Organize Photos in a Flash

Every gadget these days seems to come with a built-in camera and easy access to photo-sharing sites. However, the convenience of technology can sometimes also be a diversion. According to The Association of Professional Photo Organizers, at least 750 million photographs were uploaded to Facebook on New Year’s Day in 2011. We’re so busy posting our pictures to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which the majority of us do not make time to maintain the lot organized.

And then there are the hard copies of photographs which are in a box (someplace ). Remember when we actually printed photographs? No matter the format, obtaining photographs organized probably has a permanent spot on your mental to-do list. Let’s go from to-do to to-done.

Burnham Design

Start off organizing the photograph format which will provide you the largest reassurance. For almost all of us that is hard copies. Professional organizer Christie Gelsomino indicates to sort by motif (kids, pets, holidays, vacations) or by date. You might even use a combo of the two.

Natalie Myers

After you have sorted all of your pictures into classes, decide on their destination. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Photo boxes: make sure that the boxes are big enough for the photographs you are storing. The Container Store has some great options to stash your stuff. And whatever you do, do not forget to tag.

Albums: that I love these binders from Russel + Hazel. All you’ll need are inserts for organizing the photographs.

Collection cabinet: Serious photograph collectors may think about a collection cabinet for photo storage requirements.

Quick-start tip: Use what you’ve got available to store photos until you find the perfect container — believe shoe boxes.


For some, tossing photographs is simple; for others, it is a cardinal sin. In case you’ve got a set of rules to go by, let go of extraneous pics is a breeze.

Toss outside:
• Blurry photos
• Photos where you need to ask yourself,”Who’s that?”
• Doubles


You will inevitably have a pile of photographs that you’d like to scan for safekeeping. Before you scan, research the best alternative for keeping them digitally.

A external hard drive or flash drive: Produce folders which mimic the classes you have already established so that the digital pictures remain organized.

A cloud hosting support: Once your set is from the cloud using a service such as iPhoto, Flickr or Shutterfly, it is easy to share memories with loved ones near and far.

CDs: These are great for maintaining a number of copies and handing over a photograph collection to your friend or family member.

Patrick Sutton Associates

In case you keep the negatives? It depends upon if they are the only copies you have of a particular set of photographs. Cross-check negatives against your pics. If you have all the photographs, you can throw the downsides.

You may also wish to scan a few of the negatives. Here’s a tutorial in Popular Photography which uses your flatbed scanner and a little DIY art to handle this job.

Any downsides that you are keeping should be safely stored in an archival photograph box to prevent moisture or moisture damage.

April Force Pardoe Interiors

Once you’ve organized your photos, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you’d like to exhibit (as everything is going to soon be searchable). A wall of your favorite photos exhibited salon style is a superb way to showcase your own collection. Whatever you decide, you can rest easy knowing that your memories are preserved for posterity.

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Board-Formed Concrete

With board-formed concrete, concrete is poured into molds and left to cure, then the forms are removed. The creation of plywood created big forms cheaper, though the original forms were made with timbers or timber planks. The attractive wood grain and seepage between planks of board-formed concrete structures have made them increasingly popular.

Grounded – Richard Risner RLA, ASLA

You can see the wood grain and seepage between the timber planks of the board-formed wall.

Grounded – Richard Risner RLA, ASLA

Long and low are crucial elements in contemporary design, and board-formed concrete includes a textural quality that suits the bill.

Grounded – Richard Risner RLA, ASLA

This outdoor entertaining area has a board-formed wall using a fireplace, alcoves along with a custom wood bench.

A fireplace surround of board-formed concrete looks as striking as natural marble or stone.

Giulietti Schouten Architects

Vertical boards created the shape with this board formed concrete dining room wall.

WA Design Architects

The pipes for this water feature were readily added to the board-formed water characteristic once the concrete was poured.

Photos of board-formed concrete photographs

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Minimalist Midcentury Bungalow in Canada

Susan and Andre Oliver began their home remodel with simply a napkin doodle and a great idea. Inspired by a home they saw in Dwell, the few opted to renovate their 1940s bungalow to provide it a contemporary layout and facade. They commissioned Bayview Design to draw up a strategy and then changed a breezeway between the bungalow and the detached garage into a cube-shaped addition.

As their vision became a reality, they chose to put their own creative marks on their home. “I enjoy the character of the old combined with the minimalist contemporary vibe,” says Susan.

at a Glance
Who lives here: Susan and Andre Oliver, with their 3 kids
Location: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Size: 1,100 square feet, plus a 500-square-foot inclusion
That’s interesting: During their 27-year union, Susan and Andre have utilized colors of white and black in each home they’ve lived in.


Susan and Andre bought the home because of its great location. They loved the area in addition to the character of this well-built residence, but wanted to update it and offer it a minimalist look. Their white and black color palette begins at the front door.

Vases: 18karat; mailbox, house numbers: Blomus


The block addition, visible to the right of the house (click picture to view whole view), combines the new and old structures into a single. “Sometimes the house tells the narrative itself, and you have to follow this, and that’s when the magic happens,” Susan says.


The living area showcases the personal design philosophy of Susan. “Anchor a space with a block wall. Mix organic, natural substances with slick bits. Own less but buy quality,” she states.

Four white cushioned chairs on a cowhide and a faux white bull head above the fireplace punctuate the black walls. Susan’s dad, a retired sheet metal worker, constructed a pan to maintain pebbles, which Susan utilized as a foundation for an ethanol firebox in the fireplace.

White swivel chairs: Zuo Mod


A white lacquered desk, an old gilt mirror painted white and a chrome seat form a minimal home office at the same end of the living room. Paperwork is neatly stored in the white credenza on the opposite wall.

Desk: Chair Tech


The living area provides a sight line. Even though the kitchen has just one little window, lots of light in the new cube addition flows in.

White counter stools and living area wall cupboard: Nuevo


Susan and Andre wanted to leave this distance off the kitchen free and open for a spacious, contemporary feel. Their teenaged kids vetoed the idea and asked a desk and chairs for dining and mingling with friends.

Table and chairs: Nuevo


The Olivers eliminated a window in the home’s unique dining area — currently a breakfast room — to create a stairway to the new inclusion and bridge the detached garage to the home.


The biggest design challenge in fitting the block addition to the present garage construction was leveling the floors, which took two different tradespeople. The square form of the 14-foot pool mimics the block.

Susan and Andre functioned as their own contractors, hiring local tradespeople and even tapping the talents of Susan’s dad, who set up the heating and cooling systems and the exterior cladding. Andre did all the painting.


The block addition boasts 18-foot ceilings and acts as a dining area in addition to a bridge in the original house to the family room. High windows bring in light and afford views of the backyard and pool. Three white leather chairs line all sides of a rustic dining table, and two white flooring vases hold easy branches for feel.

Table and chairs: urbanescape; flooring vases: 18karat


The block also acts as a side entrance from the driveway. The grey cowhide and the two organic stools create beautiful, functional additions to the foyer. Bamboo flooring runs across the whole home to create all spaces flow smoothly.

Stools: urbanescape


The former garage has been converted into this contemporary family room. The daybed-turned-coffee-table adds flexibility and flexibility. The antlers on the side table had been discovered by a friend in northern Ontario and echo the room’s clear view of the outdoors.

Sectional: Romano; daybed: Chair Tech


Sculptural bottoms, loosely organized on the floor in front of a leaning wall mirror, add feel in the family room. Susan selects furniture and accessories carefully. And when she wants something fresh, her old bits typically visit family and friends.


Susan used the hall space over the cellar stairs to install glass shelving for serving pieces. “Think outside the box. It takes creativity to choose an old house and make it fresh,” she states.


The Olivers jazzed up the original wall tile in the bathroom with a contemporary mirror. A round sink set up in the original counter, which has been sanded, updates the midcentury style for the time being, but a entire bathroom renovation is to the schedule.


A clean-lined square dining table and matching stool collection takes Susan and Andre’s love of contemporary design outside. They plan to complete a garden layout in the near future.

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Rocking Chairs Roll Onto Porches

Porch weather is coming, and many of us are looking forward to plenty of lazy days sitting on our verandas. While a chair is a dandy perch, a rocker is absolute relaxation. The back and from a rocker’s swing is known to soothe babies, but it has both calming effects on adults.

From modern Eames rockers to traditional ladder-back models, there’s sure to be a rocking chair that suits your house’s design. Or mix things up and place a modern rocker onto a Victorian terrace or a classic wicker version facing your prefab. Whatever you do, be sure to put your rockers far enough from your house’s exterior walls to allow the chair’s occupant to lean back and relax.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Smith & Vansant Architects knows the welcoming ability of a set of porch rockers. With this reinterpreted farmhouse the company opted for a cheerful turquoise place that stands out from the house’s buttery exterior.

Tim Cuppett Architects

These classic rockers look stately from a traditional porch paint combination of gray flooring and a sky-blue ceiling. Painting the rockers and the dining set black gave this porch a look.

The Taunton Press

Four green rockers encircle a low-slung table for a living room–such as impact on this particular brick patio.

Sara Hopkins

An awning-shaded porch is the best summer retreat. Designer Sara Hopkins Lay the cushions with a print out of Pindler & Pindler’s exterior collection.

LKM Design

LKM Design embraced reddish as the accent color for this white-walled porch. A set of traditional rockers and metal café chairs look additional stylish in the bold hue.

Ignacio Salas-Humara Architect LLC

The owners of the tiny modern home proved so sensitive to its environment the deck was constructed around a tree on the site. While the budget for your house was tight, the owners appeared for 2 Eames rockers — a worthy investment.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Smith & Vansant Architects added a porch onto this house to join it with its newly landscaped outdoor spaces. The architect notes the wicker rockers give a “cozy, classic feel” to the outside area.

Architect, Don Harris

The deck of the carriage home by dement harris | layout is supplied by two Adirondack-style rockers. The hue is a focal point.

Here four wood rockers encircle a small table. A backyard fan and an abundance of potted plants make it a trendy place to sip an evening cocktail.

Max Crosby Construction

Furnishings may increase your curb appeal. In this example, classic black rockers and absolutely pruned topiaries add sophistication to the house’s entry.

Geno’s Garden Design & Coaching

There is no reason you have to select only 1 kind of rocker: On this fairly porch a wooden version and some decorative ones cohabit the space happily.

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11 Home Designs Flanked by Carports

A hallmark of International style, aside from the omnipresent white box, is your piloti, which raises the house up and away from the floor. All these stiltlike columns were used a long time by Le Corbusier in the 1920s and continue to be employed by architects to this day.

Certainly one reason to lift the house up off the property initially was to adapt the automobile. The car arrived en masse in the early 1900s and also had a substantial impact on how people lived. It stands to reason that it would also have had a substantial impact on how homes were built.

Two large issues with the car and house design are how to create a transition from car to house, and how to adapt the car as it just sits there doing nothing. 1 solution is to raise the house up and slip the vehicle below. Here see how some architects, starting with Corbu’s iconic Villa Savoye, have done just that.

Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye near Paris was Constructed in the late 1920s. The slim, pencillike pilotis lift the main structure above the landscape, giving the illusion that the house is floating above the field. Corbu’s fascination and love of ocean-liner design is here transposed into a static item anchored in place.

The ground-level outside walls of glass are curved to accommodate the turning radius of an automobile and visually vanish, increasing the illusion which the residence is floating above the landscape. And the distance between the glass wall along with the pilotis was designed to be just enough to accommodate a vehicle (probably a Peugeot). In fact, Corbu said that the house “was created with the auto in mind.”


Another solution to accommodate the car is to take a corner or other chunk from this International-style white box. Cool, rational and Euclidean — but so pristine without the auto in the corner.

Raised up and left all the more inflexible with its white styled outline, the white box of the International style gives way to more organic materials. A parking area tucked beneath the house offers shelter for people getting in and out of their car, while not using any more property than is necessary. It is a reasonable solution for accommodating the vehicle on a small lot.

Coates Design Architects Seattle

The house form serves as a big gate which may be opened only by arriving in a car. And the cars sit securely in the middle, not off to one side. How American is that?

Paul McKean architecture llc

Materials and colors that blend with instead of contrast the landscape are used here. The result is an adaptation of the worldwide style that is less machined and much more romantic and natural.

Ian Moore Architects

Now that the house was raised and the car can slide underneath, why don’t you turn the vehicle into sculpture? This makes sense given exactly how much we spend in those machines and how fundamental they are to our lives. And for the most part (the Pontiac Aztec considers), they’re beautiful, sculptural forms that provoke speed and fluidity, a wonderful counterpoint to the static and rigid geometries of homes.

Universal Joint Design Associates

The house, like any fifth-wheel camper, is poised to be unshackled from its site, though definitely something a bit more substantial, state a Mack truck, is going to be needed in lieu of their sports car.

Baldridge Architects

Has the car slid down the ramp to prevent, or will there be a helix that wraps round to keep the upward movement the house implies? And what is more static, house or car?

Webber + Studio, Architects

A generously sized parking space provides the car room to glow and be that sculpture people adore. And all that excess distance allows us park it just so, making sure we catch just the ideal view of our cherished automobile as we gaze at it from indoors.

Can’t lift the entire house up? Then lift just the roof over the vehicle and support it on lean pilotis. Certainly there is no mistaking how one is supposed to go into and depart this home. It simply requires the car to be complete.

Belzberg Architects

“Let’s take the house out for a spin!”

Not only does this house get increased to accommodate the vehicle, but it will become a vehicle! Or a plane, or even a boat or any of the other things the owner decides to feature.

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Interesting Ideas: Creative Spring Party Planning

Spring provides the ideal excuse to round up friends and neighbors for a celebration. Join us this week and become inspired with these eight creative suggestions for your next party.

Jeanette Lunde

1. A color motif makes decorating a snap. If you would like to make a large visual impact, consider choosing a colour scheme early on and stick to it. Having everything coordinated creates a rich, cohesive appearance, even if you’re using simple paper plates and cups. Paper lanterns, streamers and old-fashioned straws are cheap and cheerful.


2. Use what you have. No fitting seats? No opportunity to buy flowers? Look around your home and get creative. Grab a few potted flowers or herbs from the porch to use as a centerpiece, and telephone every mismatched seat and stool into support. Drape a vibrant cloth on the desk (hey, even a bed coverlet can work) and string up bunting, and you are good to go.

3. Host a audience. Don’t let cost prevent you from hosting a larger gathering if that is what you really want. Affordable “filler” blossoms like angel’s breath can make a dramatic statement when used in great large bunches, a roster of burlap from the hardware shop produces a charming runner, and mason jars are ideal rustic-chic eyeglasses. Want to save? Make it a potluck!

Dreamy Whites

4. Begin a breakfast club. Having friends over for weekend breakfast or brunch is an excellent way to entertain — it’s easy to throw together a meal, and everyone is pleased to initiate the day on such a cheerful note. Really like this idea? Make it a weekend convention. Collect a bunch of friends and take turns.


5. Craft your own canopy. Canopies add an exotic note to some outside area, plus they’re best for blocking unsavory viewpoints. Have a cue from the page in the publication Decorate and produce your own canopy from a span of pretty cloth and a few bamboo sticks.

Donna DuFresne Interior Design

6. Provide heat. Like autumn, spring weather can be fickle. Be ready by draping a few fluffy blankets round your outside seating areas. Your guests will love your thoughtfulness.

7. Try a DIY project. Trying to find an enjoyable handmade addition to your celebration? Paper pom-poms are all of the rage, and they’re simple enough to create. Check out this tutorial to craft your own.

8. Create a favor. If you would like to make a lasting impression, give your guests a goodie to go home with. Crafty blogger Rubyellen Bratcher came up with those beauties: minipies wrapped in fabric bits and finished with a kraft paper label. Sweet!

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Renovation Detail: The Kitchen Sink Window

We purchased our house completely recognizing our kitchen’s openings, but a standout feature no matter what our renovation decisions may be is the window over our kitchen sink. I frequently find myself washing dishes for longer than needed, staring adoringly out the window. Endlessly amused by chubby birds, bunnies and squirrels, I’m attached to the great outside by the kitchen window.

No matter what style kitchen you’ve got, a window over the sink is obviously appropriate. Whether you’ve got a sleek modern cookery or a traditional cucina, letting the sun shine in is a bonus. Actually, hanging window treatments on the kitchen sink window isn’t even essential. I plan to replace our double-hung window with a casement and our surface-mount sink having an apron to enhance my own nature-viewing experience.

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Massive bifold windows have been featured over an apron sink. Perfect for enjoying with a breeze.

W.b. builders

Suitable in all styles of kitchens, this modern beauty includes a undermount stainless steel sink with a two-lite casement window.

Joan Heaton Architects

Located on a remote site in South Lincoln, Vermont, this property can be accessed only by foot. What I would give to gaze out of the kitchen window.

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Pinto Designs and Associates

A massive stainless steel apron sink sits under black-trimmed casement windows in this Florida residence, allowing to get a palm tree view.

Smith River Kitchen & Bath, Inc

Enjoy a view of the Hamptons, New York, out of the dual window. I’m particularly in love with all the farmhouse sink with built-in backsplash.

Rauser Design

This Texas farmhouse kitchen includes an undermount sink and an apron sink, both under windows. Double the pleasure, double the Lonestar view.

Arch Studio, Inc..

Light bounces around the walls (from Benjamin Moore’s Solitude) and also on the cabinets (from Cotton Ball) within this bright kitchen thanks to the many windows, including both over the apron sink.

Jeff King & Company

Double-hung windows, placed over an undermount stainless steel sink, permit for viewing a superbly landscaped San Francisco backyard.

Michael Abraham Architecture

Entirely surrounded by shadowy cabinets, this kitchen window particularly pops over the sink.

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The snowy Utah landscape is visible just outside the windows with prairie-style muntins, over an undermount stainless sink.

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Breeze Into Coastal Landscapes

Landscaping for the coast provides challenges as well as some unique design opportunities. The arctic winds can be tough on plants and people, however the breeze provides a feeling of anticipation and movement to the landscape and should be thought of as an chance to bring the garden living with flowing grasses and other plants that are loosely textured.

The ocean itself is an excellent source of inspiration to your own landscape. The open vistas and natural beauty appear to ask for broad swathes of blossoms, naturalistic curves and colours that don’t overwhelm the pale colours of sand and sea. Yet the seaside also elicits a childlike sense of drama, so don’t be bashful about playing with warmer colours either in planting or decor. Brighter colors like orange, gold and coral may call to mind glorious sunsets and enliven your outdoor living room.

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Debora carl landscape design

When designing for the coast, using elements that reflect the theme of the ocean can help your landscape fit into the surroundings. Within this garden, the flowing carpet of blue succulents echoes the calming ripples of the sea. Bonus: Succulents work well in often-sandy coastal soils and tolerate salt winds easily.

Debora carl landscape design

Pale hardscape colors simply feel right among the sand and sunshine of coastal communities. Not only do milder emitting colours echo the white sands of the beach, but they don’t soak up so much heat from all of the sunshine, so they are more comfortable to walk on.

Lankford Associates Landscape Architects

This curvaceous walkway brings to mind the meandering path of a small river flowing into the bay. The ornamental grasses and chamomile make a natural accompaniment, as they have a sense of flow and motion.

Lankford Associates Landscape Architects

The weathered wood of this Adirondack chair fits in beautifully with the muted tones of this windswept coastal backyard.

The Garden Route Company

Obviously, you should not tone down your own personal style simply because you stay on the coast. For a lot of, the seaside is associated with holidays and happy times as a youngster, so why not integrate this festive spirit into your landscaping? These seats have a feeling of fun, nevertheless their swooping shape nevertheless fits in with all the curved lines of the water’s edge.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

The craggy boulders here twice as seating and give a nod to the rugged hillside around. Creeping thyme softens the flagstone patio and makes it a very inviting place to take a seat by the fire.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

As many coastal gardens are designed to reflect the organic lines of the surrounding landscape, this really is a gorgeous example of a modern approach. The olive trees possess a cloudlike appearance that softens the architecture, and the movement of the grasses as they sway in the end brings a lively atmosphere to the home.

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Debora carl landscape design

The vistas on the coast are so majestic that the landscaping should follow suit. Mass plantings are a great way to elevate one species into a true theme. Here, Mexican feather grass has a softly textured appearance and moves with the breeze.

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Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Above all, your coastal backyard should have a cozy place to collect and enjoy the view. This patio and firepit place is nestled into the landscape for end protection and a harmonious appearance.

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Inform us : What coastal gardening photos many talk to your style? Have you got any suggestions of your own for the coast? Please discuss in the Comments section.

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Designer's Touch: The Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is usually the room in your home where you start and end daily. Make it a distance worth spending time in by implementing a number of these cheap, functional ideas.

Castro Design Studio

1. Center stage. During your master bathroom remodel, opt for a freestanding bathtub rather than the classic wall-to-wall model, and watch as the others swoon over the mere idea of utter comfort. Nothing says “Take me away” over an old-world bathtub.

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2. Mirror mirror on the wall. Pick up a few secondhand frames at any garage sale, dust off them, paint them your preferred color and apply a mirror into the back. Install your new treasures right on top of your current bathroom mirror. You just might realize your master bathroom is going to probably be the fairest of them.

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3. Going to the top. Extending your master bathroom’s vanity cabinets all the way into the ceiling is an easy solution for more storage. You will be amazed at just how much more will fit in the smallest master bathroom.

Cornerstone Architects

4. Tile that ceiling. Create that serene spa atmosphere by carrying your wall tile onto the ceiling of your master bathroom for a seamless appearance. Ceilings are not simply for the shower.

Designs for Living

5. Double your delight. If a master bathroom is bigger than you would like, add wall-to-wall mirrors around the room and watch your square footage double by reflection.

Amoroso Design

6. Shelf life. Maximize distance and arrange everything around the bathtub with easy-to-reach shelves and cubbies. Display personal things amongst your bathing requirements without the stress of getting them wet.

Dara Rosenfeld Design

7. Rock wall. Change your master bathroom to a pure wonder by installing rock tile onto the focal point. This is a great way to bring the outdoors inside.

David Wilkes Builders

8. Grand illusion. Transform your master bathroom to a zero-gravity illusion using a floating vanity that frees up your floor space. Mount a towel rack beneath the dressing table for perfect demonstration of hand towels.

Janine Terstriep/The Decorative Touch Ltd

9. Soft environment. Swaddle yourself in textiles for absolute softness inside your master bathroom. Who says the living room is the sole place for draperies, rugs, pillows, throws and upholstered pieces? Adding unexpected levels of relaxation creates shock.

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10. Take it off. A simple way to save money on your own master bathroom remodel is to just take off your shower door. Place the doorless entry toward the rear of the shower to avoid overspray.

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Contractor Tips: Countertop Installation from Start to Finish

The secret to a fantastic countertop installation is prep — and installing a countertop involves a lot more than considering which materials to use. Counter installation is just one of the things to happen in your kitchen or bath renovation. Before your installer displays up to template, all cabinets must be installed nothing is able to move between template and set up.

Below you’ll find information you’ll need to be well prepared with on template afternoon and suggestions for following the counters are installed.

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Amoroso Design

1. Sink and faucet installation. Consistently have your sink onsite prior to templating. For standard undermount or drop-in sinks, your contractor should make sure that they will fit in the sink cupboard. The faucet should be in the ideal place before template afternoon. The cabinet may need to be changed for the sink to match, so don’t hesitate talking about this with your contractor.

If you’re installing an apron-front sink, there may be many distinct ways to set the bowl. Think about the spot where the front edge of the counter and the sink match. Some sinks have a notch to which the counter fits. In this photograph, the counter was coped around the edge. How this detail will align with your counter overhang should be decided ahead of template afternoon.

As for positioning of the faucet, it shouldn’t always be based on the sink. The sink drain may be offset. You may want to centre the faucet onto a window along with other architectural detail on the wall rather than on the sink.

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

2. Wall-mounted faucets. It’s much easier to wash down a counter with a faucet. To get this piece right, you ought to know where the final wall will fall once the backsplash is installed and where the sink will be based so you’ve got a faucet that emerges above the drain. Ahead of the plumbers start roughing in pipes, every decision has to be created or you risk ending up with components that don’t work nicely together.

Susan Teare

3. Overhangs. If any part of your countertop will overhang the cupboards, think about how you’ll support this area. Overhangs of 6 to 12 inches will be possible without bracing, based on the substance, but an appealing bracket adds reassurance and peace of mind should someone jump up and sit on your counter tops.

Beautiful Kitchen Layout

4. Counter height. Different individuals and tasks need different counter heights. If custom cabinets are not in your budget, 1 way to vary the final height of the counter is to use substances of different thicknesses set on conventional cabinets. A normal kitchen counter top is 36 inches off the ground, but if you have someone tall in your family, 39 inches may be much comfortable height. Here, a butcher block place lower than adjoining tops gives the person chopping more leverage.

Jennifer – Rambling Renovators

5. Countertop support. In many spots, your cabinetry will provide the support for the countertops, but think about what will support the counter around the appliances. A slide-in range such as the one pictured includes a 2-inch strip of counter tops behind the cooking surface. Since it is tricky to move two big slabs linked by a 2-inch strip, this spot will frequently be seamed together onsite. Make sure that you put in wood blocking flush with the top of the adjoining cabinets so that the contractor can correctly attach this strip.

Another frequent trouble spot is where a countertop finishes on a dishwasher. The dishwasher can not support the counter, so provide structural support on the side — ideally greater than a 3/4-inch fill panel.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

On template afternoon, you may still need to make a few decisions.

Decide how much of the sink will show within an undermount install. If maintaining the sink clean with very little hassle is a priority, then have the builder bring the edge of the countertop flush with the walls of the sink. If you prefer the look shown here, where a few of the best flange indicates all around, allow your installer know.

Ask where the tiles are. Hardly any counters lack seams. In rock with veining, you could be able to hide a seam together a vein, and colored epoxies must make all seams difficult to spot.

Tongue & Groove

Templates are often performed in one of two manners. The low-tech way is to use strips of thin luan plywood and a hot glue gun to form rectangles that match the spaces in your kitchen. High-tech templates may use paper targets placed around the kitchen and photographs of those spaces in a procedure called photogrammetry, or your installer may use a laser templating system. Both approaches may produce flawless results.

Once the templating is completed, you’ll normally have to wait for one or two weeks to your countertops to be fabricated. Be sure you get a firm date from your installer, because you’ll want to schedule your plumber to get right after the counters have been installed.

The sink will be clamped and siliconed in place, and the faucet holes drilled, on install day, but your plumber will need to hook up the faucet and drain before you are able to use it. Silicone and the epoxy used to seam substances together give off powerful fumes, so make sure that the room is well ventilated daily.

Brennan + Company Architects

After the countertops are installed, it’s time to think about backsplash painting and installation. Your countertop sets the lower line to your tile, so although you can install the tile before templating, you’ll get a better-looking backsplash if you wait. Muscling a heavy counter into place is a difficult job, and a few walls inevitably will get bumped or dinged. Save your finish painting until after the install for this particular reason.

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One final tip: If you have recycled paper counters (like in the previous photograph), or ones made of soapstone or wood, I recommend Real Milk Paint’s Soapstone & Wood Sealer. This finish is created from food-grade walnut oil (meaning it’s safe for meals to touch the surface without any the fear of contamination) and T1 carnauba wax aromas. There are no solvents, meaning no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) or additional fragrances.

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