Easy Kitchen Updates

The kitchen may be the hardest-working room in the house, so it runs the risk of looking overworked. Give your kitchen fresh appeal with these quick and easy updates, including solutions for your windows, floor, pantry, and more!

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Freestanding Pantry Ideas

Short on storage and space? No worries. These stylish go-anywhere pantry designs house everything from baking pans and cooking staples to party supplies -- exactly where you need them most. As a bonus, many of these units are transportable so they can travel with you when you move.

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One-of-a-Kind Backsplashes

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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Drab to Fab Makeover

See how a basic kitchen received a fresh face on an affordable remodeling budget.

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Guide to Cabinetry

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

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Countertop Ideas

Countertops are big part of your kitchen. Consider these up-and-coming materials to make a statement in your space.

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Subway Tile Backsplashes

When it comes to a classic backsplash, nothing beats the traditional subway tile. Subway tiles make cleaning up kitchen messes a quick and easy task, plus the variety to choose from seems almost infinite. One thing is for sure, subway tile will never go out of style.

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Selecting a Kitchen Range

What you need to know about purchasing a kitchen range.

With burners on the top and an oven below, the range is the most common cooking appliance.

New bargain-priced basic ranges are 30-inch white or almond freestanding or drop-in models, which include either electric coil or standard 9,000-Btu gas burners with an oven.

Better-quality ranges are marketed with ceramic-top electric burners, self-cleaning ovens, dual-fuel options, and convection ovens.

Top-of-the-line residential models have professional styling with stainless-steel or anodized finishes, widths from 30 to 60 inches, downdraft or restaurant-style hood venting, high-performance Btu burners, and continuous grates, along with built-in grill or griddle and double-convection oven options.

Do your homework. Browse Web sites and magazines that compare current models and features. Consumer Reports is an excellent source for unbiased information and recommendations. Visit: www.consumerreports.org/

Types of Ranges

  • Freestanding ranges rest on the floor as self-contained units and are normally 30 inches wide. Models that are 24 and 36 inches wide are also available. Wider models usually have a fifth burner and an extra-wide oven.
  • High-low ranges include built-in microwave ovens near eye level as well as conventional ovens and burners.
  • Slide-in ranges are freestanding ranges without side panels. Slide-in ranges fit into 30-inch openings between base cabinets. For exposed sides, cabinet side panels can be installed.
  • Drop-in ranges are similar to slide-in ranges, but they must be permanently fastened to base cabinets. They usually rest on built-up wood bases. Broilers are located in the oven.
  • Some drop-in and slide-in units are well-suited for island or peninsula installation, because controls are on the top or at the front. No raised control back panel interrupts the counter.


Make Cooking Easier with the Best Range for You

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