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5 Steps to Keep Fence Posts from Rotting – By Sean Kavanagh

Tue, 8th April, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

When buyers purchase a property, home inspections often reveal deficiencies in wood fencing, more specifically, rotting posts. If your cedar fence posts are rotting at the bottom, you need to replace them. The rot probably developed because the posts were installed improperly. When you are installing a fence, be sure the posts are put in properly to ensure the fence has a long life. Here are a few things you can do to ensure you have a strong and stable fence simply by installing the posts correctly.

Cedar has a reputation for durability, but unless a few guidelines are followed, cedar posts can fail in as few as five years. Three factors contribute to this early failure: poor drainage, low-quality wood and poor protection against insect damage. To get the most out of your new posts, here are five things you can do:

1. Soak the bottom of the posts in a wood preservative containing copper napthanate, such as Cuprinol. Available at some paint stores and home centers, this wood treatment is specifically designed for in-ground applications.

2. Place about 6 in. of aggregate in the bottom of the posthole to allow for drainage. The bottom of the post should extend a few inches into the aggregate as shown.

3. Pour the concrete so that it’s above the soil level. Trowel the top smooth and slope it so that water runs away from the post.

4. Apply high-quality exterior acrylic latex caulk, or silicone specifically designed to adhere to concrete, at the base of the post. This will seal the gap between the concrete and post that’s caused by freeze/thaw cycles.

5. Don’t use posts that contain sapwood. Sapwood is lighter in color (usually yellow) than heartwood, which is dark. Instead, use heartwood, because it’s denser and more insect-resistant.
* The Family Handyman

Category : Burlington / Burlington Real Estate / Home Improvements / Home for Sale Burlington / Home for Sale Hamilton / Home for Sale Oakville / Home for Sale Toronto / Real Estate

Lots of Rain and Leaking Basements – A Bad Combination!

Fri, 12th April, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

As I was showing a house last night in the middle of a rain storm, my clients asked me about the hairline cracks in the foundation we saw. I said, if you aren’t seeing water in the basement on a day like today, you may not have to worry about those cracks…right now. I say ‘Right Now’ because you have to keep an eye on your basement situation and review the following items annually to prevent problems in the future.

The good folks at ACISS Home Inspections have gladly provided you with a list of items to review and are the main causes of basement leaks.

• Improper grading. Ensure that all grounds slope away from the foundation.
• Patios and walkways require slope away from the house.
• Grading should always be 4 to 6 ” below siding and brick
• Clean gutters/eves troughs twice a year and ensure proper drainage.
• Downspouts should extend 4 to 6 feet away from the house.
• Disconnect and extend all downpipes that enter into the ground. Below grade can be collapsed or clogged.
• Monitor all cracks or faults in the foundation walls.
• Window wells should be installed where window sills are not 4 – 6″ above the ground.
• Seal all through-wall penetrations or wall flashings.
• Large trees close to the house could cause damage below grade to the foundation.
• Raised flower beds should be sloped away from the house.
• Driveway should slope away from the house.
• Neighbor’s properties should not drain onto your property.
• Underground sprinkler system outlets should be positioned and directed away from the house.
• Clean all drains or catch basins annually.

If these issues are present in your property, please call me and I will be able to help direct you to the right people to help rectify the issues.

Category : Burlington / Buyers / Home Improvements / Sellers

Did I Pay Too Much? – How to avoid overpaying for homes that need repair

Thu, 15th November, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

I recently had a consultation with a buyer and we were discussing the Pros and Cons of buying a ‘Fixer-Upper’ or homes that were selling in ‘As-Is condition’. It often seems like a great idea from a purchasing perspective because of the reduced asking prices. However, the question that needs to be asked is if the asking price is low enough.

If a home is asking $20,000 less than the neighbour that just sold last week and you negotiate an additional $10,000 off of that reduced asking price, is that a good deal? What if that house needs a new furnace and air conditioner? What if the house needs to be painted, wall paper removed or carpets replaced? What if the kitchen screams 1980? These are all considerations when buying a home that needs significant work. In our example, if you buy that home for $30,000 less than the neighbour, it may be a steal! But if the home you bought needs a new kitchen and the basement is not finished, then you may have over paid.

When you decide to buy and you have your home inspection, please keep the following costs in mind. This will help you with price negotiations or help determine if that home is the right fit for you and your budget.

As a dedicated real estate agent servicing the Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and Toronto markets, I provide all buyers with this affordability consultation so they know exactly what they are getting into. It is not meant to scare anyone off buying a home, it is just meant to provide my clients with all the information necessary so they can make the most informed decision about their purchase.

If you would like a personal buyer consultation, I would be happy to sit down with you and examine things such as budget and housing affordability. One of the largest regrets a buyer will have when purchasing a home is underestimating the maintenance and repair costs. A skilled and qualified buyer real estate agent will be able to help you avoid such regret.


Install conventional asphalt shingles over existing shingles $2.00 – $4.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and reshingle with convention asphalt shingles $2.75 – $5.50 per sq.ft.
Strip and reshingle with premium quality asphalt shingles $5.00 – $10.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and re-roof with cedar shingles $9.00 – $18.00 per sq. ft.
Strip and replace built-up tar and gravel roof $10.00 – $20.00 per sq. ft. (min. $1,000.00)
Strip and replace single-ply membrane $10.00 – $20.00 per sq. ft. (min. $1,000.00)
Reflash typical skylight or chimney $500.00 – $1,000.000
Rebuild typical chimney above roof line $25.00 – $50.00 per row of bricks (min. $400.00)
Rebuild typical single flue chimney aove roof line $200.00 – $400.00 per lin. ft. (min. $1,000.00)


Install galvanized or aluminum gutters and downspouts $5.00 – $10.00 per lin. ft. (min. $500.00)
Install aluminium soffits and fascia $8.00 – $16.00 per lin. ft.
Install aluminium or vinyl siding $6.00 – $12.00 per sq. ft.
Repoint exterior wall (soft mortar) $3.00 – $6.00 per sq. ft. (min. $500.00)
Repoint exterior wall (hard mortar) $5.00 – $10.00 per sq. ft. (min $500.00)
Parge foundation walls $3.00 – $6.00 per sq. ft.
Dampproof foundation walls and install weeping tile $150.00 – $300.00 per lin. ft. (min. $3,000.00)
Install a deck $25.00 – $50.00 per sq. ft. (min. $1,000.00)
Resurface existing asphalt driveway $2.00 – $4.00 per sq. ft.
Install interlocking brick driveway $8.00 – $16.00 per sq. ft.
Rebuild exterior basement stairwell $5,000.00 and up
Build detached garage $70.00 – $140.00 per sq. ft.
Build retaining wall (wood) $20.00 – $40.00 per sq. ft.
Build retaining wall (concrete) $30.00 – $60.00 per sq. ft. (min. $500.00)
Painting (trim only) $2,000.00 – $4,000.00 and up
Painting (trim and wall surfaces) $5,000.00 and up


Underpin one corner of house $5,000.00 and up
Underpin or add foundations $300.00 and up per lin. ft. (min. $3,000.00)
Lower basement floor by underpining and/or bench footings $50.00 – $300.00 per lin. ft. (min. $5,000.00)
Replace deteriorating sill beam with concrete $60.00 and up per lin. ft. (min. $2,000.00)
Install basement support post with proper foundation $800.00 – $1,600.00
Perform chemical treatment for termites $2,000.00 and up
Repair minor crack in poured concrete foundation $400.00 – $800.00


Upgrade electrical service to 100 amps (including new pannel) $1,200.00 – $3,000.00
Upgrade electrical service to 100 amps (if suitably sized panel already exists) $800.00 – $1,600.00
Upgrade electrical service to 200 amps $1,700.00 – $3,500.00
Install new circuit break panel $700.00 – $1,400.00
Replace circuit breaker (20 amp or less) $100.00 – $200.00
Add 120 volt circuit (microwave, freezer, etc.) $150.00 – $300.00
Add 240 volt circuit (dryer, stove, etc.) $300.00 – $600.00
Add conventional receptacle $200.00 – $400.00
Replace conventional receptacle with ground fault circuit receptacle $70.00 – $140.00
Replace conventional receptacle with aluminium compatible type (CO/ALR) (assuming several are required) $60.00 – $120.00 each
Upgrade entire house with aluminium compatible receptacles, connectors, etc. $1,000.00 – $2,000.00
Rewire electrical outlet with reversed polarity (assuming electrician already out there) $5.00 – $10.00 each
Replace know & tube wiring with conventional wiring (per room) $1,000.00 – $2,000.00


Install mid-efficiency forced-air furnace $2,500.00 – $5,000.00
Install high-efficiency forced-air furnace $3,500.00 – $7,000.00
Install humidifier $300.00 – $600.00
Install electronic air filter $800.00 – $1,600.00
Install mid-efficiency boiler $3,500.00 – $7,000.00
Install high-efficiency boiler $6,000.00 – $120,000.00
Install circulating pump $400.00 – $600.00
Install chimney liner for gas appliance $500.00 – $1,000.00
Install chimney liner for oil appliance $700.00 – $1,800.00
Install programmable thermostat $200.00 – $400.00
Replace indoor oil tank $1,200.00 – $2,500.00
Remove oil tank from basement $600.00 and up
Remove abandoned underground oil tank $10,000.00 and up
Replace radiator valve $300.00 – $600.00
Add electric baseboard heater $250.00 – $500.00
Convert from hot water heating to forced-air (bungalow) $10,000.00 – $20,000.00
Convert from hot water heating to forced-air (two storey) $15,000.00 – $30,000.00
Clean ductwork $300.00 – $600.00

Cooling/Heat Pumps

Add central air conditioning on existing forced-air system $3,000.00 and up
Add heat pump to forced-air system $4,000.00 – $8,000.00
Replace heat pump or air conditioning condenser $1,200.00 – $2,500.00
Install independent air conditioning system $10,000.00 – $20,000.00
Install ductless air conditioning system $3,000.00 – $7,000.00


Insulate open attic to modern standards $0.80 – $1.60 per sq. ft.
Blow insulation into flat roof, cathedral ceiling or wall cavity $2.00 – $4.00 per sq. ft.
Improve attic ventilation $30.00 – $60.00 per vent


Replace galvanized piping with copper (two storey with one bathroom) $2,500.00 – $5,000.00
Replace water line to house $2,00.00 and up
Replace toilet $500.00 and up
Replace basin, including faucets $750.00 and up
Replace bathtub, including ceramic tile and facuets $2,500.00 and up
Install whirlpool bath, including faucets $3,500.00 and up
Retile bathtub enclosure $1,000.00 – $2,000.00
Replace leaking shower stall pan $1,000.00 – $2,000.00
Rebuild tile shower stall $2,500.00 – $5,000.00
Replace laundry tubs $400.00 – $800.00
Remodel four-piece bathroom completely $6,000.00 – $50,000.00
Connect waste plumbing system to municipal sewers $5,000.00 and up
Install submersible pump $1,000.00 and up
Install suction or jet pump $700.00 and up
Install modest basement bathroom $6,000.00 and up


Add drywall over plaster $4.00 – $8.00 per sq. ft.
Sand and refinish hardwood floors $2.00 – $4.00 per sq. ft.
Install replacement windows $40.00 – $120.00 per sq. ft.
Install storm window $200.00 – $400.00
Install masonry fireplace (if flue already roughed-in) $3,000.00 and up
Install zero-clearance fireplace (including chimney) $3,500.00 and up
Install glass doors on fireplace $300.00 and up

*Costing courtesy of Carson Dunlop

Category : Buyers / Home Improvements

12 Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall

Thu, 18th October, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

With winter fast approaching….Sorry!….You should take a look at this checklist of things to do around the home this Fall. Most of these points are simple maintenance issues that need to be addressed on a yearly basis, but some of them can save you lots of money in energy costs if done regularly.

1) Change the air filter in your furnace. This should be done seasonally, so you will see this point 3 more times on this checklist. Unimpeded airflow will not only keep the air you breathe clean but it will also lengthen the life of your furnace.

2) Be sure to have your furnace inspected by a qualified technician to ensure it is running at maximum efficiency. While you are at it, be sure to check the fireplace (including chimney) and hot water tank.

3) Examine and reapply weather stripping around doors and windows.

4) Inspect the attic to see if vents are clear and that you are free of critters. This would also be a good time to examine the R-Value of your insulation. If the level of insulation looks low, you may want to invest in some more blown in insulation as that is one of the best and most economical ways of reducing your heating costs.

5) Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and reduce energy costs.

6) Clean the gutters and ensure all downspouts are running away from the foundation to prevent water accumulating around the foundation of the home. The last thing you want is water pooling around your foundation wall and then freezing!

7) Disconnect garden hoses, shut off water supply to the outside and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the section of pipe just inside the house.

8) Empty or use all the gas in your lawn tools so you don’t have problems starting them in the spring. You can use stabilizer to keep the fuel fresher longer, but it is a good idea to check in the manuals to see what the manufacturer recommends for winter storage.

9) Fertilize and over seed the lawn.

10) Bring in all of your lawn furniture…unless RUST was the colour you were going for the next time you use them.

11) Reorganize shed/garage, put summer tools at the back and make your shovels, ice scrapers and snow blowers more accessible.

12) Stock up on winter items such as salt, ice melt, shovels, etc. You don’t want to wait for the first snow to fly before you realize you have to run to Canadian Tire!

You still have a bunch of weekends left to do all the work, so don’t worry. Tackle a few projects each weekend but make sure they all get done.

If you would like to be kept up to date with other helpful articles like this, you should go to my website at www.seansells.ca and sign up for my newsletters. The newsletters are sent out to readers who are interested in information such as this, as well as Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and Toronto Real Estate updates, mortgage and finance information, home staging ideas, lawn care hints, etc. If that sounds like something you would be interested in, please visit my website and sign up!

Category : Burlington / Home Improvements


Wed, 4th May, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

As the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers! This year we will have to change that saying a bit with all the rain we continue to get in May. With more rain in the springtime months of April and May, now’s the perfect opportunity to get your rain gutters in tip-top shape. As a homeowner, you’re probably wondering what the best way would be to maintain those gutters-and I’ve got the answer for you! I’ve compiled a handy list of tips that will help you to save money by doing it yourself.

If you need any additional tips, please feel free to call me at 905-220-9198. Also, if you have friends or family who are in need of real estate service or advice, I hope you’ll give them my name. I’m always happy to help!


Maintenance means everything: Ideally, you should clean your gutters twice per year. Maintaining clean gutters will help you to avoid drainage problems that could potentially lead to more costly repairs.

Climb on up: Borrowing (or investing in) a good, sturdy ladder is the key to ensuring your personal safety and to making the task as hassle-free as possible. Make sure that the ladder is placed on a flat, steady surface, and follow the rule of two: never stand on the top two rungs of a ladder, as it becomes very difficult to maintain your balance.

Protect yourself: Thick, heavy gloves are a must when performing this kind of task. Gutters may have sharp or jagged metal pieces as well as screws or nails that may pose a danger to your hands and fingers. Want additional protection? Safety glasses are also a good idea!

Up on the roof: Santa might find rooftops to be a walk in the park, but for the rest of us, they aren’t generally ideal perches. However, if you have a flat roof or a roof with a low slope, you may find it easier to accomplish the cleaning by situating yourself up top. Always use extreme caution, wear non-slip shoes, and never opt for this choice in bad weather!

Scoop, blast and repair: Once you’re ready to start cleaning, follow a simple three-step process to get the most out of the task. Scoop out any debris, blast the drains clean with a high-powered hose, and repair any leaks you may find along the way.

For more spring maintenance tips or advice, please call at 905-220-9198 or write me at sean.kavanagh@century21.ca

Category : Home Improvements

Keep a Lid on it!

Tue, 3rd May, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Roofs have always been a concern for buyers, but I think with all the recent shows on TV (e.g. Holmes Inspection), people are becoming more concerned with the condition of the roof as the effects of water damage are quite scary. Every time Mike Holmes identifies roof damage, interior walls are coming down and men in radioactive protective gear show up on the scene to remove all the mould! If you know that your roof will need replacing in a year or two, do yourself a favour and re-shingle the roof before you go to market to avoid losing buyers. On the average home, re-shingling can cost between 3,000-5,000 dollars. Home sellers will get that money back in the asking price as you can compare your house (with a new roof) to the one that sold next door that needs a new roof. The perceived value of a new roof is often much higher than the cost of the improvement.

So, pay for the work ahead of time to give potential buyers one less issue to deal with. Translation: one less issue to try and bring down your asking price!

For a free market evaluation and inspection of your property, call or write today at 905-220-9198 or sean.kavanagh@century21.ca. I would be happy to sit down with you to discuss how to get top dollar for your home.

Category : Home Improvements / Sellers

Seasonal ‘Work Around The Home’ Checklist

Mon, 10th January, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Check the gutters – for proper flow and rain runoff. Also, check the hardware to ensure they are secured properly to the house.
Inspect the attic – for water seepage, condensation or even critters that found a warm spot for the winter and decided not to leave.
Examine foundation walls – to see if you have cracks from the winter that could let water in.
Check the roof – to ensure flashing, chimney and vents are in good condition.
Examine the condition of wooden decks, balconies, fences, gates, etc.
Fertilize the lawn

Inspect and repair roofing shingles (if needed).
Check the brick facing that may need mortar repair.
Examine the condition of doors and windows.
Paint those areas you have been putting off.
Have air conditioner serviced (hopefully before it gets too hot!).

Check the condition of the central heating system, fireplace (including chimney) and hot water tank.
Examine and reapply weather stripping around doors and windows.
Inspect the attic to see if vents are clear and that you are free of critters.
Clean the gutters.
Fertilize the lawn with Fall Fertilizer.
Reorganize shed/garage – put summer tools at the back and make your shovels, ice scrapers and snow blowers more accessible.

If everything mentioned above is taken care of throughout the year, you can reserve the winter months for small inside jobs and conserving your energy for shovelling the snow!

Category : Home Improvements

What Buyers Have Told Me In 2010…..Listen Up Sellers!

Tue, 2nd November, 2010 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

2010 has been a very busy year in real estate despite all of the changes that have happened within the industry. With all that has changed, it was interesting to note, however, that buyers still seem to have the same things on their wish list when they go out in search of their next home. Here is a list of the top 5 items that buyers still deem most important when they go out to buy a home .

1) Granite is Still King – You just have to walk into a kitchen store, or even your local home depot, to realize that countertop options are endless. Fantastic products are coming on the market more frequently (Corian, Quartz, polished concrete, etc…), but most buyers still see granite at the top of that list. I am not telling home sellers to run out and replace your countertops today, I am simply suggesting that if you plan on making some improvements in the kitchen, be careful when you decide on your countertop material. Buyers still look at granite as the Cadillac Top and a kitchen with granite will dramatically increase the saleability of the home.

2) Closet and Storage Space – I have had more buyers walk out of homes due to the lack of closet and storage space than anything else. We live in a consumption society and families now come with a lot more ‘Stuff’. Today we collect more ‘Stuff’, so we need more space to store the ‘Stuff’.

3) Master Bedroom Size – Many buyers still want large master bedroom sizes. Even though this one is hard to correct from a seller’s stand point, there are things you can do to the room to make it look bigger. Remove all large furniture pieces (if you have a post bed in a small master, remove the posts), declutter and repaint the walls a light, neutral colour. You can’t change the size of a room, but a brighter bedroom with less ‘Stuff’ will make it seem bigger.

4) Hug a Tree, We are Going Green! – I am having more and more buyers asking me about the efficiency of the home. As a seller, it is a good idea to have an energy audit on your home. Even if you are not going to sell, it is important to find out where you are losing energy and wasting money. However, if you are going to sell, you will want to know how energy efficient is your furnace or air conditioner, how much heat is being lost from the windows, how insulated is the attic, etc…These are just some of the questions you can have answered with the energy audit and you can be sure these are some of the questions potential buyers will be asking when they come in for a visit.

5) Move in Ready Condition – It wasn’t too long ago people wanted to find a ‘Fixer-upper’. For the most part, unless you are in the business of flipping houses, those days are gone. People are now looking to find a home in ‘Move in Ready Condition’. Many people still find housing prices very high and don’t have the financial resources to update the home once they move in. Even if they do have the financial resources, people lead busy lives and feel they will never have the time to do it themselves OR don’t want to be inconvenienced by having a parade of contracted help coming into the house to bring it up to a standard they can live with.

Category : Burlington / Buyers / Home Improvements / Sellers

Selling When It’s Slow!

Wed, 27th October, 2010 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

As we get closer to the holidays we can expect activity to slightly slow down compared to the rapid pace we saw in the spring. Even though the market may be slowing, there is no reason to panic as long as you adhere to a few rules that will help improve the saleability of your home at this time of year.

1. Keep it Neutral! Decorating a house to your specific taste is fine if you plan to live there, but if you plan on selling, potential buyers may not share your same taste in home decoration and colour choice. For a few hundred dollars, return all your walls to a neutral colour to solve 2 major issues. Potential buyers are often turned off by extreme colours or wallpaper. I know it is easy for them to remedy themselves, but most buyers will leave the showing with a negative impression of the home if the colours don’t match their taste. The other issue is also related to the first. Many buyers these days do not want to do much work when they take possession of a home. By painting all the walls with a fresh coat of neutral colour, you will give the buyer one less thing to do once they move in!

2. Less Is More – Minimize and ReduceRemove some of your furniture and decorations before you go to market. This will make your home seem more spacious and less personalized. Take down some of the family photos and kids artwork so the potential buyers will have an easier time imagining themselves in that space.

3. The Nose Knows! Keep it smelling fresh, but not too fresh! Whatever you do, do not over compensate and Fabreeze the heck out of your house. I have had buyers walk out of showings because the sellers have used too many strong scented candles or over used disinfectant sprays. It is best to eliminate strong BAD smells, but don’t overdo it! Be mindful of what you cook while your home is on the market, if you have pets, keep an eye on the litter box and try to smoke outside. Strong smells…..Good or Bad…..will have buyers running for the door.

4. Small Changes Make BIG Differences Do not think you have to do major renovations to sell your house. Major renovations should be done for you to enjoy in a house you plan on living in. It is rare a seller will get all of their money back from major renovations, so focus on the small stuff when you plan on listing your home. Repainting, replacing hardware on drawers and cabinets, light switch covers, small fixture replacements, etc… can take a little time, cost a bit of money, but can add significant value when selling your home.

5. Don’t underestimate the importance of “Curb Appeal” You know what they say about first impressions! And remember, the front of your home is the first photo people will see when your home is listed on the MLS. If they don’t like the first photo, they won’t click to see the second. You don’t have to spend thousands on landscaping, but keep the grass cut, remove the weeds from the garden, trim the bushes and trees, sweep the walkways (or shovel in winter). The path to your front door should be a clear and welcoming one, not an obstacle course!

6. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…..Just Fix It! I always get the question with sellers, “should I do these repairs or should I just let the buyer look after them?” Just like point number 4, if it is small and won’t take up too much of your time, then fix it! If you don’t, it will not only take away from the aesthetic of the home, it may give the impression you do not look after your home. If you give off that impression, buyers will wonder what else needs to be repaired….the roof, the furnace, etc. Also, you don’t want to give the buyer small reasons to ask for big reductions!

Follow these simple rules and you will be sure to sell your home even in the slowest of markets.

Category : Home Improvements / Sellers

10 Kitchen Renovation Tips

Wed, 2nd June, 2010 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (1) Comment

As I was looking for ideas on what to do with my own kitchen reno, I found this helpful article in Style at Home magazine. I thought I would share some of those ideas with you in case you were also considering renovating your kitchen.
Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. Here are the 10 most important things to consider when you’re updating your kitchen.

1 Use quality materials.
Quality drawer slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won’t stick. Stay away from drawers that are stapled together or made of particleboard. For cabinet interiors, wood veneer is more durable than melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard.

2 Determine cabinet heights.
If you have eight-foot ceilings, choose cabinets that go to the ceiling. They offer more storage, enabling you to use extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. If your ceilings are higher than eight feet, leave 15 to 18 inches above the cabinets.

3 Decide whether to paint or stain.
Though stained-wood cabinetry is forgiving, most finishes date quickly and aren’t easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets can lend a unique personality.

4 Select an elegant countertop.
White Carrara marble (honed or acid washed and sealed) and stained wood add elegance and warmth. We also like honed Kirkstone slate, soapstone and Wiarton limestone, and plastic laminate with a wood edge for a sophisticated look.
5 Install an island that works.
Beware of placing a bulky cube in the middle of the room. We like islands that have an open, airy look. Ideally, an island should be unencumbered by appliances, but if you want it to house a dishwasher-sink combo or a cooktop, try to maintain the light look of a leggy harvest table.

6 Don’t overdo the details.
Design accents such as pediments over stoves and plaster mouldings on cabinet fronts can represent decorative excess. Remember that the style of your kitchen should be compatible with the rest of your home.
7 Avoid maintenance nightmares.
Natural surfaces with inherent texture — slate, terra-cotta, brick and tumbled marble — are more difficult to clean but camouflage the odd crumb. Smooth surfaces in light colours, such as white laminate counters or ceramic floors, are easy to clean but show everything. And as much as we love stainless steel, it’s not easy to keep smudge-free.

8 Stick to basic appliances.
Instead of lots of appliances and gadgets, consider selecting a few reliable basics. For example, a commercial-quality stainless-steel range makes an interesting focal point and takes up less space than separate wall ovens and a cooktop.

9 Incorporate an adjacent dining room.
A clever design, plus the appropriate lighting and furniture, will let you adapt the room’s atmosphere to suit any occasion. Consider a banquette design combined with slip covered chairs for an efficient use of space.

10 Add interest.
Your kitchen should reflect you, not look like a showroom. Before designing the space, search for a piece of unique furniture and use it in your design — a room full of floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall kitchen cabinets looks boring and uninspired.

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Category : Home Improvements
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