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Small Kitchen Remodeling Ideas on a Budget

Make Use Of That Hidden Space

Do you have a small kitchen that you need to remodel? Are there a lot of ideas you want to do but not much space to accommodate all these ideas? This is the right place for you. We are here to illustrate the ultimate guide so that you can make use of all the available space. Giving you an efficient and easy way to successfully get through your kitchen remodeling process.

Finding extra space to add to the small kitchen is the number one goal when remodeling a small kitchen in specific. Borrowing some space from an adjoining room can be useful. There is also a solution if there is absolutely no space to add, which is breaking down a wall of the kitchen and replacing it with a breakfast bar. The bar can also be used for both casual meals and as a work space. Imagine how functional, efficient and beautiful such a kitchen will be. The absence of the wall will give a sense of a larger room as well.

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The Key To Your Small Kitchen Dream

There are three important factors that should always be kept in mind. These factors are:

  1. Appropriate aisle space
  2. Sufficient light
  3. Adequate storage space

With small kitchens, making sure there is enough aisle space is the key. Ensuring that cabinet doors, refrigerator doors and oven doors can open and close freely is a priority. Enough aisle space allows a comfortable atmosphere while using the kitchen with a less feel of a cluttered surrounding. Also having a large pass through window allows enough light as well as a sense of space to the small kitchen. Moreover, adding adequate storage space to the small kitchen assists in containing clutter as well as providing a continuous tidy kitchen.

The layout

Aside from the three previous factors, the layout of the kitchen greatly matters. The two most efficient layouts for a small kitchen are either a U-shape or two parallel counters. Such layouts make all the points of work equally accessible making it comfortable and convenient.

The suitable appliances

Choosing the right appliances is crucial when it comes to small kitchens. You have the right to want and have all the appliances that add luxury to the kitchen in addition to making life easy. You can’t give up this right just because the kitchen happens to be somehow small. The key to having all the appliances yet not backing up the whole kitchen is size. Know all the different sizes of appliances. This way fitting them all in the kitchen won’t be a dilemma. For example, going for an 18-inch wide dishwasher can better suit a small kitchen more than the 24-inch wide one can.  As for refrigerators, the side-by-side doors and the French doors are better than the full width doors.

Knowing and understanding all the different sizes and models of the appliances will make finding the suitable appliance simple. Another tip for better use of space when it comes to appliances is having the microwave over range. This way the microwave won’t take up space from the counters giving more work space. This also can add a modern take on the kitchen.

Note that stainless steel appliances blend very well with dark green granite worktops as well as oak wood floors.

More tips and tricks

There are a few more tips and guidelines for remodeling small kitchens. As a rule, the fewer the interruption in the counter tops the more the work space will be convenient. There are also some visual tricks to make the kitchen seem bigger than it really is. Building in a mirror back splash is one of those tricks. The mirrors will seem to add more space to the kitchen so it would look and feel larger than its original size. Also having the cabinets in light colors like white or beige will open up the kitchen giving a more spacious feeling, as opposed to darker colors like brown and black.

One of the latest tricks to obtain more workspace is a cutting board that slides over the sink. This way the sink space can be utilized as workspace if needed.

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Quartz Installation: Kitchens And Bathrooms

Silestone countertops can help you achieve the London appearance in your kitchen. Not only is Silestone long-lasting but also simple to wash, can handle pots and pans and is beautiful. Both edge style and the colour influences its total look. Straight edges look modern and spare, whilst a softer profile is created by a bevelled edge to compliment any room layout. Browse our distinct ranges here.

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel appliances really are a popular pick, in the event you’re seeking to create an urban feel in your kitchen. Appliances such as cookers refrigerators and dishwashers appear terrific.

Also, stainless steel splashbacks will allow you to create that London look. Stainless steel appears smart, but marks readily, though this is less of a problem with splashbacks, which get fewer fingermarks than worktops or unit doors.

Cool colours are perfect to reach a minimalist city kitchen feel. Using these colours will create a modern feel; add a dash of red, yellow and sometimes even lavender, if you wish to brighten up the room a little.

A must have kitchen appliance is the induction hob, heats up very quickly and its super efficient; perfect for those Londoners constantly away from home.

An espresso machine can also be a must have in your London Kitchen. I think the Francis X7.1 would go absolutely in a modern London kitchen and will likely be ideal to get a pick-me-up on those early mornings. You’ll need a wine cooler too, to keep bottles at optimum temperature, once you have got the coffee maker.

Let us not forget American style fridge freezers that are outsized having an ice maker, which are every Kitchen lover’s dream; a London kitchen would not be complete without one.

All of us understand while you wash up, so why not conceal an LCD screen behind a unit door for TV, washing up is a chore.

Having enough room can not be easy, especially when there are so many tempting gadgets out there. Try giving away everything you don’t use regularly, for example that fondue set that’s been remaining at the back of the cupboard for the last 5 years.

Make your cabinets go is an effective strategy to create space. Additionally by making the cupboard doors glass, this will automatically make your kitchen seem larger. Save room at the end of a cabinet run to get a tall cabinet; most kitchens do not have space for a walk in pantry so tall cupboards are useful choice.

In addition, another terrific approach to optimise your storage is by hiding small appliances in cabinets, nevertheless make sure that you prevent access and tambour doors as the are awkward to flip up.

An island is essential should you like to entertain then. Make sure to have enough room and add storage underneath and appliance together with the countertop. Be sure and keep the colours of the island like the remainder of the area the countertop matches the remainder of your kitchen.

Although you may fancy yourself Superman, it is best to attend to a professional when it comes to installing quartz countertops. It is a very hard process, very costly, but very worth it. Yes, it is costly but it is not a waste if it is for the beauty of your home. Not to mention that your countertops are the essence and the core of your kitchen, as well as the bathroom. You may be spending a lot of money, but you may think of it as long-term investment, giving you no trouble in the later years.

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The Process and Duration

Before any installations, to fully restore the space for your quartz countertop could take about twelve weeks, and to organize takes about two weeks. Installing your quartz countertops are mostly the last thing to do, concerning your house. Most importantly, before installing your quartz countertops, your cabinets, sinks and other items should be in its proper place. After everything is in place, you are ready. However, there is a common myth, that you must change your cabinets and drawers and replace them while remodelling. That is, as mentioned, a myth. In fact, there is a bigger chance that your current cabinets and drawers are in better shape and form than those that come with the countertops. In any way, along with the floor, the countertop surfaces are used the most in your house. So, it is best to invest in the countertops and the floors.

Things to Start with

The first thing you must do, in the installation process, is sketch it out. Draw a sketch of your kitchen, bathroom surfaces and a layout of the house. In the sketch, you must draw the exact location of your sink, fridge, and stove, along with any other additional inlays; that is for your kitchen. For the bathroom, sketch out the placements of your sink, bathtub, shower and your vanity.

After sketching your layout, you must measure your kitchen or bathroom, depending where you plan on putting your countertops. Once you get an overall measurement, measure the space or area for the countertop. After that, you’ll have an approximate estimate of the space you’ll need for installing your quartz countertop.  As for the bathroom, it is much trickier. You will need an accurate measurement, ad you have to make sure that drawers and doors will open properly, and not be cramped because of the size and space of the countertops. You have to be sure that there is space for everything you’re planning, such as the sink, shower, and vanity and so on.

Do you know the various quartz types?

Install Bathroom Quartz Builders sometimes choose of type of countertops called “laminate countertops”. This type of countertop looks elegant and classy when newly installed, but as time goes on, it begins to lose its brightness and turns dull, showing its age. So it’s best to choose the right kind of quartz countertop, and not to depend on the builder’s choice, after all it is YOUR countertop. To find out how much it all costs, it is best to go to the company where you chose to install your quartz countertop, and provide with them your measurements and the colour of your product selection.  If you want to replace your current countertop, with a quartz countertop, it is recommended to ask if the removal of the existing countertop is included in the cost, or if it needs additional cost.

Experts make things fast and easier

It is suggested by most homeowners who have installed their own countertops, to work with an expert, trained professional. The professionals will measure the space for your countertops twice and also clarify that your surface is cut and installed in the exact conditions you need. After that, the team of professionals will visit in order to finish any other gaps that need to be filled in the process, something you may have forgotten; they will also confirm measurements for the last time and discuss the sizes of the inlays. Some of the professionals may ask for a fund for the visit, and then it will be returned when you buy the countertop surface.

If all these are done, then you are ready for installations. Although it would be best to schedule a plumber along with the builders (in-case any plumbing or wiring needs to be reconnected). It is also best to remove the unnecessary things from the installation area, and keep the things that are going to be added to the installation close by.

Video: here is a video from YouTube that explains how easy its for experts to do the job
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How to Install a Dishwasher Under a Granite Countertop?

You love to cook and bake. You cherish your perfectly painted French manicure nails and soft hands. You adore your beautiful and elegant granite countertop, yet it is time to install a dishwasher to relieve yourself from the nightmare of washing dishes every day! Your family deserves a delicious, freshly cooked meal, you deserve to keep your French manicure unharmed and your kitchen deserves the exquisite beauty of a granite worktop, thus it is time to know your way around on how to install a dishwasher under your granite top. With the ongoing increase in maintenance and handy-work expenses, it would save loads amount of money by knowing some basic and simple installation tips.

Like any installing process, you need to know what tools you would need and what difficulties you might face to ensure completing the process without any harm done to either your countertop or your appliance! Granite; being a hard and tough stone, can be a bit tricky if you want to install any appliance underneath it, therefore, you need to be armed with the right equipments and the basic know-how!

Tools you would need for your installation project:

– Power Drill
– Construction adhesive
– Wooden strip
– Drain Tailpiece

Step by Step Process

1. Firstly, you need to cut off the water supply from the entire house.

2- Open the inside panel of your dishwasher to have access to your power cord, drain outlet and   inlet tubes and valves.

3- Put your dishwasher underneath the cabinets and use a marker to highlight the cords locations for your drilling process.

4- Use your power drill to make holes the same size of the cords that will pass through it; around 1½-inch.

5- Slide your dishwasher under its designated place and run the cords through the hole and make sure there are no tangling in cords.

6- This step is very crucial! You need to level your dishwasher carefully so that it stays flat while the door is open. Test that it fits the space smoothly by opening the door and closing to make sure it does not bump into the countertop or the cabinets.

7- Now you need to securely mount your dishwasher into your countertop. There are lots of mounting kits that can be purchased; you can check with your supplier about that! The dishwasher needs to be mounted professionally since it cannot be attached directly to a granite worktop as drilling or screwing through a granite surface can lead to it being chipped and damaged. Therefore, ask your supplier for a solution or seek professional help to avoid any casualties.

8- An alternative solution to a mounting kit would be a wooden strip which you can attach directly underneath your countertop. This will allow you to secure the dishwasher into this wooden stripe instead of drilling through your granite surface and risk damaging it. With the use of the construction adhesive, you can attach the wooden stripe to the worktop and then drill through the wooden surface to secure the dishwasher without any harm done to your granite top.

9- Then, you need to connect the dishwasher outlet and drain line with your main drain pipeline. You will need to put a drain tailpiece with an inside inlet. By using hose clamps; join the dishwasher’s outlet and drain line together. Another hose should connect your dishwasher to the inside inlet in your sink.

10- Connect your power cord to your power supply box. Make sure you to connect each color of wire together with its pair through using wire nuts and then plug your cord into your electrical outlet.

11- Turn the water supply back on and test your dishwasher to make sure it is working efficiently

Tips and Warnings

– Make sure you read thoroughly the dishwasher’s manual and user guide to avoid any unforeseen accidents
– Before embarking on the process, ensure that you know all the details of the process and you have all the tools at hand
– It is always advisable to consult a professional if you are not sure about the process.

Remember by mastering this easy to follow installation guide, you can cut your installation expenses into half and save a lot and gain experience along the way.

For a live tutorial on how to professionally install a dishwasher, check out this amazingly instructive video:

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Save renovation costs by reusing granite worktops

save-moneyAre you renovating your home? Have you discovered that renovation can end up emptying your pockets? No worries, this is normal. During any renovation project, some expenses end up being more than expected. This is why giving yourself a space to go above the budget may turn out to be a good idea, but also looking to cut some expenses is a much better idea. A good way to reduce the costs of your renovation project is to reuse the granite worktops you already have. This ought to save you a good amount of cash that can be used elsewhere.

Prepare Yourself to Reuse Your Granite Worktop

Since any renovation project can indeed go above budget in no time, trimming the costs here and there is necessary. You might also consider reusing other materials that you already have other than the granite worktops. Granite worktops cost a lot so reusing the old ones you have can help keep money matters under control.

Undoubtedly, it is very important to prepare yourself for what comes with sticking with the old granite worktops. The first issue is the limit of design. Where you will not be able to do remodeling that involves changing the previous design of kitchen or bathroom.

If you are thinking of expanding or enlarging the counter space, there might not be enough granite to fit it. And even if you decide to buy more granite to make up for the expanded space, it will almost impossible to match the granite that you already have. Granite is a natural stone. It is not even possible to find two granite slabs that look exactly alike.

 If you are planning to keep the counter space the same size, it could work for your benefit. All that is needed is proper removing and reinstalling of the old granite worktops.

Another issue with reusing the old granite worktops is damage during removing it from its old place and reinstalling it. Granite is unbelievably heavy and so hard to maneuver. There is always a risk of cracking the granite worktop during the moving and removing process. The proper way to move the granite worktop is for a few people to hold it along its length, placing no pressure points on locations that might up bowing the middle of the slab.

How the Reusing Process Is Handled

Contractors will generally make you sign a contract, which states that they are not liable if the granite slab breaks. This shouldn’t scare you. If you hire the right professional contractors, this will end being just a precautionary measure.

The proper handling of granite is crucial. The most ideal method to properly remove and move the granite is inserting screws through the supporting plywood in the bottom of the granite. If the screws are not placed right, they might apply too much pressure on the granite causing it to crack. Nevertheless, if the screws are inserted correctly, they will cause the plywood to separate from the granite, making the granite ready to be moved.

There is also successful another method. That is moving the granite being still attached to the plywood and removing the plywood later with a chisel.

It is a win-win situation. Should the removing of granite and reinstalling be carried out properly, you will be the winner. Since you saved a whole sum of cash. Should it turn out to be a failure (mainly if you do it yourself), you can go for the option of buying new worktops. This will give you the chance to remodel your kitchen or bathroom in any way you wish. However, you can forget all the limitations of reusing your old granite worktop. It is worth a try.

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There is nothing wrong with reusing the old granite worktops you have. The cheaper option might not always be the right option, but in this case, it is totally worth it. You can end up using the saved money on something that you would have given up if you bought new worktops.

We provide highly trained and qualified professionals to make the removing and reinstalling of granite a success with minimum losses. We are the right people for the job, no matter how hard it might seem. What are you waiting for? Give us a call and save yourself some money.

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