Kitchen Islands May Not Be Appropriate For Every Home

Kitchen Islands Are Great, But There Are Other Alternatives, TooKitchen islands are not appropriate for every kitchen, but there are great alternatives.

Kitchen islands are the most frequently-requested features, according to statistics. The available space determines whether or not an island is appropriate. But there’s more than just space. Islands do affect the function of a kitchen, and should be carefully planned according to the individual family’s work-flow habits.

Space Considerations

To accommodate a kitchen island, there must be at minimum of 42″ between countertop edges (not cabinets), according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association guidelines. 48″ is preferred, especially if more than one person will be using the space simultaneously. How does this translate? To have an island, a kitchen must be at least 13′-6″ wall to wall in one direction:

4′-3″ (opposing cabinets with countertops) + 7′-0″ (42″ aisleways on both sides of the island) + 2′-3″ (narrow island with 1-1/2″ countertop overhangs) = 13′-6″

A standard kitchen sink or a cooking surface should not be placed in such a narrow island, for safety reasons. The narrow island is a good place for a smaller sink, a built-in microwave below the countertop, additional storage and food preparation countertop. (more…)

Choose Kitchen Appliances First!

Choose Kitchen Appliances First For Best Functionkitchen appliances must be chosen first, because your kitchen is planned around them

Why choose kitchen appliances first? It’s human nature to focus on cabinets and countertops, when you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, because you’re concerned about how the new kitchen will look, unless a high-priority item is a commercial cooktop or range and large hood as a focal point. This will ultimately lead to frustration, and possible expensive mistakes. You can avoid problems, if you select your appliances first (unless you’re including new doors and windows), then move on to other kitchen features. (more…)

Bathroom Remodeling: Plumbing Is Selected First

Bathroom Remodeling: Why Select Plumbing First?Bathroom remodeling requires you to choose plumbing first.

Bathroom remodeling involves hundreds of decisions, and at least 100 steps in the process. Everything in your bathroom is placed around the plumbing. Locations of a shower, tub, toilet, and sinks are important to achieving ultimate safety and function — and a beautiful new bathroom. Here are some guidelines to help you: (more…)

D-I-Y Kitchen Remodeling Success IS Possible!

D-I-Y Kitchen Remodeling Success: Know What You Can Do and Cannot Do

D-I-Y kitchen remodeling success requires skill and patience

                                                           D-I-Y Kitchen Remodeling required skill and patience.

D-I-Y kitchen remodeling was the last thing that Naomi wanted, but Michael was confident that he could be the general contractor. Like a lot of homeowners, they had been thinking about remodeling ever since they bought the home. Everything about the existing kitchen was dated: white laminate cabinets with continuous oak pulls, white laminate countertops, a dropped ceiling with fluorescent lighting. (more…)

Home Improvement Goal: Get (Most of) What You Want

Defining Your Home Improvement Goal Is Like Walking A Tightrope

 

Achieving your home improvement goal is like walking a tightrope.

Your home remodeling goal requires careful step by step progress, like a tightrope walker, until you reach your destination.

Get most of what you want of your home improvement  goal. Not everything  you want? That’s right. I’m being totally honest with you.

Unless you have a bank account that equals (or surpasses) Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, you’ll have to do research, and make informed decisions about every aspect of your home improvement project, one step at a time. Your decisions will include making tradeoffs, substituting lower-priced products, to stay within a reasonable budget. Below are time-tested, successful strategies to help you. Writing may be difficult for you, but you don’t have to be Ernest Hemingway or J,K. Rowling to write your priorities. You don’t have to do it in one sitting, either! Pour a cup of decaf coffee, or a glass of wine, and pour out your deepest home improvement desires. Doing this will help you to think of the possibilities.

You Don’t Have To Be A Famous Author to Create Your Home Improvement Goal List (more…)

Successful Ranch Remodeling: Six-Step Process

Successful ranch remodeling -- before and after pictures

1970s Ranch Home Before and After Master Bedroom-Bathroom Addition

In ta previous, we explored reasons why this was a 1970s successful ranch remodeling project. Now, I’d like to share the six steps required for me to help the Homeowners achieve the best results.

1970s Successful Ranch Remodeling Beginning to Completion

Step One: Ask Preliminary Questions

  • Does the neighborhood have a particular or predominant style?
  • What needs to be improved — how can it be improved?
  • What do the Homeowners want to achieve?
  • What is the Homeowners’ target budget and target completion date?

The ranch-style home, when viewed from the street, was overwhelmed by the roofline. The garden was well-manicured, except for a large area on the left-hand corner of the property, which looked like an attempt to create a vegetable garden.

During the first meeting, the Homeowners shared their love of entertaining and their idea of enlarging the kitchen to cover most of the wasted property on the left-hand corner. We also viewed the awkward chopped-off second floor above the garage, where their master suite was located.  We were on our way to a successful ranch remodeling! (more…)