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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Modern Kitchen Design DO's & DON'TS!!!

Do's and Don'ts of 

Modern Kitchen Design!




Hey there, Daymond here! Do you love spending your time rummaging through your kitchen for ingredients and cooking and baking your favorite meals? Well then, you should invest in a cozy and modern kitchen design! But first, take note of these do’s and don’ts from me.

How to shape your kitchen design


Before you get going, you should decide which shape your kitchen design should have. There are several options, like an L-shape, U-shape, I-shape or cooking island.

According to its functions, a kitchen should have three zones: a cooking zone, a washing zone and a storage zone. It’s important to reduce the space between those zones so you thus reduce your time and effort to a minimum.

If you believe in the principles of Feng Shui, you might arrange your kitchen in such a way that you have a good sight on the entire room and the door while retaining enough space to move around.


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Ergonomics



To move and cook efficiently in your kitchen, the distances and heights should be adapted to your own length.

The worktop should be approximately 3 feet high. Ideally, the oven should be installed on eye level. This allows you to put plates in the oven without stooping, and to easily have a quick check-up on your baking dishes. 


If you have a dishwasher, you should put it close to the sink, so you can easily rinse your messy dishes before putting them in the machine. If you have a kitchen table, you should keep about 2 feet of space around the perimeter of it for the chairs to move about.

Additionally, make sure you anticipate enough cabinet and pantry space, so you can store your kitchen equipment easily, according to Feng Shui principles, even as time passes.


Materials 



When you choose a material for your kitchen worktop, it is important to choose a material that is easily cleanable. The most popular materials are laminated, composite stone, natural stone and plastic.



The wall covering protects your wall from grease stains while you’re cooking. You might also pick an easy to maintain material, like tiles. Remember, tiles with flat surfaces make cleaning very easy. For optimal hygiene, you might choose a one-piece surface obtained from composite or natural stone.
Alright, get to work!

AgentsDFW by way of Daymond E. Lavine,

Broker-Realtor®

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Let's Talk Lighting!

Drawing a Lighting Plan

For Your Home!




Hey there, Daymond here! Let's talk lighting! 

Qualitative lighting can generate different atmospheres in your home and make your interior even more delightful. But that all depends on you thinking well beforehand of a good lighting plan. Let me be your guiding light.

Step 1: look where the daylight comes in


Step one in your lighting plan is to think about how you can save lighting energy using the incoming daylight as much as you can.  Examine the parts of the rooms that most daylight falls in, and then position your furniture accordingly. For example, a desk should be put close to a window. By painting the walls and ceiling light colors, you will need to turn lights on less often.

Step 2: position the basic lighting


Measure your furniture and draw the sitting area and dinner table on your house plan. Then define where the basic lighting is coming in. The basic lighting includes the lights you are going to turn on when entering the room in the dark. These are mostly pendant lamps or spotlights. You can draw the basics lights on the plan using a specific color. 


Step 3: position the atmospheric lighting


Your next step is to position the atmospheric lighting. The goal of this warmer and softer type of lighting is to bring coziness and relaxation, for example, in the living room or the bathroom. Atmospheric lights can be created with table and floor lamps, or wall lamps. However, they could also include already existent basic lighting, the intensity of which is adjusted by dimmers.

Step 4: position the accent lighting


A third and last category of lighting are the accent lights. These lights also create atmosphere. You can position lights in a particular way so that they highlight a beautiful painting, a nice family picture, or a piece of design. Also, you can lighten up a reading corner. 

Step 5: position the switches


In addition to choosing where to install the three types of lights, you should also position the switches. You want to figure out where they are seen and which lights they switch on. It’s practical to have one switch near the door with which you can switch off all lighting at once when you leave the room. Also, it’s nice to have a switch next to your bed, so you don’t have to switch on a nightlight first before switching on the basic ceiling light. 

Step 6: lighting the garden and exterior


Now that you are busy drawing, it might be a good idea to plan the garden and exterior lighting as well. Even though you will only do this after the rest of your lighting design is done, you might already foresee the tubes and circuit breakers for it. 


You can probably go through 
all of these steps on your own. That way, you will save a lot of money. However, don't hesitate to ask an expert to have a look at your plan before implementing it. After all, you rather be safe than sorry.

Good luck!

AgentsDFW by way of Daymond E. Lavine,

Broker-Realtor®

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