NYKB Celebrates National Kitchen & Bath Month With Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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October is National Kitchen and Bath Month. Manhattan based home renovator, NYKB, is celebrating with kitchen renovation tips and renewed customer service efforts.

Did you know that October is National Kitchen and Bath Month? It makes sense, as October is one of the busiest months for kitchen and bathroom remodeling because the summer is over and kids are in school. Many homeowners think this is the perfect time of year to go ahead with renovation plans. NYKB, New York City's premier full service kitchen and bathroom renovation company, is enjoying a tremendous month and is offering some insight for potential consumers to consider.

Like any home renovator, NYKB is built on customer service. Says President and owner Perry Hiiman, "our commitment to customers starts before a contract is even signed. Our job is to inform."

NYKB's beautiful showrooms are regularly visited by interested homeowners for information and inspiration. NYKB has, therefore, a history of sharing its learned remodeling wisdom to New Yorkers (and New Jerseyites) who are thinking about a home makeover. And in the spirit of National Kitchen & Bath Month, NYKB is imparting some kitchen remodeling tips to homeowners, citing three concerns that often compel homeowners for a kitchen redo.

Use of Space: What's going on in that kitchen of yours, are you banging your elbow on the microwave in the cramped space aside the refrigerator that you've allotted for chopping carrots and celery? Know what? You can do better. Recommended standards call for 158" of countertop frontage with 24" depth and at least 15" of clearage above. Space like this will alleviate undue stress of chopping broccoli or mixing cake batter.    

Check the flow: is your kitchen design seamless or are you accidentally knocking over your aunt as you simultaneously enter the kitchen to check the turkey? Designs that open up a kitchen make entertaining a lot easier and more enjoyable. Walkways should be at least 36" wide, plus work spaces should allow 42" width for a single cook and at least 48" for multiple cooks. Cooking is fun and not a time to have your toes stepped on.

Kids: NYKB professionals are well aware that child safety is of paramount concern to many home remodelers today. NYKB advises homeowners with young children to assess older appliances and dated kitchen design that may pose a hazard to children. Microwaves should be installed about 3" below the chief chef's (aka "Mom") shoulder, but above 54" off the floor. Toddlers shouldn't be able to play with microwaves. Sharp corners on countertops are also a major concern.

A kitchen renovation is no walk in the park. For a short period it can be somewhat messy and disruptive. However, countless homeowners have found the process well worth the effort. Not only do consumers get to live the benefits of an improved kitchen, but Money Magazine says that kitchen makeovers usually add 90% of their costs to a home's value, thus making kitchen remodeling money very well spent.

NYKB, with two Manhattan showrooms, is New York City's leading one-stop remodeling design/build firm. The wide range, ability and, experience of NYKB's trusted professionals make it the ideal resource for busy New Yorkers who want home renovation.


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