Coffee is a daily staple for most people. A trip to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts can almost be seen as a necessity, but many people also want coffee available to them on demand in their home. Over the past few years, this has caused Keurig and K-Cups to explode in popularity. However, the homemade coffee game may be finding a new dominate player. This is where the Topbrewer counter top coffee spout comes into the picture. The design is simple; it is merely a swan neck faucet on your counter top.
It is common to see a counter top microwave oven in nearly every house you enter. The microwave oven was actually an accident. Yes, it was accidentally invented by a man by the name of Percy Spencer. In 1933, Westinghouse demonstrated cooking sandwiches with one of the first microwave ovens. This demonstration took place at the Chicago World’s Fair. It was invented during the Second World War It wasn’t until 1946 that the first microwave oven was sold.
The first microwave was used for commercial purposes in 1945. It was placed in a Boston restaurant. They put the microwave in the restaurant for testing purposes.
The first microwave ovens were too big for use in homes. In 1955, the first patent was licensed for the microwave oven. The patent was owned by Tappan. Tappan’s microwave oven still wasn’t small enough for use in a home. It wasn’t until 1967 that the first countertop microwave oven was introduced.
You wouldn’t imagine something taken from a New York City subway design as a major kitchen and bathroom remodeling trend, but that’s exactly what’s going on today. Gleaming 3×6 inch tiles covered the walls of kitchens and bathrooms alike seems to be one of the more popular design features, and this look dates back to the unveiling of the NYC subway system.
Accessories used for cooking have evolved over the years. As people learn different ways to cook, companies create accessories to make the process of cooking easier.There are accessories to make every aspect of the process much easier. These accessories range in price. The price depends on the type of accessory and the company that manufactured it.
The Panini has been around since 1956. It wasn’t until around the 1970’s and 1980’s that they gained popularity in the United States. A Panini press is an accessory for cooking sandwiches. There are heated plates on the top and bottom. You place the sandwich on the bottom plate and close it. It presses the sandwich as it cooks. People put whatever they want in the sandwich such as meats, cheese, and vegetables. Some people use Panini presses to cook meats as well. They are used to cook meats such as boneless chicken. Continue reading →
One of the most popular requests in any kitchen remodel is for a gorgeous, central kitchen island. Kitchen islands come with a lot of different choices, from countertop material, one tier vs two tier, color scheme, etc. However, another important choice that many homeowners opt for is having a cook top in their kitchen island. Continue reading →
“Remove a wall to make the kitchen two feet deeper” sounds a lot easier than it is. For this kitchen remodeling project in Warren, NJ the design plan included removing the main, bearing wall in a colonial home to re-frame a new wall and opening two feet into the dining room.
When remodeling kitchens, one of the most complicated decisions that you will make comes with the cabinets. There are so many options in materials, construction styles, design and staining options. All these options can be very confusing as well as overwhelming for the average person who is just looking to update their kitchen.
Households have so many power cords hanging around. They have one or two for each smartphone in the house, since you need to have easy access to them at all times because we cannot live without them. Then there are charging cables for the tablets, portable gaming devices, and mp3 players. Let’s face it; we need our technology.
Unfortunately with all the cables lying around, it can be quite unsightly as well as leaving a tangled mess for you to deal with. The kitchen is the most central area in your home, and often times a place where you visit often during the day or even sometimes spending most of your day in there, especially around the holidays.
The latest trend in high end counter tops for kitchen remodeling is soapstone. Soapstone is a natural stone that comes from the quarry. It is referred to as “soapstone” because of its soft and soapy feeling surface. There are two different varieties of soapstone: artistic and architectural. The architectural variety is the option you would use for your kitchen counter top, as it is the harder variety.
Soapstone comes in smaller slabs than granite and marble, so if you have a larger kitchen you will need to get more than one slap, which will cause visible seams. Unlike other natural stone options, soapstone is nonporous, which makes it easier to clean and maintain. It also does not stain as a result. You are also able to put hot pans on it without worrying about cracks or other damage to your countertop as soapstone is very heat resistance.
White quartzite is becoming a popular choice for kitchen remodeling. Quartzite is a stone that is made of quartz grains, which come from sandstone and chert. Marble is made of carbonate materials like calcite or dolomite. That makes them completely different types of stone; however, they can look very similar.