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Of all the rooms in a home, the kitchen is the most frequently remodeled. It tends to be the first room to look dated and it’s also the one that prospective buyers care about the most. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also the most difficult to remodel since there’s so much that can go wrong. The majority of kitchen remodels go over-budget which may be alright if you’re satisfied with the finished project. But many homeowners regret the decision to remodel by the end. Here are some tips to follow that can help you avoid that result.
Keep it to scale
It’s easy to get carried away with a kitchen remodel and spend a lot more than you planned. Even if you can afford a higher scale remodel, that doesn’t mean you should actually do it. Talk to a realtor to figure out the average cost for a home in your neighborhood. If it’s $200,000, then you don’t want to spend $60,000 on the kitchen. Prospective buyers won’t be willing to pay what your home is worth if it’s value is significantly greater than all the surrounding homes so you’ll end up recouping a small percentage of what you spent remodeling if you don’t remodel to scale.
Set up a temporary food preparation/cleanup space
A typical kitchen remodel lasts several weeks. That’s a long time to have to eat out every meal and the cost of eating out can add significantly to the cost of the remodeling project. It’s a good idea to set up a temporary kitchen space. It doesn’t have to be glamorous. A laundry room with a sink is ideal. Have a microwave and some paper plates and plastic eating utensils. You’ll have to get creative with meals but at least you don’t have to eat out every day.
Order materials early
You want to get back to using your kitchen again as soon as possible so it’s important to minimize delays. One of the most common culprits of delayed remodeling projects is having to wait for materials to arrive. You can avoid this by deciding early on what materials you want and need for the project and ordering them well in advance. Wait until they’ve arrived to begin the work.
Don’t change your mind
The other major culprit of delated remodeling projects is the homeowners changing their minds. If you’ve planned out the project carefully, then there shouldn’t be a need to drastically change the plan mid-project. If you’re feeling tempted to do so, remember that you were satisfied with the original plan, and you’ll be happy with it when it’s all done.
Think about traffic flow
It’s pretty common for homeowners to be too ambitious with a kitchen remodel. Unless you have a very large space to work with, you probably can’t have all the cupboard space you want, an oversized kitchen island and industrial sized appliances. Don’t try to do too much with the space or you’ll find that there isn’t enough room for the people who will be passing through during the day to grab a bite to eat.
Incorporate plenty of storage into the design
One of the most common complaints about kitchens is that there just isn’t enough space to store everything. You have to be creative, especially with a smaller space, to try and incorporate storage space into every aspect of the design. Think about the needs of your family when it comes to storage and plan accordingly.
Think beyond overhead lighting that illuminates the whole space. Have focused task lighting under the cabinets and above the sink for food preparation and cleanup. Do you have children who will be doing homework in the kitchen? If so, you’ll want bright reading lights above a table as well.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater covers.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.