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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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Renovation Tips To Create The Kitchen You've Always Wanted

When you're looking for a way to bring new life into your kitchen, a remodeling project will be a great way to do it. Before you jump into the process, though, you'll want to make sure that you've determined what you want to upgrade. Here's a look at some of the changes that you can bring to your kitchen to revitalize it and make it a place where everyone wants to gather.

Cooktop and Oven Upgrades

Double Your Ovens – One of the most beneficial upgrades you can make in your kitchen for functionality is to install a double oven. Double ovens look stylish and elegant in most any kitchen, and their wall-mount style saves up space for you to place the cooktop wherever is most convenient. Double ovens can save you considerable time in preparation not only for routine meals but also for holidays, dinner parties and other events.

Create an Island Cooktop – When you opt for wall-mount ovens for your kitchen, it allows you the versatility to install your cooktop wherever works best for you, including in a kitchen island. Installing the island in your kitchen allows you to have more room to move around your workspace, and you can place barstools on the other side of the island to facilitate socialization while you're cooking. That way, your friends can hang out while you're prepping meals without you having to turn your back to cook.

Resurface Your Appliances – If you aren't in the market for all new appliances but you still want to transform the look of your existing ones, there are options. For example, if you like the look of stainless steel but don't have the budget for stainless appliances, invest in stainless steel contact paper instead. It's easy to apply to each appliance and gives them the bright, clean appearance of stainless steel without the significant investment of all-stainless appliances.

Counter Top Expansion

The counter space, drawers and cupboards in your kitchen can all serve multiple purposes if you build them to be mobile. You'll be able to roll your drawers or cabinets out from underneath the current countertop to expose a butcher-block top or other countertop surface atop the mobile cabinets. This gives you extra space to work and makes it easier to get things done by allowing you to roll the drawers over to where you're working.

Convert Your Cabinets to a Pantry

If your kitchen is full of worn, tired cabinets or you're ready for something different, it's time to think about alternatives. As an example, you might be able to eliminate your kitchen cabinets entirely if you build a walk-in pantry closet. The pantry will require less space in the kitchen but can increase your storage space significantly. Add some rolling shelves in the pantry to make it easier to access the things you store in there. A pantry closet will make it easy for you to store your dry goods and canned foods easily. Keep everything tightly sealed and in airtight containers. Add a dish rack to one wall to allow for dish storage.

Pot Filler Faucets

One convenience that you find in some commercial kitchens that can benefit homeowners as well is the pot filler faucet. These faucets are great for people who cook with large stock pots, such as making pasta. Most sinks just aren't equipped to easily fill pots of this size. A pot filler faucet is connected to a water line beside the stove so that you can place the pot on the stove, turn the faucet so that it's over the pot, and fill it as needed.

If you're working on creating the kitchen you've always wanted, ideas like these can help you get started. Talk with a kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor about your options today, or you can look at some kitchen and bathroom showrooms