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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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Jul-1-10

New Kitchen design 2

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New Kitchen design 2

Kitchen cabinets with handles of various sizes that also act as windows. In this way the user can choose what to expose and what to hide. In this way the kitchen can easily change character and will be much more personal

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Lift is a new kitchen concept that fulfils our daily needs for modular and dynamic systems. Apartments and houses are becoming smaller therefore we need to design products that are able to offer a lot and at the same time be compact. Our design features different sliding (up and down) modules containing all the necessary tools a kitchen must have. While your not working or cooking you can close the sliding units together and create different kinds of sideboards. Lift can be well positioned in a one bedroom apartment, in a studio, in a loft or in a open space kitchen / living room area.

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As a barrier-free, mobile and flexible kitchen, the Ideal Kitchen, with its L-shaped countertop, offers a high degree of design freedom and a very high level of design, in the opinion of the jurors. The countertop is suspended from the wall, so that it can be set at any height. A 17 cm-wide rear spine serves not only as a storage option for kitchen implements, spices and electric appliances, but also to keep the wall clean. Mobile containers and a kitchen cabinet offer additional storage space.

Since space comes as a premium, we need to design for a flexible lifestyle. Case in point is the kitchen. This design by Wiwat Pitakpongsanit takes multidisciplinary worktops to the extreme. This kitchen counter top is a place to cook, serve, meet, party, eat, and work. By reconfiguring the different sections, you can create a work surface to meet your needs.

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Designed to improve the mentality of a kitchen both physically and mentally. Every function a traditional kitchen has is hidden behind the kitchen wall allowing easier clear up of the kitchen. The form of hiding saves the room of the house, which exhibits a sense of freedom and comfort. Psychologically, hiding state conveys satisfaction to some extent for only the kitchen host to know exactly where all the things are. The tile colors can be changed and arranged to fit your personal style.

The CookIsland table consists of a worktop with integrated table top. The integrated dining table can seat up to five people. Centered on a rotation point the table can be pulled out, pushed in or rotated. This allows the CookIsland to be positioned right up against the wall of a small room, making optimal use of function and space. The front of the worktop, with drawers and a three-plate ceramic hob, is available in seven high-gloss colors. The body is white or silvery white.

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Jul-1-10

Kitchen Design

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    When it comes to kitchen design and kitchen layouts, no matter how much you spend on upgrades and high end materials, if it is not properly laid out, you will get that investment back when it comes time to sell. In no other room is the phrase “form follows function” more appropriate than in the kitchen. By contrast, if you have a kitchen that not only looks good, but is also allows for proper traffic flow and adequate work space, it will not only benefit you in your daily activities but it will also translate to the bottom line when it comes time to sell.

Kitchen Design
     
    Potential home buyers are looking for kitchens that provide a roomy work space and that are open to the rest of the home, since kitchens tend to be the most used room in a house. Even when you have guests over, often everyone gathers in the kitchen. 
    

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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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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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Nov-19-09

Great ideas for remodeling your kitchen with modern design

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Remodeling or redesigning your kitchen should be fun and enjoyable. You can therefore completely change the look of your kitchen simply by changing the doors of your kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets and complete kitchen remodeling have become some of the most popular do-it-yourself projects for homeowners. Kitchen cabinets can be made from dozens of woods including Oak, Maple, Pine, Cherry, Hickory, Poplar, Alder and Birch. There are three main types of kitchen cabinets: in-stock kitchen cabinets, semi-stock kitchen cabinets, and custom kitchen cabinets. The kitchen photos come from Scavolini as standard designs in their kitchen offerings.

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Nov-19-09

Great kitchen remodeling furniture design

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Picking the right color might be the most important decision you make when redesigning a kitchen because it sets the tone for the room. Picking the right color may mean the difference between a great kitchen design idea that will give you pleasure for years to come or a poorly accentuated kitchen that never looks quite right. Darker shades of red will create a sense of warmth. Red will also act to stimulate and energize so it can be a very exciting and vibrant color for a kitchen. Afterall, the kitchen is an exciting place where many wonderful foods are created. Brighter reds may counterbalance neutral colors and add lexcitement to the kitchen.

Great kitchen remodeling design takes the harmonization of kitchen design ideas, the assortment of kitchen cabinets, the arrangement of contractors and other professionals, and lastly, the conclusion of exceptional workmanship to create the kitchen of your dreams.

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Nov-19-09

Kitchen Faucets are a Major Enhancement to Your Kitchen

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Are you looking for a new kitchen faucet? There are some choices that you can take into consideration if you are on the search for kitchen faucet, that are interesting and they can vary in style. Kitchen faucets these days will add décor to your kitchen. Aside from adding décor to the kitchen, you cannot simply choose just any kind. You have to consider their features, sizes, and styles before making your decision.

Are you looking for a new kitchen faucet ? There are some choices that you can take into consideration if you are on the search for kitchen faucet, that are interesting and they can vary in style. Kitchen faucets these days will add décor to your kitchen. Aside from adding décor to the kitchen, you cannot simply choose just any kind. You have to consider their features, sizes, and styles before making your decision.

Whether it may be replacing the old faucet that you have or adding another one to your new kitchen, then there are some basic notions that you will need to be aware of even before you buy the new ones.

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There are five main kinds of kitchen faucets, and they are:

  1.  The single handle: these are the type of faucets that will allow you to have quick and easy water control with just one lever.
  2. The dual or two handle are those with separated controls for cold and hot water
  3. The pullout spray style that can be a single or dual handled: This style is one of the most popular features of the faucet. This type is very handy with washing vegetables, as well as cleaning the sink. The pullout spray style can offer you a lot of flexibility in targeting spraying along with maximum amount of water pressure.
  4. The wall mounted
  5. The bar sink

Aside from these faucet styles, there are also some more things that you have to take into consideration before purchasing a new faucet.

The reach is one of the many factors that you have to consider. You see, for instance, if you have a high arc faucet, there will be of very limited reach across the sink basin, and this could possibly make it a lot less convenient to perform some activities, unless you are using a pullout spray.

The style is another vital consideration for a kitchen faucet. Usually kitchens with very traditional cabinetry will have the probability of looking wonderful if you have a faucet with a vintage look, while the sleek type of cabinetry will call for a rather up to date design kind of faucet.

In addition, to finish everything off, finish is a very intense topic for faucets, these days you will catch a glimpse of those appealing kitchen faucets that are in shiny chrome, the brushed nickel of black iron etc.

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Sep-16-09

Modern Kitchen With Luxury Wooden and Marble Finishes

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Modern Kitchen With Luxury Wooden and Marble Finishes – Yara Vip by Cesar

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Big Italian producer of contemporary kitchens, Cesar, has presented its top model Yara in new luxury finishes. It is named Yara Vip and created for the most evolved and sophisticated public. From now on this kitchen is available in very expensive and exclusive wood types such as olive, palisander, ebony and eucalyptus. This wooden finish can be combined with dark glass or magnificent marble. In both versions it looks amazing. Although the first of them is more modern and distinguishes by super slim glass top. Mocha glass and brown aluminium perfectly fit to these wooden finishes. Marble model in opposite looks more traditional and natural. Besides luxury finish Yara Vip stands out by functional design and excellent quality. If you want an additional information about this wooden kitchen cabinets then you could find it on Cesar site by KBC. [via luxury olive kitchen cabinets]

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