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Surviving A Kitchen Remodel

With economic times as they are, many of my clients have decided to fore go the expense of moving or building a new home. Instead they have decided to renovate their existing homes.

One of the best ways to get good return on your renovation investment is to update your kitchen. This can be an overwhelming project but with a few preparations and a good design strategy, you can withstand the ups and downs of having your kitchen torn apart and put back together again. Here are a few tips for surviving a kitchen remodel. Hope they help. Perhaps you have some you would like to post to this list. (Source: Kitchens.com)

  • Keep essential items handy: microwave meals and non-perishables like soup; condiments; cereal; microwave-safe dishes and utensils; dishcloths; dishwasher soap; paper plates and cups; coffee; coffee pot and sugar/creamer; paper towels; napkins; and garbage bags.
  • You’ll be without water in the kitchen for a time, so plan to do the dishes in another sink or the bathtub. Or stock up on eco friendly disposable plates and cups, paper towels. Be sure to have some disinfectant cleanse handy.
  • Move your old refrigerator or a small mini-fridge to a convenient space close to a water source. Add a table with a microwave above and a trash can below.

Obviously, small appliances such as microwaves, toasters or toaster ovens, hot plates, and small electric grills will be immensely helpful in preparing home-cooked meals. Just remember, the area where you set up your temporary kitchen might not be able to support multiple appliances running at the same time, not to mention any other electronic items typically used in that room. You might need to have only one thing plugged in at a time to prevent blown fuses.

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Refrigerator Dimensions

If you are about to renovate or design your kitchen, here are some helpful dimensions for popular refrigerator styles.    (Source: Dimensions Guide.com)

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Refrigerators have three standard styles and these are the bottom freezer, top freezer, and side-by-side. There is a style called French door refrigerator which has a double door bottom freezer. Refrigerator dimensions are dependent on the style and cubic feet capacity of each one.

Comparing the three standard styles with similar capacity, the most energy efficient is the top freezer, next in line is the bottom freezer, and the least energy efficient is the side-by-side style. Refrigerators are also less energy efficient when they have indoor water and ice dispenser compared to those that have none.

Side-by-Side Refrigerator Dimensions

A. Free Standing Side-by-Side
Width: 32 inches to 36.5 inches
Height: 66 inches to 70 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 28 inches to 29.5 inches

B. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side
Width: 35 inches to 36.5 inches
Height: 68.5 inches to 72.5 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 24 inches

C. Built-In Side-by-Side
Width: 42 inches to 48 inches
Height: 83 and 3/8 inches to 84 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 23.5 inches to 25 inches

French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Dimensions

A. Free Standing French Door Bottom Freezer
Width: 33 inches to 36 inches
Height: 68 and 5/8 inches to 70 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 28.25 inches to 29.5 inches

B. Counter-Depth French Door Bottom Freezer
Width: 35 and 3/4 inches to 36 inches
Height: 69 and 5/8 inches to 71 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 23 and 3/4 inches to 24 inches

C. Built-In French Door Bottom Freezer
Width: 42 inches to 48 inches
Height: 83 and 1/8 inches to 84 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 23.5 inches to 25 inches

Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Dimensions

A. Free Standing Bottom Freezer
Width: 29 and 5/8 inches to 36 inches
Height: 66 and 3/4 inches to 70 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 28 inches to 30 and 7/8 inches

B. Counter-Depth Bottom Freezer
Width: 35 and 5/8 inches to 36 inches
Height: 69 and 3/4 inches to 70 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 23 and 3/4 inches to 24 inches

C. Built-In Bottom Freezer
Width: 35 inches to 36.25 inches
Height: 82 and 3/4 inches to 84 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 23.5 inches to 24 inches

Top Freezer Refrigerator Dimensions

Width: 28 inches to 36 inches
Height: 61 and 3/4 inches to 69 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 25 and 7/8 inches to 28 inches

Compact (Under-Counter) Refrigerator Dimensions

Width: 17 and 3/8 inches to 24 inches
Height: 19.5 inches to 34 and 1/8 inches
Depth without the door and handle: 13.5 inches to 18 and 3/4 inches

In selecting a specific refrigerator unit to purchase, the dimensions play a major part on the decision making. Measure the allotted refrigerator space in your kitchen so that the unit that you will purchase will really fit into the specified kitchen space.

Interior Design Tips-Lighting Design on a Budget

Chandelier -Lighting DesignHere is a great way to add atmosphere and sophistication to your interior design without having to spend a lot of money. This simple tip can enhance your room design immediately.

Check out this video:
Lighting Design On A Budget

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Outdoor Room Design

What is it about eating outdoors that makes the food taste even better? Love this outdoor room design with the bold red fireplace and metal pergola that frames the joyous occasions. Let your interior design spill out into the garden. Here in Asheville, NC, we love our outdoor rooms.