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Removing asbestos during a remodel

We bought our house knowing it needed a fair bit of work, but we could never have guessed how complicated the job would get in the end. It turns out not only do we have asbestos in the walls, but also, at some point, the previous owners had some asbestos insulation put in the roof. There are a lot more precautions that we need to make as result but, I'll feel a lot better knowing we aren't cooking and eating our meals near asbestos. Our remodeling contractor has been great and has stepped us through the whole process. Join us on our remodeling journey!

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Removing asbestos during a remodel

Handy Renovation Tips for Small Kitchens

by Joanne Sullivan

Remodelling a small kitchen can prove to be quite a challenge for some homeowners. Without adequate space, you may find it difficult to incorporate design elements that you desire, and as such, some individuals may simply choose to overlook this space. Luckily, there are a number of things that you could do to give your kitchen a face-lift. As a rule of thumb, ensure that your remodelling is focused on making the kitchen appear bigger and more spacious. Below are some of the tips that can come in handy when renovating a small kitchen.

Tip 1: Let in natural light

The first thing you could do when remodelling your kitchen is to make it brighter and airier. If you have small windows, you should have your contractors make them larger so they can allow in as much illumination as possible. The increased natural lighting will eliminate shadows, which will give the illusion of a larger space. Moreover, you could opt to use tempered glass for the windows, which can double up as splashbacks for the kitchen. When furnishing the windows, keep the treatments to a minimum so that they do not impede on the amount of light that the kitchen receives.

Tip 2: Install new benchtops

Although the benchtops are primarily functional, this does not mean that they cannot contribute to the overall appearance of the kitchen. When selecting new benchtops, choose materials that come in lighter hues as these will reflect light thus creating the illusion of space. If cost is a primary concern, you could opt for laminate benchtops that mimic other materials such as granite, which ensures that they will not detract from the aesthetics of the kitchen.

Tip 3: Opt for open storage

Storage is crucial for any kitchen, but the wrong choice of storage options can make your kitchen appear cramped and smaller than it is. Rather than opting to have cabinets in your kitchen exclusively, you should consider open shelving. The open shelves provide you with sufficient space to store items that you use on a regular basis, without the design inconvenience of closed-off cabinets at every corner of your kitchen. Open shelving also allows you to make the most of the vertical dead space that you may have on the different walls in your kitchen. Additionally, consider taking off the doors of your current cabinetry and replacing them with glass as this will make your kitchen appear more open.