices from which to choose.
If you have a wooden floor in your kitchen and you can’t or don’t want to have it refinished, try painting it. A coat of paint can give your kitchen floor a clean, old fashioned look that is homey and cozy.
Revamp the look of your kitchen by changing the linens. New curtains, tablecloths and tea towels in a new and different theme can make your kitchen look brand new. Choose a theme you love and that has meaning for your family. Use a playful theme if you have young children, or try a sophisticated or country theme if your family members are older.
Chances are that your cabinets are still sturdy enough to hold your dishes and cookware, but the finish may appear shabby, worn and scratched. Changing your cabinets is a major undertaking and costs quite a bit of money, but as long as the cabinets are still in usable condition, you can spruce up the outsides by having them refinished or painted. You can even do the job yourself!
While you are working on those cabinets, consider removing one of the cabinet doors to create an area in which to display some of your decorative pieces. Pitchers, fancy platters and decorative bowls are a few items that you can display in this area.
If your kitchen sink is stained and scratched and the finish is gone, you might want to consider changing the sink. While you may need the services of a plumber, a sink carries a relatively inexpensive price tag and is fairly easy to change. While you are at it, treat yourself to a brand new faucet. Even if you decide not to change the sink, a new faucet can help spruce up your kitchen, especially if you have already changed the cabinet hardware.
Because so much cooking and eating takes place in the kitchen, the walls may show splatters and stains. A quick coat of paint can help cover those unsightly marks and give your kitchen and fresh, clean look.
If your kitchen tends to be dark, you may want to consider upgrading the lighting. New, overhead fluorescent lights can help illuminate your kitchen, and installing under counter lighting can provide light where you need it most when you are preparing food. A pretty light fixture hanging over your kitchen table adds the finishing touch to the lighting project.
As you can see, there is no need to spend a fortune to help your tired kitchen spring back to life. Simple, inexpensive upgrades can work to turn your kitchen from a dark, worn room that shows its age to a fresh, modern space in which you won’t mind spending time preparing meals and an area where your family can share many happy meals and memories.
Hopefully, these short ideas have helped you along to keep a happy kitchen. These inexpensive ideas should do more than enough to keep you heading forward.
When it comes to home improvement the first thing that most of the homeowners begin with is their kitchen area. Ladies spend a lot of their time in the kitchens. Because of that, they want the kitchen area to be attractive, as it is not only a place to prepare food but also a place for dining, making it a place to socialize and eat together too. A versatile kitchen doesn’t mean that you will spend a lot of money on remodeling. You can also make the kitchen area look amazing with small changes. It is obvious that the look of the kitchen cabinets may make the kitchen look good or bad. Have you ever taken a look at white kitchen cabinets? They can actually improve the looks of your kitchen. Many people are afraid that white kitchen cabinets can catch stains easily, so they will have to repaint them over and over again. Even though their maintenance can be a challenge, you can apply a protective coating on it, which will make it stain resistant.
You can also paint your cabinets with any color you want to. But make sure it matches the entire look of your kitchen. The white cabinets were used by the English and French people. Apart from wood cabinets, you can also use lacquer, laminate and more. Check out the styles in cabinets, available at NironDepot stores and then you can pick one. In case you are still worried about the stains perhaps you can opt for other shades of white too. You can buy other colors in contrast with white to make it look nice. You need to do a lot of research before you get started. In case you are just considering changing the cabinets, you then ought to be careful. If you do not choose good cabinets then the overall look of the kitchen will be damaged.
In addition to focusing on the cabinets, remember to consider the lights and also the decor. You may also change the countertops if your finances allow you to do so. A lot of ideas for kitchen improvement can be found. You can talk to our experts in order to find great ideas. Our experts are experienced and will work with you to fulfill your dream. They are well-versed in the kitchen appliances on the market, and the work they require to put them in. So, as you give your ideas; ask our professionals for more ideas for kitchen remodeling. Count on us to guide you to a kitchen of your dream.
When you improve your kitchen, you’ll find that your whole home brightens up. Additionally, kitchen improvements go far to add to the value of your home. You’ll find that your life will feel much lighter and easier if your kitchen is more attractive and inviting and has more sensible traffic patterns, making it easier to work in. Of all the improvements that get made to homes, the kitchen is one of the most popular and most in demand.
After all, it becomes probably the main hub in a home over living rooms and dens as a place that’s shared by family, friends and guests. Nobody can really tell you what your ideal kitchen would be, that’s something that’s got to come from within you! That being said, kitchens these days are being extended and opened up into areas where you can both socialize and relax making them a true oriented version of a great family room. Even if you only have a little inkling of what you may want to do with a kitchen, it’s always good to consult with a certified remodeler or designer to see what they could expand to it as well. You never know you may like what they say.
But Whether you wish to make big, sweeping improvements or small simple changes, you’ll be surprised at the great effects kitchen improvement can have on your home in general. Here is a list of 6 of the best improvements you can make to your kitchen to increase the value of your home and enhance your enjoyment of your home.
Replace your old appliances with modern, shiny stainless steel appliances! If you have older and/or mismatched kitchen appliances you’ll be surprised to see the tremendous difference replacing all of them with spiffy new stainless steel appliances will make. Stainless steel is easy to match, easy to clean and naturally deflects germs.
Replace your old countertops with natural, versatile granite countertops. Granite is a beautiful material that is tough, easy care, and long lasting. Having granite countertops will enhance the beauty of your kitchen, make it more usable and increase the value of your home.
Painting your kitchen cabinets is a quick and easy fix that spruces up your kitchen and adds a light and airy touch. If your kitchen cabinets are old, dark and grimy, you can make a tremendous difference by simply cleaning them up and applying a coat of bright, light, durable, easy scrub paint. This is an affordable, one or two day DIY fix that will make that huge difference!
Replace dark colors with light colors! To brighten up your whole kitchen, lighten your mood and make the room seem bigger and more inviting, replace dark colors in walls, cabinets, curtains, appliances and so forth with light, bright cheerful colors. This simple DIY improvement will make a huge difference to the mood of your kitchen.
Replace plain cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with fancy, whimsical choices from your local home improvement store. All you need is a screwdriver and a little time to add a touch of elegance, glamour and/or humor to your kitchen!
Update your window treatments with modern, easy to clean blinds and/or light and airy kitchen curtains. Try using half curtains that leave the top of your windows open to light. This is a great way to brighten up your kitchen and make it feel larger and more open.
These are just a half a dozen of the easy and doable improvements you could undertake today to give your kitchen a facelift. You’ll be surprised at the huge difference a few simple and easy improvements to your kitchen can make to your whole home and even to your life. Follow the advice given here and use your imagination to personalize, lighten, brighten and make your kitchen more inviting and usable. Remember that kitchen improvements have been proven to increase the value of a home, so they are good investment.