Category Archives: Kitchen

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Cabinet Hardware

There are a lot of details that go into kitchen and bathroom remodels. Picking out the correct cabinet hardware is a hard choice for many. A lot of the decision making comes down to personal preference on esthetics. There are a lot of styles and sizes to choose from, and many people don’t realize that there are design “rules” to picking the right products.

Depending on the face of the cabinet or drawer, the hardware you select could look undersized or oversized. When selecting the size of the hardware for drawers try to remember the rule of thirds. The drawer pull can be up to 1/3 of the overall width of the face of the drawer. Don’t get too stuck on this rule, but it is one that many interior designers use when choosing the right hardware for their clients.

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Cabinet doors are a little different and should be a smaller version of the drawer pull since they are typically placed on the lower edge of the door. If it’s oversized it can throw off the balance of the whole room. Cabinet hardware is typically less than 6″ in length for upper cabinet doors.

Like we said before, there are a lot of colors and styles of cabinet/drawer hardware to choose from. Choosing the color of the hardware comes down to personal preference. If you really want your hardware to make a statement you can use copper or metallic pulls.  Also keep in mind the other “hardware” in the area. What color/finish are light fixtures or appliances? If they’re stainless or nickel, you could consider getting cabinet hardware to match.

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Ergonomics shouldn’t be ignored.  Keep in mind how often you’ll actually be using these cabinet and drawer pulls. What works best for you? Are knobs or pulls more comfortable and easier to use? Most of the work done in these areas requires the use of one hand or even a few fingers while cooking, so choose something that is practical.

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Sometimes different brands and finishes can be intermixed, depending on the material and product, but typically it’s best to find a manufacturer that has pulls and knobs that you like.

Builders, like Englund Construction, are excellent resources when it comes to choosing the best hardware for your kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel. We help our clients make decisions like these every single day!

Kitchen Remodel in Sammamish

Sammamish Kitchen Remodel

Our featured remodel today is the Sammamish Kitchen Remodel we did in 2013-2014. We pushed the window wall out about 5 feet and took out the hallway closet to enlarge the entry by 3 more feet.

Check out the finished product -

Remodel in Sammamish, WA

Sammamish Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel in Sammamish

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Germ’s Paradise – Your Kitchen

We’re not germaphobes here at Englund Construction, but we know that if left unattended, certain microbes can make your family sick. This is especially true this time of the year when our immune systems are doing their best to deal with the constant bombardment of new strands of colds, flus, and diseases each day.

When we think of the grossest (germiest) and dirtiest rooms in our homes, oftentimes the kitchen gets overlooked. Whether your believe it or not, the kitchen is most likely the most germ-ridden place in your home. There is typically more traffic in the kitchen, and new germy items get introduced everyday.

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Photo Cred – allstategoodhandsnews.com

From the countertop to your fridge, germs can flourish, building their own colonies right before your eyes. Below we’ve outlined some of the biggest germ hang outs and how you can keep those areas/items clean:

Kitchen Sink Drain. The drain in your kitchen sink is a catch-all for all of the items you don’t want hanging around. Regularly scrubbing the drain with a mix of detergent and disinfectant can help keep it clean. There are typically a lot of nooks and crannies in this area along the rim and down inside the folds of the disposal rubber, so using a smaller scrubber, like an old toothbrush can help keep the buildup on those areas to a minimum.

Blender Gasket. Your blender can be a tricky item to clean. Depending on how often you use it, the whole thing should be taken apart and washed separately. Liquids can easily get in between the gasket and mold can grow.

Faucet Handle. The faucet on your kitchen sink gets touched by dirty hands more than you would probably like to think about. After the dishes are done each evening the faucet (and whole sink) should be wiped down.

Refrigerator Compartments. The compartments for meat and vegetables can get really grimy quickly. Each month or so remove the compartments of your fridge and wash them with a mild detergent and warm water. Dry them completely before putting everything back together.

Sponge. Sponges soak up everything, including bacteria. Disinfecting your sponge every single time it is used is very important. Sponges are a breeding ground. For nonabrasive, cellulose sponges, you can put them in the microwave (while they’re damp) and heat it on high for two minutes (keep an eye on it, and be careful when removing it as it will be really hot). Other types of sponges can be put in the dishwasher, but all should be replaced every few months, depending on how much they are used (and what for).

Thanksgiving Safety

Happy Thanksgiving from Englund Construction!

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Did you know that Thanksgiving Day home fires cause more property damage and claim more lives than fires on any other day of the year? Obviously, cooking is the leading cause of the home fires on Thanksgiving Day.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially on Thanksgiving Day. The area can be quite chaotic with all of the main and side dishes being prepared all at once. Prior planning and preparation can prevent throwing things together last minute, and can help you organize your time more efficiently.

With the large groups of people and football games going on, it can get crazy. It’s not hard to forget about a pot of something cooking in the corner, but this can be very dangerous. Most of the fires on Thanksgiving are caused by unattended appliances.

Deep frying your turkey is more dangerous than more traditional methods. Turkey fryers can be tricky, and they can tip over and spill hot grease all over the place. Grease fires can be deadly and spread really quickly. If you do like deep frying your turkey, use extreme caution and never leave it unattended.

If you want to make sure your kitchen is free from fire damage this year, you can try to follow some of our Turkey Day safety tips:

  • Pay attention to your turkey. If you plan on letting it cook for hours on end, have a “keep watch” schedule with your housemates and check it regularly.
  • Plan out your day and meal plan. If you want to watch the game, plan to have most of the cooking already done before it starts, so you are not distracted while cooking.
  • Do not overfill the oil in the fryer pot. If you overfill, it can lead to hot oil spattering and spilling over when you lower the turkey into it. Oil can hit the burner on the stove and instantly catch on fire (and spread quickly)
  • NEVER spray water on a grease fire. It will spread and get out of control. Keep a fire extinguisher handy especially if you are deep frying
  • If the cooktop is on, do not leave the kitchen. Keep an eye on the food.
  • Check food that is baking or roasting regularly
  • Keep your pets and children out of the kitchen while the dangerous tasks are being preformed.

We hope you all have a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!

Is the Kitchen the Most Important Room?

It can be argued that the kitchen is indeed the most important room in the home. There’s typically one person in the home (Mom or Dad) who does most of the cooking, whether they love to or not. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the home, and is the center of the activities of the day.

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Typically the person who does all the cooking is the one concerned with the size and layout of the kitchen. When a family goes looking for a home to purchase or remodel, the cook (aka mom, “household manager”, Fommy, househusband, mr. mom, or stay at home dad) almost always seem to spend a lot of time picking apart the kitchen.  The other person may be more concerned about the garage, deck, or game room (man cave). Overlooking the value of a good kitchen can be a huge mistake.

As we discussed in our Kitchen Triangle post, the layout of a kitchen can be very important. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, or are looking to remodel, pay attention to the layout, space and storage capabilities. If you are considering a kitchen remodel, keep the triangle in mind when laying out the main features.

The kitchen is not the room where you should be overly consumed with trying to save money. When looking at cabinetry, look for quality. (Use our Cabinetry Options in the Kitchen for more ideas/help). Purchase or look for quality, well made appliances as well. Appliances that do the job right and will last a long time are essential to a successful kitchen.

When designing, purchasing, or remodeling your home, make sure you spend extra time on the kitchen. Years of your life will be spent in this space and small changes and preferences can make the world of a difference.

Kitchen Design – The Work Triangle

triangleWhen you think about the shapes you see in kitchens, squares or rectangles usually come to mind (cabinetry, appliances, etc). The triangle actually has been a designers best friend in the kitchen, even though you may not know it’s there.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association defines the work triangle as and imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink. The measurements of these lines can help create an efficient workspace for kitchen tasks and balance out the space.

Here are a few general rules:

  • The area should be no less than 15 feet and no greater than 25 feet.
  • The triangle should not cut into any island by more than 12 inches.
  • The sink (if only one) should be installed across from the cooking surface, prep area or refrigerator
  • High traffic zones shouldn’t go cross through the triangle if possible

The triangle is designed to help increase efficiency. It keeps everything in reach for the cook while also providing more space to move about in. Understandably, some rules may need to be modified depending on the size of your kitchen or the existing location of some of the major components. These guidelines can be adjusted slightly to just about any space.