Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

In our last blog post, we discussed the purpose of range hoods ... getting heat, steam, and airborne contaminants from cooking out of the house. Now, let's discuss how to decide the correct style of range hood for your kitchen. 

When choosing appliances for a kitchen remodel, the range hood can often be overlooked. Not spending enough time understanding the purpose of range hoods, various hood designs, CFM requirements, and venting options can result in buyer's remorse. Read on to learn more about the specifics of range hoods.

Stainless steel sinks continue to be used in most kitchen remodeling projects. While hard to tell exactly, one sink manufacturer estimates stainless steel accounts for approximately 70% of all sink purchases. It is easy to understand why ... stainless steel sinks are relatively inexpensive, durable, and available in a variety of configurations and sizes. While stainless steel remains the leader, we are seeing more clients opt for quartz sinks.

Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Staying Safe

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To stay perfectly safe during a kitchen remodel, you should probably move into a different home. Unfortunately, most of us don't have that luxury. Safety issues during a remodel are plentiful and it's hard to recognize all the potential dangers. As hard as it might be, you will have to trust that the construction crew in your home is taking the necessary precautions to keep the work area and surrounding areas safe.

While you may trust yourself to stay out of harm's way, if you have young children or pets, you'll need to be vigilant about their safety. For example, there may be construction materials stored in the work area or in the garage. Items normally found in the kitchen (e.g., refrigerator or microwave) or tools may be placed in areas of the home that are not childproofed. 

Making sure your children feel safe and comfortable with the various workers coming in your house, and the various work zones is also important. Therapist Erin Johnston says children should be introduced to everyone working on the project and have a good sense of work area boundaries. 

If you have pets, you'll need to restrict their access to the construction area, especially during work hours. If it is difficult to keep work areas sealed off, or if your pets are easily frightened or upset by loud construction noises, consider finding a sitter or care-taking facility for them during work hours.

Whether you have a family the size of the Duggars or you are living on your own, it's a wise idea to inspect and clean the work zone and surrounding areas at the end of each day. Yes, the remodeling crew should pick up after themselves everyday, but small things like nails or loose wires could get overlooked during the cleanup process. We will have more information on keeping clean in our next blog post. Stay tuned.

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