Category Archives: Kitchens

History of the Refrigerator

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dutch door refrigerator with bottom freezer (2)History of the Refrigerator

When you think kitchens and kitchen appliances, you think refrigerators. While there were working “fridge” models prior to 1913, this is the year when the domestic refrigerator was invented. The inventor was Fred Wolfe.

However, the prototype was improved upon the very next year by an engineer named Nathaniel B. Wales. Refrigerators really jumped in popularity in the 1920s after the invention of freon; from there, the General Electric “Monitor Top” refrigerator became the first fridge to see widespread use.

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Wood Countertops for Your Kitchen

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Wood Countertops for Your Kitchen

Wood butcher block countertop - Design Build Pros (1)Many home owners view the use of the wood countertops as a cure for the cold of the common stainless steel. Wood countertops have been enjoying a revival after being eclipsed by showy stones like granite and marble. They are usually constructed from the hard wood and are also laminated together with glue making it strong and stable. The hard wood countertop always provides a warm and organic landing surface in a kitchen making it to become gentle and forgiving on dishware and also able to absorb the noise from a busy household. Another advantage about the wood countertop is that it can be repaired when damaged and also can be refinished if in any case it gets stained, dinged or gouged.

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Illinois Design Build Remodeling Project from Synergy Builders

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Illinois Design Build Remodeling Project from Synergy Builders

Synergy Builders kitchen remodeling in Chicagoland ~ Design Build Pros (1)This Elmhurst, Illinois kitchen project had a goal of combining a modern design that had classic, long last appealing.

This design build remodeling project was done by Synergy Builders in West Chicago, Illinois.  Synergy Builders is a design build home remodeling company servicing the Chicagoland area. They have helped hundreds of families with their kitchens, bathrooms, additions, lower levels, and exteriors since 2002. Synergy Builders operates with the mindset of providing “Stress Free Remodeling” for the homeowner. Synergy Builders understands how to not only give an incredible end result, but how to make the home remodeling process from start to finish as easy as possible.

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Kitchen Workstation

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Home Office Design, kitchen work station ~ Design Build ProsKitchen Workstation

It has been said that in front of every talented cook, there is a clean and an efficient workstation. You can be a better cook by just building a better kitchen workstation. You can set up a workstation for both cooking and office purposes. Whether you decide to put up a home office in the kitchen or just a small desk area, you need to be having some idea on what to do for your kitchen work station to be complete and efficient. For office purposes, you can use things like the cabinets that matches or compliments your kitchen so that the space can blend in. Continue reading

Butcher Block Top Countertops

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Butcher Block Top Countertops

Wood butcher block countertop - Design Build Pros (2)The dated laminate counter-top in your kitchen reminds you daily that it is time for a kitchen makeover and it should start with the kitchen countertop.

Have you considered the use of a butcher top countertop?

This choice guarantees a perfect transformation of your kitchen within a reasonable budget. Before you make your decision, here are some things to help you know what the product is made up of and its benefits:

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Topbrewer Counter Top Coffee Spout

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Topbrewer Counter Top Coffee Spout

TopBrewer Counter Top Coffee Spout (1)-Design Build ProsCoffee 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.

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The History of the Microwave Oven

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The History of the Microwave Oven

Using microwave ovenIt 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.

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History of Subway Tile

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Subway tile for kitchen and bathroom remodeling - Design Build prosYou 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.

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Kitchen Accessories for Cooking

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Kitchen Accessories

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.

Panini Press

Roast beef and swiss cheese panini

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

Cook Tops in Kitchen Islands

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cooktop in kitchen island - Design Build Pros (2)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