Choosing your kitchen Design and Lay-out!

Long gone are the days when kitchens were dreary workspaces, hidden behind closed doors. Today’s kitchens are central to everyday living and special-occasion entertaining, often doing double duty as family rooms, offices and media centers, as well.
“The kitchen is truly the focus of the home today,” says New York-based interior designer Andrew Suvalsky. “A great kitchen design will give essential clues to how the rest of the home can and should develop.”
To meet the growing demand for showstopping kitchens, manufacturers now offer cabinets, countertops and fixtures in all of today’s most popular design styles, from Old World to modern, city chic to country cozy. And your options aren’t limited to what you’ll find in the kitchen showrooms, either. Andrew and many other designers also turn to antiques stores, high-end furniture makers and salvage resellers when sourcing kitchen projects.
Whether you’re designing your kitchen to match the decor of other rooms, or planning your whole home’s look around the kitchen, you can make it a beautiful reflection of your personal style.

Country Farmhouse

Open and inviting, country kitchens allow you to enjoy the feeling of a weekend getaway right in your own home — even if you’re smack in the middle of suburbia. Farmhouse tables and furniture-like cabinetry are popular conventions, and an eclectic mix of finishes helps create a comfortable, lived-in look. Country colors range from primary red, yellow and blue to aged tones of cream and pale yellow; whatever hues you favor, mixing rather than matching is the country way to go.
Sleek, sexy and sophisticated, the modern kitchen is designed to keep clutter to a minimum. Reflective surfaces and high-tech materials are central to the most modern kitchen, and exotic woods add a touch of luxury without frills or fabric. Iconic midcentury seating, including Bertoia stools and chairs by Eames and Cherner, are often chosen for a classically modern look; seating made of Lucite and highly polished woods is often chosen for a more current interpretation of the style.
Whether the space is large or tiny, cottage kitchens are designed to feel cozy and enveloping. With their homespun touches and imperfect finishes, cottage-style kitchens are always one of a kind and serve as the perfect backdrop for offbeat art and collectibles. If you’re an avid flea marketer, this style will allow you to turn your weekend finds into everyday pleasures. To marry serious cooking with whimsical style, look for high-end appliances in white or retro colors.
Where function meets family friendliness, you’ll find the contemporary kitchen. The look is a carefully curated mix of materials: new and old, casual and polished. And because cooking with company has replaced cooking for company as the entertaining ideal, today’s kitchen has plenty of room for hosts and guests to work and interact. Add gourmet cooking equipment, comfortable, durable seating and lots of open space for a kitchen perfectly suited to 21st-century living.
Imagine a small hotel in the South of France, or a contessa’s villa on the Amalfi Coast. The colors are sun-dappled. The surfaces are elegantly timeworn, and the atmosphere is pure romance. To replicate that Mediterranean ambiance anywhere, look for Provencal fabrics in rich tones of russet, cobalt and ochre, warm-toned wooden cabinetry, and handmade ceramic accessories. Rough-hewn textures, copper pots and rush seats add the final touches.
Whether you live at the beach or just wish you did, you can count on cool shades of blue, green, white and sand to create a vacation-time mood. Seagrass and wicker seating are casual, comfortable and coastal. Fabrics and flooring designed to stand up to wet bathing suits make coastal-style kitchens easy to care for, and window treatments that allow for maximum sunlight will have everyone in let’s-get-to-the-beach mode bright and early.
If you yearn for a time when materials were solid and craftsmanship was king, Old World design will embrace you in history and luxury. Look for dark mahogany finishes with lots of carving and detail, countertops with ogee or bullnosed edges, and stone or wooden floors. Add historical accessories and heavy fabrics, and enjoy time travel comfortably in your own home.
Turkey on Thanksgiving, ham on Christmas Eve and chocolate chip cookies after school. A traditional kitchen is the perfect backdrop for a life that centers on family, friends and holidays — but its clean, comfortable look is welcoming 365 days a year. Paneled or glass doors on cupboards contribute timeless style, and latched or icebox hardware is often added for period detail. White tiles add a clean look and help reflect light, and artisanal or vintage-look light fixtures add special touches.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOUR KITCHEN

  • This are some questions you have to make yourself before remodeling your Kitchen.
  • How many people live in the home?
  • Who cooks?
  • What is the cook’s height? Is he/she right- or left-handed?
  • Who typically prepares meals? How are they prepared?
  • How many people in the house prepare meals at one time?
  • What type of cooking happens in your kitchen? (Gourmet, baking, microwave, easy weeknight meals, etc.)
  • How do you shop for groceries, and what do you store in your pantry?
  • What are your kitchen traffic patterns?
  • How and where do you dine?
  • How do you entertain?
  • What do you like to do after meals? Will you remain in the kitchen to watch television, talk, relax, etc.?
  • What does each person in the family do in the kitchen each day?

In a typical day, from wake-up until lights out…

  • When do you go to the kitchen?
  • What do you do there?
  • What appliances do you use all the time?
  • What do you remove from cabinets?
  • What do you rarely use?
  • What is easy to reach?
  • What is di­ cult to reach?

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Tips for Reconstruction After Hurricane Harvey

The emotional and physical devastation left behind from Hurricane Harvey will take months — and potentially years — to recover from. Residents across the Texas coast have seen immeasurable damage to their homes, businesses, and spirits. As you and your family or business prepare for restoration, consider these helpful tips and get back and running in no time.

Reach Out

  • Get in touch with your home insurance, and figure out what is and isn’t covered.
  • Sign up with FEMA, and see if you qualify for emergency relief.
  • Get some insight from friends and neighbors who are in similar situations.

Budget

  • Determine real time contractor pricing.
  • Adjust your claim so you can figure out what your settlement amount will be.
  • Prevent another financial disaster by properly planning your cash flow so your project won’t run out of money before it is finished.

Planning

  • Don’t spread yourself too thin, and don’t try to take on more than you can handle. Ask for help when it’s needed.
  • Be patient. A rushed job isn’t a productive one. Waiting for the right contractor, the right time and the right plan will pay off.
  • When it comes to your vision and your budget, be realistic. Making smart decisions will benefit you and your family later down the line.

Selecting Your Contractor

QUESTIONS to ask your contractor:

  • Where are you located?
  • Are you currently doing work in the area? If so, can I speak with them for a reference?
  • Do you have liability insurance and workers’ compensation?
  • Can you ask your insurance company to make me a certificate holder so that I can have proof of insurance?
  •  Who will be the supervisor, and how present will they be in this project?

RED FLAGS to watch out for:

  • A contractor who asks for money down
  • A contractor who insists on only charging for the labor
  • Out-of-town license plates and cell phone numbers
  • No local address
  • No local references
  • Door knockers
  • A “YES” man who claims they can do it all.
  • Handwritten proposals

PROPOSALS should include:

  • Start and end dates
  • Itemized project price
  • Payment schedule
  • List of services INCLUDED and EXCLUDED
  • A procedure for changes
  • Final payment and closeout procedure

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SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR OLD KITCHEN / BATHROOMS

A kitchen is a room that tends to see a great deal of use. When you are trying to entertain guests or prepare a meal for your family, the kitchen plays a big part in the process. This also means that the kitchen is likely to see a lot of wear and tear. To make sure that your kitchen always looks the way that you want it to, it can be helpful to turn to the right experts. SOLID STONE MANUFACTURING in Houston, TX, can help you to see some amazing results.

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