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Jul-21-15

IMPORTANT FAUCET INSTALLATION NOTICE

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IMPORTANT FAUCET INSTALLATION NOTICE

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.

FLUSHING WATER LINES
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 »

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Aug-21-14

Countertops

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2014 kitchen countertop designs

Kitchens are one of the most frequented areas of any home. They are the central location for preparing meals, entertaining guests, and gathering for a relaxing meal after a long day. For this reason, designing an outstanding do it yourself kitchen makeover relies on several essential details. Layouts should encourage an intuitive flow from work station to work station, cabinetry must provide maximum storage and fixtures should integrate fabulous design and ease of use. Most importantly, kitchen counter surfaces must be beautiful, durable and plentiful to ensure that the space is as functional as possible. These key features can be composed of a wide variety of gorgeous materials, from granite or marble slab to stainless steel and everything in between. Here you will find our most popular 2014 kitchen countertop designs, ideas and pictures sure to inspire your next remodeling project.

All kitchen surfaces endure a huge amount of daily wear and tear. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative to select the proper countertop materials to ensure that your investment remains beautiful and durable for years to come. The top kitchen designs for 2014 feature unique countertop color and materials that make bold statements, oftentimes even becoming a major focal point in the space. These include gorgeous sparkling quartz and edgy stainless steel. Whether you are choosing natural stone or one of today’s fabulous engineered products, make sure that your best kitchen countertops coordinate with the look and style of other major decorative elements found in the room such as wall color or floor materials. Browse our gallery filled with photos of the best kitchen cabinets and countertops to discover options for designs, materials and finishes perfect for your next remodel. With the right products, you can recreate one of those beautiful dream kitchens.

Aug-12-14

Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

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Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

Overhead kitchen light fixtures are a good choice to illuminate the room a lot to allow for proper brightness. However, the design of the floor is very important when trying to create a modern kitchen. The textures and colors chosen will make a statement about the kitchen and tie everything together. Simple hardwood floors or one color tiles are chosen to keep with the simple and sleek feel of modern design. When choosing modern kitchen paint colors, lighting fixtures is another pieces that should be taken into consideration. Simple hanging pendant lighting is also an option that will add to the modern design while also adding brightness to the room. The design of the furniture should also have simplistic lines and match the lines and décor of the rest of the room.

Common to have little curves in the furniture. The most popular modern style furniture has clean straight lines that match the feel of the kitchen cabinet design, refrigerator and countertops. These simplistic lines will add to the functionality of the space while allowing for an area to sit and enjoy a meal. When designing a modern style kitchen there are many aspects to take into consideration to get the correct image and feel. Sticking to monochromatic color tones such as stainless steel metals or dark black tones will create a sleek design. In addition to the simple color tones, having strong clean lines in the kitchen backsplash tiles, furniture, countertops, and refrigerator will create a modern design.

Jul-3-13

Traditional Kitchens design

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Traditional Kitchens ideas

Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. 

A view from the dining room reveals the layout of this home’s open plan kitchen. It’s hard to not ogle the beautiful ceiling with ascending wooden beams, but other elements of the kitchen are just as stunning. The island is made from pine in a distressed honey finish and has a granite countertop, while a black La Cornue range serves as the kitchen’s cooking center.

Feb-19-13

Kitchen Design Mistakes – 1

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Do: Know when to stop.
Don’t: Overdo it.
“It drives me crazy when a kitchen is over-designed. Knowing when to stop is the real challenge,” designer Christopher Peacock says. He used restraint in designing this New York kitchen, achieving a soft, mellow look by using old wood floors and vintage marble counters. The Country Kitchen sink is paired with the Amarillis Heritage faucet, both by American Standard.

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Do: Bring cabinets up to the ceiling.
Don’t: Have cabinets that fall short of the ceiling.
“They collect dust and un-needed accessories,” designer Joan Schindler says. In this Connecticut kitchen, cabinets are full height and create the maximum amount of storage, while glass fronts keep the space feeling airy. The panes are restoration glass, which is uneven. The cabinets are painted Decorators White in semigloss by Benjamin Moore.

Do: Have one element that’s fun or creative.
Don’t: Be boring.
“The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says. “Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to sing.” Adhering to that principle, he updated an Illinois kitchen in an old barn by keeping the architecture of the horse stalls, adding a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe to the range, and installing a pot rack that resemble a wagon wheel.

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Do: Use cabinetry to conceal some appliances.
Don’t: Go overboard with stainless-steel appliances.
“Stainless steel can be a wonderful accent. However, as with all good design, there should be a rhythm with the placement. Splashes of stainless all over the place make any kitchen look and feel choppy and small,” kitchen designer Matthew Quinn says. For this kitchen in Atlanta, the designer chose white cabinetry over stainless to create a more room-like, livable kitchen. “Be especially careful with those stainless-steel coffins — giant stainless refrigerators,” he warns. “They can quickly overpower a kitchen design if it’s not balanced correctly.”

Feb-19-13

What’s trending in the kitchen right now?

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“Kitchen design is looking very exciting for 2013 as several design philosophies are converging and mixing, resulting in kitchens that are highly personal.” Serra adds “With the economy still trudging along without a spring in its step, homeowners want to buy smart for longevity which translates to neutral finishes for big ticket items such as cabinetry, countertops and flooring. Clean, modern styles with warm touches continue their popularity. I do detect a new interpretation of country style which includes the appreciation of nature and natural textures and finishes juxtaposed with more simple cabinet designs. Appliances with gourmet cooking features are important; likewise, interest in induction cooktops is surging.”

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Serra still sees a big “interest in open floor plans and the social kitchen, built-in and concealed appliances such as BLANCO’s Crystalline sink and flush, unframed cooktops are becoming popular.” She informs that there is a growing  nterest in design sustainability and healthy cooking, which factors into the consumer’s purchasing decisions more than they ever have in the past. Serra sees a renewed interest in “faux materials with a surprisingly real look due to technological advancements such as ceramic ‘wood look’ tile and ‘natural stone look’ laminates enjoy revived interest.”

Oct-9-12

Apartment Kitchen

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Apartment Kitchen

An editor’s tiny apartment still manages big style. The original outmoded cabinetry is turned modern: The cabinet doors were removed and then painted white. The backs of the shelves were painted the same blue as the walls. Removing the doors made the kitchen feel more open. Food is stored in the white canisters on the shelves and the large storage boxes above hold platters and holiday decorations.

Kitchen Whites

To achieve a feeling of openness, the owner of this Chicago townhouse washed the kitchen in a clean, pale palette.

Sep-4-12

Kitchen: plinth – so fix it

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A baseboard looks optically very good, it connects the kitchen cabinets above the ground together. They are available in different colors to match the color of the kitchen. Depending on the model, the assembly can vary. instructions for:


A plinth is part of any modern kitchen. You buy it together with your new kitchen cabinets in the piece and then adapt them to the desired length. Secured a plinth at the feet of the kitchen cabinets. The type of attachment can vary from model to model. Do you have a kitchen, which is around the corner, you can connect the abutting footer parts with a corner joint with each other.

Measure out how much baseboard you need

You can calculate the length of the baseboard for your kitchen. Just add the length of the wall cabinets together. If your kitchen cabinets own in the room, you have to add the baseboard.

1. for the sides and the back of the cabinets
Of course it is also possible to measure the length of the baseboard. So you can be sure that you have not miscalculated and accidentally buy too little plinth.

2. To obstruct the bar in the kitchen

First, make the kitchen cabinets and bring your feet to the right height. Most feet can werden.

1. adapted to the width of a base strip
On the back of a base, you will find an attachment, with which they can attach to the feet of the kitchen cabinets. Very often, these are clips that lie around the feet. It can also be designed so that you have to push the back of the skirting board in the feet.

2. Make sure that you attach the baseboard on each foot. Otherwise, it may be that this slip when your foot on the other hand push or suck the kitchen or wischen.

3. Is a skirting board in the kitchen is available in different heights. Higher kitchen allows you more comfortable, but only if all individuals are large enough in your family.
For smaller people a high kitchen is however difficult. The room height must fit in a high kitchen, because you still want to hang the wall cabinets in a proper distance.

Jul-30-10

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.

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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.

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Jul-20-10

Italian kitchen design

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Italian kitchen design involves creating a work friendly environment that’s equally as welcoming as it is effective. Italian kitchens therefore shouldn’t compromise on style or functionality. Whether you’re creating a modern kitchen design or a country kitchen design, the same set of rules apply for Italian kitchens.

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Italian kitchens – style and functionality

A well crafted Italian kitchen design will be everything you’d expect from a nation synonymous with style – sleek surfaces and sharp features, built into a beautifully lit environment. Italian kitchen designs are immediately recognisable because of these features and it’s essential you stay true to them.

Contemporary Italian kitchens are primarily designed to be eye catching and ultra stylish, but that doesn’t mean they compromise on functionality and the basics of kitchen design. More traditional Italian kitchens have a rustic charm and are normally formed with warmer tones and materials but the same rules apply.

If you want a kitchen in your home based on the Italian principles of design, then it’s a good idea to start by thinking about what you use your kitchen for. By doing this you can determine the things you really need and start to eliminate the things you don’t.

Italian kitchen design is all about achieving tasteful lines so getting the right fittings is also essential. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consult with a number of companies to ensure you get the precise look you’re after.

By embracing these two simple ideas you can give yourself the best chance of achieving a bespoke, contemporary, Italian kitchen design.

We have more information on Italian kitchen design in the articles below and can also divert you to a number of the leading suppliers and manufacturers of Italian kitchens.

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