Smart-Appliances Coming to a Home Near You

//"SmartHave you ever heard of the smart-technologies that are now finding their way into our homes and kitchens? Well, it’s not a rumor and they are the future of today’s environment conscious world where life and technology live side by side as we move into a smarter future. it all began with fuzzy-logic, a simple yet smart way to cook rice and wash your clothes that uses sensors, adapting the amount of heat or even analyzing the weight of the load to adjust water levels for optimum efficiency. Smart concept refrigerators that automatically monitors the expiry dates and quantities of the goods stored within them, automatically preparing a list for you to print or even automatically order for delivery from the supermarket. Read More »

Kitchen Remodeling Guide

Kitchen remodeling improves the usefulness of the home and adds value and equity to both older and newer homes. Almost every kitchen has a design flaw or something that can be changed to make the space more workable.A well-thought-out, detailed plan is a must for any kitchen remodeling project. Formulating a plan is the first step, whether you design the kitchen yourself, work with a cabinet distributor or home center, or go to a kitchen designer. Without a complete and detailed plan developed before the kitchen renovation begins, you may get swept into a spending spiral of unbudgeted extra

Kitchen islands: maximize your kitchen space.

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Are you disgruntled every time you cook because it seems that you don’t have enough space in your kitchen? Maybe you cook a lot of gourmets that require lots and lots of ingredients. Good news. You can get a kitchen island for your kitchen!

The tables you see in the middle of the kitchen are what we call the kitchen islands. They are multi purpose because you can put the casseroles that you’re going to use there or perhaps the carrots, potatoes, celery, cucumber etc. (what kind of meal is that?!) that you have diced to be put in the “gourmet” you’re cooking. After you’ve made your meal, you can clear the table and put some plates for your guests to eat. That simple!

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Cheapest Way To Change Your Kitchen

Kitchen Remodeling Design

Truth be told, renovating any room in a house can be really expensive. But there are ways to keep it as budget friendly as possible. If you are tired of your kitchen, why not transform it into a modern and minimalistic one instead? For the tough work, to have a completely different looking kitchen, you can try painting the walls and the shelves in the room. If you are not confident with your skills, hire someone to do it for you. The key is to have a uniformed look. The best way it go is to keep it either white/off white. The next trick is to keep everything well organized. This might mean you having to spend a little bit of shelves or boxes/organizers. If you have nice china, you can consider displaying it too. This is they’re of the same design. Example (refer to photo above) white plates and bowls look very organized and it’s okay to keep it on display. If your china has a lot of patterns, when put on display, it might make the room look cluttered. Speaking of clutter, the key to a minimalist room is making it simple and organized. Taking out items that won’t be needed is the way to go.

All about the tiles.

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Redesigning your old kitchen is a bigger work than designing a new kitchen. When redesigning, other features/aspects of the old kitchen cannot be completely eliminated. In this case, the new design should match the old design. Everything should be considered including the smallest details. Even the flooring is also important. The tiles should blend with the color of the walling or the main theme of the kitchen. Tiles can give additional life to the kitchen. It can be used for the walling and flooring. In choosing the tiles to be used, a person should be careful since it cannot be dismantled that easily. It is also important for it covers a large area of the kitchen.

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Pantries redefined

Remember your mother’s pantry? It was tucked in a corner, beside the refrigerator or in a cramped closet space. The family’s dry goods were crammed together on deep shelves in no apparent order. If Mom wanted a can of chicken noodle soup, she’d have to search among the vegetables, beans and boxes of Hamburger Helper.

Today’s pantries are coming out of the closet. As homeowners design their dream kitchens, they want pantries with ample storage space and easy access to those soup cans. Pantries have become multitasking rooms, complete with countertops and sinks for preparing meals or dinner party appetizers. Extra appliances, like a spare microwave or dishwasher, might also find a home in the pantry.

Kitchen functionality.

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Good kitchens can have advantages in your life. First, it can encourage people to prepare their own food. With this, people will know what they are eating. They can control/moderate the use of oil, fats, etc. Cooking their own food can provide them with fresh and tasty courses. Second, it can help in saving money. If you have beautiful and functional kitchens, there is no need to dine in restaurants almost every night. You can cook a simple meal with your kitchen, thus, there is no need to pay for service charge, additional fees, etc. Last, kitchens can be the area where people can release their stress. Cooking can be stressful but is can also be therapeutic. How? The attention of the person will be focused on how to make a perfect meal, cake, desserts, etc. rather than on thinking of your personal problems.

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The Bottom Line on Fixing It Up

If you’re trying to sell your house, you’re probably going to need to grab a paint brush — or at least a phone to call a contractor. But as you fix up the place, keep a close eye on costs, as major remodeling projects rarely add to a seller’s bottom line.

Even a minor, mid-range kitchen remodeling project in the Washington area would cost about $21,000, and a major “upscale” kitchen upgrade would cost $110,521, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2007 Cost vs. Value report. That report seeks to estimate the costs of common remodeling projects, as well as how much of the investment will be recouped at resale.

Kitchen made from hell.

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Hell’s kitchen, a reality show in U.S. shoots in a kitchen where people can move quick and fast. If you are planning to design or redesign or rearrange your kitchen, this is the way it should be. In Hell’s Kitchen, the crew and camera men can move and go everywhere. If you base your kitchen design to this kitchen, the flow of work will certainly improve. The ceiling is not that low, providing more breathing space. The proximity of the equipments and tools are perfect making it accessible to the chef. Heights of the equipments are perfect, enabling you to monitor the performance of your crew. Stainless cabinets are perfectly fitted and it is never out fashioned. All in all, kitchens patterned after Hell’s kitchen will not be hell after all. This well-designed kitchen can be a heaven made from hell.

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Kitchen Pantry

 

Having a walk- in kitchen pantry is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself and your kitchen area. A kitchen can easily be messy and cluttered because of the many things that are used in that area. So to avoid that, the best thing to do is to have a proper storage for things that can normally be found inside a kitchen. These include pans, pots, plates, paper towels, utensils, and of course, food. What is good about having a pantry is that this will give you more space in your kitchen and stuff that are not so pleasant in the eyes can be kept hidden. What makes a good pantry? Good organization. There should be enough shelves and pullout cabinets. And if these go all the way up, make sure that a step/ladder is within reach so there would be no problem taking things anytime.