Keep Your Kitchen Design in Working Order with a Work Triangle

Home renovation programs show you all the different ways to can make your kitchen shine. A new, sleek backsplash can add a pop of color. New granite or quartz countertops add value and make your kitchen instantly more luxurious. Adding a kitchen island can give you more counter space and open up the kitchen for more conversation. But all of these glamorous design changes are founded in tried and true design principles. So if you’re giving your kitchen more than a surface-level face lift and rearranging everything, don’t lose your kitchen work triangle.

Keep Your Kitchen Design in Working Order with a Work Triangle

What’s the kitchen work triangle?

Most of the tasks you complete in your kitchen involve three things: the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove top. Many of the tasks also involve walking from one to another during the course of preparing meals or cleaning out the refrigerator. If you want to have an efficient kitchen, make sure your design includes a clear walkway between the three points. This forms the kitchen work triangle.

The devil is in the details when it comes to the kitchen work triangle. The major points can’t be too close to each other; the different work zones will start to take over each other’s counter space. If two people are working in the kitchen at the same time, then tight quarters could easily lead to frustration. Ideally, each triangle leg should be four to nine feet in length. If you’re incorporating an island to your kitchen design, make sure it stays out of the triangle.

There are also additional suggestions for the amount of counter surface area given to each work area. Sometimes the work triangle can grow into a rectangle to incorporate a microwave or a dishwasher. Depending on how you use your kitchen, you might divide your kitchen into different zones for food preparation, baking, cooking, and cleaning rather than a triangle based on efficient movement.

Whether you’re redesigning your kitchen’s whole layout or you’re upgrading the surfaces, go to Excellent American Painting & Handyman Service to get it done right.

List It or Love It Again?

In a departure from the instant gratification sell-and-move-up climate that has dominated the housing market for the last few years, many of today’s savvy homeowners are reevaluating whether investing a few dollars in a remodel might just transform their existing house into the home of their dreams.

List It or Love It Again?

Minor damage can make a major impact on your daily life, and many homeowners are surprised to find how inexpensive it can be to replace a cracked porcelain sink or to install new high-efficiency light fixtures. From replacing sun-baked siding to new shutters to fresh interior paint, in many cases, a minor face lift is all that is needed to give your home a new lease on life.

Sometimes you need to expand your options.

Whether you have outgrown the space available in your home or simply gotten tired of making do with oddly shaped rooms and awkward storage spaces, winter is a great time to consider an interior remodel.

Always hated that tiny half-bath off your bedroom? Knock out a wall and that large storage closet you never knew what to do with becomes the perfect space for a soaking tub in your new master bath.

Love that your kids are musically inclined, but dread the hours of practice time each night? We can turn the basement into a soundproof music studio.

Love to entertain, but hate having people jostling for elbow room in the living room? Add that backyard deck that you’ve always wanted and double your entertaining space!

Is your home worth the investment?

Before you scrawl your John Hancock across the bottom of that real estate listing form, take a moment to look around objectively. If you do sell your home, would you be looking for another house in the same area? Is the location convenient? Do you have neighbors you enjoy? What about the quality of the schools and parks?

If thinking about these attributes brings a smile to your face, maybe all your current home needs is a little TLC from the experts at Excellent American Painting & Handyman Service to make you fall in love with it all over again. Contact us today to see how we can help!

Functional Solutions and Products to Improve Your Existing Home

Owning a home that you love is a true pleasure. You can spend years working to improve the beauty and functionality of each room. If you want to add beauty to your home while increasing the property value and increasing sustainability, there are several projects that you can install yourself or have installed by a contractor.

Functional Solutions and Products to Improve Your Existing Home

Common solutions to increase the sustainability of your home while lowering energy use can also increase the property value. Most homeowners know that replacing appliances with newer, more energy-efficient versions will reduce their energy bill. However, they might not be aware that you can improve your energy efficiency with changes to the structure itself.

2 Permanent Solutions to Energy Loss

1. Replacement Windows

Depending on when your home was originally built, it may have old-fashioned windows. These are typically single-pane windows that may also have several smaller window panes in a wooden or metal frame. New windows are made with man-made materials that don’t expand and contract with moisture like wood does nor do they corrode or rust like metal does. Replacement windows are usually made with double-pane glass that is better insulated from outside temperature changes. Both hot and cool air is kept inside your home reducing your need for heat or air conditioning.

2. Replacement Doors

Like windows, doors can leak a lot of cold or hot air around the frame. Older doors, depending on the material used to make them, often expand and contract with moisture changes. Replacing your old doors with custom-made, engineered doors will improve your carbon footprint while also beautifying your home. Custom-designed doors are made to the exact measurements for your home which means that they will help keep your home at the proper temperature, helping save money on your energy bill. You can order doors that add style and presence to your home at the same time.

To find out more about these projects, contact us.