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  • 17 Jan 2019
    A kitchen should be designed with utmost care to ensure proper functionality and aesthetics. Designing a kitchen involves paying consideration to many key factors and creating a space that will offer the best. This is primarily why most people hire professionals for kitchen remodeling purposes in Houston to create the kitchen of their dreams. (Information Credit – http://www.knsales.com/design-services)   Designer or no designer, here are six key points to remember and discuss when designing your kitchen:   Building Rules – Every area has a set of predefined building code rules that can affect the layout of your kitchen. For example, some codes clearly state the type of hood fans you must install for proper ventilation. It is imperative to follow these rules and keep them in mind while designing the kitchen. Double check your designer's knowledge about such regulations before you start your designing process. Knobs and handles – The way you want your cabinets to open and the handles and knobs you use can make a significant impact on the overall look of your kitchen. Many designers point out that merely changing the knobs and handles can lend an entirely new look to the kitchen in an instant. When designing the kitchen, ensure that the front of your cabinet looks consistent and elegant, while also serving the purpose. The Countertop Profile – All primary kitchen activities take place on the countertop. Though the shape and design of the countertop might appear like aesthetic factors, they can affect the function of your counters to a large extent. Though sharp edges look great, they hurt a lot if someone bumps into them by accident. On the other hand, the round edges might not be a good choice for laminates. Hence, talk to your designer about the best countertop option for you. The Finish of the fixtures – When selecting the finish of the fixtures, don’t get lured by color palettes and trends only. Metals are available in various finishes that can both stand out, and perfectly blend in. There are many other elements to consider too, so make sure that you and your designer do some research before choosing a fixture. The mounting of the sink – Choosing between a drop-in model and an undermount sink not only affects the look of the kitchen but various other aspects too. While undermount sinks help in keeping the countertop area clean, the drop-in models are the only choice for laminate counters. Hence, one should pay heed to the style of their sink. The finish of the stone – Choosing the finish of the material itself is important once the counter and flooring material has been chosen. The popular choices in this category are quartz and granite. Some people also opt for honed finishes due to their scratch hiding properties.   These are six key questions that you should check with your designer when designing your kitchen. They will play a huge role in defining the functionality of your kitchen.
    57 Posted by Adam Alford
  • 15 Jan 2019
    There’s no doubt that winters in Canada are very serious business, particularly in the months of December, January and February, with temperatures in some parts dipping quite low. Thus, almost all homes have some form of heating systems available to them, with fireplaces being widely found in almost all parts of the country. However, for many homeowners, the dilemma of selecting the appropriate wood for burning is pretty common. Even though going for gas fireplaces are a viable alternative, many people still feel attracted to the classic, wood-burning feel of the traditional fireplace. This article aims to discuss the types of wood that can be used as fuel for fireplaces in a typical Canadian winter. ( Information credit: https://www.theoriginalflame.com/fireplaces/wood-fireplaces-peterborough/)   Hardwoods Hardwoods have been proven to be the most efficient types of firewood, for different reasons. Not only does it produce a stronger fire that lasts longer, but has more heat producing qualities than softer woods. Hardwoods also burn cleaner, leaving very little creosote residue than other fire woods.  Some of the popular examples are   Oak: Oak has been historically proven to be one of the most effective firewood available. Even though it takes longer to dry them, it has a slow burn rate and produces an incredible amount of heat. However, oak is difficult to ignite, and some other type of wood should be used to start the fire. Maple: Maple is found in abundance in the North Hemisphere, making it a popular hardwood in Canada. It has an even slower burn rate than the likes of oak, though heat production is a little less. Birch: Birch is great for quick heat generation. It easily ignites and produces an impressive amount of heat. However, it is significantly costlier than both oak and maple. Birch is generally used in combination with other hard woods for the desired effect.   Softwoods: People sometimes go for softwoods in the absence of hard woods, although they don’t produce as much heat and leave behind more residue. However, such softwoods are more easily available and are significantly cheaper. Examples include,   Douglas Fir: An easy to handle softwood which produces impressive flames but burns out quickly. Pine: Both red and white pine wood are excellent for firewood. They can be easily handled, and burn nicely. However, it does not have the long lasting presence as most hardwoods, and can often be full of sap pockets which can trigger sparks.   The type of wood to be burned is just one factor to consider before the winter sets in. Be sure to always check whether the wood is cured and is not green, as this tends to produce more smoke than actual heat. As a general rule of thumb, wood needs to be dried for 6 to 18 months before being used as firewood.
    48 Posted by Adam Alford
  • 30 Jan 2019
    Industries are quite a lot dependent on the quality of equipment they use, especially for their regular and continuous performance. Businesses are often ready to make an investment in industrial furniture and equipment, which helps in boosting the productivity of the workers. Heavy duty workbenches are such performance boosters, which offers plenty of benefits to the users. Such industrial heavy-duty workbenches are available in different categories. The industrial workbench is one such heavy-duty workbench which is widely used in many commercial applications. It is also quite popular in case of domestic applications. (Information credit: https://www.rdm-ind.com/x-bench-heavyduty/)   These workbenches are made from high quality material, which ensures long-term usage and satisfactory results. Here are some of the many benefits of industrial workbenches which makes them suitable for use in different industries and factories.   Great Strength and Durability: There are many workbenches which are manufactured for just commercial purposes. These needs to last long and are quite robust. Thus, these workbenches are made using high tensile materials, which help in adding strength and quality to the final product. Also, reliable manufacturers test the durability of the products, so that they can withstand much more than the expected weight, even in the toughest of environmental conditions.   Features and Designs: Industrial workbenches are highly adjustable, in their innovative design. With these specially designed safe workbenches, they can prevent work-related accidents. They also offer a great ergonomic solution, which helps in prevention of physical stress which is related to work. Now, workers do not have to worry about straining their neck and back because with these benches, they can easily shift and change positions, even when they work for long durations. Thus, having a smart design, these workbenches are here certainly going to make a difference.   Variety in Designs: Contrary to the popular belief that industrial furniture or equipment are not available in a variety of designs, it is worth noting that industrial workbenches are available in plenty of options and designs. These are created keeping in mind that they might be used for different purposes. These are available in different designs, keeping in mind the comfort, convenience and above all functionality of these workbenches. Many of these workbenches are available in additional designs or features which include height adjustable features, rotational features, highly durable and ones which offer high performance, no matter where they are being used and where they are needed.   Heavy Duty Performance: Industrial workbenches are used for a variety of purposes which include domestic and commercial purposes. These workbenches are designed to work efficiently throughout the year. Manufacturers usually construct these workbenches with additional capacity which helps in holding heavy-load. There is no additional worry about any kind of mishap or breakage. Such workbenches are popular because they offer risk-free storage. Thus, the workers can work quite efficiently, without worrying about safety factors.   Productivity and Unmatched Performance: Industrial heavy-duty workbenches promise great performance and thus they are just perfect for those who work in commercial and highly demanding workplaces. These workbenches have some added features which includes rotational wheels and height adjusting features. Thus, they offer total guarantee for great performance as they offer safe and easy results.   Often a large amount is spent to purchase high-quality workbenches which are just perfect for use in laboratories and factories. However, it is important to buy the right workbench and from the right manufacturer, so that you bring in good quality products.   Here are some facts worth considering when you are purchasing industrial workbenches:   Knowing the Trends: Technology is advancing daily. People these days love modular functions. Thus, when it is something related to their modular workstations or workbenches, these are specifically designed for accommodating various kinds of configurations. Thus, it ensures enhanced and smooth workflow, with the help of workbenches or machinery, whenever there is a need.   The size of Workbenches: Whenever you choose to purchase a heavy-duty workbench and that too for commercial usage, you need to consider the size of the area, where it shall be installed. These days, modular furniture solutions use the available space quite smartly. Thus, greater performance is delivered, and greater storage space is used. Thus, it is important to find more about the work surface needed and then get into the process of getting the workbench.   Consider the Seller: You might have a great design and a budget which is quite comfortable, if you choose to partner with an unskilled and inexperienced manufacturer, it can be really problematic. To stay away from such a messy situation, it is important that you carry out an adequate research and select a manufacturer, which offers great guidance and that too in the right direction. Thus, you will be able to get a perfect match for your requirements.   Thus, no matter what your requirements are, you will find many solutions in the form of hybrid, heavy-duty or customized furniture. However, you need to select the furniture which is suitable for your needs, serves your purpose and is just perfect for your workspace.
    47 Posted by Adam Alford
  • 04 Feb 2019
    In the present world, life is extremely fast-paced, and rest is something that is gradually vanishing from everyday routines. The time of sleep is something which with time is reducing; resulting is loss of energy and efficiency at work. Lack of sleep can lead to chronic diseases in the long-run. Thus, it is vital that an individual incorporates a strict sleep routine which will help him lead a healthier life.   Today utmost amount of priority is given to the work, which is fine, but depriving one’s health from any attention is alarming. Sleep is the period when our body heals from all the strain that it goes through. For people who exercise on a regular basis or those who work outdoors for a long time, sleep is extremely essential for people like them, as it helps their muscles to grow. The ideal time of sleep generally range from seven to eight hours, however it can be higher for certain people. An individual needs to realise how much sleep he needs in a day. There are certain things that an individual needs to keep in mind if he wants to enjoy a good night’s sleep. (Information Credit – https://www.getsavvi.co.za)   Sticking to A Timing: A person who has been going to bed at 2am and waking up at 10am, cannot be suddenly change such a routine. It takes time. A person needs to gradually start going to bed earlier. For instance, if you go to sleep at 2am daily, you should start going to bed at 1am for one week, the next week you should go to bed at 12 and ultimately at 11 on the third week.   This way, the body gets adjusted to the new sleep routine and will not strain the body. After the sleep cycle is successfully manipulated into becoming a comparatively healthier one, an individual must stick to that routine. Waking up at 6 is the best habit as it provides an individual with enough sleep and allows enough time to meditate, exercise and finish pending work.   Prohibition from Electronic Temptations: In order to receive a good amount of healthy sleep, one must make sure that he switches off his computer or laptop at least an hour before he is planning to go to bed. This would allow his eyes to get adequate rest before going to sleep. Mobile phones are other such distractions which an individual needs to get rid of, because the blue light that phones and computers screens emit a blue light which tires the eye and thus postpones sleep. Therefore, any kind of electronic device must be kept away before and while going to sleep.   A Comfortable Ambience: The ambience of the room is another very important factor which drastically affects the amount of sleep an individual gets at night. The lighting should always be kept dim in the room the person is trying to sleep; even a little amount of bright light can stop an individual from falling asleep and can also wake someone. The temperature is another very significant characteristic of the ambience. The temperature should be cool, ideally 19 to 20 degree centigrade, in order provide the person with a sound sleep.   Controlling the Caffeine: Certain individuals, who are habituated in working late at night, generally tend to sit down at work with a cup of coffee. This prevents them from falling asleep. Keeping this fact in mind, an individual must keep in mind that he should not have anything that contains caffeine after dinner, because that would stop him from falling asleep. Apart from coffee, chocolates should also be avoided because they contain caffeine as well.   A Balanced Diet Is the Key An individual who eats a lot of junk food and has trouble in digesting food will have a hard time going to sleep, because he would feel uncomfortable because of the food in his stomach. An ideal should be extremely high in vegetables and fruits, because they are rich in fibres which promote digestion. A bowl of soup with vegetables in them is the most ideal dinner. Even though an individual cannot be that much strict with the diet, he must make sure to consume vegetables in every meal, and have a comparatively light dinner.   Thus, this article successfully deals with the factors that help an individual to have a sound sleep at night, an in turn create a healthy habit for that individual. A healthy life is something that everybody strives to lead, even though they not always able to get time for that. These precautions would, even though a little bit, improve their quality of life.
    39 Posted by Adam Alford
Family & Home 117 views Jan 15, 2019
5 Notable Features of Wood-Mode Kitchen Cabinets

With over 75 years of experience in developing outstanding cabinetry solutions, Wood-Mode’s extensive range of cabinets combines functionality with exquisite designs. From the selection of the lumber to the forging of the cabinets, these cabinets display excellent workmanship. Available in a wide variety of designs and vibrant colors, Wood-Mode cabinets have become one of the most favorite options for cabinetry in Houston. (Information credit: http://www.cabinetsanddesigns.net/products/wood-mode)

 

Some salient features of Wood-Mode kitchen cabinets are cited below: 

 

  • Versatility:

Whether you prefer contemporary designs or rustic traditional designs, the wide selection of Wood-mode cabinets will help you choose a design that complements the décor of your home. Additionally, you can choose customized designs to add unique appeal.

 

  • Durable Finish:

Wood-Mode cabinets are built with a variety of natural and synthetic substances that strive to create the appearance of natural wood. Wood-Mode’s broad range of custom kitchen cabinets is made of wood and laminates that guarantees a long-lasting finish.

 

  • Framed and Frameless Cabinets:

Wood-Mode cabinets are widely available in two different varieties:

 

  • Framed Cabinets: Wood-Mode’s framed cabinets are built with excellent quality plywood and are adroitly lined with natural maple veneers. The self-closing hinges of the doors can be opened to 125 degrees and are extremely adjustable.
  • Frameless Cabinets: Frameless cabinets which are made of premium furniture quality particleboard are lined with wood grain melamine which ensures high durability. The self-closing hinges can be opened to 110 degrees.
  • High-end Features:

 

Wood-Mode cabinets are designed with state-of-the-art technology and come with convenient features like adjustable drawers, built-in LED lighting, flexible shelving, etc.

 

  • Wood-Mode cabinets are available in multitudes of door styles. Whether you want inset doors, overlay doors or specialty doors, Wood-Mode has over 200 door styles.
  • Wood-Mode cabinets come with adjustable shelves which are attached with integrated clips for adequate support.
  • The drawer boxes are the most attractive part of these cabinets. They are available in a wide variety of substances from maple, walnut to stainless steel.
  • These under-mount drawer slides are extremely convenient solutions that offer wide storage facilities.

 

  • Efficient Storage:

Wood-Mode cabinets are equipped with outstanding built-in storage facilities. They have a wide array of ergonomic features such as flexible shelves, slide-out bins, and multiple adjustable drawers, Wood-Mode cabinets offer huge storage facilities. From pop-up shelves to a Lazy Susan, Wood-Mode cabinets provide modular solutions for all storage challenges. 

 

Operational since 1942, Wood-Mode is considered to be the hallmark of premium quality kitchen cabinets. These days, there are a number retail companies available in Houston specializing in custom kitchen cabinetry. If you are a quality conscious customer looking for quality cabinetry solution, Wood-Mode cabinets are your one-stop solution, and Houston is the best place to find them. There is no alternative to when it comes to a broad product range. Choose Wood-Mode cabinets for your kitchen and upgrade the overall functionality of your kitchen space.