Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Murphy's Law ... "If anything can go wrong, it will" ... was coined at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949.  Its namesake, Captain Edward Murphy, was an engineer working on a project to determine how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash. Upon finding a transducer wired wrong by a technician, he remarked, "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it." The project manager added this to his list of "laws," referring to it as Murphy's Law.

So, how is Murphy's Law connected with remodeling projects?  Like the Air Force project, you can expect to have some aspect of a remodeling project go wrong. This can even include items outside the area being remodeled.

For example, in one of our kitchen remodeling projects, electrical work was required for the relocation of appliances and lighting, and the addition of undercabinet lights. In the process of completing this work, it became apparent that during a previous project in the home, shortcuts were taken with the electrical work. Breakers and wiring were overloaded creating a significant risk of fire. Not a pleasant or inexpensive surprise for the homeowner. As you would expect, the electrical issues were corrected before continuing with the kitchen renovation.

As you get ready for your remodeling project, here are a few "surprises" you should prepare for:

  • Products delivered late, damaged, or with missing parts
  • Incorrect products delivered to the job site
  • Miscommunication
  • More dust than expected
  • Mold/moisture from plumbing leaks
  • Finding termites or carpenter ants
  • Structural issues including insufficient support for load bearing walls
  • Need to remove asbestos or lead paint

Preparing yourself for project surprises will help minimize your stress and frustration when they occur. Including a budget item in your project for contingencies and surprises will allow you to deal with the problem without feeling like your budget is busted.

A kitchen remodeling project represents a significant of your time and money.  At various times in the planning process our clients ask a version of the following question … “What should I expect during the project?”  As most people only undertake one remodeling project in their life, it is filled with uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

To help minimize this uncertainty, it is important to understand what to expect, how long it will take, how it will impact living in your house, and the best ways to maintain a clean, safe home.  We will address various remodeling expectations in this and future blog posts. While we cannot answer every potential question that could arise, we will work to provide information to prepare you for what lies ahead.

As you begin planning your kitchen remodel, remember the following:

  • Keep the end in mind – when the project is complete, you will have a new, beautiful kitchen designed for your family’s needs.
  • The project will not be complete overnight – remodeling a kitchen is a significant project and will take time.
  • Your patience will be tested – over the course of the project, there will be times when there appears to be little progress, you will tire of having people in the house, surprises will happen, etc.  Stay focused on the first bullet point … a beautiful kitchen.
  • Communicate – if anything is unclear or you have questions during the remodeling process, ask your designer/contractor. You have hired them for their expertise and they will gladly respond to your questions and/or concerns.

Watch our blog for more details on what to expect during a kitchen remodel.  We will touch on temporary kitchens, minimizing the mess, packing up your kitchen, and more. If you don’t want to wait, stop in our showroom or call us.  One of our designers would be happy to talk with you.

So, you made the decision to remodel your kitchen. Now you’re wondering what to do did with everything in the existing kitchen. Here are a few tips to help you in the process.

 

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Cabinet Contents – During a kitchen remodel, it is unlikely you will be using the various dishes, serving plates, utensils, and pots/pans as you normally do. Obtain several boxes and packing paper/bubble wrap and pack away all the kitchen items that will not be needed for the duration of the project.  This can be a good time to dispose/donate kitchen items that are no longer needed or used.

Refrigerator – Depending on the scope of the project, the refrigerator may be moving to another location in the house.  Like the cabinets, this creates a great time to clean it out and get rid of any items with strange colors growing on them.

Temporary Kitchen – If you have the space, you might consider setting up a temporary kitchen. This space could include a microwave, coffee pot, paper plates, plastic cups and other items to help make quick, simple meals while the kitchen is out of commission. Set up your temporary kitchen close to a sink to facilitate water access and clean-up. We have seen temporary kitchens put in a spare bedroom, along the side of the family room, or even setting up a refrigerator and microwave outside in the garage.

Minimizing Dust – You will need to prepare for dust in your home.  Your contractor will typically provide temporary plastic “walls” to close off the kitchen, minimizing dust from getting into the rest of the house. You may also consider covering furniture or draperies that are close to the area as dust will inevitably find its way out of the space being remodeled.

Children & Pets – When remodeling a kitchen, there can be a number of potential safety hazards. As much as possible, you want to shut off access to the kitchen for your children and pets. This can include setting up baby/pet gates, moving your kids’ toys, and relocating your pets’ food/water bowls. Talk to your remodeling contractor about any concerns or questions about how to keep both your children and pets safe.

 

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If you have additional questions about remodeling your kitchen, stop in our showroom or give us a call. Our designers would be happy to help you better understand how to make getting a new kitchen go as smooth as possible.

Cabinet Inspirations & Ideas

Keeping Your Kitchen Cabinets Clean

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You put time and careful thought into selecting your kitchen cabinets, so naturally you want to keep them looking their best. The maintenance of your cabinets does not have to be a difficult or time consuming task. With some regular cleaning and care, you can keep your cabinets looking beautiful for years to come.

Cleaning your wood cabinets can be as simple as wiping the surface with a clean, damp cloth, then drying immediately. If you feel like you need something more than just water to cut through every-day soil and grease, a product such as Murphy’s Oil Soap (containing no wax or silicones) is a perfectly acceptable option. However, you may find that a mild dishwashing detergent is just as effective. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Using a dish cloth is not recommended for cleaning your cabinets as it could contain grease or detergent remnants.

If your cabinets are laminate, thermofoil, or painted, most non-abrasive cleaners are okay, but avoid any cleaner with acetone, ethyl alcohol, or mineral oils as well as any harsh solvents or abrasives as they can be damaging.

Abrasives in cleaning are not the only elements that can cause damage to your cabinets. Water and moisture in excess can compromise your cabinet’s finish and possibly the wood itself. With that in mind, promptly remove any excess liquid and do not drape dish towels over cabinet doors.

By following these simple tips, your kitchen cabinets can maintain their original beauty and be an investment of which you can be proud for many years.  If you have other questions about kitchen or bath cabinetry, please give us a call at our Carmel Indiana showroom.


 

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