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AUG
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Points To Consider Before Deciding on Bamboo

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

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

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

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

AUG
27
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Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg – The New Trend in upmarket Appliances

Continuing the journey that join their artistic feelings to discover the colours and beauty of Sicily to celebrate the authentically ‘Made in Italy’ project under the shared standard of creativity, art, and design. A revolutionary collaboration that has created appliances that reflect art .
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Sicily is my Love is a tribute to Italy’s roots, its traditions and popular festivals in the form of a new freestanding kitchen set and cooker hood with a coordinated fridge, purified unique by bold colours and narrative intensity. The collection is presented in two variants: the first characterised by representations inspired by the Sicilian puppet theatre and the traditional hand-painted cart, where the dominant tones are fiery red and orange, the second by a majolica print in shades of blue and white. The history, culture, cuisine and beauty of the Sicilian landscape are captured in these precious objects in an authentic and unforgettable way, as if the Italian spirit were distilled into noticeable and timeless forms. All of this has been made possible thanks to Smeg’s vast experience in design and quality appliances and the creative soul of Dolce & Gabbana.
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Sicily is my Love tells its story through vivid illustrations of golden yellow lemons, citrus fruits, prickly pears, bright red cherries and typical Sicilian decorations are framed by triangular geometric shapes, known as Crocchi: delicate floral motifs are inspired by vegetation and landscapes of Southern Italy, the majolica of Caltagirone, images of Mount Etna, the picturesque ruins of the Greek temple of Castor and Pollux in the Valley of the Temples, and imagery drawn from mythology and the chivalric tradition.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}The collection of small household appliances, Sicily is my Love, is enriched with new pieces made on an industrial scale, through a process of reproduction of hand-painted prototypes created by master Sicilian artists and craftsmen. An American coffee machine, a hand blender and a four-slice toaster will join the Sicily is my Love collection at the 2018 Milan Furniture Fair, expanding upon the existing range which includes a citrus juicer, an electric kettle and a two-slice toaster. Coming soon: a blender, an espresso machine, a stand mixer, and a slow juicer. 
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Add some artistic flair with these appliances and make your kitchen stand out.
AUG
27
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Pet Friendly Kitchens

When planning your kitchen, it would be appreciated by your pet to consider their needs as well. There are many options out there when planning a kitchen, why not consider the needs of your pet as well.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Some options would include a pull out feeding area, or a built in animal bed. Pull out drawers for their food is also a great way to store their food without compromising style.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Wash Bays are also popular as it creates a space where you can wash your pets with ease. Consider your pets when designing the kitchen of your dreams. Get your designer to design a kitchen that keeps your best friend in mind.
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AUG
27
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Scandinavian Kitchens

1. Simple white spaces
If you want to create a real Scandinavian style kitchen, your best bet is to opt for all white units and general décor. Using a lighter colour scheme will allow much more light to flood in and reflect off the walls, giving the impression of a larger kitchen space. It will also give your kitchen a modern feel and the units will allow much more storage space for those bits you want to store away.
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2. Feature lights
Having hanging lights in your kitchen are all the rage at the moment and many people are opting for these over standard lights or spotlights. There are so many available to suit different kitchen styles, perhaps opt for low hanging cream lights which will give your kitchen character and are also much brighter than standard lighting, or a unique floor lamp in the corner of your kitchen which would add drama to the design.
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3. Wooden flooring
Wooden floors are a must in any kitchen. They are much more practical and they are also a key component in any Scandinavian style kitchen. Other great options are ceramic tiles or stone flags, and both are easy clean options.
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4. Bright furniture
In true Scandinavian style, if you have an all-white themed kitchen the best way to add a pop of colour is by adding various pieces of brightly coloured furniture. For example many people may opt for a Smeg Fridge, houseplants or vibrant coffee machines which add a touch of colour without going over the top. Why not design your own bespoke made-to-measure furniture with some Scandinavian inspired fabric?
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5. Contemporary art
No Scandinavian kitchen would be complete without adding some wall art into the mix– whether you opt for a large feature canvas or just a simplistic frame with a monochrome image, it adds to the character without over doing it.
AUG
24
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Built-in Cupboards On Sale!

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Please call Klarissa on 011 823 1719

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AUG
24
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Sweepovac

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


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

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AUG
23
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Kitchens Design 1960's to 1980's

 

1960s - The Radica

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

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

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

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

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AUG
23
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Bamboo Counter Tops Pros & Cons


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

The Pros . . .

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

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

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AUG
20
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Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some key points to get you started:

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUG
20
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Kitchen Pantry Designs

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

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

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

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

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

 

REACH-IN PANTRIES

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

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PULL-OUT PANTRIES

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

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

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WALK-IN PANTRIES

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

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AUG
20
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The Minimalist Kitchen

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

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

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

 

Work with Your Space

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

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Create an Effective Layout

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

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Remove the Excess

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

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

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

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Keep it Simple

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

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

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Stick with the Neutrals

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

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AUG
18
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Lets do Bamboo

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

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

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

AUG
17
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Kitchen On Sale!

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

Call Klarrissa at 011 823-1719.

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AUG
13
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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Kitchen Remodel


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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A lighter shade of copper

Many trends come and go and the trend that is busy making our hearts warm again is copper. Using copper in a kitchen would give the kitchen a warmer feel. May it be from copper kick plate, handle or knobs, sinks, taps, back splash or even copper light fittings.  

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Copper is much in the same sense as white as it blends naturally with allot of color and also adds a little bit of a rustic feel.

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When cleaned regularly it can give an extra glow to your kitchen or just rustic if you don’t clean it regularly. Cleaning it does take a bit of time, but with Braso and a bit of elbow grease you would make it shine in a jiffy. 

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If you have a copper sink, tap and handle. Why not add a little bit more copper to your light fittings. Copper has been a popular choice with exterior light fittings because of it’s weather resistant properties.  

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AUG
11
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Extending the Life of Your Kitchen Counter tops

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

 

{Weizter} {Kitchens}• Granite is 100 percent natural stone, cut in slabs and surface-sealed for a one-of-a-kind countertop.

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

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

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

Cleaning Routine

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

Only the Recommended Cleaners

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

No Chemicals on the Countertop

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

Cutting Boards

 

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

Towels and Trivets Are Handy

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

Stop Sitting or Standing on It

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

Seal Granite Periodically

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

AUG
10
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Kitchen Blues

Colours come and go with the season. Is choosing the right colour for your kitchen giving you the kitchen blues?

A hot colour for 2019 is in actual fact every shade of blue; from dark to light and everything in between. Blue may not be your typical choice for the kitchen but this colour used correctly can create absolutely stunning kitchens whether it is a modern, contemporary or country style.

 

Light shades of blue can be combined with darker almost grey blues.

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Lighter blues accented with brass handles or two-tome kitchens with as your primary choice of material wood.

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Marble and copper fittings compliment the bright blue well.

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Bold choices of blue with stark white countertops are contrasted perfectly.

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A subtle hint of blue in a unique fish tank island application.

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Dark almost black shades of blue; complimented with light pale blue and gold accents.

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AUG
06
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Timeless Color

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

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

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AUG
04
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Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Those who say "good things come in small packages" probably don't have to contend with small-kitchen challenges like crammed cupboards and limited counter space. If your kitchen seems more cramped than convenient these days, it may be time for a shake-up.

Create Space with Light Colors

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Create Space with Light ColorsThe three main design components that determine how spacious a room feels are color, lighting, and the contents of the room. The easiest quick fix, particularly if you're not ready to cut back on your cookware collection or install additional lighting, is repainting. Walls that are dark and bold can make a kitchen feel crowded (or cozy), while, conversely, lighter hues offer an airy feel. Create a sense of openness with antique whites, off-whites, creams, light yellows, or pale shades of gray.

Avoid Strong Visual Contrast

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Once you pick a light color, commit to it. To liven things up, some homeowners make the mistake of incorporating an accent floor—one strong, bold-hued wall in an otherwise light-toned kitchen. In a large kitchen, that can work but in a small kitchen, strong visual contrast creates a feeling of segmentation and restriction. A better way to add a little optical oomph into an otherwise monotone kitchen is to play with the extras. Keep all the walls light and bright.

Accent Lighting

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The human eye is naturally drawn to the highest contrasting point in a room and in a kitchen, that’s usually the top of the cabinets. When shadows create a strong visual line between the cabinets and the ceiling, the kitchen can feel as cramped as it would with a high-contrast accent wall. You can erase or soften those shadows by installing up lighting above the cabinets. It casts a gentle illumination that eases the visual contrast created by shadows and as a result makes the whole room feel more open. Lighting installed beneath upper cabinets and directed onto the countertop works in a similar way.

Find a Place for Everything

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When they're left out on the countertop, cookbooks, spices, and small appliances eat up valuable work space and draw attention to a kitchen's insufficient size. Aside from taller upper cabinets, options like concealed storage racks and pull-out or swing-out shelves maximize storage space behind tidily closed doors. Remember: The less cluttered the kitchen, the larger it will feel.

Reflective Materials

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Shiny surfaces can bounce light and ultimately make any kitchen feel larger. It has a lot to do with the way shiny surfaces pick up and reflect the hues of the walls and cabinets. For example, if you have antique white cabinets, the sheen of stainless steel appliances will reflect some of this off-white hue and amplify the space-enhancing effects of your choice in cabinet color.

Natural Light

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The view from a kitchen window should make the outdoors—be it a deck where you entertain or a large, lush backyard—seem like an extension of the kitchen. Swap out heavy draperies and blinds for sheer curtains or simply a valance, and leave the rest of the window uncovered. The additional natural light will not only visually expand the space, but will also help instill that coveted airiness.

AUG
02
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Make a splash..... With a backsplash

Playing around with colours are daunting, but that is why a backsplash is perfect. By adding a colourful backsplash to give your kitchen a pop, might be just what your kitchen needs. Or if you have a colourful kitchen already go with forever in style White subway tiles.  

There are many options for adding a backsplash in your kitchen. From covering only the wall behind your cook top or letting it stretch all the way to the ceiling for a bigger impact. The only way to do it is to go big and bold!

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Below are some ideas of how you can splash your kitchen up.

The forever in style subway tiles is sophisticated, yet elegant. It will give your home a Manhattan look and you will definitely feel like you are in New York.  If sleek and subtle is what you are looking for then get your hands on subway tiles as soon as possible.

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If you are not one for the sleek and safe side of town. Go to the industrial side to work up a sweat with a steel or the currently making its way back copper splash backs. The copper splash back might be a bit of a gamble, but it will look beautiful if you can pull it off with the right colours around it.

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Mosaic has always been a big adder in a kitchen. May it be two rows of tiles or the whole wall.  

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Mosaic yourself. If you feel a bit arty and you would like to add a bit of yourself on the wall and have hours maybe even days to spare. Get off cuts and broken tiles from your local tile shop. Break it up some more and build your own mosaic wall.

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Colourful antique tiles will give a bit of maturity in your kitchen and guests will think you are sophisticated enough to whip up a Crème Brûlèe in mere minutes. 

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If you suffer mildly from multiple identity disorder and don’t know whether you feel blue, green or purple today, then a glass splash back might just be your calling. By just taking it off and repainting the wall you can have 4 seasons in one day. As long as the paint dries quick enough.

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Don’t like too many colors? Are you the type of person that believes in a plain Jane? Then let your Tops run across the wall.

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