Archives: Kitchens

Kitchen Backsplash – Selecting Materials

By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens

Selecting Materials For Kitchen Backsplash We’re going to write a series of article in the coming weeks on how to tile a kitchen backsplash. We’re going to cover everything from choosing materials to installation of an actual tile backsplash. Installing a backsplash in your kitchen is a fairly straight forward DIY project that can add…

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Kitchen Remodeling

By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens

Remodeling Tips For Kitchens It seems that every winter I get tons of emails about kitchen remodeling projects. Maybe it’s being trapped inside with nothing to do but watch DIY projects and dream of new kitchens. At any rate I thought I’d pass on some advice about kitchen remodeling. I’ve personally remodeled one kitchen and…

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Designing Semi-Custom Cabinet Layouts

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Interior Decorating, Kitchens

Semi-Custom Cabinets I’ve designed quite a few kitchen, mudroom and bathroom cabinet layouts over the years using semi-custom cabinets. Semi-custom cabinetry allows the designer quite a bit of flexibility in the design to give any room a custom look and functionality. As you can see in the adjacent photo our new home has some very…

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Replacing Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Water Filter

By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens, Maintanence

UPDATE: There have been numerous comments left in the comment section from folks experiencing trouble with their water dispensers after installation of the new water filter. The following are several suggestions to trouble shoot the problem: Before installing the new water filter be sure to REMOVE the filter end caps. In this example they are…

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Kenmore Pro Side-By-Side Built-In Refrigerator

By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens, Product Reviews

We are building a house at work for a customer and they’ve chosen Kenmore Pro Series appliances. The Kenmore Pro Side-By-Side Built-In Refrigerator was delivered the other day and it’s impressive to say the least. Then again any refrigerator that costs more than $5,000 should be quite impressive. If you’re looking for professional grade appliances…

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Replacement Refrigerator Water Filters

By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens, Maintanence

Our highly intelligent refrigerator has been telling me for several months now that we need to replace the refrigerator water filter. Most of today’s refrigerators have built in water filters to clean the water for ice and cold drinks. We own a Kenmore Model #106.56703500 side-by-side refrigerator that takes Model #9030 replacement refrigerator water filters.…

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Building A Built-In Kegerator

By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens

Built-In Kegerator A couple years ago I helped a friend design a really cool house and one of the things he wanted in the kitchen / entertaining area was a built-in kegerator so he could have fresh draft beer for parties and sports night gatherings. Building a kegerator into a kitchen design is really easy…

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How To Remove Stains From Granite

By Todd Fratzel on Kitchens, Maintanence

Several readers have asked me how to remove stains from granite countertops. Granite and other natural stone countertops are natural products that are very porous. Porous stone can easily absorb materials that can cause stains. Therefore in order to remove stains you need to understand how stains are created.All stains are created when the “spilled”…

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