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Ideas for a Kitchen Island

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Finding the right kitchen island for your kitchen may not be as easy as picking one off of a home-improvement showroom floor. A kitchen island takes on meaning in a kitchen space when its design and function is tailored to the needs of the kitchen. Plan the design of a kitchen island to have the features and functions that will enhance and improve the work flow of the kitchen.

Work Surface

  • A simple island design is one that adds an additional work and serving surface to the kitchen. Some island designs incorporate a main sink or an additional prepping sink in the island that takes the food handling away from the dirty dishes.

    In addition to providing an extra work surface, cooktops can be added to a kitchen island as a stand-alone feature or with a prepping sink. These additions will transform the island into a central location for food preparation.

    Extended kitchen island counters can make extra room for seating. A curved island top mimics the feel of a round table that makes the island feel like a meeting place in the kitchen.


  • Every kitchen island does not have to be rectangular in shape. Design a kitchen island that has an S- or U-form whose curves will give a kitchen space a unique and stylish appearance.

    An L-shaped island can define two different work areas on the same island, such as one for prepping food and the other for cooking or eating.


  • The available space in a kitchen will dictate the practical size of a kitchen island. Large islands can make large kitchens feel more cozy and welcoming, while small islands in smaller kitchens become functional, space-saving solutions in the kitchen for chopping food and for storing items underneath.


  • When you look to ideas for the kitchen island, a variety of materials can be used to make an island unique to your kitchen. The base of the island can be assembled with ready-made cabinetry or constructed of shelving and leg posts.

    Kitchen islands can take on new definitions when you think out of the box. Convert an old large table into an island; replace its legs if necessary, add wheels to make it mobile or add a shelf to make a storage space on the island.


  • A kitchen island can function as a room divider between the kitchen area and an adjacent eating or living area in an open floor plan. Its layout can flow with the lines of the floor plan, where it takes on a custom shape, such as a triangle or pentagon.

    Kitchen islands can extend the storage square footage of a kitchen by incorporating shelving, cabinetry and appliances under its counter space. It is quite common to find storage shelves for books, bowls and plates, a small refrigerator, a dishwasher and warming drawers located in a kitchen island.

Architectural Features

  • The design and architectural features of a kitchen can be carried over to its kitchen island. Wood carvings, ornamental trim molding and posts and countertops that have decorative routed edges are some ideas for a kitchen island that makes it stand out as a showpiece in a kitchen design.

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Before and after bathroom makeover

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

After moving into their new home in Michigan, the new homeowners had to face the challenges. The kitchen and the bathroom definitely needed a renovation so they’ve decided to focus on those spaces. Today we’re going to take a look at the bathroom and see the way it looked like before and then the way it turned out.


The new owners moved in in February 2011 and they’ve managed to finish the kitchen and the bathroom in March. I would say they were fast, considering the makeover they’ve come up with by themselves. Actually, the bathroom was done in about a week. They had some inspiration from a blog that had a bedroom with the same color. It might seem like a well-thought plan, but as the owners declare themselves, they didn’t get to do much planning.

They wanted to maintain a quasi-historical look but also make their presence visible by adding their own touch. They took a chance with the black paint but it turned out to be an inspired choice. The hardest part was not painting or redecorating the room but taring it down and preparing it for the bathroom makeover. That’s because of its small size. Another difficult part was finding pieces that would fit in there and try to mix and match them. It wasn’t easy but the results are satisfying and the owners are happy with their new bathroom.



Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

If you accept an alfresco kitchen but abridgement accumulator space, alfresco kitchen cabinets are your answer. Beyond aloof ‘storage boxes’ however, they can additionally ascertain the appearance and attending of your alfresco kitchen, aloof as calm cabinets do for your calm kitchen.

Outdoor kitchen cabinets appear in a array of abstracts and styles, so you’re not bound as far choices go. They’re additionally fabricated to angle up to the elements so there’s no charge to be anxious about how they’ll book in the sun, rain or snow.
Convenience is a benefaction too. Being able to abundance aggregate you charge appropriate there in the alfresco kitchen is a lot easier than consistently accepting to run aback to the “inside kitchen” for supplies.

Kitchens are the undisputed heart of the home, where everyone gathers, mingles, and lingers during parties. But to achieve that kind of appeal outside means expanding your outdoor living space. To draw a crowd—and keep them entertained—requires a bit more than plopping down a table and a few plastic chairs.
With an outdoor kitchen you can prepare meals and be around your guests with minimal time spent running back inside for plates, beverages, or tongs. Although you could spend tens of thousands of dollars for a custom outdoor kitchen, a basic island is an efficient design that leaves out the complexity of curves and angles. Not only that, with an island guests can relax on one side while you’re cooking on the other, so you feel as though you’re part of the gathering.

Outdoor kitchen and exterior cabinets will not crack, split, or rot when exposed to weather. Custom outdoor kitchen and outdoor kitchen design add beauty and function to any outdoor patio kitchen.

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Modern and Minimalist Kitchen Design Ideas Kitchen Culture

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

This is the sample and pictures of modern minimalist black and white kitchen design ideas. In this year, many people like to decorate their kitchen layout with ultra modern kitchen design. This is the new trends in kitchen design 2009.

Here are two set of contemporary kitchen design pictures works done via kitchen culture, a Singapore prestige kitchen design company. I had listened regarding the company at times back and what I know is that they produce high quality kitchen cabinet design suitable to the design trends and lifestyles of the modern living.

It is an observe aperture knowledge when you want to visit their showroom. Perhaps, you are looking for fresh and original kitchen design ideas for your kitchen interior design.



Kitchen Makeovers on a Budget

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Here are some ideas for kitchen makeovers on a budget to pep up the look of your kitchen. The budget kitchen makeovers, given in this article are stylish yet economical.

Working in a kitchen is not something everyone enjoys. It turns into a nightmare when you have battered cabinets, peeling paint, chipped countertop and stained floor. If you have a kitchen that closely resembles this description, then god help you! You immediately need a kitchen remodeling plan unless you are comfortable working in such a kitchen. However, if you are a homeowner on a budget then you might not want to go for expensive kitchen improvement projects. In this article, you will find several ideas for kitchen makeovers on a budget.

Ideas for Kitchen Makeovers on a Budget

You don’t need a fat bank balance to change the look of your kitchen. What you need is creativity and great imagination so as to implement innovative ideas of budget kitchen makeovers. Given below are some inexpensive kitchen makeover ideas.

Assign a Budget
Assigning a budget is the most important of all kitchen makeover ideas on a budget. Unless you have a budget planning, it is impossible to proceed with kitchen makeover ideas. Assess the condition of your kitchen and decide what are the problem areas. Some aspects of the kitchen may need only small quick fixes while others may need a complete replacement. Find out these items and make a list by assigning budget to the tasks that need to be undertaken for the respective items. Make sure you do not overlook any major expense as that can make a dent in your budget kitchen makeover plans. Besides, such unforeseen expense may cause the entire planning to go haywire and become a cause for disappointment.

Quick Fixes
There are innumerable ways in which small kitchen makeovers on a budget can be done, just by fixing a few things. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in pepping up the appearance of any kitchen and that too, for less than $100. However, do not forget to give a coat of primer before painting walls so as to avoid peeling. Another quick fix activity that can add pizazz to your kitchen is painting kitchen cabinets. Replacing kitchen cabinets is a very expensive affair, however by painting them you can achieve similar results for much less cost. You might as well take a step further and replace the cabinet door knobs and handles as well. If trading your existing kitchen appliances for newer ones is not possible, then you can paint them using an appliance paint. You can get them painted at auto shops if you are doubtful about doing the job yourself.

Certain aspects of the kitchen may not work well just by fixing them, hence replacing them is the only way out. However, these replacements need not be always costly, as you can go for cheaper substitutes. For instance, while changing the flooring, you can indeed look for less expensive kitchen flooring options. Vinyl tile flooring and vinyl planks offer the most economical option for kitchen flooring. What more, they come in myriad designs and patterns so that you can choose them according to the rest of the decor. Other cheap kitchen makeover ideas include replacing the worn out kitchen backsplash with ceramic or porcelain tiles instead of glass ones.

Adding pieces of accents here and there can also add to the beauty of your kitchen. Potted plants make for ideal and least expensive adornments for your kitchen. You may also place a clear vase with fresh flowers in it. You may also hang pretty wall pieces or picture frames to beautify your walls. Just make sure they won’t look out of place in your kitchen.

Hope these ideas on kitchen makeovers on a budget help you out in your endeavor of beautifying your kitchen.



Making the most of a small kitchen

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Making the most of a small kitchen

Less is more, right? And even though it may seem like an obstacle at first, a small kitchen can be a cute, fully functioning, intensive workspace rather than a cluttered and pokey hole. Follow our tips and your kitchen will be transformed in no time.


Sliding doors

Consider whether you want to keep your small kitchen intact or knock through an interconnecting wall to open it up to the living area. This doesn’t mean being permanently committed to open–plan living. You can divide any large opening with sliding doors and wooden floor–to–ceiling door systems will look traditional and warm without being too domineering.

Open doors

Don’t obsess about the traditional kitchen rule of sink, oven and hob in a user–friendly triangle formation. Position them in a way that suits your kitchen and the way you cook. However, you mustn’t forget about doors; your oven (preferably a double oven or with built–in microwave) door should be able to open fully without hitting anything else. Experiment before you install or use sliding doors on cupboards to avoid this. Read more »



Preparing to Install New Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When installing new cabinets, plan to do the job after completion of rough wiring and plumbing but before the finish flooring has been installed. By installing the flooring after cabinet installation, you won’t use more flooring than needed and the new floors are less prone to construction damage.

Unpack your cabinets and make sure all components are on hand. If your cabinets arrive disassembled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly. Wait until after cabinet installation to add drawers, doors, and shelves. If you remove any parts, be sure to label them so you can return them to their proper places.
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The wall that backs cabinets should be level, smooth, and clean. To check it for flatness, place a long straightedge against it. Mark any bumps or voids so that, during installation, you can adjust for them.

When moving them around, you will discover that upper cabinets are heavy–just imagine their weight when they’re loaded with dinnerware and food. For this reason, it is imperative that they be fastened very securely to the wall stud framing behind the wall’s surface material. And the screws you use must go through a strong part of the cabinet such as a support rail that runs along the cabinet back. Every cabinet should be secured by at least three screws which penetrate the wall framing by at least 1 1/2 inches. For cabinet installation techniques, see How to Install Kitchen Cabinets.



Kitchen Storage Tips

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Providing convenient and suitable storage for small, large and variously-shaped kitchen tools and equipment is one of the most important aspects of kitchen planning.

Whether you choose to have enclosed cupboards, or open shelves , the important thing is that everything should be easily seen, accessible and in the most convenient place.



Open shelving

is cheap and easy to install, and suits people who like the look of their kitchen equipment and use it often. Shelves can be fitted where cupboards cannot, (for example, in front of windows, on the backs of cupboard doors, under sloping ceilings and in small recesses). An up-and-over shelf can also be fitted so that a heavy piece of equipment, such as a food processor, can sit in a cupboard and swing out, when required. Shelves can also be of different depths. Wider shelves are good for large plates, jugs and bowls, but it is useful to have some narrow shelves. One narrow shelf, running along the wall about 12 inches above the worktop and above any electric sockets, is indispensable for jars of herbs and spices and any other small items, which would get lost on deep shelves.



Enclosed cupboards can be very dominant in a kitchen and will usually set the style for the whole room. You can choose the simplest wooden, Shaker-style design and paint it, or you can have an elaborate, molded wooden kitchen in a dark stain and in between these, there are many variations of wooden, veneered or plastic-finished kitchens to choose from. If you plan carefully, you should not have to cover every wall with cupboards. It is often more pleasant to have some open wall space to hang a picture on, or to act as your home office. Having too many cupboards simply means you can shove things into them, which you don’t need and never even glance at. For a narrow kitchen where cupboard doors may open straight into your face, you can get cupboards with sliding doors, but these can be irritating to use and small things can often get hidden behind them.

Plan the interiors of cupboards carefully. A narrower shelf fitted inside a cupboard will mean that you have room to hang a set of shelves on the back of the cupboard door, which can be a more convenient way of storing small items. Low cupboards are easier to use if the shelves pull out on runners, so you can see what’s on them. Wire basket shelves will prevent things from rolling off. If the kitchen is next to the eating area, equipment for eating and table laying can be kept in a double-sided peninsula unit, to make more efficient use of the area.


Drawers are among the most useful forms of storage. They can be any depth and size: shallow for linen, table mats and cutlery, square for dry foods and smaller items such as string and labels, and deep for upright bottles, saucepans, a basket or waste bin.

You can buy standard drawers and design the interior for a specific purpose (for example, fill them with wire baskets for vegetable storage, bottles and jars or laundry). Very narrow drawers, fitted with wire shelves, are available as part of some ranges of kitchen units, which can store nearly all your tins and dry foods in a very compact space. Such units can be short in height to fit next to an under-the-worktop refrigerator, or tall to fit next to a large refrigerator-freezer or indeed into any spare, narrow space in the kitchen.



New kitchen remodeling ideas to contempory or retro design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

 New kitchen remodeling ideas to contempory or retro design


Kitchen makeovers are one of the most serious home renovations a homeowner can undertake. The kitchen needs to fit the way meals are prepared, food is stored, and how items are shelved as well as have the theme or design desired.  Good kitchen design ideas can take time to develop. You need to consider just what you are looking for in a new kitchen design that will also hopefully add to the value of your home.


Kitchens today are still the most important room in your home, serving as the main point of activity of your family. Here are kitchen design pictures you can look at to get ideas for your kitchen renovation. The American Society of Interior Designers released REGREEN, its set of guidelines for home remodeling with a shade of green.