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KITCHEN

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KITCHEN CABINETRY ​

Base Cabinets - sometimes called lower cabinets. They are strong and sturdy, providing a base for heavy countertops, or used to create the perfect kitchen island or window seating. In a bathroom, base cabinets provide the foundation for a vanity or can be used for storage and organization of everyday essentials.

Wall Cabinets - sometimes called wall-mounted or upper cabinets, refer to cabinets that are hung on a wall, as opposed to resting on the floor. A mainstay for remodeling with cabinetry, they add beauty and functionality to the kitchen, bath, laundry or family room.

Tall Cabinets - also called pantry cabinets or utility cabinets, create bountiful storage and a dramatic vertical look in a space. Typical tall cabinets will range in height from 84 inches to 96 inches as one unit.

Cabinet Doors - these make a big impression in any remodeled room, taking up a significant part of the visual appeal of the space, while defining your personal style. They are available with various center panel styles, as well as overlay and inset versions.

Cabinet Drawers - these are among the most versatile cabinetry items in your home, are constructed in many different types to suit the needs of your remodel.

New Paint or Stain - Supplies, including primer, paint, and tools, are relatively inexpensive and are easy to obtain. These include: 100-percent acrylic or oil-based paints. TSP (tri-sodium phosphate), a low-cost cleaning solution. Applying a fresh coat of paint to your cabinets is a great cost-efficient renovation option. 

Vinyl Cabinet Wrap - Also known as thermo-laminated doors, vinyl wrap kitchen doors are composed of flexible thin vinyl material molded and wrapped on medium-density fiberboard (MDF) through a vacuuming, gluing and heating process. Vinyl is available in a variety of styles and textures. 

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KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Laminate - A laminate countertop is formed from a thin layer of plastic laminate material bonded to a core of particleboard or MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Laminates are made by many manufacturers, including Formica and Wilsonart, and hundreds of color and style options exist. 

Ceramic TileCeramic tile countertops are made from individual clay-based tiles adhered over a cement-board core using thin-set mortar adhesives. For kitchen countertops, grout seams make tile a less-than-ideal countertop material, but newer ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in large sizes (1 x 2 or 2 x 2 feet) that can help minimize the number of seams and make for easier upkeep.  

Granite Slab - Many types of natural stone are popular choices for a kitchen countertop, and of these, the most popular option is a countertop made from a solid slab of granite. Beginning life as a quarried slab of solid natural stone, granite countertops are fabricated to specification and installed by professional crews.

Modular Granite - Modular granite occupies a niche halfway between solid slabs and granite tiles. Modular granite can be described as large tiles pieced together to form a countertop. 

Granite Tile - These are small, manageable tiles that resemble ceramic tiles and are installed in much the same way, adhered with thin-set adhesives to a core of cement-board. 

Marble - Marble's unique appearance and veined patterns make it one of the most attractive of all natural stones. But marble is a relatively soft and porous stone that MUST be carefully and repeatedly sealed if used for kitchen countertops. Like granite, marble is available in three forms—solid slabs, modular marble, and marble tiles. 

Soapstone - other quarried stone, soapstone has a warm, milky appearance that allows it to complement other design features without overwhelming them. Soapstone is usually found in varying tones of whites and grays, and it lies in between granite and marble in terms of hardness—not as hard as granite, but less porous than marble. 

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KITCHEN APPLIANCES

Cooktops - Gas, electric or induction? The choice is personal, though you don’t often hear of people who go from gas to electric. When choosing a cooktop for performance, consider efficiency: how much heat do you lose from burner to pan? 

Ovens - A high-performing convection oven, which circulates heat with a fan to cook food faster and more evenly, will help you get dinner on the table faster than a traditional oven. Bakers, on the other hand, will want the traditional bake/roast/broil. In a perfect kitchen world, you can have both with a stacked or side-by-side oven station.

Range Hood - A serious cooktop demands a ventilation system that will usher exhaust out of the kitchen without sounding like a Cessna is landing at your dinner party. 

Refrigerators & Freezers -  Freestanding models slide into a space and generally stick out 6 or 7 inches beyond counter depth (24 inches standard). But you can purchase counter-depth refrigerator/freezers that will look like built-in units. When evaluating refrigerator performance, quality comes down to the compressor. 

Microwaves - Microwaves can consume a lot of space no matter where you put them: on the counter, built in to cabinetry or above a cooktop. So if you want your microwave to work twice as hard for you, consider a convection microwave that also works as a fast-speed oven, eliminating the need to purchase a double oven. 

Dishwashers - Now you can get drawer dishwashers, which are easier to load and can be installed at various heights based on your needs Plus, they can handle smaller loads, so they are more efficient. Still, traditional dishwashers with doors that pull from the top down are the most popular style, and they can be paneled to blend with the cabinetry for a seamless look.

Sinks - The sink is an after-thought in some kitchens, but it's a good idea to choose one at the same time you choose cabinetry for underneath the sink area for a seamless look. If you opt for an undermount style, the sink is generally installed before the countertops, so plan for that. Don’t skimp on the sink if you splurged on a gorgeous countertop.

Warming Drawers - These are especially convenient for the entertainer, but every household can benefit from a warming drawer that is properly utilized (meaning for more than taking the chill off of plates before serving). Warming drawers allow you to prepare food in advance and serve it all at the same time.

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KITCHEN ISLANDS

Rolling Cart Island - Rolling carts are more like portable prep areas that you keep to the side of the kitchen rather than featuring prominently and permanently alongside your primary counters. The butcher block cart is a familiar type of rolling "island."

Small, Non-Portable Kitchen Island - These islands differ from the portable, rolling cart islands, listed above, in that they do not have wheels on the bottom. More importantly, they actually strive to emulate a "real" kitchen island. 

Kitchen Island Table - It's got four legs and a flat top, so it's a table, yet it's positioned where the island usually is, so it must be an island. It's nothing more than a table that's used as an island for preparing food.

Base Cabinet Countertop - An island built out of pre-existing materials: a base cabinet (or two or four) topped with countertop material.

Fully Functional Island (Electricity and Water) - The fully functional kitchen island does everything that the primary countertops do: electrical, sink, drainage, and ample countertop space.

Double-Tiered Cooking/Eating Island - This island combines the two functions of food preparation and eating but still delineates them so that cooking is done on a lower level and eating on a higher level.

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KITCHEN FLOORING

Hardwood Hardwood is by nature a very durable flooring material in most areas of the home, but it has limitations in any areas susceptible to moisture—and that includes kitchens. For many years, hardwood was considered a poor choice for places such as bathrooms and kitchens, where moisture is an issue. However, hardwood flooring is undergoing something of a renaissance as a kitchen flooring material, thanks to modern sealers and polyurethane finishes that make it much more durable and long-lasting.

Bamboo - Similar to hardwood in look and feel, bamboo is actually harder than hardwood, and its manufacturing process makes it more resistant to moisture and water damage. It is an increasingly popular choice for kitchens since it is considerably more durable than wood.

Ceramic Tile - Ceramic tile, a material made from natural clay that is shaped, glazed, and fired under heat, is an extremely durable flooring material that very hard and impervious to water and stains. Ceramic tile—including porcelain—is resistant to heat and breakage, and under normal conditions, it can last indefinitely with little change to its appearance or function over time.

Natural Stone - Natural stone makes for a very luxurious-looking floor; granite and marble, in particular, have an attractive veining that creates a floor that is completely unique in appearance. Natural stone floors generally are a plus when it comes time to sell your home, since they signal luxury.

Linoleum - Linoleum is a material that was very popular in kitchens 50 years ago, and it is making a comeback today. Made from all-natural linseed oil, linoleum is environmentally friendly, easy to clean and maintain. If properly cared for, an installation can last for upwards of 40 years.

Vinyl Vinyl is one of the easiest and most versatile kitchen flooring solutions. This man-made manufactured material is nearly impervious to stains, damage, and water issues, and cleaning it is as easy as keeping it free of debris with sweeping, vacuuming, or regular mopping.

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KITCHEN LIGHTING 

Track Lighting - This popular kitchen light style features multiple fixtures that you can angle in different directions. The Lithonia Lighting Pepper Mill Track Lighting Fixture is a highly functional option for your kitchen, allowing you to light hard-to-reach areas with its multi-directional heads. 

Pendant Lights - Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling, and you won’t find a more versatile option than the Globe Electric Angelica 1-Light Modern Industrial Pendant. These highly-rated kitchen lights come in a variety of finishes, from antique brass to plain black, and you can choose from several different styles, from one- up to five-bulb fixtures.

Flush Mount Lighting - Flush mount lights are a popular choice in kitchens, as they attach to the ceiling with little to no gap between the fixture and the ceiling. This type of kitchen lighting is beneficial for many households, as it requires little cleaning and will never be in the way—an important consideration if you have low ceilings or a small kitchen.

Chandelier - For a more glamorous kitchen light,  the a Chandelier will make a bold statement without overwhelming the room. Highly-rated chandeliers are more expensive than many other lighting options, but its sleek design will bring instant elegance to your kitchen.

Under-Cabinet Lights - If you have cabinets above your kitchen counters, you can add extra task lighting with the help of some under-cabinet lights. The Commercial Electric 24-Inch LED White Direct Wire Under Cabinet Lights allow you to easily illuminate your counters with extra light so you can see what you’re doing while cooking.

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