How Should You Choose a New Range For Your Kitchen?

The range you have in your kitchen has an impact on your overall lifestyle. Your kitchen range is arguably one of the most important appliances you choose. It’s functional and depending on how often you cook, it may be something you use every day or even several times a day.

A range is also part of your décor. Nothing makes a kitchen look quite as great as a sleek, high-end range serving as the focal point.

So, if it’s time to replace yours, you might be wondering with all the available choices, how do you pick the right one?

Different Types

Before starting your search, you should know at least the basics of the various kinds of ranges. For example, you may have to have an electric range because you don’t have gas, however, if you do have an available gas line to your kitchen, many people prefer this option because it offers constant heat. There are also dual fuel options, which combine elements of both gas and electric heating.

Another more specific option is the induction range, which is designed to make cooking and boiling times faster.

Freestanding or Slide-In?

Another significant categorical distinction to keep in mind as you’re shopping for kitchen appliances including a kitchen range is whether or not you require something slides in or is freestanding. A freestanding range will have sides that are finished in most cases, and the knobs and controls are located in a backsplash-like setting.

A slide-in range won’t typically have finished sides, although a lot of contractors, designers, and homeowners prefer this option because they have a wider top that goes over kitchen countertops, which gives them a built-in, custom look. Also, these options don’t have a backsplash, which can be good if you want a seamless backsplash throughout your kitchen.

Capacity

While you want your new range to look great, you also want it to work for your lifestyle, and a big consideration here is the capacity. If you only typically cook small meals for yourself or your immediate family, capacity isn’t likely to be a huge concern, and you can go with something a little smaller that’s also likely to be somewhat less expensive.

On the other hand, if you frequently entertain, you might need something with more cubic feet, and the largest options on the market are almost four cubic feet in most cases.

Special Features

Once you’ve decided on the basics, it starts to get fun. Ranges have so many bells and whistles that are available these days, or if you’re budget-conscious, you can still get a great model at a low cost.

If you want something more, you can consider additional features such as dehydration settings for making things like jerky and dried fruits and vegetables, warming drawers, and automatic shut-off features to avoid burning.

What you choose here is really up to your preferences and your needs.

Shopping for a range can be a costly endeavor, but if you do your research ahead of time and know what you need as well as you don’t, it will make for a more seamless buying experience.

 

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Three Crucial Tips for Creating Your Hybrid Home Office

Three Crucial Tips for Creating Your Hybrid Home Office

Imagine ditching the daily grind, working from home and getting down to business on your own terms: living the dream, right?

However, one of the most overlooked aspects of working from home is the importance of a designated office space.

After all, many remote workers don’t have the luxury of a dedicated home office and therefore must make do with the space that they already have. If you’re already in a cramped apartment or simply don’t have the square footage for a designated office, is your journey as a solopreneur sunk?

Absolutely not.

It takes a bit of creativity and some rearranging to make work, but it is possible to create a hybrid home office by understanding how to make the most of you space you already have.

Pick the Right Spot

In most cases, you have three options of meshing an existing space in your home to create an office environment:

  • Your bedroom
  • Your guest room
  • Your living room

Each of these spaces has their distinct advantages and disadvantages. For example, you’re probably most prone to interruptions in your living room if your working hours aren’t confined to the daytime. Similarly, staying cooped up in your bedroom may make you feel a bit claustrophobic as you spend the bulk of your day in the same space.

Ideally, a home office can be placed in a guest room which often goes unoccupied most of the time anyway. This option provides you with the most space as you can invest in a stylish daybed and install a desk in a guest room without feeling cramped.

Make the Most of Your Storage

Considering that you’re going to need to take up as little space as possible, make sure you have storage options that allow for a compact working environment. Whether through home storage hacks such as hanging storage or Ikea-style cubes where you can hide your clutter, it’s important that you take up as little space as possible to give yourself some literal breathing room.

Designate a Space That’s Distraction-Free

Regarding the placement and design of your home office, bear in mind that one of the notorious productivity killer is distractions. Many stay at home workers sadly discover distractions after they’ve set up their office, so don’t make that mistake. Such distractions related to the placement and design of your office include:

Light – Make sure that you control the level of lighting in your room to your preference, either by investing in lamps or sun-blocking shades.

Noise – Noise most definitely impacts your productivity: if your desired office space is adjacent to a window or on the side of your home that faces a busy street or highway, you may want to rethink your placement.

Family – Likewise, you may want to have your office away from the kitchen or your kids’ rooms (think: high traffic areas of your home). Also, make it crystal clear to your family that your office space means serious business. In other words, it’s not a play area, nor is it somewhere where you should be disturbed.

Creating a hybrid home office just plain makes sense if you’re in a cramped space; however, you need to be both smart and selective when it comes to design and placement. Think of it this way: the sooner you get settled in your new space, the sooner you can get down to business.

 

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The Five Home Office Upgrades You’ve Probably Been Sleeping On

The Five Home Office Upgrades You've Probably Been Sleeping On

If you currently work from home, chances are that you’re missing out on a few essentials that have become cornerstones of productive solopreneurs.

 

Although not every remote worker is created equal, this list is prime for the following professionals:

 

  • Freelancers who’ve perhaps never worked from home long-term before
  • Growth hackers and marketers really looking to buckle down and start dominating their niche
  • Stay-at-home mompreneurs and parents looking to start up their side-gig

 

Now, we understand the need for a sleek home office; however, consider the following essentials beyond aesthetics that you may be overlooking if you truly want to supercharge your productivity.

 

Smarter Tech

“Smart” solutions are all-the-rage right now and likewise can potentially transform the way that you work from home. Voice-recognition smart speakers (like Amazon Echo) can help play tunes to keep you focused without having to deal with apps or a complicated speaker setup. Similarly, you can install a voice-activated thermostat using similar technology to keep you comfortable and working at the right temperature.

 

While some might see such investments as novelties, these subtle additions to your home office should serve to give you an extra layer of flexibility and comfort while you’re on the grind.

 

Digital Tools

Today’s remote workers need some serious digital tools on deck if they want to stay on task. Doing so is easier said than done if you’re on a tight budget; however, a combination of free solutions and smart updates will serve you well. For example:

 

  • You need a reliable computer, but that doesn’t mean that you need to splurge (think: focus on something that can do the bare minimum for the price point and has long battery life for days working away from home)
  • Marketing tools that help you keep track of your performance (Google Analytics, Neil Patel’s SEO analyzer tool, and Hootsuite, for example)
  • A desktop and dual-monitor display may be a wise investment if your job is writing or editing intensive (think: freelance writers and web developers)

The Five Home Office Upgrades You've Probably Been Sleeping On

 

Space Savers

Beat the spring cleaning craze and start decluttering your office now before it gets out of control. Ikea-style space saving solutions can help you make the most of your work environment if you find yourself in a tight space. From new shelves to décor that hides your clutter, such investments can be made on the cheap.

 

Classic Clocks

Surprisingly, old-school clocks are making a comeback in modern décor and can add a classic sense of flair to your workspace. Rather than constantly starting at the corner of your screen or checking your smartphone, a good, old-fashioned wall clock may give your space a sense of elegance and keep you on task.

 

Plants and Herbs

Finally, don’t let yourself sit in a literally lifeless space. There are tons of low maintenance office plants out there that can both give your office some color and keep it smelling wonderful. Whether you opt for a full-blown flower arrangement or some simple herbs, keep in mind whether or not your space has the appropriate lighting to keep your plants alive.

The Five Home Office Upgrades You've Probably Been Sleeping On

Working from home doesn’t mean that you have to be distracted or feel dismal in your space. Rather than letting your home office fall to the wayside, think about the small tweaks you can make to create a more productive environment.

 

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