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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.



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Determining How Much Kitchen Cabinetry You Need

by Scott Gordon

Some homeowners think more is more when it comes to adding kitchen cabinetry during a remodel project. You may think you can't have too much cabinetry because it equates to more storage space. While that fact may hold true, you do want cabinets that fit your needs. Below are some ways to determine how much cabinetry you need for your kitchen.

Assess Your Current Cabinetry

One option is to replace your current set of cabinets with a direct one-for-one ratio. That option will certainly make your figuring easy. However, it may not take into account shortcomings in your current kitchen configuration.

Think about any areas of your current cabinetry that seem awkward or insufficient. Consider if any of the current storage feels cramped or even cavernous. As Home and Garden TV advises, storage should feel ample but not unnecessary. Use your assessment of your current cabinetry to make a plan for a new set.

Brainstorm Your Household Needs

A consideration that goes hand-in-hand with the above advice is to think about your household needs as they relate to the kitchen and kitchen storage. Think about how much you use your kitchen and in what ways. For instance, cabinetry needs will be different for homeowners who order a lot of takeout over those who entertain regularly.

You're probably not remodeling your kitchen just to sell your house in a year. More likely you're in a home you intend to inhabit for years to come. Therefore, consider your needs in the next decade or so. Think about if your family size could increase or decrease, which will change your cabinetry needs.

Peruse Your Kitchen Inventory

Another important factor in the amount of cabinetry you need relates to your kitchen inventory. If you have a lot of small appliances, you'll likely want a space to stash them. This perusal can also help you decide what kind of storage inserts you want for your cabinets.

Likewise, perhaps you modify your current inclinations because you don't have sufficient space. Maybe you'd like to augment your small appliance collection or buy groceries in bulk. New cabinets can offer the opportunity for expansion.

Consider the Visual Weight of Cabinetry

Kitchen remodel projects are also about aesthetics. Your new cabinets are going to be beautiful. However, cabinetry does carry a lot of visual weight. A copious amount of cabinetry can make your kitchen feel small.

You don't necessarily have to buy less cabinetry. Instead, lighten up the visual weight by replacing some of the wooden doors with glass panels. You can also have lighting installed under the cabinets. Painting the cabinets the same color as the walls will also reduce their visual weight.

Use above considerations to help you choose new kitchen cabinets.