The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s not just where people go to prepare their daily meals; often it’s a place where family members catch up with each other, daily events are recounted, disagreements are hashed out and reconciliation is made. No matter where you go, you’ll find that people gravitate towards food, and that’s where house and greater culture undoubtedly develops.

kitchen2That means when it comes to designing your own kitchen, you’re not just deciding the details of your food prep; you very well might be making crucial home improvement decisions that will affect the way people gather and feel in your home. The stakes are high, but don’t worry; there are steps you can follow to ensure that you plan out your dream kitchen to compliment your dream home. This article will teach you how.

The first step? Assess your kitchen needs. Every home owner is different and has different expectations and needs for their food prep process. Make a list of what you want, what you can actually afford, and what you undoubtedly need to keep your kitchen running smoothly. You may want to prioritize the items on your list so that when monetary boundaries eventually surface, you already know what items can be cut and which are the foundation of your kitchen’s proper functioning. Remember, just because you can’t afford your own fresh doughnut maker yet doesn’t mean you’ll always have to go without it.

Then you need to keep your budget in mind. It’s easy for home projects to begin to spiral out of control, price-wise, so it’s imperative that you make sure to lay out a budget beforehand as well as some plan-B’s that still allow for you to remain underneath your financial ceiling- just to be sure that you’ll be able to keep your head above water.

It’s important at this stage that you consider whether you want to hire a profession to help you to design your kitchen. It can be overwhelming for a novice to encounter the myriad of decisions involved in kitchen remodelling, so you may want to save yourself the strain and get someone you can trust to take the reigns.

kitchen3Whether you opt into getting professional help or decide instead to take the task on completely yourself, at some point you are going to want to take pen to paper and really get to designing your ideal kitchen lay-out. There are some websites that can help you with this and provide advice for, say, which appliances tend to be handy to keep together and how much counter space you might need based on how many people meals tend to be prepared for.

Perhaps the most important element to planning your kitchen is how large that kitchen will ultimately be. If the space in your house doesn’t really allow for your ideal size, come to grips with this fact early and see how much space you can salvage by using petite appliances, for example. Kitchen shape is generally seen as the second-most important factor.

With good space becoming ever scarce in most urban environments and housing prices steadily rising people have been finding shelter in tinier and tinier dwellings. Traditionally this has been looked at as a down grade, but given a recent change that is sweeping the country that reconsiders how we view our living space and how to do things in a more efficient manner. The problem is that most people even if they are willing to down size find it difficult to know how to do it right, So here are just a few of the many things to consider when getting the most bang for your buck in your tiny home. It is also important to note that these practices can benefit people of any size home, and the consideration of space efficiency is something that should be considered.
Wall Mounted Folding Furniture:

This is a great way to open up a tight space because when the desk is not in use it folds nicely into the wall. This is the same principle as a Murphy bed but can cover just about every surface you need. From desks to dining tables to general work surfaces this opening up allows you to have several rooms in one given the fact that they are mo-dual and you can do any set up mixing and matching floor layouts until you get the right feel in mind. Additionally by extending the fold up area where the surface will sit only a few inch you allow for the space specific items to be there such as your spices for the dining room, or pens and pencils at your desk. This is a great tool for efficiently because itmurph makes it so you do not need to gather and relocate specific items to complete any task, you are always set to do the task at hand for the area specific table.  So remember permanent bulky furniture is your enemy and you want things that are multi use capable of storage. This principle also applies to thinking about appliances, For example you can have fordable rods to dry clothing to eliminate the need for large expensive and noisy dryers.

Sliding Storage:

This is another way to utilize space that is many times neglected. One way to utilize a greater amount of cabinet storage space is to use the depth next to your fridge that is being wasted. To do this you merely put a six inch shelf on a track next to your fridge that can run roughly the length of your fridge and you are able to triple the cabinet space that is inherent to traditional front facing shelves. Another way to utilize the dead spaces of your home that are not being used in a major way is to take advantage of staryour stairs. you can have two shelf systems. 1 would be to utilize the space of the kick board and have pull out shelves; where another is to use the space perpendicular on the ground level and use the space under the stringer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old platitude “Use it or lose it” is applicable even in the world of home refrigeration. In other words, if you want your refrigerator or freezer to work more efficiently, you have use all possible space or you’ll lose some of your refrigerating capabilities.

enery efficientThis is because each time you open your freezer, you allow cold air to escape and warm air to flow inside. Studies have found that the majority of the energy your freezer uses, for example, is attributed to simply retooling the air that flows inside the freezer when you open it. If your freezer is totally full, there’s less room for warmer air to take up and the items in there help to cool down any air that does sneak in. That means keeping your fridge full will translate into less energy used to keep it cool.

However, only big families can fill their fridge to the brim without food inevitably going bad. That’s where it becomes helpful to back your fridge or freezer with non-food items, just to keep your cooling efficiency up. There’s a lot of items that you can choose between, but here’s a few examples.

Newspaper will help you if you move food items towards the outer sides of your freezer and stuff the interior spaces with newspaper. Bag of shipping peanuts can help too; they take up lots of room in mostly empty freezers, and the bags can be molded to fit whatever spaces your food has left.

Ziplock bags full of water also help with energy efficiency. They’ll take up space and even freeze and keep your food cold if there’s a power loss or a busted fuse. Don’t want to risk a leakage? Fill plastic to-go containers with water for the same purpose and stack them on top of each other like building blocks. They’re much easier to take in and out according to how much space you have, and they can still fill small gaps in your fridge. Another possibility? Fill a milk jug with water for the same purpose.

packing peanutThis is, of course, all assuming that you don’t have enough food to keep your refrigerator or freezer full. Maybe you do, in which case placement of the items can also help you to achieve top freezer efficiency. It all starts with defrosting and drying your freezer and moving your food items towards the front and sides so that you can grab them quickly and easily when it’s time to take them out. Then you fill the interior central cavity with whatever non-food item best fills the gap; that means milk jugs, packing peanuts, tupperware full of water, and the like.

A word to the wise: when you’re packing your freezer for energy efficiency, you can go too far. Don’t fill it to the brim with packing peanuts or newspaper. In fact, you’re going to need to leave air space around the edges and top of your freezer’s thermostat can sense the temperature of the freezer and keep your food frozen.

Your fusebox holds the secret to the control and distribution of the electricity in your house. It’s important to know where it is in case you ever need to turn off the electricity due to an emergency, and in general it’s safer for you to understand how it works so you don’t make any mistakes and are better prepared to deal with emergency electrical situations.

The fusebox is sometimes locate din the garage or outside the main house. Sometimes they’re inside the house, however.

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Once you’ve found the box, you have to see if it’s a Fuse or Circuit box. The difference lies in whether you see round, glass topped shapes or small tubes with metal ends. If you see either, you’re looking at fuses. If there’s switches that you can toggle, you’re looking at a circuit breaker box.

If you’ve got a fuse box, you might want to go to the hardware store and purchase a few extra fuses just in case one fails. Be sure to pick fuses with the proper amperage (amperage is the measure of the amount of electricity that an electrical appliance uses).

It also makes sense to keep a flashlight near your fusebox, and to make sure that flashlight’s batteries work and are fully charged. It’s also helpful to keep some rubber gloves near the fusebox.

So contained within your fusebox is a main switch, fuses and/or circuit breakers, and Residual Current Devices.

The main switch allows you to turn off the electricity supply to your home. You might have more than one main switch if your home has electric storage heaters or something of the like. In that case, you may have a separate fusebox.

The residual current devices are switches that trip a circuit under dangerous conditions, instantly disconnecting the electricity.

The circuit breakers are automatic protection devices in tech fusebox that switch off a circuit it they detect a fault. They’re about the same size as the fuses but give more precise protection so that only the faulty circuit is switched off and you don’t lose access to the electricity in your entire house. When they ‘trip’, you can just reset the switch once you correct the fault and everything should function swimmingly.

circuit breakerSometimes instead of circuit breakers you’ll find fuses, which are rewirable and have a special fuse wire running between two screws. When a fault or overload flows through the fuse wire, it heats and melts, breaking the circuit and disconnecting the faulty circuit. This is the easiest way to keep you safe.

If and when a fuse blows, the first thing you should probably do is unplug all appliances that are plugged in to receive electricity from the overloaded circuit. Then be sure to turn the main breaker off within the box. This is very important for your safety! Toggle the main On/Off switch to the “Off” position. Find and wear your gloves when working in the fuze box and remove any jewelry, and also be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes. If you need a ladder to reach the panel, use a non-conductive wood or fiberglass one.

I know what you’re thinking: impossible. How and why would any good housewife bring it upon herself to sharpen her precious stainless-steel blades with something as mundane and likely to scratch as sandpaper. You already have your sharpening stone oiled under your sink anyway, so what’s the point in looking any further for knife sharpening needs?

sandpaperWell it may benefit to tell you that there are many different ways to sharpen knives with sandpaper, and you can pick whichever one best suits you based on your very own preferences so, benefit number one, you actually get to make a decision about something for once.

Before you rush forward in excitement, you likely want to clean your knife of any dirt or food particles. Grab a brick or a block of wood from your back yard, cover it with sandpaper, and then run the blade of the knife (lying flat) across it in a circular motion. Remember, you want to spend an equal amount of time on both sides of the knife to ensure cutting equality. Make sure you give each side at least a few minutes.

Another method: if you keep the knife at about a 22-degree angle and stroke it across sandpaper, making sure the tip is also making contact, you can sharpen it that way too. To get a 22-degree angle, make sure the knife edge is against the sandpaper at a 90-degree angle, then a 45 degree angle, and then 22-ish will be right in the middle of that. You don’t need must pressure with this method, just make sure to move the knife away from you as you draw it across the sandpaper.

whetstone2You may be more familiar with methods involving whetstone, as most people are. Here’s the thing about wet stones: they’re non-disposable and require you to waste precious oil on them for preparation. They also are slippery and, considering you use them to sharpen knives with, not the best thing to be putting a pressured blade against. Finally, the surface can be corrupted by continuous knife sharpenings, making the wet stone less effective and potentially more dangerous (if the stone causes your knife to slip in different grooved paths, you may find yourself accidentally losing control of a very dangerous motion).

Sandpaper, on the other hand, is familiar to most and has great traction, meaning that you have that much more control over where it’s going and, as a result, where your knife is going. It’s also disposable, cheap, and comes in a variety of grains to better suit your particular knife sharpening project. If you want quick knife sharpening without the hastle of summoning your own elbow grease, you can even use a power sander on the blade of your knife to be chopping up even the toughest meat in seconds. Just be sure to wear goggles and non flammable clothing; sparks will fly!

Ok, hope this article helped you with all your knife sharpening needs and please tune in later for more appliance related advice!

When it comes to maintaining your emotional and financial well-being, the same tried and true phrase applies: little things can make a big difference.

What if every time something in your kitchen went wrong, instead of seeing a dent in your fun money, you saw a chance to experiment and better your understanding of physics and the world around you? With some basic knowledge of kitchen appliance repair and maintenance, you can make this optimistic perspective a reality.

whetstoneLet’s start off easy: keeping your knives sharpened. No matter how nice your knives are, they’ll dull eventually and if you buy inexpensive knives, they probably weren’t very sharp to begin with. If you want to amp up your blade game, you’re going to need to go out and buy something called a whetstone, preferably with one course and one fine side. The night before you’re planning on sharpening your knives, put the whetstone in a deep pan and cover it with household or light machine oil. Let it soak for at least eight hours then wipe any loose dirt off of it using a soft cloth soaked in mineral spirits (also called white spirit, mineral turpentine, petroleum spirits). Just so you know, when you’re not using the stone you can just keep it in a sealable plastic bag or a box with a lid.

So now the whetstone is prepared for use: oil its surface lightly and hold the knife you’re sharpening with the blade at a 30-degree angle to the stone. If your knife is very full, use the course side of the whetstone first. If it just needs a little tuning up, skip to the fine side.

Now it’s useful to discuss what a bevelled edge is. A bevelled edge refers to an edge of a structure that is not perpendicular to the faces of the piece.  A knife’s bevelled edge is its sharp edge.

bevelled edgeOk, you’ve got your knife and your prepared whetstone. Now you push the full length of the blade’s bevelled edge gentle but firmly away from you, at a diagonal across the stone. Turn the knife away from you and repeat the same motion at the same angle. Make sure to do the same number of strokes on each side. By alternating the strokes, you’re able to avoid allowing any tiny burrs to accumulate as you’re sharpening. Remove any debris on the knife with a soft cloth.

If you’re working with carving knives and other fine stainless steel blades, a fine-grit silicon carbide slipstone will be a better choice than whetstone. It’s also better to use smaller, circular motions to sharpen these kinds of knives. Again, make sure to sharpen both sides to keep them even.

Sharpening steel is great for touch ups; you can simply pull a knife’s cutting edge across a length of steel (make sure these sharpening motions are always in the opposite direction of your body!), stroking the entire length of the blade from handle to tip. Again, make sure to do this on both sides.

Scissors can benefit from a little maintenance as well; after all, dull scissors are really frustrating and practically useless. Instead of replacing them, sharpen the old pair on lightly oiled whetstone just like a set of dull knives. You probably can get away with just using the fine side of the whetstone. Make sure you only work them on their bevel edge; scissors sharp on both sides are pretty dangerous.

Home decor trends come and go; pictures of Ronald Reagan used to be new and exciting household additions, but now unless those pictures are outfitted with secret surveillance cameras that look out from between his lips, they’re old news. What with the technological era gearing up to be the beginning of the rest of our lives, home decor needs to have a new age twist to be considered fun and up-to-date. Here are some tips for creating the perfect tech vibe in your home or business without emptying your wallet.

cup holder furniturePut Cup Holders in All of Your Furniture

Whether it’s an armchair, a desk or a water cooler, it probably could use a cup holder. Cup holders are an excellent example of timeless technological advancement. Not only do they create a place for you to put your coffee cup when you’re typing on your smart phone, but you can fill unused cup holders with flowers, mardi gras beads and colored rocks depending on your mood. Cup holders are also good for candy wrappers and the paper that individual straws come in.

Wrap Your Refrigerator in Tin Foil

Simultaneously stylish and ironic (which makes it even more stylish and ironic!), wrapping your refrigerator in foil will give your kitchen that space-age look without requiring you to break the bank on a fridge made of tin foil.  This can work with ovens, microwaves, toasters, egg beaters, kitchen cutlery, organic basil and other tin foil dispensers.

Make Decorative Displays with Neighbors’ E-Waste

Earn points in your cul-de-sac by  offering to take the neighborhood’s E-Waste to the dump once a month. Once you’ve accumulated enough broken laptops, cracked smart phones, floppy disks and old generators, just save any pertinent data that might be stored on them to your external hard drive and then you’re free to start prying things open! Make a decorative wreath for your front door using power cables and spare glass or glue some broken Wii’s together to make a throw pillow.

dog roombaMake a Roomba Costume for Your Dog

Roombas are the delight of all tech-savy homeowners, and just because you can’t afford a maid robot doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Create a home-made Roomba costume for your small dog using a 3D printer and the copyrighted Roomba design; just program the printer to leave a space in the center long and wide enough for your pup to stand in, attach a harness around him that connects to the Roomba shell, put a shoe box over his head and body to keep his furry body out of sight and let him roll around as he pleases! The only drawback? Your Roomba’s box-like addition will make it seem like an earlier model; just tell your friends you splurged on a vintage collectible and you’re home free!

Painting home is really an art and you can have great fun while painting your home. It is to be remembered that beautiful paints can make you feel the coziness in the environment. It will help in revealing the beauty of your dream. But you need to be more careful that even a small mistake in the painting may spoil the entire beauty of home as well as your dream. Hence each and every step towards the painting must be placed carefully. Right from choosing the paint to the equipments to be used, everything must be planned well in prior. Here are some exclusive painting tips which will help you to spice your home with beauty colors.

Choose the quality paint

Before choosing the color, it is more important to choose the paint which is made up of good quality. Good quality paint will have resistivity against water and dust particulars. Today there are many exclusive paint brands in the market which are considered to be water proof. Especially such paints must be chosen for the exterior walls as they are supposed to withstand the atmospheric changes. Hence choose different paints for your interior and exterior walls. Obviously the best paints in the market will be little costlier than other brands. Remember that these paints are not only supposed to add beauty but they are also meant for the protection of walls. Hence the paints which you choose must not cause any negative impacts on the walls.

Choose the best color

Today the paints come in many exclusive colors and you can be free enough to choose the best among them. But always remember that the color of the paint must enhance the beauty of the home and they should not cause negative impact on home. If you are poor in choosing the color or if you don’t have idea on the exclusive colors in the market, you can also approach the experts to choose the best color for your interior and exterior. Since the professionals have good experience, they will help you in coming up with the best colors. You can also make use of the exclusive software in the market to come to a better conclusion. With this software you can review the beauty of your home with varying colors and can choose the best among them.

Use the right equipment

All the above mentioned effort will go in vein, if you fail to choose the best painting equipment. Today there is massive painting equipment in current market which can be used for easy painting. Since the option is wide, choose the equipment which is easy and safe to handle. For example, the equipment should not cause any impact to the walls while using on it.

If you find all these tasks to be tiring and risky, you can hand over the responsibility to the professional painting services who can complete the work on time. A good professional service will also help in completing the work with good finishing.

fox5Most of the person is looking for best service to keep the home appliances in good condition for long years. To achieve this maintenance and repair steps it is important to catch the best source to regain the value of product. One of the trusted home appliance service providers is Wolf Company where the customer can get the repair solution from all type of home appliances product.

The main trusted name for this company is derived from their quality of service in perfect time. The ovens are playing best role in the kitchen area to prepare the fast and delicious food. The service from wolf oven repair provides excellent quality of replacement and the trained engineers in this company provide the best assistance to repair the product and bring them in to good condition.

They are using perfect tools to maintain the oven without corrosion. They have not only provided the repair steps but also they have imparted guidance to maintain the oven with perfect condition. The technicians are highly experienced in this field of home appliance repair. They have also taught installation steps for the customers. The guaranteed home appliance service provider is authorized dealers of wolf oven repair. The technical engineers are give assist the customers about maintenance steps and self testing of repaired products. In the oven heat fluctuation is the main problem happened regularly. So they have concentrate on the cleaning and testing of the oven used in kitchen.

carpet1In today’s modern world, the style carpet is a status symbol. It is the common floor covering the item. Carpet adds to the price of the house owner and it also adds to the grace of your living room. Any room covered with carpet looks awesome and great, it gives a nice feeling while walking and stops several falling object from breaking. Carpet installation is a skilled and careful job and there are many companies which are providing this service in a professional and specialized manner.

Are you deciding to carpet your room? It would be better for you to consider different factors before taking the final decision. You should consider measurement of the room along with texture, type and color of a carpet.

There are two types of carpet installations which is direct adhering and smooth edge installation. Direct adhering is an easy method; you would get the right measurement of the room, have the carpet of the exact size and lay it down. In this type of process, you wouldn’t have any support underneath or padding. Texture and type of the carpet plays an important role because this installation doesn’t want any padding or cushion between the floor and the carpet. The carpets which used for the direct adhering process are manufactured with padding.

The other process of installation of carpet is known as smooth edge installation. In this type of process, carpet would be laid in the room with the help of an angled spikes and gripper made of timber. This type of carpet lying is recognized since it is a simple process. If you are going for installing a carpet outside the room, say in patio or porch, you should select a different carpet quality which can be easy to clean and should be moisture resistant.

After the process of installation, the next vital point would be maintenance and cleaning of your costly carpets. You should do regular vacuum cleaning and should clean carpets at least once a year. It would be better for you to the avail the services of a professional carpet cleaning company for this purpose. If you are cleaning your carpet once in a year, then it would help in maintaining its appearance and looks.

carpet2 From the health point of view, the regular cleaning is very much beneficial. It helps in preventing dust, bacteria and other harmful elements. By doing regular cleaning of carpets, the life of the carpet would be increased. The carpets would last longer and it will decrease your budget on this particular amount.

There would be some disadvantage if you are contacting a professional carpet cleaning service to do the carpet cleaning task. There may be some hidden charges which should be sorted out before hand. It is better for you to search and try carpet cleaning service yourself as professional companies are mainly equipped with modern gadgets and equipments to give the effective result. So, contact any professional carpet installation company now and get their high quality of service.