Kitchen Remodel - What you Need to Know

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That brings up another important issue inrepparttar planning stages, a budget. You will need to determine whatrepparttar 142257 total budget your willing to spend on this project. Without making a budgetrepparttar 142258 price can quickly escalate out of control. A kitchen project that started at an affordable $15,000 without budget parameters can quickly turn into an $80,000 renovation. This will likely end in frustration and no new kitchen. Setrepparttar 142259 limits early and then work within those limits. When you have your spending limit figured out take off a percentage for unforeseen costs. They will almost always come about at some point. At least 15% in my estimation should be allotted for cost overruns, and that is pretty conservative.

If you do decide to dorepparttar 142260 project yourself or become your own GC, make sure you will haverepparttar 142261 time to do it. In most kitchens, especially in homes with children, not having a kitchen is a major inconvenience. A husband, who drags his feet getting a new kitchen installed, will find himself inrepparttar 142262 doghouse faster than fido after he chews uprepparttar 142263 couch! The best advice I can give you is to do your homework. There is so much great info available onrepparttar 142264 internet today that it isn't too difficult.

Paul Forte has been involved in hundreds of kitchen renovations and remodels. To learn more and find out what to expect during your Kitchen Remodel view this page:

How to Design a Recessed Lighting Plan

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Something to remember when you are planning this out is something calledrepparttar work plane. This is an area about 30" aboverepparttar 142256 floor. It is an area where most tasks take place.

The work plane is important because asrepparttar 142257 distance betweenrepparttar 142258 light fixture andrepparttar 142259 surface to be lit decreases, so does that circle we spoke about. In a living room or den, designingrepparttar 142260 lighting plan so that we have even light onrepparttar 142261 floor is fine. In a kitchen though, this work plane becomes far more critical. This is why in a kitchen, keeping recessed lights about 4 feet apart, creates a pattern that is even onrepparttar 142262 work plane withrepparttar 142263 intense portion ofrepparttar 142264 circle.

There are some other things besidesrepparttar 142265 bulb andrepparttar 142266 can that shaperepparttar 142267 light pattern. The finish trim on recessed lights can varyrepparttar 142268 pattern of light. A wall washer creates a half cone that can be directed at a wall or fireplace. A pin spot trim can directrepparttar 142269 light in a very narrow beam to light a small object.

This should give you a basic idea of what is involved when you undertake a recessed lighting layout. If you would like to learn more or have questions, please visit us atrepparttar 142270 links below.

Paul Forte has been in the lighting and electrical field for over 25 years. He has helped countless homeowners across the country with their lighting needs through his website. Visit for more tips and advice

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