Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Case for Custom Cabinets

When you are getting ready to remodel a kitchen some of the biggest decisions you have to make are related to the cabinets. Do you reuse the current frames and only replace or repaint the doors – or do you start completely from scratch. If you are on a tight budget or the fames are in bad shape the decision is an easy one.

When it comes to installing custom cabinets in a kitchen here are some things to keep in mind:

  • How do you use your space?
  • Do you integrate small appliances into the custom design?
  • How does the design work with your cooking patterns?

Each of these questions will impact how you design your custom cabinets.

Understanding Energy Efficient Windows

It is not something people think about when renovating a kitchen. Having energy efficient windows are important for a house, but they can have a direct impact on a kitchen. Kitchens generate a lot of heat on their own. Having inefficient windows could cause a kitchen to becoming increasingly hot as heat from outside radiates through the glass.

So how to energy efficient windows work?

Energy efficient windows work 4 ways

  1. Conduction: Energy is transfered directly through the frame
  2. Radiation: Energy radiates through the glass
  3. Convection: energy hitting the glass heats or cools the air on the other side of the window.
  4. Leaks: Old or poorly installed windows let air through seals.

Energy efficient windows work by mitigating these four problems. Many types of windows use a multi-pane construction. between the pains are mix of gases. This works to reduce energy lose via radiation and convection. Window frames are built from material with low conductive properties. Finally, properly installed and upkeep will reduce leaks.

Residential Windows

Updating a Kitchen Adds Value

I came across this link this morning:

Recent statistics prove kitchen remodels are one of the best investments you can make in your home. A national average, midrange remodel costs about $21,695 with a resale value of $15,790 and a cost recoup of 72.8 percent, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2010-11 “Cost vs. Value Report.” Kitchen updates, in fact, fall in the top five best things you can do for your home from an investment standpoint.

If you are on the fence about remodeling your kitchen it seems like the investment will go a long way to increasing your homes value.

Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to my new blog about kitchen design. I will be posting news, how-to’s and guides to information about kitchen remodeling.