Affordable kitchen makeover ideas to change the look of your kitchen

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Kitchens are considered to be the heart of your home and so it is very important that you give your kitchen a makeover so that it looks good. But you can also remodel your kitchen without great expense with the help of some affordable kitchen makeover ideas so that you will be within your budget.

It is also known as the most important home improvement project that you will attempt, but make sure that you do not spend more money for this project than you need to. Firstly you will need to start by assessing the needs of your kitchen which includes determining the positive and negative features of the kitchen.

When remodeling your kitchen you will need to make sure that you renovate the kitchen in accordance with the overall look and interior of your home so that it can complement the rest of your home.

This is a job that a homeowner with basic DIY skills can do and do well. It is not difficult. The main thing is to choose the type, style and colour of door that will transform your drab and dreary kitchen, and the next most important thing is to order the correct size of door! I know that sounds obvious, but a mistake here can scupper your best laid plans.

My recommedation is to make a call to your local kitchen renovation company. They will come to your house, show you designs, styles and colours, measure to get the perfect door for your cabinet, and order for you. This is the point at which you let them do the whole project, or if you just buy the doors from them and you fit them your self to save money. Either way, you still save a ton on a complete replacement and will have the kitchen you desire.

These makeover businesses can be found online, and to give you an idea of what to look for, here is a great example for you, quality kitchen doors nottingham. If required, these types of businesses can also supply and install worktops too, or even complete fitted kitchens. Just find a similar business in your area and you are in business, and there will be no mistakes.

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Get new cabinets-
it is considered as an excellent way of renovating your kitchen when you get new cabinets for the kitchen. Since cabinets can change the entire look of your kitchen, you will need to make sure that they are attractive as well as functional.

You can install the cabinets that will complement the look of your kitchen as there are different styles, designs and colors of kitchen cabinets. You could also look for affordable cabinets that are on sale in the furniture stores.

Change kitchen tiles-
new kitchen tiles can make your kitchen look visually appealing and attracting as you can give a major makeover  without spending a lot of money. You can also get glass tiles installed in your kitchen, which can change the look of your kitchen completely. You can also opt for porcelain tiles as it is an excellent option for you to make it look new again, but is more expensive.

Paint the walls-
if you are thinking of affordable ways of renovating your kitchen then painting the walls of the kitchen is probably the most popular way of changing its look. Paint also provides you an opportunity to spruce up your kitchen as painting the walls can make your kitchen look and smell refreshed and new. Laminate walls also look great as these are an affordable option for you as well.

Changing the countertops-
your kitchen renovation project is incomplete without changing the countertops, and you will need to look for a countertop that is durable, functional and affordable. You can either opt for marble or granite countertops as both of these look great and will last for years.

The selection of the right countertop can drastically change the appearance and look of your kitchen and so it is important that you should select the most appropriate counter top for the work that you normally do in the kitcnen, and to match your budget.

With the help of these kitchen makeover ideas, you can successful in changing the entire appearance of your kitchen in the most cost effective manner. You can renovate your kitchen with these ideas so that you will have a new kitchen but spending a fraction of the cost of a full replacement.

I always like to include a video… so here are some more makeover tips below.

The Many Benefits of Choosing a Wood Burning Stove

wood burning stove benefitsThis will be the 3rd time that I have installed a wood burning stove in my house! We have a plan, which is to buy a house, then upgrade it, and sell. Then buy a better house and do the same, so that we can eventually get the house that we really want. It’s a long term plan, and we are enjoying the ride.

Wood burning stoves are good for the environment, cheap to run, heat the house efficiently, and most of all, they look great. I also think that when you come to sell your house, all of the above are excellent selling points. Just light the fire before your prospective buyers arrive, and it’s a done deal! Well almost. I did some research for this post, and I think the argument below shows just why you should install a log burner in your home.

Provision of carbon neutral energy

When derived from plantations and cultivated woodlands in particular, wood serves as a renewal energy and, therefore, sourcing wood locally not only brings benefits to the local economy but also provides an essential role in reducing the carbon footprint. Modern wood burning stoves burn much more efficiently and cleanly than older conventional stoves. The wood burning stoves unlike the traditional heating systems are more energy efficient. Burning wood produces CO2 but unlike the oil which also provides carbon to the atmosphere, new trees can be planted. With every new tree planted, more of the CO2 is then reabsorbed just approximately the same as the amount of the CO2 released into the environment when the wood is burned, making it carbon neutral.

Cost saving with wood burning stoves

Wood is relatively cheaper than other sources of energy and at the same time provides sufficient heating. The wood burning stove utilizes wood in return, and this translates into reduced cost and expenditures. Modern wood burning stoves are efficient heaters, and cost less than the conventional heating options. One of the advantages of having a wood burning stove is that it provides zone heating aspect in which, a person can heat an area he/she desires and at the same time keep the rest of the house relatively cooler. Unlike electricity which is expensive per unit, wood burning stoves are much cheaper compared to the use of electricity driven heating systems.

Wood stove provides comfort that hot air systems cannot

A wood stove provides a true warmth that hot air systems cannot, however, they are less easy to control because the firewood fire cannot be regulated, in the same way that you can with electricity systems, and unlike in the hot air systems where the thermostat controls the maximum temperature that these systems provide. Wood burning stoves are however durable, pretty much maintenance free, and are ecologically friendly unlike conventional heating systems.central heating diagram

Wood burning stoves provides a green heating solution

Burning wood gives a zero-sum impact in the overall carbon emission globally. When wood is burned, only CO2, water and heat are produced. However, one of the notable unique features about the wood burning stove is that heat can be provided even in situations where there is no power, something that is always a problem with conventional hot air or hot water heating systems.

A wood burning stove gives a wonderful ambience

Wood burning stoves are these days elegant in design, and when installed, serve as a focal point for your room. You will find that therea are many designs to choose from, enough to satisfy just about any room design ideas.

There is probably a showroom close to where you live where you can get ideas and advice, see the designs available, and discuss your requirements. You can also find a local HETAS regulated installer in your town, who will be happy to come to your home and advise you on the type of system and show you the wood burning stoves that would best meet your needs.

Multipurpose heating

Modern wood burners are able to not only heat the room that they are situated in, but can also be used for cooking, heating water, and to provide the hot water for your central heating system too.

I think that wood burners and multi-fuel stoves are only going to increase in popularity. Gas use of any kind is being phased out in the coming years, leaving just natural sources, oil and electricity, so now is the time to get ahead of the curve and look at replacing your outdated heating system with a wood burning stove.

The youtube video below will help to show you just what can be achieved by using your log burner as the heat source for a central heating system.

Use Your Water Twice and Save The Environment

grey water systemThis is just a quick post about grey water. I have been interested in implementing a grey water system for many years, but so far I have not had the chance to do it, but I think this year will be my chance.

Grey water is essentially the water that comes from your washing machine, kitchen sink, bath and shower, and downpipes from the roof. It is not clean enough to drink, but is perfect for watering the garden, flushing your toilet etc.

There are some sophisticated systems available these days to help with this, but I found this really simple to set up system on a youtube video, and I think I will start with this, and use the water for the garden. Later in the year I will research how to develop this into a more comprehensive grey water system with underground tanks and pumps, and will update this blog at that time.

In the meantime, look how inexpensive it is to set up a simple sytem for your home, and get using your water twice to save both your money and the environment.


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I was doing some research before deciding on a heating system for my home and I came across this infographic. I like information in this format because it seems easier to digest for me.

One of the big surprises for me in this was that if you turn down the thermostat by just 1 degree, it can save your annual energy consumption by around 10%. Thats massive!

I had also forgotten about fitting individual valves to the radiators, something that is on my to do list now.

Anyway, I found it very useful, and I hope you do too, if you have anything to add, you know where to send it!

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DIY Nightmares

DIY Nightmares

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I wanted to kick things off in a positive way, but the only ideas that come to mind are the problems that we have had over the last few months with our old and draughty house. Don’t get me wrong, I am not disheartened, and it is all starting to come together nicely. So if I get the negative stuff out of the way, the rest can only get better. ( I hope! )

The Flooded Bathroom

So Derek and I decided to renovate the bathroom. We stripped and dismantled, hammered and cursed. Getting the old cast iron bath out of the upstairs bathroom was an experience I never want to go through again, but that was just the start.

We did get the old bath etc out, repaired the floor, had the walls plastered, and the new modern suite plumbed in and working. There was just the hand basin that wasnt working. We wanted to put it in place to check the location, then remove it to fit the new laminate flooring. Then put it back in it’s rightful place, however, we installed the floor and put the basin back, pushing the plastic fittings together. All good, but…

We forgot to glue the water pipe connections to the sink, just pushed them together. Amazingly, everything worked fine. We used the taps and washed in the sink, no problem. That is until we went out for the day, during which time those unglued connections blew apart, allowing water to burst into the room, down the stairs, and even running down the inside of the front door.

We came home probably minutes after the event, to find my designer shoes washing down the stairs. Panic! We turned off the water and cried. So we glued the pipes, dried everything out, including my shoes, re fitted the bathroom floor, hallway ceiling, and stairs carpet.

So that was a lesson learned. We will call a professional plumber next time! There are other instances of madness, which I will recall later, but to be honest there have been more triumphs than defeats.

With my next blog I hope to be more upbeat, and we will be discussing various topics in the hope that they will advise and inspire you in your home renovation journey.

Cynthia xx