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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

Tips for Building Custom Cabinets in a Small Kitchen

by Joanne Sullivan

In a kitchen remodel, building custom cabinets gives freedom in choosing their size, shape, finish and colour. You can install what's best for your kitchen rather than trying to squash off-the-shelf cupboards into your space. This capacity to tailor-make the cabinetry is especially helpful in small kitchens. It helps you to maximise the limited area. Here are some tips.

Reduce Visual Clutter

It's essential to reduce visual clutter that can create a crowded and claustrophobic feel in compact rooms. You can achieve this by fitting flat cupboard doors instead of contoured designs with a lot of detail. Another way to minimise clutter is to integrate the fridge and dishwasher into the cabinetry. Otherwise, the kitchen will be full of different colours and textures.

The fridge will have one colour and shape, and the dishwasher will have other dimensions and finishes. By hiding this diversity behind cupboards, everything will remain consistent. To add more seamlessness to the overall kitchen design, consider installing an under-mount sink to make the benchtop look smoother without the rim.

Maximise Storage

Reducing detail is about creating the illusion and feeling of more space. But, in a small kitchen, you also need to be practical and work out ways to maximise the storage to fit everything in. You can accomplish this by fitting as many drawers as possible in the lower cabinetry. 

Drawers offer more storage than cupboards of the same size. They come in different depths to hold variously sized items, so they don't waste vertical space. For example, deep drawers can contain saucepans and pots. Shallower drawers can hold cups or cans of food. All space is used because the drawers are available in different depths that match what is being stored in them. Conversely, there is typically a lot of dead space in a cupboard above the items stored on a shelf. Cupboards provide a one-size-fits-all strategy, whereas drawers cater to the different sizes of things.

Also, consider a pull-out pantry. These consist of drawers, possibly using wire mesh, that you can pull out. Like drawers, you can easily see all the items and reach things at the back, which is not as easy to do in a cupboard.

Minimise Upper Cabinets

Besides reducing visual detail on the cabinetry, you have other methods to give the illusion of more space in a kitchen. If you install upper cabinets on two, three, or four walls, this can impact how airy and light the room feels. Large components set high on the wall can seem to loom over the area, making it feel smaller and less open. Thus, try to minimise the number of upper cabinets. You could, for instance, construct floor-to-ceiling cupboards on one wall only. With the other walls bare of upper cupboards, the kitchen will seem freer and more spacious.