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The kitchen is typically the first room in the home to seem dated. As a result, it’s the most frequently remodeled. If you’re one of the many thousands of Americans planning a kitchen remodel this year, following these four tips will ensure that you get the most out of your remodeling budget.
Have a plan
All successful remodels start on paper. Homeowners tend to get overly excited and rush through the planning stage of a remodel in order to get started as soon as possible. You have to fight that urge to start buying materials and hiring contractors and make yourself take the time to carefully plan out the project first. The internet is a good place to start since there are many different resources that will give you ideas and help you visualize them. Once you have some ideas about what you want to accomplish with your remodel, you can start researching the estimated costs for the work and materials that will be necessary. Depending on the scope of your planned remodel, you may need to bring in an architect to help you turn your vision into actual blueprints that contractors can then use to make your dream into a reality.
Plan on that plan not going according to plan
There will almost surely be setbacks during the course of the remodeling project and while there are a few things you can do to minimize the chances of this happening, it’s always a possibility. Contractors may uncover unforeseen problems that need to be addressed before work can continue. Materials may be late in arriving or some of the work may not be done to your satisfaction and may need to be redone. The best you can do is plan on this happening by setting aside extra money in your budget and by having realistic expectations regarding the timeframe for the project.
Make do with the space you have
Kitchens are often the most expensive remodels because homeowners want bigger kitchens. Knocking down a wall, rearranging the layout, and expanding the kitchen outwards is going to eat up the vast majority of the budget and these are also the kinds of projects that are most likely to result in delays and added costs. Instead of physically adding to the space, you can use your budget more wisely by spending it on creative storage solutions. Also focus on various smaller projects that get you big results for less money. Good projects to consider include tiling a backsplash, replacing cabinet hardware, repainting the kitchen, or installing baseboard heater covers.
Functionality before aesthetics
While your kitchen needs to look good, it’s even more important that it’s functional and meets the needs of your family. When planning a remodel, make sure all of your money isn’t going into beautification. Under-cabinet task lighting makes food preparation easier. A deeper sink is easier for washing dishes and plenty of electrical outlets ensures that you’re never hunting around for a place to plug in a small kitchen appliance.
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.