Start Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen And Entertainment Area Today

Spring will soon be on its way and if an outdoor kitchen is your dream feature for your home this summer, you need to start planning today! Here are some tips on designing a great backyard kitchen and entertainment space:

  • Placement: Your outdoor kitchen is best placed close to your home and within close access to your home’s entertainment space to provide good flow and access. It’s also a good idea to keep it within sight of the pool (if you have one), as this makes it easy to keep an eye on kids and enjoy a swim. If possible, it should be sheltered from the wind (also so that smoke doesn’t blow into the house) and close to a water supply, if possible.
  • Use: Ask yourself how you want to use the space when it’s done. This will help you work out the size and placement of appliances, seating areas and so forth. It will also help focus on design features you definitely want to include, like a fire pit, garden features (like a pond), or a view you want to be able to admire.
  • Task areas: There are lots of different outdoor kitchen designs and deciding on your task areas will help you decide on what suits your space best. Think about food storage, preparation, cooking and plating, serving and cleaning up. Some people enjoy a split-level counter with bar seating, for example, so you can socialize while cooking, while others prefer a separate table.
  • Appliances: Outdoor kitchens can range from fairly simple kitchens to extravagant ones, but your design needs to take the appliances you choose into account. The essentials include countertops, sinks, waste bins and cabinetry to go along with your grill, but you can include multiple grills, pizza ovens, refrigeration, wine bars and more.
  • Lighting: Lighting is key in any kitchen, whether it is indoors or in your backyard. Insufficient lighting is going to make your outdoor kitchen frustrating to use, so don’t forget to include task lighting for cooking, ambient lighting for guests and general use, and even decorative lighting to add atmosphere.

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Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative and protective laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, granite like laminate edges, solid surface edging and granite like laminate edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish laminate countertop edge options that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

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How To Design A Game Room For Your Home

For today’s homeowners, a game room isn’t something that’s just for the kids – it’s entertainment for all ages and an integral part of the home. Here are some tips on how to design a game room, from our specialists in countertop edge profiles.

  • Plan out your space: A great game room isn’t just a space crammed full of activities – it’s a carefully thought-out space. Prioritize your activities and ensure that you have enough room around each activity (keep 3-5 additional space around game tables for easy movement), so you don’t crowd the space for others.
  • Place each activity in a suitable spot: Multiple activities might be happening in the same space, so consider you choices before setting anything in stone. For example, you may want a TV placed where any activity can see it or want more privacy for quieter games while placing more social games by your bar.
  • Lighting: Good lighting needs to be made available to each of your focal points. Once you’ve planned where each table will go, run lighting cables so there is sufficient task lighting for the game. Remember to make ambient lighting separate or adjustable for each section so you can create a great atmosphere without over-lighting the whole space.
  • Soundproofing: Game rooms can get loud, especially when there is more than one activity on the go and the TV is on. Soundproofing can be easily installed and prevents echoing in large spaces, as well as stopping sound from going too far into the rest of your home.
  • Seating: Make sure there is adequate seating for game tables as well as occasional seating for anyone just looking to put their feet up and relax. It’s a good idea to consider furniture that can be moved around easily to accommodate different needs, and extra chairs that can be stacked up out of the way for smaller gatherings.
  • Gathering space and storage: Don’t forget about additional entertainment features like a bar, or storage and countertop space for games and equipment. This makes your space a real center for entertainment as well as making it convenient and easy to use. Go for laminate products if you are looking for something that looks great, that you can get creative with, and care for easily – without breaking the budget.

Countertop Edge Profiles Add Style and Durability To Your Space 

At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest countertop edge profile manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of game room, workshop, bathroom and kitchen countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

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The Lowdown On The Trendiest And Best Backsplash Materials

A backsplash isn’t just a very functional feature of a kitchen, it’s also used to create a focal point by adding style and character to the space. Here’s some insight into some of the top material choices for this important feature.

  • Subway tiles: These rectangular tiles have soared in popularity in recent years, giving a touch of elegant urban edge to any kitchen. Available in a variety of colors, it’s a robust choice that’s easy to clean and will last a long time. The only downside to this option is that the labor cost can be higher, and you do have to put a bit more effort into cleaning as grouting can trap grease and dust.
  • Glass tiles: There are a huge range of glass tiles out there in every shape and color, making them an exceptionally versatile and creative choice. We suggest you take a chance and go bold with your choice – think of cool aqua for a serene kitchen, mirror tiles for urban chic, and bold red for a clean modern look. Again, there is a cost for labor here and a little bit of elbow grease is needed to keep them at their best, but they’ll last for many years.
  • Stainless steel: It’s a favorite material for commercial kitchens and a top choice for home cooks who want to create a slick industrial look. Hardwearing and long-lasting, steel makes a great backsplash and character feature that has no seams or grouting in which dirt can get trapped. You will need to give it a regular clean as grease and dirt does show up easily, as do fingerprints!
  • Granite: A favorite countertop material, granite can be extended up your wall to create your backsplash and a seamless look. This will be sealed in place to make it watertight, and the result is a clean, natural and elegant space. As for the downside, granite is fairly expensive to buy and install, so this might put your budget over the edge.
  • Laminate: Laminate manufacturing technology has transformed this material from a low-cost staple into a high-trending favorite amongst home renovators and interior designers. There are dozens of different designs to choose from, from natural wood and granite to more adventurous colors and textures. It’s easy to install and affordable to buy, which makes it great for your budget as well.

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Your kitchen deserves to have the perfect finishing touches, from high-quality appliances to expertly fabricated laminate backsplash edges. At Kuehn Bevel, we’ve got over 20 years of experience in the laminate countertop edging industry and, with a huge range of options and laminate countertop edge profiles, we can create the custom detail your kitchen deserves.

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Signs That it’s Time For A New Kitchen

  1. Cracked, burned or stained countertops: Whether it’s normal wear-and-tear, age, or the result of low quality materials, stained and damaged kitchen countertops are a good reason to remodel. Not only will new countertops transform the look of your kitchen, they will also be hygienic to use, as cracks and damage are great spots for breeding bacteria and trapping debris.
  2. An awkward or dangerous layout: A poorly thought-out layout can make your kitchen a safety hazard that’s difficult to use, especially if it’s a high-traffic area and you have young children. A reconfiguration will change your kitchen from a nightmare to a well-functioning, practical space that makes your life easier.
  3. It doesn’t suit your lifestyle: If you love entertaining but have a tiny kitchen stuck in the back of your home, it’s definitely cramping your style and your enjoyment of your home. Similarly, if you have young children but there’s no space to have them sit and do their homework or no way you can keep an eye on them from the kitchen, then it’s a great time to remodel and make it a more suitable and functional space for everyone.
  4. You want to add value: A new, stylish and functional kitchen is a top priority for most home buyers, and an outdated kitchen can actually make your home more difficult to sell! Whether you bought a value-for-money home and want to update its look to increase your investment or are looking to sell your home for top dollar, a kitchen upgrade can help you reach your financial goals.
  5. Old appliances: Outdated appliances are often impractical, difficult to use and can even mean higher energy bills for your home. Cooking in your kitchen should be an easy and enjoyable experience and upgrading to energy-efficient appliances that suit your style will help you achieve this – and make entertaining a breeze!

Beautiful Beveled Edge Laminate Countertop Trim For The Perfect Finishing Touch 

Kuehn Bevel is America’s leading producer of kitchen countertop edge options. With over 20 years of experience, we have the technology and expert skills to produce high-quality decorative countertop edging options in laminate, solid surface and wood. From Formica ideal edges to backsplashes and wall trim, we do it all.

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