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6 Things to do before meeting with your designer

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wall Finishes for your kitchen

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.

1.  Wallpaper

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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

 2.  Marble

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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.

 3.  Concrete

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Another popular choice is exposed concrete. As it goes well with other materials, it easily lends itself to industrial, minimalist and contemporary styles.

 4.  Wood

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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

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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

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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.

7.  Tile

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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.

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ARTWORK IN KITCHENS

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.

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Different Kitchen Island Types

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Moveable Islands

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."

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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.

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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? 

Kitchen Tables

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Choosing the right vanity for your bathroom

A bathroom is a smaller space, and you want to make the most of every change you’re making. This includes your bathroom vanity. It can easily become the main attraction of your bathroom, meaning you want to get it right the first time.

It can easily become the main attraction of your bathroom, meaning you want to get it right the first time.But how do you choose a bathroom vanity that not only looks good but functions well too? Do you follow trends or design according to your own style? Here are a few tips to help you find the vanity that will make your bathroom your favorite room in the house.{Weizter} {Kitchens}

As much as we’d like the process to be as easy as “A, B, C”, it does take more thought and careful consideration. You need to take into account everything from practicality to aesthetics. These steps will help you take into account all the information you need to choose the right bathroom vanity.

 

Consider Who Is Going to Be Using It, and How

The vanity you choose should take into account the people who are going to be using it, and the type of things they will be using it for.If you and your partner need the sink at the same time every morning, a vanity with a double sink might be the best option for you. If you’re by yourself, you could make do with something smaller.You also need to take into account how you will be using your vanity. If you are someone who likes to do their makeup and hair, you’ll want more counter space and storage to accommodate supplies.{Weizter} {Kitchens}

Find out Where Your Plumbing Is Located

Plumbing will most likely be the part of your bathroom that will determine the position and style of your vanity. For example, a floor-mounted vanity can make use of the typical plumbing layout. A wall-mounted vanity would require moving the plumbing hookups for your sink.Moving plumbing is not impossible; it depends on what you want, and your budget. If you decide to work with the existing plumbing set up, this will help you narrow down your vanity styles.{Weizter} {Kitchens}

 A floating vanity looks great, but you have to make sure your plumbing is designed to work with it.

 

Potential Obstacles to Determine Placement and Size

Bathroom designs can always be changed in comparison to doors and walls. This limits the places you can put your vanity. Things you want to consider when determining placement include:

• Door swing: If you bathroom door swings inwards and hits the vanity, this is both ineffective and annoying.

• The shower: do you have a shower door instead of a curtain? This is another swing you should keep in mind when deciding where to place your vanity.

•The toilet: Do you want the vanity in front of, beside, or far from the toilet? Will you be bumping into the vanity when trying to ‘go’?

• Traffic flow: Your vanity shouldn’t make it difficult to move around the rest of your bathroom. If you’re constantly bumping into it trying to avoid something else, you’re going to get frustrated, not to mention bruised.Experiment by walking around the space. If you can’t completely visualize, try using a vanity substitute  like a box. This will give you an indicator of where the vanity would go, and how it would affect the trafic flow in the rest of the room. 

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Determine Your Sink Style

A sink is going to take up some counter no matter the style, but depending on which one you go with, you can minimize the amount of counter space it will take up. Compare standard sinks with vessel, undermount, and all-in-one styles to get a better idea of how you want your own vanity set up.The size of your sink will also depend on your priorities for the vanity. For example, if you’re working with a limited surface area, a smaller sink will help you make the most of it.

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An undermounted sink will give you more counter space to work with.

Remember that there are no wrong choices when it comes to personal style. Your vanity should look like a vanity you can’t wait to use and keep forever. There are no wrong choices when it comes to final designs – only your choice!

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE...GRANITE VS QUARTZ

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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 Worktops
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.

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Granite Advantages
More cost effectiveSecond most durable worktop (after quartz)Natural lookHeat ResistantStrong specially dark colours

Granite Disadvantages
Porous specially light coloursRequires Re-sealing

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Quartz Worktops
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.

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Quartz Advantages
Heat ResistantNon-porousMost durable worktopWide range of colour choiceStain ResistantAntibacterial

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Quartz Disadvantages
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.

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ADDING VALUE TO YOUR HOME

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Include a Vanity Unit in Your Bathroom

Vanity units are a unique addition to any bathroom, providing additional storage solutions around your basin in a subtle yet refined way. Because of this, we a Weizter believe that vanity units are one of the most essential furniture items that every bathroom should have. Instead of having a basin create wasted space, there are a number of styles and designs of vanity units that will allow for a more effective use of space in the bathroom. If you aren’t yet convinced, here are five reasons why you should include a vanity unit in your bathroom.

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Choose from a range of different styles: Vanity units come in an exquisite range of styles and designs, giving you full reign when it comes to building the bathroom of your dreams. Whether your bathroom is elegant, with a modern twist or traditional with a vintage feel, you can be sure to find a vanity unit that suits your style.
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 Available in different sizes: As well as having the option to choose between a freestanding or wall hung unit, you will also have the choice to choose select sizes to suit the needs of your bathroom, or your style preferences. Choose between sliding drawers or cabinet doors, double sink units or even counter top units – you’ll be sure to find the perfect match.
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With most vanity units, you will find that they belong to a range of furniture too. So, if you are wanting to redecorate your bathroom entirely, you may be more reluctant to buying a vanity unit that comes with matching furniture to complete the overall look and feel of your bathroom.
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Easy to install:
Most of our vanity units are available with fast delivery and come pre-assembled. This makes for simple and efficient installation, allowing you to feel at peace with your bathroom without the hassle of assembling all of your furniture beforehand.
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Monochromatic kitchens

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.

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One of the reasons we all love jeans is that they can be paired with anything.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Are you interested in designing a monochromatic kitchen that has timeless appeal? Schedule a consultation with a Weizter professional.

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Accent walls in your kitchen

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Open wardrobes

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.

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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.

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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. 

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Your open wardrobe, made easy and elegantUse open storage to put the clothes you love on show.

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With a custom-designed wall unit, it’s easy to see what you have and find outfit inspiration.

 

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Gloss or Matt kitchens...Which is best?

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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.

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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! 

Gloss Kitchens

 

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.  

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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. 

  • Can make small spaces appear bigger
  • -Easy to clean- A wide range of colours
  •  Can mark easily

 

Matt Kitchens

 

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.

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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. 

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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.

  • A look and feel of luxury and elegance
  •  Easy to clean
  •  A wide range of colours
  •  Finger marks less obvious  

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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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Kitchen Extractor fans mostly used in the modern market

{Weizter} {Kitchens}Kitchen extractor fans is one of the most imported parts when it comes to adding beautiful aesthetics to your kitchen, it can be the same as usual or you can wow it with something different.

Mostly used lately but with it own style is the Glass extractor fan. Elegant but practical.

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Integrated extractor fan. Hidden but usefull.

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Latest trend is ceiling extractor fans, for places like islans were you don't want something in your eye view.

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Or the new technology Downdraft extractor fan, simply a stunning picture when hidden.

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Color match your extractor fan to blend in with the rest.

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Angled wall mount extractor fans are also bocoming fasionable and stylish in the modern kitchen.

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Kitchen inserts that is a must have to make your life easier.

When re-doing or installing a new kitchen always look at making it as comfortable and accessible as possible. There are so many ideas and ways to do this with simple added inserts that are available on the market and doing it without killing your budget, a simple must have....

Lazy Susan. Simple, but makes that  corner so easy to use

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Bin units. Hide it but keep it close to your work area. The latest trends are recycling, put two!

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Magic corner. Don't leave voids or unused spaces utilise them.

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Small inserts for hiding the everday used but sight for sore eyes.

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Pull out larder. Make organising and access simple and easy.

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Storage baskets. Not only built for veggies, you can utilise them in many ways.

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When Renovating, new kitchen and bedroom colors you simply have to look at.

Renovating your home always leaves you with the opportunity to go for something newer, more trendier and the latest in the market. With melamine boards there is always new development taking us deeper into new revolutionary colors. Kitchens with a difference from the usual "wood look", defy your bedrooms and studies with "softer feel" tones.

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These stucco colors is something new and out of the ordinary. You simply have to feel them!

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Give your kitchen a different look, something away from the usual.

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How much easier for you to get that "wow!" factor in your kitchen with something new.

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Get away from the mindset the "wood look" persists with kitchen cupboards, do a mix.

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Kitchens that are small but very efficinient in color.

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CHOOSING THE CORRECT HANDLE FOR YOUR KITCHEN

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It’s often the most daunting task when faced with the question on which handle you would like in your kitchen.  This could be due to the fact that there are literally thousands of different handles to choose between all with some difference in colour, texture, shape and size yet when looking through samples, these all become distorted as they tend to look as though most of them would work with your design...but they wont.

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Having said this, it is imperative that we take note that when it comes to handles, form should not take preference over function and that these two elements need to work seamlessly together to form a coherent bond between aesthetics and functionality.

It is key, that your handle selection looks good, but it also needs to feel good, comfortable on the grip, after all, this is the actual part of the kitchen that receives the most contact other than your work surfaces.

One could select a handle that emphasizes the length or width of a cabinet door.

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In contemporary kitchens, this is usually the case where longer sleeker handles are used to accentuate certain features.

Concealed handles are also important in this regard because they allow for one to really focus on the linear lines of the kitchen and  don’t detract from the overall design.  Although, these do tend to become dust traps and one often finds that it can be confusing as to which side the door is hinged and you’re not always certain on which side to pull open from.

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In some instances, it is worth considering no handles if you only want to focus on aesthetics.  However, the same problem with hinging presides and its worth mentioning that the push open mechanisms usually cost a pretty penny.

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In more traditional designs, one may consider a combination of two different types of hanldes and dont forget, knobs.

Knobs have evolved somewhat from your grand mothers kitchen and now come in an array of finishes from pewuter, bronze, copper, rose gold, glass and even crystal.  One could match up to three different handle types in one space as is the case in the image below.

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Whatever it is that tickles your fancy, just remember that your Weizter Designer is there to assist you and guide you.  They’ve done this before and have extensive knowledge on what works and what doesn’t work.  Ultimately, the choice is always yours.

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11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size

Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. Remodeling a small kitchen can be a big success if you keep a few key concepts in mind. First, minimize clutter and maximize efficiency. Get rid of uni-taskers and anything that doesn’t have a real practical purpose. Find the very best storage for every drawer and cabinet, and if storage elements are out in the open, make sure they add to the overall design of the room. Next, focus your design details. Make the most, visually, of the space that you have. Open up the areas that you can. A counter bar with backless stools will create an open sense of flow, while providing necessary seating, and consider open or glass shelving instead of traditional cabinets. When you use color, make a statement, whether it’s an accent wall of tile, or a bold color choice for cabinets. The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your kitchen is small, does not mean you have to skimp on style when remodeling. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can remodel a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams.

Play with Pattern

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One design benefit of having only a small amount of wall space to work with is that you can mix and match colors and patterns without fear that the look will overpower the room. Here, a tiny patch of wall surrounded by white cabinets becomes a canvas for a cheerful checkerboard of blue and green tiles.

Open Up

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If it's structurally possible in your home, open up one wall of a small kitchen and install a high counter to separate it from the other space, like these homeowners did. Not only does the counter become a place to eat and do homework, it's also a gathering spot that will allow you to converse with guests while you prepare food.

Textural Tiles

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In lieu of paint, gleaming tiles can add an element of fun to a small kitchen. Further punctuate the space with details that catch the eye, like black hardware, colorful canisters, and a sculptural stove hood.

Look Up

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Maximize storage space by choosing cabinets that reach the ceiling. This kitchen's all-white color scheme, which embraces the walls, cabinetry, counters, pendant lights, and seating, helps keeping the space open.

Rustic Charm

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Blond wood cabinets echo this cottage's exposed beams and ceiling slats, while a stainless steel backsplash gives the room a modern edge. Along the windows, a wide sill that matches the countertops provides a casual spot for morning coffee.

Color Confidence

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While it's true that whites and lighter hues can visually expand a small space, a bold use of color creates a welcoming atmosphere as well. Here, apple green cabinetry pairs well with the black and white details of the room. Glass-front doors keep the color from overwhelming the space.

Galley Reimagined

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To create a U-shaped space, this homeowner closed off one end of a walk-through galley kitchen with a glass block wall behind the stove. The floor tiles echo the grid pattern of the glass blocks, emphasizing the graphic, modern feeling of the room.

Personal Style

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Whatever size room you're working with, let it reflect your taste. This cozy kitchen is brimming with country accents, from the butcher-block counters to the sink skirt and fabric-covered stools.

Fun Underfoot

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Never underestimate the power of a floor pattern to enliven a small space. A classic black-and-white checkerboard has timeless appeal and can be made with either tiles or paint. Maximize the floor's decorative punch by choosing a streamlined, all-white scheme for the rest of the room.

Classic Details

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Tucked into a sunny alcove, this charming space capitalizes on the decor that is so popular in kitchen design today: white walls, white cabinets, black granite counters, and warm wood floors. Recessed lighting and bare windows underscore the room's clean-lined look.

Take a Seat

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Much loved for their nostalgic charm, banquettes can be a great seating solution in small kitchens. Here, two benches (one with additional storage built into the back) are positioned in front of a sunny window. Other eye-catching details in the room include colorful collections housed on open shelves and a playful linoleum pattern on the floor.

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Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Those who say "good things come in small packages" probably don't have to contend with small-kitchen challenges like crammed cupboards and limited counter space. If your kitchen seems more cramped than convenient these days, it may be time for a shake-up.

Create Space with Light Colors

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Create Space with Light ColorsThe three main design components that determine how spacious a room feels are color, lighting, and the contents of the room. The easiest quick fix, particularly if you're not ready to cut back on your cookware collection or install additional lighting, is repainting. Walls that are dark and bold can make a kitchen feel crowded (or cozy), while, conversely, lighter hues offer an airy feel. Create a sense of openness with antique whites, off-whites, creams, light yellows, or pale shades of gray.

Avoid Strong Visual Contrast

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Once you pick a light color, commit to it. To liven things up, some homeowners make the mistake of incorporating an accent floor—one strong, bold-hued wall in an otherwise light-toned kitchen. In a large kitchen, that can work but in a small kitchen, strong visual contrast creates a feeling of segmentation and restriction. A better way to add a little optical oomph into an otherwise monotone kitchen is to play with the extras. Keep all the walls light and bright.

Accent Lighting

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The human eye is naturally drawn to the highest contrasting point in a room and in a kitchen, that’s usually the top of the cabinets. When shadows create a strong visual line between the cabinets and the ceiling, the kitchen can feel as cramped as it would with a high-contrast accent wall. You can erase or soften those shadows by installing up lighting above the cabinets. It casts a gentle illumination that eases the visual contrast created by shadows and as a result makes the whole room feel more open. Lighting installed beneath upper cabinets and directed onto the countertop works in a similar way.

Find a Place for Everything

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When they're left out on the countertop, cookbooks, spices, and small appliances eat up valuable work space and draw attention to a kitchen's insufficient size. Aside from taller upper cabinets, options like concealed storage racks and pull-out or swing-out shelves maximize storage space behind tidily closed doors. Remember: The less cluttered the kitchen, the larger it will feel.

Reflective Materials

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Shiny surfaces can bounce light and ultimately make any kitchen feel larger. It has a lot to do with the way shiny surfaces pick up and reflect the hues of the walls and cabinets. For example, if you have antique white cabinets, the sheen of stainless steel appliances will reflect some of this off-white hue and amplify the space-enhancing effects of your choice in cabinet color.

Natural Light

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The view from a kitchen window should make the outdoors—be it a deck where you entertain or a large, lush backyard—seem like an extension of the kitchen. Swap out heavy draperies and blinds for sheer curtains or simply a valance, and leave the rest of the window uncovered. The additional natural light will not only visually expand the space, but will also help instill that coveted airiness.

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How to plan your walk-in closet

If you’re one of those lucky people with the space for a walk-in closet, the planning process can seem slightly daunting. You want this space to be functional and beautiful, and with so much space to work with you might not know where to start. Fortunately, we’ve compiled the best tips from our design professionals to help you plan the perfect layout for your walk-in closet!

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Here are just a few key points to keep in mind:

  1. Use space above the hanging areas for storing purses and folded items.
  2. Designate top shelves as overflow storage to stow seldom-used items such as seasonal apparel and luggage.
  3. Create a focal point by anchoring the space with a built-in dresser or hutch.
  4. Use adjustable hanging rods to double the storage space and keep related items close together.
  5. Locate shelving and hanging rods near the door to the closet to create an open feel while entering.

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By keeping functionality at the forefront of the design process you’ll create the walk-in closet of your dreams that’s both organized and beautiful! 

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Ways to Get More Kitchen Counter Space

Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can clear up that problem.

Roll Me Away

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Roll Me AwayIf you're striving to save space, a rolling cart with a butcher block does a double duty. Use the top for prep when you need it, and give dishes or other supplies a good home on the shelves underneath.

Hang Time

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kitchen utensils have a notch on the handle, perfect for perching up high. This way, you can save your drawer space for something else.

Sink It

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When you're chopping, you can't be washing, so why not wash up sink as a prep area? Any cutting board slightly wider than your sink will do the trick.

Beyond the Block

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Let's face it, traditional knife blocks are counter hogs. A simple solution is to store knives on the wall with a magnetic holder, but make sure you dry your knives thoroughly before storing and place them carefully on the strip.

Top-Shelf Idea

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Open shelving—where ever you can, mounted on a painted wall, or even free-hanging from the ceiling—can greatly increase your kitchen storage capabilities. Although you'll want to choose eye-pleasing items to house there, the net result will be an increase in space down below.

Another Way to Look At It

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Having a limited amount of kitchen real estate can inspire creative, and at times beautiful, solutions. Installing a few shelves inside a window not only gains surface area for storage, but also captures a stunning backdrop for anything placed there.

Island Idea

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Use your kitchen island to work a bit harder for you by adding shelves for books, or bars for hanging towels or utensils.

Hole in the Wall

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Even if your kitchen's footprint is small, you may uncover a treasure trove of storage possibilities. In many cases, reclaiming this hidden wall space requires remodeling only this one area instead of the whole kitchen.

Corner Pocket

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Freestanding shelves like these from house hold suppliers can give you a clever, efficient way to use that often-neglected corner space.

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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Use a cake stand to hold high-use items like salt, pepper, and olive oil. If you need more room, you can easily transfer the stand to another spot in the kitchen.

Jar Ingenuity

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Ah, the storage jar. What a great idea: Affix the metal lids to the underside of a cabinet, and screw the jars on and off as you need them.

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