Follow tips to streamline kitchen remodeling project

A beautiful, updated kitchen sets the tone for the entire house. Homeowners invest a great deal in upgrades as the kitchen is one of the most valuable and useful spaces — and the best way to increase a home’s resale value.

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Every remodeling project has its own specs and may need extra steps; however, we have set five basic steps for kitchen remodeling that will assist in a better experience throughout the process.

1. Recognize your needs

Think about what you don’t like about your current kitchen, and what you would like to accomplish with your remodel. What are your needs? Wants? Ask your contractor if they offer an evaluation worksheet to share with you.

2. Set a budget

Pricing for kitchen remodeling runs a wide range depending on the size, style, material, hardware, finishes, fixtures, space reconfiguration, etc. of the project. It is important to know how much you want to invest and what funds you have for your project. If you plan to obtain a loan, talk to a loan officer to determine the best options.

3. Hire a professional

Once you determine the scope of your project, it is time to hire a professional remodeling

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Colorful African violets can be easy to grow, if you follow a few tips

Although the earliest cave dwellers might not have had a pot of African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) inside their stone abodes, the compact colorful flowering plant has to be one of our oldest houseplants. Whose grandmother didn’t or doesn’t have one or more of the colorful, velvety leafed beauties gracing her kitchen windowsill?



a man sitting in front of a window: Mike Hogan


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a vase filled with purple flowers: African violets, such as these miniatures, thrive in room temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees


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African violets, such as these miniatures, thrive in room temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees

African violets, popular flowering houseplants in the Gesneriaceae family, are native to the East African nation of Tanzania. Their compact size and variety of flower colors make them a perfect houseplant for small windowsills, desks and countertops in need of a splash of color or life. Their smaller size makes African violets perfect for small spaces in apartments, dorm rooms or other small rooms or nooks.



a vase of flowers on a table: Miniature varieties of African Violets are perfect for small spaces.


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Miniature varieties of African Violets are perfect for small spaces.

African violets come in various shades of blue, pink, red, white and purple, and cultivars can be found in different sizes, including miniature (less than 8 inches in diameter), standard (8 to 16 inches), and large (more than 16 inches). Cultivars with trailing growth characteristics also

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