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10 Ingredients for a Cutting-Edge Kitchen

For the latest in smart tech and push-button convenience, look no further than today's kitchens. Truly modern kitchen amenities are not only technologically savvy, but also offer exceptional energy efficiency, durability, and ease of use. Here are 10 innovative ideas.

Smart Cooktops

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Forget cleaning around plate tops. The Thermador Masterpiece Series Freedom Induction Cooktop breaks free of traditional limitations to offer the largest fully usable cooking space on the market. This sleek cooktop is equipped with a full-color touchscreen interface and state-of-the-art technology that enables it to recognize the shape of your pots and pans, heating only the surfaces you need. 

Steam Ovens

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Steam ovens cook food with heat generated by boiling water in a built-in reservoir. These appliances are available from many manufacturers, and most today also function as convection ovens. But the steam oven's real claims to fame are its easy to clean interior, faster cook times, and the moist, flavorful foods it produces.

Custom Refrigeration

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How would you like a combination fridge, freezer, and wine cooler that fits seamlessly into your kitchen? Miele's just that. It's not just their customizable widths and cabinet-depth installations that make them special. With separate compressors for each fridge and freezer section, their design eliminates flavor transfer, so your ice cubes will never taste like your leftovers.

High-Efficiency Dishwashers

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The Bosch Benchmark dishwashers go beyond the water-saving, energy-efficient models that have been ob the market. They're virtually silent and feature touchpad controls and flexible loading—and they even project the remaining cycle time onto the floor in large, easy-to-read numbers.

One-Touch Faucets

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Messy hands in the kitchen usually make for drippy, germy faucet handles—but not with a one-touch or touchless faucet, available these days from many manufacturers, including Kohler and Moen. Cutting raw chicken or rolling out dough? No problem. The high-tech sensors in these fixtures allow you to wash up without gunking up your faucet.

Cabinet Built-Ins

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In today's cutting-edge kitchen, cumbersome cabinets need not apply. The future of cabinetry is replete with rollout shelves, built-in compost collectors, and blind corner accessories that leave no space wasted. And now that more new cabinets are made from recycled materials, you can feel doubly good about your next renovation. The cabinets shown here, made from reclaimed vintage oak veneer panels, make an environmentally friendly statement in the kitchen.

LED Lighting

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Because LEDs take up so little space, they can be stylishly incorporated into undercabinet lighting, drawers, and cabinet interiors. Energy-efficient LED lighting is available in a wide array of colors and lumens—and, perhaps most important, they generate less heat than incandescent or halogen globes, so they help keep the cook cool.

Engineered Work Surfaces

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Cambria's engineered stone countertops combine the vibrant colors and patterns of natural quartz with tough, nonporous resins, resulting in countertops that are unmatched in their durability and resistance to scratches, stains, and germs.

Coffee from the Tap

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There are no shortage of innovative appliances to make your next cup of coffee. But if money is no object, consider the smartphone-controlled TopBrewer. It may look like a simple, graceful faucet, but it’s actually the world's smallest milk foamer and the fastest countertop barista. With one of these on deck, you're never more than 30 seconds away from a perfect espresso—or cappuccino, or macchiato, or even hot water for tea.

Tea Time

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Wake up to boiling water with this WI-Fi enabled teakettle. Controlled by your smartphone and synchronized with your alarm clock, the iKettle will heat water and keep it warm for up to 30 minutes.

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Get fresh with your own kitchen herb garden

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If you enjoy cooking, you know how a garden of fresh herbs is a wonderful way to add a bright zest to your creations. A handful of Italian basil, some tomatoes, olive oil and mozzarella can make a delicious and fast summertime meal, so why not create your own kitchen herb garden so that fresh ideas and herbs are at the ready all year-round? Harvesting herbs from your own kitchen garden will enhance your home and all your meals.

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The use of fresh herbs can mean the difference between decent food and truly vibrant, delicious cuisine. But purchasing such herbs at the shop can get pricey, especially if you only need a sprig or two. Plus, it’s a lot more convenient to have the likes of fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, and so much more right at your disposal, whenever you get the urge to whip something up.

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A good kitchen garden starts with a sunny – and convenient – spot in the kitchen; say, near a window and acess to water points. If cutting herbs means a long traipse to the backyard garden, you’ll not be as likely to use herbs from there as opposed to from one that is located inside.

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Supplemental lighting can let you nurture a kitchen herb garden even if you don’t have an adequately sunny spot. Grow  kits are available from garden centers or online retailers for between R800 to R1500, depending on size. And if you’re DIY-handy, you can build lighting using dimensional lumber to construct a frame and standard fluorescent bulbs and fixtures. Whatever you rig up, remember: You’ll need to position your plants within a few inches of the fluorescent bulbs for the best results.

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New Things Always to Keep Near Your Kitchen Sink

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the sink is the heart of the kitchen. From meal prep to clean up, you spend a good amount of time near your kitchen sink. Maximize the most high-traffic spot in your kitchen by adding a few extras that will amp up the sink usage.

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Dishwasher On the Counter

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The concept behind countertop dishwashers was always a good one. But for years, even the top-dollar models failed to deliver anything close to the spic-and-span results of a traditional unit. But that was then. Now, options are available and finally equal their full-size peers in performance—even while providing the extra flexibility and convenience of a portable design. Setup is simply a matter of plugging in the dishwasher and hooking its hose up to the kitchen faucet. Perhaps the most amazing part: Despite being compact enough to rest comfortably on a counter, the Danby appliance boasts enough capacity and cleaning power to handle up to six place settings in each cycle.

Mighty Magnet

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Adjacent to your sink, above the counter where you typically do prep work at meal times, consider mounting a magnetic utensil holder. At a generous length of 30cm offers enough real estate and, thanks to a powerful neodymium magnet, more than enough grip to organize and store a variety of kitchen tools, everything from dish scrubbers to spatulas to serrated knives. Style-neutral and at home in any kitchen, the Stainless steel magnetic knife bar even comes packaged with its own mounting hardware, making it an all-in-one, easy-install method of making sure your most frequently used utensils remain within easy arm's reach at all times.

Sudsy Sponge

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Constantly squirting extra dish soap into the sink during dish duty? While you might feel like you're always short on soap, the truth is that you're probably using too much. A generous squeeze of soap often gets washed away before you get full use out of it—a problem that the uniquely designed Soapy spnge sets out to solve. Just fill the capsule with your favorite dish soap, and start scrubbing. The three-layer scouring sponge slowly releases the right amount of soap exactly as you need it, so each dish gets the same amount of suds. No more reaching for the bottle mid-wash—and, ultimately, less soap wasted overall.

Hang It Up

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Avoid dripping across the kitchen floor every time you wash up by keeping your towels right where you need them. While storing them in drawers or over handles works well enough to get by, cloths still inevitably slip from their ad hoc perch. Not so with the cheery over the door hooks: They keep towels draped conveniently in place and are sure to brighten any builder-grade cabinet, to boot!

 Surface Swipe

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Accidents happen—especially in the kitchen. Most homeowners reach for the nearest roll of paper towels, but they aren't environmentally friendly nor are they the most effective option for picking up small crumbs. Instead, consider keeping the Surface swipe next to your sink. The swipe is a two-sided cleaning tool with a squeegee for wet spills and nylon bristles for dry spills. Homeowners can hang the stain-resistant and functional tool on the countertop, where it’s easily accessible for sweeping any mess into the sink. 

Extra Sink Storage

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Oftentimes the counter surrounding your sink gets cluttered with kitchen necessities, like sponges, dish soap, and hand towels. Keep everything in one place with the over the sink shelve . Made with a steel frame and wood top, the shelf increases your counter space without getting in the way. The attractive piece also serves as kitchen decor, especially when topped with potted herbs and other details.

Odor Eliminator

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Regular soap doesn't cut it when you're trying to get the stinky smells from garlic and onions off your hands. And while stainless steel is known as an effective odor remover, you probably aren't looking to wipe your hands all over your fridge. In comes this stainless steel soap Rub your hands between the soap-shaped bar under cold water, and the foul smells will be gone. Because it's not actually soap, the bar will never run out, and it requires zero cleaning. Now you can cook, chop and peel anything without worrying about the smells lingering.

Super Soft Dish Towels

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Every kitchen needs dish towels. For one, they’re more economically and environmentally friendly than paper towels. They also serve multiple purposes: cleaning up spills, protecting the counter from hot surfaces, and of course drying dishes. Shaggies go beyond what’s expected from a towel. Made out of cotton chenille, these dish towels absorb almost 10 times their weight in water. The soft material is also great for dusting and cleaning in other rooms of the house. 

Sink Caddy

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Everything finds its proper place in this easy sink organiser. The convenient catchall sticks to the edge of your sink with a plastic suction cup placed strategically on the bottom of the unit. Stick it to the sink with a drop of water, then line it with damp sponges, wet brushes, and more—the organizer's two large drainage holes will allow your supplies to dry out in between uses. 

Unroll and Rinse

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If you've ever used a counter top dish rack to air dry your dishes, you know the setup isn't ideal. No matter how carefully you rinse and place your dishes into the rack, there's always a puddle of water that collects on the counter. Never again, when you use an over-the-sink dish drainer like this one. The roll-up contraption opens flat and can be laid over half of a double sink. Set dripping dishes atop the rack and let the water drop into the sink rather than on your clean countertop.

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Engineered Quartz and NEOLITH

The Rise of Porcelain and Engineered Quartz New countertops are the top feature most homeowners want in their kitchen. While granite remains popular for its look — despite its maintenance — other materials are catching the attention of homeowners. George Lisac, owner of Kerrock Countertops in Union City, California, is seeing a big rise in requests for engineered quartz. “Even more than granite,” he says. Engineered quartz is 97 percent crushed quartz mixed with 3 percent resin to create a nonporous material that doesn’t need to be sealed like granite. It was the most popular countertop material in the U.S. after granite, and the No. 1 choice in Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia. But not everyone embraces the material. Burghardt, owner of Domicile San Francisco, says he’s been ripping out and replacing the engineered quartz countertops he installed years ago. “People are not happy with them,” he says. “People also universally seem disappointed with the matte finishes which are prevalent in the market. They show a lot of fingerprints and look dirty as opposed to the polished surfaces.” Instead, Neolith, a porcelain material from Spain, shown here mimicking Calacatta marble, has been taking over his clients’ kitchens lately. “You can’t scratch it, burn it or stain it,” he says. To demonstrate in his showroom, Burghardt says he scrapes the surface of Neolith with a screwdriver until it throws sparks. “No scratching,” he says. Then he takes a flamethrower to it. “We will brown the top of a crème brûlée, then aim the flame at the countertop and hold it there. No cracking or discoloration. Pour zinfandel, hot chili oil, blueberry and nothing happens. And no, I do not have stock in the company.” In Japan, artificial stone seems to be moving out of the way for materials like quartz and ceramics. “Our hottest one for next year is durable ceramic panel , originally developed as an exterior material,” says Imai of Kitchen House. Stainless steel also is a popular countertop material for the Japanese. In an informal Houzz Japan poll, stainless steel was the No. 1 chosen material for kitchen countertops. “People tend to choose it in order to give a cool and sharp image to the space, not only because of its durability and heat resistance,” Imai says.
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A REVOLUTIONARY MATERIAL The NEOLITH Sintered Stone slab is a trendsetting  material that is redefining the future of interior design. With an extensive range of colours and finishes, NEOLITH is a designer product that has created exciting possibilities for interior decorating applications and exterior cladding projects. Innovative and endless design options Comprehensive range of colour options and combinations Attractive Matte, Polished, Silk, Honed and Riverwashed finishes. Countertop and panel cladding material available in the same colour for perfect continuity and a holistic look Resistant to very high temperatures Stain resistant Hardwearing and durable Easy to clean and maintain Minimal seam joins due to large slab format
FEATURES & PRODUCT ADVANTAGES NEOLITH is an admirable competitor when compared to common surface materials such as marble, granite, engineered stone and other cladding materials. The versatile colours, consistency, durability and remarkable size of these sintered stone slabs make NEOLITH the preferred product, particularly for large construction and development projects. NEOLITH can withstand much higher temperatures than most competing surfaces and the larger slab size means increased cost effectiveness and project efficiency.
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As an environmentally friendly product, NEOLITH ranks amongst the best, surpassing every required standard (ISO) in every one of its characteristics with the use of technologically advanced operating systems. NEOLITH is currently the most versatile cladding product on the market.  RESISTANT TO HIGH TEMPERATURES Does not burn in contact with fire or let off smoke or toxic substances  RESISTANT TO UV RAYS Since the color is 100% natural, it does not deteriorate due to exposure to the sun or extreme temperatures.  LIGHT The 6 mm board is only 14 kg/m² and the 12 mm board, 30 kg/m².  RESISTANT TO ICE AND FREEZING Neolith is not damaged by low temperatures.  SCRATCH RESISTANT Resistant to scratching and abrasion due to the hardness of the surface.  EASY TO CLEAN Resistant to chemical cleaning agents.  RESISTANT TO BENDING A high modulus of rupture. Resistant to high pressure and weight loads.  HYGIENIC Does not release harmful substances. Completely suitable for contact with food.  SUITABLE FOR HEAVY TRAFFIC Due to the hardness of the surface.  100% NATURAL Resin-free. Does not release any harmful substance into the environment.  WATERPROOF Waterproof and liquid-resistant. With an absorption level near zero.  
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Is kitchens changing ?

 Just ask the people building and planning the kitchens of today. With that in mind, according to a survey was done  in 11 countries — the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Denmark — through a series of discussions, polls and interviews to describe the ins and outs of kitchen projects they had recently completed, have underway or are planning to start in the next three months. According to Houzz data shows that 41 percent of homeowners are remodeling kitchens that are 16 to 30 years old. Out off nearly 9,000 people 85 percent had completed or worked on their kitchen project  that means their choices in layout, materials, storage and special features offer insight into trends you’ll no doubt see in kitchens for years to come.
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But don’t expect Jetsons-style whiz-bang gadgetry anytime soon. Other than a few high-tech appliances, homeowners aren’t looking to impress NASA with their kitchens. Apart from TVs and iPads, the majority of homeowners in almost every country that was part of the  survey aren’t interested in many high-tech features. “Programming ovens from an iPhone is not something people are doing, and people don’t care about a refrigerator that will send a message to your phone that it needs to be defrosted,” says Ken Burghardt, owner of Domicile San Francisco. Instead, they’re focusing on materials and features that provide basic function and classic style. The local climate and size of the space dictate a lot about how a kitchen will look. But so do cultural influences. For example, step into a kitchen in Spain and you’re more likely to see a built-in coffee station and walk-in wine cellar than in other countries. Nearly a quarter of Spanish homeowners plan to add a built-in coffee or tea station, while almost 10 percent plan to add a wine cellar. But for the most part, kitchens from all the countries  surveyed are a lot alike. Homeowners almost everywhere seem to want white cabinets, pullout garbage and recycling bins, more pantry storage and new countertops, appliances, cabinets — new everything, really.
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Give Me a ‘U’ The basic layout of the cabinets and appliances dictates what kind of experience you’ll have working in a kitchen. It’s a matter of preference, and often depends on the layout you start with and how much time and money you’re willing to spend to change it. In the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Germany, U-shaped kitchens are the most popular, according to the survey. In the U.K., designer Conrad Hendrick of LWK Kitchens says history plays a role in kitchen layouts. “Unless you are willing to remodel, then your home’s existing architecture will often dictate what your layout will be,” he says. “And with Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture still imprinted on many modern homes, it follows that these styles naturally influence kitchen design, and in many modern cases lean toward a U-shaped kitchen layout.” Aside from the historical influence, Hendrick says people desire the U-shaped layout because it provides a generous work surface and storage capacity. “They are also highly efficient and simple to use because of the limited number of steps required when moving between different areas of the kitchen,” he says. L-shaped layouts reign supreme in every other country except Denmark, where nearly a third of homeowners want a galley kitchen. In Russia, where the majority of homeowners choose an L-shaped layout, interior designer Andrey Maksimov-Pavlychev says a legacy of small-space mentality and nostalgia has a lot to do with the preference, and is likely to continue into the future. “Our people have always lived in tiny apartments, so they obviously did their best to make the kitchen occupy less space,” he says. “These layouts allow us to fit all the appliances you need in a very small space. Even when people move to bigger apartments, memories make them choose the angular configurations while they could afford an island kitchen or any other kind.”
New interpretations. Though Japan was not part of the survey, which was conducted online , reaching out to Toshiyuki Imai, manager of Japanese kitchen design firm Kitchen House’s Tokyo showroom. Imai says one of the most popular layouts in Japan is somewhat like an open galley style, in which the kitchen counter and dining table are linked seamlessly together. “This is efficient because it makes it easy to deliver meals from the kitchen to the dining, while it’s still possible to change the layout of the dining table according to the number of guests you are entertaining,” Imai says. And designers are responding to this with new interpretations of the traditional Japanese kitchen. Kitchen House recently launched the combination kitchen island and dining element seen here in collaboration with architect Kengo Kuma. It combines modern design and technology with “primitive materials like glued laminated bamboo board, black iron frame and cast aluminum,” Imai says.
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Points To Consider Before Deciding on Bamboo

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•    Bamboo Expands & Contracts
Bamboo, like wood, moves in response to changes in temperature and humidity and can't be restrained too tightly once installed. Some bamboo countertop and plywood manufacturers give detailed instructions for installing bamboo countertops. If you (or your installer) don't pay close attention to them, you might have problems with your countertops down the road.
This characteristic also plays a role when sealing the bamboo. Your bamboo countertop should be sealed in a "balanced" manner meaning that the top AND bottom of the material should be sealed with the same number of sealer/finish coats. Again, pay close attention (or make sure your installer does) to the installation instructions provided by the source of your bamboo countertop.
•    Do Your Homework
Good bamboo (durable and high quality) comes from reputable sources that harvest bamboo at the right time and use quality adhesives and finishes. When you investigate various makers of bamboo material check to see what information they provide about these aspects of bamboo sourcing. Is the bamboo harvested around 5 years of age (give or take a bit)? How much information do they offer about the types of glues and/or sealants they use? Are they safe for food-prep and do they contain any formaldehyde?
The bottom line here is that you don't want to get just any old bamboo from Joe's bamboo shop. Find out how long the maker has been working with bamboo and how well they stand behind their product.

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•    Warranties
Find out what kind of warranty (if any) comes with your bamboo worktop or the plywood you buy to have made into a countertop. What you want to look for here is some form of coverage against delamination and separation since bamboo worktops are a glued-together structure. As with all product warranties, make sure you read the fine print and understand both what is and isn't covered.

•    Sealing & Finishing
Think about how you plan on using a bamboo countertop, whether as a 'standard' countertop or like a cutting board. These decisions will affect the type of bamboo construction (grain orientation) as well as the kind of sealer you choose. Good sources of bamboo countertops and plywood typically provide information on the types of sealers they provide and/or recommend.
Also remember that some sealers, like mineral oil, require more maintenance in terms of repeat applications to maintain and protect the bamboo surface. And don't forget that Tung oil, although a good sealer, is derived from nuts and may cause allergic reactions as mentioned above.

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•    Larger Countertops May Have Seams
Because bamboo material used for countertops comes in finite sheet sizes like plywood there are limitations to how much area can be covered without seams. Seams might not be a big deal to you but just keep in mind that if you have a large kitchen island you want to cover that exceeds standard stock sizes, you may end up having one or more seams in your countertop.

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Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg – The New Trend in upmarket Appliances

Continuing the journey that join their artistic feelings to discover the colours and beauty of Sicily to celebrate the authentically ‘Made in Italy’ project under the shared standard of creativity, art, and design. A revolutionary collaboration that has created appliances that reflect art .
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Sicily is my Love tells its story through vivid illustrations of golden yellow lemons, citrus fruits, prickly pears, bright red cherries and typical Sicilian decorations are framed by triangular geometric shapes, known as Crocchi: delicate floral motifs are inspired by vegetation and landscapes of Southern Italy, the majolica of Caltagirone, images of Mount Etna, the picturesque ruins of the Greek temple of Castor and Pollux in the Valley of the Temples, and imagery drawn from mythology and the chivalric tradition.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}The collection of small household appliances, Sicily is my Love, is enriched with new pieces made on an industrial scale, through a process of reproduction of hand-painted prototypes created by master Sicilian artists and craftsmen. An American coffee machine, a hand blender and a four-slice toaster will join the Sicily is my Love collection at the 2018 Milan Furniture Fair, expanding upon the existing range which includes a citrus juicer, an electric kettle and a two-slice toaster. Coming soon: a blender, an espresso machine, a stand mixer, and a slow juicer. 
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Add some artistic flair with these appliances and make your kitchen stand out.
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Sweepovac

Keeping your kitchen cleaner just got a lot easier with Sweepovac – a simple, powerful always available vacuum to suck away floor sweepings. Conveniently placed in the kitchen and instantly available at any time, requires no set up or put away time. Sweepovac makes your life easier by reducing household work and you’ll never have to use a dustpan again – simply dispose of your floor sweepings in 3 seconds flat.Keeping your kitchen cleaner just got a lot easier with Sweepovac – a simple, powerful always available vacuum to suck away floor sweepings. Conveniently placed in the kitchen and instantly available at any time, requires no set up or put away time. Sweepovac makes your life easier by reducing household work and you’ll never have to use a dustpan again – simply dispose of your floor sweepings in 3 seconds flat.


The Sweepovac can be turned into a powerful convenient kitchen vacuum by plugging in the new snap on hose which is available as an accessory. Five times stronger than the average hand held vacuum, the hose is incredibly easy to handle and extends from 6 ft to 18ft (1.8m to 5.5m). Three attachable tools are included with the hose making it much easier to vacuum out drawers and those awkward to reach places.

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Kitchens Design 1960's to 1980's

 

1960s - The Radica

In the age of free love, flower power and pop music, kitchens became fun and youthful, featuring sleek fluid shapes and form. Most people had better things to do with their time, than stand and slave away over the kitchen stove in a domestic way. The interior became a rebellion against the trends of the 1950's. Advancement in technology meant that cooking became simpler and freed up a persons time so much so that social gatherings and events, such as dinner parties were of huge importance during the 1960's. Dining furniture turned stack-able and foldable to seat extra guests and it was during this era that appliances and furniture also became disposable.

Pop culture artists such as Andy Warhol, Verner Panton and David Hockney began to directly influence interior design during this time. Colour was a huge component of 1960’s kitchen design, clashing colours such as lime green, saffron, crisp white and burnt orange, fuchsia pink, and monochromatic black and white were often common. Dark coloured counter tops juxtaposed these bright cabinets and wall finishes included stone, timber as well as psychedelic tiles and wallpaper.
1960s Key features:
•    Plastic, PVC and Vinyl
•    Multipurpose
•    Open plan design
•    Wicker and cane furniture
•    Futuristic, science fiction inspired and psychedelic
•    Copper, timber, stone
•    Colour Schemes: Reds, oranges, acid green, mustard's, monochromatic, whites

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1970's - The Age of Avocados
There was a seriousness about kitchens in the 1970’s, almost certainly a reflection of the movements of the time. The 1970’s were a period of change; activism, self-expression and freedom of the individual movements were at their point of climax. Kitchens during the 70’s were either open and light, or dark toned and muted. The 1970’s was still very much an era of consumption, however it was a subdued one, in which appliances were still colourful but austere in hue.
Shades common during this time were brown, avocado green, cream, dark orange or red, sage green, mustard as well as aubergine. These were often offset by dull gold, tarnished copper or stainless steel which can be associated with the influence from the disco era. These earthy tones of kitchen décor was paired with dark timber cabinetry or wallpaper featuring bold coloured plaid or check prints.Shades common during this time were brown, avocado green, cream, dark orange or red, sage green, mustard as well as aubergine. These were often offset by dull gold, tarnished copper or stainless steel which can be associated with the influence from the disco era. These earthy tones of kitchen décor was paired with dark timber cabinetry or wallpaper featuring bold coloured plaid or check prints. .
Activism and Rock ‘N’ Roll music was pathing a path to a better world, and people wanted their homes to reflect this change. They were no longer the hip mod kids from the 60’s. They had grown up and so had their kitchens; welcome the entrance of the breakfast bar!
1970s Key features:
•    Dark stained glass
•    Dark timber cabinetry
•    Microwaves
•    Breakfast bars
•    Style influence: European Ski lodge
•    Muted colours: Brown, dull gold, avocado green, cream, army green and white

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1980's - The Decade of Decadence
Now has come the ages of decadence! The 1980’s was about money, power and possessions. Everything was white, bright, and in your face. Unlike the 1970’s earthy tones, the 80’s kitchen was bright and luminous combined with preppy pastels, they were open and somewhat vacant. The browns and avocados were replaced with sushi like colour combos of black and whites, greens and pinks. This meant that kitchens were more spacious and much brighter, usually wall to ceiling white, light blonde timbers and lighter stained wood, also helped to bring light into the space.
The 80’s kitchen was minimalistic but well equipped, for those who could afford it, their kitchen was packed with the latest and largest appliances. People were watching celebrity chefs, in the comfort of their own homes for the first time, so this shifted the focus to needing the latest and biggest appliances on the market.
Abstract and asian influence the 1980’s kitchen featured vertical blinds, asian inspired art and lots of downlights. People were also excited by their status and wanted to show off, the sophisticate kitchen was what it was all about. Wine racks, plants and homewares made from Glass, brass and stainless steel.
1980s Key Features:
•    The breakfast nook
•    Every shade of white
•    Food Processors
•    Hanging wire baskets
•    Vertical blinds
•    Abstract art
•    Soft lighting – downlights
•    Pine timber finishes

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Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling

Take the stress out of kitchen remodeling by becoming more familiar with your design, material, and budget options.

Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient heart of the home. In addition to improved aesthetics and organization, kitchen remodels also hold reasonable resale value.

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According to Remodeling magazine’s 2016-2017 Cost vs. Value Report, midrange minor kitchen remodels—new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts, and hardware—have an average national cost just shy of R80 000 and get 22% return on investment.

Midrange major remodels, which include new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and lighting, have a mid-range average of R110 00 and a nearly 36% return.

High-end renovations can easily cost R180 000 and up.

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Though aesthetics are important, the driving remodeling force is functionality. Start by doing some research and tour show houses and kitchen show rooms to see product up close and personal. Next, set a budget that reflects your main priorities for the new space and familiarize yourself with basic elements of design.Planning Your Best KitchenToday’s kitchens average 30 to 40 square meter and are increasingly part of an open-floor plan. Other trends include a move towards simplicity, uncluttered looks, energy efficiency, and natural materials. Look to design books, magazines, and websites for ideas.

Here are some key points to get you started:

How will you use the kitchen? Before you do anything, determine how you like to cook and entertain in your kitchen. Do you cook alone or with someone?

Is your kitchen a multi-purpose room where kids do homework and friends love to gather? Keep track of what currently works well and what doesn’t. For instance, if you’re forever crawling into the back of lower cabinets to retrieve something, jot that issue down.Stop the clutter. Now is your chance to take inventory of everything you need to store, then plan accordingly. Fortunately, cabinet makers realize storage and organization features drive sales, and they’ve responded accordingly.Think about efficiency.

If your kitchen feels more like an obstacle course than an organized work place, consider two tried-and-true kitchen layout basics:

• The Work Triangle. This imaginary triangle features the stove, refrigerator, and sink at the points. The old “5 steps rule” dictates that the perimeter of this triangle should not exceed 9 meters and that each side should be between 3 and 5 meters long. Make sure that the triangle doesn’t intersect an island or peninsula for more than a meter.

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 • The Work Station. Create separate stations for food prep, cooking, baking, and cleaning. Each area is centered around a major appliance and needs at least 30cm of counter space.

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Stick with a Budget. In all likelihood, you’ll need to make some choices on where to save and where to splurge. “Keep your priorities front and center,”  “A R50k range or a R250k one? A R100 sink or one that’s R3,500? A R4 polished brass knob or a R100 crystal model? What’s important to you?”As for budget breakdown, most realtor notes that you can expect cabinetry and hardware to run about 29% of your investment, appliances and ventilation can be 14%, countertops typically run 10%, and installation is about 13% of the total project cost. Set aside 10% or 20% of your budget for contingencies.For more on kitchen planning, consider:

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Kitchen Pantry Designs

If you’re blessed with the space, invest in a kitchen pantry. It’s a concept that hasn’t always been popular. But as kitchens have evolved, the humble kitchen pantry has become an almost indispensable addition to many kitchens. In fact, most homeowners put the kitchen pantry on top of their “wants” list these days. It’s not hard to see why. Whatever the size of your kitchen space, you’ll always need a convenient place to store your groceries. This critical storage requires careful thought and planning, and a pantry to make things easier.

But what goes into designing the perfect pantry? For starters, a pantry should be large enough to hold at least a week’s worth of groceries, and close enough to the food preparation area to be easily accessed. Size matters of course, but with the right combination of simplicity, organisation and location, you can easily create a pantry equally as functional as a full-size walk-in.

There are a few key characteristics of an effective kitchen pantry:

Convenient - Your pantry should be located at or near the area where food is prepared.
Visibility - Everything in the pantry should be seen at a glance.
Accessibility - It should be possible to remove items without moving others around.

In creating a pantry of note, it’s important to stick to these 3 principles. By doing so, your pantry will almost always be convenient and easy to use. Now for some more information on the most popular pantries available to homeowners today:

 

REACH-IN PANTRIES

Reach-in pantries are shallow cabinet-style pantries where the goods are stored on shelves that aren’t too deep. Deep pantries, of course, hold more goods. If you have the depth, you’d be tempted to use the entire space by installing deeper shelves. This is a mistake. Inevitably things you use often get pushed to the back as you add other things, so you end up with stuff you cannot find or get to without moving the things in front of the items you need. This is a clear breach of effective accessibility discussed earlier: It should be possible to remove items without moving others around.

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PULL-OUT PANTRIES

A pull-out pantry is essentially one big shelf that slides from out of the unit or wall. The shelf can be accessed from both sides, a move that helps it tick the accessibility box well. While not quite as convenient as a batwing reach-in pantry, the pull-out pantry is a good option if your space isn’t particularly wide.

This is also a slightly more expensive solution. It is important to use gliding hardware that prevents the pantry from being slammed – and this comes at an extra cost. The individual shelves inside the pull-out can be made adjustable though, a fact that improves the flexibility of this style of pantry.

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WALK-IN PANTRIES

As the name suggests, a walk-in pantry is a small room or closet dedicated to food storage. For many homeowners, this is the Shangri-la of pantries, and unfortunately, a mere dream for apartment dwellers. A walk-in is, of course, an excellent choice for storing large quantities of goods. One drawback though, is that if the pantry is too big, it could become inconvenient to use on a daily basis. In this case, a smaller pantry or shelf is recommended to stock often-used items that need to stay close at hand.

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The Minimalist Kitchen

The kitchen is probably one of the busiest places in the house. Keeping it neat and organised most of the time can be a real struggle, especially if cleaning is not your favourite activity. A minimalist kitchen may be the answer to your cleaning dilemma.

Minimalism is one of the hottest design trends right now. More and more people are choosing the simpler and easy-to-maintain space over the heavily decorated places. The core idea behind minimalism is functionality. This is what makes it a great solution to the hard-to organize cooking area.

When designing a minimalist kitchen, only include the essentials. Each piece should serve a specific purpose. The rest should be removed. There is more than just one way to incorporate minimalism in your kitchen. It depends on your taste and the place you have. Here are, however, some ideas that will get you started.

 

Work with Your Space

The design of your kitchen depends on the size and architecture of your place. The good news is that minimalism is appropriate for both big homes and small apartments.

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Create an Effective Layout

The layout of your kitchen needs to be straightforward. You can stick with the traditional and effective work triangle layout. This refers to the area between the three major kitchen components – the fridge, the stove and the sink.

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Remove the Excess

The key to a minimalist and organised kitchen is getting rid of the unnecessary.

The main reason for the cluttered place is keeping too many things in a tiny space. It’s more convenient to just leave it on the counter than taking out and then putting it back in its place.

Being a minimalist doesn’t mean that you should own only the basics. It’s more about storing things according to the frequency of usage. Put essentials in the easy to reach areas, while the other items should be well kept.

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Keep it Simple

This is the mantra of every minimalist. Incorporate only appliance you know you will use. Don’t simply arrange items for display. The same goes for the furniture.

Minimalism is not fussy or complicated. A dining set or a counter island is enough. You need to have enough room to move around. The more furniture pieces you include the less natural flow you will have. This will also make everyday cleaning and maintenance a breeze.

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Stick with the Neutrals

Clean lines and neutral pallets are the trademark of a minimalist design. White, beige and other unobtrusive shades adds sophistication and modern sense to the place. You can use the neutrals as a base. Create interest with details in bright shades.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Kitchen Remodel


You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have a dream-worthy kitchen remodel in mind. Most of us long for the day when we’ll finally be able to customize our cooking spaces. However, when that day finally arrives, doing so can feel like a Herculean task. There are so many unknowns: How do you even start something like this? Which improvements will appeal to buyers down the road?
If you’ve been asking yourself similar questions, this post is for you. Consider this your outline while planning your project and keep it on hand once the renovations are underway.Thees tips will help you design a space that will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing for years to come.

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DO: Consider how you’ll use the space
When most people think about a kitchen remodel, they have a similar finished product in mind: professional-grade stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a huge island. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with this vision, it’s important to keep in mind that it isn’t your only option. Rather than just meeting the status quo, consider how your family will actually use the kitchen.
Maybe your kids do their homework there and you’d like a desk to be included in the design? Maybe you entertain often and need a long dining table to accommodate guests? Whatever your personal needs, make sure they’re a part of your design plan.

DON’T: Neglect your budget
This is true for all remodeling projects, but it’s especially important where kitchens are concerned. The average remodel costs thousands, so you need to make sure you’re spending your money wisely. As you design your ideal space, make two lists — a must-have list and a wish list. Then, price out each of your desired projects and compare them to your budget. The lists will give you a clearer idea of where to invest the bulk of your money and where to try and save.
There are many things you can do to make your remodel more affordable. Consider refacing cabinets rather than having them fully replaced or purchasing your appliance package from a wholesale supplier. If you’re working with a truly limited budget, simply replacing drawer pulls and fixtures is often enough to give the room a fresh look.

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DO: Pay special attention to the layout
The layout is a crucial element of a kitchen remodel, yet it is one of the most overlooked. It won’t matter how nice your new refrigerator is if you’re unable to open it fully because your countertop gets in the way. To ensure your new space functions the way it’s supposed to,you can always get in touch with us and we will help with the lay out, giving you a 3D design,this will give you a very good idea if you like or love the dream you have in mind.

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DON’T: Forget about storage
Kitchens are often one of the most overstuffed spaces in a home. Between cooking equipment and food storage, homeowners often find that they don’t have enough space to store what they need. If you’re going to spend the money on a remodel, be certain you include storage options that are both functional and stylish. The storage space will depend on how often do you buy groceries once a month, weekly or daily. If you buy monthly you will need big tall cupboards, weekly only one and daily, normal floor units will work. If you have a lot of appliances like blenders, soda streams, frying pots ect , deep drawer units work like a machine.
When undertaking this task, the first thing you’ll need to do is take stock of your current inventory. Be honest with yourself about which items you want on hand and which only get used on special occasions. Then, brainstorm options for how to store these items as effectively as possible. For example, you may want to include a cabinet for pots and pans next to the stove or include a pantry that will allow easy access to after-school snacks.

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DO: Make sure there’s enough lighting
There are so many visual components to cooking a meal — chopping up ingredients, measuring them out, reading the stove temperature. The last thing you want is to attempt any of these while squinting for more light. For this reason, kitchen lighting is one occasion where more really is more.
Try to envision yourself working in the space while considering where to add lighting. Of course, you’ll want to include some light by the stove, near the sink and over a kitchen island. Also take into account personal preferences, like where you’ll do the bulk of your ingredient prep or if you have room for an eat-in dining area. If you can, consider adding extras like under-cabinet lighting to make the room a little brighter.

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DON’T: Play it too safe
Return on investment, or how much equity you’ll get out of an improvement when you go to sell your house, is a common topic among those considering a kitchen remodel. It’s not hard to see why when you think about how often buyers name an updated kitchen as a top priority. Unfortunately, though, this intense focus often leads homeowners to settle for cookie-cutter designs. We’d argue that choosing a happy medium and adding a little personality will help your finished product stand out from the crowd.
For those who think they may be staying in their home for a while, the sky is the limit. Choose a colorful statement island or patterned tile floor to infuse the space with a little of your personality. Those who intend to hit the real estate market in a few years can still add visual interest through their accessories. Think about adding bold lighting fixtures, patterned rugs or using statement furniture to make your kitchen feel like home.

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Remodeling a kitchen can feel like an overwhelming task. Since it’s often one of the most used rooms in a home and one of the most sought-after features for resale potential, it can feel as though every detail needs to be perfect. With a little planning, you can ensure your vision for the space falls into place.


 

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Extending the Life of Your Kitchen Counter tops

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Preserve one of your biggest kitchen investments - those luxurious countertops, by following the advice from the pros who put them in. Today’s trendiest choices—granite; quartz, and solid-surface, can do a lot to breathe new life into a dated design and, at the same time, increase your home’s value.

 

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• Quartz, also called “engineered stone,” contains finely ground minerals combined with resins to create a lustrous, rock-hard surface.

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• Solid-surface is a synthetic option manufactured of acrylic and polyester resins to create a soft, smooth, matte-like surface.

These sleek options can easily be the most expensive item in a kitchen remodeling project, so you’ll want to do everything you can to keep them looking as good as new, even after years of use. While each type of countertop has its own inherent properties, all three will benefit from some standard good-care practices. Whether you’re safeguarding your new investment or trying to treat your existing ones better.

Cleaning Routine

Adopt a Cleaning RoutineCountertops are constantly subjected to splashes and spills, from hastily poured milk to a tipped can of soda. If you spill something, you need to wipe it up promptly. Both granite and solid-surface countertops can stain from certain liquids, such as coffee and wine. Quartz, on the other hand, is less likely to stain, thanks to its very low permeability. No matter what kind of countertop you have, it’s still a good idea to wipe up spills as soon as they occur—ignoring them is simply not sanitary on a surface where food is prepared.Your countertops will also benefit from a daily cleaning using a mild solution of water and a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. Just spray the countertop, run a clean, damp cloth over it, then dry with a soft dish towel. Don’t skip that last part: Drying a damp countertop will help prevent the hard water stains that can form if water droplets are left to dry on their own.

Only the Recommended Cleaners

You can’t always believe everything you read on the internet. This is one of the most common mistakes homeowners make. The best cleaner for a countertop is one that’s recommended by the manufacturers. The chemical makeup of a cleaner can’t be left to chance. Skip the countertop hacks you find online and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  Suggested cleaning products come listed in the informational materials that accompany your new countertop. But if you’ve misplaced them, call the fabricator who installed the countertop, contact the manufacturer, or check the manufacturer’s website—after all, they’ll know best.

No Chemicals on the Countertop

The quartz, granite, and solid-surface countertops are so tough and durable that it’s easy to mistake them for a work surface fit for crafts, science projects, and other household activities. It’s time to break this bad habit, though, because chemicals and solvents—including paint thinner, varnish, and caustic products like oven cleaner—can damage the surface of both quartz and solid-surface countertops. Get into the practice of using a dedicated workbench or other surface for projects, and keep the chemicals off your countertop.

Cutting Boards

 

You can scratch any countertop, especially solid-surface countertops, so use a cutting board when you’re chopping onions and other foods. If you’re course-correcting a bit late, know that solid-surface countertops have renewable surfaces, which means that minor scratches can often be repaired by either sanding the surface down or using a soft-type scrubbing product to smooth down the edges of the scratches. Check the instructions that came with the countertop to ensure that you use the correct method. Granite and quartz are less likely to scratch, but it can happen—and if they do get scratched, there’s no way to repair them.

Towels and Trivets Are Handy

While all three countertops are heat resistant, none of them are completely heatproof. If you take a hot pan off the stove, don’t set it on the countertop. That can lead to thermal shock and even cracks in the countertop. Indeed, a solid-surface material can scorch and crack, while a quartz surface can become permanently discolored. Being natural stone, granite can withstand a hot pot for a short while—a few seconds—but one that’s set out directly on a granite countertop as part of a buffet, for instance, can lead to cracking.The easy solution? Always use trivets, or a mitt or towel to prevent direct contact between a hot plate and the countertop.

Stop Sitting or Standing on It

We’ve all been guilty of using the countertop as a stepping stool to reach the highest cabinet shelves or hoisting ourselves up to sit on the counter while chatting with family—but the stress takes a toll on your ’tops. Quartz and solid-surface countertops are the least likely to crack, but granite, due to the natural fissures that run through the stone, may be weak enough in certain spots to crack under the excess weight. Even when granite is professionally re-seamed, you’ll often be left with a visible repair mark to remind you of your goof. And besides, using a sturdy ladder is an all-around safer practice anyway.

Seal Granite Periodically

Of the three types of countertops, only granite requires a periodic application of sealant to help it resist stains and maintain a uniform sheen. Granite countertops come professionally sealed, but after a year or so, the surface may start to show signs of dulling. Manufacturers will use different types of sealant, and most sealants have a one- to three-year life expectancy. To keep the countertop looking its best, homeowners will need to reapply a granite sealant. Which one and how often depends on the manufacturer. It’s best to apply only the type of sealant suggested by the manufacturer and at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer

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Timeless Color

A timeless color ,strong and stood the test of time. While many colors that you have read about are often best when paired with other colors, white is an exception. You could add white to any space that you want without having to add far too many other colors in a spot. White in all its shades medium white, super white, iceberg white, high gloss white, is universal in any design.  You can even use a white floor to go with a white series of walls, cabinets, and other points. White is a strong option for how it expands upon the size of a room.

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It is ideal for cramped kitchens as it adds a new dimension where the room feels a little longer or wider, and showing the true feel and sizes of any large room. ,creating more space with color. Also, light shines off of white materials rather well to create a natural tone, and feel.
It has an equal quantity of all the colors in the spectrum. So it will contain both their positive and negative aspects. But probably the best feature of white is that it is impartial, independent and neutral towards everything.

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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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Tips on deciding on an Island in your kitchen


Kitchens design and style.  Beautiful colours and glossy working tops, a statement of personal style, and creative minds. The kitchen is personal, and emotional. Memories are made in kitchens. . Looking back from child hood to raising your own kids. This space in a house isn’t just a room or a store place for food; this is the heart of any house and the place you call home.  So how do you create a kitchen and keeping not only the aesthetic side in mind, but the functionality and practicality? And most important family friendly. Good news here is a few guide lines and info to keep in mind. If you decide to ad an island to your kitchen.

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If space allows you to have an island, always remember you need a minimum of a meter from the floor cupboards to the island. This allows you to be able to move freely around your Island. Enough space to open doors and drawer.
1-    Island Seating ...  The avag space you need for one stool is about 600mm,if you have an island with a seating area of 2.4m you will be able to seat 4 people, but keep in mind this is an the avagarage and guide line, in some cases you need more space.
2-    Hob on island... If became obvious that most Islands with a hob is normally dead centre, but this is actually not practical. Having your hob of centre you actually creating more functional working space, now you don’t have to work in two separate working areas.
3-    Prep bowl on island... Depending on the size of your island, yes go ahead make space for a prep bowl, the Avagarage Island there isn’t really space for a prep bowl. Best advices plan your prep bowl in a corner of your kitchen, space you really don’t use a lot.
4-    Drawers part of the island... The advantage of having drawers on your island, you can plan smart for this, first for what reason do you want to use the island, cooking or family time. You will use the drawers for utilities, and pots, please don’t overload your island with pot drawers you are not going to use them all. You know which pots and pans you use the most, store them in the island. You can also add drawers for plates.

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5-    Spice unit... Spice unit is best if you have a hob and planning to cook at the island, two spice sets is more than enough, with the spice pull outs you get now a days you can use one for all the spices and the other for your oils. Placing one spice unit on the left and the other on the right. Of the hob.
6-    Vegetable unit... Really think about it what vegetables do you put in your vegetable unit?? Only onions and potatoes. The rest we store in a fridge. So why a vegetable unit, good question and a valid answer none.
7-    Pop up Power point... What a blessing a pop up power point actually a creative innovated idea. Always looking for some place to charge a phone, or to use electrical appliances like a mixer. With a pop up plug you can now do all at the island, and when you’re done remove plug and push the plug down, and there you go no plugs visib
8-    BooK Shelves... Looking for some place creative to put your cooking books, use your island. With a book shelve cupboard at the end of your island, will make the island look more in style, giving it a unique look. Practical and functional.

There is many ways to create an island according to your needs. Sit and think what type of island you want, do you want it for seating, entertaining friends and family. Are you dreaming of being a chef, or being a chef at home, is it going to be a statement, or a feature.

 

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How to plan for a new kitchen

If you want a new kitchen, you may have a very clear vision of what you want, right down to the taps, sinks and flooring.If you want a new kitchen, you may have a very clear vision of what you want, right down to the taps, sinks and flooring.
Communicating both your likes and dislikes is very important in order for your kitchen designer to be able to come up with an effective solution. While you may have a clear picture in your head of what the end-result will be, others may not, so finding a way to communicate what you want could be very beneficial.
We have come up with five easy things you can do to help get the most from the kitchen planning process.

Take measurements
If you plan to visit our showroom, take your kitchen measurements with you, this will help us come up with a design. Alternatively, a design consultant can visit your home, take measurements, and then design a 3D plan with you as well as show you samples and materials. 

Make a mood board
A mood board is a great way to organise your thoughts and should include everything from the biggest parts of a project right down to the smallest details. You could include pictures of the style of kitchen you like cut from magazines or a swatch of material in a colour you love. In creating a mood board of ideas, your vision will become easier to communicate to others and will help everyone (including yourself) see the bigger picture.

Be clear on what will or won’t work in the space
You know your kitchen best and know how the space is used, help your designer come up with a design that meets your expectations by noting down what you like and what you don’t like about how your kitchen is currently configured.

Consider your gadgets
If one of the reasons you need a new kitchen is a lack of storage, be sure to mention this to your planner. If you have a bread maker or a rarely used coffee maker in the garage, you will probably want your new kitchen to accommodate all these additional items. This means that extra storage must be built into the plan if possible.

Know your budget
Whether you are throwing caution to the wind or working on a tight budget, be clear on how much you have to spend and where you want to prioritise your money.This will help you when it comes to making decisions and focus your choices.

Of course an experienced kitchen designer will be able to work with whatever information you supply. Use our design consultants to help you to make your new kitchen space work and if you are struggling for inspiration, don’t worry, on our website you’ll find plenty of kitchen ideas.

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Kitchen Trends To Stay With In 2018

Cooking space remodeling and upgrades are the projects homeowners most hope to take on in the coming year. With this they have to stay with the trend.

Get Smart

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A kitchen can’t be too techy these days! Hands-free faucets, fridges that remind you when to make a grocery run, and appliances you operate with a handheld device will become commonplace in ’18. Next up? Taps that deliver boiling water or even coffee!

Clever Storage

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With upper cabinets disappearing and nobody is really ready to give up tools and space, designers are devising hidden solutions to simplify and make cagey use of available space. These include deeper drawers, corner drawers, pull-out pantries, fridge enclosures, and roll-out trays and caddies, often with a particular item in mind (linens, cutlery, pots and pans—there’s a new slot for whatever you’ve got!)

Islands in change

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The island that changed from prep area to bining will continue to grow—literally—into the multi-purpose focal point of the kitchen and even the hub of the home, which is compatible with the increase in open-plan living. Islands in ’18 will be longer and larger, accommodate more storage and seating, and house more appliances.

Sinks with difference

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The porcelain and stainless steel sinks that ruled for years will make way for alternative materials like stone, copper, and concrete. Perhaps the newsiest idea is the composite sink, made of the same compound as counter tops (such as composite quartz or granite), which creates a seamless look and simplifies cleaning and maintenance.

Color Code

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While rainbow colors are still around, painted cabinets are moving toward subtler, darker hues like navy and plum. For appliances, dark gray tones with a brushed metal finish are supplanting stainless steel. One benefit to going to the dark side: These shades don’t show dirt or wear-and-tear as easily as bright, white, and shiny surfaces.

Flat Out

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One of the easiest ways to attain 2018’s new minimalism is with flat-paneled cabinet doors, as opposed to the raised panels of country kitchens. Flat panels can be super simple, with no visible knobs, or gain impact from a high gloss finish or clean-lined hardware. Sleek!

Rustic Recipe

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On the opposite end of the spectrum from glossy and glitz comes a rugged natural or industrial vibe. Think open shelving made from rough cut wood or pipes, bleached wood cabinet doors, exposed beams and finishes for flooring.

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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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