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Under-Cabinet Lighting

Whether used as task lighting or accent lighting, under-cabinet lighting can add functionality and detail to your kitchen remodel. The two most common styles of under-cabinet lighting are puck and linear. Puck lights are round or oval and are good for cabinet and display lighting. Puck lights can create scallops, spots or pools of lighting instead of even illumination across the counter top. Linear lights can come as a light strip or as a linear fixture or light bar. Linear fixtures resemble small puck lights on one mounting strip.

The way a majority of kitchen cabinets are made makes it very easy to install under-cabinet lights. There is usually a recessed area that is about the depth of most under-cabinet lights, so they do not project beyond the bottom plane of the cabinets.

When it comes to under-cabinet lighting, you can either go with plug-in units or hard-wired. Plug-in units are easier to install. Simply attach the fixture to the underside of the upper cabinet and plug into a nearby outlet. These can be a good choice if you only have a small area to illuminate, as long as you don't have a problem with exposed wires. A hard-wired system is usually more attractive, as there is no exposed wiring, but it is also more difficult to install. If you are doing a complete kitchen remodel, this is a great time to pre-wire for under-cabinet lighting.

Whether it's used to illuminate a work area, provide additional ambient light or is used as accent lighting, under-cabinet lighting adds a nice touch to any kitchen remodel.

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Matching Existing Cabinets

If you know the cabinet manufacturer, door style and stain or color, it should be easy to match the cabinets, right? Well, not exactly. Even if you have white cabinets and you order new white doors, or new white cabinets, they won't match. Why? White cabinets yellow over time. Even if it's only been a year or two since the cabinets were installed and they still look bright white to you, they won't look white when compared to a new cabinet. As for wood stains, they darken over time. So a new cabinet with the same stain will not match.

Another reason we don't recommend trying to match existing cabinets is that manufacturers often change hardware. The new doors that you order for your existing cabinets may not have the same hinge placement as your existing cabinet door.

If you're adding an island or another group of cabinets to your kitchen, such as a butler's pantry, you're better off using a completely different yet complementary color of cabinet. Using the same door style will bring it all together.

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Choosing a Kitchen Faucet

The faucet is an integral part of the kitchen. Not only does it have to be functional, it should set the style, whether that's modern, classic or country. There is no shortage of shapes, sizes, designs and finishes to suit any decor. Once you've determined the style and color of the faucet, you will want to check the number of holes needed for proper installation. From there, you'll want to consider your handle options and spout height and reach.

There are a number of handle options available. Single handle kitchen faucets provide convenience of one-handed use. Two-handle faucets require three or more holes of a sink or counter top and work well with traditional or period-style kitchens. Pull-out faucets are a nice alternative to a separate sprayer. For antique kitchens, a wall-mount faucet offers a unique style that requires no deck holes, as it actually mounts to the wall above the sink. Pot filler faucets are a must for avid cooks. A pot filler is a cold water faucet that is installed in addition to a standard faucet and mounts to the wall behind a stove or on a counter top near the stove. It is used to fill a pot that is already positioned on the stove top.

Spout height and reach should also be considered. A high-arch faucet provides plenty of room between the bottom of the sink and the spout. These types of faucets are convenient for washing large pots and oversized dishes. Standard arch faucets, generally 3-5 inches, are best for smaller sinks. Spout reach is generally determined by the size of the sink. IF you have a double-bowl sink, be sure that the faucet can reach both bowls.

Remember, your kitchen faucet will be used often. Take the time to choose something that will not only look good, but meet your functional needs as well.

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Which Counter Tops Are Right for Your Kitchen?

When it comes to installing counter-tops on your beautiful new kitchen cabinets, there are a lot of options to choose from. So which one is right for you? 

Over the past 10 year, granite has gained in popularity. Granite is a natural stone that has been smoothed and polished. Not only are there endless color choices with granite, it is extremely durable and heat resistant. However, because granite is porous, it does require re-sealing every year. 
 
Quartz is another popular choice. Quartz is made from about 93% natural quartz stone, with 7% resin binder and some colorant. This creates and extremely hard material. Quart is non-porous and does not need to be sealed. However, it can be burned which will cause permanent damage to the surface.
 
Marble counter tops can be really beautiful; however, it is very porous and can stain easily. It is also not as durable as granite and can scratch easily. Corian is another counter top option; however, it is not heat, stain or scratch resistant.
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