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Kitchen Renovation Tips

Should you install flooring or cabinets first?

Floor First

Fully renovating your kitchen will update the space, add value to your home and appeal to potential buyers. It's a big undertaking, so you want to follow all the right steps to ensure the final results match your original design vision. In the pursuit to create the idea kitchen, you may be wondering whether to install your new cabinets or floors first. Hers's a look at the pros and cons of either order:

Pros

Many people like to put in flooring first to avoid having to cut the material around cabinets and appliances. This is the main draw for those who start with floors. What's more, some worry that by installing cabinets first, it will be harder to switch them out in the future, as you'll be stuck with the same cabinet footprint you had before, However, if you're remodeling the kitchen, you're likely doing so in a style you won't want to change later. Finally, putting down beneath base cabinets offers a clean look and saves you from having to install quarter rounds with your cabinets.

Cons

Starting with the floors can have many drawbacks. For starters, installin the floors throughout the kitchen, even under the cabinets, wastes flooring materials. You won't see the flooring beneath your cabinets and applinaces, so why pay for the material and installatiojn? Then, if you replace the flooring, you'd have to take out the cabinets as well, making for a costly renovation down the road for you or future homeowners.

Finally, the material you choose may also affect the order of your installation. Wood floor expand and contract with chnaging temperature and moisture and it needs room for this process. Installing floors beneath your cabinets could cause wood to buckle when it tries to expand. This will damage your new floor. For this reason, some experts rommend installing wood floors after you finish your cabinets. Also floating floors can't be installed under cabinets because the cabinets will be too heavy and restrict the floor from expanding and contracting. This could cause the floor to come apart.

 

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Cabinets First

Pros

Starting with cabinets allows you to avoid many of the issues you'd face with doing things the other way around. You won't waste time and money on flooring you won't see. You're less likely to damage you new floors by starting with cabinets. If yu have your new floor down and add cabinets, you run the risk of scratching or denting them during installation.

Cons

By starting with cabinets, you essentially create a footprint you'll have to stick to during future renovations. Additionally, you'll have to cut your flooring to fit around the base cabinets, which makes installation more expensive and time-consuming. Built-in appliances will be trapped in place as long as you have this flooring. You're basically cornering them with your flooring material, making switching built-ins much harder. Of course you can purchase appliances that aren't built in to solve this issue.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to each installation order, though there are more risks if go floors first. For this reason, carefully consider the materials you chose, what appliances you have and your future renovation plan when making a decision. If you're working with contractor, ask which method he or she typically uses.

 

 

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Lighting in the modern kitchen

Lighting can make or break how a new kitchen looks, feels and fuctions.

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Good Lighting makes a new kitchen more enjoyable, and bad lighting does just the opposite. It is equally as important as cabinets, countertops, appliances and other fixtures. Effective lighting illuminates a space in layers using different components and strategies to paint the final picture. A similar analogy holds true for lighting.Simply placing flush-mounted fixtures in the ceiling of the center of the kitchen can provide functional light, but recessed ceiling lighting may do littel to beautify the space, create a mood or evoke a favorable emotional response. Layers of light contribute not only to the functionality of the kitchen but also to its desgin and beauty. The different types of lighting that are used to layer light are: Ambient, Task and Accent.

Ambient lighting is the main source of illumination for most rooms is a home. The goal of ambient lighting is to provide soft, general illumination without necessarily drawing attention to the light source. Ambient light provides enough light for safe navigation,cooking and washing dishes and helps to define the space. Depending on the locationof the kitchen and the number of the windows and doors, ambient lighting can be sourced organically, from sunlight. Other potential sources of ambient lighting can be chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting and flush mounted lighting.

Task lighting is employed to illuminate the activities that take place in the kitchen and provides light to prep, cook, bake, read recipes, easily find ingredients and spices, watch television or do homework. Recent technological advances enable designers to integrate task lighting into drawers and cabinets by installing LED strip lighting or puck light. We often employ  LED strip lights under cabinets to illuminate countertops.

Accent lighting is used to help keep the kitchen from looking ordinary or bland by highlighting opening shelving, artwork, architectural details or other objects. A details or work of art that draws the attention of the eye is referred to as a focal point. Light fixtures to provide light and shadows can make the space more inviting and comfortable.These may include track light, recessed adjustable fixture, and spotlights. Accent lighting is subtle. A focused beam of light directed at a plant or highlighting a work of art, or a spotlight placed behind a plant and pointed upward through the leaves creates shadows on the wall that can make a kitchen more attractive.

Different light layers may be activated depending on purpose or time of day.For example, during the day, dendants over the island may not be needed at all, ut when you start to prepare dinner in the evening all the layers providing ambient, task and accent lighting become necessary.

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