Planning to remodel your kitchen? Then you need to consider a few factors so you can make sure that your remodeling project is a HUGE success. Obviously, deciding one day to remodel your kitchen, rushing to the nearest hardware store and beginning remodeling right away might not be a good idea. The overall results may not be as perfect as you wish it would be.
So, before jumping in to the remodeling work, try to sit down first and plan deliberately. This guide will help you strategize on what exactly you want for your new kitchen.
Here are some of the smart strategies during kitchen remodeling:
- Know your priorities first – Prior to deciding to remodel your kitchen, you need to sit down and figure out WHY your kitchen needs to be remodeled in the first place. These factors are your priorities – so get set on these factors during planning. Make sure these are placed on top consideration before anything else. After all, these are what pushed you to remodel the kitchen. You might want to consider also the safety of children. Ensure that your new kitchen is always safe for any of your kids or kids of friends who may come to visit.
- Be practical with your kitchen appliances – Yes, the new model of refrigerator would look perfect in your kitchen, or even the new microwave oven but face it- if you can’t afford it, don’t push it! Also, if you can have the old ones running smoothly, then what’s the point of taking those away? One ideal goal of remodeling is never to spend a single cent on anything you don’t have to.
- Retain what can be retained – As stated previously, retain those that still run smoothly. This does not only apply to your appliances but also to your walls and flooring. If those look great and effective still, keep it that way. After all, as the saying goes – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
- More storage is much better than more space – prioritize storage over space. Although a kitchen would look good with more space throughout, it will look and work best with as much storage as you can manage to put in. Your kitchen is not the same as your living room or hallway, it is more practical, therefore create storage for yourself and the kitchen necessities you will need.
- Enhance your lighting – Since you will be working in your kitchen at various times of day… yes including those late night meals, you need all the light you can get. Always enhance the lighting especially in the area where you work the most. During the day, make use of natural light to save energy. This will be possible if you will have a window that allows full daylight.
The city council of Edmond is considering a change in two of the city’s bus routes. The Edmond Public Transportation Committee wants to get rid of the two bus routes in the city. They plan to combine the two routes into one new route for the Citylink bus service.
The Committee wants to eliminate the Citylink’s routes 3A and 3B since both are said to be inefficient. According to Shannon Entz, the community development manager of Edmond, the routes 3A and 3B are operating less regularly since they run every hour instead of the ideal 30-minute intervals. Entz said that there is a split service midday which will obscure passenger trip planning and thus slows down potential ridership.
On average, the routes can carry 382 passengers for free per month. Both routes are costing the city $80,756 every year to operate.
If the said modification takes place, the annual cost would be $159,606 with the additional expense of $78,850. However, the committee claims that the new modification would improve efficiency and that the new route 3 will be able to run every 30 minutes.
Entz said that the 30 minutes trips of the new route will improve the routing and will then enhance the dollar value of the service. A subcommittee comprising of four members are now exploring development of a local, revenue-generating partnership program for the additional grant funds.
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Edmond‘s local government is finding ways to make the city friendlier to all incoming businesses! Mayor Patrice Douglas had already appointed the Small Business Task Force in July 2009 to facilitate in improving the communication between the small businesses in Edmond and the local government.
The move to make Edmond more business-friendly was opened during the meeting between the citizen task force studying small businesses in the city as well as the city officials. The city council members claimed that they want businesses to come to Edmond.
Such move was also backed up when the mayor was confronted by a person claiming that Edmond ‘did not want any businesses’ during her speech at the Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club. Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell said that she was receiving several comments as well. Caldwell said that the views about Edmond are actually as bad as what is the reality and that it will take time to change it.
Jim Feist, the chairman for the Small Business Task Force said that the city does not have a good reputation but they all welcome businesses and that they must never stop in promoting the enthusiasm the city has in bringing in new businesses.
The Task force recommends on having a small business advocate in the city that will assist the businesses in their dealings with the local government most especially during the process of securing permits. The council members likewise favor such recommendation that the advocate must assist businesses, developers and builders in all process until their projects are complete.
Businesses are finding the council members are very stern in their decisions over building aspects like the paint colors, the awnings and other aesthetic details that leave business owners frustrated. However, Douglas said that the city is never to apologize for their high standards. They are all proud of their high standards and let people understand that it should not deter them from joining the city, quite the contrary.
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