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Contractors Can Improve Your Home

Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Two Ways To Make The Most Of Your New DIY Kitchen

by Regina Barnett

While the kitchen is the hub of cooking and food preparation, it can also provide a space in which friends and family can relax to read a book or newspaper, study or enjoy a quiet moment. Here are two tips on how to plan your new space for maximum value, getting the most out of the available area.

Make Storage Count

Ample storage not only creates a more functional space, but it helps to generate a calming and comfortable atmosphere. Without enough cupboards, your benchtop can end up cluttered—covered with appliances such as toasters and microwaves. And it can be difficult to relax in a crowded room that feels unorganised. 

However, there's no point constructing numerous cabinets when you can't reach into the back, where food items can hide for months on end. So focus on making every cupboard count. For corner cabinets, install a carousel that spins around, allowing you to reach every item. Another option for corners is deep L-shaped drawers. Once you pull the unit out, all parts are accessible. Explore the vast range of smart storage options, including pantry pull-out baskets and cutlery inserts so that you don't waste precious kitchen floor space on inefficient cupboards.

Create A Cozy Nook

Kitchen islands are popular features of DIY kitchens. As well as increasing storage and cupboards, they provide extra seating and a place to rest. However, rather than creating additional seating in the centre of the kitchen, why not construct a cozy nook instead? Whether this is possible depends on the floor layout. One possible way to do this might be to install a custom-cut benchtop, at a lower level, as a desk or table. For instance, you could bridge a gap between the end of a countertop and a wall or window. With the addition of a chair, a cushion and a wall picture, you have created a comfortable study corner. 

Choose a wooden or timber-look laminate benchtop material for its warm appeal. This modular solution is without table legs that add clutter, so you can maintain a streamlined look for your new zone. While waiting for your meal to cook, you'll have a place in the corner to sit and rest or catch up on emails. Or your child can study, keeping you company.

Alternatively, construct a seating bench and decorate with cushions and a throw rug, so family members can relax with a book and a cup of tea. Out-of-the-way spots such as these add functionality to the kitchen area without you having to push out walls or add rooms.