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How Redesign A Kitchen At home

Designing your new kitchen is frequently the best part of remodeling a kitchen. It can be fun and exhilarating, if you like that sort of thing. It is certainly less difficult work than taking out all the appliances and cupboards; taking out all the crockery and utensils; scraping off the old wallpaper and hacking off the old tiles.

if you do not take pleasure in the idea of creating your own new design for your new kitchen, you could of course hire an interior designer. However, I think that the cooks in the family will have a fairly good idea of what they want and what should go where. Why not have a family brainstorming session on it?

After all, everyone in the family makes use of the kitchen, even if not everyone in the family can cook. Functionality is the key to most kitchen remodels. As the old saying goes: ‘Form follows function’. This is entirely true, the design of your kitchen has to make making use of the kitchen easier – looking good is also possible, but that has to be second.

Space is a very important element when designing a kitchen or any other room, because it is finite, it is limited. The kitchen is sometimes described as ‘the heart of the home’, but how do you make use of your kitchen? Do you all sit in the kitchen talking? Do you eat there or is it only used for cooking and the sporadic cup of coffee with a neighbour? Do the kids use it a lot? Do you have parties where people tend to congregate in the kitchen? The answers to these questions and others should help you determine how much ground space you need.

Storage space is the next deliberation. How much kitchen equipment do you have? Do you have lots of crockery and cooking utensils? Do you have an electrical appliance for every little chore? Do you use them often? Are you happy to have all these things in the back of a cupboard or do you want them left out? If you have children, do they have to have access to your cupboards or does access have to be restricted?

In conjunction with your requirements for floor space, you now have to work out how many cupboards you want at eye-level and how many at floor level. If your appliances have to be left out, you will need a large work surface. If your shiny copper pots and pans need to be on display, you will need rows of hooks or shelves.

Now you can go on to the kitchen catalogues and decide the design of cupboard doors that you prefer. The actual cupboards are usually all the same, that is they are manufactured to set measurements. Only the door and side panel clip-ons are different. Do you want real or fake wood? If wood, what type, light or dark? If light, do you want oak, maple or pine?

Then there is the worktop or counter top. Do you prefer resin, stone or timber? Should it match or contrast with your cupboards? The floor tiling and splash-back tiling is next. At this juncture, it is worth looking at the catalogues again and going to a home improvement centre to look at show kitchen examples.

Lighting is quite important. Do you want a light over your table with adjustable spots aimed at your worktop? Do you want to be able to turn down the light? All of them or only the main light? Back-lighting or down-lighting for the worktop is also really nice.

Owen Jones, the author of this article writes on several subjects, but is currently involved with Jet Power Tools. If you would like to know more or check out some great offers, please go to our website at Woodworking Power Tools

Improve The Productivity Of Your Employee With Your Office Renovation

The term Climate Change has been more frequently used in present day conversations than twenty years ago. Sociological Studies suggested that as Society becomes more complex, so is its Language. This just tells us that the use of new words or phrases as topics depends on its evidence in that society. In connection with the present, the idea that Sociology has propounded is valid. The concept of Climate Change has really grown more obvious now in our contemporary society.

In the past, we often thought of little changes around us as trivial matters unworthy of our time. The hustles and bustles of life inadvertently shadowed these serious problems that now, we are afflicted with. We even thought of those Scientists who assiduously organize forums about its risks as absurd people; but the truth is, they are the true illuminators. They shed light to the things that we have been ignoring for a long time. There have been activities to fight this seemingly minutiae problem, but still, they are not adequate. We must think that problems facing the world will not be cleared if only one symptom is healed; a holistic mending is definitely necessary.

Though we carry on deluding ourselves into thinking that the world matches our ideal vista, the truth will always hit us with a tsunami (literally). Climate change is difficult to combat. That is why the more rapid it changes its pace (often faster and to our danger); the more agressive we must be in order to forbid it. Since the present Climate Change talks are focused on business (in particular factories and industries), why don’t we extend its range into its other parts, the offices. In this nook, a green-minded concept is extending its help- Green Ergonomics.

What is green ergonomics? Green Ergonomics is a coined-term which means the study of workplace design for the comfort and efficiency of workers instilled with social responsibility on the environment. To start the workplace renovation, the changes that may be prominent in a green workplace are the following:

1) Plants! – Buildings may drop the monotony in their designs by adding plants as ornaments to its walls and to its other parts;

2) Environment friendly office supplies- The materials that may be used are those made out of recyclable materials which are environment friendly in all its fibers;

3) Appliances- The use of low energy consumption (or those that use other sources of energy such as solar, wind, nuclear) is not just beneficial to the environment but also to the production costs of the company.

These are just few of the examples. We can still immerse ourselves on research and come up with new ones. Besides, if Necessity and Passion are present, an innovation will surely come out. This may also be attained through the initiative of both the private sector and the government of any society. The government, to advance such activities, may pass a mandate that states a reinvention of present workplaces into a “green workplace”. It is also an reward for the company utilizing green ergonomics for it send off a message to its customers (and would be customers) that it practices Social Responsibility.

Our solution to the ginormous Climate Change problem may be viewed as small; but still, if it can aid, it is decent to be called valiant. We are the dwellers of this precious planet. No one else will take care of her but us. So as her children, may we all find solutions in our respective fields and hope for her recovery. If we succeed, we have not only found her cure, we also added a new word to our diurnal conversations. That word/s may be the word of the year and the elixir of our planet’s illness. It is none other than the green-minded concept, Green Ergonomics.

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