Affordable Ways to Update the Look of Your Kitchen


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A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Kurt Wiedt leads Markham Woods, a Denver, Colorado-based residential real estate company, as principal partner. Kurt Wiedt has worked at the company since 2008 and has overseen several high-end design-build projects, many of which focus on modernizing kitchens.

Modernizing an outdated kitchen may seem like a big project. But homeowners can actually make huge changes in their kitchen with small updates. Following are several budget-friendly alterations that can give kitchens a new look:

Add a coffee bar
Coffee bars are great for homeowners who love hosting. They can easily take up any awkward space in a kitchen and add a bit of luxury with their lighted shelving, sink, and fridge. This entire set-up may be a bit pricey for many homeowners, but a similar effect can be created for free by reorganizing all coffee-making supplies in a kitchen corner by the sink.

Update the hardware
This subtle change enhances the look of the entire kitchen space. Depending on how many cabinets homeowners have, updating the hardware can be expensive. Shopping sales, however, can substantially reduce the cost.

Make it airy
Cabinets have a nasty habit of making kitchens feel cramped and small. Homeowners can address this issue by just removing the doors on some upper cabinets. With the doors gone, the kitchen feels much more open even though the amount of available space is the same.

Paint the cabinets
By painting the cabinets, homeowners give their kitchen a facelift without undergoing a major renovation. In addition to that, adding a new color to the kitchen gives homeowners the chance to personalize the space and express their personality. Beyond paint color, the paint finish also helps alter the kitchen’s look.


Tips for Gardeners Growing Vegetables in Colorado


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Growing Vegetables

Experienced in Colorado’s real estate market, Kurt Wiedt serves as principal of Markham Woods based in Denver. Alongside his professional activities, Kurt Wiedt enjoys gardening.

Those interested in growing their own vegetables in Colorado should remember that the local climate affects the growing season. The state has nine different growing zones, and plants have the best chance of thriving in the zone most suited to them. Much of the soil in the state consists of dense, heavy clay and lacks aeration–factors that make it difficult for plants to grow strong roots.

In addition, most of the state has a relatively short growing season compared to that of lower altitude areas. For every additional 1,000 feet above sea level, the temperature drops approximately 3.5 degrees. Those who garden at lower elevations have a longer and warmer growing season.

Lastly, to decide when to plant their seeds, gardeners should acquaint themselves with the last and first frost dates (meaning, what date in the spring is the last day of frost and what day in the fall is the first). For most areas in the state, these are between May 15 through 30, and around September 15, respectively.