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Aug

11

commercial kitchen design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

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A commercial kitchen design can be a complicated proposition, so it’s imperative that you plan everything down to the smallest possible detail.

Functionality is key in a commercial kitchen design.

Before you even start planning anything, think about what type of service you’re offering in your kitchen. Whether you’re serving up the finest ala carte menu or providing hot meals for a cafeteria, it’s important to recognise that the purpose of your kitchen should reflect the design.

Once you’ve established exactly what you’re trying to achieve with your kitchen, put a list together of the essentials you’re going to need to craft an efficient working area. Once you have this list, you can then determine whether you have the space and money to achieve your goals.

I don’t need to tell that if you’re planning a commercial kitchen design, there are a lot of health and safety regulations that you need to adhere to before you can even cook anything. Here’s a great document to read – Health and Safety in Commercial Catering. Read more »

Jul

30

Luxury Kitchen Designs from Comprex

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Luxury Kitchen Designs from Comprex

Take a look at these luxury kitchen designs from Italian kitchen maker Comprex and KBC from China. Incredibly spacious and furnished with designer furniture and decor, you immediately get the feeling that these posh kitchens are meant for a high end audience. They are unique in their layout, sophisticated in design and manufactured with meticulous attention to detail.

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Jul

10

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen cabinets are top candidates for the messiest part of the house. Having disorganized kitchen cabinets wastes time when you are trying to prepare meals. With a little planning you can have organized kitchen cabinets where everything you need is at your fingertips.
The first step in organizing your kitchen is to remove everything from the kitchen cabinets. Match lids with their receptacle and get rid of any stray pieces that lost their match long ago. Sort your kitchenware into sections based on function. Throw away or donate items that are just taking up space in your kitchen cabinets. Before you start putting items back in your kitchen cabinets clean the shelves with a hot water and soap solution. If you want to apply shelf paper, wait for the kitchen cabinet shelves to dry and then you can adhere the paper to the shelves.
After you?ve sorted your kitchenware and prepared the shelves, its time to do some creative thinking. The problem with most kitchen cabinets is that they are filled carelessly and without consideration of saving space. To keep your pots and pans both accessible and organized you can get them out of your kitchen cabinets and use a decorative rack hung on the wall. Not only will this keep your cookware handy, but it will give your kitchen a professional look. You can store the lids for your pots and pans in shallow bins in the back of your kitchen cabinet doors. Other specialty organizers that can help your kitchen cabinets are lazy susans, step shelving, and wire baskets on sliders.
The thing to keep in mind when organizing your kitchen cabinets is that there are three basic areas to every kitchen: the preparation area, the cook and serve area and the sink area. Each of your kitchen pieces should fit into one of these three categories. Group like items together and place them in kitchen cabinets near the work area, the stove, or the sink depending on their function. Kitchen cabinet organizing does not have to be overwhelming, and in the long run it will save you time when making meals.
KBC Cookgroup Marketing LLC – All Rights Reserved. This article brought to you by http://www.china-kitchen-cabinets.cn You may freely reprint this article on your website or in your newsletter provided this courtesy notice, author name, and URL remain intact. Jason Albright is a contributing editor at Cookgroup Marketing LLC. His background is with lifestyle topics including: Gardening, Outdoor Living, Home Decor & Travel Destinations.

Jul

5

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets to Enhance the Look of Your Room

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Refacing kitchen cabinets is worth due to the return on investment that you get out of it. But what is kitchen cabinet refacing anyway? It is one way to give your kitchen a new look and feel, a new style, basically it is remodeling it when you can’t afford to buy a whole new kitchen furniture altogether.

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When you are refacing your kitchen cabinets you will replace or veneer the parts of the existing cabinet that are visible to all. Also you replace completely drawer fronts and all the cabinet doors. Having your kitchen refaced can give an entire new look to your kitchen while saving lots of money in the process when you can’t afford something new entirely. Who said that only women can get a face lift? Kitchen can get one too! Read more »

Jul

1

Kitchen Layout

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

It is already said in ‘The shape of your kitchen‘ that sink, preparation area and hob should never be too far apart and that the fridge should be near the entrance of the kitchen. This all will have effect on where you will plan to put your basic equipment (fridge, hob, microwave and sink) and where the service points for water, electricity and gas (if needed) will be. Keep the existing service points in mind when planning your new kitchen as rewiring and re-plumbing your kitchen will take a lot of time and money.kitchen-layout.gif

When you draw up a plan for your new kitchen, try to place the sink, preparation area and hob first. Then draw 3 lines to connect the three areas (see figure, right). This will usually result in a triangular shape. The smaller the triangle, the shorter the walking distance will be between the three main working areas in your kitchen. If this walking distance looks too big, try to put the three areas closer together.

Another important point of consideration is that sinks will often be placed against an outside wall under the window. This will make the plumbing easier, but also gives daylight where you need it most. You also have to think of existing ventilation points when planning your new wall-cupboards, as you don’t want to cover them by a new cupboard. Ventilation will be of the utmost importance in kitchens that are also used as dining area, as you will want to get rid of greasy steam and odours before it reaches your furniture and your guests.

Tips

1 When measuring the size of the kitchen, make sure that the exact shape of the walls is known. If there is an inwards corner in the room it will influence the shape of the worktop and the place of the wall-cupboards.
2 Mark the service points in your plan, as this will define where the main working areas will be placed.
3 The longest unit will consist of the sink, drainer and maybe a dishwasher, so it is best to place this area in your plan first.
4 If you like to cook with a lot of fresh vegetables or you need a big freezer, consider a big fridge/freezer at the end of your worktop for loads of storage and easy access.

Jul

1

Kitchen Design – No Need to Do It Alone

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

You can’t opt out of the process altogether, though, because you need to decide what equipment you want in the kitchen, the type of units, fitted or freestanding, the flooring, lighting ? the list goes on.

The size and shape of your kitchen will, to some extent, dictate the equipment you have and where you put it. Remember not to overfill small kitchens – these should have a simple, uncluttered look unless you want permanent claustrophobia.

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First decide where to site your sink, drainer and dishwasher – remembering to retain the position of existing service points if possible, since re-wiring and re-plumbing can cut a swathe through your budget. Bear in mind, though, that track lighting above the worksurfaces is a real boon – alterations to existing wiring to incorporate this shouldn’t break the bank.

Remember, too, the ‘magic triangle’ of sink, cooker and fridge. Some (male) designers pour scorn on this formula but these three pieces of equipemnt should always be kept close together for maximum efficiency, with your food preparation area nearby.

If your kitchen is large enough to dine in, work out where to site the table or breakfast bar and stools/chairs. Read more »

May

27

Cabinet Frames: Frameless and Face Frame

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There are two types of cabinet construction: face frame and frameless (also called European-style).

Face frame cabinets, as their name implies, have a frame around the front of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets don’t. You can usually tell the difference between the two types of cabinet construction by the way the doors and drawers fit against the front. Bathroom cabinets are made using these same techniques.

Another difference between the two styles is that, because the face frame adds rigidity to the construction, face-frame cabinets usually don’t have a top panel or a full back (or the back may be made of quite thin material). Also, frameless base cabinets are usually mounted on top of a separate plinth or toekick; face frame cabinets have integral bases.
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A face-frame cabinet has a 1 by 2 frame that rims the cabinet’s front edges, masking the construction and strengthening the box. Doors or drawer fronts normally overlay the frame but they may be flush or offset. Standard offset hinges are partially visible from the front.

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The frameless cabinet utilizes European-style connectors and hinges to create a contemporary look with flush doors and hidden hinges. This method of construction is often used with laminate cabinets. Frameless cabinets usually have a solid top and back and base units sit on a separate plinth.

May

26

Preparing to Install New Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When installing new cabinets, plan to do the job after completion of rough wiring and plumbing but before the finish flooring has been installed. By installing the flooring after cabinet installation, you won’t use more flooring than needed and the new floors are less prone to construction damage.

Unpack your cabinets and make sure all components are on hand. If your cabinets arrive disassembled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly. Wait until after cabinet installation to add drawers, doors, and shelves. If you remove any parts, be sure to label them so you can return them to their proper places.
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The wall that backs cabinets should be level, smooth, and clean. To check it for flatness, place a long straightedge against it. Mark any bumps or voids so that, during installation, you can adjust for them.

When moving them around, you will discover that upper cabinets are heavy–just imagine their weight when they’re loaded with dinnerware and food. For this reason, it is imperative that they be fastened very securely to the wall stud framing behind the wall’s surface material. And the screws you use must go through a strong part of the cabinet such as a support rail that runs along the cabinet back. Every cabinet should be secured by at least three screws which penetrate the wall framing by at least 1 1/2 inches. For cabinet installation techniques, see How to Install Kitchen Cabinets.

May

19

Kitchen Redesign: Advantages and Disadvantages

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

There are a number of advantages to having a kitchen redesign. The greatest benefit is that the value of your home is increased. The increased value depends on the quality of the workmanship in the project. If your kitchen redesign is done properly, the value goes up. If you do not decide to sell and you are enhancing its aappearance based on your needs or the needs of your family, you will find that a kitchen redesign project will make the room your family spends a lot of time in more warm and inviting.

A disadvantage of a kitchen redesign project is the cost. If you decide to make small improvements such as replacing appliances the cost will be less than if you decide to do a major kitchen redesign which may include moving walls, changing the surface of the floor, changing the kitchen cabinets, adding marble countertops, and so on.

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A kitchen redesign project can be a do-it-yourself project or it can be professionally designed and the work can be done by a professional contractor. If you are handy with plumbing and electricity, you may want to make small changes yourself. However, it is always better to have a professional install an appliance such as gas stoves. Leaks can prove fatal to you and your family. Another disadvantage to do-it-yourself is familiarity with all the tools you will need to work with. You may injure yourself and this could cause you to lose time from work. You also need to consider the time it will take for you to make the changes.

An interior designer can assist you in the proper placement of fixtures and accessories as well as help you with the overall look and feel of the room. The interior designer draws up the plans and the contractor completes the work. Interior designers may also be able to get you a discount on the fixtures you need for your kitchen redesign.

You should research your ideas as to how you want your kitchen to look. Looking through magazines, books, and rooms on the Internet will give you ideas. You should clip pictures or print them out so you can discuss them with the designer if you decide to work with a professional.

When you decide on a kitchen redesign project, you will essentially get a new kitchen. It does not matter if it is just a change in cabinets, putting in a new sink or a new floor. When the project is completed, you will feel good about your new kitchen.

Apr

21

Design for Single Line in Kitchen

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

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The single line kitchen offers extra floor space and best for small spaces. The appliances can be placed under the bench top and a large workspace remains there for chopping and other kitchen activities. Most of the other storage should be located overhead. Place appliances and workstations properly so that the flow of work could be efficient and safe.

There is doorway at each end of the kitchen, so family members can use it as traffic area. For serious cooks, this type of layout is inefficient. Here is the gallery of various single line kitchen pictures. Go through all the pictures and select one for your home.

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On this page you will find single-line design for you kitchen area in your home. Just click on any of the kitchen single-line picture below to see the actual bigger version.

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