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Shopping for Kitchen Cabinets: Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinet for your Price Range July 7, 2010

Kitchen Cabinets are by and large the core of any kitchen. They can be highlighted by kitchen appliances such as the refrigerator, stove, cooktop, dishwasher and microwave, or these appliances can be modified to blend in by using panels that match your kitchen cabinets.

Shopping for kitchen cabinets can be intimidating, especially for a first time buyer. There are hundreds/thousands of major kitchen cabinet companies, and many more smaller custom kitchen cabinet shops where you can get any cabinet made from any species of wood that your mind can imagine. Add to that list the explosion of RTA Kitchen Cabinet importers, and the laminated cabinet manufacturers, and suddenly the list can be overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that higher price always means high quality in construction, or more features being available.

In the past, pricing had always been the way to categorize kitchen cabinets. Traditionally, tthe higher-quality cabinets simply cost more money. As I mentioned before, with more and more importers conforming to the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) building standards, some of the RTA Kitchen Cabinets or Stock kitchen cabinets can actually be a sturdier cabinet than the traditional, made to order cabinets. Regardless of what type of kitchen cabinet you decide to go with, it does not take much effort to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the actual kitchen cabinets.

Most kitchen cabinet manufacturers build their kitchen base and wall cabinets in standard sizes. The kitchen base cabinets are often 34.5 inches tall and 24 inches deep. They come in widths starting at 12 inches and can go up to 48 inches often in increasing width increments of 3 inches. Kitchen wall cabinets are often 12 inches deep and 30 inches or 42 inches tall. They also come in the same size widths as the base cabinets. Wall cabinets also come in several different heights and depths for locations such as over the refrigerator or over the microwave/hood range unit. With custom kitchen cabinets, you have even more choices available, since the kitchen cabinets will be created specifically for your kitchen space.

Different semi-custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers make different-sized kitchen cabinets for all sorts of special looks and situations. It is not uncommon to have one cabinet extend beyond adjacent cabinets to create a distinguished look. It pays to shop around to see all of the different possibilities and special cabinet features offered by the custom and semi-custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers.

One of the biggest advantages to true custom kitchen cabinets is the ability to make one giant base or wall kitchen cabinet instead of separate boxes that are screwed together by the installer at the jobsite. A custom-cabinet maker can easily make one giant base cabinet 8 feet long that installs as if it were a piece of furniture. The same is true for wall kitchen cabinets. The advantage of this method is the lack of vertical seams where two traditional cabinet boxes would mate up to one another.

Pay particular attention to the materials used to build the kitchen cabinets. Some kitchen cabinets are made with minimal-quality engineered lumber, particleboard, or fiberboard. . If you plan to load a wall cabinet with heavy traditional china, the weight of the dishes may cause the cabinet to pull apart over time. This is particularly true when it comes to the semi-custom cabinets that the name brand cabinet manufacturers sell at the big box stores (which is why price is not always an accurate gauge of cabinet quality). Many of the RTA Kitchen Cabinet manufacturers use solid plywood sides, which obviously creates a strong kitchen cabinet box than a particleboard or fiberboard box. When it comes to custom cabinets, the material choices are endless and can usually be specified by the customer.

Another factor that will determine the price of kitchen cabinets is the material used to hold it together. Custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers will often use a combination of dovetailed joints, wood biscuits, and glue to create tight joints. Mid-grade kitchen cabinets will have a wide range of materials holding them together (staples and nails on the lower end, to cam lock assembly and wood glue on the higher end). Most RTA Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers utilize the cam lock system, which creates a nice sturdy cabinet, and when enhanced with wood glue, can last a life time. Steer away from any kitchen cabinets that are using staples, wooden dowels, or just screws. The strength of the cabinet will be compromised at the joints with these weaker joining materials.

I have been remodeling houses for over 10 years, and have been able to weed out some of the kitchen cabinet choices that didn’t work for me. If you are interested in learning more about my personal preferences, check out my author bio.


Home furniture from Hooker July 5, 2010

From many years, we prove honesty in our dealings with consumers, sales executives and with all our staff and work force. After deciding to buy furniture from Hooker furniture showroom, there is no need of worry regarding the quality and service from us. We promise you to give you better-quality products with demanding material and good design by our experts. The objective of hooker furniture is to improve the living standard of people by giving latest and modern furniture at very low cost. You can also check out the latest design structures online. You can try some new innovative designs with your bedroom, kitchen or even at your office. We deal with variety of furniture other than the listing on our site.

We offer TV stand, which suits to your modern home theatre. Other than this, we also offer coffee tables and other attractive beautiful living room furniture. We offer suitable and stylish furniture, which changes entire architecture of your home. The guests, who will visit your home, will just not stare at dinning table but also your home furniture’s. The amazing dining table, sofa sets are offered with good-looking leather fabric at reasonable prices. Your all needs regarding residence furniture will be looked and satisfied in Hooker furniture showroom. Your search for recent and reasonable furniture will end here after checking our home collection furniture in Hooker furniture.

You have good chance to buy variety of models. Many times it becomes hard to decide from a wide variety of furniture. We will assist you to take a right decision by keeping in mind of your likes and dislikes that will help to choose appropriate home furniture. Our website has essential information and tips for purchasing furniture.  You can just go through our website for different offerings and discounts. Online facility of purchasing furniture will save money as well as your time. We don’t charge additional rates for delivery services. So, to purchase furniture from Hooker goes in very low cost.

Thanks to technology innovation, which has helped to work from home? People feel exhausted at the end of the day but home furniture will create relaxed working surroundings for you. We provide desks, which reduces your back pain and muscles stress. We also deal with ergonomic chair as it is comfortably designed for office home chair. The colored office chairs even supply you some sort of energy and better feeling while working. Before purchasing home furniture, you need to consider factors such as height and specifications of chair or desk and of other furniture.


The Ins And Outs Of Home Exterior Painting July 3, 2010

Painting can get messy, and not just in the sense that the painter’s clothes and shoes get dirty, but in the sense that many projects turn out being much more complicated than the homeowner may have originally thought. When amateurs try to take on these projects they often end up regretting their decisions and calling a contractor for help anyway. Hiring a contractor from the very beginning will help to get the project off on the right foot and stay on track for the duration of the project.
When home exterior painting throws a curveball that amateurs would not be able to handle, homeowners are usually happy that they had hired a contractor from the start. With the training and expertise these professionals bring to the project, homeowners are happy with their decision and notice that the entire project seems to go by much quicker. Going by quicker and with fewer problems and less stress, the homeowner may even enjoy the process. Home exterior painting should not be a chaotic, stressful project, but it should not be taken too lightly either.

When homeowners take the project too lightly, they may find themselves in a heap of trouble. Things can go wrong quickly if they do not have the proper training. With the training necessary to succeed and an understanding of the importance of the work they are doing, home contractors bring the professional edge to the jobsite. With this edge on their side, homeowners enjoy favorable results when all is said and done.


Easy to Buy Home Appliances Online June 25, 2010

Imagine your life without home appliances. You would dread that hypothetical situation and be forced to wonder as to how our ancestors be leading their lives in dearth of these equipments that look so indispensable in modern times. Contemporary world has witnessed the arrival of technology in the form of electrical appliances in order to facilitate our daily household chores

By virtue of a revolution that has come in the form of online marketing, electrical appliances are readily available on your desktop that can be easily bought with a single click of your mouse. When you decide to shop online trust comparison shopping websites as they will give you the comprehensive price comparison listings of the top products and retailers. More often than not they will guide you to the most cost effective deals and products. Comparison shopping indeed looks much better than tiresome high street shopping.

Out of several online home appliance stores that claim to give you the best buy, not all of them are as good as they would like you to believe. So, try not to stick with a single online appliance store in order to find the best buy but browse a little more to analyse the market trend and thereupon decide on buying a particular product. Many a times, you will land on a website that will have some interesting discounts or clearance schemes, allowing you save a lot of money. And don’t miss out on some cashback websites that look all the more lucrative in this regard.

So whether it is dishwasher or washing machine, vacuum cleaner or microwave oven, you can buy everything online at a price that fits right in your budget. So, whenever you decide to shop on your desktop, trust only comparison shopping!


5 Tips to Maintain Healthy Eating Habits Over the Holidays March 13, 2010

Now that Halloween is over and all the candy is eaten, the grocery and department stores are already filling themselves up with the next holiday temptations. Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, a big part of the celebration will probably center on fatty foods and drinks. Even the healthiest eaters are prone to cast aside their good habits for another plate of turkey with gravy and an extra piece of pie.

If you are determined to maintain a healthy diet throughout this party season, there are ways you can stick with your weight loss program without feeling left out. Nothing is worse than passing on your favorite holiday treats. After all, they only come around once a year, right? Instead of missing out, simply change the way you approach the temptations. Here’s how…

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #1: Use A Smaller Plate

Sometimes it is not what is on a persons plate that makes them gain weight, but rather the big portion they give themselves. One tradition you can do without is stuffing yourself until your belt buckle bursts. Portion control is key to losing weight no matter what time of year you make healthy eating goals.

Instead of giving up your favorite holiday foods, simply use a smaller plate and eat less. Wait at least two hours before you go back for seconds and sip on a few cups of hot herbal tea in the meantime to keep you feeling satisfied. Losing weight does not have to be the chore that most people make it out to be.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #2: Alter Recipes

If you are the person in your family who is doing all of the cooking, you have the upper hand. Using low fat ingredients like egg substitute, applesauce for oil, reduced-fat cheeses and fat-free sour cream will go virtually unnoticed by you and your guests. The more colorful you can make your plate with fruits and vegetables, the healthier you will eat.

Just because your grandmother used to drown everything in fatty butter and gravy does not mean it is a tradition you need to carry on with. Just remember not to snack all day long while you are cooking and then eat a huge meal. Many times it is the cooks who gain more weight than the customers because they do not realize their fingers are constantly grabbing for samples.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #3: Eat Before You Go

Do not arrive at parties on an empty stomach unless you want to end up overeating. Many times when you attend a party, the food is different from what you normally eat and you will be tempted to sample everything new that you see. Going to a holiday party empty stomach is like letting a child loose in a candy store.

Drink a healthy protein shake before you go, or a nice big glass of ice water. There is no harm at trying new things, but making sure your tank is half full before you go will allow you to make decisions based on your stomach and not on your eyes. You will probably still want to sample that 5 cheese and salsa dip, but you won’t want to eat half the bowl.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #4: Keep Yourself Active

One of the key components to good health is exercise. We all know it and it is more important over the holidays than any other time of year. Most people promise to join a gym after the holidays, but the problem with that is how they live during the holidays. They eat more than usual and when judgement day comes, they have their work cut out for them.

You can find ways of moving around more without going to the gym before New Years Resolution time comes around. Offer to do the dishes after Thanksgiving instead of plopping yourself down on a recliner in front of the TV. Grab a long lost relative during a party and walk around the block. The more you move around, the more calories you will burn.

Healthy Habit Maintenance Tip #5: Forgive yourself

If you do surrender to temptation, forgive yourself and get back on track the next day. One overindulgent evening will not destroy all the previous days that you maintained your healthy habits. Holidays are usually more about one day though, so make sure that you do not make a habit of spending every evening at a different party filling up on junk food.

The key to losing weight and maintaining an ideal weight is leading a healthy lifestyle. This means you are making healthy choices about what you eat and you are keeping yourself active with daily exercise. It also means that you should not give up the things you love just because you are afraid to gain a pound. Tomorrow is always a new day, but the choices you make the night before can dictate how your new day will go for you.


Why Rugs are a Great Home Accessory March 1, 2010

Did you know that you could easily add warmth and a bit of style into a cold, modern room just by adding a rug? Rugs, area rugs and rug runners are great additions for any home and include a few benefits such as protecting your floors from getting scuffed up and keeping your rooms a bit warmer during the winter months. Design wise, they’re an excellent way to cohesively bring the look of your home together.

Especially beneficial for those who have hardwood floors, rugs will definitely protect your floors from getting scuffed up. But rugs aren’t just limited to hardwood floors; even if you have carpet, it’s a great way to prevent food and drink spills from staining your floors. Additionally, if you are adding a rug to an already carpeted floor, it’s always a fun and easy idea to add a splash of color and design to your floor.

You wouldn’t think it, but rugs can act as energy savers, even if it’s only pennies a day (and hey, pennies do add up). Instead of turning up the thermostat, having rugs throughout your home will actually help keep the warmth in your house. Like sweaters, rugs are usually made from wool, nature’s little insulators. Essentially, you could go nuts with rugs, even if it’s just for the cold winter months!

As home accessories, rugs are an excellent way to bring the look of a particular room or home together. If for instance, you have a pretty traditional theme going on in your living room (complete with rosette knobs on your doors and drawers, and mahogany furniture), then having a botanical inspired or Oriental rug will complete your motif. If you’re taking a minimalist approach in your home décor, then perhaps a large area rug with pop art inspired patterns or geometric shapes will be the way to go for you.

Having a rug (or two, or three, or four) in your home is always a good idea. Whether or not you have carpet or hardwood floors, rugs generally evoke a warm mood. What better way to create and complete that inviting environment than with a rug?