There are several elements in your kitchen with storage capabilities. Most homeowners start with their cabinets. If you need new cabinets, now is the time to update storage capacity with drawer inserts, roll-out trays or more shelves. You can also choose a closed cabinet design, a glass face to display the items in the cabinets, or even have open shelving.
To create symmetry, a contractor relocated the corner hearth with a new one, centered on the wall opposite the open kitchen. Built-in cabinetry on either side of the fireplace reinforces the sense of balance. The homeowner traded her single living-room settee for two generous Ikea sofas and a Ralph Lauren chair, all slipcovered for easy cleaning. The pine coffee table came from a garage sale, and the metal "C" is from a local garden store.
Begin each day with a grateful heart. The large-lettered grateful message is painted on the smooth side of three wide wooden boards nailed together as an expression of great daily expectations. Placed handily over a single shelf with greenery and a wood-carved floral tray containing two silver and glass decanters, this sentiment is a great daily motivator.
A kitchen island can cost you anywhere from $200 to $6,000. Portablemodels that provide basic counter space and a little storage underneath are a couple hundred dollars, whereas having a stationary island installed will cost closer to $1,000. If you add plumbing and electricity, expect it to cost you between $3,000 and $6,000, maybe more. Adding new kitchen cabinets provides you with another diverse price range. Pre-made cabinets from the store will cost anywhere from $50 to over $200 a unit. If you want custom cabinets, depending on the materials, the size of the kitchen, and the extras (like spice racks) you may end up paying between $12,000 and $40,000
Your first step to designing the space should be to determine what it will be used for. If this is a formal room, your emphasis may be more on style, such as the inclusion of a bay window, skylights, or a fireplace. When designing for function, you may want to include shelving or a desk area. For entertainment, you may add a space for a conversation area and lots of light.
A finished basement is not always the same thing as a designed basement. Sometimes, the basement begins with the basics: walls, a ceiling, lights, and a floor. Gwen Hefner and husband Micah wanted to turn their tiny, airless basement space into a comfortable mancave. They had the basics to start with. The next step, Gwen says, would be a true test to her design skills.
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