What to Know First When Considering a Kitchen Remodel

You moved into a new home and want to change everything out, such as kitchen cabinets, countertops, kitchen sinks, faucets, and your flooring. Or, you have lived with your current kitchen for decades and now want a new look to the place where you cook your food and the family gathers daily. There are several options to what you can achieve in getting your new dream kitchen.

One, you can do a full replacement with cabinets, countertops, and matching appliances, along with the kitchen sink. Second, you can have your cabinets stripped and sanded, if they are still sturdy and functional. Then, you refinish them and, if desired, add new doors and knobs.

Measure Your Kitchen First

Tools needed:

2 yardsticks, one roll-up measuring tool, sketch pad, pencil with eraser, and a calculator.

The image above shows a partial kitchen layout for one side, plus the corner turn, for measuring. The red line shows the full-length measurement across, which can be compared to the section sum of measures taken for windows and doors, including any framework.

Walls, Doors, and Windows

First, consider if the whole kitchen will be redone. Start creating a rough sketch of the kitchen first, as you will want to add the wall, window, and door measures into the sketch for each section. At the end, you can then total up individual measures to see how close you come to the full room length measure, as shown by the red line.

First measure the walls across, getting the inches from one wall corner to the next corner, or to the first door and outer frame edge on that wall. Include measures for any door, by measuring from inner door frame to opposite inner frame, including the height, as shown below. You should also include the width of the door frame itself, from outer to inner points.

 

If there is a window on a wall, get the measure from the wall corner (or door edge) to the outside of the window frame. Then measure from one outer window frame across to the other outer window edge of the other side. Get top to bottom outer frame measures the same way. Enter those measures into the sketch, along with the earlier inside window frame measures you got.

Now get the measure from ceiling to floor in your kitchen. Do this for each wall in the kitchen, even though it should be the same. But you never know. Note where the countertop meets on the wall height, where applicable, usually about 36 inches up from the floor. That measure is dependent on the thickness of the countertop.

Cabinets and Countertops

There are general industry sizes for most cabinets, unless you go with a fully customized cabinet creation, which will cost quite a bit. Measure from one edge of a cabinet, across to the next cabinet edge, and note if there is a spacer in between cabinets. These can range from one to three inches.

Get the height for each cabinet and places the measures into your sketch. Do this for both bottom and top cabinets. If you have a corner Lazy Susan cabinet, or blind cabinet (as shown above), then measure on top of the countertop, across to where the cabinet door begins. Also add on the full measure length to the end of the cabinet.

Note all windows and doors on wall measurements, and how they relate to the cabinets. Countertop measurements are taken from the span of the cabinets across the wall, and is figured out by your wall and cabinet measurements.

Kitchen Sinks

First, take a measure of the sink cabinet so you know what size you need to replace it. Check to see if the water spouts are directly above the drain pipes inside the cabinet.

Measure from the outer edge of the sink across, and then from outer back edge to front lip edge. Then measure from the inner edge of the sink the same way.

Finally, get the depth measurement by measuring from the drain to the top. An easy way is to lay a yard stick across the sink top, then take another yard stick and vertically place the 1-inch tip on the lip of the drain. Where the vertical stick meets up with the horizontal stick, should be the bowl depth measurement. From a plumber’s viewpoint, this shows if anything must be changed on the pipe mounts, so that it meets up with the new sink.

Types of Sinks

A drop-in sink mount means the old sink is removed, and a new sink dropped into the old spot, leaving your current countertop in place. An under-mount sink means that you remove the countertop first, remove the old sink, install the sink, then lay a new (or old) countertop over the edges of the new sink. It will depend on what you wish to have in your new kitchen. This also includes what type and style of faucets and knobs you want installed with the sink. Fixture holes may need to be drilled by the installer first.

Do not forget about adding a water sprayer off to the side, which is very convenient for rinsing dishes and sinks. This also affects whether a hole for that extender hose, needs to be added to the sink and countertop too. A plumber would handle most of this section for you, except for adding that hole in the countertop for a sprayer. That must be done before the sink is laid over the top, or if an under-mount, before the countertop is laid back on top.

When the Kitchen is Measured

Now that you have all the measurements done, you can take these to a kitchen specialist or designer who can add the preliminary design into a computer program. While it is not necessary to have perfect measurements, it helps in deciding what cabinets you can select and quoting the first price. At least you have some idea of what the project will cost.

If a specialist handles your kitchen remodel, then there will be a professional measurement done first to ensure that all selected cabinets will fit, including spacers. There will be no doubts about what options will be available after that.

Check for any specials going on, such as half-price cabinet or countertop sales or free installs, if buying a whole kitchen. The same is true with appliances. You can get a whole set of stainless appliances, with a mark-down if bought at certain times of the year. It pays to watch mailbox advertisements and to check online sales at various stores.

Make sure installers also guarantee the work and will adjust or replace anything that goes wrong. If doing a total kitchen remodel, prepare to eat out for about a week or more, while old cabinets, appliances, countertops, and flooring are removed, and the new pieces brought in.

Just relax and enjoy!!

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Moving On: Getting Your Resume in Order

You heard through the company grapevine that employees are going to be laid off, and now panic sets in. You suspect you will be one of the ones to go. While unemployment benefits may get you by for a while, it may not be enough to pay all the bills. Additionally, you cannot remember the last time you used a resume to get a job, let alone where you stored it last. Maybe you never had one done because you first got hired by somebody who knew you well.

If written communications are not your strong point, then hiring a resume writer is an excellent investment at helping you look good to any executive who reviews your submission. You can also come back to the resume writer later on when you need to add on new skills and extended education taken since the last time you worked with the resume writer.

What do you need before you contact a resume writer?

If you had a resume from a previous job, then dig it out and go through it first, using the following guideline.

  • Note anything such as skills and training that might have been left out.
  • Make notes of things you want to add in for those employment areas.
  • Make sure you have job titles and employment dates noted for each job you had.
  • Write down your current job and title and list the different responsibilities that are, or were, required of you. Remember this is just a list for now.
  • Think of what are your best qualities about you personally as an employee (i.e., self-motivated, able to handle projects with little supervision, inspirational team leader)
  • Note what software programs you have worked with that you feel relatively comfortable in promoting.

If you don’t have a resume, then begin noting all the jobs you have held since leaving school, including company names and the dates you were working there. Typically, you will arrange the information from the first job held to the current or last job held. Then follow the guideline above for the rest of the tips.

Once you have your information in place, then it is time to call your resume writer for help in putting it all together. Why do you want to have your information in place? This helps the resume writer ask pertinent questions that will develop a picture of you as an outstanding employee, with plenty to offer any employer.

When you get your resume completed, remember to also update it once a year, whether you need it for a new job application or not. Why? Because you never know when you are going to need it quick. Changes in life, particularly in today’s business environment, means that nothing remains the same for long. Don’t count on your talent keeping you safe in your job, because there are plenty of factors involved when management decides to reduce personnel and, most likely, you had nothing to do with the outcome. Therefore, why wait until you have an emergency and, under duress, you have to pull something together.

At the very least, every year you spend on the job, you learn new skills which are vital to your business profile and you need to record these upgrades in your skill set. It is important that anything you add in, is an accounting of skills and experience which a new employer will view as essential to the company if he or she hires you. You are marketing yourself to your new employer and letting everyone know what they can expect if the company hires you. It’s not about you wanting a job; it is about what you can provide to your new employer if they hire you.

Feel free to call if you need help for your new resume at 817-522-1017 .

 

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