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Before using a newly installed faucet, remove the aerator, if applicable. Turn on the water to the faucet and let it flow for 15 seconds. This flushes out sediment in the water line, preventing it from becoming lodged in the faucet valves, which can affect performance and cause damage to the faucet.

1. Place a towel at the base of the faucet and remove the faucet aerator. If using pliers, place a rag around the aerator to protect the finish.
2. Turn on the cold and hot water, letting the faucet run for 10-15 seconds.
3. Rinse out the aerator, carefully noting the placement of washers inside. Replace the aerator and check water flow. If there is no improvement, continue to Step 4.
4. Close the shut-off valves or turn off your home’s water main, twisting the valves clockwise as far as possible.
5. Turn on the hot and cold faucet taps to release any pressure and excess water. Turn off.
6. With a wrench, remove water lines underneath the faucet, placing the ends in a bucket.
7. Open the shut-off valve or water main and let water flow into the bucket for 15 seconds.
8. Close the shut-off valve or main supply, then reattach the water lines to the faucet.
9. Reopen the valves to restore water to the faucet and check for leaks. Read the rest of this entry »


Starting Fresh With Custom Cabinets

Once the decision has been made to install new cabinets, there are other choices ahead. Are custom cabinets required or will stock cabinets fit the bill? Custom cabinets are built to exact specifications and offer endless design possibilities. This option requires the longest lead time and is the most expensive route, but it also allows you to include cool hidden conveniences like this built-in refrigerator, cleverly disguised as part of the cabinetry. Photo courtesy of  GE Monogram


Luxurious Kitchens from KBC

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Luxurious Kitchens from KBC

At par with company’s like Alessi and Gucci and boasting of being one of the first companies to introduce the concept of modular kitchens, Pedini has been in business since 1956 and flourishing. It stands in line with the style kings and is constantly bringing something new to the table.


With its five core kitchen collections namely Dune, Artika, Integra, Outline and Q2 Pedini is known for its signature ‘curve’ style. The company is infact one of the few that produces kitchen designs working on convex and concave lines.

Customizing kitchens as per the space and lifestyle of the client, aesthetic value and the running capacity of the space, instilling innovative ideas while designing ever nook and corner of the kitchen are some of the things you can expect when getting your kitchens done from these guys. Pedini also indulges is making your kitchen eco-friendly.

If you are the kind that lives, eats and cooks in style then Pedini has the right kitchen solutions for you.



Kitchen Remodeling Ideas – Latest Design Trends

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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas. If you are in the market for a new and/or improved kitchen, you may be looking for some kitchen remodel ideas. We are all familiar with the traditional kitchens of hard wood and marble or tile flooring. We may have even been exposed to a kitchen full of stainless steel in a very contemporary home. But have you ever heard of an outdoor kitchen? Do you know the latest techniques in lighting? If not, here are the four latest trends in kitchen design and remodeling.


When internal living space is limited, and families continue to grow, it only makes sense to enlarge your home’s living area by expanding it to the next available space, the outdoors. The outdoors provides a comfortable and casual elegance for living rooms and exercise areas, and kitchens are the next room to expand outside. Of course, when designing and building an outdoor kitchen, appliances must be applicable for outside use, and heating and electrical concerns will need to be addressed. Outside kitchens can range from $2000-$20000.

Additional kitchen remodeling ideas include the “green kitchen” and a “live in kitchen”. A green kitchen is simply and eco-friendly version of the traditional kitchen. Green kitchens involve environmentally friendly materials for counters, cabinetry and floor covering, as well as energy saving lighting and appliances. A kitchen you can live in is a natural progression from the open area kitchen and family rooms seen in many homes today. Live in kitchens further incorporate comfort features, such as sofa’s, televisions and computer areas.

Newer lighting techniques are also an up and coming trend in kitchen re-designs. While natural light is the most coveted of all lighting options, this may not always be feasible based on the location of your kitchen. Recessed ceiling lighting provides an overall glow throughout the kitchen. Adding lighting beneath cabinetry not only provides extra light on your countertop workspace, but also creates an elegant touch. Track lighting is another option to provide optional lighting coverage. If you are interested in any of these new trends in kitchen design, a professional can assist you with discussing your design ideas in further detail.


Small Kitchen Remodeling

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Small Kitchen Remodeling

Small Kitchen Remodeling Tips – 4 Helpful Tips to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Bigger


Small Kitchen Remodeling. If you have a small kitchen and you want to make it look bigger than it normally is, you can. This article looks at three very important tips that can help in giving that small kitchen of yours the big look it needs and make it actually more spacious than it really is.

1. Use light colors: As hard as it seems to believe there are certain colors that help to give the visual impression of more space. And these are light colors. So, if you need to make your small kitchen appear bigger, use light colors instead of dark colors. Dark colors are said to reduce the size of a room or kitchen and are therefore not the best types to use when you want your kitchen to look bigger.

2. Use customized cabinets: Using customized cabinets help you save space in your kitchen more than if you had to buy and install just about any cabinet. By using customized ones you make them based on the space you have available. Customized in this sense means that they are made to fit the particular space in your kitchen and not the other way around. In this case they have to be made after the measurements of your kitchen are taken, so that they will be made really to fit.

3. Use customized furniture: Since you don’t have too much space in your kitchen, using customized furniture helps you save space. Such customized-furniture will be built mainly to take up particular space in the kitchen. With this also, the exact measurements of the space where they will be have to be taken and the furniture made to really fit into that space.

4. Maximize storage space: Ensure that every space is used in such a way that it serves dual function. For example, the bottom of the sink can be used as a spot for storing things. Since you don’t have a lot of space you shouldn’t waste any. Every space that is available will serve one purpose or another.

Do the above and you will be shocked to see your previously small kitchen now looking much bigger than it really is. And yes, it will then be able to take more things than it did before doing the above. And trust me – many of your friends who previously told you that your kitchen is too small will marvel at how big it now looks after you have done the above. And who knows – you might end up becoming a kind of “go to person” when it comes to making a small kitchen look big without necessarily increasing the space.


KBC wardrobe

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At KBC Kitchens we believe in utilizing all available space in the most efficient way. With this in mind, we design each wardrobe to suit your requirements. Drawing from a wide range of materials, we can offer an endless range wardrobe of styles. With a wide variety of matt vinyl, high gloss and bespoke solid timber doors we can carter for every client’s requirements. We also manufacture sliding wardrobes, with an endless list of panel options, including mirror, tinted glass, painted glass, high gloss panels, moulded vinyl panels, veneered wood panels etc… or any mixture of the above. Please contact our sales representatives for further information.



How to Install a Wall Cabinet

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To install wall-mounted cabinets, start by determining their positions and drawing a level horizontal line on the wall where the bottom of each cabinet will be located. Double-check your layout by lightly penciling the cabinets’ dimensions and placement on the wall.


Align the top edge of a temporary 1-by-3 support rail with the line for the bottom edge of the cabinets and drive three or four 2-inch screws through it into the wall studs.


Drill pilot holes through the sturdy part of the cabinet back or its support rail into wall studs. Screw the cabinet to the wall using two screws that are long enough to penetrate the studs by at least 1 1/2 inches.



Is a Built in Wardrobe Costly or Cost effective?

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Every bedroom requires a wardrobe of some type. These wardrobes can be built-in to the room, or they can be standalone units. Both types will serve their purpose admirably, and each type has inherent advantages and disadvantages. If cost is an issue, however, the stand-alone unit stands head and shoulders above the built-in construction.

One of the benefits of having a built in wardrobe is the flexibility offered in its initial design and construction. The storage layout can be customized to have adequate space for hanging clothing, shelving for storing accessories, and drawers for folded items. This custom storage space will be tailored to fit your unique storage needs. Of course this customization comes at a cost.

This cost can be quite high, depending upon how complex are the storage arrangements included in the wardrobe’s design. If you add the cost of installation to the cost of the wardrobe itself, you could be talking of a financial outlay that could easily be double the cost of similar standalone wardrobe arrangements. Nonetheless, without regard to the cost, the finished wardrobe will undoubtedly be a superbly organized storage system that enhances the look and feel of the bedroom.

When cost is a factor, consider the storage options and benefits of a standalone wardrobe. These standalone units are available with a broad selection of storage configurations. The volume that is dedicated to hanging space, shelving, and drawers can be varied to suit the storage needs for most people. The space available for hanging clothing may not be as great as would be available in a built in wardrobe, but some designs offer hanging space that is quite generous. The price of standalone units, to some extent, is also under the control of the buyer depending upon the type of wood and design complexity selected.

If your storage requirements cannot be readily satisfied by a standard wardrobe ready on the showroom floor, these wardrobes can be custom built to your specifications. You merely have to select a wardrobe design style, select the wood that which to have used, and choose an interior layout that meets your storage requirements. A custom designed pine standalone wardrobe can be quite affordable, certainly less costly than a built-in unit.

Standalone wardrobes do permit more flexibility in the functional layout of a bedroom. Obviously, you can reposition the wardrobe anywhere in the room that seems suitable, and can change that room layout whenever you please. A built in wardrobe, on the other hand, sets limits upon room layout with all furniture placements being secondary to the built in unit’s dominance.

While standalone wardrobes can be shipped completely assembled, one can have them delivered in modular or kit form that requires assembly in the home. There may be some cost savings realized by assembling the unit yourself, and no special tools would be required. You should consider if the cost savings realized is enough to offset not having the manufacturer maintaining responsibility for the quality of the assembly.

Installing a built-in wardrobe can be a complex and time consuming process, especially if you are not experienced in the home construction profession. It would seem prudent to have installation done by a professional installer.

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