How to install kitchen cabinet?

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Whether you are renovating or installing new cabinets in a kitchen, your kitchen cabinets will put up with extensive use and even abuse, so make sure they remain strong and beautiful in your kitchen. Before choosing a cabinet pre plan whether you want to go with custom made or ready made kitchen cabinets, choose a style, project timeline and a reliable carpenter service provider to make sure nothing goes wrong after installing the cabinets. That is why approach when purchasing or building new kitchen cabinets should be the same as purchasing a new home. If your old cabinets are showing signs of age, the new cabinets you install can instantly give your kitchen an updated look and feel.

1. Choose a style

Custom cabinets have the advantage over readymade cabinets of being created by skilled carpenter, made out of high quality materials that will last for years. With custom cabinets, you can design exactly as per your kitchen space and requirement. If you have little space, design your cabinets to maximize the space you do have. While readymade cabinet is cheaper but it might not have cabinets designed precisely for your kitchen. Don’t forget, with stock cabinetry, you will need to pay close attention to materials to guarantee that your cabinets are of the highest quality possible.

2. Design

It’s helpful to have a design specialist analyze your kitchen to provide recommendations for your kitchen cabinetry. This can be an excellent learning exercise to help you gain knowledge about what is available and possible in your new cabinets. Spend time talking about how you use the kitchen to help the expert know your needs, which will help with recommendations.

3. Drawers

The most common kitchen cabinet component to fail is drawers. Weak drawer glides that may fail over time, or drawers constructed of particle board are typical culprits. With regular drawer glides the drawer does not fully open. This means a significant part of the drawer is inaccessible. Items in the back are difficult, if not impossible to find or take out easily.So make sure you consider the design of the drawer which you can utilize to its full potential.

4. Project timeline

If your cabinetry installation involves readymade cabinets expect the project to take about 24 man-hours from start to finish. If you choose custom cabinetry with specialty pieces and unusual hardware, the project will take about 1 week to 3 weeks time depends on the size and the design you require.

5. Cost to install kitchen cabinets

Several factors such as your geographic location, number of doors, drawers, etc will influence the overall cost of installing kitchen cabinets in your home. On the other end of the spectrum, custom cabinetry that involves distinctive or unusual hardware and features, the installation may cost you as much as Rs 150 per square feet to Rs 500 per square feet without any materials.

Kitchens these days can be customized and made to suit the lifestyle and taste as per your requirement.You are no longer forced to go with the trend as you can have fun creating your own kitchen cabinets that will last for lifetime.

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Transform your kitchen into an Eco-friendly

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The kitchen is the ideal place to start if you want to go green by using less energy. Here are some good tips on how you can effortlessly transform your kitchen into an eco-friendly kitchen.

Energy efficient kitchen appliances:

Always opt for energy-efficient kitchen appliances such as refrigerator, oven, mixer because these appliances can save you anywhere from 10 to 50% on your household energy consumption. You will be able to identify which appliances is energy-efficient by the amount of stars appearing on the product energy sticker labels. Choose appliances with the maximum amount of stars per label since these are more energy-efficient.

 Bamboo for your kitchen furniture

Bamboo furniture looks stylish and also gives green look to your furniture. Bamboo is a great wood to work with to transform your kitchen design. You can choose to install finished bamboo to bring a vibrant and bright look to your kitchen.

Use recycled products when going green

Using recycled products for your kitchen is a great way that could preserve landfill space and assist in conserving the environment. Many homeowners have turned to eco-friendly recycled glass countertops.

Energy-efficient lights

Having the correct lighting in a kitchen is imperative for energy conservation. While the incandescent bulb remains the most commonly used light bulb in almost all households, there are significantly more energy-efficient options for you to choose from. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, also known as CFL bulbs, are among the most energy-efficient on the market, and are relatively inexpensive. Better yet, CFL bulbs last six times longer than your standard incandescent light bulb, and operate on 75% less energy.

Incorporate recycling into your kitchen building plans

If you plan on building a new kitchen, include recycling amenities. Recycling in the kitchen is extensive, and you can recycle anything from leftovers to wrappings. Recycle your leftovers to produce fertiliser for your gardens, too.

 Conserve kitchen water usage

Another effortless way to save water is by using a water flow regulator to reduce water flow.

There are various other ways you can turn your kitchen into an eco-friendly. But these are few tips that you can start with.

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How to measure square footage?

simple floorplanKnowing how to measure square footage will help you in getting accurate quote from carpenter, real estate rental,interior designer,etc.To know any area’s square footage you need to calculate the width and breadth  of each area in the house and add them together.

Measure the length and width of the space:

Using the ruler or measuring tape find the length and width of different area in the house. Break each room or space into different part if you are facing difficulties in measuring it.

Multiply the length and width of each space:

To arrive at the square footage of the area ,just multiply the length and width of the area. For example if length of space A is 10 feet and width of space A is 30 feet, then total square footage of space A is 10*30=300 square feet

Add the square footage of all space in the house:

Once you are done with measuring all the spaces in the house, it’s time to add all the square footage of the spaces to arrive at the total square footage of the house. For example if space A is 300 square feet, Space B is 400 square feet and Space C is 500 square feet. Then total square feet of the house is 300+400+500=1200 square feet.

Below are some of the tips from wikihow.com to find the square footage:

Find the approximation of square footage. If you’re looking for an approximation of square footage, you can also try measuring the outside of your home and then subtracting any areas that won’t be factored in to the square footage, such as the porch stairs or garage.

Find the square footage of a space that’s shaped like a half-circle. If there’s a part of your house that’s shaped like a half of a circle, you can find the square footage of the circle by finding the area of the space as if it were a full circle and then dividing it by half. To do this, simply measure the long line that cuts the “circle” in half to get the diameter.

Then, divide it by 2 to get the radius, and then plug that into the equation A = πr^2 where r is the radius, and divide by 2 to get the area, or square footage, of the half circle.

Find the square footage of a space that’s almost regularly shaped. If you’re measuring a space that is almost fully a square or a rectangle, with only a small square or rectangular part missing, then measure the square footage of the entire space as if the missing part was filled in. Then, find the square footage of the missing part and subtract it from the overall square footage to find the square footage of the space. This will save you time.

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Food storage tips

As I awls said the kitchen is the heart and centre of the home but most important thing in kitchen is to taking care of food .Temperature, light, and oxygen can all impact food’s flavour, texture, and shelf life. If something is not packaged or stored correctly, the end result can be disastrous for your meal. So you need to be very careful while storing your food .here are some tips how to store your food.

1.     Never Use Plastic container to store your food use glass container :

There has been a lot of publicity in recent years regarding bisphenol A, or BPA. This chemical is found in plastics and is banned in some cases in various countries and a few states, particularly for its use in baby bottles and other child-related items. The FDA very recently decided not to ban the chemical’s use in the U.S.

There’s no conclusive evidence of BPA’s effects on the human body, but it has-been shown to act like the sex hormone estrogens and lead to adverse developmental effects in animal models such as mice.

2.     Never reheat food in plastic

Even if your food containers are labeled as one of the safe plastics, always transfer food to a glass or china dish before reheating in the microwave. All plastics contain possible harmful chemicals, and when heated, those chemicals can leech onto the food that is next to them. Take-out containers are one of the worst culprits when it comes to plastics that contain toxic elements, so never reheat food in those containers.

3. Best Storage Techniques

Dry Ingredients

Pasta, rice, beans, and grains are cost-effective food items to buy in bulk and to store. Sugar, flour, and other dry baking ingredients also are best purchased in bulk.

After purchasing, take the food from the original packaging and store it in an air-tight container. Place the container in a cool, dark, and dry place. You might also try purchasing food-grade plastic pails and gamma lids to hold these dry foods for long periods of time.

Meat

If you don’t plan to eat the meat you purchase within a week, then freeze it. Additionally, if you buy more than you need for one meal cut the meat and freeze small pieces individually. This way, when it’s time to cook the food you won’t need to defrost the entire lot; you can simply take what you need and keep the rest frozen.

Leftover meats can be frozen for two to three months while whole, uncooked cuts of meat can be frozen for up to a year. To avoid freezer burn, wrap pieces of meat in either foil and/or plastic wrap multiple times and store in an air tight container or bag.

Leftover anything

When cooked food is stored it loses moisture, so keep in mind that all food will dry out over time. Keep stored food away from sunlight and tighten packaging so there is no air circulating near the food. Most leftover cooked foods need to be eaten within a week unless they are frozen.

4. What Not to Do When Storing Food

  • While a food may be stored correctly, that doesn’t mean it will taste good after a certain period of time. Always write the date on the container and eat the food within a year (sometimes sooner).
  • When freezing, do not keep meat in its original packaging, since it is not air tight.
  •  Don’t allow foods to defrost on a counter. Keep them in the refrigerator until one hour before cooking. After cooking, refrigerate food within two hours.

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Design your kitchen with safety concerns

Without safety rules, the kitchen can be one of the most hazardous rooms in your home. Many safety issues can arise in the kitchen, including injury, illness and infection. These can be caused by simple mistakes or negligence such as leaving a sharp knife in a hazardous position, not properly cleaning food or placing raw meat on counter tops. These safety issues are easily avoided by following a few simple kitchen safety rules while you design your kitchen.

Choose the right layout:

Layout is the key to a good kitchen. In doing your kitchen layout, take note of the “Golden Triangle” where in you have to place your fridge, sink and oven or range close to each other positioned at the three sides of the triangle. No matter how big or how small your kitchen is, you have to see to it that these three main work areas are not more than three meters apart. You can’t just place these things anywhere. Be sure that it is easy to move around your kitchen.

CONSIDER HOW YOU USE YOUR KITCHEN

• How many people are in your household who use the kitchen? The answer to this question will determine how much use your kitchen gets, and how much traffic there is likely to be in the kitchen at any one time.

• Do two or more cooks typically work at the same time? If so, you may want extra counter

space and/or an extra sink.

• Do you entertain frequently–and do you typically have formal or informal gatherings? If you entertain a lot, you may want to open up the kitchen/living room area into a great room that lets you be part of the party while you’re working.

• What other activities commonly occur in the kitchen? Some houses have a laundry closet in the kitchen. Some people want a wet bar, a breakfast bar or even a desk for writing or computer work.

• Do you have any special needs? Is a user exceptionally short or tall and uncomfortable working at standard-height counters for long periods of time? Do you have a disabled or elderly household member who may have special needs?

This, obviously, is not a complete list of the general considerations in kitchen planning–the list is nearly infinite. But before you begin designing, think about who uses the kitchen and how they use it.

THINK ABOUT THE FEATURES YOU WANT

For example:

  • Would you rather have a stainless steel sink or enameled cast iron?
  • Do you use a microwave for major cooking or just to heat up cups of tea?
  • Do you prefer cooking with gas or electricity?
  • Do you want a combination oven-and-range or a cook top with a wall oven?
  • Do you use enough small appliances that you could use an appliance garage to store them?

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Five most important kitchen safety tips

“Precaution is better than cure” it is true and it also applies to our kitchens. We can avoid lot accidents in the kitchen if we follow the simple things. We present an overview of what we have found to be the most common ways people can get hurt in a kitchen, and the ways you can avoid being hurt, or hurting someone else.

Don’t Rush

Rushing around the kitchen will almost guarantee accidents. Unless you’re a pro, cut food slowly, do not run from station to station, and take your time when moving hot pots and pans. Saving a few minutes here and there will be negated if you need to make a trip to the doctor’s office.Also never try to bake or cook if you are under the influence of alcohol or medications, or are very sleepy.

Clean Up Spills Promptly

Cleaning up spills as you go not only helps save time when cleaning the kitchen, but will help prevent accidents. Water, food, and grease on the floor will almost guarantee a fall. Watch out for cooking sprays too. If they are sprayed on the floor, the surface will become very slippery. I always hold the pan I’m spraying over the sink so any over spray will not land on the floor.

Handling Knives:

(a)Always  cut away  from  your  body when  using a  knife. It  can  slip and  cut  you,

(b)  Always  use a cutting board,

(c) Protect your counter tops,

(d) Keep blades sharp,

(e) Keep knives clean (including  handle) slippery handles can cause injuries,

(f) Don’t put knives in a sink of soapy water – they may not be seen and accidents can occur,

(g) Wash and dry carefully keeping sharp edge away from your hands,

(h) Always lay  them  flat, never on  the back or edge,

(i) Don’t attempt  to catch a knife as it  falls better it hits the floor than cut your hand,

(j) Wash knives with warm soapy water after each use.

Take care of your wires, cords and plugs 

Make sure all wires, cords and plugs on your appliances are not frayed and that the plugs have 3-prong grounded connections. This would include coffee makers, toasters, blenders, microwaves, mixers, etc.

Be careful about your appliance

Get rid of any appliance that is broken or damaged. New ones are very inexpensive these days.If a new one would bust your budget, try garage and tag sales (just make sure you’re not buying somebody else’s broken appliance). Cooking is fun, but kitchen safety is a priority. Think about it: Knives! Fire! Bacteria! Observing basic rules of kitchen safety is a good habit to develop. Always pay attention to what you’re doing in the kitchen because one slip can cause serious injury or accidents. We shall be taking about “design your kitchen with safety concerns” but until then use these tips and make your kitchen clean.

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How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean?

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Starting off with a clean kitchen is they key to keeping your kitchen clean while cooking. Pre-clean your counters and floors to create a clean and inviting atmosphere. Starting off with a clean kitchen will trick your mind into keeping it clean.

Dishes + Sweeping + Surfaces = Given

The list below assumes that you’ll be taking care of dishes, sweeping and giving things a quick wipe down every day anyway. These basic chores being done each and every day are essential to the plan (and your sanity) below. P.S. But give yourself a break when necessary; no one will know if you don’t sweep your floor every single day.

Multi-task

If you’re a mom and wife, multi-tasking is second nature. Take your skills into the kitchen and clean while you cook. Saute onions while cleaning out a mixing bowl and reuse it for the chicken. Just don’t forget to keep an eye out to avoid any burnt food. Use a cute kitchen timer to keep track of meal time.

Remove all non-kitchen items

It is always happen we leave our personal belonging or unwanted things in kitchen. Collect and put away any object belongs in some other room and throw away trash.

Remove items from walls

Dust the walls and remove cobwebs from corners. Wash the walls, if necessary. Wash the decorative items, if necessary.

Empty the trashcan and wash it out

For a very dirty trashcan, let it soak for a while to clean it easier. Before you put in a bag you can lay a paper towel sheet or a newspaper at the bottom and sprinkle with some baking soda to keep the

trashcan smelling fresher and to make it easier to clean in the future.

Last but not the least

For the most part, these extra chores can be done in addition to your regular dishes and surface cleaning. That said, some tasks will require more time than others. Remember some nights you’ll order in and dishes will be slim or you won’t eat at home at all. Those are the nights to tackle large things if you need to swap out a chore.

If you like a whole day off from kitchen cleaning, check out the list and see if there’s a few things you can do on the same day. If you have a large suburban or warehouse loft kitchen, this might be impractical, but if your kitchen is the size of a postage stamp, then there’s a good chance you could do a week’s worth of chores all together and knock them out.

Are you ready to apply these tips so you never have to freak out again? Since I’ve started using this method it has been nice to have company over and not worry whether they can see the pile of pet hair stuck against the air vent under my refrigerator, or whether they’ll spy the stay onion peel below my prep table. Things just take care of themselves — imagine that! We shall be taking about

“Five most important kitchen safety tips” but until then use these tips and make your kitchen clean.

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