Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices running … only to come to a screeching halt when we starting to price those new cabinets, countertops and appliances.

There are some things you can do, however, that cost just the price of a quality can of paint (and some wood filler). One of these is open shelving.

You mean … taking the doors off and exposing my messy cupboards?

Well … sort of. First of all, you’ll need to consider who uses your kitchen. If you have small children or grandchildren that visit frequently, you won’t want to remove all the lower doors. After all, you need to keep cleaners and other potential dangers locked away out of sight. You also might think twice about this if you’re in a very earthquake prone area, but, historically, many homes utilized open shelving for dishes and glassware, dry goods or canned goods and to display decorative items.

In fact, removing old doors and painting the open shelving can give your kitchen an immediate upgrade and added personality to boot. Other ideas include backing the cabinets with a bright wallpaper or painting them a deep contrasting color to give your kitchen character and personality. You can also add molding and trim to make the open cabinets appear original or intentional.

Be sure to use a quality wood fill to fill in the holes left by removing the door hinges and follow manufacturer guidelines when painting previously stained wood or fiberboard products.

If your cabinets are in rough shape, or they don’t lend themselves to the sizes you need to store your items, consider removing them and replacing them with floating shelves. You’ll achieve a sleek, modern look to brighten a dark space and give you the sizes of shelves that you need.

Here are some best practices for open shelving and attaining the look you want:

  1. Dishes: Remember that anything stored on open shelving is exposed to gathering dusts, so consider them for dishes and glass wear that you use frequently, or that you use infrequently but won’t mind giving them a quick rinse before using (large serving bowls, soup tureens and platters, fancy glass wear you only use occasionally, or pretty vases).
  2. Cookbooks: Open shelves are perfect for cookbooks and remind you to try new recipes periodically.
  3. Wine racks: Turning open shelving into a wine rack gives you a place to display your favorite vintages.

If you’re not sure about having open shelving, start slowly by just removing the upper doors and living with that for a few weeks, or just have one or two open cabinets. If you like it, you can move forward, but if you don’t, you can just put those doors back on and start saving.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the IDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcases concepts from tables that double as computers and cooktops to food storage appliances that read RFID chips on food packaging that programs the correct storage temperature via “smart induction cooling technology.”

In addition to technological advances, the displays included more traditional and even ancient technology such as naturally cooling terracotta storage boxes for root vegetables, potatoes, garlic or onions.

Other technology included ingenious designs for collecting gray water to reuse for watering plants or pre-washing dishes, faucets that respond to the intensity of touch by increasing or reducing water pressure, and visible food storage that encourages healthful snacking.

Many of the designs promoted the concept of small but adjustable living. Since many people will live in cities where space is scarce, kitchens with adjustable to fit the needs of the user with more or less storage, changes in the height of shelving, expandable tables and other surfaces, and other options.

While these designs may be incorporated into future appliances and kitchen items, some items may be in stores sooner. Move over, Jettsons … check out these futuristic kitchen helps available now.

  • Minipresso: This miniature espresso machine can travel with you anywhere. It is lightweight, compact and operates by hand so it does not impact on the environment.
  • Indoor microgarden: Grow your own herbs without the dirt or mess in an origami-inspired paper gardening kit.
  • SpreadThat: An advanced butter knife that uses your body heat to soften the butter as it slices offers up the perfect spread.
  • Interactive Prep Pad: a scale and prep area that keeps track of nutritional values to help you reach your health goals.
  • Furtif knives: These laser-bonded, titanium carbide kitchen knives only require sharpening once every couple of decades or so.
  • WiFi enabled Crock-Pot: When timing is everything, this slow cooker allows you to control it from wherever you are via your 3G, 4G or WiFi enabled smart device. You can adjust the cooking time, the temperature or turn it off from wherever you happen to be, so dinner is ready right on time.
  • ChillThat icecream dish: A step op from frosty mugs, this cool number keeps your icy treat frozen while you eat it. The refreezable bowl and cover are composed of an engineered thermal absorption material that protects your ice cream while keeping it the perfect temperature.

If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, to the tune of a futuristic design or not, feel free to contact us! We can recommend contractors that’ll help bring your ideas to life.

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About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

This time of year, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, vermillion, orange and yellow. We enjoy their beauty. We take photographs. We collect them. Our children play in them. For a homeowner, however, leaves pose the possibility of damage to their landscaping, their home and their relationships.

Leaves and lawn-care

If you’re new to homeownership, you may not know that while allowing leaves to lay a thick carpet over your lawn is beautiful, a solid mat of large wet leaves, such as those from oak, maple or sycamore trees, can damage your lawn. They promote mold growth, cause moisture to run off rather than seep into the ground, and hide the grass from the winter sun.

Experts suggest keeping your lawn clear of leaves. Here are some options to consider:

  • Raking. This historic method of dealing with leaves is still the preferred method for some lawns. If you have specialty turf, lightly raking and removing leaves protects your lawn from damage. Bag leaves or ad them to your compost pile. Remember that paper bags will decompose much more quickly than plastic ones. If your city offers leave removal, be sure to utilize the appropriate process required.
  • Mulching. Many mowers have mulch settings that chop the leaves into smaller bits that you can leave on the lawn to decompose naturally, and add nutrients to the soil.
  • Blowing. Many gardening professionals prefer blowing leaves out of flowerbeds and lawns with power blowers into large piles to then “vacuum” them up with large machinery and haul them away. Typically, you would hire a professional to do this since purchasing the equipment for yourself might be cost prohibitive.

Leaves and gutter-care

Blowing and falling leaves create problems for your gutters. Once most of the leaves have fallen, you should have your gutters inspected for clogs. A clogged gutter is more than just an inconvenience. It can cause water and ice to back up under your roof creating leaks and other damage. When rainwater overflows a clogged gutter or plugged downspout, your fascia and soffits are endangered, too. Water backing up a downspout may dislodge or warp gutters, pulling them away from your house. When water spills down the sides of your home, it damages windows, walls and even your foundation.

Consider a professional gutter-cleaning service, especially if your home has more than one story. You might investigate gutter guards if your property is particularly prone to leaf buildup. Your local gutter professional can help you determine what works best in your situation.

Leaves and relationships

Most municipalities consider leaves to be a natural product, so while a homeowner might be responsible for damage to a neighbor’s home from a falling branch, that is not the case with falling leaves. So, when the leaves from your yard blow into your neighbor’s yard, he may not have a legal claim, but it will strain your neighborly relationships. Make sure to talk to your new neighbors about the leaf situation. If she finds them a nuisance, you might offer to rake her yard as well. The best neighbors come up with a solution together.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

Creating an Idea Book for Your New Home

Contemplating buying a new home or remodeling the one you have? Before you call your real estate agent, hire a designer or head to your local Do-It-Yourself superstore refine your ideas by creating an idea book.

An idea book, exactly as the name implies, is a repository for all the ideas you have about what you’d like. These include style—a Ranch, Cape Code, Victorian, French Country or maybe an Arts and Crafts style home—colors, size, layout and all the other things that go into the perfect home of your imaginings.

Old School

Using a notebook or scrapbook, include cutouts from magazines, advertisements and brochures. Or, hang pictures on a corkboard or stick them up on the refrigerator. You can go simple with a notebook, scissors and glue stick or fancy with a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook with decorative pages and embellishments in slip-sheets.

Virtual

Using Houzz, Pinterest, Photo Stream or other virtual options helps you focus on what you really want. In fact, many contractors suggest using one of these boards to help you show them what you’re really looking for.

Get Started

At first, add whatever tickles your fancy. If you see it and like it, stick it in the book or on the board. Your idea book might seem cluttered and disorganized at first. You can help this by dividing it into sections such as: rooms (kitchen, bath, living), architectural style (mission, craftsman, modern), colors (blues, greens, reds or cool vs. warm), even feelings (happy, restful, family-friendly). As your ideas grow, reorganize the sections or re-combine images and colors to whatever pleases you.

Over time, you’ll refine what you like. You’ll notice that you’re drawn to a certain style home, specific types of cabinets and finishes, flooring, fixtures and countertops, even distinct roof shingles and slopes. You’ll see drawer pulls and doorknobs appear over and over in your additions to your book. Get as specific as possible, or leave yourself open to options, but use your idea book to frame the things that are most important to you. When a dominant style, color or type appears, move it to the front of the idea book and narrow down your choices even more. Go look at samples of tiles for the backsplash, flooring and hardware. Take pictures of what you like with your smart phone and add them to your board. Look at model homes and attend open houses (but if a home is occupied, get permission before taking pictures).

When you keep coming back to the same images, you have a pretty good idea of what you want. Take time to remove items that no longer inspire you or that you realize don’t work for your situation, family size, living style (i.e. do you truly want a formal dining room, or just a bigger family eating area?).

Now, you can take that book to your real estate professional or designer to get an idea of how to locate the perfect home for you, or remodel the home you have into the one of your dreams.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

Cleaning Tips For Things You’re Forgetting

Vacuum, mop, dust—cleaning one’s home tends to be a checklist of the same tasks on repeat. But while you’re busy wiping down that same table for the fiftieth time, items you never thought to wash are under full assault by germs and dust mites. “I think that a lot of people have a regular rotation of things they clean in their house, but you tend to get in a rut,” says Joss & Main style director Donna Garlough. We grilled her on the most neglected household items:

Curtains

“It may not seem like they get terribly dirty, but they get a lot of household dust, pollen, and dander,” says Garlough. “And if you have a wood-burning fireplace, that can cause a lot of buildup.”

How to clean them: If your curtains are made of linen or silk with complicated detailing, head to the dry cleaner. But simple cotton ones with grommets can go straight in the washing machine. “I like to hang dry,” says Garlough. “I think they get less wrinkled.”

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Source: Architectural Digest

 

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales