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This is Where We Cook | Fascinating Photos of Kitchens

Written by Guest Blogger
June 3rd, 2014
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Playing kitchen – forever, 1905, Germany. Gif by Thiophene_Guy.

 

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A well-stocked kitchen in the British Isles. Thomas Izko

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Let’s have tea and strawberries. Photo Gushi Soda

 

Australian Kitchen

A 1906 Australian kitchen

Nelson Mandela’s kitchen in Soweto. Michael Denne

White house kitchen preparing for Hanukkah. Barbara Bush, Rabbi Mendel Minkowitz, Rabbi Binyomin Steinmetz and Rabbi Levi Shemtov.

White house kitchen preparing for Hanukkah. Barbara Bush, Rabbi Mendel Minkowitz, Rabbi Binyomin Steinmetz and Rabbi Levi Shemtov.

Humor after the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Outdoor kitchens were named after famous hotels.

Humor after the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Outdoor kitchens were named after famous hotels.

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The all-gas kitchen display from the 1920’s, in the Gas Museum, Leicester. Judging by the stiff appearance of the woman, there was a gas leak.

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A present-day Finnish dish draining cabinet.

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A model 1939 kitchen. Noticed the fake view out of the window, and the new fangled dishwasher (known back then as an “electric sink”) the woman is loading.

 

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An archeological drawing of a kitchen bazaar set in old Tehran, by Jean-Baptiste Eugène Napoléon Flandin, circa 1840.

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An Amish kitchen with a gas-powered refrigerator and gas/coal range. Wirawan Purwanto

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A drama-filled painting of a large kitchen, by Marten van Cleve, 1527-1581, Belgium.

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Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin prepare chili for a cook-off.

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A Berber kitchen in Morocco. Davida de la Harpe

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Homemade pull-out cabinet chair, 1951. Craig Howell

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What’s a kitchen without a string a Christmas lights? Photo by Bob.

 

Jodhpur, Rajasthan street kitchen

A street kitchen in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Photo by Jon Ardern

Mary's kitchen

Mary’s Kitchen. Photo by Howard Ignatius.

dollhouse kitchen

Dollhouse kitchen. Photo by: Sarita Dawn

kenyan kitchen

A kitchen in Loresho, Kenya. Photo by ILRI

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City gals – listen up! Photo by The Bees Knees Daily

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The farm kitchen of Felicia Curtiowaj in Zalipie, Poland. Zalipie is known as the “painted village”, and holds competitions every year. You can read more here. Photo by Magro_Kr.

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The obligatory cat photo. Photo by Ourania

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Why NOT paint your pantry door with a horrid reproduction of a Miro painting? Photo by Briget Murphy.

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Julia Child’s kitchen. Photo by Zack Copley.

Elvis Presley's kitchen

This is where the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were made – Elvis’s kitchen. Photo by Chuck Olsen.

Kitchen Archaeology

Kitchen archeology. Photo by rjp.

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Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

Written by Jack vonGillern
May 7th, 2013

Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

NARI offers tips in honor of National Home Improvement Month  

In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) advises homeowners of the 10 most important steps to take before the remodeling project starts.

“The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process,” says NARI National President Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp., based in Mount Sinai, N.Y. “The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more they protect themselves.”

What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel? NARI provides a top 10 list of steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.

  1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects on the Internet and NARI.org will provide a good sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options. Also, research property values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is in line with other homes in the area.
  2. Plan project around the long-term. How long do you plan to stay in your home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change quickly—these questions should be answered early on to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.
  3. Set your budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances to support your project are essential. This number needs to include everything—the project, products, contingencies, etc. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler; professionals are respectful of a client’s budget and will create a plan around it, not over it.
  4. Use advanced search for professionals. The online world makes it easy to gather information about strangers. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals and then spend time researching that person online. Professional remodelers take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, memberships in trade associations and additional training. Look for examples of press coverage or involvement in industry presentations or events. Check online reviews and social media to see how they interact with past clients and peers.
  5. Ask the right questions. Time and cost are important, but getting the right information requires the right questions. Ask your professional remodeler about his educational background, training, specialties or past issues with clients. Ask about how the remodeling process will work.
  6. Verify your remodeler. Don’t take their word for it. Check the information given to you such as references, license numbers, insurance information and certifications by calling providers to verify. Request a visit to an active client’s jobsite. Make it known that you are checking on him—a true professional considers that as a positive sign to working with a homeowner.
  7. Review contracts word-by-word. A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeler. Homeowners should review this carefully. Professional remodelers have done this before, and know what should go in a contract. Homeowners are not as familiar with remodeling and should ask about terms if they don’t understand. Pay attention to details about change orders, payment, additional fees, timeline and responsibilities. If it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist.
  8. Keep design in mind. Your design guides the entire project. Think about what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new space. Use Websites such as Pinterest.com and Houzz.com to gather design ideas. Make sure you can articulate specifically what you like about that design when talking to your designer. Professionals don’t recreate a photo—they incorporate accessibility, functionality, ease of modification, style and value into your design.
  9. Make your selections. Deciding on products and materials is a larger process than most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons for project timelines to get extended. Base decisions on quality, function, price, style and availability. Include selections in the contract to lock down pricing and keep your budget intact.
  10. Create a communication plan. A common downfall in remodeling is lack of communication between homeowners and remodelers. Your remodeler should lay out a communication plan at the beginning of the project. If not, ask them to do so. This plan should clarify roles of everyone involved, communication methods, availability, and frequency of communication that is expected.

The first step to hiring a professional is through NARI, whose members are vetted and approved by industry peers to ensure they live up to the professional standards that NARI sets. “NARI members are proud of their affiliation and commitment to professionalism, and it’s a reputation they work hard to protect,” Donnelly says.

Consumers may visit www.NARI.org to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI. This blog submission was supplied by National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI).