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Remodeling

How to Create a Classic Kitchen Design

A new kitchen renovation can vastly improve the value of your home, as well as making everyday life a bit easier and more enjoyable. It makes sense, then, to invest in a kitchen design that can stand the test of time and is guaranteed to offer full functionality. If you’re thinking of creating a new kitchen design for your home, consider using these elements of classic interiors to reach the best solution possible.

White and Wood – A classic combination that remains fresh and interesting to this day, white cabinets and wooden surfaces work well in a huge variety of different settings. White painted cabinets can make your kitchen design seem more spacious than it actually is, while wooden floorboards will introduce visual warmth and comfort to the space.

Polished Metals – Polished metal cabinet handles, hinges and plumbing fixtures are an easy choice for classic spaces. Choose a uniform look by using either dull, muted bronze for all fixtures, or high shine stainless steel.

Rustic Touches – The greatest classic space plans recognise that this space is a working room and are thus optimised for efficient cooking, as well as easy cleaning and maintenance. Instead of aiming for a spotless kitchen design, consider including rustic features such as exposed wooden beams and farm style work tables.

Vintage Hardware – If you are thinking of renovating your period home, you might want to consider creating a classic kitchen design to complement the idiosyncratic architecture and atmosphere of the space. To complete the look, try using second-hand lighting fixtures, hardware and cabinets that ensure your kitchen design is authentic to the time.

Simplicity – You don’t have to break the budget or hunt down eclectic design pieces to build your classic space. In fact, many classic spaces are all about simplicity, with muted colours, clean lines and warm, homey touches.

Modern Appliances – One of the best advantages of a classic kitchen design is that they can adapt to and work with a variety of different looks and applications. This means that there is no need to compromise on your appliance purchases, allowing you to fill your space with the latest high-tech amenities.

Light and Airy – When planning your classic interiors, remember to focus on creating an airy, spacious room with plenty of natural light. Make use of sunny windows, sun-lights and discreet under cabinet lighting, as well as pale colours and spacious walkways to create the most comfortable and soothing space possible.…

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Basement Remodeling

What Floor Covering Is Right for You?

There are many options when choosing floor coverings with the number of different products and materials increasing all the time. Have you ever thought about cork, sea grass, poured resins or engineered woods? Perhaps you should. If you’re looking for a new floor covering for your home or workplace and you find yourself in a quandary here are ten options to help you decide:
Solid Wood. A classic choice as wood is a hardwearing and practical material yet looks and feels high-end too. One of the best qualities about wood is that it can stand up to kids and pets and needs to be refinished only every few years. Wood, in general is more expensive to install than carpet yet the value is much higher because it will never need to be replaced. Choose narrow boards if you want a narrow room to appear wider where as wide boards help provide balance for a large rooms. For a more rustic feel choose wood with knots and colour variations. Dark woods and finishes have proved very popular in the past but over of the last few years blonde woods appear to be in vogue.
Carpet. Often regarded as the cheapest option in floor coverings. Carpet is appropriate in many settings, especially in low-traffic areas like bedrooms. One of the main advantages carpet provides is sound insulation. It also helps with energy conservation and it doesn’t necessarily require a level surface for installation. Although there’s a certain “yuck” factor in carpets as they are only cleaned rarely, they trap allergens and dust and need to be vacuumed regularly. When choosing carpets look for a loop or twist pile of 80 percent wool/20 percent nylon blend for the best look and durability. Current trends suggest more and more people are using for carpet in stairways and halls are opting for striped patterns.
Porcelain tiles. More hard wearing than their ceramic counterparts, Porcelain tiles are virtually maintenance free. Porcelain is more expensive than ceramic and usually requires installation by a professional since they need to be properly bedded and spaced, as they can expand and contract. Current trends are metallic finishes, modern weaves and wood effects.
Bamboo. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly floor choice, bamboo is the way to go, since it can be harvested every three to five years, unlike the 15 to 25 years for most wood. It wears well and comes in many colour choices. The current trend is glossy, almost black bamboo especially in rooms with an East Asian feel.
Cork. If you’re looking for a floor with anti-slip properties then you can’t do better than cork. Cork can help impede falls and is a natural fire retardant. It is also an excellent choice for those looking for sound and energy insulation but who don’t want to go the carpet route. Pale shades, greys, dark browns and metallics are gaining favour over the traditional light brown.
Laminate floors. More popular a few years ago than they are now, probably due to too many people buying cheap laminate floors that bubbled and warped. Today, high-quality laminates are the norm and are perfect for high-traffic areas. A laminate floor shouldn’t be used in bathrooms or kitchens as exposure to water will encourage laminates to warp. For a more realistic finish look for laminates with textured surfaces.
Stone. Very widely-used in Mediterranean countries. Stone floors such as marble, limestone, granite and basalt are classic and elegant. Their advantage is that they are perfect for high-traffic areas and generally can last a lifetime or two. However, stone is permeable and can stain so ensure that you prevent and protect against water with a reputable sealant. During spells of cold weather, stone can appear and feel very cold. The most popular modern look is large-scale matte tiles.
Natural Fibre. If you’re looking for something softer than stone or wood but you’re not quite ready for carpet, natural fibre floors may be your best choice. Materials like jute, sea grass, coir and sisal can be hard-wearing in high-traffic areas and classier-looking than carpet. The downside of natural flooring it can be slippery and scratchy on bare feet. As with most other flooring options the colour ranges are far broader than before.
Poured Resin. Are you seeking an ultra modern look that isn’t concrete? Consider poured resin, which is decidedly warmer than concrete but still waterproof and hygienic. Poured resin can be poured into extremely large spaces without visible joints or seams and works well in kitchens and bathroom. Although white is always in style, the hot look in poured resin is vividly-coloured lacquers.
Concrete. One major advantage of concrete is its durability and industrial chic factor. It can also be poured onto an existing floor with no need for levelling and needs resealing only every …