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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

If you are considering updating your kitchen, be sure to search our archive of articles for kitchen renovation ideas. You’ll find suggestions on cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, sinks, flooring, appliances, fixtures, and more, which you can incorporate into your kitchen remodeling project plan.

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

Updating kitchen cabinets can improve a kitchen’s aesthetic, and installing kitchen cabinets isn’t as difficult as it may seem. When installing kitchen cabinets, the most crucial step is accurately measuring where the cabinets will be installed to ensure that the base kitchen cabinets are level and lined up with the wall kitchen cabinets. An incorrect measurement can affect the outcome of the project. Learn about steps to follow to correctly install kitchen cabinets.

April 28th, 2022|

Home Improvements You Can Tackle with Your Tax Refund

Home improvements that typically cost less than the average tax refund and can be completed quickly include adding a kitchen island; painting a house; adding a tile backsplash; replacing bathroom amenities such as cabinets, sinks, and fixtures; installing wainscoting, and upgrading a sump pump. Learn about home improvement projects that can be completed with a tax refund.

April 14th, 2022|

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Kitchen Cabinets

Roaches are unsightly in kitchen cabinets as well as other areas of a home, and can carry diseases and be a risk to pets. To get rid of cockroaches in kitchen cabinets, there are some remedies that can be used before contacting a pest control specialist. Learn more about remediating roach infestations in kitchen cabinets.

April 12th, 2022|

The Difference Between Quartz and Corian Kitchen Countertops

Quartz and Corian are popular materials for kitchen countertops, and both materials are similar in cost, nonporous, and highly resistant to stains and germs as well as durable, attractive, and easy to clean. However, there are distinct differences between the two materials in terms of heat and scratch resistance and maintenance. Learn about advantages and disadvantages of quartz versus Corian kitchen countertops.

April 12th, 2022|

The Differences Between Quartz and Marble Countertops

Quartz and marble are among the most popular materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops. However, there are distinct differences between the two materials, such as marble being a natural stone while quartz is a manufactured stone, and quartz is more durable and less porous than marble, making it less susceptible to damage and wear. Learn about advantages and disadvantages of marble versus quartz countertops.

February 24th, 2022|

Granite Types to Consider for Bathroom, Kitchen, and Bar Countertops

Granite is one of the toughest natural stones available, is highly resistant to scratches and chips, and is more affordable than marble - which makes it ideal for bathroom, kitchen, and basement bar countertops. Learn about granite options for bathrooms, kitchens, and basement bars and the benefits of each.

January 28th, 2022|

The Cost For Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly wood flooring option that offers a unique look, durability, accepts stain like hardwood, and presents a modern look. Installation costs for bamboo flooring range between $1,500-$15,000 with a national average of $6,000, which calculates to $5-$15 per square foot, including labor and materials. The benefits of using bamboo flooring are many, including ease of installation, durability, it's low maintenance, and it's moisture, mold, and mildew resistant. Learn about the benefits of bamboo flooring and factors that could impact the project cost.

December 23rd, 2021|

Things to Know About Solid Surface Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops

There are 3 types of solid surface countertops - acrylic-based, polyester-based, and acrylic/polyester-based, each having unique attributes. There are many benefits to using solid surface countertops - they are nonporous, easy to clean, easy to repair, can appear seamless, and can look like granite or marble but cost less and require less maintenance. Learn about options for solid surface countertops and the benefits of each.

December 21st, 2021|

How Long Does a Dishwasher, a Key Kitchen Appliance, Last?

A dishwasher - a key kitchen appliance - is constantly exposed to water, acidic food scraps, and abrasive cleaners which can lead to corrosion and breakdown of parts and liners which without regular maintenance, can lead to appliance failure. Learn about maintenance that could extend the life of a dishwasher and symptoms that warn of a required repair.

December 15th, 2021|

Kitchen Range Hood Options and Differences

Kitchen range hoods keep smoke, fumes, and cooking oil from lingering in the air by filtering and recirculating the air or redirecting it out of your home. Range hood options include ducted and ductless versions as well as convertible range hoods that offer both ducted and ductless functionality. Factors to consider when selecting a range hood include the mounting style, hood size, and fan power. Other considerations include the additional cost for install ductwork, future renovation plans, and style options available. Learn about the different range hoods, benefits of each, and factors to consider before purchasing.

November 28th, 2021|

The Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Repainting kitchen cabinets is one of the most popular kitchen renovation projects. The cost to paint kitchen cabinets is usually $395-$1,234, with an average cost of $809. However, if painting the cabinets requires significant time to strip off poor surfaces, extra finish work is required, or if the space is a large kitchen, the average cost could increase $7,000. Learn about factors that impact the cost of repainting kitchen cabinets and considerations prior to starting the project.

November 9th, 2021|

Does a Home Warranty Cover Plumbing Systems?

A home warranty is a service plan that provides coverage for service, repair, and replacement of systems and appliances listed in the warranty policy. Warranties can provide different types of coverage, including major home systems such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing as well as appliances. Plumbing is considered a service, so most warranties provide coverage for indoor pipe and other plumbing repairs. Covered repairs usually include leaks or breaks in pipes, fixing or replacing faucets and valves, fixing or replacing built-in motors and pumps, and basket strainers, and clearing of tub, shower, and toilet blockages and stoppages. Learn about coverage offered by a typical home warranty.

October 29th, 2021|

The Cost for Radiant Floor Heating

The cost for radiant floor heating depends on the system installed, but the cost is typically between $1,717-$6,047. Factors impacting cost include floor type and size, type of radiant heating installed, materials, labor, installation location in the home, and site preparation and cleanup. Learn about radiant heating systems and the potential cost for installation.

October 28th, 2021|

Things You Shouldn’t Store on Top of a Refrigerator

While the area in a kitchen on top of a refrigerator is easy to see and access, storing items in that space can block the appliance’s ventilation, forcing it to work harder to keep contents cool, and can also increase the likelihood of injury from falling objects. Learn about items that should not be stored on top of a refrigerator and reasons why.

October 20th, 2021|

8 Ways to Fix Common Flooring Issues

While floors and flooring materials might be unique, the issues they cause are not. Learn how you can address common flooring problems - including squeaky floors, popping tiles, buckling floors, chipped tiles, scratched or faded hardwood floors, cracked concrete floors, and more.

October 5th, 2021|

What to do if Your GFCI Won’t Reset

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are electrical outlets that shut off when it senses an overload or surge in electricity. The GFCI outlet instantly trips when experiencing a power surge, triggering the breaker to cut the electrical current to reduce the risk of electrocution. Most building codes require the use of a GFCI outlet when installed near a water or moisture source due to the increased risk of an appliance shorting.

September 22nd, 2021|

Why You Need a Building Permit for a Remodeling Project

To comply with most local building codes, in many instances, you need a building permit for home remodeling projects. Local building departments require a building permit to change load-bearing walls or install plumbing or wiring. Some building departments require permits for other types of updates as well. Learn more about why a permit should be obtained before starting a home remodeling project.

September 21st, 2021|
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