The kitchen is the heart of your home

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I’m sure your kitchen was busy earlier this month, with lots of baking and cooking – and I hope you enjoyed the nice weather and company while celebrating Thanksgiving.


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Kitchens are the heart of the house and remain one of the most popular rooms to renovate. Upgrades can no doubt add value to your home and make your kitchen more functional, especially if you enjoy cooking.

Whether you’re considering a complete kitchen renovation or just making a few minor tweaks, consider these additions to make your kitchen more practical and functional.

Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all that delicious flavor, but as I am I also think of all of the moisture that cooking creates. Of course, I am thinking of exhaust fans or hood fans.

When a well-maintained, good quality exhaust fan is running, it will remove excess moisture from your indoor air and improve its quality. Not to mention avoiding excess moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew on walls and ceilings.

However, to be effective, a hood fan must be vented to the outside through a filter and run for at least 30 minutes after cooking. Adequate ventilation is also essential for gas stoves, as the vapors produced when burning natural gas contain CO2 and can be harmful if improperly ventilated.

It is important to replace or clean the filters regularly. Quality exhaust fans remove cooking odors and moisture when properly maintained.

My family is growing by the minute and the family celebrations get bigger every year. I recently came across some kitchen accessories that make prep and cooking so much more enjoyable. For example, a wall-mounted pot filler is a life switcher. No more lugging large pots of water to the stove – you can fill the pot right on the stove. Brilliant!


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Whether you have a large or a small kitchen, there are some cool kitchen sink accessories on the market that can offer some handy options, such as: They are ideal as draining surfaces and protect dishes and cookware from scratches in the sink.

Above the sink cutting boards are practical and practical – the cutting board fits securely over the sink and makes cleaning easier. It also gives you more work surface space, which is especially important when you’re entertaining.

My favorite accessory is the rollable clothes horse that goes over your sink area. This is great for those times when you don’t need to put a lot of dishes in the dishwasher as it is often more practical and convenient. It’s also great for rinsing products and can also be used as a cooling shelf for hot pots to protect the countertops.

A good kitchen faucet is another essential element, and having one that you love is key. To me, a pull-down faucet is best for a kitchen. Pull-down faucets are practical and practical, especially good for cleaning large pots and roasters.

You can also get hands-free ones that are ideal for a busy kitchen. The hands-free activation also reduces the transmission of germs when handling raw food and is very easy to use.

I can’t talk about kitchen faucets without talking about kitchen sinks. Personally, I like having a double sink. I have a dishwasher but we only use it when we have family celebrations and I prefer hand washing my dishes. For me, a double sink comes in handy – you can use one to wash dishes and the other to dry or rise.


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Today sinks are made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, porcelain, fireclay, and quartz or granite to name a few. Personally, I like stainless steel because it’s easy to clean, stain and heat resistant, and very durable.

Lighting is another element in a kitchen that can easily be improved to give your space a fresh look. Adding LED under cabinet lighting will surely make your kitchen brighter and more functional as it is great as additional work lighting.

LEDs are perfect for under cabinet lighting as they are energy efficient and don’t generate heat, which can be especially bad if you store food in closets.

No matter how big or small your kitchen is, consider adding some or all of these tips to your next kitchen upgrade. They will surely help make your kitchen, the heart of the house, more functional, especially when you want to entertain and enjoy your space.

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