How to Prep a Wall for New Plumbing

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At some point in every home you will have to fix a leak or update the sink and fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen and that will require you to change the plumbing. If you live in a colder climate you might think about changing that old copper and pvc pipes for pex; pex expands in the cold to accommodate the weather which means no more busted water pipes. Replacing the pipes is a big job but with the right tools and plenty or prep you can be a DYI king or queen!
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How to Install a Level Countertop

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Installing a new countertop can be a challenge, and here’s how you can do it successfully.

Materials and Tools:

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How to Budget for a Remodel

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When it comes to home improvements, knowing what you want is the easy part, the tougher part is figuring out how much you can afford. All renovations can add up rather quickly. It is very important for you to budget accurately before you start any type of remodel. There are four steps that you will want to follow in order to calculate how much remodel you can afford: ballpark the cost, establish a spending limit, get quotes from contractors, and set your priorities.

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Choose The Best Brands of Dishwashers

83b23477ff5b76278060149f59fdd994Dishwashers are a vital part of your kitchen. They help to complete the look of the kitchen, but most importantly, they help make the chore of washing dishes seem not so bad. Picking out a dishwasher is a big deal and there is a lot to consider. Would you rather have a low-cost dishwasher that may not be up to the standards that you have for a dishwasher or a high-end, expensive dishwasher that may break the bank? What is the best dishwasher for you? Keep reading to find out.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid has many good dishwashers that can help keep your dirty dishes clean. With almost 20 models to choose from, it is likely that you’ll find on that fits both your kitchen and your personal needs. While KitchenAid dishwashers are typically more expensive than other dishwashers, they are well worth the price given their high capacities, powerful cleaning cycles, energy efficiency and quiet running.

Bosch:

A German company that produces some of the best dishwashers available on the market today. They’re well designed, handsome, and get your dishes as clean as, or cleaner than, machines made by other manufacturers. They are also some of the quietest dishwashers you can buy. No matter if you have a small, large, or medium sized kitchen, Bosch likely manufactures a model that fits your family’s needs.

Frigidaire:

Frigidaire dishwashers are both economical and efficient machines. The company manufactures a variety of models that range in price from just over $1,000 to less than $400, which makes them some of the least expensive dishwashers. These dishwashers are also the most basic. If you don’t need a lot of extra features and want to save some cash while still getting your dishes clean, Frigidaire dishwashers are worth your consideration.

GE:

General Electric (GE) is the creator of hundreds of the electronics, appliances and other devices we use every day. It currently makes more than 80 dishwasher models ranging in price from nearly $1,700 on the high end to $299 on the low end. These dishwashers also come in a variety of sizes, capacities and styles. You can choose from a built-in, under-the-sink, and portable models. So, no matter what your needs are, you can likely find a GE dishwasher that meets them.

Samsung:

You may associate Samsung with consumer electronics like smartphones, tablets, televisions, and computers, but it also makes excellent household appliances, including some of the best dishwashers you can buy. Samsung dishwashers have several unique technologies that ensure your dishes are clean and sanitary. Each of the dishwashers are Energy Star certified to help protect the environment. Although the selection is slim, you can probably find a model that’s in your price range.

LG:

LG, best known for its high-tech electronic devices like smartphones and tablets, also manufacturers high-quality appliances. Like its smart TVs and surround sound speakers, LG dishwashers are among the best you can buy. They feature powerful cleaning technology and high load capacities. They are also quiet, LG’s selection of dishwashers is relatively slim-there are only 24 available- but you should still be able to find one that suits you and complements your kitchen.

Maytag:

Maytag has been a heavyweight brand name in household appliances for more than a century Unfortunately, there aren’t that many Maytag dishwashers to choose from anymore. They have powerful cleaning tools, easy-to-use control and high load capacities.

How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Kitchen

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Are you tired of the same old boring kitchen? Are you thinking about giving it a face lift? Before you start changing colors and ripping things out, decide what you want to do. Think about the type of space you want to create. Do you want to create a contemporary kitchen or a modern kitchen? Are you going for a more traditional feel or a beach inspired feel? Once you have decided the plan for your kitchen you can then start to choose the colors. Continue reading →

Keeping Your Family Healthy With Touch-free Fixtures and Accessories

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When we think about the holidays we’re overwhelmed with thoughts of delicious feasts and the company of loved ones.  With an abundance of people and food preparation, there is always the threat of germs and food-borne illness.  Proper handwashing and sanitizing of surfaces goes a long way to keeping your family safe and healthy.  However, there are even better ways to avoid the transfer of germs and bacteria…touch-free faucets and soap dispensers.  Continue reading →

How to Create the Perfect Cottage Kitchen

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Nothing says inviting like a cozy cottage kitchen. With these few easy tips, you can create the perfect space to make friends and family feel right at home.

 

Open and Airy

Do away with bulky cupboards.  Instead, consider placing open shelves where your upper cabinets would be.  Proudly display your dinnerware on these shelves.  If your dinnerware consists of mismatched items, that’s okay.  It only accentuates the cottage look.

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7 Kitchen Trends You May Regret

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Over-the-Range Microwave

Saving space by installing the microwave over the range has been standard kitchen protocol for years. But that practice is on its way out. As home buyers begin to favor universal design principles, keeping necessities accessible for the entire family becomes ever more important. Consider moving Continue reading →

Designing the Non-Toxic Kitchen

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There is finally a truly healthful craze undercutting the American stereotype. All-natural, fully organic, free-range and GMO-free are the buzzwords across the cooking world, inspiring consumers to look deeper into the ingredients that enter their body. But what about the materials that enter their kitchen?For people without sensitivities, toxic-building materials can still have an effect over time, including respiratory and nervous system problems. Clients with asthma and allergy sensitivities may have mysterious issues in homes with toxics, while those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) will feel acutely ill in a toxic home immediately. Whatever the case, the solutions are becoming easier to find in an all-natural world.

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