Do You Want Multiple Microwave Ovens In Your Kitchen?
Most of us have a microwave oven that we use regularly. Why would multiple microwave ovens help the function of our kitchen? If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, this article may help you think about and plan for an additional microwave.
The History of Microwave Ovens
Microwave ovens have been a popular convenience in residential kitchens since Amana started selling them in 1967. Homeowners liked the ability to quickly thaw frozen food and bring liquids to a boil faster than a tea kettle (more…)
Warm Colors: Red, Orange, and Yellow
Warm colors at the outside edge of a rainbow
Warm colors and cool colors affect everything we do, because they’re part of light’s energy. We cannot see the colors of light rays, but we see colors because of light’s spectrum. When the atmosphere intervenes, becoming a prism, we can see light in the form of a rainbow. Rainbows are meaningful because they contain seven colors that evoke emotional responses: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. This article, Part 1 of 2, will discuss only the warm colors.
During a heavy spring shower, traffic slowed to a crawl. “Smart drivers” was my second thought, after the usual thought (you get the drift!). But people weren’t slowing down for just the raindrops. They were slowing down to look at a very bright double rainbow! The colors were glorious! How do you feel when you see a rainbow?We use colors to describe our moods, “In the pink,” or “Green with envy,” or “feeling blue.” We say, “I’m seeing red” when we’re angry, or “He/she is yellow-bellied” when we think someone is cowardly.
Is Making Money with Kickbacks and Referral Fees That Important?
A custom cabinet manufacturer was upset about a designer who, after referring a remodeling project to him, asked for a referral fee. Unfortunately, getting/giving “kick-backs” is not a new practice. Does this practice bother you? Here’s how it impacts your remodeling investment, and what you can do about it. (more…)
What Remodeling Plans Are, and How They Can Help You
If you’re thinking about, or planning to remodel your home, this article will help you. You’ll understand how detailed remodeling plans can help you achieve the best results and reduce chances for costly mistakes. You’ve heard the quote, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” So true, especially regarding home remodeling plans. This information applies to every type of home improvement project:
- Turn-key: all labor provided by a contractor.
- Partial D-I-Y: specific labor provided by trade specialists, as needed.
- Full D-I-Y: all labor provided by homeowners.
WHAT ARE DETAILED PLANS?
- Translation of everything you want, spoken in contractors’ terms.
- Dimensioned schematic drawings drafted to scale, usually 1/4” per foot, or 1/2” per foot. Larger scale allows details to be shown more clearly.
- Visual “GPS” that gives accurate directions, so everyone gets to the desired destination.
- Scale and dimensions accurate to 1/8 inch. (more…)
Invest in Home Remodeling Wisely, To Get the Best You Can Afford
Experience teaches us that if we treat everyone with the same levels of compassion and respect, we discover that they have real feelings, needs, and desires. Everyone wants the best of everything! Although there may be more money to invest in a remodeling project, there should always be a budget.
Everyone is special in their own way. It shouldn’t matter whether you have $500,000 or $5,000 to invest in your home. No matter what your remodeling budget is, follow this advice:
» Talk to at least three professionals before making a decision; get information about experience, check references, and trust your “gut feelings”
» Ask questions, and don’t accept pat answers about anything
Detailed Plans Are The GPS To Get You To Your Destination!
Detailed plans were mentioned in a previous blog. Projects that do not include changes to plumbing location, electrical wiring, or framing changes may not need plans for permits. But if you are installing new cabinets, you need to communicate your goals, and you may want to get comparative estimates. Simple detailed plans can definitely help you!
What exactly are detailed plans? How can they make your building or remodeling project better and smoother?
Imagine you’re going to an unfamiliar place, and you’re meeting other people who have never been there, either. How are all of you going to get there? Detailed route instructions! Plans are the GPS that everyone uses as a guide to lead them to the same goal: your satisfaction. Below is a list of everything needed for permits, details that the building-remodeling team needs to assure that what you want to do is possible, within your budget. If you’re a D-I-Yer, this list will help you understand what’s ahead, and possibly change your mind about tackling a major project alone.