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Should You Replace Your Countertops When Remodeling Your Kitchen?

Did you just decide to remodel your kitchen? If so, what exactly do you want to be remodeled in your kitchen? Most homeowners only want to have a specific area of their kitchen remodeled, some want everything remodeled. If you only want to upgrade an area of your kitchen or if you would want a totally changed kitchen, then you should be looking for a new kitchen countertop. If you are looking on buying a replacement countertop what kind are you trying to get?

When you decide its time for a new countertop, for your complete kitchen changing plan, there are so many things you need to bear in mind. The most important thing to remember is your kitchen cabinets. Kitchen countertops are always being placed ahead of cabinets or cupboards. If you are wanting to remodel your cabinets too then you should buy everything that you may possibly need when you purchase your new countertops. This will help you match your countertops better to your cabinets in the long run rather then having to go to the store multiple times.

The most important thing to keep in mind is, when looking for new countertops keep them in your price range. The most affordable of all countertops would most likely be the laminate countertops. Even though being the most affordable, most people think they are too plain. If you are not only wanting to change your kitchen looks, but enhance the style of it as well, you are probably looking for a whole new look. Most people want to replace their countertops with a fine wood or marble.

Even though it is probably most important to you to make it look nice and attractive, it is also very important to keep it in your price range. If you are changing the look of your whole kitchen, it might do you good to write down a list of things you may want to make budget. If you accidentally spend too much you will find it later on hard to remodel with no money.

If there is a possibility that you might already know what type of kitchen countertop you want to buy, you might not know when you see your options. If that happens then you should just start looking everywhere you can for your prefect countertop. Even if you look online or in a local home improvement store, you will most likely come across a few countertops you like, many with different colors and designs. I think browsing on the internet is the best way to gain ideas. In fact looking for countertops at multiple places is good to match prices, which is most important when remodeling your kitchen..

After you have bought the type of things you want to use for your kitchen countertops, whether they are laminate or fine marble, you will want to know how it is going to be installed in your kitchen. If you wanted to, you could seek assistance from a professional kitchen remodeling expert or a general contractor. Maybe you would want to install it yourself? With directions, you could install your new countertop faster then waiting on assistance, even if you don't know how to put stuff together well. Every countertop and its pieces come with essential directions, but in case not you can always go out and buy a how to book about putting a new countertop in.

 


Mosaic Tile for Your Ultimate Bathroom and Kitchen Walls

Have you ever just stared at a piece of stained glass? Are your eyes transfixed? Can't seem to move? You seem to be mesmerized at how the colors and patterns seem to be ever changing. This moment is magical and alluring. This phenomenon can have the same effect on your kitchen and bathroom walls. This unique art form is known as mosaic.

Mosaic is the art that consist of a design made of small pieces of colored stone, glass or other materials. It is an art form that has survived for centuries. Mosaic tile design has been decorating architecture since the beginning of recorded history. It can be seen in many locations throughout the world.

Combining the multiple colors and materials for a single tile project can transform your walls into a masterpiece. From the variety of materials that can be used, you have the tools to produce an elaborate, stunning and innovative design that will impress all who witness your creative style. This is versatile and can easily revitalize any wall in any bathroom or kitchen.

Designs done in mosaic tile art sometimes include people, scenes from nature, the bible, animals and patterns, but are not limited to these. These designs always have texture, depth and sometimes roughness. Some are wall mounted mosaics applied to boards and hung as wall art while others are directly applied to the walls with grout holding it together.

The quality of your mosaic depends on the quality of the tiles and stones that are used. You should strive for high quality tile and choose a unique design to capture your personality for the final look. When you choose to have mosaic wall tile, it will add a degree of elegance that you can't find with any other decorative touch. Mosaic tile is produced with the purpose of expressing creative ideas and imagination.

Before you get started you have two choices. Choose a design that will fit in with the room or you can design the room around the mosaic tile. If you are going to do this yourself you must be aware that the tiles need to be cut. A tile nipper is used for ceramic and other stones and a glass cutter is needed for glass mosaic tile. Most have ridges on the mesh backing so that the glue bonds more securely to the tile.

From people that have never done mosaic wall tiling before, I have been told, once you get started it is quick and easy. The results are dramatic, exhilarating and extremely eye appealing.

On numerous websites there are companies that have software programs which allow you to import an image and it will create the image into a mosaic design. These websites will also supply you with a list of material needed to finish the project.

Do not worry if you are not artistic. They make it as easy as a paint by number picture. When completed you will truly feel like a Picasso or at least, a professional.

To most consumers mosaic tiles have an association of affluence and wealth. To our surprise they are more inexpensive to purchase then most other forms of tile. They also add value to your home and can be considered a worthy investment.

Here are a couple of themes to help assist you in the right direction. Ultimately you are the only one who knows what suits your personality best. For a contemporary design keep things simple so you can achieve sleek clean lines. For an old world theme use chipped or worn hand painted tiles with muted earth tones or subtle golds. Tiles that appear authentically aged will convey feelings of warmth.

When the job has been completed, you will gaze at the finished project with pride and you will be unable to glance away just as you did with the stained glass.

 


Kitchen Remodeling: Diy Tricks To Save You Money

There could be a number of reasons why you might be considering remodeling your kitchen. Maybe you're a new home owner looking to get started on the "fixer-upper" house you just bought. Maybe you've been in the same house for twenty years and are simply looking to add a little variety and spice to your current dwelling. Whatever the reason, you probably don't want to blow your life savings making sure your cabinets match your stove. Luckily, it is possible to get the look and feel you want without breaking the bank. Proper research, innovative design techniques and, most importantly, simple do-it-yourself projects can help turn your kitchen area from dishware disaster into flat-wear fabulous.

In order to rediscover your kitchen's inherent style and beauty and stay within your budget, it is important to start with a cost effective, proven remodeling plan. Do your research -what types of remodeling plans can you find online or in specialty magazines? How much work will you do yourself? How much will you hire a contractor to work on? Are you hiring a designer? A finishing carpenter? A plumber? Electrician? Getting involved in a remodeling project without answers to these and similar questions can leave you frustrated and up to your eyeballs in unexpected side projects and expenses.

One of the best (and most fun) ways to cut remodeling costs is to choose a few smaller projects that you feel comfortable handling yourself. Cabinets, lighting fixtures and accessories are fairly simple, fun projects that don't require a background in carpentry or construction. Do you really need to buy brand new cabinets? Perhaps all your current cabinets need is a good sanding and refinishing. Painting or staining freshly sanded cabinets can take years off their look, especially if you add new handles or other accessories. If your cabinets are too old or too damaged to be salvaged, look for replacement cabinets that will fit with your planned design scheme. New cabinets do not have to be a large expense. Look for wholesalers that can get you the latest cabinet styles at a lower cost or join a manufacturer buying group like Direct Buy to get direct access to products at the manufacturer's price.

Another do-it-yourself, money saving project is painting. Before you pick a color scheme, consider how your kitchen relates to the rest of your home. Does the paint need to match what's on your living room walls, or would it look better as a stark contrast? Would the kitchen look and feel better with warm, cozy reds and yellows or cool, sophisticated blues? Do you need to paint the whole kitchen or simply add a few fresh accents here and there? A few coats of a new color can dramatically change the newly remodeled kitchen area, and being creative with color combinations is an easy way to personalize your project. But be careful -like any aspect of your remodeling project, a hastily made decision can come around to bite you once the project is finished.

Lighting installation should be saved for qualified professionals, but that doesn't mean you can't design your lighting scheme yourself. Choose a lighting design that will match your kitchen's layout and color scheme. Under-cabinet fluorescents and rope lights can add a romantic, ambient glow, but they might not offer enough light if you've chosen a dark blue, black or green color scheme. On the other hand, powerful overhead or spotlights might be overkill if you've chosen bright yellows or whites. Creating your own lighting scheme and buying your lighting fixtures and lamps directly from a local lighting wholesaler can save you money on a designer as well as make you feel even that much more involved in your remodeling process.

Of course, you probably won't be able to handle every part of the remodeling process yourself. A good contractor can help you decide which parts of your kitchen should definitely be repaired or replaced and which can be simply touched up. Get bids from a number of contractors, remembering that while price is an important factor it shouldn't be the only thing you consider. Make sure your contractor has a current license, proof of insurance, verifiable references and a list of suppliers. You should also pick someone that you feel comfortable working with. You'll be spending a good deal of time with this person; choosing someone you don't get along with will make your entire remodeling process a miserable one.

Remodeling your kitchen is a big endeavor. It can be frustrating and expensive, and the end product might not be what you had imagined in the beginning of the process. However, with just a little planning, patience and do-it-yourself know-how, it can be an exciting and cost-effective adventure.

~ Ben Anton, 2008

 




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