Why and how your contractor should be insured

They say the devil is in the details. That is certainly the case when it comes to remodeling. An example is in the insurance area. It’s probably common knowledge that the contractor or contractors you hire to remodel your home must be insured, but what exactly does that mean?

Contractors carry 3 basic types of insurance: vehicle, liability, and workers’ compensation.

Everyone is familiar with the first type. Covers accidents to persons or things caused by or involving the insured’s vehicle(s). Your contractor should carry this type to protect you in case they injure you, someone else, or property with a vehicle they own, control, or use while at home doing the work you hired them to do.

The second type protects you in case you, someone else, or your property is damaged as a result of the contractor’s work. This would cover such things as a piece of furniture that the contractor breaks while he is working on his home. It would cover medical costs if your child steps on uneven debris that is left lying around the workplace. It would cover a neighbor who trips and falls on a wire or hose and is injured.

If there is an incident, the contractor may choose to pay the cost themselves rather than file a claim against your insurance and risk an increased premium. Regardless, the insurance must be sufficient and current to cover any reasonably possible accidents.

It’s also a good idea to be familiar with your homeowner’s policy regarding these types of incidents and you can always ask your agent if the certificate of insurance provided by the contractor is adequate for your protection.

The third type of insurance is worker’s compensation. This type of insurance is meant to cover any injuries sustained by someone who works in your home. This type is a bit more complicated.

In most states, business owners are not required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you and your homeowner’s insurance company could be sued.

If the contractor has a workers’ compensation policy, who does it cover? Is the owner covered if he is working on the job? What about the other workers who may or may not be your employees? The time to make sure you’re adequately protected is before the contract is signed and work begins. All of this only becomes important, of course, if there is an incident. However, you have nothing to gain, but everything to lose if something drastic happens and you are responsible.

It is always best to consult with an insurance and loss prevention expert in the area in which you live.

The Global Knife Guide

Global Knives are well known for being the highest quality knives in the world. Manufactured by the Japanese Komin Yamada in 1985, it was only for a few years that they became a quality standard throughout the world.

They were first sold only in Japan, and were later introduced to the European market. This happened in 1988 at the Frankfurt fair and that year only 12 items were offered to the customer.

They were all made of stainless steel and Komin Yamada believes that at the time no other company had products of such high quality. They were made in the same way as Samurai swords: each knife is weighed and checked for the perfect balance and weight to make it comfortable to hold.

Currently, the “Global Brand” knives offer more than 100 different products, have 35 firms that are their distributors and are sold in 35 countries around the world.

There are basically four series of Global knives: G, GS, GF and GSF series and here you will learn about the basic features of each of them.

G-series

The G-series includes many different products – slicer, cook, trencher, oriental cook, vegetable, oriental DEBA, roast slicer, bread knife – 20cm, 22cm, 24cm, 27cm, ham/salmon knife, meat chopper meat, carving fork, flexible filleting knives with various sizes – 16 cm, 21 cm and 27 cm, butcher – 18 cm, meat/fish knife – 21 cm, Chinese chopping knife – 2.2 mm and 4 mm, long cutters – 30 cm and 35 cm, and some special knives -YANAGI Sashimi- 25 cm and 30 cm, and TAKO Sashimi- 30 cm.

All knives come with a special number and there is a photo showing exactly what the knife looks like.

GS-series

The GS series includes 19 small size knives. The largest of them is only 16 cm long and is used to make snacks. These items are used as slicers, cooks, vegetable knives, paring, paring, tomato, cheese, fish/poultry.

In short, the knives in this series are used for more delicate jobs in which you have to be very careful if you want to achieve great results in the kitchen. Some knives are used for food decoration so they are very small and extremely precise.

While the G-series knives can be used by both professional and hobby cooks, the GF-series knives are made especially for professional chefs. They are almost the same as the G-series knives, but are used for heavy duty work; for example, there are butcher knives and boning knives. There are 11 items in this series and they have larger sizes, compared to the G and GS series.

GSF-series

The GSF series knives are used as a complement to those of the G and GF series. There are 11 products with small sizes, mainly used for peeling. There is a straight paring knife and a curved paring knife. In addition, there are three large handle paring knives: the first is a 6 cm long straight knife, the second is a 8 cm long straight knife, and the last is a 8 cm long curved knife.

Again, these knives are primarily recommended for professional chefs and special knowledge is required to distinguish which knife is used for which purpose. They come with a special number, beginning with “GSF” and then followed by the product number.

If you check your browser and compare prices, you will see that G-series knives can be found for £60 – £80. Also, the GF series knives are worth from 85 pounds up to 135 pounds.

All the GS series knives are about the same price: £57. The most expensive knife in that series is the Santoku knife, which is worth £60. It can be used for three different purposes: slicing, chopping, and dicing. It’s all – rounded knife.

You can find GSF series knives at special discounts: the price without the discount is from £50 to £80, with the discount you will save up to £20, which is an excellent price for such a high quality product.

Macau Restaurants – Where to Enjoy the Best Macau Food in Macau

While Macau is primarily known as the “Vegas of the East,” and an increasing number of tourists flock to its flashy and glitzy casinos, it’s important to remember that the city also has a special “culinary draw” – that’s the unique Macau cuisine that developed over hundreds of years of Portuguese colonialism and combines the classics of Portuguese cuisine with Chinese influences…

This article will take you to some of the best restaurants in Macau where you can enjoy fabulous Macau and Portuguese food.

  • in Lorcaclose to the A-Ma Temple and the Macau Maritime Museum, it is one of Macau’s most notable culinary icons, serving what many describe as “the best Portuguese food outside of Portugal”… With pleasant, simple Portuguese décor and With friendly staff, this relatively small restaurant offers a somewhat homey atmosphere and, more importantly, extraordinarily delicious Portuguese-Macanese food, both seafood and meat… Signature dishes include names like Chourico assado ( grilled portuguese chorizo), Bacalhau com natas (bacalhau with potatoes in a cream sauce), and grilled clams with garlic, just to name a few… Don’t be afraid to order something new, there’s very little chance you’ll you’re wrong
  • Ferdinand Restaurant (Prayed of ferdinand as it is more commonly known) is another of Macao’s gastronomic emblems. Located on Coloane Island’s Hac sa Beach, one of the greenest and most peaceful corners of Macau, Fernando features a rustic and homey atmosphere that adds much to the charming dining experience, with simple bamboo furnishings and exquisite outdoor dining. free, overgrown with bushes. The Portuguese-style barbecues (both meat and seafood) are the main draw at Fernando, as is the fresh-baked Portuguese bread, but frankly, everything on the menu is good! Next to the restaurant, there is a nice open-air bar where you can have a drink before or after dinner… And a little tip: try to avoid weekends, as Fernando’s does not accept advance reservations and the restaurant can have jam full…
  • For sumptuous, atmospheric dining that revives the charm of colonial Macau, very few restaurants can compete with Military Club. Housed in a neoclassical 1870s building that once housed a club for colonial army officers, just off the legendary Lisboa, Clube Militar features ultra-sleek decor, with polished wooden floors and crisp white tablecloths… Portuguese classics dominate the menu and during lunch they serve a buffet, so you can try different things…
  • Fat Siu Lau: Tucked away on picturesque Rua de Felicidade, just a short walk from Senado Square, this is possibly the oldest restaurant in Macau, with an impressive history of over 100 years… Unpretentious, homey Macanese cuisine is what what this restaurant is all about, and its old favourites, like roast pigeon and African chicken, attract customers from far and wide…
  • Amagao: Serving what some gourmands consider to be the best Portuguese-Macanese food in Macau, this lilliput-sized “private kitchen” is probably one of Taipa Island’s best-kept secrets… Tucked away down a small lane, just a minute walk from Taipa Village’s main street, Rua Cunha, it is only open for dinner and you have to book well in advance if you want to get a table… Also, you have to discuss your dinner with the chef-owner, since he buys the fresh ingredients especially for you… The chicken specialties are the main thing here, particularly the Galinha à Portuguesa (Portuguese chicken), but everything else is just as good…
The pioneering Greek immigrants of Biloela

Biloela

This is the story of young immigrants from the small towns of southern Rhodes (Rhodes Island, Greece) who came to work in the sugarcane and cotton fields of Biloela, Queensland, Australia. These early immigrants were overwhelmed with nostalgia for their native towns, the families they left behind, and their church. However, they took the opportunity to improve their lives by working in the harsh rural environment of the cotton and sugar cane fields of Biloela in Queensland.

By 1934, Callide Valley had 40,000 acres of cotton planted, and a butter factory opened in 1936.

In March 1934, The Courier-Mail reported: “Among the cotton farmers in the Biloela district are a former general of the Ural Cossacks who fought in the Great War (World War I) and a Russian Orthodox priest.”

A Greek Orthodox Archbishop, Timotheos Evangelinidis (1880 – 1949), the metropolis of Australia and New Zealand from 1931 to 1947, visited Biloela from time to time to baptize children, give communion to the Orthodox faithful and preach the Divine Liturgy.

In the early years after World War II, Biloela’s population was about 1,000 people, making it the largest city in the Banana Shire.

Having built up considerable savings, many of these early immigrants started businesses in the city, such as cafes and restaurants.

Philip Diakou

Phillip Hagi-Diakou was born in the coastal town of Gennadi, Rhodes Island, Greece. In 1936, at the age of fourteen, he said goodbye to his mother, his sister, and his town and traveled with his father on the Italian ship Romolo to Queensland, Australia, to seek his fortune.

Phillip worked alongside his father in the cotton and sugarcane fields of Biloela and had to deal with hot and humid conditions as well as dingoes and snakes.

However, he was determined to succeed through hard work and set about learning the English language by studying a Greek-English dictionary.

Nineteen years old when World War II began, he enlisted in the Australian Army and was sent to Darwin, where he served as a cook. It was to be the start of a lifelong career in the kitchen.

When the war ended, he moved to Adelaide, South Australia, and bought Gouger Cafe, the cafe that changed his life.

Gouger Cafe-Adelaide

Close-knit, hard-working and dedicated, the Diakou family built their Gouger Cafe into an icon of Adelaide seafood restaurants, led by Phillip and his wife Anastasia in the kitchen and their three children, Maria, Steve and Bill. The Gouger Cafe pioneered seafood dining in Adelaide and Gouger Street was to become the hub, the cream of the crop of South Australian seafood restaurants.

the stilian family

Stylianos (Steve) Stiliano (nickname Matsi) said goodbye to his mother and their small hilltop village of Mesanagros, Rhodes Island, Greece in the mid-1930s and traveled with Yianni and Marko from his father and his brother to work in the cotton and sugar cane fields. of Rockhampton and Mount in Queensland, Australia.

In 1944, Steve met and married his wife Erini in Biloela, who had also emigrated with her family from Lahania, Rhodes Island, Greece.

They had five children: twins George and Anna, Philip and Gary, who were born in Biloela, and Stella, who was born in Adelaide in 1957.

Mixed Agriculture – Cotton and Livestock

The Stiliano family ran a mixed farming company on the outskirts of Biloela that integrated the cultivation of crops (cotton was the main cash crop) as well as the raising of cattle (mainly dairy) for meat and milk.

The cotton seeds were planted in the spring and the crop had to be harvested before the weather could damage or completely ruin its quality and reduce the yield.

His cows had to give birth to a calf before they could produce milk.

Some of their calves were raised for veal and about three-quarters of the heifers became replacements for their adult dairy cows.

Long working hours cause tiredness and fatigue. And the family was exposed to numerous life-threatening environmental and safety hazards, including snakes, heat exposure, falls, injuries, and pesticides.

Coffee in Monto

The Stiliano family farmed, toiled and persevered in the cotton fields to earn enough money to set up a coffee shop in Monto, about 60 miles from Biloela, offering fast service, long opening hours and tasty meals seven days a week. week.

Their cafeteria offered traditional English-style steak and eggs, a mixed grill, chops and sausages, fish and chips, as well as American burgers, sundaes, sundaes, milkshakes and soft drinks that could be purchased to sit down or to go. .

Every Tuesday they would become a popular social pastime at their cafe by farmers from the surrounding areas taking a break from their daily chores on their farms to enjoy a delicious cafe-style meal with family or friends.

Nick Frossinakis

Nick Frossinakis, along with his father Manoli and his brothers Philip and Tom, from the small town of Lahania, Rhodes Island, Greece, in southern Rhodes, left the uncertainty and economic instability of post-war Greece in 1949 with the hope of achieving a more stable life in Australia.

They migrated to Biloela where they toiled and endured in the cotton fields to earn enough money to buy their own small farm.

Nick’s sister, Eleni (Helen), stayed in Lahania, Rhodes Island for about three years, then traveled to Australia with another Lahanian migrant woman to join her family in Australia.

Horse-drawn plows were used for tilling the land on farms in those days to prepare for sowing seeds or planting to loosen or turn over the land.

They lived in houses made of iron sheets on hard earth floors and stifled the long, hot tropical summers.

Their houses had no electricity, so kerosene lamps with a wick to light were used for lighting.

Keeping clean and using the bathroom was not as easy in those early days as it is today.

The bathroom and toilet were in stark contrast to the suites we are familiar with today.

Whether it was freezing cold or sweltering hot, many immigrants had to make do with a portable metal tub for bathing, and wherever they could find outdoor privacy was their bathroom.

And, linen canvas water bags were a necessity in those days because the availability of fresh, clean drinking water in remote rural locations was essential for survival. All the farmers had to rely on plenty of sun, warm conditions, and 4-5 months of frost-free temperatures to produce the fluffy white cotton.

Milky cows

Later, the family acquired about 120 dairy cows that they milked every morning and then sent to the factory to produce dairy products such as drinking milk, cream, butter, yogurt and cheese for human consumption.

Christos and Zaharoula Arnas

Christos Arnas was from the village of Katavia and Zaharoula Diakomihalis was from the village of Lahania, Rhodes Island.

In the late 1930s, they both decided to leave their island home for a more peaceful life in Australia, taking with them the virtues of rural life, old-fashioned farms and villages.

Christos emigrated to Biloela, Queensland, Australia in 1936.

Zaharoula was brought to Australia by her father, Phillip Diakomihalis, in 1937.

They met and married in Biloela in 1937 and together they bought a farm in rural Callide outside Biloela where they grew cotton and raised cattle.

Their children Irene was born in 1938, Phillip was born in 1943 and Mary in 1944.

Every morning, before going to school, Irene, the eldest daughter, fed 32 calves and then, after school, she fed the pigs.

When the Arnas family went to do their shopping in the town of Biloela, they traveled in the style of the 19th century, on horseback and in a carriage (I remember the old one from a simpler and slower era).

Mixed Agriculture – Cotton and Livestock

The mixed farming company of the Arnas family integrated the cultivation of crops (cotton was the main cash crop) as well as the raising of livestock.

It reconnected them with the traditional, self-sufficient rural lifestyle they were used to in their homeland of southern Rhodes.

His farm produced milk, meat, cotton, grain, vegetables, and fruit.

They worked in the hot sun and rain to watch over their crops and livestock seven days a week, quietly and without complaint.

In the cotton fields, the family sang and endured picking the fluffy white fuzz out of the boll while trying not to cut their hands on the sharp ends and they had to bend down to pick the cotton because the average cotton plant is less than a meter tall. height. .

Cows needed grass, hay, and grains to feed on and adequate grass to graze on, while newborn calves required suckling every three to four hours or an average of 7 to 10 times a day and consumed 1 to 2 pints of milk during each feeding. blow job.

Their grazing pigs presented other challenges because poor nutrition will stunt a pig’s growth and affect meat quality and pig welfare.

The Arnas family fed their pigs a varied diet such as corn, barley, soybean meal, bread, vegetables, fruits, and pig pellets to stay healthy.

Banana peels are also a good feed for pigs due to their high energy content.

Each pig needed to eat an average of 6 to 8 pounds of feed per day and could roam freely around the Arnas farm, in the sun and outdoors.

one room school

Callide Primary School was a one-room school built on stilts with a single teacher teaching the academic basics to various grades of primary (elementary age) boys and girls from the surrounding rural areas of Bilolela.

Nick and his brother Tom and Philip were the first Greek immigrants to attend Callide Primary School. Nick sat his brother Tom on the crossbar of his bike to ride the 2 miles on a gravel road to school every day. Irene Diakos also cycled to school.

Anna and George Stiliano were farm kids looking for the first time at a classroom with rows of desks and a large teacher’s desk in front.

That walk from home to this strange new world was very different from his old family farm, pastures, and fields.

Preparing the photo session of the house

All the spotlights are on your home for a photo shoot that will make you an instant star. As a celebrity, you will mesmerize people and possibly have a fan base from which a possible owner will soon emerge. But is your house ready when the camera begins to focus on its beauty? Will true beauty be captured? If your home is soon to be the subject of a photo shoot for a marketing effort, here are some things to follow according to Florida Realtor Magazine.

  • Light up the house. Photos always look better when the light is excellent. The house should receive as much light as possible. With this, all interior lights should be on while allowing in natural light from outside. Do it by opening doors, blinds, curtains and curtains.
  • Refreshes the house. Absorb the freshness in the house. Make it as clean as possible. If necessary, apply new paint to surfaces that need it. Check for any peeling or chips on the walls and repaint immediately.
  • You lose your home identity. Unless you’re preparing your home for a feature that tells your story, personalizing it with pictures and other things will work just fine. But if the photo shoot is to sell your house, then start taking things away from it that give it your identity. Photographs, calendars, boards and other things that show your identity and give the impression of the date should be removed.
  • Eliminate unnecessary things inside and out. House cleaning covers the interior and exterior parts. Reduce the number of furniture to display. Shelves should be kept to a minimum of books and magazines. Countertops should be cleared of unused cookware. Empty jars, bottles, and other containers found in the yard should also be removed. There is always the recycling workshop to monetize them.
  • It complements, but not too much. Shrinking screens will be defeated if you just replace them with other items. adding accessories doesn’t mean you have to match what you’ve taken off. Attractive vases always make a nice display, especially if they have flesh flowers. Provide a scale view of the length and width of the tables by also placing smaller but attractive objects on them. Coffee tables can house a garden plate instead of too many ceramic displays.

The house is a great object for photo shoots. By following the tips above, you are sure to have wonderful photos of your home that are also good for potential buyers to see.

Countertops 101 – Basics of Choosing a Kitchen Countertop Material

For many, their kitchen is the most important room in their home. And most real estate experts agree that the best way to improve or increase the property value of a home is to remodel the kitchen. The four main components of a kitchen remodel generally involve replacing major appliances, installing new flooring, replacing or resurfacing kitchen cabinets, and installing a new countertop. Let’s focus on that final component: replacing the current kitchen countertop material with a new one.

Naturally, it’s about more than rushing to the store to pick out a new kitchen countertop. You will first need to consider how much you want to spend. You should also think about how much time and effort you’ll need to spend to maintain your new countertop. Finally, you’ll want to seriously consider the style and look you want in your kitchen. Whichever type of countertop you install, it will be the focal point of the entire room.

The first type of countertop that comes to mind for any eager kitchen renovator is granite. However, there are many countertop materials to choose from, and granite is just one of them. These days, an aspiring kitchen remodeler can select from tile, stone, acrylic, concrete, stainless steel, and laminate—even wood!

GRANITE

Let’s start with the most popular: granite. Granite countertops are the most popular but also the most expensive. Why? In addition to the beautiful surface, granite is extremely resistant to heat and scratches. A granite countertop is very durable and will last a long time. A granite countertop will never go out of style and the installation of granite slabs will greatly increase the value of the house. The drawbacks? Aside from the expense, granite is a natural stone and is porous. A sealer will be required to prevent staining. An alternative is to use granite tiles instead of a solid slab. The cost savings on tiles is high. It’s important not to use the granite surface as a cutting board, as it will dull the finish (and ruin a knife or two).

OTHER NATURAL STONES

In addition to granite, there are other stone surfaces that can be used on kitchen counters. Quartz, marble, limestone, soapstone and slate surfaces are very popular today. Marble is smooth and cool, perfect for preparing food directly on the surface. It is not as durable as granite and requires more sealing maintenance to protect it from staining. Chalkboard is highly durable and has such a unique surface that it can really stand out in a kitchen. Since slate has been used as a roofing material, it does not require as much sealing protection, but some maintenance is still needed. Limestone is very porous and spills must be dealt with quickly to prevent staining. It has a natural, worn look that can deepen and darken over time. Natural quartz looks similar to slate, but it doesn’t stain or scratch as easily. Engineered quartz has also gained popularity, but costs are considerably higher (engineered materials are a composite product of quartz mixed with epoxy, polymers, and small stones or pebbles for a unique look and feel).

SLABS

Glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles have been popular in kitchens for decades. It comes in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and designs. Tiles can be as small as one square inch and as large as six square inches. Tiles are durable and also have some of the same heat and scratch resistant qualities as granite. Porcelain tile is usually more expensive than ceramic tile, but porcelain tile is more durable and the most fire-resistant type of tile. Disadvantages of the tile? It can chip easily, is more expensive than laminate alternatives, and grout can be a problem. When laying the tiles, there are grout lines between each tile and the grout can be stained very easily. It will require a lot more maintenance to keep it looking good. Due to problems with grouting, the ability of tiles to crack and chip easily, and the overall cost, installation work is best left to a professional.

CONCRETE

Concrete isn’t just for sidewalks or driveways. A concrete countertop is pigmented and can be polished to a smooth, shiny surface that can resemble any natural stone. Countertops can be molded in a factory or cast on site. Concrete is quite porous and needs to be sealed regularly, similar to granite, to resist staining. It can be made in any shape and have any thickness. Concrete is also heat and scratch resistant. Countertops can be made in a variety of colors and textures. Disadvantages of concrete? The sealant required is not the only protection needed. The sealer needs to be waxed every one to three months to prevent staining and water damage, so maintenance can be extensive. It cannot be cut on the concrete surface without leaving marks. Concrete is also very expensive.

STAINLESS STEEL

A restaurant would probably be the first thing one would think of when it comes to a stainless steel kitchen counter. But there is a reason why most restaurants use this material. Durability, stain and water resistance, low maintenance, a wide variety of size and shape options are just a few of those reasons. It is also very easy to clean and you can put a hot plate or pan on the surface without worrying about damaging it. Disadvantage: many do not like its “industrial” look. It can be quite expensive to have done. Cutting it can leave marks and can be easy to dent. It’s important to make sure the surface is at least 18 gauge and has eight to ten percent nickel.

WOOD

Sometimes called butcher block countertops, a wood countertop is usually made from strips of maple or oak that have been glued together. But just about any hardwood can be made into countertops. Bamboo countertops are the latest trend! Wood countertop material has a warm, beautiful look that can come in a variety of shades and textures. It’s perfect for people who want to cut directly on their counter surface. Can be sanded and resealed for deep cuts, scratches or stains. It can be easy to install and prices are reasonable. Drawbacks? The wood is not very hard and can easily burn, scratch or dent. Wood can warp or turn black near sinks due to regular contact with water. And it requires regular sealing.

LAMINATE

Formica is the most common name for laminate countertops. It is made of a thin layer of plastic glued to particle board or wood. Plastic laminate countertops are very affordable, lightweight, and available in an endless variety of colors and designs. It is very resistant to stains and, being a plastic material, it is easy to clean. Because it comes preformed, it can be easy for a DIYer to install. Disadvantages of Formica? While these counters are somewhat durable, they don’t last forever. Laminates are not heat or scratch resistant, but they are stain resistant. Abrasive cleaners can dull and scratch the surface. Warping or water spots occur with excessive exposure to moisture. Color or pattern may fade over time.

ACRYLIC/SOLID SURFACE

Solid surface countertops are custom built countertops for any application. Popular companies include Corian, Avonite, and Swanstone. These surfaces are durable, waterproof, easy to clean, nonporous, and even resistant to mold and bacteria. And nicks or scratches can be sanded out. Drawbacks include problems handling hot pans on the surface, high cost, and excessive weight requires a good, strong cabinet base (similar to natural stone). Some don’t like the plastic or the “fake” look of the material, but the material has a wide range of colors to choose from.

Replacing kitchen countertops is just one step in your kitchen renovation goal, but many consider it the biggest step. You can really make a statement about your kitchen and your home with the right selection of countertop material. Of course, once you take care of the worn countertops that come with the house, it will really make those old cabinets, floors, and appliances stand out! It’s all just part of the process of increasing the value of your property.

Upgrades – Get the most out of your property

If you are buying and planning to resell or rent, to get the most out of your property you may want to make some updates to give it some curb appeal. The number of updates required would depend on a case-by-case scenario. Obviously, if it is necessary to do the roof, the foundation, etc., there is no question. I’m talking major renovations, but updates. That curb appeal and that makes a buyer go “wow” and pay a little more for the place.

If you’re not going to be working with a designer and would like to do it yourself, I suggest you go to the library or buy a bunch of up-to-date home style magazines to get ideas of what’s out there right now. Knowing your market is not that important because almost everyone wants something elegant and stylish. Something I like to call “urban chic”; lots of clean lines, minimalism, and bright, open spaces. A zen-like approach. That look is selling to the mass market right now.

First impressions are always important, which is why the exterior of the house needs more love. Don’t get bored either. Sew exciting colors like grey/mauve, terracotta or sage. Paint everything you need, wood, railing, mailbox, light fixtures, etc. I’m not talking about a single color, have some black or white in your contrast. If they can’t be painted, replace them.

If there is no landscaping or it is rolled, you need to refresh the look. Pull out or cut back anything that has overgrown. Be ruthless if you have to. Cedars are great when they are green and small, however if they are yellow and too tall, get rid of them. Keep your eyes short, so you can see the entrance. Remove grass, if any, add more seeds. Clean debris dirt and weeds, add more dark soil and mulch. Make a nice clean line between the lawn and the garden. I’d invest in a couple of contrasting shrubs and some bright annuals to light up the front.

The floors are the most important. They make a big impact. They have to be nice. If there is hard wood, I suggest renovating them. Dyeing them dark is always a nice touch. Parquet looks amazing stained with chocolate. It goes from a bad 70’s look to something modern and Asian looking. If flooring needs to be replaced, bamboo and other sustainable flooring are all the rage right now. If the linoleum is old, replace it. If you can afford the tiles, go for it.

Kitchen room. If the kitchen is old 1950’s wood, there’s no need to rip it out and redo it and spend all that extra money. Paint it bright cream and add stylish knobs. You could even add a molding to it.

If it is white melamine, you can paint it with special paint or leave it as it is. Sometimes it’s the surrounding area that can polish it off and make it not look as “melamine”. That is, add a trendy tile backsplash, a new countertop, and knobs. If the melamine has a removable ’80s trim, remove it for a cleaner look.

If you have the oak cabinets from 1990, they look amazing painted too. If the cabinets hang from the ceiling that divides the dining area, you could remove them and reuse them somewhere else, like an island.

Additional keys:

  • Faucets are important. They can be a focal point for the room. You don’t have to go high-end to have a modern, polished look.
  • I think the investment in crown molding adds a lot of value to the place if done right (not necessary in the bathroom). Paint it bright for a vintage look.
  • Keep paint colors simple and light. Painting a wall in a room dark gray or another trendy color is fine, however use it minimally.
  • Dark over light is very much in style right now.
  • Make sure that the flow of color from one room to the next is present.
  • Clean, clean windows are a must.
  • Knock down a wall if necessary to give the space a more open feel. For example opening the kitchen to the living room. You should check with a structural engineer before you tear anything down.
  • Spotlights and dimmers.
  • Fashion lamps and knobs. Don’t go high end. Places like Ikea are fine or places that claim vintage.

Bathrooms are easy because it’s all about the choice of tile and countertop. The white bathtub, sink and toilet are always in place and if they are in good condition they will not need to be replaced. Cabinets can be painted black, chocolate, white, or cream. It will update any aspect.

Are you ready for freestanding grill islands?

Have you always wanted to have your own outdoor kitchen but already had a freestanding grill? With prefab companies mass producing grill islands and using brand name slide-in grills costing thousands of dollars, why not build an island for your Stand Alone grill to integrate into?

Now this question has been asked several times and it is easy to answer. No, unfortunately you cannot use the grill-only section of the freestanding grill and place it on an island. One reason is the insurance risk to you and the Grill company, and the other is that it will void the manufacturer’s warranty. Also, the bottom of the unit is not designed to be enclosed in a very poorly ventilated area.

However, the good news is that you can use your existing freestanding grill and build a custom island so you can have all the amenities you want built into the island and enjoy all the same luxuries as pre-made islands.

And, there are other reasons to have a custom outdoor kitchen/grill island. Like most home improvements, a custom outdoor kitchen adds value to your home. According to some home appraisers, outdoor kitchens can increase your property value by $10,000 to $25,000. Of course, this depends on the style and accessories of the island you build. When building a custom island, it can be as basic as you want, or it can be as spectacular as you can imagine. As a general rule, any investment you make in your home will be paid back to you when you sell it. Since Grill Islands tend to weigh in at a few hundred pounds, they are almost always sold as an amenity to the property. This can be another draw for any buyer, especially if they also have a separate grill.

For the serious backyard chef, customizing a grill island with LA Custom Grill Islands can bring back the pleasure of outdoor cooking. By having an outdoor kitchen and adding a few conveniences like a sink, refrigerator, drawers, and a couple of outlets, the cook can now have everything within easy reach. Instead of going back and forth from the indoor kitchen to the BBQ grill. They can also have a counter where friends can sit and chat, taking your next barbecue to a whole new level of socializing and fun.

Best apps to give contemporary kitchen design ideas

Who doesn’t love a well-planned and organized furnished home? The kitchen is a part of your home where you have cabinets, floors, countertops, appliances, and many other things to manage. A well-designed modular kitchen not only enhances the interior beauty of your home, but also makes your lifestyle much easier. This article will give you a list of some Android apps that will give you awesome design ideas for your kitchen. Get unique ideas and remodel your kitchen.

#1 Homify
Looking for great home design ideas? Get this Homify app on your phone for free and explore a variety of full kitchen and home design ideas. More than 1.5 million photos of the different environments of the kitchen and home are available in this application. Suppose you are browsing the photo library and you like some ideas to apply in your kitchen or home. How to remember those particular photos in millions of options? Homify has the option of favorites, where you can save the photos you like. This app offers some smart tips and tricks for home design.

#2 3D house design
This is an app for general home design which means you can also design your kitchen with this app. With the help of Home Design 3D, you can create 3D spaces that meet your specifications. Now, you can build, decorate or customize the created space however you want. How is this app useful? Well the 3D view will give you a better idea and you can carry out your ideas and you can make sure that your plan works perfectly within the space you have or not.

#3
New ideas with the option to buy: that’s a deadly combination that Houzz offers its users. Along with over millions of photos, this app provides inspiration and ideas for designing your kitchen. More interestingly, Houzz has a ‘My Room’ feature where you can design the room of your dreams. In this way, you can check whether or not any particular appliance or piece of furniture would fit into the space of the room you have. In addition, you can buy necessary items for home decoration from a variety of available products.

#4 Kitchen Design Ideas
As the name of the app indicates, to get brilliant design ideas for your kitchen, you can get this app on your phone for free. Tropical, contemporary, modern, etc. Varieties of theme based kitchen design ideas are available in this app. When you run out of ideas on how to make a perfect kitchen, this app will come in handy.

Besides all the apps mentioned above, Planner 5D, Magicplan are other popular apps that will help you get awesome design ideas for your kitchen.

An all-white kitchen is beautiful, not boring

Considering a quick and affordable kitchen makeover? Do you think it’s boring and needs something to spice it up? Why not use paint to embellish it? You can defy the rules of painting a kitchen area and go for an all white kitchen. It sounds shocking because the kitchen is an area where water spills and food splashes are common. But, if you want to create a kitchen that stands out among other parts of your home, an all-white kitchen may be your solution. It can make the cooking area beautiful and sophisticated.

Why is an all-white kitchen the best option for you?

  • A timeless choice

When you are interested in a long-term kitchen makeover, white stands out as the best option. This is because white is a universal color and goes well with all kinds of kitchen styles, be it country, vintage, modern, etc. The white color makes it easy for you to add other colors to the theme. Yellow cabinets, blue backsplash, or a black countertop – white complements everything.

  • a perfect illusion

If the cooking area in your home is small, you can make it look larger than before with a touch of white. It will make the room feel airy and give you the opportunity to make the kitchen more attractive and beautiful. When you want to create the illusion of space, ask the painter to use white for cabinets, countertops, walls, and other surfaces as well.

  • All white kitchen is not boring

An all-white kitchen doesn’t have to be sterile like a hospital room. It can be elegant, sophisticated and beautiful. Add texture to the kitchen and give it character. You can opt for rough beams, wood countertops, tile backsplash, and quirky storage baskets. Here are some other ways to create a cheery all-white kitchen:

  1. You can paint the kitchen window or kitchen island in a bright color to make the area look cheerful.
  2. Complement the kitchen space with your favorite cookbooks, unique succulents, and colorful utensils.
  3. Glass door for cabinets can add texture to the space.
  4. Use dramatic lighting fixtures to liven up the room.

Do not think that choosing white color can make your kitchen boring. An all-white kitchen can look beautiful and inviting with the help of an experienced painter. Hire someone who understands your vision and provides valuable advice to make your kitchen look like a million bucks. And don’t forget to add texture and dimension to the kitchen space because it will make all the difference.