Updating your kitchen
Most cabinets, no matter how unattractive or outdated, can be drastically improved by following the tips below.An ad in a glossy magazine depicts a kitchen full of contented dinner party guests gathered around a royal blue, enameled cast-iron range the size of a golf cart."We speak fondly of a concept called 'burning down the house,'" explains Steve Kleber, past president of Center for Kitchen & Bath Education and Research, recalling the earliest examples of prosumerism."These commercial ranges were not insulated like today's pro-style ranges and the very high levels of heat would literally catch wooden cabinetry on fire." Thanks to greatly improved insulation, the pro-style ranges on the market today have zero clearance for combustibility, meaning they can be butted up against walls and wood cabinets.By Katharine Kaye Mc Millan, Patricia Hart Mc Millan Updating kitchen cabinets make tired drab kitchens look fresh again.Knowing how to update kitchen cabinets, can save you the cost of completely replacing them."These manufacturers continue to introduce smaller, more versatile models of their appliances," explains Alan Abrams, founder of Cabinet En-Counters, a kitchen design studio in Cleveland.
"But these Viking and Dacor and Thermador cooktops require hoods that can handle up to 1,200 CFM, nearly 10 times the amount." According to Craig Napravnik of Broan-Nu Tone (a manufacturer of range hoods, ventilation fans and indoor air quality products) the industry rule-of-thumb to insure proper ventilation is to add up the total BTUs of a range's burners, divide by 100, and the result is the number of CFMs needed.You can keep pieces of your old kitchen, or you can scoop up bargains at estate sales, salvage shops or online.One of the first steps in a kitchen remodel is determining what type of utilities you will need and their location."One of the very first issues to consider when planning a pro-style kitchen is size," explains Bob Somrak, Jr., board member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and co-owner of Somrak Kitchens, Bedford Heights, Ohio."If a consumer wants to install all these pro-style appliances, they'll need 3 feet of refrigerator space, 3 feet of freezer space and 4 to 5 feet for the commercial-style range.