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JUL
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Modern country style kitchens

Country Style Kitchens some love them and some don’t, it’s all a matter of preference. Even though it’s an old style of design it is still very popular; bringing with its sense of warmth and a timeless appeal. A country style kitchen can be modern and subtle or very rustic and ornate. Implementing a more modern country style kitchen can be done through small elements in design making it your own space.
 
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Profile doors and exquisite handles
A very popular profile that will create an immediate sense of a country style is a shaker door and its beauty lays in its simplicity but there are many other options available. Your choice of handles goes hand in hand with the door profile. A simple bar handle, an intricate handle, a square, oval or round knob or a buttercup handle. The finish of the handles can vary between chrome, brushed nickel, copper, etc.
 
Open shelving & Framed glass doors
Open shelves in a country kitchen has always been prominent and a perfect way of displaying crockery and unique items in the kitchen; adding interest and warmth. An alternate to open shelves can be behind glass framed doors, this still allows for display but a bit more organised and slightly hidden.
 
Neutral Colour Palette
A neutral palette is a common approach to colour choice as it relates itself well to the softness of a country kitchen. Designers usually stick with creams, whites or light colours. However, we now tend to see a more greys and blues in a monochromatic manner to bring a different look to the country style. 
 
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Timber accents
The use of timber adds an incredibly beautiful textural difference within the space. Timber can be brought in through the actual cupboards itself, breakfast nook or worktop surface, shelving, flooring, wall finishes or even ornaments on display. Timber has softness by nature and adds a lovely rustic feel in the space.
 
Freestanding ovens
The country style can even be implemented in your choice of appliance. A freestanding oven is ideal; it relates to the country look and functions well. For large catering and entertaining it is perfect. There are many new freestanding appliances on the market which give the aesthetic charm of a country style yet ensure modern functionality. 
 
Large Island
A large island is very common in the country style kitchen; this generally takes the form of combining a prep area as well as a seating area. With the kitchen being the heart of the home and gathering point for the family users this is perfect.
 
Country style is not as out-dated as one may think. It can be subtle yet still modern, creating a wonderfully styled kitchen for your home.
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JUL
23
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Wine cellars

Wine cellars have become increasingly popular over the last decade, I have seen a rapid interest in wine cellars whether in a basement or as a room divider. Solid Wood has always been a popular option, however in the past several years we have seen a rapid change in opinion and chrome and metals have been used paired with glass. 
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Wine Cellars that are used as room dividers are popular as it serves as a functional space. When used as a room divider this can be functional as well as aesthetically beautiful. Wine cellars are popular as they can store a vast amount of wine bottles but not limited to wine, I have come across clients who pair their wine in the cellar with whiskeys, champagnes and expensive bottles of cognac.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}While the traditional wine racks in a cellar are classical and will not date, I have found that majority of clients prefer to go with a no fuss simple design that is both contemporary and streamline, with hints of chrome, glass and accents of wood here and there.
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JUL
22
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Cluttered Kitchen Counter Tops

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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.

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  1. Keep the countertops clear.

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.

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  1. Keep things in cabinets.

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!

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  1. Follow the "one in, one out" rule.

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.

  1. Follow the "don't put it down, put it away" rule.

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.

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  1. Don't use the refrigerator as an art gallery.

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.

  1. Find alternatives to the pile.

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!

  1. Do a chore a day, instead of all at once.

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.

  1. Have morning and evening kitchen rituals.

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.

  1. Let yourself have one messy drawer.

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.

  1. Always leave the kitchen better than you found it.

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.

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JUL
22
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Less is more

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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. 

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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. 

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JUL
18
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Old Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

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.

Over-the-Range Microwave

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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

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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.

Farmstyle Sinks

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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.

Appliance Garage

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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.

Tiny Backsplash

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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.

Skipping Window Treatments

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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

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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.

JUL
18
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Bathroom Mirror Ideas

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JUL
18
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Tips for your home study

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A study room in the home reflects the personalities of the family members who use the space. It depicts intellect and should be designed accordingly. This space requires a quiet noise free zone to be created. The space should give a sense of calm and balance to its user in order to work effectively.
 
A table and chair is a necessity in the space however; your table and chair should be customized according to your requirements. The correct height and size to suit; and a comfortable chair to improve concentration and increase work rates. These small elements are a vital part of the space.
 
Depending on how this space will function, many users require an endless amount of storage space. Storage can be both visible and hidden depending on your style preferences. Visible items would typically be stored on shelves whilst items your rather keep hidden or private may be stored inside cupboard units. A balance should be created by having a combination of both. Think of items that will be used most and have fun whilst organising your space.
 
Lighting in any space is an important factor and the same would be in a study area. Dull lighting will be bad for your eyes and concentration, so make sure the room is well light and airy. Too dim or bright lights can create barriers or glare within the space. Find a balance that suits your vision perfectly. A table light is also a nice feature that functions well.
 
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If your space allows create an alternate seating area, this becomes a nice feature in the room and a secondary space for seating. A reading bench by a window is a perfect example; it is quite popular and can be very calming.
 
Wall finishes are also important. Generally a rule of thumb would be to go lighter on your walls and this creates openness to your space. A darker room tends to become intimidating and creates a resistance towards using that particular space. Don’t be afraid to bring in a feature wall but bear in mind the balance you are trying to create.
 
Another pleasant feature is inspirational quotes or artwork and it can be used to motivate the end user. It brings in a feature element that adds life to the space and something nice to look at on those days you need inspiration or become a bit bored.
 
A home study space is not merely about studying or work. It can be a playful space allowing you to relax as well. All the human sensory elements can be engaged to make this space comfortable and relaxing, from touch and texture; to sound and music; or smell and a fragrance. This allows you to take breaks between working hours. Designing your ideal home study can be super fun and a unique experience.  
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JUL
17
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How to choose the right kitchen colour scheme

Colour whether it be monochromatic, dark, light, two-tone, the choices can be endless. When designing a new kitchen colour choice is everything as it sets the mood for your entire kitchen. It is one of the key designing principles used during the design process. Colour evokes an emotion within every human being; it has a psychological effect on us and changes our moods easily; from feeling comfort and warmth to hostility and coldness.
 
So think carefully of the mood you would like to create in your kitchen and follow these useful tips.
 
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Identify the colours you love
This may seems rather obvious but it is a starting point, as these are the colour you find most attractive or give you a positive reaction. It is very easy to follow colour /design trends but always bear in mind these are guidelines and are constantly changing; rather think of this as a living space that reflect your style and is almost permanent for +/- 10 years.
 
Understand complimentary colours
You don’t always have to stick to one colour; sometimes one may use multiple colours, creating a two-tone kitchen. Have a look at the colour wheel as a useful tool. You can use opposite colours to contrast each other or similar colours; both in actual fact complement each other. One can even go as far as using neutral colours with bold accents to create a stunning impact.
 
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Remember the size of your kitchen
Colour can make any space appear smaller or larger than it really is, so make use of it wisely making it your advantage. It is an aesthetic choice but should also be functional. Darker colours make a small room look even smaller whereas light colours make it appear larger. Adjust your colour scheme to suit your space appropriately.
 
Think about your house
Think about how your kitchen fits into the rest of the house. The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in your home and its colour scheme should relate or lead the style for the rest of the house. This does not limit you in terms of a wow factor although a common thread throughout the house is always pleasant.
 
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Colours can also bring in different textures
Different textures have their own intrinsic colours which can be added to your colour scheme in your kitchen. Timber can bring in natural earthy colours and add a sense of warmth, whilst stainless steel and other metals refer to industrial type kitchens through its shades of grey. Your worktops in granite, marble or engineered stone have their own unique colour within its texture.
 
Every kitchen is unique to its users and generally reflects their preferences in terms of function, style and look.
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JUL
15
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Seating in Kitchens

There are various options when looking at adding seating space in a kitchen. Choose an option that will suite your family and your needs in your kitchen.
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Island seating offers various seating heights and can often give you needed additional worktop space. When opting for your seating to be bar stools it is ideal for you to have the counter top be the same height as your other counter top spaces. Additional work space is created when the seating is not in use and the surface would be easy to clean as it is only one surface.
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Lowered seating offers an intimate social setting and either a nook or booth option can easily replace a dining room table in a room you never use.
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Tables in the kitchen have been done for years and offer a cost effective way to add seating space to a large or small kitchen space. So when redesigning your open plan kitchen consider a breakfast nook or island seating to create a social space you can enjoy cooking in.
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JUL
15
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Choosing handles for your kitchen

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

JUL
15
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Kitchen Flooring Part II

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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.

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 Contrast

 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.

 

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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.

 

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Recommendations:

Rich textured floors with solid colour kitchen cabinet doors

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Plain floors with solid colour kitchen cabinet doors

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Plain floors with Rich textured kitchen cabinet doors

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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.

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JUL
15
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The 5 Best Kitchen Flooring Options for Your Renovation

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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.

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  • 1.SHEET VINYL

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.

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  1. PORCELAIN TILE

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.

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  1. ENGINEERED VINYL PLANK (EVP)

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.

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  1. STONE TILE

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:

  • Travertineis smooth underfoot, non-slip, and available in light-to-medium soft earth tones.
  • Marbleis very hard and can be polished to a high sheen. Unfortunately, it can also be slippery when wet. Marble is available in a wide variety of colours, including green, brown, gray, and near-black with pink, red, gold, and burgundy veining.
  • Slateis one of the best kitchen flooring choices for many reasons, but namely, because it’s slip-resistant and very durable. It comes available in blue, gray, red, and orange tones, with attractive veining in the same colours.
  • Granitetile is very hard, making it a good choice for high traffic areas. It comes in deep gray’s, blacks, tans, and mottled white tones. Granite resists scratching and can be polished to high shine, although the higher the sheen, the greater the slip factor.

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5. Cork

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.

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Ceasarstone Kitchen Work Tops (Part2) Maintenance

Taking Care of Your Quartz Surface

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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.

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Minimal Maintenance

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.

Heat Tolerance

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

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Scratch Resistant

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

JUL
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Home Office Space - Work in Beauty

Home offices or study cabinetry has been popular for a number of years. It allows the business executive a space to meet deadlines, or children to do homework or projects.
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To make a home office area aesthetically pleasing it would be suggested to keep it simple and to avoid to many open bookshelves where items can look untidy, When using open bookshelves, keep it simple, add decorative items to break monotony.
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The best way to avoid clutter would be to have an organised space that is de-cluttered as regularly as possible.
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At Weizter we will help plan your home office space that will not only be aesthetically pleasing but functional as well.
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JUL
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Pot Filler Tap

Generally found in high end kitchens, the pot filler tap is becoming a popular choice in today’s modern kitchen. The swinging cold water tap, mounted above the hob allows you to easily fill up pots directly on the hob without having to carry around heavy pots from the sink, adding convenience and function. Plus the classic look of a jointed-arm tap adds a touch of elegance and practicality. But is this feature really necessary or just a luxury? It is a luxury that creates convenience, and convenience is a big factor when creating the kitchen of your dreams. 
Lighten The Load
Sure it’s a great opportunity to start bulking up on some upper body strength, but unfortunately that type of strain can go straight to your back instead. A pot filler allows you to avoid lifting, straining or twisting. Critics will point out that you still have to carry the pot to the sink to empty it when you’re done. Also, when your dishwasher is done cleaning your dishes you still have to unload it, and when your oven finishes cooking your meal you still have to serve it to your guests. In other words, we’ll gladly take convenience wherever we can get it.
Save Time & Hassle
Perfecting a meal can quickly become a balancing act of multi-tasking. The pasta needs 12 minutes to boil, the sauce needs to simmer for 1 hour, the broccoli needs to be steamed for 5 minutes and your spouse is trying to rinse the dishes before your dinner guests arrive. What was already a challenge in and of itself has suddenly became a circus of yelling and waiting for water to go from hot to cold and back to hot, and bartering favors just to get a chance at the tap. Instead of juggling the kitchen sink, you could be out of each other’s hair thanks to a second water source. A pot filler reduces conflict and creates more opportunities for multi-tasking. 
Do More
You may not realize how much you truly use water in the kitchen until you have a pot filler. Think about how many dishes and items in the kitchen need water, from boiling and steaming to watering and cleaning, and then how often you need to add water. You add water to soups, pots of rice or oatmeal, the slow cooker, smoothies, your potted herbs, a tea kettle, the list goes on. A second water source in a separate location from your sink allows you to do so much more.
Add Style
The ideal kitchen contains appliances and fixtures which not only add function, but also Aesthetics. For example, a sink and tap can endure the rigors of daily use while also adding a touch of beauty to your kitchen. Just like your sink’s tap, a pot filler is both practical and beautiful. A pot filler gives you an opportunity for a new shiny fixture that complements your other hardware on a wall that would otherwise have nothing.
 
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On a scale of “Need It Now” to “Walking Out The Door To Get One,” how badly do you now want a pot filler tap?
JUL
08
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How to choose a sink

A kitchen sink can be the making or breaking of a new kitchen which is why it has to be considered with care. It's also important that you take into consideration the sinks surroundings. People tend to use their dishwasher's as a means to clean their pots and pans rather than the sink, but don't think that you can neglect one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in the kitchen, the sink, if you do, you will probably end up regretting your choice. In order to get your sink just the way you like it, consider the following points that we at Weizter suggest: 
Material: When choosing the material of your sink take a look around your kitchen and see what colours are most prominent. Ask yourself a few questions such as: what colour are the walls, what material are the door knobs made of and what style of blinds and accessories do I have.
Size: The size of the sink is highly important because although you use your dishwasher for the majority of washing up, you may need extra wash space for when family and friends join you for dinner. It would also be a good idea to consider how many children you have in your home. If all of them want to wash their hands at the same time, you will be grateful for that extra space.
Style: What style of sink would you most get along with and which would look better in your kitchen? The choices that you have are either: inset, under-mounted or butler. Under-mounted sinks are fixed to the bottom of the worktop which gives you more worktop space which looks very slick and modern, but you have to be prepared for the fact that you won't have a side drainer. Under-mounted sinks cannot be used with laminate surfaces because you can't seal the edges of the cut-out. Inset or drop-in sinks are easy to fit; especially if you have natural wood worktops. Butler sinks are used in junction with farmstyle kitchens but be weary of the amount these sinks can cost.
 
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JUL
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Wood in a kitchen

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

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Having wooden cupboards

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Breaking the whole kitchen with an island wooden top:

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Breaking the solid colours with a wooden island

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Everywhere

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JUL
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Kitchen Flooring Part I

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JUL
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Fit your kitchen with more drawers..

Fit your kitchen with more drawers..

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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.

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 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.

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JUL
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How do you budget for a new Kitchen

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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).