May 01

How to Build A Mighty Outdoor Kitchen?

You should never ever waste any outdoors space that you have in your house because it could consider as a rare thing now. Except that you have an enormous giant looking house. If you well take care your outdoor space, there are a lot of outdoor activities that you and your family could do which will benefits especially your family’s health. In this everything-is-technology era, everyone is so keen on their gadget that they often forget about outdoor activities or communicate with each other in real life. So, your outdoor space might be the answer to those problems.

There are two kinds of outdoor space that you could build, the backyard and the courtyard. Probably you would be more familiar with a backyard because that’s what people commonly have in their house. A backyard is a yard at the back of a house. Meanwhile, a courtyard is an enclosed are that surrounded by a building and usually open to the sky. You could have a courtyard in your house although it would probably need some thought and more on the budget.

One idea to pimp up your backyard is built an outdoor kitchen. You might be thinking, what should I build another kitchen if I already have the one inside? Well, this would be a different kitchen in terms of function and tools. This kitchen is made for outdoor cooking, which means cooking like BBQ and stuff.

Outdoor Kitchen Design

You could also build a dining area or a bar that will make your cooking outside the house more fun. You could use this for a party, hang out with your family or friends, or just anytime that you wanted to have a BBQ in your menu. This will give you a chance to gather with your family or friends, and also a good outdoor activity.

Here are a couple tips before you build your outdoor kitchen:

Location

As you guys now that BBQs would produce a lot of excess smoke. The outdoor kitchen would allow you to do the cooking that you can’t do in the indoor kitchen. Those smokes are what you should think about, so it doesn’t get back again into the house.

Materials

The most significant difference between indoor and outdoor kitchen is about the durability. If it’s located outdoor, of course, it would be exposed to the weather so the materials have to be able to stand through those weathers. It also needs to easily clean. You could use wood as your furniture materials. There are a lot of wood router reviews out there for you to find the right wood router if you choose the DIY way for the furniture.

Arrangement

The kitchen layout must accommodate all the activities that you need while cooking. As cooking is a long and continuingprocess, if there is something that you might forget in the layout, it could slow down the process. You could sort the appliances from the storage section, preparing station, cooking station, and cleaning station. That way, your cooking will stay on track and won’t make you back and forth to do something. You also need to think about where to put the gas, electrical supply, and water.

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Efficiency and Effectiveness

The arrangement or the kitchen layout will determine the efficiency and effectiveness of work that you do while cooking. If the layout were well thought of and well designed, you don’t have to go back and forth to do a task while cooking and when you do that task, it will be done effectively. Outdoor kitchen and indoor kitchen have some connection going on. Each process in each kitchen is connected to each other. That’s why when planning to build an outdoor kitchen, the pattern between those two kitchens must be well made.

Appliances

Not only that the materials that have to be durable, the appliances that will be in the outdoor kitchen must also be durable because it will be exposed to the weather too. Kitchen equipment that you probably need is a built-in grill, side burner, outdoor kitchen sink, outdoor refrigerator, outdoor vent hood, outdoor kitchen storages, warming drawers, BBQ island, and bar centre. All of this appliances and also the materials have to be easy to maintain, easy to clean, and energy efficient. So, whenever you want to use them, you don’t feel the heavy burden clean them up or become afraid to use them because you might break them or so you could use them on a daily basis.

Lighting

If you have a BBQ party, you might not want the party to stop, the food supplies stop, just because you can’t see in the middle of the dark in the outdoor kitchen. That’s why lighting is very important to your outdoor kitchen. You would enjoy more of your time outside and provide safety because you could see what’s going on around you.

Outdoor Bar

Entertainment

The entertainment aspects in this area are also important. You could add a patio umbrella or build a roof to protect the people from rain or heat, a fan or a heater depends on the weather’s on where you live, and other entertainment stuff like a TV so you could keep you and your guest entertained. Having an outdoor bar is also a great touch and an important set for a party. Try to bring the comfort feels that you could get from an indoor set to that outdoor kitchen so it could actually use, people would enjoy being there and it doesn’t become a waste part of your house.

Apr 26

Your New House Looks Incomplete without these Essential Items

I’d love to congratulate you on building a new house and making a new beginning to your life. But wait a minute. What have done with your old furniture items? Have you planned to use the same in the new home? Unless you have got a serious budget constraint, I would strongly recommend for a new set of furniture items.

I perfectly understand your concern for saving your money as you must have been experiencing a serious financial crunch after spending lots of your savings on building a new house. But I can’t withhold myself from sharing my views on the importance of having a few essential furniture items for your new house.

Enrich Your New House with the Latest Furniture Items

Old things in the new house will only spoil the look of your new house. You can’t enjoy yourself much as the old things always remind you of the changes you need to make still. You will never get a sense of completion until you replace all the old things with the latest furniture items.

I would like to suggest you a few highly essential items that make your new house complete in every aspect. If you would like to know what those essential furniture items that you badly need are given below. Have a glance at them before you take a final call on the items you want to place an order.

Home Furnitures

What furniture items make your living room complete?

Living room is the only place in the house where you spend most of your time when you are not asleep. Obviously, you must carefully what you need in the living room. You must have comfortable seating arrangement for sitting down some time in front of the Television watching some program or talking with your guests.

You must plan for the latest set of wooden chairs with cushions to be placed in the living room. Sofa set or a set of comfortable chairs with a small table in the middle makes your living what it is meant for.

Next, plan to have a cupboard made of wood to keep your latest collection of antique art pieces behind the glasses in the wooden cupboard. They add lots of aesthetic beauty to the living room. You may also keep a few books in the cupboard giving a decent and elite look to the living room.

If you find the corners empty, you can plan for a corner shelf where you can keep the other essential items that you need often.

Make your bedroom lovely and comfortable

It is where you spend most of your time when you are not awake. Select a trendy master bed for a comfortable and cozy sleep. A double cot is the most essential item without which a bedroom does look like a bedroom.

In addition, you must plan for a dressing table which you need most to get yourself ready for the work. A dressing table with a tall mirror that reflects you from top to toe is the most essential item for you and your family.

A small table near the bed is an ideal choice to keep some snacks or the alarm clock or other essential items that you wish to keep near you like your mobile.

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How do you dine without a dining table?

Without a good dining table, it is quite unthinkable to have a dining room in your new house. It is one of the most essential items. You may put off the wood work for the Television table for some time, but you must take care of having a dining table and the chairs for the same.

You have got lots of choice in the form of latest designs and models that are available for a four member dining table or six -member dining-table.  It’s your choice to choose the one you like most whether a bigger one or a smaller one.

Much depends on how big is the dining hall? If you have got a spacious dinging hall, it is a good idea to have at least six-member dining-table so that you can accommodate your guests easily. You need not keep the people waiting for their turn to come until somebody finishes off his dinner.

Apr 22

Why Wooden Items for Serving?

Do you love using wooden items in your kitchen? Have you ever served any guest with wood serving set? It offers an exotic experience for the guests when you use everything made of wood. I have got some wonderful experiences where I served the tasty food in stylish wooden ware.

There is something special about wooden tools that we use in our homes, especially in the kitchen and on the dining table. They strike a different note from the usual tools.

Wooden tools for heat resistance

I love using the wooden kitchen tools for many reasons. They are light weight; they are heat proof; and they are shock proof. Wood is one of the best materials that resist heat. When you are using electrical appliances, you can be safe even if you touch them unexpectedly with wooden spoons.

Wooden Kitchen Tools

Wooden tools are elegant

Wooden kitchen tools are elegant to look at and very convenient to use. For example, you can keep a wooden salt box, a wooden pepper container, and wooden bowls for taking soup and wooden spoons and forks. How lovely it is to have every serving item made of wood on your dining table?

Rosewood Dining Table

Nothing is more attractive and aesthetic than having a wooden dining table with all the four or six chairs made of quality wood. Many people love to have rosewood tables in their dining halls.

Teak wood is also a good choice, but many people prefer to have teak for doors and beds than the dining tables. I don’t mean to say that teak wood is not good for dining tables. Of course, teak wood is more durable and stronger than other wood materials.

Rose wood dining table looks more aesthetic and elegant. With perfect design and fine finish they lend a special appeal to the dining room. They attract the attention of the visitors and give a royal look to your dining room.

Wooden Chairs

Wooden chairs are my favorite choice. I hate using the metal chairs at home. I am no fan of them. Chairs made of fiber are okay to some extent. But I am not a great fan of them either.

We don’t find any home without a fiber or plastic chair in their home. They are very popular as they are light weight and easy to wash and carry and rearrange.

But chairs made of wood have a special appeal. They look very beautiful and lend a great look to your living room or dining room wherever you keep them.

When it comes to dining room, I prefer to have wooden chairs with soft cushions attached to them. Chairs must be matching to the table and the set should look a perfect inseparable pieces put together.

Rosewood Dining Table

Classic Wooden Serving Set

Offer an exotic experience to your special guests when you invite them on occasion by keeping everything made of wood, from soup bowls, fruit salad bowls, snacks plates, to forks and spoons.

Stylishly handcrafted Coasters for drinks

Wooden coasters with stylish design will make the dining experience astonishingly classic. See how beautiful they look with gold lotus embossed on the wooden coasters. You can have a four piece set or a six piece set based on the number of your guests.

Bamboo salt boxes and pepper boxes

When you keep the bamboo salt box and the bamboo pepper box on a wooden plate, it looks too good to forget. It is a great idea if it is possible to keep a sauce set in small bamboo containers.

Wooden Spoon set

Wooden spoon set that comes with 6 bamboo wooden spoons is a perfect match for the wooden serving kit you are planning. It adds to the beauty of the serving tools that you keep on the dining table.

Wooden Bowls

Bowls made of bamboo look amazing! Bamboo small bowls are quite useful to serve soup and fruit salad to your guests. Bamboo bowls that come in sets of 4 and 6 are quite attractive and useful.

Large Wavy Bowl

A large wavy bowl will be a main attraction if you keep it on the table with some fruit in it. You can also use it to serve the main dish of the meal. Its stylish look makes it attractive. It is perfectly your choice how you are going to use it on the dining table.

Small wavy bowls

To serve the dry nuts and snacks the small wavy bowls are ideal. They also serve you well if you want to use them for salads with ice-cream.

Round Calabash Serving Bowl

This is unique in its appeal and style. To add style to your dinner set, it is advisable to have a round calabash round bowl on your dining table. You can use it to have the soup before you serve the guests in small bowls.

Best Wooden Kitchen Tools

An Exotic Experience!

I have had great experience using the wooden kitchen tools and furniture at home for a long time. They serve us best in all seasons. It is easy to wash and clean them. As I mentioned earlier, they are heat proof and light weight.

My guests were surprised at the total wooden serving set I have displayed on the other day. It was a fantastic experience for them to find themselves using the classic dinner set made of wood.

From table and chairs to the bowls and forks everything is made of wood. They are rich in their appearance and easy to use.

Apr 18

Kitchen tools and equipments without which imagining a kitchen is impossible

A kitchen is the soul of a house and a well-equipped one with some major tools and equipments, make the place a moving force of the whole house. Whether you are a recently passed graduate planning to shift to a different city or a newly married couple planning to decorate their first house, your first center of attraction should be the kitchen. Whenever we are at home, maximum of our time is spent here. Sometimes the reason is just cooking and sometimes, only for doing some other stuffs. But whatever the reason may be, a kitchen always keeps you busy.

Undoubtedly, a kitchen is the heart of your house. But, for turning a mere room into a kitchen, that room should contain some tools and equipments. It’s not the room that actually counts, but the equipments, supplies and tools that turn a room into a kitchen. You may wonder what’s the purposes of the kitchen tools? The only purpose they serve is to make your cooking experience better and effortless. Here, we will focus on some of the tools and equipments without which your kitchen is meaningless.

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Cookware set

When talking about the kitchen, the first picture that strikes our mind is a room filled with different pots and pans of different sizes. No kitchen is complete without a set of cookware. You can easily set up your first kitchen with a set of two frying pan and two saucepans. Though primarily these are enough, but while expanding your kitchen, different sizes pans and pots can be added to your collection.

A-2 sized saucepan is perfect for cooking pasta, rice, vegetables, etc. for one or two people. Nonstick cookware top should be your first preference for preparing food, as they are easy to handle and provide a wonderful cooking experience. Moreover, foods prepared in non-stick cookware are healthier as they consume less oil.

Set of knives

Can you imagine a kitchen without knives? Exactly, without knives how can your kitchen will be complete? Whether you are cutting, slicing or dicing vegetables, fruits or meats, you will always be in need of knives. Sharp and best quality knives should be your first preference while buying knives for the kitchen, as the sharp knives are the better cutter and easier to use than the dull ones.

Your knives should have a good weight and comfortable enough to work with. Primarily, you can have paring knife, chef’s knife and serrated knife in your collection. While the first one is for peeling fruits and vegetables, the second one, the chef’s knife is for performing  all major  cutting. The serrated knife is for cutting the breads.

Cutting board

When the knives are the inseparable part of your kitchen, how can you leave the cutting boards behind. From keeping your counter top scratch free and beautiful, cutting boards are the must have tools. It’s always advisable to have separate cutting boards for meats, vegetables and fruits. It’s restricted the spreading of the germs along with the chances of contamination.

While choosing cutting boards, you will get several options to choose from, wood to plastic. Even sizes also vary. Select one according to your need.

Your First Kitchen

Whisks and spoons

Spoons and whisks are the best buddies of your kitchen. For mixing and whisking, you will be in need of long handled spoons and whisks. Different types of spoons are available to serve your purpose, such as for draining use slotted spoons, for soups and gravies use ladles, use whisks for whisking the egg white and cake batter if electronic one is unavailable. Pasta spoons are also there to keep the pasta separated.

Spatula and tongs

Undoubtedly, your cooking job will be difficult without a tongs and a spatula. For gripping and flipping objects tongs are wonderful. Especially, when you’re preparing foods and it needs to be flipped, the tongs were unparalleled at that time. Similarly, a spatula is equally important while cooking. For scrambling eggs to flipping a burger, a spatula I needed everywhere. Slotted spatula helps in removing extra oils from the food items while taking out of the pan.

Mixing Bowls

You will surely be in need of mixing bowls for mixing ingredients and serving the foods. They address available in different sizes and colors. You can pick any of them or select the items that suits with the decor of your kitchen.

Colander

When it’s about drain unnecessary liquids from your ingredients, a colander will help you. Whether you need to wash the vegetables or draining the water from the noodles use a colander. While picking one, try to get one with legs for not letting it to sit in the liquid itself. At least a colander should always be in your kitchen.

A grater

A grater is a versatile tool that makes your work easy while preparing for cooking. Different varieties are available, while picking one for your kitchen. Graters are mostly used to grate cheese and orange and lemon peel, but in different countries they are used for serving different purpose. For finely grating vegetables to the onions, the importance of grater is well known to a kitchen owner only.

Kitchen Tools

Measuring cups

Different sizes of measuring cups are really needed in kitchen. For measuring both the liquid and solid ingredients they are needed. Especially, in baking where the measurements of the ingredients are crucial. Keep a whole set of measuring cups for multipurpose jobs.

Conclusion

You may start your first kitchen with these tools and equipments, but there are thousands of them that can be included. Measuring spoons for measuring small quantity of ingredients are wonderful, for example, half teaspoon of salt. From taking out the heated pan by saving your hands, oven mitts are needed. Though silicon oven mitts are more heat proofing, but you can use one of clothes too, for better gripping. You can add a potato masher too for a well-equipped kitchen.

The purpose of these tools and equipments are reducing your efforts while preparing food by making your kitchen rich. Happy cooking!

Apr 14

How to save money while buying home appliances?

It’s really needless to mention the importance of the home appliances in our life. Especially when we are running out of time. Along with saving our time, the appliances will save your effort and energy too. But, like their usefulness these appliances are costly too. Sometimes we need to change those appliances too, along with the renovation of the houses.

Whether you are moving to your new house or planning to renovate the existing one, the major expense will be on the purchasing of the home appliances. Whatever the reason for buying the home appliances, undoubtedly, your target will always be cutting the expenditure. Trust me, this is not tough at all, if you are a little bit concern. Let’s see, how can we help you in saving some cash while buying appliances for your home.

You have the options of saving money before and after buying the appliances. How? Let’s see.

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Stick to your decision

When you are determined to buy new appliances, make a list and stick to it at any cost. Mostly, when we are heading to do the shopping, the main reason of our budget failure is we never resist ourselves from buying unnecessary products. That’s why, first know your need, do list and while buying, please stick to the plan. You can save some unnecessary expenditure for sure.

Energy saving appliances

With the advancement of the technology, there are thousands of appliances are available in the market, which promise to save your electricity bill. It may seem a stupid idea, but it’s not at all. May be you are not saving money instantly, but in the  long run you will be surprised by realising the fact that how much you actually have saved. So, our suggestion will be, buy energy saving products, even if it costs a little more than the others. In the long run, we will be the gainer.

Say  No to high maitenance appliances

Sometimes few appliances cost you less than their maintenance charge. Stay away from those items when you are on tight budget. Appliances like humidifiers, purifiers, air cleaners, etc. are such type of products. A maintenance charge of these products will be  higher than their original costs and for selecting those, you may be a gainer at the time of purchasing, but in the long run, you will be the real loser. Air conditioning filters need to be altered regularly and they pretty costly too. As a reason, while buyng air condition, search for one that has washable filters and it will be really a good money saving option.

Go for functionality, not fancy

Today’s high-tech appliances derive with several fancy buttons, which may increase the cost of the appliance, but usually, remain untouched by the users while using regularly. So, what’s the point of buying such an appliance in the exchange of a higher price that will have no applications. First, know your requirements and then, buy the product. What’s the use of high-tech espresso machine, when you just need a simple coffee maker. Save your money and pay for the functionality, not for the fancy items.

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Free shipping

It may not be applicable for all appliances, but few local dealers will offer free delivery for large appliances like refrigerators, washing machine, dish washer, etc.  If it’s available, don’t miss it. Moreover, you may request them for replacing the old one while delivering the new appliance. If the appliance is unknown to you, ask for the set-up too. You can save set-up cost, if it’s done by them.

Scratch and dent items

Most of the appliance dealers have a collection of scratch and dent times. The trick is that if you want to save some money, then ask for it and there is a good chance of getting discounts on such items. If you are really good at bargaining, the percentages of the discounts can be pretty high. But, while heading for buying such products, make sure the scratches are minimal and will not hamper the performance of the appliance at all.

Sale time

Developing a wait and grab shopping strategy is far better than the compulsive shopping, especially when the sale season is around. Occasions like Black Friday or Christmas is a perfect time for the big sale event. Grab the chance and buy your necessary appliances at a good rate after availing the discounts. You can even buy appliances after or at the end of the appliance’s season. Such as, buy an air conditioner at the end of the summer season. You will surely save some money.

Trusted brands

Buying trusted brand products are far better than the local products, even if the charges are high. You can buy the cheap and low quality products and it may save you money, but in the long run we will be the loser. These products are usually less durable and of low quality, which will certainly not last long and you have to buy another similar project, which is a total waste of money. So, buy appliances of trusted brands for longer durability.

Consider small stores

While you were on tight budget, consider buying appliances from the local small appliance shops than a big appliance stores. Usually, small stores get good discounts from the manufacturers for selling older and outlet products that are no longer in production. For you, it’s a good chance to buy your required appliances within your budget. You may have to look for several local stores in your area, but what you can save is actually a fairly large amount.

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Conclusion

Home appliances are not cheap at all, but your little effort can save a fair amount of money. Instead of buying from the stores, if you prefer online shopping then don’t forget to compare different sites for the best price. Apply coupon codes, discount rates, etc. for the online shopping too. You will be saving money too. Proper maintenance of your appliances will keep them in good condition for several years, which will be indirectly a great saving for you too.

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