Tag Archives: Kitchen

Sunday Family Dinner Tradition

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Before starting their design work for kitchen remodeling projects, the Design Build Planners team has their clients fill out "profile checklists". The lists give the DBP team insight into how a client plans on using the space as a family unit. One thing that has been decreasing in recent years in the desire for a family dining area.

Most families are operating on very different schedules and finding an agreeable time for a sit down meal is often a difficult task. However is it an endeavor that requires more effort?

 

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DBP Reviews Kitchen Design Plans

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Homeowner: Good Morning DBP. Hope all is well.  I was wondering if you can guide me.  We are doing our kitchen over and I’m just confused as to where to place the island.  Two kitchen people say one way one says the other.  If I sent you my floor plan and a picture of the two designs can you give me your honest opinion.  I’m so nervous to make the wrong decision as it’s a lot of money.  
 
DBP: Yes, send us floor plan and pix. We will be glad to offer suggestions and advice!
 
Homeowner: Hi DBP Team, I totally appreciate you taking a quick look for me.  Below is my floor plan as well as pictures of my current kitchen.  I am confused whether I should go with the Island facing the family room or facing the kitchen table area.  It's an odd layout.  I really wanted an updated look and most contractors or telling me to go with an rectangular island.  I currently have a U-shape very small.  So, I have three plans. Island facing living room, island facing kitchen table area or L shape.  Can you please give me your honest opinion.

 

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Choosing a Counter Depth Refrigerator

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How to choose the best counter depth refrigerator? This question was asked to Jason Parsons, DBP's Chief Designer, by an online magazine. Here is his answer: Because of their size and frequency of use, refrigerators are generally a focal point in the kitchen. If you have decided on a counter depth unit, there are several factors to consider when choosing the best model for you. First, most people do not realize that only the body of the refrigerator is counter depth. Doors and handles extend beyond the counter. In addition, the hinges are designed to have the doors open outside of the refrigerator width. You need to ensure that there is enough clearance to open the doors a minimum of 90° from the refrigerator not only to access your food, but to remove all drawers for regular cleaning. This will require anywhere from 3” – 6” on each side of the unit. Be sure to choose one that will work with the space that you have.
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Exposed Beams in Remodeling Projects

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Exposed ceiling beams are sometimes requested in remodeling projects to create an industrial look. It is more common in basements where covering the ceiling evenly can be problematic because of ducts and pipes. However, homeowners are now requesting for the main living space and kitchens as well. It can be done as raw or stained wood, painted white or black.

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Virginia Kitchen Remodel by Leo Lantz Construction

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Virginia Remodeling Project by Leo Lantz Construction Leo Lantz Construction, located in Glen Allen, Virginia is a Design Build Planners Preferred Remodeler. This project was a kitchen remodel in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Continue reading

Cleaning Burnt on Food from Your Pots and Pans

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Everyone does cooking in their kitchen; unfortunately everyone is not a gourmet chef! Having the heat on too high or leaving food on too long can result in some of your food getting burnt on to your pots and pans. While cleaning the burnt on food may seems like a daunting task, below you will find some effective tips for tackling the challenge! Continue reading

Neil’s Simple, Lazy, Chicken Soup Recipe

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Chicken soup will never go out of style. Chicken soup serves as an amazing "get well" component when under the weather. However, it can also be a simple and effective meal option. It is a staple of Neil Parsons' weekly food regimen in the Fall and Winter months. Chicken soup is healthy, yet satiating and tasty--perfect for those watching their food choices! Below are the ingredients and recipe directions for Neil's Simple, Lazy, Chicken Soup. Continue reading

Induction Cooking in Your Kitchen

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Induction cooking ~ Design Build PlannersInduction cooking is a two-part system. The first is a coil of copper wire and when the electric current flows through the coil it creates energy. The second part is the pan itself. Not all pans will work on an induction cooktop. Pans that consist of 100% copper, 100% aluminum, or 100% non-magnetic stainless steel will not work.  The bottom of the pan must have an iron base in order to work, easiest way of checking is to hold a magnet to the bottom of the pan. With a traditional radiant cooktop, the entire element would heat with the surface glowing red. But not with the induction cooktop, all the electromagnetic energy passes through the cooktop and into the pan which causes the iron molecules to vibrate creating the friction that heats the pan. Continue reading

Herbal Crusted Tilapia Recipe

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Hi There, Fellow Gardeners! herbal crusted talapia recipe from Organic Gurlz GardensThis is AnnahMarie and Becca. Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens of Fort Wayne, Indiana will be sharing a recipe for Herbal Crusted Tilapia. In the mood for something that excites your taste buds – but unsure of what to make? Scavenge your kitchen no longer! We at Organic Gurlz Gardens have a scrumptious recipe to share that is sure to delight your pallet. Continue reading