Makeover Your Home with a Kitchen Renovation

Renovating and remodeling a kitchen is a big job with a potentially big payoff. The addition of more space, improved lighting, and better appliances can breathe new life into the entire home. It is a process that requires careful pre-planning and expert execution, so it is important to find the right designers and contractors for the job.


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It is just as important that the designers and contractors follow your lead even as they offer their own suggestions. After all, they don’t know your home or family as well as you do. If you want your kitchen renovation, before and after, to be a huge improvement, then continue reading.

Kitchen Renovation Planning

Before you start your kitchen renovation, you should complete the following checklist to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible:

  1. Create a budget – you should create a budget prioritizing your needs, followed by your wants. You should also have a 10-20 percent cushion in case something goes wrong, or you encounter a problem that you need to address.
  2. Find the right designers and contractors – when looking for the people to help you, you should look at their previous work and find out whether they have a good reputation or not. They should be able to offer advice based on your suggestions. What we learned renovating in Auckland is, be communicative and anticipate any problems before they happen.
  3. Check up on building codes and permits – every district has its own rules and regulations regarding structural, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing alterations. You should find out if you need a permit for any aspect of the renovation, or if it is allowed at all.
  4. Create a temporary kitchen – you will not be able to use the majority of the kitchen during the renovation, so you should establish an area with a microwave, mini-fridge, and temporary versions of the things you need, but won’t have access to, during the remodel.


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The Next Step in Your Kitchen Renovation

Once the renovation has begun, it is necessary for you to check in regularly to make sure that all is going to plan. You should not pester the builders, and they should not be too bothered that you want to see how the work is going. It is your kitchen after all. Make sure if you are renovating, to follow all of the strict permits to avoid any files. You should also try to stay calm during this period. It can be stressful but you need to stay focused in order to make sure that you don’t miss anything that can come back to haunt you later. This is also where unexpected problems might crop up and where the extra money you put into your budget will become useful.


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The Final Step in Your Kitchen Renovation

The final step is the renovation itself. Once the kitchen is complete, you should do a thorough inspection to make sure that everything meets your requirements. This punch list can include small things like slight scratches to bigger things like a light switch not working. Make a detailed list and send it to the responsible party so that they can make the necessary corrections.

Once all of that is done, the only thing left to do is relax and enjoy your new kitchen. It is a long journey but one that is worth taking since the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home.

4 Household Jobs to Make Your Home Perfect

Make your home sparkle this summer with some of these easy and effective cleaning tips that will change the way you clean forever!


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Homes are peoples’ pride and joy, where they have started to build a life they may have spent years dreaming of. This means that they will do whatever it takes to make it the best place for them and their family. However, this can sometimes involve a lot of time and money, which is hard to give when you lead a busy life. Thankfully, there are some simple household jobs which can refresh your home and make it perfect. To save you time and resources, it’s wise to follow a trusted bank of tips that will leave you with your perfect home in no time.

Deep Clean Often

Over time, it can be easy to let mess build up around your home. Without regular cleaning, it may have gotten to the point where a quick sweep isn’t enough, and there is grime stuck to places you can’t reach. When this happens, it’s best to enlist the help of a company like My Technicare, who can deep clean your carpets and furnishings to reveal the squeaky-clean underneath. Not only will this leave your home looking and feeling brand new, but it will help you remove any harmful toxins and allergens from the air. After you have had a deep clean, it’s wise to follow a cleaning schedule for a few minutes each day and to bring in a deep cleaning team every few months.

Create New Storage Solutions

Part of what makes staying tidy so hard is clutter, which is present in almost every home. De-cluttering can mean throwing out everything you don’t need, but for those special items you can’t let go of, it also means using some nifty storage solutions to keep them safe and out of the way. Most of these storage solutions can be made yourself, with little time and even less money. In some cases, you may even be re-purposing some of your clutter, such as when you turn old glass jars into pencil holders.

Tidy Your Yard

When people think of their homes, it is easy to neglect their outdoor space, but keeping this clean and tidy is the best finishing touch to any home. The best thing about tidying your yard is that you don’t have to have green fingers to do it. De-weeding and throwing out any debris is an easy job, but to truly make it look great, it’s best to add some flowers to your flowerbeds each week. Doing so will keep it looking bright and cheerful, and you will also begin to spend more time outdoors in any season.

Bring Nature Indoors

Perhaps the easiest way to make your home perfect is by keeping it light, airy, and full of fresh air. Doing something as simple as bringing statement potted plants indoors can add a new element to a room, but this can also improve the air quality of your home. In warmer seasons, it’s also wise to keep your windows open as often as you can.

5 Kitchen Decor Ideas For Your Home

Shine some new light on your kitchen decorating with these easy but trendy kitchen decorating ideas!


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1. Paint Your Cabinets A Shade Of Blue

You can replace “blue” with any color, because the purpose of this aesthetic choice is to modernize your cabinets and, in turn, your entire kitchen, as well. You don’t need to install new kitchen countertops, painting your cabinets is enough to make a huge impact. Most kitchen cabinets are white, and this is a very plain, very boring, look for a kitchen. Instead of sticking to plain old white, you can use blue or green or red, which makes your kitchen pop out and look inviting and very sleek and stylish!

2. Put In A House Plant Or Two

House plants make your kitchen look inviting and very natural. They invite feelings of nature and trees and grass, while putting out a very fresh scent into your home. On top of that, they have been proven to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, which only aids in making your kitchen even more inviting and even more relaxing and soothing, rather than inviting feelings of stress and anxiety and clutter.

When you put in a house plant, you should also make sure that the space of your kitchen itself is clean and free of any clutter or disorganization. That way, you can put the plant anywhere, allowing it to grow with incredible ease! 


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3. Place Amish Furniture In Your Kitchen 

Amish furniture is a type of furniture that is designed to be an heirloom, passed on for generation after generation, giving the recipients an idea of what life was like, many years ago. As you can imagine, Amish pieces of furniture – such as Amish bookcases and Amish kitchen hutches – are made of incredibly durable materials. They are meant to last for quite some time, and that is, indeed, what they do.

The real reason that this is a great idea, however, is because Amish furniture is incredibly beautiful. Made with fine materials, and stained delicately, these pieces look great no matter where you put them! 

4. Place A Chalkboard On Your Fridge

This is a fun and cute little way to spruce up your kitchen and give it a timeless design! You can use this little chalkboard to add notes, to write things down, to make little drawings, and as a way of organizing your to-do list, or to write down the ingredients for a recipe! It’s simple, and you can find small ones for incredibly cheap these days, but it’s also a great way to have some fun! And if you have kids, your kids can – and most likely will, in our experience – make little drawings for you, which is always pleasant to see when you walk in your kitchen!


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5. Put Up Some Posters And Pictures

Depending on the size and scale of your kitchen, this option may be less practical and useful to you. You can use posters to add some visual flair to your kitchen and to really breathe some life into a space that may, otherwise, be rather dull.

You can frame family photos and put them in your kitchen, and you can buy posters and prints that speak to you and put them up, as well! Whatever you like, put it u

What To Do When Your Kitchen Floods (7 Easy Steps)

Is your kitchen flooding? Here’s what you need to do before things escalate and cause water damage to your home. Keep reading!


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In many cases, whole house floods that start in the kitchen can be incredibly costly — affecting costly kitchen cabinets that soak up water like a sponge. Leaks underneath the sink can go unnoticed for days, saturating everything in its wake. Flooding in the kitchen requires more than a couple of towels and mops to soak up the mess, especially if it’s something that’s been left unattended to for several hours while you were away.

If you’re experiencing a major kitchen flood that’s affecting the majority of your home, you should consider having it handled by a professional water damage restoration service that can respond immediately and that are equipped for disasters like this; mitigating any further water damage and preventing possible mold growth in your home.

1. Turn Off The Water

Turning off a water supply line valve usually stops the flow from any broken or burst pipes under the kitchen sink. However, if this doesn’t work or you’re just not sure where the source is, you can turn off your home main water line at its shutoff valve.

2. Turn Off The Electricity

You’re going to want to head over to your breaker panel and cut the electricity into your kitchen and any other rooms affected. It’s pretty elementary that water and electricity don’t mix. To be safe, you should also unplug any and all household appliances.


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3. Be Careful With Gas Stoves

Do you have a gas stove? These stoves can be affected by standing water and some regulators and bottom burners may need replacement. If you suspect your stove may have been compromised, it’s best to turn off your gas and have it inspected.

4. Mop/Towel Up Standing Water

Move any furniture that affected by standing water out of the way so you can start the cleanup process. You want to soak up as much standing water with towels and mops to prevent any more water soaking into building material.


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5. Start The Drying Process

Air movement is key. Set up box fans (you can find them at your local hardware store)in the immediate area to dry out the kitchen. Adding a dehumidifier can also help with the drying process by bringing the overall air humidity down — this will also help prevent any mold growth as well.

6. Know When To Call The Professionals

Trust us, a couple of towels, mops, and fans aren’t going to cut it with a full kitchen flood that’s affecting multiple areas of your house. Water can penetrate porous building material, like kitchen cabinets and walls, extremely fast. If left untreated, this high level water saturation can quickly turn into mold and become a disaster.

Avoiding A Flood In The Kitchen

Obviously, there’s not much you can do if a random pipe bursts or a supply line breaks. What you can do is routinely check on your household appliances and underneath the kitchen sink for any obvious small leaks that can become major ones.

5 Reasons the Modern Home Needs Air Filters

Improve your home’s air quality with an air filter. Here’s how!


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A home can be pristine and the eptimony of what it means to be a modern home, but low air quality will ruin that. Residents and visitors alike will have issues with a home that they can barely breath in. Air filters are made and placed in your ventilation system in order to raise a homes air quality and keep a home home smelling fresh and clean. Your home needs air filters for simple, but important, reasons.

New Air Filters Keep Air Quality Up

When a ventilation system pumps in air from the outside the air goes through the filtration process. Air filters trap in the dirt and debris traveling with the air and that causes the filter to become dirtier over time. Dirty filters affect airflow and affect indoor air quality, and even cause fluctuations in home temperatures. Air quality is necessary to comfort but filters also help keep a home safe.

A Home With Clean Air is Safer

The problems and air filter traps are able to do more than just dirty up a home or ventilation system. Higher quality filters are able to block out allergens like pet dander or pollen that act as possible triggers for problems like asthma. Certain filters are also able to block out issues like bacteria or even viruses in a home. You can breathe easy as air filters keep a home smelling fresh and even lowering costs.


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Home Bills Are Lowered With Clean Filters

Dirty filters actually cause a home’s ventilation system to need more energy in order to function. The air flow will have difficulty going through the blocked filters and the energy compensation will help push the air through. The home suffers from the delay as the cost of energy spikes upwards and temperatures in rooms become different. The raised energy usage raises bills and a homes environmental impact all at once.

Air Filters Help Keep a Home Green

Modern home owners are becoming more and more aware of the way that they are impacting the environment. Homeowners are staking steps to prevent wasting power and resources alike. The energy a home uses plays a large part in the impact it has on the environment. A dirty filter causing a spike in energy usage becomes a problem all around.


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Air Filter Providers Offer Affordable Products and Services

Air filters are not difficult to acquire or use, one of the few issues with them is their need for periodic changing. A home needs the filters but you do not need the stress of having to remember to replace them every few months. Filter King offers affordable filters at bargain prices. You can purchase the subscription option where new filters are delivered to your home monthly, and install them as soon as they arrive.