For some, a one-wall kitchen is nothing special, for others the concept is unusual. One-wall kitchens are generally encountered in small homes or apartments where floor space is very limited. By containing the kitchen space to a single wall section more space remains for other functions and features. This is very common when the kitchen is open and shares the room with the living or dining spaces.
Of course, a one-wall kitchen can also be a valid option for large volumes too where this type of layout can maintain an open and spacious feel throughout the home.
One wall kitchen designs often require us to get even more creative with our space to ensure that every culinary need is met in an arrangement that suits our personal style. The one wall kitchens in this collection each bring a unique flavour to the table and explore different layouts. Yes we did say layouts, because even though these kitchen ideas follow a straight run, there are multiple ways in which to situate appliances and accessories, plus accompanying kitchen islands and dining areas.
Mirror fronted appliances are intergrated into the cabinets in this single wall kitchen. Their reflective surface helps the large items to blend with the dark wooden finishes used. The hob and sink are concealed to keep the look open and airy.
If your one available kitchen wall just isn’t long enough, look up. Make use of high ceilings by installing a double run of wall units to increase your storage space. The highest, less accessible units can be used for storing seasonal and occasional items.
Add a border of matching colour. The wall behind this yellow kitchen is painted the same shade, and the side panels extend along the sides to line up with the depth of the units taller units.
Unique kitchen pendant lights add glamour and curve to a straight design. This one wall kitchen with island has the pendants suspended in the centre of the room, but you could use them in a similar way over a kitchen sink and prep area.
Add a little life. A white kitchen always looks clean and fresh but can be a little boring. Although this is technicaly not a single wall kitchen, a few indoor plants and some wooden textures and finishes could liven things up if luminous colours and patterns is not your thing.
An outer framework holds a kitchen as a separate entity from the rest of the room.
If it wasn’t for the integrated oven, you could pass this row of cabinets and not know there was a kitchen there at all. Bifold doors retract to reveal a concealed grey kitchen complete with sink and hob.
Not everything about one-wall kitchens is bad. In fact, this is a pretty well-balanced layout, one which makes the most of small or open spaces, sometimes requiring very few compromises. An aspect that actually makes these kitchens very convenient is the fact that you can do all the prep work, cooking and cleaning in a single space without having to constantly move or turn around.
Far too many people overlook a crucial factor when designing a kitchen: the lighting, and it often comes as an afterthought in a kitchen remodeling project.
Installing the right lighting in your kitchen will bring out the best in your kitchen design, the food you prepare, and the way you feel when you are in this space.There’s no such thing as a “catch-all light fixture” that does it all: illuminates under cabinets, provides light over the island and gives cabinets a glow. Some fixtures will multi-task their lighting duties, but in order to choose wisely, the first step is to understand the three types of lighting.
1. Ambient lighting
2. Task lighting
This will be your main source of light, that point of illumination that serves to light up the entire space.
The main aim of ambient lighting is to provide a comfortable level of brightness without being too glaring or gloomy.Examples of ambient lighting include ceiling lights, pendant fixtures and recessed downlighters, and all of these can be used successfully for ambient kitchen lighting.
The aim of task lighting is to highlight a specific space where a task can be completed, such as the counter,stove, sink, etc. Spotlights, either in the ceiling or against the wall, are one of the easiest ways to add task lighting to a kitchen, allowing you to adjust and direct them to provide all the light you need. Under-cabinet lighting is another example of task lighting, adding more illumination to worktop spaces and counter areas.
Accent lighting can also be used to highlight decorative elements, as glass-front cabinets, shelving and the undersides of worktops can be styled up with simple LED strip lights. The result? A glowing spot that draws attention to it without making it too bright.
Regardless of which lighting sources you decide on for your kitchen, remember that precaution must always be taken with anything related to electricity, especially for areas like the sink. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you make use of expert lighting professionals and/or electricians when giving your kitchen (or any other room) a lighting makeover.
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.
Are you tired of having knives randomly thrown into drawers, plastic containers crashing down on you every time you open the cabinet door or struggling to find the what you’re looking for? Here are some tips that might help turn your kitchen from messy to meticulous!
Organization and storage is more than just putting specific items in certain drawers or cabinets. It’s about affordable, modern solutions that can reduce health risks, improve food prep and make cooking and cleaning more efficient.
Pull Out Organizers
Pull-outs are perfect because all it takes is a pull of the knob or handle and you've got everything at your fingertips. You won’t ever have to experience the discomfort of bending or hunching to dig into a small, dark space only to pull out the wrong item. This organizer puts everything on display, adding these to your home will make your life so much easier.
Drawer inserts are amazing! You’ll be able to find one for whatever purpose: cutlery, utility, spices and even cups. If you want it organized, you can make it happen with an insert. No longer will you struggle to open a drawer because there is a place for everything, and everything has its place with inserts! An insert brings a certain peace of mind, knowing that everything you need is exactly where it should be.
To ensure that your cabinet has a design for the most efficient use of space, think about the tray divider option as well. These are for your larger hard to store items like a glass pan, or the circular pizza tray.
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.
The number of people working from home has increased and the need for a dedicated home office space is slowly becoming a necessity. While some will have the luxury of an extra bedroom or basement that they can transform into an office, others will have to work with a much more restricted floor plan.
Is it even possible to have a home office when you live in a tiny apartment, loft, or house? The answer is yes ... but you must be more creative. Think about whether any of the following ideas would work:
Many of today’s kitchen islands come with two-tier surfaces, underneath storage, built-in power outlets, and comfortable seating that make them ideal for a improvised office that can be quickly set up and efficiently broken down. In some cases, a permanent setup may even be possible.
If you have an additional nook in your bedroom or extra space, a bedroom can be the perfect place for an office when you have limited space to work with. It’s a little more private and you don’t have to worry about setting up and tearing down when you have visitors or guests over. Try to intergrate your office desk with your cubboards to create a slick, modern unified look.
Closets and Tall Cupboards
Closets or tall cupboards and closets can work as a great office space. Depending on the size, you may be able to fit the entire office there, or you might have to use the closet as a “pop-up” office. You can make this work by building deskspace inside the closet and then opening the door to reveal the workspace when you need to use it.
Would any of these suggestions help you to establish a home office? Whatever your situation, there is always a way around your space restrictions and limitations. It may not be the ideal office you’ve always dreamt about, but it should work for the time being.
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.
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.