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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

4 Foolproof Ways To Update The Look And Feel Of Your Kitchen

by Kelly Simmons

You may feel familiar cooking in your kitchen, but if it is cramped or features outdated appliances, you likely know that some improvements would be useful. A lot of homeowners don't seriously think about renovating their kitchen spaces because they feel that gutting the entire area would be necessary. On the other hand, remodeling a kitchen does often include some construction work, but that doesn't mean that you have to have any walls knocked out, floors ripped up, or ceilings raised. These next four suggestions show homeowners how they can use major appliances, interior decorating, furniture arrangement, and cabinet resurfacing to update their kitchens without having to change the floor plans in their homes or live through large scale remodeling:

1. Moving The Major Appliances And Furniture In Your Kitchen Around - If nothing else you can move around the major appliances that are present in your kitchen to provide your cooking space with an updated look. Relocate the refrigerator from its current home and put it in an area that could possibly be more convenient for you and your family to get to. If possible, move the cooking range to another area as well.

2. Kitchen Cabinet Resurfacing - The kitchen cabinetry doesn't need too much to present an updated look if everything still functions properly. Have your cabinets stripped and sanded down so that they can be stained or painted a completely different color. This will help your kitchen to look exceptionally uniform if you are buying new major appliances or updating the decorations. 

3. Major Appliance Replacement - Most kitchen remodeling jobs begin with the purchase of higher end major appliances. You might want to switch over to major appliances for your kitchen in a stainless steel finish or choose a color that not often seen in most kitchens. When you use major appliances to update your kitchen the really good news is that the price tag on your home also goes up.

4. Using Interior Decorating - If you don't want to change the flooring or resurface your kitchen cabinets then changing the decorations in your kitchen can make it feel newer. You can change the canisters that you use to store your flour and sugar, and use ones that have a modern edge. If you use a kitchen table, take away that old centerpiece and use a different tablecloth to change the overall the look of your kitchen eating area. Remove the curtains and install a new set with double rods so that you can better control the amount of natural light that your kitchen receives.

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