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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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Jul-21-15

WALL ACCENT TILE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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WALL ACCENT TILE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

WALL ACCENT TILE
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin, read the installation instructions below. Observe all local building and safety codes.
Unpack and inspect the product for any shipping damages and ensure that none of the required pieces are missing. If
you find damages, do not install.

We recommend consulting a professional if you are unfamiliar with installing tiles. Signature Hardware accepts no
liability for any damage to the tiles or wall, or for personal injury during installation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb-19-13

How Much Does Kitchen Design Cost?

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Is your kitchen looking weary and worn? A new kitchen can revitalise the look and feel of your home and make it a much more functional space. The question is – how much does a new kitchen design cost? Find out the answers in this handy article.

Kitchen Design 101

Before building your kitchen, you’ll need to decide upon a design. There are myriad designs to choose from – minimalist, French country, Tuscan, art deco, rustic…the list goes on. If you’re in need of inspiration, you can browse images in our photo section for kitchen design ideas. 

Another design consideration is the kitchen layout. U-shape, L-shape and galley kitchens are the most common, and each possesses its benefits and drawbacks. Our article Kitchen Design Layout features some good tips for choosing a kitchen layout.

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The Costs of Designing a Kitchen

The question of how much a kitchen design costs is similar to ‘how long is a piece of string’? This is because the kitchen design cost depends on the designer’s fees, your location and the kitchen you want designed.

Generally, however, the cost depends on whether you choose a ready-made kitchen or a customised kitchen.

A ready-made kitchen will tend to be less expensive than a customised variety. This is because the kitchen has already been designed (and often built) and – save for a few tweaks – can be installed into your space as is.

On the other hand, a customised kitchen will be created to your specific requirements. The colour, style, layout, carcass, cabinets, accessories and materials can all be designed to help you create your dream kitchen. Obviously this will take time to design, and as such will cost much more than a ready-made kitchen. While the cost of hiring a kitchen designer will add extra dollars to your budget, it can be worth it to ensure you receive the ideal kitchen for your space and preferences.

It is difficult to calculate the cost of your kitchen design, since the designer will need to assess the space and requirements. If you want a more unique or contemporary style, the quote is likely to be higher.

As a general guide, you can expend to spend a few thousand dollars for a kitchen design.

Comparing Kitchen Design Quotes

Since it’s difficult to estimate the cost of a new kitchen design, the best thing to do is contact kitchen designers to get quotes. With our free Get Quotes service, all you need to do is outline your project and designers will reply to you with their estimates.

Ensure you find out what is included in the quote, and what it will cost to weak or deviate from the original design. Some designers offer additional services, so check if this is included in the quote.

You’re then one step closer to creating your dream kitchen!

Feb-19-13

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

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Do: Make a small kitchen work for you.
Don’t: Think bigger is always better.
“A well-designed kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suit you perfectly,” designer Tish Key says. In this compact California kitchen, an island on castors can be easily be moved around to where it’s needed most.

Do: Leave some space to breathe.
Don’t: Go overboard with storage and fill the walls with cabinets.
“There’s rarely a need to completely fill a room with cabinets. A good layout is a balancing act between storage, function, and aesthetics,” designer Robert Bakes says. In this New York kitchen he designed with Cecil Baker, open space above the sink means there’s room to breath. Viking range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Cabinet pulls from Doug Mockett & Co.

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Do: Invest in strong and good-looking cabinets.
Don’t: Skimp on poor-quality.
“Think about it — you’re opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good finish, and strong hinges are essential,” kitchen designer Beverly Ellsley says. In this French-inspired Connecticut kitchen, all of the cabinetry is of her own design. The intricate woodcarvings are from Ellsley’s Villa Collection for Enkeboll Designs.

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Do: Have countertop around wall ovens.
Don’t: Put a wall oven off by itself.
“Where are you going to put the turkey when you take it out of the oven?” points out kitchen designer Terry Scarborough. For a Connecticut kitchen, she made sure there was plenty of counter space next to — and across from — the ovens.

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.”

Jul-10-10

Understanding the Basics of Kitchen Design

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For most people, kitchen design is all about updating the appliances and cabinetry in the kitchen. But for me, it is all about getting down to the drawing board and creating a new layout altogether. The entire flow of the kitchen should change when you remodel it.
The focus should be to improvise on the functionality while keeping the aesthetic part in mind. There are some really old tried and tested kitchen design plans that work. You should choose one from amongst these based on the size and shape of your kitchen.
For long and narrow kitchens
If you have a long and narrow kitchen then you might want to opt for the one wall kitchen design. This is one of the most effective and inexpensive designs. Unlike the kitchen triangle, which is a very popular design this one has a linear design. It paves way for smooth functioning and flow of work in the kitchen.
But if you want to maximize the storage space, then this is not the very best design. You might have to use the L shaped design plans along with this one.
The classic triangle
The classic triangle is undoubtedly one of the most famous kitchen designs to have been ever invented. A triangle is formed with the sink, the oven/stove and the refrigerator at each ends. The distance between these three is maintained at optimum levels. Several designs like the corridor design use the classic kitchen triangle to maximize its effectiveness. It brings in more storage space into the kitchen.
The L shaped design
The L shaped design is perfect for large kitchens that always seem crowded. It does away with the storage woes completely and the most important part is that it still uses the classic kitchen triangle.

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May-26-10

Kitchen Cabinets

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Cabinets are the heart of a kitchen’s organization and the key contributor to its appearance. Hundreds if not thousands of styles are made from a broad range of materials: fine hardwoods, laminates, veneers, painted particleboard, and more.

From the highest quality models to the bottom-of-the-line units, all cabinets have one thing in common: Fundamentally, they’re boxes.Some of the boxes stand on the floor and are capped with countertops while others hang from the walls. Some are fitted with doors and shelves; others hold drawers or other specialty accessories.

A kitchen-cabinet system is made up from several separate units, joined together side-by-side. Base cabinets may have drawers, doors, shelves, or pull-outs, or a combination of these. Plumbing bases have no shelves or drawers, reserving the space for a sink and plumbing. Upper wall cabinets offer storage above counters and appliances.
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May-19-10

Restoring a Vintage Kitchen

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When you purchase a vintage home, you will find that the kitchen is not up to today’s standards for family living. In many instances, you may find that the entire house will need to have restoration work. When preservationists restore vintage homes, they usually keep the facade and the main living areas in the style of the home. The kitchen, however, is usually redesigned to meet the needs of their family.Vintage Kitchen

Vintage not only means the restoration of pre-World War I homes but also bungalows from the 1950s and ranch style homes from the 1970s. The design and purchase of a home is a personal choice and the styles from various decades appeal to many people.Vintage Kitchen

When kitchens became a separate room in the family home, there were work areas. Everything in the kitchen was freestanding including the stove, the refrigerator, and the sink. The kitchen table was the work area and the appliances were all one color, white. Some had cast-iron stoves. Floors were wood or linoleum.

The decades of the 1960s and 1970s did see changes in color in kitchen appliances but some of the colors got old pretty quickly. It was difficult for everyone to live with avocado green and gold for twenty years.

When planning a kitchen redesign for a vintage home, you want it to feel warm and inviting and homey. You also want the hardware to have a period feel. The availability of period materials has grown. You can find period pieces in antique stores and well designed reproduction hardware and appliances in home shopping stores. Architectural salvage companies go through buildings and homes to be torn down and salvage materials for re-use.Vintage Kitchen

The look and feel of a kitchen is determined by its cabinets. If you want to keep an historic feel to your kitchen, check with architectural salvage companies for wood and metal cabinets. You can mix these cabinets with freestanding antique or reproduction pieces. You can also add other vintage pieces such as an antique dresser or other items such as plate racks and open shelves. When refinishing your salvage cabinet finds, you should make sure that you strip, buff, and lacquer the metal cabinets to prevent them from rusting. Old painted wood cabinets have a tendency to warp when striped. You should do them one at a time.

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You can use stone countertops in a vintage kitchen redesign. The stone should be honed to a soft finish. Vermont soapstone is a popular choice.

Flooring in a vintage kitchen redesign can be linoleum or wood. You may be able to find unused rolls of linoleum from early decades at an architectural salvage store. Many of today’s designs also complement the vintage kitchen. Linoleum companies are reproducing early patterns.

Many vintage kitchens, especially pre-war, used pressed metal in the ceiling. You can check for these at an architectural salvage store. An alternative is to use a heavy Anaglyptic paper. This is a cream colored paper embossed in a variety of period patterns. It costs less to install than pressed metal and when it is painted, achieves a similar look.

Since the mid-1980s, it has become easier to find authentic looking vintage stoves and refrigerators. Most old stoves are white but you can find some colors such as cream, green, or cobalt blue. Hoods used for venting were not used 100 years ago. In this case, you can have one built of the same wood as an overhead cabinet.Vintage Kitchen

It is not difficult to find antique hardware. In a vintage kitchen, you may want to choose antique brass, satin nickel, or blackened finish. You can find reproductions to fit just about any vintage period at your local hardware or home shopping store.

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A kitchen redesign for a vintage kitchen can make your home warm and family friendly. It just takes a little time to find the right pieces.

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May-11-10

Installing Cabinets: How to Mark Level Lines on a Wall

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1. To mark a short level line, you can use a level to extend the line from a measured point. Longer lines are best marked with a chalk line. Drive a brad at one measured point and then attach the chalk line; reel out the line to a second measured point, stretch the line tight, and snap the line on the wall. Then check the line with a level.

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2. Once you’ve marked a line, use a 4-foot level to check it. Lightly mark a level line in any areas of concern and measure the difference between it and the original line. If a chalk line is “out” by only 1/4 inch or so in 6 feet, you can probably go with it. Usually the eye will accept mouldings that follow the floor line within these limits, especially baseboards. If the difference is more, use the level to re-mark the line, setting the line level or perhaps splitting the difference.

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3. Remember that in moulding work the goal is to produce a pleasing result,not a mathematically perfect one. It’s a matter of eye. Your care and attention at this stage will be well rewarded down the line.

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Mar-13-10

Manage Your Kitchen Remodel

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Manage Your Kitchen Remodel

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1.Put it down on paper. Draw a plan and make a list for your kitchen remodel to help you determine costs. Decide if you’ll need new cabinets or if you can paint them. Many home improvement centers offer computer generated kitchen remodeling plans based on your own photos. Decide if appliances will be replaced and what type you want. Check online for appliance features and stores that offer discounts.

2.Hire a reputable contractor who is experienced in kitchen remodeling if you aren’t going to do it yourself. Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. Get references from the contractor and make sure that you have a time frame in writing. Labor costs are estimated at approximately 30 percent of the total remodeling cost.

3.Do it yourself. If you are experienced in home repairs, you may be able to do a lot of the work yourself to save money. Gas appliances need to be installed by experts. Make sure you hire reputable plumbers and electricians to help with the mechanical aspects of the kitchen remodel if necessary. Depending on the age of your kitchen, mechanical remodels can take as much as 30 percent of your budget.

4.Keep at least 10 percent of your budget for those unexpected costs. You might have termites or dry rot in wood, which will need to be replaced. Wiring may be old and not up to code. Old water pipes could be leaking and need to be replaced. Always keep a “contingency fund” for just such repairs.

Unless you will be doing your kitchen remodel as a Do-It-Yourself project, you will need to consult and select skilled experts in a variety of fields. Some remodeling companies and most building contractors specialize in handling the entire kitchen remodel from design through complete installation and will assist purchase of the products needed to complete your project. Some kitchen and bath retailers and some home centers offer this complete service or “turnkey” approach, too. If you do not select a full service company with this capability as your source, you must be prepared to serve as your own ‘scheduling contractor’ and perhaps, even purchasing agent.

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