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A dentist named Francis K. Ledyard paid $10,000 to the Milwaukee Building Co. — the firm best known for Grauman's Chinese Theatre — for his two-story, four-bedroom house. Believed to be the only home like it in Pasadena, it sported furry, bark-on redwood logs, russet-stained redwood shake siding and a white limestone chimney — an American Craftsman with a touch of Swiss chalet.
Log-Craftsman-frontThat was 1909. By the time architect Douglas Ewing spotted the house in 2003, the defining log trim was gone, the house had been painted brown and the kitchen and bathrooms had undergone Midcentury Modern remodels.
PHOTO GALLERY: Log Craftsman in Pasadena
But Ewing, who grew up among Pasadena's Craftsman bungalows and worked for Case Study architect Whitney Smith, had by then designed several Adirondack-style projects, including a Colorado ski lodge for Ralph Lauren.
“I fell in love with log buildings,” Ewing said. So he and his wife, Maggie, decided to buy the house, warts and all.
Negotiations fell through, however, and the house wound up back on the market. Enter Faith Dymek and her husband, Mark, who were moving from Virginia. They brought with them daughter Ryanne; Faith's mother, Sharon McCabe; plus Arts and Crafts furniture that had never looked quite right in their old Colonial-style home.
The couple bought the “falling-down, ramshackle, termite-ridden house” in 2004, Faith said, figuring a little elbow grease was all they needed to fix it up. Then they met Ewing, who explained the difference between making the house livable and bringing it back to life as originally designed. The latter, he said, would require more time, more money and more expertise.

The Dymeks' decision?
“We decided we would restore versus renovate,” Faith said.
To economize, she served as general contractor, visiting the job site daily and gathering leads on local artisans.
Other times, complete strangers volunteered information. A real estate agent offered a photocopy of a 1911 article about the house from American Homes and Gardens magazine. The detailed description and black-and-white photos revealed that a second-floor sleeping porch had been enclosed and that log pergolas once covered the front porch and a side garden.
A color image of the house materialized when a local painter dropped off a copy of a vintage postcard. And a previous resident stopped by to share what she knew, which included the markings on a door frame that are believed to be the heights of the Ledyard children.
When work began in 2005, replacing the dry-stacked brick foundation was the priority and took seven months. Ewing hoisted up the house to remove the loose bricks, then poured concrete.
“All that had held the house up was its own weight and gravity,” he said.
To rehab the rustic exterior, Ewing tapped Montana Idaho Log & Timber in Victor, Mont. Redwood logs were no longer available, so the company supplied bark-off natural turned pine logs. Over five months, 400 to 500 logs meeting Ewing's specifications were cut, numbered and labeled, then trucked south, where two craftsmen spent three months re-creating the pergolas and timber trim.
Log-Craftsman-living-room
Inside, Ewing left the den and living and dining rooms intact but updated the kitchen, turned the maid's room into a laundry room and grafted on a breakfast porch out back. Upstairs, he sacrificed a bedroom to create a bathroom and more storage. The sleeping porch was enclosed anew, but this time Ewing recessed the walls to give the illusion of the original open balcony.
The rest of the lot features a new pond-like swimming pool, an outbuilding converted into a guest cottage for Faith's mother and a modern garage that replaced a barn Faith remembers being “held up with chicken wire and vines.”
Paul Haywood and Chris Kidd still spend months at a time refinishing doors, windows and shingles, and applying sunscreen and conditioner to preserve those picturesque logs.
“We didn't need to do all that we did, but we felt it was our responsibility to put the house back together the way it was.” Faith said. “After the extraordinary investment we made, the thought of not keeping the place up is unthinkable.”
 
CRAFTSMAN DESIGN: GO-TO RESOURCES FOR THIS HOUSE
Faith Dymek sought out a long list of fixtures, fabrics and information resources to restore her family's house in keeping with its original Craftsman aesthetic:
Crown City Hardware in Pasadena: “We wanted latches and hinges for several new windows to match the 1909 hardware,” Dymek said. “I set out hoping to come close, but Crown had the exact pieces — in stock.”
Historic Lighting in Monrovia: “Historic helped us create custom outdoor lanterns and a dining room chandelier that combines mahogany framing made locally with glass shades handblown in San Francisco.”
Archive Edition Textiles in Hawthorne: “Archive had period fabrics to reupholster sofas and make bedspreads, pillows and table runners.”
American Bungalow magazine: “The directory of advertisers is awesome, and the articles detailing restorations all over the U.S. are great.”
Craftsman Weekend Exposition Show & Sale: Pasadena Heritage's annual event is scheduled for Oct. 19 to 21 this year. “Amazing resource,” Dymek said. “I met artisans from around the country who knew how to approach stripping our woodwork and staining our replacement shingles.”
Gamble House in Pasadena: “I went on tour after tour and studied the casement window treatments, then had similar ones made of wood for our daughter's room.”
 
ALSO:
W+D ocean viewMalibu modern: New indoor-outdoor house
Venice house 360: Full-circle panorama photos
More home profiles: Southern California design
-- Emily Young
Photos: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
 
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Needless to say that $10,000 will not go as far as it would one hundred years ago! Haha Nonetheless, you may gain a large amount of ideas checking out that which was done with this particular house.
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2013-08-11
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Log-Craftsman-entry
A dentist named Francis K. Ledyard paid $10,000 to the Milwaukee Building Co. — the firm best known for Grauman's Chinese Theatre — for his two-story, four-bedroom house. Believed to be the only home like it in Pasadena, it sported furry, bark-on redwood logs, russet-stained redwood shake siding and a white limestone chimney — an American Craftsman with a touch of Swiss chalet.
Log-Craftsman-frontThat was 1909. By the time architect Douglas Ewing spotted the house in 2003, the defining log trim was gone, the house had been painted brown and the kitchen and bathrooms had undergone Midcentury Modern remodels.
PHOTO GALLERY: Log Craftsman in Pasadena
But Ewing, who grew up among Pasadena's Craftsman bungalows and worked for Case Study architect Whitney Smith, had by then designed several Adirondack-style projects, including a Colorado ski lodge for Ralph Lauren.
“I fell in love with log buildings,” Ewing said. So he and his wife, Maggie, decided to buy the house, warts and all.
Negotiations fell through, however, and the house wound up back on the market. Enter Faith Dymek and her husband, Mark, who were moving from Virginia. They brought with them daughter Ryanne; Faith's mother, Sharon McCabe; plus Arts and Crafts furniture that had never looked quite right in their old Colonial-style home.
The couple bought the “falling-down, ramshackle, termite-ridden house” in 2004, Faith said, figuring a little elbow grease was all they needed to fix it up. Then they met Ewing, who explained the difference between making the house livable and bringing it back to life as originally designed. The latter, he said, would require more time, more money and more expertise.

The Dymeks' decision?
“We decided we would restore versus renovate,” Faith said.
To economize, she served as general contractor, visiting the job site daily and gathering leads on local artisans.
Other times, complete strangers volunteered information. A real estate agent offered a photocopy of a 1911 article about the house from American Homes and Gardens magazine. The detailed description and black-and-white photos revealed that a second-floor sleeping porch had been enclosed and that log pergolas once covered the front porch and a side garden.
A color image of the house materialized when a local painter dropped off a copy of a vintage postcard. And a previous resident stopped by to share what she knew, which included the markings on a door frame that are believed to be the heights of the Ledyard children.
When work began in 2005, replacing the dry-stacked brick foundation was the priority and took seven months. Ewing hoisted up the house to remove the loose bricks, then poured concrete.
“All that had held the house up was its own weight and gravity,” he said.
To rehab the rustic exterior, Ewing tapped Montana Idaho Log & Timber in Victor, Mont. Redwood logs were no longer available, so the company supplied bark-off natural turned pine logs. Over five months, 400 to 500 logs meeting Ewing's specifications were cut, numbered and labeled, then trucked south, where two craftsmen spent three months re-creating the pergolas and timber trim.
Log-Craftsman-living-room
Inside, Ewing left the den and living and dining rooms intact but updated the kitchen, turned the maid's room into a laundry room and grafted on a breakfast porch out back. Upstairs, he sacrificed a bedroom to create a bathroom and more storage. The sleeping porch was enclosed anew, but this time Ewing recessed the walls to give the illusion of the original open balcony.
The rest of the lot features a new pond-like swimming pool, an outbuilding converted into a guest cottage for Faith's mother and a modern garage that replaced a barn Faith remembers being “held up with chicken wire and vines.”
Paul Haywood and Chris Kidd still spend months at a time refinishing doors, windows and shingles, and applying sunscreen and conditioner to preserve those picturesque logs.
“We didn't need to do all that we did, but we felt it was our responsibility to put the house back together the way it was.” Faith said. “After the extraordinary investment we made, the thought of not keeping the place up is unthinkable.”
 
CRAFTSMAN DESIGN: GO-TO RESOURCES FOR THIS HOUSE
Faith Dymek sought out a long list of fixtures, fabrics and information resources to restore her family's house in keeping with its original Craftsman aesthetic:
Crown City Hardware in Pasadena: “We wanted latches and hinges for several new windows to match the 1909 hardware,” Dymek said. “I set out hoping to come close, but Crown had the exact pieces — in stock.”
Historic Lighting in Monrovia: “Historic helped us create custom outdoor lanterns and a dining room chandelier that combines mahogany framing made locally with glass shades handblown in San Francisco.”
Archive Edition Textiles in Hawthorne: “Archive had period fabrics to reupholster sofas and make bedspreads, pillows and table runners.”
American Bungalow magazine: “The directory of advertisers is awesome, and the articles detailing restorations all over the U.S. are great.”
Craftsman Weekend Exposition Show & Sale: Pasadena Heritage's annual event is scheduled for Oct. 19 to 21 this year. “Amazing resource,” Dymek said. “I met artisans from around the country who knew how to approach stripping our woodwork and staining our replacement shingles.”
Gamble House in Pasadena: “I went on tour after tour and studied the casement window treatments, then had similar ones made of wood for our daughter's room.”
 
ALSO:
W+D ocean viewMalibu modern: New indoor-outdoor house
Venice house 360: Full-circle panorama photos
More home profiles: Southern California design
-- Emily Young
Photos: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
 
The comments to this entry are closed.
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Naturally, what we see in this post is usually over and above what the regular kitchen remodeler is looking to try and do. However in spite of this, just how many kids emulate Michael Jordan when having dreams about the way they could play basketball one day? Aiming high is an excellent thing.
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2013-08-11
Certainly, if there is a single room which was voted "most popular" in almost any home, the winner would certainly more often than not be the kitchen area. Whether it's starting your day having a pot of java or perhaps finishing your night with a midnight munch, your kitchen is the revered ground. When you have family and friends over to visit, it's not at all uncommon for them to assemble in the kitchen area (to the despair of several hosts, who've decorated various other areas!) All of this interest that the kitchen space recieves is part of the reason present day modern home styles incorporate such an open, flowing space; so that you can keep everything and everybody significantly less split up.

Capitalizing on such an important space is the reason for this write-up. You need to make meals in a well decorated kitchen area with all your appliances operating effectively, right? Well, we touch a little bit upon all those things and we trust you will discover something useful here.

Getting Familiar With Kitchen TVs

Today's kitchens have undergone a real transformation compared to a generation or so ago. It used to be that people entertained themselves in the living room or family room while work was being done in the kitchen. With the way today's kitchens have opened up to the living area, including bar stools and counter tops, they are no longer isolated from the entertainment area. The preparation of the meal has now become the entertainment with guests being asked to help out with simple tasks while refreshments and nibbles are consumed.




We no longer have to leave the cook to the solitary job of slaving over the food while everyone else is in another part of the house having fun. Along with the rest of the family starting to find their space in the new kitchen area, so too does a whole host of electronic devices. Of course with all these people coming to the area, there has to be a TV not too far off, and so we have the "kitchen TV". Just think there is nothing worse than trying to cook a meal and missing out on the evening news or even worse, a cooking demonstration by Jamie.




Now we have the solution of having the kitchen television to aleviate these horrible problems.

Even though these new TVs are meant to go in the kitchen, it's still wise to keep some basic safety precautions in mind. Electric shock is still always a danger, so make extra sure you don't install the tv in areas that are prone to get wet easily. The rule is that you should not be able to touch both wet area and kitchen tv at the same time. What you need to remember is that even if the TV isn't faulty, danger could still exist. For example, a static charge could build up, then be discharged from the TV and pass through a person to a grounded object, such as the faucet.

If your only option on where to install your kitchen TV is near a wet area, then you really should have a look at the waterproof models to be totally safe.

Budget Designing In The Kitchen area

Lots of people really like the idea of redecorating and remodeling a kitchen space, however they do not love the concept of the price that may be involved with this type of task. However, there exists a way to do this without spending your fortune.

The Kitchen Area In A Fresh, New Color

One wonderful do-it-yourself, money saving undertaking is painting. While a color change is exhilarating, it's worth taking a moment to really consider the colour choice to ensure that it's going to work well with your entire residence. Does the color have to complement what’s on your family room walls, or perhaps will it look better as a stark contrast?

Would you like the thought of cool, sophisticated colors such as shades of blue, or some thing more cozy and warm in the red, yellow and orange ranges? Before you leap into a project, consider the work load included. In case there are lots of cupboards and edges, you will have to perform a lot more prepping as well as taping even before you get to the painting.

Several coats of a new color can drastically affect the recently renovated kitchen area, playing with various, imaginative color combos really can allow you to inject your personal individuality in to the project. But whilst these types of "creative juices" can be quite a lot of fun, you also have to be sure to be careful about making foolhardy choices that may come back to haunt you later on.

The Need For Family Fridge Upkeep To Help Make The Refrigerator Last

Although the kitchen area is the central space in the house, the refrigerator is probably the most crucial appliance. Heck - think about all of the time you may spend just standing in front of it with the door open, just checking out the items! Enough with all the cracks... the fact is that with an asset as large as a family fridge along with the obligation to keep your food items fresh, the significance of appropriate care really is not a joking matter. The very last thing you need is to have a family fridge not chilling adequately, leading to foodstuff within to go bad.

Becasue it is clear that keeping your fridge performing well is extremely important, here are a few things you should be aware of that will help you do just that if you ever end up moving yours. The best thing you can do whenever moving a family fridge would be to make sure it stays up-right throughout the entire moving process. If the family fridge manages to lose freon, it won't be able to cool correctly. And when a refrigerator is placed on its side, the probability of freon leaking out go up drastically. To avoid the costly repair of changing a condensor, you also want to stay away from resting a refrigerator upon its backside, the spot that the condensor coils can be found. This is a formula for severe damage.




You should think about the placement of one's refrigerator too, to ensure it'll be capable of working for a long time at optimum effectiveness. Never ever install it around a heat source for instance a sunny window, your oven or a room heater. A refrigerator also needs to have good air flow all the way around it for it to operate its very best. Particularly you want to ensure that the motor, condensor and coils all have got a good amount of air flow reaching them, so they do not get choked out and get too hot. Putting a refrigerator on a carpeted floor is often a really awful notion as it's quite normal to get all these mechanical components on the bottom part of the fridge. A carpet can cause issues as it can reduce ventilation and also retain heat, making the fridge work harder than it ought to work.




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2013-08-11
Typically the most popular space in almost any house is usually the kitchen. It is often the first place you visit when you wake up. Kitchens often attract visitors in, even when they have been asked to not bother helping. It is like there is magic occurring within and everyone really wants to take part in it. Even though kitchens have always had this sort of draw, the truth is modern floor plans of an open kitchen space just enhance the situation that much more.

You can find virtually innumerable suggestions that might be shared about helping make the kitchen area better. We have decided to discuss a couple of them with you here. We might go on eternally with suggestions and concepts concerning how to fix up your home kitchen, just what foods to prepare (and what tools to cook with), and the way to diagnose common difficulties. But because we've got limited time, we thought we'd simply discuss a few random thoughts with you here...

The Kitchen Television




The kitchen space has undergone a revolution. While people used to have to run out of the kitchen to try to keep up with what was going on with everyone else in the living room, that's just not the case anymore. Today's kitchens are built with a plan to include them in the business of entertaining as well as preparing food. The kitchen has now become the focual point of the entertainment, rather than the hidden work area. Guests often join in with some of the light work while sharing beverages, snacks and conversations.







Solitary confinement, slaving over the food while everyone else is having fun is fortunately a thing of the past now. Kitchens have now become more communal with all the electronic entertainment making its transition from the living areas of the home. Of course with all these people coming to the area, there has to be a TV not too far off, and so we have the "kitchen TV". Many people resented having to miss out on the news or other broadcasts that everyone else was watching because they had to fix a meal.

Thankfully, the kitchen TV is now readily available so that no one needs suffer from such things anymore.




Keeping some basic safety precautions in mind is always a good idea, even though these sets have been built with the purpose of being used in a kitchen setting. To avoid electric shock be sure to mount a kitchen tv far enough away from any wet areas such as sink benches or dishwashers. The rule is that you should not be able to touch both wet area and kitchen tv at the same time. The risk here is very real, and it's not with playing around with it. Even if the TV were not faulty, it could still feasible to have a static charge built up from the set discharge and travel through a person to a grounded object such as the sink bench.

Water proof models are a good choice if you are considering installing a kitchen tv close to a wet area.

Affordable Tricks To Liven Up The Kitchen

Kitchen's may be one of the costliest areas in the house to remodel and fix up. Wasting some huge cash isn't your only alternative however...

Painting Your Kitchen

Of all of the Do-it-yourself jobs out there, one that will have the greatest influence for the least amount of money is painting your kitchen. A huge blunder which beginners often make would be to not consider the colors in the remaining portion of the home and how they will relate with the new kitchen color. Will the color have to complement what’s on your living room walls, or perhaps would it look better as a stark contrast?

Would you like the thought of cool, refined colors for instance shades of blue, or perhaps something a lot more cozy and warm in the red, yellow and orange ranges? Think about the scope of the project. Do you think you're planning to paint the entire kitchen space, or just some accent areas?

It's incredible just how much a few coats of paint of a new color really can spruce up the sense of an area, and being creative with color combos is an easy way to individualize any project. But while these kinds of "artistic juices" can be a lot of fun, you also should remember to be cautious about making foolhardy choices that may return to bother you later.

Fridge Care

Should you concur that the kitchen space is among the most essential areas in the house, you're sure to furthermore agree that the refrigerator has got to be on top of the list of significant appliances. Heck - think of all of the time spent just positioned in front of it with the door wide open, simply staring at the contents! Okay, enough with the cracks... All joking aside, with the cost of a brand new fridge and the role it plays in keeping the food edible, you truly don't want to joke around with how you ensure that is stays operating for as long as feasible. The very last thing you would like is to have a fridge not chilling properly, leading to food within to go bad.

Should you ever find yourself having to relocate your fridge, you will want to know some things so that you will not unintentionally damage it. Some tips about what you ought to know. If at all possible, ensure that the fridge is held in a vertical position while it's getting moved. The main reason you shouldn't have a refrigerator on its side is because it places it in a greater risk of the freon leaking. If this takes place, it will not be equipped to cool effectively. The main reason you never want to put a refrigerator on its backside is because this is where the condensor coils are located. In the event you harm these, and also potentially the condensor itself, you're sure to find a really expensive refrigerator repair bill before too long.

Make sure you think carefully about exactly where you are going to locate the fridge. For example, you never want to place a fridge too close to a source of heat. Sunny glass windows, heating vents as well as your kitchen cooktop will be examples of what you need to keep a good distance from your refrigerator. Another thing to look for is that there's decent ventilation on all sides of your refrigerator. Ensure the motor, coils and condensor have plenty of air movement to them. As an illustration, since these mechanical items are sometimes at the base, do not set a refrigerator on carpets, because it holds warmth and also decreases air-flow.

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2013-08-11
In most houses the kitchen space is the one area that will consistently receive a LOT of visitors, regardless of what the season or even time of day. Be it starting your day with a pot of java or ending your night with a midnight munch, the kitchen will be the holy ground. If you have ever hosted a celebration, you will know it's where visitors have a tendency to gather, whether or not the other rooms were set up to keep these folks out of the kitchen! All of this interest that the kitchen space recieves is part of the main reason today's contemporary property layouts incorporate this kind of open, flowing space; to be able to keep every thing and everyone significantly less split up.

Considering it performs such a essential purpose in our lifestyles, there are lots of things which will help you take full advantage of your home kitchen. Realizing that you are adopting your kitchen as the center of the home, you'll probably still have a few questions about methods to prepare a meal, how to decorate or even how to handle devices that perhaps aren't functioning quite right. Well, we hope that we touch on some thing here which will be helpful to you.

TV For The Kitchen

The kitchen space has undergone a revolution. While people used to have to run out of the kitchen to try to keep up with what was going on with everyone else in the living room, that's just not the case anymore. Today's kitchens are built with a plan to include them in the business of entertaining as well as preparing food. The kitchen has now become the focual point of the entertainment, rather than the hidden work area. Guests often join in with some of the light work while sharing beverages, snacks and conversations.

We no longer have to leave the cook to the solitary job of slaving over the food while everyone else is in another part of the house having fun. Since we have more people sharing the kitchen area, of course we are going to see more of the common electronic devices starting to make their way in too. The kitchen tv has now become more common place in the kitchen. Just think there is nothing worse than trying to cook a meal and missing out on the evening news or even worse, a cooking demonstration by Jamie.




Now we have the solution of having the kitchen television to aleviate these horrible problems.

Even though these new TVs are meant to go in the kitchen, it's still wise to keep some basic safety precautions in mind. No one wants to experience an electric shock, so it is critical that the TV be placed in such a way that it is very unlikely to come into contact with any liquid. It's pretty simple to know if you have things too close together - if you can reach the tv from the area that is often wet... you have them too close to one another. The risk here is very real, and it's not with playing around with it. Even if the TV were not faulty, it could still feasible to have a static charge built up from the set discharge and travel through a person to a grounded object such as the sink bench.

Water proof models are a good choice if you are considering installing a kitchen tv close to a wet area.

Inexpensive Redecorating In The Kitchen




One of the down-sides of a kitchen is they can be very pricey when it comes time to fix up and redecorate. The good thing is you can do some awesome things in the kitchen area with out always expending a whole fortune.

How Painting The Kitchen Can Make A Positive Change

For lots of do-it-yourselfers around, painting is a great first step. You can get optimum effect for small expense. Look at the other colors within your house along with your kitchen before moving too rapidly into any new color plan. Are you wanting colors that accentuate the shades in the subsequent room, or would a contrast be more effective?

Think of how the colors may modify the area. More dark colours will be richer but may also make the room feel small, while a brighter color might give much more of a feeling of space, but be less practical. Look at the scope of the project. Do you think you're likely to paint the whole kitchen, or simply just some accent places?

A couple of coats of the new color can dramatically alter the newly remodeled kitchen, and showing creativity with color combos is a simple approach to individualize your project. Nevertheless, you want to be sure you do not go too nuts. Doing the job all over again because of a quickly made decision is usually annoying and costly.

Family Fridge Maintenance

Inside the kitchen, there are lots of necessary appliances for your everyday life, but none of them compare in value to the almighty refrigerator. After all, think about the length of time a lot of people spend with their heads inside, simply staring! In all seriousness though, the importance of keeping your family fridge functioning adequately cannot be overstated. If all of the food inside your fridge would go bad when your refrigerator ceased cooling, think of the expense of all that squandered food (not to mention the potential smell from all that spoiled food!)

Moving a refrigerator isn't really a simple job, but if you do not know certain things, you might end up destroying a perfectly good fridge along the way. Here are a few tips to ensure you don't do that.

The best thing you can do when moving a refrigerator is always to be sure it stays up and down throughout the whole moving process. Placing a fridge upon its side might cause the freon to leak, that can consequently stop adequate cooling. If you were to place a fridge on its back as opposed to its side, you risk damaging several of the important components which make a refrigerator work, including the condensor and/or the condensor coils.

One of the most important components of a long, trouble-free existence for your fridge is the proper choice of its position. Never ever put it in close proximity to a heat source such as a sun-drenched windowpane, your stove or a room heater. Additionally you must always check there is lots of air flow readily available for the fridge. Make sure the motor, coils and condensor have sufficient circulation to them. Putting a refrigerator on a carpeted floor can be a really bad idea since it is not unusual to get these mechanical elements located on the bottom part of the refrigerator. A carpet will cause troubles because it will lessen ventilation and also retain warmth, making the refrigerator work harder than it needs to work.

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2013-08-11
The one space in many properties which consistantly has got the most traffic is unquestionably the kitchen. For most people, it is the first place they go once they wake up each morning, and the last place they go to before going back to bed in the evening. The kitchen has an odd magnetism that attracts individuals to it, even when they've been directed to some other areas. Simply ask anyone who has organised an event. It would appear that both society and creative designers have simply accepted that the kitchen and the family room are no longer so different. With present day open floorplans, it all flows together very nicely.

Taking into account it takes on this type of very important purpose in our lifestyles, there are lots of points that will help you make the most of your kitchen. Whether it's how you can decorate, the best way to prepare food, or how to keep it all operating correctly, we've got some tips that should help you keep on cookin' in the kitchen.

Suggestions For Busy Families In The Kitchen Area

We have discovered the best way to mega-simplify our meals as our lives have grown to become mega-busy. Become a one-pot wonder and a single-skillet ultra chef, and you'll be on the path to enlightenment. Once you have a few of these under your belt, your household will adore creative recipes like our cheeseburger omlette meal, deep dish tacos, ravioli lasagna along with a whole host of other goodness.

Keep a family favorites cookbook, and add to it once you find any new and simple recipes you would like to try out. Always be well prepared with the essentials. Understand exactly what your go-to ingredients will be and make certain you're constantly well stocked on those.

Tips On How To Enhance A Cooking area Without Having To Break Your Budget

One of the down-sides of a kitchen is they can be quite costly when it's time to fix up and decorate. To be honest, if you are intelligent and prepared to put a little time and effort, you are capable of doing some fairly neat things without having to spend all that much money on it.

Ideas For Painting In Order To Breath New Life Into Your Kitchen

Painting your kitchen area might be one of the greatest 'bang-for-your-buck' tasks you could take on. Don't be too eager to pick a color and begin painting straight away. Trust us when we say it's best to take the time to think about the new color with regards to the present colors to make sure you don't get it wrong. Both contrasting colors as well as complimentary colors can work... you just need to think about what you would like and make sure you decide on the proper color for that goal. Might the kitchen feel and look better with warm, comfy reds and yellows or perhaps cool, refined blues? Before you leap into a task, consider the amount of work concerned. In case there are lots of cabinets and corners, you'll need to perform a lot more prepping as well as taping before you arrive at the painting.

It is awesome just how much a couple of coats of paint of the new color can really brighten up the feeling of an area, having fun with various, artistic color combinations can really allow you to inject your own character in to the project. It is worth giving a word of warning here to take your time though. Best to perhaps sleep on an idea overnight as opposed to have to re-do the entire project as a result of impulsive yet poorly planned notion.

The Importance Of Family Fridge Servicing For Making The Fridge Last

Whilst the kitchen is the central room in the home, the family fridge is probably the most important appliance. A number of people could even consider the fridge as being a 2nd Television, once you consider the amount of time is expended just staring at what is inside of it! Enough with all the jokes... the fact is that with an investment as large as a family fridge and with its duty to keep your food items fresh, the importance of correct care really is not a joking issue. Consider this - in case your fridge goes bad, the same is true for all of the food within. That can be one expensive and smelly mess.

Since its obvious that keeping the refrigerator running properly is extremely important, here are a few items you should know that will help you do exactly that if you ever find yourself moving one. You need to strive to keep any fridge upright throughout the complete moving process, if possible. The reason you mustn't have a fridge on its side is really because it places it in a greater risk of the freon leaking. Should this happen, it won't be capable to cool effectively. With condensor coils around the back of a fridge, it should be pretty apparent you don't want to put this side down either, for the possibility of harming them. You ruin those coils, and you will probably likely ruin the condensor itself, that will cause a fairly pricy fix.




To make sure you get the very best, lengthiest lifespan out of your fridge, you will also want to think carefully about the place you will be placing it... Never place it next to a heat source such as a sun-drenched window, the stove or even a room heater. Additionally you need to always be sure there's plenty of air circulation available for a refrigerator. The various components that really need to have good ventilation would be the condensor coils (and also the condensor itself), along with the motor, which could otherwise get overheated. In a good number of refrigerators, these things can be found on the base. Consequently, putting a refrigerator on a rug, which can preserve heat and lower air movement, is an extremely bad idea.




Sooner or later all kitchen appliances require some sort of servicing. If you find the family fridge really needs help, Click This Link contact refrigeratorrepairhoustontx.org, Houston refrigerator repair.

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2013-08-11
Undeniably, if there was 1 space that was voted "most popular" in almost any house, the champion would more often than not be the cooking area. Whether it's starting a day with a pot of java or ending your night with a night time munch, your kitchen is the holy ground. If you have ever hosted a party, you will know it is where company have a tendency to gather, even if the other rooms were set up to keep these folks away from the kitchen! The wonderful thing about the way kitchen areas are made nowadays is that the openness of the layout just makes all this that much more achievable.

There are virtually countless hints that could be shared regarding helping make your kitchen better. We have decided to write about some of them with you here. Whether it's how to decorate, the way to prepare food, or even how you can keep it all working effectively, we have got some tips that should help you keep on cookin' in the kitchen.

You Could Be Surprised By What You Can Do Using A Crock Pot

One of the most neglected and under-used appliances available in most kitchens is the crock pot. The silly thing is the fact that for a lot of us, it's been right there in our cupboards the entire time! You really don't need to commit lots of time in your kitchen once you get knowledgeable about cooking food using a slow cooker.

One of the wonderful things you will find about cooking food using a crockpot is this: Purchasing the top grade meats is quite unnecessary. The whole process of slow-cooking meat will naturally tenderize it, thus even using customarily tougher pieces, they are going to still turn out juicy. How often can you have something like this that is very easy to make, definitely not pricey, tasty and actually home-made as well as healthy? Quite awesome!




Tips For Keeping Wooden Surfaces Clean

The look and feel that comes from natural wood is truly unique, and its use in modern kitchens has never waned. If your kitchen features wood surfaces, don’t forget it’s important to completely butcher block countertops in the kitchen after each use. Since wood was once a living thing, it maintains a bit of porousness to it, which allows it to retain a certain amount of odors and unwanted bacteria that could be harmful to us if we're not careful.

Not surprisingly, wood that is more porous is more of a potential problem in this area. Oak is on the open grained end of the scale, while maple is on the tighter grained end.




We don't want to alarm you into thinking you need harsh or expensive cleaners when in fact warm water and mild dish soap is usually effective enough to get the job done.




Bleach water solution can also be used to make sure you prevent any kind of spread of bacteria. All you need to do is take one gallon of water and add a single tablespoon of bleach to it. If you just spray this mixture on the wood and wipe it down after each use, you should be in great shape. Never, ever use any of those scouring cleansers like Ajax or Comet on your wooden kitchen surfaces. That's a sure way to ruin them.

Keep Your Refrigerator Operating Effectively

Should you concur that the kitchen area is one of the most important areas in the house, there's no doubt you'll also agree how the family fridge must be at the top of the list of vital devices. I don't know about you, but I've wasted a great deal of time simply waiting in front of mine, blankly staring at the items. At times several times per hour! In all seriousness though, the importance of keeping your family fridge operating correctly can't be overstated. You can ask those who have had to deal with the family fridge going bad what a pain it really is. Not only pricey as far as fixes, but also all the lost and wasted food within.




Relocating a fridge is not an easy task, but when you don't know certain things, you can wind up messing up a perfectly good refrigerator along the way. Here are some ideas to make sure you avoid that. Always make sure a fridge remains in an upright position when ever it's being relocated. The reason is that if the fridge is placed on its side, there exists a great risk of the freon leaking out. That will prevent it from cooling properly later on. With condensor coils on the back of a refrigerator, it has to be quite apparent that you do not want to set this side down either, for the chance of damaging them. You damage these coils, and you will then likely harm the condensor itself, which will cause a rather pricey fix.

To help make sure you receive the best, longest life out of your refrigerator, you should also want to consider the place you will be putting it... Never ever put it around a high temperature source such as a sunny windowpane, the oven or a room heater. Another thing to check for is that there's good venting on every side of the refrigerator. The parts that really will need good venting include the condensor coils (and also the condensor itself), along with the motor, which could otherwise become overheated. On a good number of refrigerators, these things are placed on the bottom. Because of this, placing a refrigerator on a rug, which may hold on to warmth and reduce venting, is a very bad notion.

When you're having to get the fridge repaired, we advise people get in touch with refrigeratorrepairhoustontx.org, affordable refrigerator repair in Houston - Read This.

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2013-08-11
Undeniably, if there was 1 space that was voted "most popular" in almost any house, the champion would more often than not be the cooking area. Whether it's starting a day with a pot of java or ending your night with a night time munch, your kitchen is the holy ground. If you have ever hosted a party, you will know it is where company have a tendency to gather, even if the other rooms were set up to keep these folks away from the kitchen! The wonderful thing about the way kitchen areas are made nowadays is that the openness of the layout just makes all this that much more achievable.

There are virtually countless hints that could be shared regarding helping make your kitchen better. We have decided to write about some of them with you here. Whether it's how to decorate, the way to prepare food, or even how you can keep it all working effectively, we have got some tips that should help you keep on cookin' in the kitchen.

You Could Be Surprised By What You Can Do Using A Crock Pot

One of the most neglected and under-used appliances available in most kitchens is the crock pot. The silly thing is the fact that for a lot of us, it's been right there in our cupboards the entire time! You really don't need to commit lots of time in your kitchen once you get knowledgeable about cooking food using a slow cooker.

One of the wonderful things you will find about cooking food using a crockpot is this: Purchasing the top grade meats is quite unnecessary. The whole process of slow-cooking meat will naturally tenderize it, thus even using customarily tougher pieces, they are going to still turn out juicy. How often can you have something like this that is very easy to make, definitely not pricey, tasty and actually home-made as well as healthy? Quite awesome!




Tips For Keeping Wooden Surfaces Clean

The look and feel that comes from natural wood is truly unique, and its use in modern kitchens has never waned. If your kitchen features wood surfaces, don’t forget it’s important to completely butcher block countertops in the kitchen after each use. Since wood was once a living thing, it maintains a bit of porousness to it, which allows it to retain a certain amount of odors and unwanted bacteria that could be harmful to us if we're not careful.

Not surprisingly, wood that is more porous is more of a potential problem in this area. Oak is on the open grained end of the scale, while maple is on the tighter grained end.




We don't want to alarm you into thinking you need harsh or expensive cleaners when in fact warm water and mild dish soap is usually effective enough to get the job done.




Bleach water solution can also be used to make sure you prevent any kind of spread of bacteria. All you need to do is take one gallon of water and add a single tablespoon of bleach to it. If you just spray this mixture on the wood and wipe it down after each use, you should be in great shape. Never, ever use any of those scouring cleansers like Ajax or Comet on your wooden kitchen surfaces. That's a sure way to ruin them.

Keep Your Refrigerator Operating Effectively

Should you concur that the kitchen area is one of the most important areas in the house, there's no doubt you'll also agree how the family fridge must be at the top of the list of vital devices. I don't know about you, but I've wasted a great deal of time simply waiting in front of mine, blankly staring at the items. At times several times per hour! In all seriousness though, the importance of keeping your family fridge operating correctly can't be overstated. You can ask those who have had to deal with the family fridge going bad what a pain it really is. Not only pricey as far as fixes, but also all the lost and wasted food within.




Relocating a fridge is not an easy task, but when you don't know certain things, you can wind up messing up a perfectly good refrigerator along the way. Here are some ideas to make sure you avoid that. Always make sure a fridge remains in an upright position when ever it's being relocated. The reason is that if the fridge is placed on its side, there exists a great risk of the freon leaking out. That will prevent it from cooling properly later on. With condensor coils on the back of a refrigerator, it has to be quite apparent that you do not want to set this side down either, for the chance of damaging them. You damage these coils, and you will then likely harm the condensor itself, which will cause a rather pricey fix.

To help make sure you receive the best, longest life out of your refrigerator, you should also want to consider the place you will be putting it... Never ever put it around a high temperature source such as a sunny windowpane, the oven or a room heater. Another thing to check for is that there's good venting on every side of the refrigerator. The parts that really will need good venting include the condensor coils (and also the condensor itself), along with the motor, which could otherwise become overheated. On a good number of refrigerators, these things are placed on the bottom. Because of this, placing a refrigerator on a rug, which may hold on to warmth and reduce venting, is a very bad notion.

When you're having to get the fridge repaired, we advise people get in touch with refrigeratorrepairhoustontx.org, affordable refrigerator repair in Houston - Read This.

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2013-06-05
Remember when you could shut out all the air pollution and other junk just by going inside of your own home and closing the door? When you're in your own residence, you get to control the level of quality of the air you breathe. Or does one really? The simple fact is that you can find all sorts of contaminants that can infect the air of your home and increase your risk of respiratory problems and asthma. This is to some extent because our houses have become more air tight--our windows and walls are sealed so that they can keep the heating and cooling costs low. Of course, saving energy is how we are now making the air in our homes difficult to breathe in and out. Here are some of the things you're able to do to keep your home’s air as healthful as you possibly can.

Leave your sneakers outside the house when you can. If that's not possible, leave them within your home's entry way. When you walk around, your shoes come into contact and acquire things, even in places like hospitals and malls. In addition to dirt and dust, your sneakers get a tiny layer of mold, bacteria and various chemicals on the bottom of them. When you walk into your house with your shoes on, you bring in this stuff and it gets into the floors and carpets. Whenever there is activity in your residence, it gets kicked back up once more. This means that rather than staying in the floors, you kick it up into the air for you to breathe in. This chance gets reduced considerably when you leave your shoes and boots outside or in the entry way of the house.



Do not get your dry cleaning right away. Allow the cleaner keep it for a day or two. Dry cleaned gear is dredged in chemical compounds that are awful for you. The chemical compounds, according to the EPA, have been linked to brain problems and cancer. Before you bring your outfits home you have to ensure that they are completely dry. If your clothing isn't entirely dry, you risk breathing in those same chemicals and, potentially, getting them on your skin. You might additionally choose a dry cleaner that has specialized in eco-friendly cleaning practices.

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Ventilate the house! Yes, it's true that you put in those double paned windows since you wanted to keep the property at your ideal temperature. At the same time, leaving the windows sealed continuously requires you to continue inhaling all of the crap that gets kicked up during the day. The dust mites which get kicked up whenever you dust and vacuum can't break free. The fumes and smoke if you prepare food gets contained and you also breathe it in. The steam from your shower can seep into your walls creating mold to form which will then get breathed in and do serious damage to your health. Your fans must get switched on. Your microsoft windows must be open. Give all of the dust and other stuff an opportunity to get outside.

There are a wide range of ways to make your place better. Don't forget: coming home doesn't mean that you physically shut out the world's problems (literally). Take a few actions to make your place a pollution free zone.




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2013-05-26
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