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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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Modern kitchen design with matt finishes

A simplistic kitchen design for an upcoming house in Waterfall Estate.

Design brief: Keep it simple!

With the large space and endless design opportunities the client opted for a more simplistic design with plenty of seating space. Lots of natural lighting and stunning views are embraced through the full wall to wall window. The finished are a combination of matt white, matt charcoal grey and timber with a stunning marble top and timber breakfast area. A feature wall is kept simple with a modern arrangement of floating shelves.

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Elegant Modern Country Style Kitchen

Client Brief: An elegant kitchen design that is not over the top!

Hence the setting and architecture suggested the style of kitchen to be placed within this beautiful home. Allowing the exposed timber beams to dictate more of a modern country kitchen design. A design that is simple has subtle detail and is elegant. Neutral tones, simple shaker profile, subtle scotia details and dark contrasting handles. Not only does the space look great it’s designed with specific attention to the work flow/ zones of the kitchen. Coffee station, Pantry & Storage, prep area, cooking area, seating space, etc. The eye is lead with the arrangements of the cupboards along the walls towards the bay window, seating area and beautiful view.

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Perpsective Views

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Black Beauty

Sophistication, Mystery and Power!

Black Beauty? No I’m not referring to the horse but rather your kitchen. The colour black has taken the kitchen by storm, literally. Opposing the typical all white kitchen design, and from the other end of the spectrum it simply brings a unique beauty to any space.

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With its inherent sophistication and modern appeal, the colour black is a new trend that is dominating the entire kitchen.

From the cupboards doors, countertops, taps, sinks, handles and appliances including decor and accents; designers are going for all black everything look. The colour itself creates an elegant atmosphere yet still strong and masculine.

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So don’t be afraid to make this bold statement.

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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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Designing the Perfect Laundry Room

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Your laundry room may not be the most important room in your home. Yet, designing your laundry to be a productive and attractive work area can improve the atmosphere in the space and remove the gloominess of this daily chore. Before you begin, think about how you would like your laundry room to look. Try drawing a design first while taking the following into consideration:

Your washing machine size and type, where you want to place the sink (if any), the amount of counter space you would need to work comfortably, where you would like to place the cupboards etc. You may find that there are certain limitations that will stop you from realising the exact vision you had for the laundry room, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t work around these limitations.

 

Appliances

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If you intend to buy another washer and dryer, you should consider either of these options: stacking your washing machine and dryer or have them standing beside each other under the counter. Both these options will save you a lot of space, and in both instances, it would be best to buy a front-loading washing machine and dryer.

Your laundry room should always be designed around your washing machine and dryer. The reason is simple: electrical points and water supply are elements that won’t change without considerable cost. So if you need to move your appliances, you’ll need to move the water supply connections and electrical outlet sockets too.

 

Work Space

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Let’s be honest, we all use our laundry rooms as a multipurpose room. It’s a place to store pet food, keep the ironing board, and hide the vacuum. Not having enough workspace can leave you feeling exasperating. The room will appear disorganised, particularly when your laundry is doing double duty for something besides washing and drying garments. Having a well spread out space, with an abundance of counter space won’t just allow you to do the washing; it’ll also open the doors to numerous other tasks and uses.

Consider how much worktop space you will need, and build it in. Space will be needed for items such as clothing hampers/baskets, laundry supplies, cleaning detergents and other clothing supplies. Having more counter space will add more advantages to you. Invest in more than you think you’ll need.

 

Sink

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If you have the space and water supply available, a sink in your laundry room is an added advantage. If space is restricted, you can use the area on top of the sink to your advantage as well, by simply putting a cover over the sink when it’s not being used.

 

Storage

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Every kitted laundry room requires lots of storage space, as there are many potentially hazardous items that need to be stored away safely. Stuff like cleaning detergents, washing detergents and other chemical supplies, not to mention the ironing board, brooms, dusters, dust pans and other tools required to maintain your home.

Overhead cabinets are not only a good idea, but a big advantage because they increase your storage space without taking up floor space. Investing in overhead cabinets instead of racks will also help keep your laundry room organised and neat.

Base cabinets offer more space than the overhead ones but take up more space. You can place these under some of your countertop areas.

 

Finishing Touches

Keeping the room looking well-organised and neat is important. That’s why the final touches in your laundry can have a significant impact, and give the room some much-needed character.

The best laundry plans are those that are planned from an angle of both comfort and convenience. It goes without saying that you will invest a considerable amount of time and energy by doing the laundry, so you should make the room a space that is friendly, and maybe even fun to be in.

 

Laundry Baskets

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Laundry Baskets are not only handy in the laundry, but some of them look great. They come in a variety of styles such as wicker, wire or plastic. They have the potential to add a touch of style to your laundry room.

 

Lighting

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Take full advantage of the windows in the room for natural lighting. Having a good overhead light is important too. A nice small chandelier fixture in a laundry room will give the space an elegant and stylish look.

Lighting under the countertops is another way of adding functionality and personality to the room. They provide excellent work area lights and are easy to install and inexpensive.

 

Ironing

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Do you sort, fold and iron your laundry in different rooms? It’s a good idea to start sorting out your laundry to suit the task of ironing. Setting up your ironing board close to a countertop would be very convenient. If you don’t have an ironing board, then select a countertop close to an electrical socket to get the job done.

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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 .
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Sicily is my Love is a tribute to Italy’s roots, its traditions and popular festivals in the form of a new freestanding kitchen set and cooker hood with a coordinated fridge, purified unique by bold colours and narrative intensity. The collection is presented in two variants: the first characterised by representations inspired by the Sicilian puppet theatre and the traditional hand-painted cart, where the dominant tones are fiery red and orange, the second by a majolica print in shades of blue and white. The history, culture, cuisine and beauty of the Sicilian landscape are captured in these precious objects in an authentic and unforgettable way, as if the Italian spirit were distilled into noticeable and timeless forms. All of this has been made possible thanks to Smeg’s vast experience in design and quality appliances and the creative soul of Dolce & Gabbana.
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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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Pet Friendly Kitchens

When planning your kitchen, it would be appreciated by your pet to consider their needs as well. There are many options out there when planning a kitchen, why not consider the needs of your pet as well.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Some options would include a pull out feeding area, or a built in animal bed. Pull out drawers for their food is also a great way to store their food without compromising style.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Wash Bays are also popular as it creates a space where you can wash your pets with ease. Consider your pets when designing the kitchen of your dreams. Get your designer to design a kitchen that keeps your best friend in mind.
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Scandinavian Kitchens

1. Simple white spaces
If you want to create a real Scandinavian style kitchen, your best bet is to opt for all white units and general décor. Using a lighter colour scheme will allow much more light to flood in and reflect off the walls, giving the impression of a larger kitchen space. It will also give your kitchen a modern feel and the units will allow much more storage space for those bits you want to store away.
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2. Feature lights
Having hanging lights in your kitchen are all the rage at the moment and many people are opting for these over standard lights or spotlights. There are so many available to suit different kitchen styles, perhaps opt for low hanging cream lights which will give your kitchen character and are also much brighter than standard lighting, or a unique floor lamp in the corner of your kitchen which would add drama to the design.
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3. Wooden flooring
Wooden floors are a must in any kitchen. They are much more practical and they are also a key component in any Scandinavian style kitchen. Other great options are ceramic tiles or stone flags, and both are easy clean options.
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4. Bright furniture
In true Scandinavian style, if you have an all-white themed kitchen the best way to add a pop of colour is by adding various pieces of brightly coloured furniture. For example many people may opt for a Smeg Fridge, houseplants or vibrant coffee machines which add a touch of colour without going over the top. Why not design your own bespoke made-to-measure furniture with some Scandinavian inspired fabric?
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5. Contemporary art
No Scandinavian kitchen would be complete without adding some wall art into the mix– whether you opt for a large feature canvas or just a simplistic frame with a monochrome image, it adds to the character without over doing it.
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Built-in Cupboards On Sale! 

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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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Bamboo Counter Tops Pros & Cons


Bamboo countertops might not be considered the most common form of kitchen work top material but that's not the result of any gross deficiencies with bamboo. Bamboo countertops have a lot of great features but like any material there are highs and not-so-highs that you should think about. Here's a list of pros and cons to consider:

The Pros . . .

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•    A Green, Eco-Friendly Material
Bamboo is a renewable, sustainable natural resource that regenerates quickly. If you're looking for some green options for your kitchen upgrade, bamboo ranks up there as one of the top choices.
•    Hard & Durable
The right type of bamboo (typically "Moso") that's harvested at the right time is a very hard material. In some cases, it's harder than oak and maple. That makes for a good countertop choice because with countertops, the more durable the better.
•    Moderate Price Point
Bamboo won't be the cheapest countertop you can buy but certain styles and brands can be very competitive or flat-out beat the cost of stone, quartz or solid surface tops.
•    It's A Renewable Surface
Bamboo, like wood, is renewable. That means if it gets scratched it can be sanded and re-sealed. Try that with quartz or laminate countertops.
•    Unique & Attractive Appearance
Obviously everyone's tastes are different but it's hard to deny the fact that bamboo has a unique and attractive appearance and one that's not really replicated in any other type of countertop material. It's available in several different styles (grain orientations) to suit your style and usability needs.

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. . . and the Cons
•    Yes It's Hard But Not Indestructible
OK, so bamboo is hard -- that doesn't mean your bamboo countertops will never dent, scratch or chip. Think about what the edge of a heavy can of soup would do if accidentally dropped on the countertop. You also can't put hot pans on the surface because the heat can damage the finish, the bamboo surface, the glues holding it together or all three.
•    Takes More Care Particularly In Wet Areas
Bamboo is a lot like wood in that it needs sufficient protection from water. If you install bamboo around wet areas like a sink you'll need to ensure it's well protected/sealed.
•    It's A Glued Structure
The fact that a bamboo countertop is a glued structure isn't bad in and of itself. However we are talking about a countertop surface (as opposed to a floor) so you'll want to make sure that the glues that are used are both food-safe and formaldehyde-free. Manufacturers of bamboo countertops and plywood should have this information readily available.
•    Limited Number Of Styles & Shades
Compared to other countertop surfaces bamboo has a limited range of "looks". The grain orientations provide a few style options and you can get a carbonized bamboo that's darker than the typical blond color of bamboo. You run out of options beyond that however. Staining bamboo might be a
•    possibility but be aware that results may be variable as explained in the 'color choices' section above.

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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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Lets do Bamboo

Bamboo is a pretty remarkable material and bamboo countertops are just one example of this material's versatility. If you've been trying to find an alternative countertop material that looks unique but still offers good functionality, bamboo might be a good choice.
The key to success with bamboo countertops however is understanding that they're not made from a homogeneous slab of bamboo but rather, an "assembly" of sorts of pieces of bamboo, much like plywood is a fusion of several layers of wood. It's also important to know that bamboo material has different characteristics based on how it's constructed.
There are other points to consider about bamboo like matching the right finish to the intended purpose and making sure it's installed properly.
Bamboo has a lot of great attributes and while it makes for a good countertop choice, it's not just an 'install-and-forget' kind of material.
Take a few moments to become familiar with bamboo and how it's used to make countertops. That will help you make an informed decision about whether it's the right choice in the first place and which type and style suits you best.

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What You Should Know About Bamboo Countertops
To understand whether bamboo is good choice for a countertop material you first need to first understand something about the material itself. It's versatile, strong and beautiful but it also has some unique characteristics that govern how it's "put together" into a countertop surface.
Important Facts About Bamboo's Construction
Bamboo material, particularly in the form that's used for countertops, looks, feels and responds like wood. To be technically correct however, it's not wood but a form of grass.
The key point to understand about most things made from bamboo is that as a building material, bamboo is an "engineered" product. It's an 'assembly' of sorts of many pieces of bamboo that are glued together to form boards and panels, similar to how plywood is made.
The reason for this is because the bamboo plant's "trunk" (actually known as the "culm") is hollow. There's no way to extract wide or thick boards of bamboo like you can with large trees. Instead, the walls of the culm are sliced into strips and then glued together in various configurations to make the boards and panels used for things like countertops, cabinets and flooring.

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Bamboo material, and as a result, bamboo countertops, are made using four different configurations of bamboo construction:
•    Vertical Grain - strips of bamboo are glued together in a vertical orientation.
•    Horizontal ("Flat" or "Face") Grain - the bamboo strips are laid together with their side edges touching each other and the wider "face" on the visible surface.
•    End Grain - the ends of the bamboo strips are cut off and positioned so that the ends are face-up/down much like an end-grain butcherblock.
•    Strand Woven - this construction method uses strands of bamboo (rather than cut strips) combined with adhesive that are pressed together under high pressure.
The significance of grain orientation is that it affects the overall look and hardness of the resultant product. Vertical grain, end grain and strand bamboo are usually the hardest forms. Horizontal grain bamboo shows the "knuckle" or node that is typical of a bamboo stalk. When you shop for bamboo countertops you'll see that they're offered in one of these grain orientations or perhaps a combination.
If you like the look of butcherblock countertops then choosing an end grain bamboo will be your best option. If you prefer the look of wood grain and all the natural but irregular characteristics that come along with it, choose horizontal grain bamboo or strand bamboo.
For the record, strand bamboo looks more like the grain of real wood whereas horizontal (or face/flat) grain bamboo shows off the characteristic linear grain that's periodically interrupted by the nodes.

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Kitchen Special! Kitchennete - design as is. Includes cupboards, worktops, appliances, handles, tap and all fittings - is available in a wide variety of colours, all for only R25 000!

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