We've all seen them — those neat, tidy kitchens without a jar or spatula in sight. How do they do it? What sort of magic keeps those kitchens in tip-top shape? And can it wave its magic wand over our kitchens too, please?
Here are 10 rules all clutter-free kitchen you can live by. It's no magic, just smart habits that anyone in any kind of kitchen can adopt.
Clutter starts at the countertop, which is why clutter-free kitchens, you'll notice, always have clean and clear counters. Resist the urge to use the countertop as a drop-off place for mail, keys, magazines, dirty dishes, and all of life's various items.
Relocate small appliances and get rid of any non-essential countertop decor. Make sure that whatever you do keep on the countertop is functional and essential to your time for cooking only.
For all you open-shelving dislikers, this is for you: Kitchens look neater when belongings are kept behind closed cabinet doors rather than stored out in the open. There! I said it. It doesn't mean I don't like open shelving, but I'm aware of its downsides, and so called fashion time.
If you're aiming for a clutter-free kitchen, you're better off sticking to cabinets so you can at least hide the clutter you do have. If you love open shelving, get comfortable with a minimalist style, have a minimum display of more related than pretty things. Containers and cans are a big no no!
Every clutter-free kitchen has a plan in place to keep it that way, and it usually involves some form of the "one in, one out" rule, which means that for everything new you bring into the space, something else has to get taken out. This way you maintain a healthy balance, and the "stuff" doesn't begin to take over.
This is an essential habit for a clutter-free kitchen, too. Think of the mantra "Don't put it down, put it away!" every time you're about to put something down randomly in the kitchen. Is it dirty? Put it in the dishwasher. Is it clean or new? Put it in the cupboard, refrigerator, or pantry. Is it not supposed to be in the kitchen at all? Take it out of the kitchen and put it in its proper place.
Simple, but so true: Remove excess paper, notes, photos, lists, and magnets from the refrigerator, and just let the refrigerator be, and your kitchen will immediately look neater.
With the exception of pretty bowls, patterned cloth napkins, or white plates, most things in piles don't look great. This is especially true of pans, pot lids, small appliance accessories, and messy space hogs like trash bags and kitchen wrap.
Clutter-free kitchens turn piles into pleasant areas. Anything that can be lined up or spread out is — it's just so much easier to store and see that way!
To maintain a clutter-free kitchen you have to value tidiness, and place a priority on cleaning. But that doesn't mean you have to be knee-deep in deep cleaning every week; just do a little cleaning every day, so you're both cleaning and maintaining the kitchen at the same time.
Mindfulness: It's an airy word that gets thrown around a lot, but small, attentive actions in the kitchen really can help keep clutter under control. Morning and evening rituals help us pay more attention to our kitchens, and how we feel and work in them.
Okay, so not every clutter-free kitchen is, well, clutter-free. Every good diet needs a cheat day, right? Every clutter-free kitchen needs a cheat spot, a free-for-all place to stash something until you've found a better location or purpose for it. (And putting it in your cheat spot is better than just leaving it out!)
The key is to be very specific and intentional about where that spot is. Choose just one shelf or drawer, and don't let it spill out into the whole cabinet.
And finally, a rule of living for clutter-free kitchen, you always leave the kitchen better than when they found it. This might mean quickly wiping down the table when they pass through the room, or taking the water glasses out of the sink and loading them in the dishwasher. It means always looking at your kitchen with a discerning eye and asking yourself: "What small thing can I do in this moment to make my kitchen a little bit better?" Small things grow up to be great habits.
Before breaking and tearing your old kitchen apart, just wait a second. Take a deep breath and appreciate what you have. Things might look to be of no hope but there might be a jem at the end of the rainbow. Take everything that can be moved on your tops and throw it away. It is just a disaster waiting to happen.
If you have an empty work space. It might look more clear. Just think about your desk at work. Well, it is the same at your kitchen. It is a work space after all. Now the work space you have at the office and the work space you have in your bedroom is after all the same work space you have at the kitchen. Now if you clear the space in your kitchen it is the same s[pace you clear at the office. After all your work at the office is the same as the kitchen. Just clear your space in the kitchen and you will have so much more healthy and friendly meals. After all, what are the space in your kitchen used for? Have an open space nd have an amazing meal.
A big kitchen renovation is one of the Most expensive improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home. A big kitchen renovation is one of the most expensive improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home.
Saving space by installing the microwave over the range has been standard kitchen protocol for years. But that practice is on its way out. As home buyers begin to favor universal design principles, keeping necessities accessible for the entire family becomes ever more important. Consider moving the micro to under-the-counter nooks and drawers instead.
Pot racks certainly had their moment in kitchen design. Placing a large pot rack over a central kitchen island, however, is no longer your best bet. Pots are now stashed neatly in drawers as opposed to living out in the open. Opting for a redesign that's sleek and minimalist will remain a safe choice for years to come.
It once seemed that homeowners would never tire of the throwback charm of the farm style sink, yet you'll rarely see one installed in a kitchen renovation today. Stick with stainless steel, which will always be practical and in style.
It is nice to keep your appliances off the countertop. But at the expense of the space an appliance garage requires? The trend of large cabinet drawers is here to stay, and there is plenty of room in there for your small appliances.
Minimal backsplashes are out, and for good practical reasons. Spills and splatters don’t necessarily have good aim. A tile or glass backsplash that goes all the way from counter to cabinets is much easier to keep clean and looking nice.
Keeping windows open and unfettered by shades or curtains has been a trend for several years - mimicking the urban style of loft living. But the trade off for this chic style is a complete no privacy and contending daily with the constant glare of unfiltered sun. Luckily, this is a trend that’s easy to reverse. There are lots of simple, minimalist window treatments that will keep your windows uncluttered while serving their important practical purpose. Not taking care of these will lead to replacing kitchen windows which can be a costly exercise.
Tiled countertops were big in the 70’s and 80’s and made a comeback recently in more minimalist designs. It is cheaper thn granite other solid natural countertop surfaces. But regardless of tile size and design, it is a maintenance headache. It’s hard enough to clean grout on a vertical surface in a shower. Bright AppliancesThere’s been a recent bright pop up in colour appliances to break up the sea of stainless that’s reigned supreme for years. Just beware that a trend is a trend, and will eventually (sometimes sooner than later) fade.
Bathrooms have become a very stylish aspect of our homes. They are a feature that can depict any style, era and taste depending on the owners. A lot of thought now goes into the function, look and feel of the bathroom space. One minor aspect that plays a huge role is that of the choice mirrors used in the space and the choices are endless.
A mirror which doubles up as a storage space, this can be very useful in small bathrooms. The mirror can also reflect your unique style; think outside the box with different shapes beyond the square, oval or round shapes. You can also mix and match different shapes to make for an interesting view. Or choose a mirror which matches the decor in your bathroom, eg tiling. Also think of the way we hang the mirrors this is typically wall hung but a different approach could be suspended from the ceiling or resting on the floor; this adds interest and makes a style statement. The size of the mirror can also make a powerful impact in the space. A full wall mirror if the space allows can make the bathroom appear larger or even grander. Simple back lighting behind the mirror illuminates the entire room and creates a sense of sophistication. Multiple mirrors of different sizes bring a playfulness that can be used for kiddie’s bathrooms. The vintage look is also quite popular and has a royal aura about it; if your style permits go for it. The double effect is quite stunning for his and her bathroom; bringing in a separation but linking through the same style mirror.
Ultimately the design decisions are left to you; and the choice of mirror can either compliment or spoil the look of your bathrooms. Be aware and careful of the style your bathroom is designed around. The mirror can be a simple aspect which creates a stunning feature within your bathroom whilst reflecting the beauty within it.
You might think choosing handles for your kitchen is easy, But if you think about how many times a day you will be using that easy choice handle or that they can effect your overall look and the functionallity of your kitchen. Maybe just add a few minutes to your choice of handle
Handles come in a variety of materials and colours. From plastic to wood, stainless steel, brass, chrome and even glass. Like all the different materials they also come in different shapes and sizes. When choosing a shape of handle, think about who might be using the handles. Do they have big hands? Then maybe a shell shaped handle is not for your kitchen.
You want handles that feel good to touch, that is easy on the eye and looks strong enough to open whatever door it is attached to.
Consider how long you would want to live with the kitchen and those handles to know what to look out for. If you want to live a couple of years, then maybe not go for finicky, small or even wick like materials. It will not go the distance.
Your kitchen floor. It’s an aspect of your overall kitchen design you probably spend the least amount of time thinking about, yet it’s an element that can really make or break the feel of your space. Plus it’s something you’ve probably gotten up close and personal with multiple times when dropping food, or clearing up the sixteenth inevitable spill of the week. Like any part of your design, there are a number of different options to explore, as well as considering what’s best for your chosen aesthetic and how practical the material is. Luckily for your kitchen flooring trends, so we’re going to cover some of the most popular ones in this post and the benefits they can bring to your space.
The great thing about greys
In many aspects of life, grey is considered a rather drab and lifeless colour, yet when it comes to the design world, it’s one of the most sophisticated shades you can choose. Choosing grey for your kitchen flooring will give your space a unique edge and having grey as the foundation of your room’s colour-scheme will give you a nice neutral base on which you can build from as it goes with just about every other colour. If you really want your design to pop, take advantage of the fact that grey is a cool colour and contrast it with some warmer tones or materials like wood.
Using your kitchen flooring to contrast light and dark colours is very on trend right now. You don’t have to stick with just one colour for your floor as you can opt for a gradient of tiles or pairing dark and light tones next to each other to really make it stand out. Just make sure you use soft monochromatic shades like greys, blacks and whites, or contrasting colours as anything too bright can clash and be a focal point in your design for all the wrong reasons.
You can even do this style with different shades of wooden planks which can work great in more rustic kitchen designs.
Tile kitchen floor
If we wanted to talk about all the ways to use tiles in your kitchen we’d be here all day, so for now we’re just going to highlight one of the more recent trends emerging tile kitchen flooring.
White-washing wood is trending hard right now and that colour choice has hopped over to kitchen floor tiles as well with bright white floors popping up all over the place. This the perfect floor if you’re going for darker materials in your units or worktops as it will create a beautiful contrast.
Having light, shiny tiles will instantly make your space look bigger and brighter, especially if you use larger tiles. If your kitchen gets a lot of natural sunlight, this floor will truly shine.
Rich textured floors with solid colour kitchen cabinet doors
Plain floors with solid colour kitchen cabinet doors
Plain floors with Rich textured kitchen cabinet doors
Texture upon texture:
If you floor and your kitchen cabinet doors are all textured you will have an extremely busy kitchen and will date sooner than later.
The kitchen has become the hub of the modern home, not just a cook space but a gathering place for family and friends and a focal point for activity. With all that goes on in today’s kitchen, it’s crucial that the floor can withstand high foot traffic as well as the all the inevitable spills and spatters. It also has to suit your personal style and fit your budget.
FOUR KITCHEN FLOOR MUSTS
Keep the following in mind when floor shopping:
Durability: To withstand frequent spills without staining, and to survive dropped skillets without damage, choose flooring that’s tough enough to survive your lifestyle.
Water-resistance: Your kitchen is a “semi-wet” room, so the flooring you choose should not be damaged by the occasional spilled glass of juice.
Scrub able: Messes always seem to end up underfoot, so the best kitchen flooring is one that’s easy to keep clean.
Design-friendly: When all is said and done, you want your kitchen to look just as good as the rest of your home. With today’s flooring options, you can have an attractive kitchen floor that’s resilient to boot.
Flooring manufacturers offer a wide assortment of materials that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. The following five flooring choices top the most-desirable list for contemporary kitchens. Start here when planning your kitchen redo, and you’re sure to find one that meets your needs.
Pros: Water-resistant, scrub able, comfortable underfoot, and budget friendly
Cons: Heavy appliances can leave depressions (avoidable with coasters under appliance legs)
Sheet vinyl has been around for decades and has only gotten better. The fact that it comes in a large sheet, as opposed to small, stick-down tiles, means there are no seams where water can seep down to the subflooring. Sheet vinyl offers wall-to-wall waterproof floor protection, which is always welcome in busy kitchens that see a lot of spills.
Vinyl flooring doesn’t get cold in the winter (as, say, ceramic tile can), so it’s comfortable underfoot all year round. It is easy to clean too; regular sweeping and occasional mopping with an all-purpose vinyl floor cleaner is sufficient.
Sheet vinyl is available in a wide variety of patterns and colours. The thicker the vinyl, the more durable and the more expensive. Expect to pay R300 to R1000 per square meter depending on quality. Professional installation will add another R100 to R300 per square meter. Pro installation is recommended because the vinyl sheet must be perfectly cut to fit the exact dimensions of the room and then carefully glued and rolled with a heavy press to prevent air bubbles.
Pros: Extremely durable, waterproof, stain resistant, and good for high-traffic areas
Cons: Grout requires periodic sealing to prevent stains
For the ultimate in durability, it’s hard to beat porcelain tile. Though similar to ceramic, porcelain is fired at higher temperatures, which makes it stronger and more resistant to damage. It comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, from 300mm squares to 1800mm planks that mimic hardwood. Like other hard flooring surfaces, porcelain can be slippery when wet, and it’s extremely hard—glasses and plates that fall on the floor will likely shatter.
Porcelain tile is heavy and will add substantial weight, so it’s not usually recommended for a second-story floor. If you have questions about whether your floor system is adequate for installing the tile, contact an engineer or a reputable tile setter. Depending on brand and quality, you’ll pay R250 to R800 per square meter for porcelain tile and an additional R350 to R1000 for professional installation. Unless you’re familiar with laying tile, it’s best to leave this to a professional. Installing porcelain requires the use of a special type of underlayment and thin set mortar.
Though porcelain tile is easy to clean with an all-purpose floor cleaner and a wet mop, the grout between the tiles should be sealed every three to four years with a grout sealer to reduce the risk of stains.
Pros: Waterproof, DIY-friendly, closely resembles real hardwood flooring
Cons: Heavy appliances may leave depressions
One of the newer flooring products on the market, engineered vinyl planks (EVP) are getting a lot of attention. The planks, which resemble hardwood, are completely waterproof. On the surface of the plank is a layer of luxury vinyl, bonded to a waterproof core that’s slightly cushioned to give the floor a soft feel underfoot.
Like other engineered flooring (laminate flooring or floating flooring), EVP planks do not attach directly to the subfloor. Instead, the planks snap together, which makes installation DIY-friendly. The flooring runs R500 to R700 per square meter and includes installation instructions. If you choose to have it professionally installed, expect to pay another R300 to R600 per square meter. Unlike a lot of flooring choices, such as sheet vinyl or tile, EVP can be installed directly over existing tile, concrete, or linoleum.
In terms of downsides, EVP is not as resilient as porcelain—and moving a heavy fridge could leave a scratch, so care should be taken when moving heavy appliances. It’s a breeze to clean, however, with just a mop dampened with soapy water.
Pros: Adds a natural, one-of-a-kind ambiance (no two tiles are identical), non-slip surface
Cons: Expensive and can stain without regular sealing
If you want natural flooring at any price, check out stone tile. You’ll pay R240 to R600 per square meter, depending on the type of stone, and factor in an additional R250 to R550 per square meter for professional installation. Hiring a professional tile setter is highly recommended because of the special underlayment and thin set mortar required. Even slight discrepancies in the thickness of the mortar or failure to use the correct product could result in stone tiles popping off.
Natural stone tile adds beauty to any kitchen and, unlike manufactured tiles, it’s by and large non-slip due to its semi-porous surface. Choose from a handful of natural tan, gray, red, and brown earth tones, depending on the type of stone you choose. The following types of stone are commonly available in flooring tiles:
Pros: Budget-friendly, DIY-friendly, warm and cushioned feel underfoot
Cons: Can be scratched by heavy objects
A relatively new addition to the flooring market, cork is quickly becoming a preferred choice for those who want a warm soft floor at an affordable price. Expect to pay R300 to R800 per square meter for cork tiles in square or plank shapes. Cork tiles can be installed by an enthusiastic homeowner—they’re available in peel-and-stick, glue down, or snap together assembly. Professional installation, if desired, can run an additional R250 to R400 per square meter.
Composed of ground-up cork combined with resins and then compressed into firm tiles, this flooring is available in a variety of gray, tan, and brown shades. While cork flooring can depress under the legs of heavy appliances, given time, the depressions will return to their original state. Cork flooring is soft underfoot and slightly springy. It reduces sound transfer, so it’s a good choice for homes that have a living area beneath the kitchen. Cork flooring resists stains but it is not stain-proof. Spilled wine that’s not promptly wiped up may leave a stain, but one of the cool things about cork is that it can be refinished by sanding down the surface and then applying stain and a sealer.
Cork can fade if exposed to direct sunlight, so protect your floor by using curtains or blinds. Clean-up is simple; wipe up spills promptly and mop with soapy water when necessary. Follow up by wiping the floor with a clean, dry microfiber mop to remove excess water.
Taking Care of Your Quartz Surface
Taking Care of Your Quartz SurfaceCaesarstone quartz surfaces blend modern sophistication and timeless luxury with unbeatable strength and durability. The ever-lasting finish requires only simple and routine care to maintain its good looks. To clean Caesarstone, use warm water and a mild detergent or quality spray and wipe type cleaner in order to enjoy enduring beauty and unmatched performance for years to come. If you have stubborn stains or dried spills.If needed, apply a non-abrasive household cleaner (a non-abrasive cleaner will not dull the surface shine) and rinse to remove residue. To remove adhered material such as food, gum, nail polish or even dried paint, first scrape away excess material with a plastic putty knife and then use a damp cloth to remove any marks or residual dirt. For extra-stubborn stains, a no-scratch Scotch-Brite® pad is recommended along with the non-abrasive cleaner such as Method Daily Granite.
Cleaning Agents to Avoid
It’s important to be aware that like any other surface, Caesarstone can be permanently damaged if exposed to strong chemicals and solvents that can damage its physical properties. Never clean your Caesarstone surface with products that contain Trichlorethane or Methylene chloride, such as paint removers or strippers. Avoid the use of highly aggressive cleaning agents such as oven/grill cleaners and dishwasher polishing agents that have high alkaline/pH levels (pH 8.5 or higher). Products containing oils or powders may leave a residue and should be rinsed off thoroughly. Should your surface accidentally be exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse immediately with clean water to neutralize the effect.
Virtually maintenance-free, Caesarstone’s hard, non-porous surfaces require no sealing to renew its luster and are simple to clean. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is enough to keep your Caesarstone surfaces looking like new. If necessary, use a non-abrasive soft soap along with a non-scratch or delicate scrub pad. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse with clean water to remove residue.
Caesarstone is more heat resistant than other stone surfaces including most granite, marble and limestone; and is not affected by temperatures lower than 150°C (300°F). However, like all stone material, Caesarstone can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes. Therefore, we suggest that hot pots and pans never be directly placed on the surface. We also recommend a hot pad or trivet be placed on the surface under cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster oven
Caesarstone is a highly scratch resistant surface; however avoid abuse of the surfaceby refraining from using sharp objects such as sharp knives or screw drivers directly onto the surface.
Click link below for a video on cleaning your Caesarstone topshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0mgYtUBzaI
Wood has been a used in kitchens for a substantial amount of time now and it still looks timelous. Wood can be used everywhere in the kitchen. From cupboards, tops, island, floor and even the ceiling. Lets take a look at how it would look.
Have a wooden top in your kitchen
Having wooden cupboards
Breaking the whole kitchen with an island wooden top:
Breaking the solid colours with a wooden island
Which kitchen flooring is right for you? Not all kitchen floors are created equal. As much as we’d like every floor to have exceptional durability, a low price tag, superior longevity and sky-high resale value, it just isn’t realistic. If you’re planning to revamp your kitchen knowing the strengths and weaknesses of hardwood, tile, travertine, laminate and vinyl is paramount. Lets weigh the pros and cons of these five common flooring types to help you select the right option for your lifestyle.
Tiles: Cost - Medium to High
Much can be said about the options that tile affords homeowners. Modern printing technology can generate ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces that mimic natural stone (travertine and marble), wood and concrete, plus clean monotone styles. This versatility almost guarantees you’ll find a style you like.
Pros: Moisture is no match for porcelain, which absorbs less water than ceramic. Tile has a hard surface that is uber-durable, especially color body porcelain (where the color runs through the tile instead of being just on the surface). It won’t scratch easily and should last for however long you decide to live in your home. It’s perhaps the easiest floor to clean. It can withstand most detergents, though all you really need is water and a mop. Tile is also well-priced option.
Cons: Tile with a smooth finish can get slick when wet. And despite how durable it is, it can still crack and chip if a heavy object hits its surface. Though standard tile is affordable, plank tile and marble tile can cost nearly as much as wood and stone. Older homeowners and those with foot or knee problems may have difficulty standing on its rock-hard surface.
The porcelain tile in this minimalist kitchen captures the natural movement of marble sans the maintenance. Marble tile and plank tile can be a low-care substitute for real stone and wood. Plank tile combines the beauty of hardwood with the durability of porcelain and ceramic. As with hardwood, you can mix and match the sizes of your planks to create depth in your kitchen.
Vinyl: Cost - Low to Medium
Vinyl flooring is manufactured in three primary forms: vinyl plank (above), vinyl tile and sheet vinyl. It has several installation methods, including peel and stick, glue down, and click and lock. It can look like wood or stone.
Pros: Unlike tile, vinyl won’t chip, and unlike laminate, vinyl can handle moisture. Its durable surface won’t easily succumb to scratches and scuffs. It’s also soft on your feet, a perk for older homeowners and those with foot or knee problems. The DIY-friendly installation methods and reasonable price tag will help keep your piggy bank intact.
Cons: Though it varies by market, the majority of home buyers will prefer hardwood and tile to vinyl. Furniture can leave marks on vinyl’s soft surface. Foot-traffic patterns can emerge over time.
Whereas vinyl plank and vinyl tile are manufactured in separate pieces, sheet vinyl is manufactured in large sheets, typically about 12 feet long. It can be more cost-effective than the other two options.
Concrete: Cost - Low to Medium
Concrete has a contemporary look and tone that is hard to match. Durable, it can withstand activity in the busiest kitchens and look great. There are various finishes you can give concrete to customize its look. Freshly poured concrete can be stamped, while all concrete can be stained, polished, stenciled and waxed. If you like concrete flooring and live in a colder climate, consider adding radiant floor heating beneath the to warm up the material’s cold surface.
Pros: Durable, versatile, moisture resistant, contemporary looking.
Cons: Hard if standing is required for prolonged periods, cold, needs re-sealing, can stain.
Hardwood: Cost - High
The appeal of a rich or smooth solid hardwood floor never fades. There’s also much to love about hickory, mesquite, oak and walnut. When it comes to flooring, they’re often at the top of the pecking order. Buyers can choose between solid hardwood or engineered hardwood, which is constructed with several layers of wood called plies. South Africa is not on par with these floors like Europe or the States.
Pros: Just about everyone wants hardwood floors, including home buyers. The resale value is through the roof. Other flooring products can come close but never fully replicate their natural beauty. Hardwood floors have the ability to be refinished and can last for centuries too.
Cons: Hardwood floors aren’t always practical for homeowners who want low-maintenance kitchens. They scratch more easily than other materials and are harder to clean. When exposed to moisture over the long term, they can warp, buckle or crown. And then there’s the price tag. Since quality hardwood floors are really expensive, expect to tap into your bank account.
Mix the sizes of your hardwood planks to add dimension to your kitchen. This traditional kitchen has planks with varied widths, but you can also choose planks with different lengths. Cleaner hardwood styles can blend in well with modern and contemporary designs. Hardwood flooring with a raw, unfinished texture gives this sleek London cooking space a natural midcentury modern touch.
Hardwood floors can also sport contemporary color palettes. This Miami kitchen uses gray oak to ground the ethereal white cabinetry. Woods with knots, grains and hand-scraped textures have strong character. They can restore a home’s original charm when you’re renovating a fixer-upper.
Laminate: Cost - Low to Medium
A relatively inexpensive floor, laminate has good bang for its buck. It can spruce up your kitchen at a lower cost than hardwood while providing superior scratch resistance against foot traffic. It’s a viable alternative to hardwood floors, offering realistic wood finishes in a variety of styles.
Pros: If you want to save money, laminate may be for you. Not only is it less expensive than hardwood and tile, but it also has a click-and-lock floating installation system, which is primed for DIY installation.
Cons: Laminate isn’t as equipped to handle moisture as tile and vinyl are (it can warp when wet), so installing it in your kitchen can make the upkeep more challenging. If you do, use a proper moisture barrier. You’ll need a special cleaner and mop to clean it. Laminate also doesn’t have the shelf life that hardwood, tile and vinyl floors do.
Bamboo: Cost - Medium to High
Bamboo is a great kitchen flooring material, especially if you like eco-friendly products. Bamboo grows so quickly, it’s a good sustainable source for flooring. Besides the eco-friendly aspect, bamboo’s strength is one of the highest of the natural materials on the market. When selecting bamboo flooring, go with a reputable brand with the longest warranty possible. The quality bamboo flooring is reflected by the length of the warranty.
Pros: Durable, beautifully grained, eco-friendly, long warranty available.
Cons: Some bamboo flooring can dent easily and are expensive.
Fit your kitchen with more drawers..
The normal standard kitchen only have on average one set of four drawers, and if you one of the lucky ones a pot drawer cupboard. Look at your own kitchen how many cupboards do you have that have doors and a shelve in the inside. How do you find it to bend down looking for something, ore how many times did you got groceries and while packing your pantry or where ever you put your groceries and find that you have some of the items already. You totally missed it when you were making your grocery list. Why because you couldn't find it or see it. How inconvenient is taking your plates out of a cupboard with shelves, first you have to bend down take the plates and be careful not to drop it while getting back up to a standing position. O yes then the pantry , shelves from bottom to top, everything everywhere. The frustration of looking for anything. Shelves in your bottom cupboards and pantry, can get annoying. not comfortable and convenient at all, I do believe you will agree.
The solution is simple and easy. Just add more drawers. Drawers make it so so much easier to get to everything and you can see up to 90% more of what's going on inside your cup boards. Adding drawers to your pantry unit o what a blessing. Doing it the right way you make your time spend in your kitchen so much more fun and practical to use . With all the type of drawer dividers you get these days you can fit the whole kitchen with drawers and every drawer will have its specific use. Pot drawer, inside your pot drawer cupboard you can add a additional internal drawer. Take a look at your top pot drawer go open it, you will notice that there is space left ,your pots don't go all the way to the top, now that's wasted space. Add a drawer... Where do you have your plates? I guarantee that its in a cupboard on the bottom and top shelve. And there is still allot of space above these plates of yours. And your glasses let me guess its in a wall cupboard close to your coffee, or water points. Putting it into a drawer unit makes it so much more convenient ,easy access. To make your kitchen more enjoyable and convenient drawers is the way to go.
By far the most difficult first decision to make when planning to re do your kitchen. There is lots of ways to look at this and different opinions. After 16 years of experience I picked up a pattern, and notice people planning to re do their kitchen, doesn’t know how to determine how much is needed for their dream kitchen. The easiest way that will give you a good indication, is to get an assessor to evaluate your house. This might seem extreme to some but there is a reason for the madness. Keep in mind some houses is priced different in some areas, In other words. Let’s say we have a house that’s 400m2 in living space, including a double garage, swimming pool, lapa, 4 bed room, 2 bathrooms, electric fencing, and electric gate. Depending where this house is will be a factor of what the value of the house will be, in Sandton this house will be validated from 2.5M up to 5M, in the areas like Sasolburg the same house will be evaluated from 1M up to 1.8M. It all depends on where you stay. So what does this have to do to determent the budget you need for your kitchen? Your kitchen value should be 10% to 15 % of your house value. For the house described earlier in Sandton you looking at spending in an area of R375 000 in Sasolburg about R270 000. This is only a guide line. Things to keep in mind. Is when spending that amounts on a kitchen ,you most probably going to re-tile, there might be extra plumbing, extra electrical work, and ceiling to be re painted or even re do. These extras add to your budget, If you look at re tiling just for the tiles it can start from R80 per square up R2500 per square, all depend on what tile you planning to use, and this is only tiles, you have to budget for the sament, grout and labour for fitting the tiles, and the labour to remove old tiles,. This can set you back on your budget. Plumbing depends on a couple of things,
If you decide that you are going to use the existing water and draining points, there will be no need to change any plumbing except your taps and sink. But for argument sake you want to add a prep bowl on a island, you have to do new connections and add a drain,( adding a drain you will have to, cut into your floor to get the drain to the outside, and to accommodate for water ). Some fridges also have to have a water point. This is also extra cost. Allot of old houses still have the taps that is above the sink in the wall, now a days the taps is mounted on the sink or the work top, so the old water points have to be lowered. Extra cost.
Your power points will work on the same principle, if you decide you’re going to leave the power points as is and do the designs of the kitchen around these points you save on your budget, but you have to buy new light switches, plugs and light fittings. But if you have an island and you want to add a power point, you also will have to cut into your floor to get electricity to the island, if the design you want for your kitchen is different to the current lay out, it most probably mean that you have to do extra electrical work, jet gain adding to your budget. In most cases the ceiling doesn’t have to be re done, but most probably have to be re painted, adding to your budget. In the modern day gas ovens is starting to be used more than the normal standard electrical oven. For a gas oven you have one of two options either having the gas bottle in a cupboard (keep in mind no gas bottle bigger than 9kg are allowed inside your kitchen) , if you use bigger bottles than 9kg it has to be outside in a steel cage. If your bottle is outside you need to have a gas pipe either through the wall or under you floor. And to connect the gas you need to use a company that does the connections according to South African law. If they don’t give you a certificate it means that they aren’t qualified to do any gas connections.( Remember if your house burn down due to a gas explosion, your insurance won’t cover anything, if there is no certificate) This also add to your budget.
For this new kitchen changes are that you would most probity want to buy new appliances, fridge, oven, microwave, dish washer, washing machine. This can add up to thousands on to your budget. All depends on what brand you want to use (Miele, Smeg, Siemens, LG , Bosch, Defy) the list goes on. For entry level Defy you looking at spending about R25,000 to R50,000 also adding to the budget. With the estimated R 375 000 for the house in Sandton you can add R60,000 to R150,000 to your budget for your kitchen. This is only a guide line to use. Planning to go all out and using the latest trends and technology your kitchen can go up to 1M or even over. So if you are planning to re do your kitchen, changes are that you might forget or even not knowing there is always extra cost. Here is a list of the most important things to consider: Plumbing | Tiling | Electrical | Ceilings | Painting | Gas | Appliances | Windows | Cupboards | Work tops | Extra Building work (if planning to add or remove a wall).