Your Kitchen Home Improvement Project

Your Kitchen Home Improvement Project

by Vikram S.

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The most important part of Home Improvement is improving or upgrading your kitchen. A kitchen is a small room that is used for cooking and for household jobs such as washing dishes. Kitchen is considered to be the heart of one’s house.

A clean and hygienic kitchen always keeps you healthy. A Kitchen generally contains a gas stove, a sink, a refrigerator, a microwave and kitchen cabinets and other electronics gadgets including toaster, mixer etc .

The main use of a kitchen is to cook food. The space in a kitchen is generally small so its needs good planning to decorate it and make it more useful and attractive by adding things to it. Its a tough task to incorporate all the facilities in such a small place. If you decorate your kitchen or its interior,  you put new paints  or wallpaper on the walls and ceiling, change the floor type, add new appliances, install new cabinets or replace old er sink with new and larger kitchen sink for dishwashing. It also includes improving of the storage area and ventilation in the kitchen. The renovation process and decoration generally takes a months time.

Proper care should be taken while your kitchen. Preplanning is required while choosing  the colors  or textures that  suits your kitchen and soothes everyone’s eyes. Plastic paints should be preferred to paint the walls and the ceiling of the kitchen as a teflon protected surface protects your wall against dirt and its easy to clean. These paints provides a very smooth surface which dirt doesnot stick to, so the walls can be cleaned easily. Chimneys are installed to evacuate smoke from the kitchen and this keeps your wall protected from dust and oil.

While installing a new floor, you can prefer any of the floor such as wood, laminate or tile flooring as per your liking. Even a small area can be made effecient by placing kitchen cabinets and sink in a proper place. With the technological advancements , electronics appliances have fully filled our kitchen.  One cannot do anything without a refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster, miixer and juicer. Kitchen improvements can cost you high but its benefits are really worth it in the long run.

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Home Remodeling: Preparing Laminate Flooring

Home Remodeling: Preparing Laminate Flooring For Installation

video synopsis by: Talat Z.

If you are going to take on the task of installing laminate floors in your house for a home remodeling project, make sure you are prepared so the job gets done in a timely and appropriate manner. It is very important to properly evaluate the surface on which you are going to install your laminate flooring.There two factors to take into consideration:(1) the flatness of the subfloor; and (2) the humidity level. If it’s a wood subfloor, there’s no problem.

Unless it’s on the basement and there’s no installation. A humidity test will be necessary because it’s not recommended to install laminated flooring on surfaces that have more than 60% relative humidity. Do some test cuts on your laminated boards to make sure they don’t get chipped and if they do try cutting them upside down to eliminate obvious flaws in your work.

The same goes for concrete. This type of surface is compatible with laminate flooring but humidity must always be monitored, especially when it’s a ground level or below. Also, buy the right type of padding that will go underneath the flooring to keep sound to a minimum.

Manufacturers also do not guarantee their product if it is placed on a concrete surface without the use of a proper vapor barrier. This is mandatory. Also remember that laminate flooring can be installed on any surface except carpet. It would be like putting a mirror on a mattress. The solidity will be greatly reduced. In addition, closing up a carpet beneath an impermeable surface would not allow it to breath. It would cause mold, thereby promoting bacterial growth.

Whether the surface is wood, concrete or if it an existing floor covering, it must be SSDC (solid, smooth, dry and clean). So if we want good results, we must pay special attention to the variations and height of the subfloor. You must correct variations exceeding 187 inch every 3 feet. If you cannot perfectly smooth down the surface, you must apply a thicker floor for more rigidity. Finally, a laminate-flooring can also be used to cover a low temperature heated surface that’s already integrated into the subfloor, such as water heating systems. In this case you have to recommend a felt underlayment. But beware… some manufacturers do not recommend it as it voids the warranty all together, especially the electric floor heating. We must read the information on the product label. it will make easy for you to understand and the subsequent home remodeling project.

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