Making the Most of Your Kitchen Space No Matter the Size

Making the Most of Your Kitchen Space No Matter the Size

There are all kinds of kitchens and they all vary in shape and size. The good thing is that they all have the potential to become a great space, but the issue is making the best decisions to ensure that the layout is ideal. The work triangle, or rather the path between food storage, cooking and cleaning areas brings efficiency, but as needs and preferences change, there’s a demand for more. In this read, we are going to take a look at some of the best layouts and solutions for an array of spaces.

Large Kitchens

It is easy to think that with a large kitchen, your space decisions will be easier. However, that is not always the case. The best layout will depend on how you plan to use the kitchen, your style preference, as well as the number of individuals who will be using the room. There is also the need to achieve a balance between aesthetics and functionality as you do not want the kitchen to be too cavernous or too cluttered.

U-Shape Layout

If you have a large space in your kitchen, then you can pick the U-shape cabinet layout with an island in the central region. Cabinets across the three walls provide a large storage space, thus allowing you to keep appliances out of sight. The island on the central area acts as a multipurpose surface, and so, you can use for cooking, doing homework and even socialising.

L-Shape Layout

This is a more open plan configuration that is ideal for flexible dining and living. An L-shaped layout of cabinets accommodates the integration of lounge and dining areas into the kitchen. There is a lot of room to move around and so, this plan is excellent for a family with more than one cook and do not want them bumping into each other all the time.

G-Shape Layout

This is a layout where the kitchen cabinets continually fold into the room, thus creating a workspace that looks like a ‘G’. This layout is excellent if you want the functionality of a kitchen island while enjoying a single continuous stretch of the worktop. It’s also great if you want to maximise the cabinet space. It is popular for conventional designs that keep the dining area separate.

Small Kitchens

If your kitchen space is limited, then your cabinet layout choice is limited. For rectangle kitchens, the L-shape makes sense and for square ones, the U-shape layout without an island is the way forward. However, the vertical layout and storage are the most important factors when picking a design for a small kitchen. These elements are more flexible and can make a world of a difference when it comes to customising the space for your needs.

Storage

If you have a limited floor area, the inside of the cabinets is what makes the difference. To make the interiors of your cabinets more efficient, implement pull out solutions in order to gain access of the back of corner …

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Learn About Mobility, Accessibility, and Your Home

Composite front doorAccessibility and mobility are difficulties for quite a few of us. As such, what should you consider in terms of your door design if you need some extra help in staying mobile? This can be those that have clearly defined requirements, like wheelchair users for example, or just those of us getting a bit older and might need a bit more help than we previously did in staying mobile.

That last point is particularly essential given how the UK population is increasingly living longer. Right now, nearly 18% of the UK population is already aged 65 or older, and that’s expected to go up to 25% by the year 2046.

Re-thinking and then remodelling our home designs in order to fit our constantly changing requirements when we age will be crucial for all of us as we age, and we might even have family and friends that are needing those requirements already.

Improving the Accessibility of Entrance Doors

Entrance doors having a sympathetic design is crucial in helping folks of limited or restricted mobility in continuing to lead independent lives.

There are many things which great door design might do in the support of those that require just bit more help in staying mobile so they can minimise their injury risks and keep their independence.

According to Government figures, about a third of all those aged 65 and over, and even half of those aged 80 and over inside the UK, have a fall at least once each year. This, of course, is a source of pain, injury, distress, and loss of confidence.

The addition of a ramp, railing, or handrail might contribute to reduced risk and improved accessibility.

Ease of operation and reliability are also essential. PVC-U and composite doors are increasingly maintenance-free, as they aren’t subject to the warping and twisting that might impact how timber doors operate.

A low threshold is the most important facet to consider, though. A standard door threshold, which is the bottom frame piece you step over, is typically about 70mm. It’s set to this height in order to improve the door sealing and thermal efficiency.

However, at 70mm, might be a difficulty for anyone with limited mobility, which makes it hard for bumping the wheels of a wheelchair over them.

A low threshold will sit at about 12mm high, substantially improving wheelchair-user access.

Wheelchair Access Doors

If you are a wheelchair user, then there are several specific things you might want to consider. That includes ECW, or Minimum Effective Clear Opening Widths.

Guidance recommends that an ideal ECW is 900mm, although older properties can’t always support that.

Other practical considerations come into play. For a standard wheelchair to be able to turn through a full circle of 360 degrees, the required space is 1500mm x 1500mm, which means it’s essential to be sure that there is clutter-free and clear space inside the hallway.

Doors also should open more than 90 degrees in order for wheelchair users to get through unhindered, and …

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Tips to Sell Your Home Relatively Fast

Tips to Sell Your Home Relatively FastOn Rightmove so far, 28% of available houses have been on the market for more than 6 months. At least 8% of homes have been listed for over 12 months. In 2018, 26% of homes had been up for sale longer than half a year and in 2017, the figure was 27%.

However, these numbers are a significant improvement from 2012, when over 40% of houses had not secured a buyer after 6 months and 29% of homes had still not secured a buyer after a year.

Property expert at Rightmove, Miles Shipside, said that if you did not find a buyer after a few months of marketing, then the overall demand in your region is low as a result of the local housing market conditions. However, if other houses are selling but not yours, then the price is either too high, or you have a home with a limited appeal. If you are unlucky it could be both.

Well, instead of lowering the price, if you have the money, you should consider improving its appeal. This may mean refitting the bathroom and kitchen, which are the most impactful rooms when it comes to selling. You can rearrange the layout or install an extension that makes an ensuite bathroom or an open plan kitchen.

It can also be as simple as giving the property a proper cleaning, a garden makeover or putting on a fresh coat of neutral colours. If there are more expensive works needed like heating, wiring, installing a new roof, etc. Then, you may want to consider reducing the price to allow for those things. However, get your real estate agent to make it clear on the listing that you’ve priced it accordingly so that buyers don’t try to negotiate for an even lower price. Also, detailed feedback from viewers and taking your agents advice can help you choose the best course of action.

That being said, here are a few tips that can help you sell your property relatively fast:

Do Not Rush to List Your Home if Everything is Not Ready

Most houses get about 70% of their interest in the first few weeks. As such, it not advisable to launch with placeholder photographs, descriptions or even without a floor plan as you will only blow your chances of impressing keen homebuyers. Ideal listings have at least 5 photos, a well-written description and a floor plan.

Declutter

Potential homebuyers need to picture themselves living in the house and it can be hard to do so when your personal items are in the way. Remove those family pictures and any other unnecessary items to make the space as neutral as possible.

Kerb Appeal

People form an impression the second they see your property. So, to make a good first impression, it’s imperative to give your property kerb appeal. So, tidy the garden and paint the front door. An appealing front yard will make the buyer interested in seeing the inside.

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Great Low Light Plants For Indoors

There are many reasons why one would be interested in low light plants. They may be limited in usable square footage for a garden. Some may be fans of them, or they may just be unfortunate enough to live under a very large Oak tree. I actually like them because there are a surprisingly wide amount of low light plants that look marvelous.

I’m also guilty of being fond of them because we too have a very large canopy over our home. This has its pros and its cons, buts for a different article. Contrary to popular belief, not all flowers require sustained light for success. Some would actually prefer a few hours, and there are those that do best in no direct light at all. In this article I will fill you in on which low light plants that work best for us.

I’ll begin with one of our favorite low light plants; the Spider plant, or Chlorophytum. It is called the Spider plant for very obvious reasons and that is because how it looks. One glance at its cascading narrow leaves and you would swear that it was an oversized insect. It comes in a variegated version, meaning that each blade-like leaf has a white stripe down the center. The “regular” version I find rather boring because its only green, as it should be. While it comes with aesthetic splendor, the Spider plant is well known for its indoor air purification.

A NASA study actually proved that it is the best indoor plant to eliminate indoor pollution such as smoke, mold, and pet dust. We hang them from our bathroom ceiling with no problems because they thrive in humidity. As a matter of fact, you should never allow the soil of the Chlorophytum to dry out. Keep it moist for a deep contrast with the variegated type and lush growth.

Speaking of growth, this species propagates very easily. Your first Spider plant may even have little “babies” hanging from the mother plant. Not hard to notice, the babies will spring out like its coming off a rappelling tower. Very fun and simple to grow.

If variegation isn’t enough and you desire more color, go with the Kalanchoe. These low light plants come in a variety of colors and mine happen to be the scarlet one. Each year I get at least three bloom periods from these succulents. If you know anything about succulents, you’re aware that these too are easy to propagate. Unlike some plants where you have to pinch off a stem to propagate, all you need is one Kalanchoe leaf and lightly press it into the soil.

Be careful not to overwater Kalanchoes because you will be sure to rot the shallow roots. Its somewhat of a delicate plant but it looks superb when trained to bush out. A great place for these low light plants is at the base of a tree, where the dark scarlet red creates and amazing contrast. If you …

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Get The Most Aesthetic Countertops For Your Homes

Home is a place where a person would like to unwind himself after a long and tiring day out. No matter what you are, a college student or a working professional or where you are, home is always a place where you shall feel most comfortable and relax. It is for this reason that people pay a great deal of attention to their homes. Furnishing plays an important role in any home. Not only does it make the house look elegant but at the same time, it also enhances the shelf life of the house.

Get The Most Aesthetic Countertops For Your Homes

Making a careful selection

The furnishing of the house has various aspects. There is furniture that you purchase thinking that it would go long term, there are artifacts that you keep on replacing as your taste changes. However, the basic furnishing of the house is the material that use to make your countertops looks elegant. Kitchen certainly plays an important role in enhancing the elegance of your house and by ensuring that your kitchen has a perfect and aesthetically chosen countertop, you can add value to your kitchen.

When it comes to the choice of a countertop, surely there are several options that are available in the market but none of them can give you the kind of finesse and polish that these granite countertops offer. You can give your kitchen and bathroom countertops a fully furnished and renovated look by making use of granite. The stone is quite popular among the people to be used in their kitchens and bathrooms and surely there are reasons to say so.

Go green

Granite is an eco-friendly material to be used in your homes. It immediately accentuates the appearance and looks of the entire room without meddling with the functionality of the room. Furnishing your house with the latest granite stone available in the market can immediately lift up the standards of your house. Even if you are buying or building a house, still these granite countertops can add a new look to your regular kitchens and bathrooms. Another important reason for the popularity of granite countertops is their durability. Granite stones are extremely durable because of the chemical composition of the stone. It is for this reason that they are used in places where they are needed the most. The kitchen of your house us subjected to various types of acids found in different fruits and vegetables. Making use of any other stone, say marble can corrode the stone and you will have to look for a replacement shortly. Similarly, your bathrooms are also subject to constant exposure to water and acids and it is for this reason that it is necessary to ensure that these are well furnished with a stone that is of superior quality. What more? Granite also enables you to clean up the countertop easily by not allowing the dirt and bacteria to stick.

Thus, with a slight touch of granite, you can easily remodel and renovate your house to give it …

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