Outdoor kitchens can be small and simple or as elaborate as any indoor kitchen. Typically they include a grill, a counter area for prepping and plating food, and a dining counter or table. Run gas, plumbing and electrical lines to the outdoor kitchen, and you can have a sink, refrigerator or beverage center, additional cooking appliances, lighting, and even a TV or sound system.
Built for entertaining, this outdoor kitchen is equipped with all the essential items for fiestas. It is outfitted with a stereo system and televisions, as well as a gas grill, infrared burner and a smoker.
Contemporary kitchens tend to be described as modern, minimalist and geometric. The characteristics include horizontal lines, asymmetry and a lack of molding and other ornamentation. Materials often are man-made rather than natural: stainless steel, laminate, frosted glass inserts, concrete, linoleum, chrome and lacquer.
A custom-made, cylindrical cabinet is the focal point of this kitchen island. The raised drum unit features solid tulipwood cabinets painted an ivory color, and a walnut butcher-block countertop.
Tip #1: Have a Definite Plan
With some home remodeling projects, you can make decisions as you go along. A bathroom remodel does not provide you with that same luxury. You should always have a definitive plan written down before starting and should try to stick with it as much as possible. Your plan should cover the following:
- An estimated time-frame for the project
- If you want to put in new appliances, have models picked out and written down
- A final layout for the finished bathroom
- A definite understanding of how many contractors you’re going to need to hire
Tip #2: Do things Right the First Time
You should never attempt bathroom remodeling work yourself unless you are 100% positive that you can do it properly. This means that you should never try bathroom remodeling work that you have never done yourself or have no training in because any mistake you make during a bathroom remodel could potentially send the total price of the project soaring. Most people hire contractors to handle the following:
- Specialty grout and tile work for walls, floors, or shower surrounds
- Anything related to plumbing
- Installing any electronic fixtures or new electrical outlets
- Laying new baseboards or reconstructing walls
- Any miscellaneous demolition work that is required
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Obviously, if you have plans that include remodeling your bathroom there are things about your current space that you would like to change. The first step to developing your bathroom remodeling plans is to determine what you would like to change in your bathroom. You could start by jotting down a list of areas that you would like to see improvement. Maybe you would like to replace some of the fixtures like the sink or bathtub. Or, you might want to take down that old wallpaper that has begin peeling off in the corners of every wall.
Next it would be a good idea to decide which things are top priority for the renovation project and which items you would like to include but could be cut from the list if necessary. This list will, of course, be affected by how much of the remodeling project is a necessity and how much is your personal preferences. For example, if you have had a leaky toilet that resulted in water damage to the floor, it is more of a necessity to fix or replace the toilet and flooring. But, if the sink is in good working condition but you would prefer to have a pedestal sink that is more of a preference. Once you have this list formed and prioritized you can move on to the next step of the process of making your complete bathroom remodeling plans.
Gleaming silver tones enhance this guest bath’s old-world elegance. Designer Betty Lou Phillips chose a luxurious French-inspired theme for the decor. She paid attention to details like the tub and its floor-mounted water filler, the 19th-century crystal chandelier, the freestanding nickel-leg washstands, the vintage glass pharmacy chest, and fittings that read chaud and froid. “They give the room character, a period feel. They’re functional, too, of course. That’s another French trait: their flair for melding the past and the present,” she says.
Pure as a Shaker church, a Nantucket beach house’s blue master bathroom gets its airy look from high ceilings and walls painted with Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light. Designer Frank Roop drew the mosaic tile floor on a computer with CAD software, and Tile Showcase manufactured it in one piece, like a carpet.
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Required plumbing parts don’t have to ruin your under-sink open shelf look. Open cubbies below these two bowl sinks have removable panels in the back to allow access to pipes.