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Thanksgiving, Kitchens & Entertaining

Table centerpieces can use natural pumpkins & gourds for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has changed a lot over the years, along with major changes to our lifestyles. Our homes are changing too, although it’s not always clear if our houses are enabling lifestyle changes or reacting to broader changes in the world around us. People aren’t moving as much, and many more are working from home at least a few days a week.

As most people are focused on traveling plans (we’re not travel agents) and/or cooking (we’re not chefs) for the Thanksgiving feast, we thought it would be fun to use this holiday as a dry run to make sure you’re prepared for... 

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Kitchen Updates for Entertaining


Most of us look forward to the year end holidays, when we spend more time visiting with friends and family. It’s also a time when many homeowners look at their homes and wonder if they should update their flooring, light fixtures or give their kitchen a totally new look. That’s because kitchens truly have become the heart of the home, not just for family time but also for entertaining at home.

There are many ways to give your kitchen a fresh new look. You might save up for a complete kitchen remodel, or you can make smaller changes incrementally... 

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How Much Should a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

kitchen remodel budgets need to be planned in advance

The time has come to remodel your kitchen. You’ve paged through the magazines and paid a visit or two to the home center, but do you really know what to expect? When it comes to kitchen remodeling, costs add up fast. If this is your first kitchen remodel, be prepared for a little sticker shock.

We’ve gathered cost estimates to help you create a realistic plan for your kitchen. With this information, you can bring the big picture into focus, but it’s best to work with your builder/remodeler to finalize your kitchen layout & estimated pricing for the features you want.

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2013 Remodeling Trends

top home remodeling projects enhance curb appeal

Remodeling.com (www.costvsvalue.com) came out with their 2013 Cost vs Value report in January, so we wanted to give you an update. The big news is homeowner confidence is up, and that’s reflected by rising home prices and a corresponding uptick in the returns you should get for home improvements you make to your house. All 35 projects included in the report had higher Return on Investment (ROI) that the previous year.

Similar to previous years, the exterior renovations (windows, doors, siding and roofing) are at the top of the list with respect to ROI, taking 7 of the top 10 positions. This... 

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Kitchen Countertops: Picking One to Fit Your Home & Budget

countertops give your kitchen personality as well as working space

Kitchen countertop choices used to be really limited in types of materials. Laminates offered 100s of different colors and patterns, and tile also had many sizes and colors to choose from.

Today we have an amazing number of countertop choices, and it’s okay to use more than one type of countertop in your kitchen which is great until you start down the path of picking out new countertops and you have no idea where to start your research so this article provides an overview of today’s most popular choices.

While it’s exciting to pick countertops to give your kitchen a personality, you... 

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Kitchen Islands for Home Gatherings

kitchen islands give you more space for food prep & more

While we might want to host our family gatherings and parties in the living room and dining room, people somehow migrate to the kitchen so why not make your kitchen island the center of your parties?

Kitchen islands are so practical that it seems like every house on HGTV has either a stand-alone island or at least one wall of cabinets open on both sides, often with seating “outside the kitchen”. If you don’t have a kitchen island yet, maybe you’re starting to plan one?

Funny how we’re still designing kitchens around the kitchen triangle from more than 50 years ago —... 

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Unusual Homes for Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinets are beautiful when new

Kitchen cabinets are beautiful when they’re new and they’ll last for many years but someday you may want to reconfigure your kitchen or update your kitchen cabinets to look more stylish.

Your first decision is whether to reuse your existing kitchen cabinets by keeping the wood frames and replacing just the front pieces (learn more about kitchen cabinet construction) or you can replace all the cabinets.

Here we’re going to explore the different ways you can recycle your kitchen cabinets, so we’re assuming you’ll replace them. In fact kitchen cabinets are one of the most popular home features to recycle because they’re... 

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Home Product Labels: Learning to Read Them

You read food labels & now it

We’re used to reading labels on boxes, cans and other packaging at the grocery store. If you’ve bought any home products with an Energy Star label recently, we hope you read the “energy smart” labels as there’s lots of important information to help you make more informed decisions.

When you’re buying a refrigerator, it costs a lot more than your food … and it’s going to be there in your home much longer than a box of cereal or can of soup. The bright yellow, Energy Star labels help you make long term (sometimes up to 20 or 30 year) decisions.... 

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Picking Great Kitchen Flooring

Kitchen floors help pull a kitchen together & integrate with other rooms

Kitchen remodeling was one of Remodeling Magazine’s top 10 remodeling projects for this year. Flooring was one of the kitchen features included in the remodeling project so we decided to review the best types of flooring for a kitchen where people tend to stand on their feet more, and there’s a greater chance of water and food getting spilled on the floor.

This article not only introduces the 5 most popular types of kitchen flooring, it also identifies the things you want to consider when researching flooring products for your kitchen or any room in your house. We’ll probably need to... 

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