Weizter Magazine

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JUN
25
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Luxury Walk in Closets

Walk in closets are becoming a high priority in all parts of the world. Keeping it simple would be the number 1 rule when designing your walk in closet space. While an open walk in closet is always popular, it can look untidy when your closet has multiple colour schemes and is not bound by a uniformal look.

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In many of the online pictures you see, you will notice that the closet has been staged with uniformal clothing that sticks to a specific theme or colour choice.

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By adding a sliding door in front of your walk in closet space you create a neat looking space without comprimising on style.

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Choose Weizter today for a high end Walk in closet space that your friends will envy you for.

JUN
25
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Choosing the right countertop for your kitchen

When designers set out to design the perfect kitchen for their clients, choosing the right countertop is vital. It is a very important decision during the planning stages of design. The countertop is ultimately needs to suit the needs of the client, as the work surface will depend on the type of user.

We need to identify key factors which affect our decisions when providing the solutions for our clients. Would your client require an easy to maintain work surface? Or is a stain resistant work surface a worry? Or is the style of kitchen design a determining factor?

The two factors most likely to influence your choice are that of durability and appearance. As the worktops is of frequent use and needs to look great as well. There is an immense variety of materials to choose from. Certain materials call for extra care, a few are almost maintenance-free, and others develop a patina effect which makes the work surface even more stunning as it ages.

So what are the options available?

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops create an elegant and sophisticated look, whether it has a polished or honed finish. The stone is resistant to heat, cracks, and breakage. But it is porous and requires a lot of care in use. This is not ideal or an advisable option.

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Wooden Countertops

Wooden countertops can be fairly economical and it adds a sense of warmth to your kitchen. It is multipurpose surface and works perfectly in a contemporary or rustic kitchen. Scratches will occur but those can be sanded away. A wood surface will need regular oiling and it is not heat resistant so one should be wary of protecting it from extra-hot cookware.

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Granite Countertops

Granite countertops offer flexibility and sturdiness. It highlights the beauty of natural stone as each slab varies in appearance; it is also stain-resistant and requires minimal maintenance but can be porous.

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Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel countertops is basically impervious to heat and bacteria, making it the go to choice in professional kitchens. Besides cleaning up fingerprints regularly, it is a smart choice for a kitchen fitted with commercial-style appliances and is an ideal choice for those who are germ conscious.

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Solid Surfacing Countertops

Solid surfacing countertops like Corian offer great solutions for colour choice, build ups and a modern aesthetics. Innovative designs can be created using this product. It can be pricey but require minimal maintenance. Or an alternate solid surface would be Formica which comes in a wide selection of colours, is fairly cost effective but comes in a standard thickness.

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Engineered Stone Countertops

Engineered stone is currently one of the most popular solutions. It is composed of natural quartz mixed with resin. It is very durable, nonporous, and heat-scratch-resistant and maintenance free. Aesthetically there are always new colours coming on the market for every desired look from a marble effect to a concrete look. It is a bit most costly but well worth it.

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Ultimately the choice lies with the client’s needs and we can also mix and match different materials to suit the style requirements and add a feature to the space.

JUN
25
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Kitchens of the Future

Integrating or universal design, means thinking through a design and approaching it with common sense. Some of this prediction is driven by the growing need for multi-generational design. The numbers of households that include several generations is growing at a rapid rate. This type of design must simultaneously cater to the elderly, children, and everyone in between.

Universal design is also very much about letting go of long-held kitchen design traditions that just don’t make sense. Homeowners are already beginning to question why they have to bend over to get dinner out of the oven and they are ready to do something about it.

The kitchen of the future will incorporate many more user-friendly features:

  • Multi-level countertops
  • Media worked into the design of the kitchen for an increasingly connected population
  • Appliances moved to more accessible areas
  • Less over-the-counter cabinetry for a more open and accessible work space
  • Lighting that highlights the backsplash and puts light where it’s most needed

The goal with all of this is to bring functionality and aesthetics into the same space. It is possible for them to exist together. Skilled designers spent so long bumping up style in the kitchen that the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction. But designers are emphasizing a balance instead of one or the other.

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JUN
24
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Risks and facts about Duco (Painted) Kitchens

Price

Painted cabinets aren’t exactly budget-friendly. They can be, but if you’re comparing them with stained cabinets, you’ll find that they often carry a steeper price tag. How much higher? The answer ultimately depends on who’s making the cabinets and where you’re buying them from. That’s thousands of extra rands you’re forking over, depending on the size of your kitchen.

Maintenance and cleaning - Equipment

  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • 3 microfiber cloths

Instructions

  1. Mix up your cleaning solution: Fill a bucket with warm water and squeeze in some dish soap as the water is running. (This will cause the soap to bubble up.) There's no need to be too precise with this: Just add a few inches of water to your bucket and a couple squirts of soap until the mixture is soapy.
  2. Dip a microfiber cloth: Dip part of a microfiber cloth in the soapy solution and wring it out. Be careful not to over saturate your cloth — it should be damp but not soaking.
  3. Scrub your cabinets: Working on one cabinet at a time, rub the damp cloth in a circular motion on the cabinet. Dip the cloth back in the soap mixture and repeat as necessary to remove any grime.
  4. Wet a second cloth: Wet part of your second cloth under the sink in non-soapy water. Wring it out. Again, it should be damp but not soaking.
  5. Wipe the cabinet: With your second cloth, wipe down the cabinet again. Work in a circular motion and make sure there's no soapy residue left behind.
  6. Dry the cabinet: Grab a third microfiber cloth and dry the cabinet in that same circular motion. If you're spot-treating a particular mess, then you're done. If you're cleaning the whole kitchen, move on to the next cabinet.

The cons of painted kitchen cabinets

  • Unfortunately, painted kitchen cabinets tend not to be as durable as the alternatives. They’re more likely to chip than any other doors. Though chips are not easy to repair, and as I’ve said, they happen far more often.
  • Painted cabinets are a luxury option, and inevitably they cost more. The price will vary, depending on the quality doors you use, but it’s always going to be higher than the alternatives.
  • The lead times are a lot longer with painted kitchen cabinets. This makes sense, when you remember that they need several coats of paint, with drying time in between. This means you may have to wait up to 4-6 weeks for painted kitchen cabinets, as against 2-3 weeks for the more affordible alternatives.
JUN
23
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Taking care of your kitchen herb garden during the winter

1. Herbs need humidity

Kitchen herbs prefer a humidity level of 30 to 45 percent. Unfortunately, during the winter months, the humidity level in heated homes tends to only be 10 to 20 percent. To combat low humidity, frequently mist the herbs. Or turn on a humidifier to increase cut through dry air.

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2. Move them into sunny spots

From summer to winter, the angle of the sun changes, so you need to move your herbs near a different window for the season. You can also wash the window glass, inside and out, to help let in more light. Don’t forget to rotate the herbs every so often to make sure they receive light evenly on all sides.

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3. Do not give too much water

Considering their growth rate is significantly slower during the winter, herbs do not require as much water. Check the soil by putting your finger about one inch into the soil. If it feels dry, the plant needs a good soaking. Be sure to use lukewarm water!

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4. No food needed

Due to very little growth, giving or changing fertilizer is not needed during the winter months. It’s best to withhold food until next spring, when the days are much longer and the sun is stronger. Resume weekly feedings closer to spring to give your plants a boost.

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5.  Check the temperature

During the daytime, most herb gardens prefer a temperature between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, and at night time about 10 to 15 degrees cooler. Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can be damaging, so it’s best to keep your herbs away from cold windows, or sources of heat, such as stoves, fireplaces, and radiators.

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There are a lot of aspects around your kitchens herb garden, new trends are popping up every day, one of them is by usining your freshly grown herbs as decor points in your kitchen to give it a bit of that natural flair that has gone missing over the years.

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JUN
23
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Ceasarstone Kitchen work tops (Part 1)

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Quality by definition ....the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something ."an improvement in product quality"

Your choice on what to use as a counter top or work top in your kitchen can be a conundrum, seeing that there is so many options to choose from, one of Weizters biggest suppliers Caesar Stone, is leading the way in the technology and development of engineered stone. Adding more value to any kitchen, or working service.

Since 1987 they have been creating quartz surfaces which are not only beautiful to look at but also exceptionally durable. Whether you’re a professional designer or simply looking to create exquisite home interiors, their surfaces can be the starting point for your design and renovation ideas. With three diverse collections – Classico™, Motivo™ and Concetto™, you will be sure to find the look that meets your design needs, whether you’re designing a new kitchen or luxury bathrooms. Caesar stone is also suited to more unusual applications such as feature walls, floors and stairways, or even custom-made furniture. They simply provide the tools for you to put your unique stamp on any room, and create an unrivalled and unique, interior finish.

All Caesar stone slabs meet the very highest international standards including ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environmental management. Every single surface meets American Greenguard stringent standards, ensuring safe indoor air quality. We are also certified by National Safety Foundation (NSF), certifying our surfaces are qualified for unrestricted use in the kitchen and food preparation environment.

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With the knowhow and experience Caesar stone bring to the industry, its save to say that quality is a given. And is a must have in every kitchen. It is essential for us to assure you that your Caesar stone product will retain its functionality, beauty and give you pleasure for many years to come. Because your peace of mind is a top priority, we provide every client with a suitable warranty for every Caesar stone quartz surface product we supply. This means that we completely support our product and that we are always at your service to answer queries, solve problems and ensure you derive maximum satisfaction from your Caesar stone product. Warranties are provided by the exclusive Caesar stone distributor in your geographic area. Lifetime limited warranty on material installed in residential applications and a 10-year limited warranty on material installed in commercial applications. With a on line warranty activation proving that quality and security for any client at Weizter using Caesar stone. Is a bonus adding value to your dream kitchen. And giving you peace of mind to know you have been given the best.....

JUN
22
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Is a white kitchen a safe choice?

White has been a regular colour of choice in kitchens for decades now. It’s a safe choice, it blends and it is always in season. But what will you find when you pull off some of the layers? One of the disadvantages might be a reason for you to look at other options.

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It doesn’t approve with age like wine. When you have a painted kitchen, it will show smudges easer and scratches will give more character. Although modern melamine resist better, it will show wear after a few years down the line. Other finished will also show wear later on, but with white it will be more visible.

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How often do you want to clean your kitchen? White kitchens are high maintenance as it shows marks quicker than a coloured or patterned kitchen. Also, should one cook or entertain allot in the kitchen. The cleaning will not only be the tops but also the doors. They are often seen as plain, cold, unwelcoming, simple and even unexciting. If that is the look you are after then it will be fine.

All is not bad. You don’t have to go mad looking for the same white when adding something to your kitchen. White has a way of blending all different whites.

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White makes the space look and feel lighter and bigger. If your kitchen is a bit on the small side, bringing a white kitchen in will make the space feel bigger.

If you want to add some cabinets to your kitchen, you will more than likely find the same finish in a few years time. Because white is always in demand, it doesn’t really discontinue. While an all white kitchen is a serious commitment. It still looks breathtaking.

JUN
18
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Personalize your kitchen

Too often, kitchens don’t make a statement. They are too monotonous and look store bought. When having guests over, do you run into the kitchen just to run out again? Not wanting your guests to come into the kitchen.

Because of the world we are living in these days, you don’t have to stick to any style. You can mix and match just as you want. Just make sure that what you mix blends in somehow. If you have a wooden floor, you can add an extra wooden top or even an aluminium top to match your aluminium kick plates.

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Have a naked wall that you just haven’t figured out what to do with? Add some floating shelves to put plants or photos or words on. Single emotional words like love or family has been around for some time now and it never fails.

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You and your partner can’t figure out which chair to go with? No stress. You can have your different chairs around your kitchen nook or island and it will work. Everyone will have their favourite chair.

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JUN
18
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Herringbone pattern as an interior finish

One of the most important design decisions when it comes to interior design in the home lies in the selection of your finishes. Every room typically needs the perfect floor or wall finish which becomes a feature or compliments the rest of the elements in your home.

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Whether you have a blank space, stuck in an aesthetic rut, want a subtle hint of texture or would like to add an exquisite feature.  A simple go to that does not require much thought would be the herringbone pattern.

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It is a simple arrangement of rectangles creating a v-shape similar to a weaving technique. It originates from the Roman Empire where they were used in building the roads and some even date it back to the Egyptian jewellery designs. You would think this “ancient” pattern has become a thing of the past but its beauty still intrigues the eye and creates a sense or texture and movement.

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This old school design element can be used in a unique modern manner in living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms or even bathrooms. As a wall finish, floor finish, kitchen or bathroom splash back, furniture design or even on doors. Its effect can be manipulated depending on your style through your colour and texture selection of material. Solid, dark, wood grain or light airy. It can also be combined with other patterns or solid colours depending on your preferences. It is a great tool to add a feature in any room.

- “Art is pattern improved by sensibility”

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JUN
17
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Making the most of a small kitchen

If your kitchen is on the small side, you would have been faced with a daily difficulty of where exactly to put everything! Whether it is cupboards that spill out their contents every time you open the door or a lack of worktop space for food preparation, small kitchens can definitely be a challenge.

However, no matter how small your kitchen is there are a number of ways to maximise the available space and ensure that it functions as you need it to. A great way to make the most of your kitchen’s dimensions is to opt for a re-design. A dedicated Weizter designer is able to re-design the space, taking into account your budget and needs, to ensure the available space is used as efficiently and effectively as possible.

To further help you make the most of your kitchen, we have come up with 3 easy tips and tricks that can help you utilize the space you have.

1. Light is key.

If you are looking to refit your small kitchen and extending the space isn’t an option, choose a kitchen with a light finish such as the high gloss which helps bounce the light around the room.

2. Cupboard Optimization.

Helping to maximise every available inch, in cupboard storage is a great way to make the most of your cupboard space.

3. Integrated appliances.

Integrated appliances are a great way to help a small kitchen feel bigger, with everything hidden by cupboard fronts, the illusion is of an uninterrupted run of units, maximising the feel of the room.

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JUN
17
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Kitchen Lighting

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Pendants, uplights, downlights, LEDs Do you know all the options out there in kitchen lighting when it comes to creating the illumination you need to prep, cook and dine? What lighting types and the main things to consider in planning an effective design.

Why is kitchen lighting so important? 

For most of us, the kitchen is the workplace of the home and a busy spot at night. Good lighting is essential, as it allows you to perform tasks such as prepping food and cleaning up quickly .And it adds character to a space and can quickly take the mood from functional to cozy, perfect for an eat-in kitchen. 

Plan lighting as early as possible.

Moving light fixtures after a kitchen has been installed can be expensive, or not sometimes possible. Rewiring and repainting mean costs can add up quickly. For that reason, it’s best to plan kitchen lighting during the design stage.

What is a layered lighting design?

Light layering involves creating different shades of light, playing with shadows and using different colors to highlight a room’s best features. In the kitchen, it generally incorporates task lighting for food prep and cooking, ambient lighting for general illumination and character, and accent lighting to highlight specific features such as a gorgeous backsplash or a piece of art.

Consider safety first.

The first priority of kitchen lighting is to provide sufficient illumination for safe and efficient meal prep, cooking and cleaning. This is mostly achieved with task lighting — think LED strip lights under an upper cabinet. These create a even light with no shadows or heat.

This will minimize shadows in your prep zones. The best way to do is this is to install task lighting in front of or above you, rather than behind you.

Add ambient lighting for character.

Soft, ambient lighting will wash your kitchen with light and create a warm, welcoming glow. It could be in the form of a pendant above a counter or dining table, downlights around the perimeter of the room or a central ceiling light.

Highlight your best features with accent light.

Use accent lighting to draw attention to special features such as a backsplash or a island. Installing strip lighting under cabinets or counters is a great way to achieve this. You could also add accent lighting to glass cabinets or open shelving to highlight your displays.

Choose the right style.

When it comes to choosing kitchen lights, take your cues from your home’s architecture and the lighting styles in the rest of the home. Choosing similar styles (or at least having a unifying theme such as shape or finish) will create a sense of flow among the spaces. This is particularly important in an open-plan kitchen that flows directly into a living or dining area.

Get the proportions right.

With pendant lights and other decorative styles, size is also important: too large and the fixture will overwhelm a small kitchen; too small and it may get lost in a large space. 

It’s also important to hang the pendant at an appropriate height to reduce the risk of people bumping their heads. Generally speaking, it should be about 32 inches above a table or counter.

Take control.

Lighting control systems allow you to alter the illumination as needed and change the mood of the space. With dimmers, for example, you can go from bright lighting for precision cooking to a warm glow for dining. Having controls on separate switch plates lets you control lights in different areas separately. 

 

JUN
17
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Taking care of your kitchen herb garden

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1. Using the right growing soil.

Indoor herbs have a better shot at healthy growth if you plant them in a sterile growing soil. Choose a “potting mix” or “growing mix” that has the word “sterile” on the label. This type of growing medium contains a germ-free mixture of lightweight ingredients, such as peat moss, vermiculite, and shredded pine bark, which resist compaction so roots can develop easily. Avoid using soil from your garden that can become dense and compact, and also contains bacteria and/or tiny insects that could kill your kitchen herbs.

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2. Startig seeds can go further.

If you purchase young plants from a garden center, you’ll be harvesting in no time—but once those plants “go to seed” they’ll quit producing herbs. So for kitchen herb gardens that last, buy seed packets, from which you can grow multiple plants. A single young plant runs R40 to R60 while a packet of seeds can provide you with 20 plants, or more, for about R20. Most herbs will be ready to harvest in two to three months from the time the seeds sprout.

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3. Keep soil moist until sprouts appear.

Kitchen herb seeds are quick to develop but they require a consistent level of moisture until they sprout. Fill your pot with damp growing medium. Place two to five seeds on top of the medium, and then lightly sprinkle dry soil on top—just a dusting will do. Cover the entire pot with plastic wrap and put it in a dark location until the seeds sprout. Then, remove the plastic and set the pot on the windowsill.

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4. Start new seeds often.

The average herb plant will reach maturity and go to seed in about four months, after which it will no longer produce fresh herbs. By about every two months, the new plants will be producing vigorous growth by the time the existing ones are declining, and you’ll always have a fresh supply of herbs.

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5. Don't use too much fertilizer.

You can feed your kitchen herbs with a vegetable fertilizer every two or three months, but dilute the solution to one-third the recommended strength. Indoor herbs do well with a small amount of fertilizer, while too much can cause rapid growth that reduces the flavor of the herbs.

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 6. Harvest often.

Harvesting leaves from the tops of herb stems will encourage the plant to grow more. Just be sure to snip carefully. Remove no more than 1/3 of a stem when you’re ready to add the herb to your food. Cutting too much can damage the plant and cause it to stop growing.

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7. Water spray your herbs.

Spraying your herbs once a week is usually sufficient. Most herbs prefer slightly damp, but not soggy, conditions. Give plants enough water so that a little excess runs into the drainage saucer below. An hour after watering, dump out the saucer to ensure that the roots aren’t sitting in water. If the soil dries out very quickly, which can happen if the herb is growing rapidly and its roots are absorbing more moisture than normal, water every three to five days. 

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Please visit again next week for some more pointers on your kitchen herb garden.

JUN
17
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Aquariums as a centre piece for your kitchen

Aquariums have always been a beautiful centre piece of any room. Why not add one to your kitchen to create a space of peace and tranquility. Aquariums add colour, light and beauty to any space therefore in a kitchen it would make the space stand out.

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 Whether you go for a tropical or a marine tank, either will give a focal point to your kitchen that will make your space stand out compared to other kitchens.  When planning the kitchen around an aquarium it is important to go with a monochromatic space that will allow the aquarium to stand out.

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At Weizter we can plan your kitchen around your aquarium. Enquire today for a kitchen that stands out.

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JUN
15
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Kitchen Renovation Tips

Should you install flooring or cabinets first?

Floor First

Fully renovating your kitchen will update the space, add value to your home and appeal to potential buyers. It's a big undertaking, so you want to follow all the right steps to ensure the final results match your original design vision. In the pursuit to create the idea kitchen, you may be wondering whether to install your new cabinets or floors first. Hers's a look at the pros and cons of either order:

Pros

Many people like to put in flooring first to avoid having to cut the material around cabinets and appliances. This is the main draw for those who start with floors. What's more, some worry that by installing cabinets first, it will be harder to switch them out in the future, as you'll be stuck with the same cabinet footprint you had before, However, if you're remodeling the kitchen, you're likely doing so in a style you won't want to change later. Finally, putting down beneath base cabinets offers a clean look and saves you from having to install quarter rounds with your cabinets.

Cons

Starting with the floors can have many drawbacks. For starters, installin the floors throughout the kitchen, even under the cabinets, wastes flooring materials. You won't see the flooring beneath your cabinets and applinaces, so why pay for the material and installatiojn? Then, if you replace the flooring, you'd have to take out the cabinets as well, making for a costly renovation down the road for you or future homeowners.

Finally, the material you choose may also affect the order of your installation. Wood floor expand and contract with chnaging temperature and moisture and it needs room for this process. Installing floors beneath your cabinets could cause wood to buckle when it tries to expand. This will damage your new floor. For this reason, some experts rommend installing wood floors after you finish your cabinets. Also floating floors can't be installed under cabinets because the cabinets will be too heavy and restrict the floor from expanding and contracting. This could cause the floor to come apart.

 

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Cabinets First

Pros

Starting with cabinets allows you to avoid many of the issues you'd face with doing things the other way around. You won't waste time and money on flooring you won't see. You're less likely to damage you new floors by starting with cabinets. If yu have your new floor down and add cabinets, you run the risk of scratching or denting them during installation.

Cons

By starting with cabinets, you essentially create a footprint you'll have to stick to during future renovations. Additionally, you'll have to cut your flooring to fit around the base cabinets, which makes installation more expensive and time-consuming. Built-in appliances will be trapped in place as long as you have this flooring. You're basically cornering them with your flooring material, making switching built-ins much harder. Of course you can purchase appliances that aren't built in to solve this issue.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to each installation order, though there are more risks if go floors first. For this reason, carefully consider the materials you chose, what appliances you have and your future renovation plan when making a decision. If you're working with contractor, ask which method he or she typically uses.

 

 

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JUN
11
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Innovative glass box kitchen design

Innovative design does not only refer to technological advancement, a new product or new aesthetic applications. It also refers to a new way of thinking or approach to specific design restrictions and your response to it. These restrictions may be from your client or the space itself making you think outside the box.

Innovative design and ideas can be inspired by looking at existing design solutions. I have been inspired by this stunning kitchen which encompasses the notion of thinking outside the box within a box.

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Located in England the home owners required a renovation of an existing cottage whilst still maintaining the integrity of the structure. Hence with the commissioned designer they opted to literally add a new kitchen within a glass box which is an extension to the cottage.

The contrast of the glass box against the traditional cottage is unique and the kitchen design itself compliments the architecture created.

The red brick thatched roof is contrasted by the steelwork and glass of the box but the floor finish is the same, a continuation from the inside to the outside. This is a very subtle but effective link between both spaces. 

The kitchen design takes on a modern style whilst having a very homely feel. Keeping the kitchen design simple, sleek and functional the views are framed in every direction. White kitchen cabinetry is accented with a warm wooden top and this creates a relation to the beautiful garden surrounding it.

Modern design can keep its integrity and compliment traditionalism. Innovation and thinking outside the box can be a simple response or approach and is more obvious than one may think. In this case beauty lies in simplicity.

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JUN
10
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Monochromatic Kitchens

Monochromatic kitchens have become popular as they are simple, contemporary and timeless.

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Monochromatic colour schemes originate from a single base hue and extended using shades, tones and tints. Monochromatic kitchen colour schemes provide a strong sense of visual consistency and can help support communication objectives through the use of connotative colour. The relative absence of hue contrast can be offset by variations in tone and the addition of texture.

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According to science the true monochromatic images can be strictly created only of shades of one colour fading to black. While the word monochromatic factually means a singular colour, it actually means that the colour will be developed in a few ways to create a liveable space. Neutral colour schemes can also be monochromatic, with variations of a neutral colour.

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The most attractive and enjoyable way to complete your colour scheme is with texture and print. Texture adds interest to the room through the uneven surface that varies how light hits the surface. A texture can appear light and dark, even when created with the same colour. Fabric Bar stools or a wooded chandelier will add depth and assist in giving added detail to any kitchen using the monochromatic colour scheme. 

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Neutrals make the best monochromatic schemes. Consider a neutral monochromatic colour scheme for your kitchen to create a space that will be timeless and not overstated. 

JUN
09
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How to start your kitchen herb garden

If you appreciate having an abundance of flavor and tastes on hand at all times—and saving more money in the long run—keep reading. This guide will help you grow successful well established kitchen herb gardens that brim with strong, healthy plants. Take your culinary accomplishments to the next level, and your family and friends will thank you!

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How to start your garden:

1. A sunny spot to help them grow.

Herbs love the sun; they tend to grow tall and straggly without it, producing limp stems instead of healthy compact buds. To successfully grow herbs indoors, choose spaces that receives a minimum of four to six hours of direct sunlight per day. For even growth, turn your herb pots around every day or two to ensure that all sides receive an equal amount of direct sunlight.

Additionaly you can buy or build grow kits were there are no sunlight available.

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While some containers add a touch of style to a kitchen’s décor, herbs—like all pot plants—need good drainage. The pots you choose should have drain holes in the bottoms. You may see photos of herbs tucked into pretty little cups and glasses, but without drain holes, the plants are at risk of developing fungal diseases would most likely kill them.

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3. Grow herbs you need!

The best herbs for you are the ones you actually love to use—especially considering how you’ll need to harvest the herbs frequently anyway for the health of the plants. If you enjoy Italian or Mediterranean fare, start with basil, oregano, parsley, and mint in your kitchen herb garden. Other famous herbs that home chefs frequently reach for include chives, thyme, cilantro, and rosemary.

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4. Save space with dwarf varieties.

Think small when choosing herbs for kitchen gardens, where space is often limited. Dwarf varieties allow you to have all the herbs you want without taking up much room.

These petite plants also make it easier to invoke another space-saving principle: the use of vertical space. Consider stacking your short potted plants vertically—on shelves, tiers, or wall hooks—up along a well-lit backsplash or wall in the kitchen.

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Kitchen herb gardens

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 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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Bring life into your kitchen with a coloured wall

The Rolling Stones said in 1966: I see a red door and I want it painted black. Times have changed from coloured doors in a kitchen to a morgue/cave type of cold feeling. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
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By changing one wall with a different colour you can brighten the feel of your kitchen. Put a little bit of life on one wall and you will already have more of a personality in the morning. The colour for doors and tops currently used in a kitchen is white, grey, cream, brown and black. So the type of colours you would want to use on a specific wall should be red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple but that is not where it ends. You live in the house, so it is all up to you. The sky is the limit and if in two years you don’t like the colour anymore, you can just get different colour of paint and repaint. It is not like redoing the whole kitchen. By just changing the wall, you would already have a new look to your kitchen without changing your kitchen. So which wall to put the statement colour on?
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It really depends on the layout of your house. From which side you see the kitchen first and where you would want to have the statement of your kitchen. This all depends on your creativity and where you would like to have your main focus. And it doesn’t have to be the same wall every time. Every time you repaint, you could change the statement wall. But try to keep it to two colours to the wall and not every wall a different colour. Also don’t do two different bright colours. Make a wall a neutral light/soft colour and the other bright. If you go two bright colours they might clash and make your kitchen look too busy. You could also do two walls one bright colour.

Let your colours of creativity flow and the days of no colours anymore I want them to turn black is finished.

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Celebrity Kitchen Styles

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our homes, often acting as a social space where our families get together to eat as well as prepare food. So it's no wonder that famous people have pulled out all the stops when it comes to designing their own kitchens, with state-of-the-art appliances, custom cabinets and flooring, along with separate Islands or breakfast Nooks.

So if you're considering a kitchen renovation, or simply want a behind-the-scenes peek inside the homes of your favourite celebrities, you'll love our round-up of the most stylish kitchens from the likes of Johnny Depp, Celine Dion and Rihanna. Even if we can't recreate their stunning kitchens in our own homes, we can definitely pick up some interior design tips along the way.

1. Johnny Depp's Penthouse in Los Angeles

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2. Celine Dion's kitchen in Florida.

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3. Rihanna's penthouse in London worth £35 Million.

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