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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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Remodeling Your Home's Kitchen? Avoid Making These Three Mistakes

Remodeling a kitchen can be a tough job to do. While the end result will help increase the value of your home, the project will still be very expensive and time consuming to do. While you must take cost into consideration, a great design is crucial for success. Care must go into selecting cabinets, countertops, and appliances, or else you'll wind up with a kitchen that looks as bad as the one you started with. Avoid making these three kitchen remodeling mistakes.

Not Mocking Up Your Kitchen Layout

A kitchen remodeling project is one that you should not rush into. You are working with a confined space, while trying to fit in all sorts of cabinets and appliances in a way that will work great with your lifestyle. Take some time to mock out the layout of your new kitchen in an empty space like your backyard. Take measurements and use string to mock up a rough layout so you can see how it will work. You'll discover things such as if the cabinet doors do not give you room to walk around them while they are open, or if the dishwasher door opens right into where a barstool will be placed.

Share your concern with your contractor, and they will help you find solutions to any problems you encounter.

Confusing Performance With Price When Buying Appliances

Something that is cheap does not always mean that it is inferior in quality. You may be tempted to make some unnecessary upgrades to your new kitchen appliances just because there are cheaper alternatives available that may seem inferior.

To stay under budget, you should avoid going for the top of the line appliances for your kitchen as long as there is an acceptable low-end. Low-end appliances can have the exact same energy efficiency standards as high-end appliances, even though the former may be missing some bells and whistles. For example, does your refrigerator really need temperature settings for individual drawers so your wine can be chilled a few degrees warmer? Probably not.

Buying Low-End Kitchen Cabinets

Unlike appliances, the build quality of your kitchen cabinets is something you should pay close attention to. Your contractor can help you identify lower quality materials that may look beautiful, but will have problems that show up within a few years of use. Things such as finishes that easily wear down and peal, or wood that begins to split.

Factors such as thicker wood, tongue and groove construction, and plastic hardware are all signs of a low-end cabinet.

Following these tips will not only save you from making a mistake, but will save you money in the process while successfully remodeling your kitchen.