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How to Improve Your Kitchen on a Budget

Are you planning a kitchen renovation? Here are some tips and ideas on improving and remodelling your kitchen without breaking the bank account.

Use 3D Rendering

With 3D rendering software, many of which are free, you can now create and edit images of your ideal kitchen. Before spending any money on renovations, experiment with 3D rendering to finalise the 'look' for your kitchen.

Decide on Colour Schemes

For a sunny look use warm colours such as red, orange and yellow. Large kitchens that receive allot of natural light may look better with a cool colour scheme, in leafy green and sky blue. You can also use neutral colours such as white and grey and have one wall painted in a brick finish for a more dramatic look.

Consider the Shape

The kitchen is no longer just a room meant for cooking. It is now a space for families to eat together and socialise with guests. Reorganise your kitchen into a U or L shape, and keep the sink, cooking range, and refrigerator in a triangular pattern. This arrangement will turn your kitchen into a pleasant communal area.

Fixtures on a Budget.

Kitchen flooring: Hardwood or laminate floors add class to your kitchen. Ceramic tiles that look like marble is also a great idea to be considered.

Sink settings: A stainless steel deep inset sink with two or three compartments and a fancy tap fitting for your sink should give your kitchen an instant facelift.

Granite top overlays: Opt for the granite overlays that simply go on top of your existing kitchen counter surface. It looks almost as good as the real thing!

Cupboard doors: Simply refacing the cabinet doors in bold dramatic colours will infuse new life into your kitchen.

Decorative Lighting

Using light fixtures strategically can make your kitchen dazzle. Skip fluorescent ceiling fixtures and go for mini chandeliers, dinette pendants, recessed lights and island track lights. Our best recommendation is to get under-cabinet lights. They make your kitchen look ultra-glamorous.

Selecting Appliances

Check out our kitchen category for good deals on bigger appliances like refrigerators and ovens. Buy 'display units' at local appliance stores that are often discounted up to 50%.! Go for appliances in a brushed steel finish which will make your kitchen look minimalistic and modern.

Using these tips, you can make your kitchen look chic at a fraction of the price and with the money left over, you can splurge a bit on a nifty coffeemaker, blender or food processor!


About Concrete Countertops

In the past five years, concrete countertops have become more popular as homeowners seek attractive and durable countertops for their kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, kitchen remodeling is going through an anti pre-fab and manufactured design trend. The more one-of-a-kind, the more sought after by homeowners. With granite considered too ordinary, concrete countertops provide a fantastic option for customized countertops that still have a quarried look. Everything about concrete countertops is customizable, from the size and shape to the color, thickness, edging and method of casting.

There are other benefits to installing concrete countertops:

Durability - They resist all types of damage including chipping, cracking and scratching.

Simple maintenance - Concrete countertops need to be re-sealed once a year. Waxing, which is optional, can enhance the natural smoothness of the concrete.

Endless design options - The options are truly infinite. Concrete countertop artisans can add small objects to the countertop, such as glass chips or sparkles. Homeowners can also choose to include an embedded soap dish or an integral sink. Integral sinks are designed within the countertop.

Eco-friendly - Concrete is a widely available and renewable resource, which makes it the preferred choice for homeowners seeking an eco-friendly countertop option. Many stone countertops contain petroleum-based plastics or non-renewable quarried stone.

Pre-Cast or On-Site
Concrete countertops are either formed at your home or at the concrete contractor's shop. Most concrete countertops are formed at a shop and then delivered for installation. For larger projects, the transporting of the tops could end up adding too many additional costs. Damage is also a concern when transporting larger concrete countertops. Countertops poured on-site can create a long, seamless concrete countertop. If you prefer a seamless appearance, then consider on-site casting. Otherwise, spare yourself the mess and have it formed at the shop.

Good things come with a good (i.e high) price tag. Expect to pay $65-$100 per square foot of concrete countertop. Concrete countertops can increase the resale value of your home, and they have a lifespan of over 20 years. Concrete countertops are expensive because they are formed by skilled craftspeople. The process is labor intensive and the installation takes longer than for other countertops. According to costhelper.com, the total cost for concrete countertops in a typical kitchen of 200 square feet overall, with 30 linear feet (approximately 90 square feet) of countertops is $5,400 -$9,000. Keep in mind that the total cost will vary greatly according thickness, complexity of design and other customized details.

The bottom line is: If you are looking for a handcrafted countertop designed to your specifications, then choose concrete countertops. They will express your style and individuality like no other durable countertop - and they create a great conversation piece in your kitchen.


Make The Most Of Your Small Kitchen

Many people get frustrated by the lack of work and storage space available in their small kitchens. This is a problem that is common to many of us. The good news is that there is something that can be done. With a well thought out kitchen remodel you can maximize the space that you already have and create space that you never knew existed!

Maximize Your Kitchen Space

The most important thing to do when remodeling your kitchen is to make the most of the space that is available to you. The first step is to ensure that you have enough storage space for all your kitchen necessities.

Storage space is of utmost importance. The last thing that you want is a cluttered kitchen, with groceries and kitchen utensils piled up all over the place. A disorderly kitchen can create a stifling and unbearable effect. To avoid this you need to maximize your kitchen's storage space.

Making More Room

To create more space in a small kitchen you need to be creative. Why not install floor to ceiling kitchen cupboards? Of course, this will require a small stepladder or foot stool, but it can be very effective. Make sure that the top shelves are used for items that are not used often, while the bottom, easily accessible shelves are used for items that are used most frequently. To maximize your under counter storage space you can fit rotating cupboard shelves on the corners of any kitchen fitting. Make sure that no space is wasted or inaccessible.

Once you've made as much storage as you can, there are some tips that you can follow to create even more room for yourself. Installing slightly deeper counter tops will give you more room to work, and getting rid of your center island will create a more open looking and feeling area in your kitchen. You want to be sure that you are keeping storage in mind each time you think about remodeling.

Make More Space

Small details can have a big effect on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Examples of this include the size of your kitchen carpet and the placement of your lighting. A smaller kitchen carpet can make the general area appear larger, while smaller light fittings that are installed close to the ceiling can make your kitchen feel more open and inviting.

Select the appropriate furniture for your small kitchen. Removing a kitchen table and replacing it with a counter with stools will also maximize your working area. The stools should be narrow enough so that they can be tucked under the kitchen counter after use.

At first, a small kitchen remodeling job may seem like a big headache but, with the right attitude and some inventive ideas, it is possible to create an open, inviting, comfortable kitchen!


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