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Kitchen Remodel
January 19, 2012

Planning Your KitchenYour kitchen-remodeling project is large or small, you need a plan. Not something sketched on a napkin or jotted down on a few scraps of paper. You need a solid, realistic, accurate plan of what you want, need, and can afford....

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Paint prototypes: What’s best for the kitchen?

After you select the colors for your kitchen, you need to select the right type of paint. If you don’t pick the right kind of paint, the colors won’t look how you expect them to, and performance (durability and washability) may be less than stellar.

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A kitchen ceiling that has been painted a darker color than the walls

Don’t forget about the ceiling!

An often overlooked surface is the one above your head- the ceiling. Handled properly, the ceiling can become an important part of the overall color scheme in the kitchen.

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A kitchen with walls that have been painted red

Walls that wow: selecting elements for your walls

After the cabinets, the walls are the most noticeable feature of your kitchen, and they make up the largest surface area. Deciding on a color scheme that fits your taste and then adding a dash of texture can change average walls into surfaces that could be in a kitchen showroom. However, you should know about some do’s and don’ts when selecting materials for use on kitchen walls and the ceiling. This article helps you figure out which materials to choose and which ones to stay away from.

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Light entering a kitchen through the window

Adding natural light without a window- Is that possible?

Although windows are only installed on exterior walls, you can let more natural, ambient light into the kitchen by opening up a wall or part of a wall to an adjacent room. Creating a look-through, pass-through, or even a countertop/serving area allows light to spill from one room to another. Couple this type of light increase with new or additional fixtures and your kitchen can look like those kitchens you see in magazines and showrooms.

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Drawing In Natural Light: Upgrading Your Windows

Don’t forget you have a second lighting option- natural light. Windows work to your advantage by providing as much natural light as possible. 

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A dark kitchen lit with under the cabinet kitchen lighting

Ambiance and Function: Installing Under Cabinet Lighting

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Can It! Installing Recessed Lighting

Recessed or canned lights are ones that are actually installed in the ceiling, unlike track lighting, which is installed on the ceiling. Recessed lights are able to perform many of the same function as track lights, provided you buy units that allow you to swivel and adjust the direction of the bulb’s light stream or that have moveable baffles to focus or direct the light stream. The biggest drawback to installing canned lights is the actual installation, especially when you don’t have plans to remove or tear into the ceiling. These units can retrofit into an existing ceiling, but it’s a project that’s best left to an electrician.

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Getting on Track with Track Lighting

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The Importance of Ceiling Fans

February 29, 2012
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Circulating in Style: Adding a Ceiling Fan

Keeping air moving in the kitchen, even when you’re not cooking, adds to the overall comfort of the room. A good way to move the air with little disruption is by using a ceiling fan. In fact, most units are so quiet when they’re running that you won’t even know they’re there. Most kitchen ceilings are at least 8 feet high, so overhead clearance won’t be a problem. If your ceiling is vaulted (sloped), you can still install a ceiling fan using extension rods and a pivoting connector or knuckle where the fan is attached at the ceiling. Be sure to follow your fan’s installation instructions for a solid and wobble-free installation.

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Hanging the new fixture

You need to consult and follow the installation instructions included with the new fixture. Here I walk you through the basic steps that work for all ceiling fixture installations:

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