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DIY: How to Keep Your Cooktop Shiny & Clean

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Keeping your cooktop clean is no small task. This is slightly tongue in cheek as I am NOT always on top of wiping down my cooktop right after making our 7-course dinner (well…maybe 1-course dinner), but with 3 of our 4 kids home, my cooktop is definitely getting more use than usual. It has been known to stay greasy and goopy until breakfast the next day. Obviously while wiping up splatters and cooked on grease while cooking is best for…

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Demystifying Kitchen Island Lighting

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Homeowners ask for guidance on choosing the “right” size or style of light fixtures over their kitchen island, but my response is that there is no true “right” type of fixture or even size of that fixture. It truly is a personal preference. That being said, there are a couple of general rules of thumb you can use when installing pendants or a linear suspension fixture for your kitchen island lighting. Island Lighting Pendant Size and Placement I typically work…

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Get the 411 on Microwaves

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When planning a kitchen renovation one of the decisions you will make will be where to place your microwave (if you still use one).  Since counter space is typically at a premium, you might want to consider where best to tuck it away while ensuring the most functional placement. Countertop Placement for Microwaves Standard placement for many homeowners as its convenient and readily accessible, however if takes up valuable countertop space and can decrease the function of the kitchen. Over…

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Considerations for Pot Filler Faucet Placement

By Remodeling tips, Project Planning, Kitchen 101No Comments

We like Wolf / Sub Zero appliances and they have helpful information on their website. Homeowners who are undertaking a kitchen remodel often ask us about pot filler faucets. While Wolf doesn’t have specific location recommendations, here are some of the considerations we feel are important: Place the pot filler to the left or right of the cooking surface so you don’t have to reach over the cooking surface to use the faucet. If you place it above the cooking…

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Get the 411 on Light Bulbs

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With the advancement of the aesthetic, function and efficiency of the common light bulb, it’s important to understand your options especially as you’re planning for a remodeling project. Understanding Watts and Lumens When buying lightbulbs, the packages have codes on them for the watts and lumens. However, many homeowners don’t understand what these terms mean. Lumens are the amount of light that is emitted from a bulb, or simply put the more lumens the brighter the bulb will be. Watts…

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Decora cabinetry with Coriander Espresso Stain and Chantille paint finish with Autore Metal Ring Pulls by Richelieu and Contemporary Metal Handle Pulls from Richelieu. Macaubus Quartz with mitered edge and custom stainless countertops.

Care and Maintenance of Marble Countertops

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Marble is a natural stone, which means each countertop is unique—a quality many of our homeowners like. But before selecting marble for your countertops, be aware of the care and maintenance required when using a natural stone. Because of its porous nature, marble is prone to etching and staining which should be taken into consideration when making your countertop selections. Sealing Your Marble Countertops Sealing repels staining agents but doesn’t make marble stain-proof. Talk with your countertop fabricator to determine…

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