Month: January 2020

Are You Using Your Kitchen Wrong?

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Do you spend a lot of time cooking and preparing meals in the kitchen? Do you like mixing drinks or heating up a hot plate of food after a warm day, gathering around the table with your family, and enjoying a comfortable evening? Most Americans do! Everyone uses their kitchen to some degree, and even if you aren’t a fan of cooking, odds are you’ve stepped into your kitchen at least once today. You are familiar with where everything is and how everything works.

But…did you know you might be using your kitchen all wrong? At LEICHT LA, we’ve started to notice that some of the most common ways that people use tools and clean up might not actually be the best way to do things. Take a look at what we’ve discovered and follow our tips to help you break those bad habits and form more productive ones.

1. No Grease Down the Drain

What do you do right after you’ve just cooked something in your pan? Well, you probably bring the pan to the sink, right? You use the water to wash away the oil and grease residue as well as food particles that stuck to the surface during cooking.

It turns out that adding grease to your drain can actually be pretty detrimental to your pipes. Have you notice your sink getting clogged? Or maybe it clogs more often than you’d like? It could be due to this problem. Grease becomes solid after it cools down, making a buildup of gunk and other junk in your drain.

Dislodge those pipes and wipe grease residue into your trash can the next time you cook a meal.

2. Dirty Plates in the Dishwasher?

You may think to yourself, “but that’s what dishwashers are for!”, but there is a right way and a wrong way to load up your dirty plates. Most people actually do it the wrong way. If your plates still have crumbs and food particles stuck to them, they shouldn’t be immediately put into the dishwasher. You still need to take the time to get rid of all the food particles, or else they will just get stuck to other dishes during the wash. BestLife suggests scraping food particles into the trash instead of rinsing them down the drain.

3. Knives Should be Stored Separately

It’s common for people to store knives in their cutlery drawer, along with the spoons and forks. But sharp knives have a really rough time in there – no pun intended! Every time you open and close that drawer, the sharp knives get jostled around a little bit, which can cause them to dull way faster than they should.

Not only should you store knives in a separate area (like hanging them on a rack or getting a knife block) to prevent them from getting dull, but also to prevent yourself from accidentally getting cut when you reach into that drawer. Ouch!

4. Don’t Open the Oven Door While it’s Baking

You are eager for your meal or your cake to be finished – trust us, we know the feeling! But one thing you should never do is open the oven door to check on it while it’s still cooking. This immediately makes the oven lose heat, and it can ruin the final result of the dish you’ve been working so hard on. In some cases, you can even lose up to 100 degrees of temperature just by leaving the oven door open for a minute or so. Not only will it take your food so much longer to cook after that, but it also may not even be cooked all the way through after all.

5. Fridge Door Storage is Not Cool – it’s Warm

Everyone stores items in the door of the fridge. But the essentials should never be put there. This is simply due to the fact that a fridge door is significantly less cold than the center of the fridge, where all your perishable products can thrive. Keep the delicate items like dairy, meet, and eggs out from the fridge door and into the middle of the rack. The side door can be used for other things like drinks and sauces!

Rearrange Your Kitchen Habits Today!

The best way to nip those bad habits in the bud and start using your kitchen the right way is with a collection of state-of-the-art appliances and cabinets sold at a great price. Our kitchen design experts are available to answer any of your questions about a kitchen’s form, function, and design. For more info about what we have to offer, or to find out more about the best ways to use your kitchen, contact us online today. You can also give us a call at (310) 360-0390 during our office hours to schedule your kitchen consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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How to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel

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The kitchen is the room in your home that likely has the most traffic. Everyone must eat at some point! Between cooking, meals around the kitchen table, packing lunches or meal prepping, and having your obligatory morning cup of coffee, the kitchen gets a lot of foot traffic. Because of this, you may want to renovate the space as it can get worn down. Having your kitchen area feel comfortable, inviting, and user-friendly is important and a renovation can do just that. However, nobody wants to spend their life savings on a kitchen remodel. Below you will find some tips and tricks to keep your kitchen remodel costs low without compromising your style or standards.

  1. Planning: This step is important for your overall budget. Figure out what your theme is and how you want the overall style to look. You need to inventory what you want to keep the same and what you want to change. You may not need a new stove and refrigerator, or you may really like the color on the walls. Jot down a list of what you want fully replaced, what you want spruced up, and what you want completely gone. From there, you can assess your renovations costs. This is where the savings really comes in as planning your budget and timeline are crucial for saving money. This is also where you can determine what you can do yourself and what you will need help with.
  2. Supplies: For things like paint, appliances, and hardware, get on all the mailing lists you can. Once you have finished planning your theme and have your list made, you’ll need to look for coupons, discounts, and sales that are going on. This can save you a lot of money with very little effort.
  3. DIY: Between Pinterest and Youtube, there are so many resources out there for those who want to take on projects themselves. From the list you made above in regard to planning, try and determine what you can do yourself. This is where savings really come in because if you hire someone you will not only need to pay for their services but the supplies as well. If you have the time and confidence, DIY projects are a huge money saver.
  4. Competing Contractors: For the projects you know are not going to be done yourself, you need to have a poker face with contractors. The rule of thumb is not to settle on the first contractor. You need to get at least three estimates (maybe more) to get a feel for the market. Another pro tip is to buy the supplies yourself and have the contractor do the work. They may get fussy, but you will likely be able to find a better deal if you buy the supplies on your own. Contractors want to make a profit just like everyone else, so they will likely mark up any supplies and not provide you with the “at cost” price. 
  5. Renovate Up: Experts say that you need to start from the bottom and renovate up. This can save you time and money. The order goes from flooring to cabinets, then countertop and backsplash. After that, you’ll finish up with some molding and painting. Even if you are not renovating everything, you still need to follow that order. If costs are an issue, you can still renovate as-you-go, but again, make sure the projects go in this order.
  6. Flooring: This can be a huge cost, so plan accordingly. Depending on what you already have, there is a huge potential for savings here. If you already have wood floors, renovate versus replace. You have a lot of freedom with wood floors as you can sand and refinish them in whatever stain works with your new kitchen theme. If you don’t have wood flooring, tile and wood flooring are the most common upscale kitchen floors. However, this does not mean that saving a little on floors and opting for laminate flooring is a bad thing. This goes back to planning in terms of deciding what you really want to invest in. However, you can save over half of your costs by just revamping what you already have versus completely replacing your flooring.
  7. Cabinetry: One of the sections you don’t want to scrimp on is cabinetry. Cabinetry can last decades and the style can be timeless. There are numerous options for both the design and finish of your cabinets. Designers suggest keeping the door and drawer styles cleaner and simpler and using the finish and hardware as the accent pieces. Timeless looks include neutrals so avoid the urge to use bright colors as following fads can be costly to replace. If you spend your money on cabinetry now, it can last decades saving you money in the long run.

Custom Cabinetry in Los Angeles

If you help with your renovation and cabinetry, contactKitchen Works LA. Kitchen Works LA is a full-service interior design, kitchen, and bath remodeling company. They are the exclusive Los Angeles dealer of LEICHT Kitchens, which is the largest and most exclusive manufacturer of European cabinetry. Kitchen Works LA works closely with LEICHT because the brand is high-performing, sustainable, and affordable among European luxury brands. For more support with your kitchen renovation, contact the experts at Kitchen Works LA for your free consultation.

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