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If you are planning to renovateyour kitchen, we recommend working with a kitchen designer from a recognized comapny such as Weizter. Given the investment that a kitchen If you are planning to renovateyour kitchen, we recommend working with a kitchen designer from a recognized comapny such as Weizter. Given the investment that a kitchen remodeling project involves, it is important to have the expertise of an experienced design professional to address all of the details. A kitchen designer can help you save time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.
1. Develop a Wish ListMost homeowners begin the remodeling process with a “wish list” where they identify what they NEED and WANT in a new kitchen. “Needs” are the items that are essential to meeting your project objectives. “Wants” are items you’d like to include in your kitchen remodel but are optional.
2. Set PrioritiesNext, you will want to set priorities for your wish list. Establishing priorities can help you contain costs over the course of the project. To help you set priorities use our free Kitchen Planning Guide. In the guide you will find a handy checklist designed to help you prioritize your wish list items.
3. Collect Ideas and PhotosBrowse through magazines and books on kitchen planning and design ideas. Visit online galleries to view kitchen projects. Here are a few great resources:
Houzz's "Kitchen Design Photos"Pinterest's "Kitchen Design Ideas"You can also create an “ideas” book on Houzz or a Pinterest “board” to email to your designer or you can make a scrapbook with photos and design ideas that reflect what you want to include in your project. Bring the scrapbook or a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) with photos you’ve collected to your meeting.
4. Determine Appliance OptionsWill your kitchen remodel include all new appliances, all the appliances that you currently own, or some combination? It is helpful to identify appliances early in the process because the dimensions installation requirements will be factored into the overall kitchen design. A good designer will address this with you.
5. Establish a Budget RangePerhaps the most impotant part of your planning is budget. An area where people tend to get sheepish about. Prior to meeting with a kitchen designer, it is helpful to have some idea of the budget you have to work with for your kitchen remodeling project. A designer is knowledgeable about product lines, vendors and costs. Your designer will make suggestions to help you achieve your desired outcomes and keep within the budget limits you set for the project. Remember, ferraris dont cost the same as other cars, so be realsitc.
6. Develop a List of Questions to Ask Your DesignerPrepare a list of questions you would like to ask your kitchen designer at the initial meeting. Here are some suggestions:
How can the efficiency of my kitchen be maximized?Where can appliances be placed?What built-ins can be used in the design?How can pantry storage be factored into the layout?How should cabinets be organized? Discuss the purpose of each unit.Consider stackable shelves, rollouts, cup and plate racks and dividers to meet your needs.
There are many different ways to add character to a new kitchen. Often, wall finishes are overlooked, but, could uplift an already gorgeous kitchen very easily!
Take a look at these great alternatives to paint or tiles.
Now that wallpaper is stain and water-proof, it's about time it made its way into the kitchen. With new digital-printing techniques, you can have realistic finishes to your wallpaper. Choose from abstract geometric prints to patterns that replicate wood, stone and concrete
Marble has always been associated with grandeur. Take a cue from the Ancient Greeks and drape this luxe material across not just your walls, but also your floors, countertops and even your sinks to up the opulence quota of your kitchen.
Another popular choice is exposed concrete. As it goes well with other materials, it easily lends itself to industrial, minimalist and contemporary styles.
A wooden panelled wall is a great way to bring in that rustic, log cabin feel, especially if you choose ones that have pronounced grains and grooves.
5. Exposed brick
In this coach house conversion, the designer strips away the plaster to expose the red brick walls of her kitchen. The designer pairs them with industrial lighting, floating shelves and matt white cabinets, further complementing the rustic yet industrial interiors.
6. Rough stone
You can achieve that rough stone finish on the wall through masonry work or with tiles. As shown here, it can be the ideal accompaniment to a smooth all-white interior.
Metro tiles envelope this kitchen in a way that gives the space a subtle symmetry. In addition, they also offer a smooth transition from one living zone to the next.
The kitchen is a room, often overlooked when it comes to hanging fine art. It is true that, many kitchens are wide open, but if your space has even one wall The kitchen is a room, often overlooked when it comes to hanging fine art. It is true that, many kitchens are wide open, but if your space has even one wall (even a backsplash), or is self-contained, there are plenty of opportunities. Not only can artwork bring in color, it can set the mood, and add life and soul to sometimes sterile environments. For inspiration, have a look at how art, both figurative and abstract, is displayed in these modern kitchens.
You can barely even classify this as a kitchen island, but we do have to start somewhere. Moveable islands are more like portable prep areas that you keep to the side of the kitchen rather than featuring prominently and permanently alongside your primary counters. The butcher block trolley is a familiar type of rolling "island."
Pros: Cheaper and easy to move in and out.
Cons: Moveable islands tend to roll. These wheels tend to become unlocked with surprising frequency. When locked, these types of wheels do not provide enough grip on floors, especially when cutting or mixing on them.
Freestanding Island - non-fitted
These islands differ from the portable, moveable islands, listed above, in that they do not have wheels on the bottom. More importantly, they actually strive to emulate a "real" kitchen island.
At just under a meter, they are the right height for prepping food. They don't have the annoying tendency of those rolling islands to slide away when you're trying to cut something.
Pros: If you want something resembling an island, this is the way to go.
Cons: You may be surprised at the smallness of these islands. 1.2m long tends to be the maximum length. Is that big enough for you?
It's got four legs and a flat top, so it's a table, yet it's positioned where the island usually is, so it must be an island. It's nothing more than a table that's used as an island for preparing food.
Pros: Easy to bring in and "install." Easy to remove if you don't like it (it's not attached to the floor). Using a table as an island also gives your kitchen a certain Martha Stewart charm, but in a good way.
Cons: It's just an extra flat surface--no fancy frills, no extra storage, no sink, no backsplash. It's just a table.
Fitted Kitchen Island
An island built out of pre-existing materials: a base cabinet (or two or four) topped with countertop material.
Now this type of built-in island, which is fixed to the floor, is considered to be permanent. Usually, these islands range in size from 1.2m up to as long as the countertop slab size allows(without a join) or as long as your space allows (with joins). Stone countertop sizes range from 2800m up to 3.2m.
Pros: By far, the easiest built-in kitchen island for a homeowner to build but not the cheapest.
Cons: The back side, which is ordinarily not seen in cabinet form because it faces the wall, must be covered with a veneer or finished piece.
Fully equipped Kitchen Island
Alternatively, if your kitchen has space for it, you can marry two base cabinets back to back. Also, you'll need to have countertop material cut "to size."
The fully functional kitchen island does everything that the primary countertops do: electrical, sink, drainage, and ample countertop space.
Pros: This isn't just "auxiliary counter space." This is almost an entire second kitchen.
Cons: Your costs have skyrocketed due to the addition of plumbing. The sink's supply and drainage do not conveniently tap into the main sink's lines (in the same way that a dishwasher, located next to the sink, will do). Your island's lines run into and under the floor, eventually meeting up with main supply and drainage lines.
Dual use Kitchen Islands
Is it a kitchen island for cooking or is it a kitchen island for eating? It can't quite make up its mind, so it has decided to be both. This island combines the two functions but still delineates them so that cooking is done on a lower level and eating on a higher level or even a lower, dining height level.
Pros: This type of island is ergonomically correct. Optimal counter height for a standing cook is 900mm. Best height for a bar top is 1.1m and seating height of 750mm.
Cons: By providing dedicated eating space, you reduce your cooking space. There is no way you can prep food on that upper deck, even if you wanted to. With a flat cooking/eating island, you could always impinge on the eating area if you had to.
Many customers face the dilemma of whether to purchase a quartz or granite worktop and often ask what is the difference. Many customers face the dilemma of whether to purchase a quartz or granite worktop and often ask what is the difference. In this article we will explain the main differences between a quartz and a granite worktop.
Granite is a natural igneous rock which is formed in the ground over millions of years. This is quarried out of the ground in blocks the size of a mini bus. It is then cut into large slabs approximately 3 meter by 1.9 meters. Finally it is polished using diamond tip polishing wheels and then shipped to South Africa if not locally sourced, ready to manufacture your granite worktops. Granite offers more random veining and uneven colour patterns, specially in the light colours compared to a quartz worktop.
More cost effectiveSecond most durable worktop (after quartz)Natural lookHeat ResistantStrong specially dark colours
Porous specially light coloursRequires Re-sealing
Quartz Worktops is a natural crystal which is mined from the ground it is one of the hardest stones in the world. This is then crushed into a fine sand and mixed with 3 to 7% polymer resin and other components. It is then set into slabs which are approximately 3 meters by 1.4meters. These engineered slabs are then polished using diamond tip polishing wheels and then shipped to South Africa ready for fabrication. Quartz is manufactured on patented breton spa machinery by silestone, caesarstone, cimstone, zodiaq and technistone. In recent years quartz has become more and more popular due to the fact it comes in a vast range of colours. Many quartz manufacturers have started producing quartz that look like marble, but with the exceptional properties of quartz.
Heat ResistantNon-porousMost durable worktopWide range of colour choiceStain ResistantAntibacterial
ExpensiveRestricted width size compared to granite.In summary quartz and granite are both very durable surfaces, with quartz having the slight edge over granite. Both are very popular choices that will add value to your property and provide years of use.
Moving home can be a complex process due to all the moving parts and logostics involved, from those first tentative glances in estate agent’s windows, browsing through Moving home can be a complex process due to all the moving parts and logostics involved, from those first tentative glances in estate agent’s windows, browsing through hundreds of potential homes that are right for you and your family, up to that moment six months after you get the keys and you finally unpack the last box, the whole process is fraught with potential anxiety.
Add to that the fact that the average cost of moving currently stands at a record R25 000.00 and it's clear why many families are finding it makes sense for their sanity as well as their finances to stay put and improve, rather than move.
Wheres the sense in that you ask? Where would you start?
Maybe you’re the sort of person who’d struggle to put a shelf up, but don’t let that put you off. Paying other people to do improvements can add tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands to your house price, making your home a more enjoyable place to live – BONUS– but also making it easier for you to move up the housing ladder in the future, as your home’s increased value will help bridge the funding gap to your next home.
With all home improvements, planning is key, as one in four projects ends up going over budget. We’ve all seen those TV home improvement shows where the hapless homeowner ends up bemoaning their overspend – so it’s worth doing a little extra planning work upfront to avoid this.
Kitchen improvements are the single most expensive benifit to any home....yes, ANY home. On average, an upgraded kitchen, when done properly, could add as much as between 6% - 10% to your homessale price.
Things to bear in mindThe suggestions below will potentially add value to your home if carried out well. Bear in mind though that the costs and potential impact on your home’s sale value indicated here are only intended as guides – the actual figures could vary significantly. And of course, for any home improvements you should take necessary precautions to help ensure the work is completed to satisfactory quality and to time and budget:
Take the time to plan exactly what you want to achieve – consulting structural engineers and architects if necessary.
Agree the cost beforehand – set aside a strict budget but allow a contingency in case of overspend
Agree on a realistic time frame upfront, but remember there may be unavoidable delays, caused by bad weather for example
Keep up regular communication with the builders
Have a contract in place to cover both parties. You could possibly save money with special discounts by paying in full upfront.
The popularity of open-plan kitchen and dining spaces means kitchens are increasingly the focal point of a home, providing everything from the dinner table to the place where kids do their homework.
A basic makeover, focusing on changing fixtures and fittings such as door and drawer handles and adding energy-efficient appliances, can make a surprising difference at minimal cost.
If you're wanting to fit a completely new kitchen, including appliances, research shows you can expect to pay R80 000.00 - R100 000.00 on average and in doing so could add around 6% - 10% to the value of your home.
Monochromatic kitchens are a smart choice. First, most people who opt for the monochromatic look also opt for a neutral look, which creates a more timeless canvas with which to work. Secondly, monochromatic kitchens often have a timeless look.Monochromatic kitchens are a smart choice. First, most people who opt for the monochromatic look also opt for a neutral look, which creates a more timeless canvas with which to work. Secondly, monochromatic kitchens often have a timeless look.Timeless designs remain stylish long after other "trendy" kitchens are of date, they're more pleasing to future home buyers, and they allow you to update or change the look of your kitchen using more affordable, temporary accents rather than having to change out expensive finishes.
One of the reasons we all love jeans is that they can be paired with anything.
Well, monochromatic kitchens are just like that.Take a look at this kitchen. The owners chose a beautiful, warm cabinet glaze but wanted to keep the smaller kitchen looking open and spacious. So, they chose lighter, neutral shades of cream and beige for countertops and walls. The effect is classy, timeless and - as the stacked cup of coffee mugs on the rear counter attest, their kitchen looks great with just about any accent color they would ever choose.
We're often asked how to use dark cabinetry without overpowering a kitchen. From now on, we might just send a picture of this gray-on-gray kitchen as our answer.
This White and Black kitchen is a great example. The patterned tile adds a shimmery stone texture, cabinets have the white gloss covered, and the black glass appliances and no handles look gives that seemless look into the works.
Are you interested in designing a monochromatic kitchen that has timeless appeal? Schedule a consultation with a Weizter professional.
Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process when there are so many shades to choose from. The good news is that are certain colors that work best in specific rooms.When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space.Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process when there are so many shades to choose from. The good news is that are certain colors that work best in specific rooms.When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space.
Gray is a neutral that's been taking center stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet color.
Blue is another color that works well in kitchens. When lighter shades of blue are used, they can create a crisp, clean look and are recommended for walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. Blue is an invigorating color and works best when used sparingly; otherwise it can overpower a room. Dark blues also work well in kitchens, but it's important to accent the rest of the room with hints of white, gray or other neutral tones to keep it from feeling too intense and dark.
Warmer ideas such as bricks are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens. Bricks are incredibly versatile and there are multiple shades that would really pop in a kitchen, either on the cabinets or the walls.
Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.
Built in cupboards are not always plain and simple in any bedroom, they can add quite a lot of flair to those not seen by everybody areas. The flexibility of an open wardrobe means it can suit any space and what you want to store. You can put together your own combination in your bedroom, hall or even inside a walk-in closet or cupboard. It takes care of your things, gives you a good view of them, and you can add to it as your needs change.
Open wardrobe combinations offer lots of options for organising your clothes. By mixing and matching different clothing storage — like drawers, shelves and rails — there are wardrobes for rooms of all sizes.
Fancy creating your own open clothes and shoe storage? There are systems that have different parts that you put together the way you want. You get a personal combination that suits your space and your things, and that you can adapt or re-arrange whenever you feel like it.
Your open wardrobe, made easy and elegantUse open storage to put the clothes you love on show.
With a custom-designed wall unit, it’s easy to see what you have and find outfit inspiration.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and is the place where food is being prepared. Because of that, we could say that it is the busiest part of the house since we consume food every day. But in order to work well, the kitchen should be well-designed and should fit the needs of the one who use it. It should fit the cook’s flow of work as well as cooking processes. Good traffic flow needs to be observed in the kitchen so that it will be useful and functional and be ready to serve its purpose.
Some homes require more than one kitchen island and would also need to come in different layouts. That all depends on the preferences of the owner. When it comes to kitchen layout, the owner has to be consulted because he is the one who use the area. For some, two kitchen islands are needed in order to perform their cooking tasks well.
If you love to cook and to prepare food, you need to make work area which will be big enough to provide you unobstructed and easy work. The working area in the kitchen have big impact to the functionality of the kitchen as the other elements. If you have enough space in your kitchen you can install kitchen island. It is the most functional solutions for small kitchens, where you don’t have enough working space and storage space.
It will make your everyday work easier, your kitchen will always be neatly organized. There are so many creative designs of the kitchen island, you can find it in every style, shape and form. If your free space allows, you can set a couple of chairs and make area for hanging out with a glass of wine with your friends. Kitchen island is the most practical and multifunctional piece of furniture which will make your everyday work easier.
With regards to the title of this articles post most people have already got their favorite. That's an excellent position to be in, but given that you are here reading this post we will assume that you are undecided. Gloss or Matt Kitchen? What one is the best? Well, put quite simply, it all boils down to 'Personal Choice'.
The popularity of matt or gloss changes over the years. Six or seven years ago there was a real move towards a matt finish being the most sought after. Gloss had a few years 'of fame' in between then and now ... however, in 2018, we can quite confidently say that matt kitchens are by far the most popular. We would predict that the popularity of a matt finish will continue into 2019 and even 2020.
The key to achieving the right look in both styles is by choosing a quality product and installation. Matt and gloss kitchens can form the basis of a visually stunning design that is timeless in appearance, easy to maintain, and very durable. But if you compromise on quality, then you risk having a kitchen that lets you down in the years ahead.We have now established that a high-quality product is essential for a successful gloss or matt kitchen; however, the problem still remains on how to choose between a gloss or matt kitchen!
The quality of installation is essential to your kitchen’s appearance, but it is also important to realize that gloss kitchen colours can look slightly different in appearance under different light settings. Eye level units will, in general, reflect more light but you can also reflect other colours. It might be worth considering the installation of LED lights which will alter the visual appearance of the doors. This is something that we have done on many occasion and can work really well in both matt and gloss kitchens but especially well with the reflective properties of a gloss door. The effect of light in the space is an elegant look, but an added bonus is that reflected light also creates the impression of a larger area, particularly within lighter gloss kitchen colours. Ideal for some smaller kitchen spaces. The smoother the surface and lighter the colour, the more light is reflected, and the bigger and brighter a kitchen space will appear. High Gloss white can really help maximize the space.
Gloss kitchens are easy to wipe clean making them a stylish and practical choice for families, amateur cooks, or pet owners. Gloss kitchen finishes are widely accessible in a range of materials, colours and prices too.
As with gloss kitchens, the quality of product and skill set is one of the primary requirements for getting the best possible looking kitchen, and the matt kitchen is one of the most stunning possible looks for a kitchen.
As suggested by its name, it is different from the gloss kitchen because it has a non-reflective surface for a more subtle look.The matt kitchen has a more solid base of colour than a gloss kitchen as it doesn't rely on a light source to maintain its colour.
The matt kitchen can be described as one of understated class and elegance and convey a feeling of pure luxury.
The matt kitchen, like the gloss kitchen, is durable, scratch resistant and also easy to clean, but with the added benefit of fingerprint and smudge marks being less noticeable. As with gloss kitchens, white doors will give the impression of a bigger space, but to a lesser degree due to the lack of reflection. However, graphite or charcoal grey is proving to be extremely popular... and looks absolutely stunning.
So is a gloss or matt kitchen best? Ultimately, it's still about personal preference, so it’s actually not about what is best, it's about what is right for you. At Weizter we have plenty of examples of both, and we would be happy to meet up to show you samples in person so that you can make a proper comparison. Above all, we suggest that you recognize that high quality is the key; even if it's not the lowest in price, the quality of your kitchen is what will remain when the 'price tag' has long been forgotten!
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