Proper illumination is important in a kitchen to enable you to work efficiently and safely when you are cooking, eating or entertaining. Kitchen lighting should be planned by design. To create versatile lighting in the kitchen, it's important to include more than one type of fixture. Different types of lighting allows you to layer light in different configurations depending on your needs. For example, soft warm light from a pendant is great for the morning before coffee, while focused white task lights over the sink are ideal for when it's time to do the dishes. Luckily there are six types of light fixtures that can be mixed and matched in the kitchen to provide plenty of options for all your needs.Read More
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Have you ever wished for a second kitchen to store items you use for entertaining along with extra appliances and a sink for preparing food? If you’re planning a basement remodel, you may find the extra space you need. When designing a lower level living space, think of a basement kitchen, kitchenette or bar area the same way you would if you were remodeling the primary kitchen of a home. Here are seven design considerations for creating an attractive and functional second kitchen in your home.Read More
Family rooms have evolved over the years. The concept was first introduced in the 40's, but didn't really come into vogue until dens were included in home designs along with the wider-spread ownership of television sets which homeowners didn't want in their formal sitting rooms. In the 1990s, family rooms were included in many new home designs as a "great room" that combined the kitchen, dining room and family room as one open space- a home design style that's still being used in newly built homes. Today's family rooms are designed according to the lifestyle needs of modern homeowners. A family room can be located in a central area of a house but also on a second story or basement, ideal for homes in which there is limited space for a family room on the main floor. Homeowners are also building home additions to provide space for new dens or family rooms. Often a family room addition will be built off a kitchen to create an open and functional space for the family and guests.
Most kitchen remodels rely on changes to any combination of the five most impactful elements within the kitchen. Updates, large or small, to any one of these areas offers the potential to refresh the kitchen, making it good-to-go for the next ten years or more. Whether you're making changes to these items as part of a larger kitchen renovation in which you are also changing the floor plan, or you're looking to make the space a bit more up-to-date without going into full-blown construction, these are the five changes that will go a long way in your new space.Read More