5 Things You Should Know About Kitchen Cabinet Design

Planning your dream kitchen? Much of its success hinges on the kitchen cabinet design — after all, cabinets take up the most space. And you need to make a lot of decisions about those cabinets before ordering them.

Here are 5 things you should know before choosing your cabinets.

Professional designer at Cabinets To Go discusses a remodeling plan with a new client

1. Your Kitchen’s Measurements

It’s common to flip through magazines, scroll through blogs or spot something on TV and want it for your home.

And buying it may be as easy as picking up the phone, tapping a button or ordering through a digital assistant like Alexa or Google Nest.

But while that works for appliances, décor and window treatments, you need a different approach for big permanent installations in rooms with limited space.

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, one size does not fit all. You may like what you see in a galley kitchen, but the same design won’t work in your L-shaped kitchen.

On top of that, you may have specific wants that require more space than your kitchen allows.

That’s why it’s important to know the room’s exact measurements. Your designer can use this information to create a cabinet plan that maximizes space and works for you. 

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: How to Make This Delicious Treat

Want a tasty fireside treat? Roast some pumpkin seeds — it’s easy! (DepositPhotos)

Whether you’re carving pumpkins or removing your fall decor, don’t forget that pumpkins are useful for more than their exterior. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious — and healthy — fall treat!

“Pumpkin seeds … are rich in magnesium, which can aid in heart and bone health, lower blood pressure and even prevent migraines,” the American Heart Association’s website states.

Here’s the recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds:

  1. Scoop out the pumpkin’s seeds and place them in a bowl.
  2. Rinse the seeds to remove all the stringy goo. On that note, many people ask, “Should pumpkin seeds be soaked before roasting?” Not necessary! Just a little rinsing will do, but you can soak them for a few hours to refine the texture. Then spread them out on a towel to dry overnight.
  3. Toss the seeds in a bowl with a little melted butter and salt.
  4. Spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally, until they’re a nice golden brown. (This takes about 20 to 30 minutes, but keep an eye on them.)
  5. For variety, you can spice them
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Beautiful, Affordable Storage Solutions for Every Room

Homeowners often tell me they don’t have enough storage — and they’re not sure about spending an arm and a leg for more organization. Fortunately, there’s a solution for stylish, affordable storage.


Plastic storage containers often are placed where they don’t belong. So, they quickly get beaten up and worn out. You could continually replace them or just get permanent, built-in storage. 

The Problem with Temporary Options

There’s no shortage of storage options out there. From baskets to plastic and rubber containers, you can find lots of products from big-box stores, dollar stores and high-end retailers.  

But these are temporary fixes for long-term problems. Homes never come with enough storage space, and nothing beats built-in organization.

Why purchase an endless supply of containers that will just fray, warp or bend out of shape — that you have to replace — when you could plan smart, permanent storage solutions?

If you think it’s a challenge to add affordable storage to your home on a budget, Cabinets To Go can help.


Modern craft room with raised panel cabinets from Cabinets To Go's Aspen White collection
Bathrooms, craft rooms and garages all have one thing in common: they need storage! Cabinets To Go has unique, affordable solutions for each room, like these Aspen White raised panel cabinets. 
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What Is a Pool Warranty and What Does It Cover?

 Learn how a pool warranty protects your pool from damage and whether a home warranty comes with a pool warranty | Photo Credit: Shutterstock © Pipas Imagery

Homeowners who have a pool on their property love the flexibility and privacy that come with owning one. In order to enjoy these benefits, homeowners must maintain their pool and make repairs to it when needed.

In this article, we explain what a pool warranty is, what it covers and whether home warranty companies offer a pool warranty.

Pool warranty: A pool warranty is a contract designed to protect your pool from expensive repairs. These warranties are generally sold by pool manufacturers and buildings, but they are also offered by home warranty companies. We recommend considering purchasing extended coverage for your pool from a home warranty company.

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What Is a Pool Warranty?

A pool warranty is a contract provided or sold by pool manufacturers, pool builders or home warranty companies. These warranties are designed

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4 Toilet Parts You Should Regularly Replace

Toilets — like anything else — leak, wear out and break down. Replacing them is costly and usually unnecessary when just a little maintenance can do the trick. Here the top four toilet parts you should replace when problems arise.

Wax seals are no fun to replace. You need patience, a putty knife and plenty of time. (©Steven Love, Adobe Stock)

1. Wax Seal

One thing separates your toilet from the sewer: an airtight, watertight wax or non-wax seal. This seal, which surrounds the toilet’s exit hole, does more than sit between the fixture’s base and flange. It’s a safety feature, and that’s why it’s one of the most important toilet parts you could replace.

The seal prevents water from leaking as it leaves the toilet and enters the drainpipe. This prevents the kind of water damage that leads to mold and mildew, at best, and rotting that, at worst, could compromise the home’s structure.  

In addition, the seal prevents harmful sewer gases from entering your living space. Hydrogen sulfide, for instance, leaves foul odors, similar to rotten eggs, but that’s the least of your worries. It’s also corrosive, flammable and poisonous.


Closeup of a white porcelain toil with a Fluidmaster Better Than Wax rubber seal on the floor
Fluidmaster’s Better Than Wax toilet seal is an
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How Covid-19 Affects the Housing Market in College Towns

Much of the activity in college towns — like Athens, Georgia, pictured — centers on the university’s events. Since Covid-19 has pushed learning online, business has dried up in many college towns. (DepositPhotos.com)

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to major lifestyle changes, including how people learn, work and play. That could significantly impact the housing market in college towns, according to HomeLight real estate agents.

Sending students home, and shifting toward remote learning, has left so-called college towns — those with economies supported largely from student activity — reeling, according to HomeLight’s Q3 Top Agent Insights Report.

As a result, small businesses in college towns have suffered from what the New York Times has called “an existential challenge”

Earlier this fall, HomeLight asked 1,157 of its top real estate agents across the country to share their thoughts on the housing market in college towns.

Here are some of the findings:

The market has held its own. Despite local business activity dipping, 82% of agents in college towns say their local market hasn’t collapsed.
45% say home prices and buyer activity remain strong, whereas just 6% of agents say decreased local business demand and college funding cuts have hurt their

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