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Jul

15

How to Begin a Kitchen Remodel

By Bathroom Designer

How to Begin a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the most complicated remodeling projects because of all the decisions you will make throughout the process. We’ll walk you through this with our planning and buying guides, covering everything from foundation appliances, cabinetry, surfaces and finishes to sustainable products and extras like wine coolers and microwave drawers.

According to Remodeling magazine, a major kitchen renovation can result in a return on investment of between 61 and 70 percent of the cost.

Jan

17

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

For a kitchen remodel, the greatest constraint to your creativity is the layout of your kitchen. If you are so fortunate to do a tear down and rebuild, then you have a lot of flexibility in this area.

Kitchen Functionality

In any kitchen design, the most important aspect is functionality. Even the show piece kitchens nowadays still retain the basic form and function of traditional kitchens. The best way to define functionality is to consider the kitchen work triangle. The kitchen work triangle is made up of three main stations of the kitchen – the refrigerator, sink, and range.

Kitchen Work Triangle

The idea of the kitchen work triangle is to have good separation between the three stations so that there is no cross-traffic which may interfere with the chef. Also, the triangle is the most efficient shape, allowing the shortest distance traveled between these stations. While keeping the kitchen work triangle in mind, there are a few basic layouts from which other layouts can be derived.

In a small kitchen, sometimes you have to sacrifice the kitchen work triangle due to lack of space. You see the “wall layout” style in lofts and small studio apartments. This is where all three stations are lined up against the wall. This is only workable if there is the kitchen is in an open area unobstructed by walls or furniture.

Jan

15

Bamboo Kitchen Cabinetry

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Bamboo is beginning to be seen as an attractive alternative for cabinet, floor and furniture construction. For a long time these the traditional hardwood choices of Oak, Maple and Poplar were to be considered for these uses. Although bamboo is being used extensively in the home for flooring, kitchen designers today are using this material all over the house, for just about any use from kitchen cabinets to countertops, cutting boards to serving bowls, shower curtains to dining room chairs.

Bamboo kitchen cabinetry is quite beautiful, but it has many other advantages as well over hardwood too. For instance, bamboo is environmentally-friendly. Bamboo is considered the most Environmentally friendly product in the world. Bamboo is actually a grass and not a wood, and is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, since it grows in only a few short years, usually 5 or 6 years. Hardwood can take as long a 50 years to mature. This means that Bamboo is more quickly and easily renewable.

In fact, many homeowners are probably already aware of this bamboo and its benefits, but more importantly today they know that it is being used to create many numerous practical and stylish products, such as in kitchen flooring and kitchen cabinetry. Bamboo kitchen cabinetry is considerably more durable than hardwood. In fact, bamboo is very tough with a hardness of 15% greater than Maple and 25% harder than Oak.

Bamboo is available in several colors in its natural state, including yellow, light and dark green, black and gray. The most popular colors for bamboo kitchen cabinets are blond, bamboo’s natural color, or the slightly darker amber.

Other reasons that can explain bamboo becoming a more attractive building material for bamboo kitchen cabinetry is due to the fact that it is a dimensionally stable material. What causes bamboo to be so strong is that each strand of the grain is perfectly straight. No other tree on earth grows as straight as the bamboo tree. Even though bamboo is a light material is has less contraction and expansion than wood.

With bamboo kitchen cabinets you can bring the beauty of the outdoor indoors and create an exotic look for your kitchen space with bamboo cabinetry. Since this highly renewable and environmentally-friendly product is very comparable to hardwood in style, feel and strength making bamboo can be considered yet another great building material to be considered in your kitchen.

The look of bamboo cabinetry is very beautiful because it is so unique with its light-colored edge grain. It can give a clean and sophisticated look to kitchen cabinets.

Bamboo kitchen cabinets can have the rich warm tone that is found in the carbonized caramel color or the light, natural hues of neutral blond color. Edge or vertical grain provides a smooth look with long lines.

Bamboo is a product that enhances the environment and value of any kitchen design.

Oct

5

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Remodeling Pictures – I-Shape Kitchen Design with Island

 

In certain culture and country, the kitchen is the centre of life in a family.  A kitchen that is functional, comfortable and beautiful is now the goals of every family. 

If you plan to remodel your kitchen (kitchen remodelling) to make it more functional, more comfortable, more modern  and to provide more space for family members,  you can create wonderful changes within your  budget. 

A kitchen remodeling project can be as simple as new flooring, new window and wall painting or new kitchen cabinets.  A simple and budget kitchen remodeling might mean new curtains, a fresh coat of paint, new appliances and new flooring.

If your home is older and your kitchen just needs a little modernizing, you can plan for your kitchen remodeling. You will certainly want to consider modernizing your kitchen cabinets and counter tops.  You can install new custom or semi-custom wood kitchen cabinets. The laminate countertops are certainly still being used; there is a clear trend toward marble or granite countertops. They are both beautiful and functional.

In your kitchen remodeling project, your choice of appliances will be important in the total appearance of your kitchen. Your refrigerator can be simple and functional; it can provide a variety of accessibility options and features that go far beyond ice and water from the door. Microwave ovens can be built in or sit on the counter or hang from the bottom of a kitchen cabinet. And stoves and ovens are available with an amazing array of options from warming chambers to griddles to multiple ovens, including convection ovens.

Aug

13

How to create soft geometry in your kitchen by Johnny Grey

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

How to create soft geometry in your kitchen by Johnny Grey

It is important to create an easy flow of movement in your kitchen, for both practical and aesthetic reasons. In his book, Kitchen Culture, design expert Johnny Grey shows you how with his expert tips on soft geometry in your kitchen.

how-to-create-soft-kitchen-geometry-by-johnny-greyKey aspects of planning

Create an easy flow of movement throughout the space so that obstacles feel they belong rather than impose. Imagine that a river has been flowing through the space and over time the water has ground away all protrusions. The river makes its pathway easy flowing.

Design central pieces with rounded edges, particularly central islands and peninsulas. This makes for easier use of the work surfaces too.

At pinch points where distances between the cabinetry is tight create soft shapes that allow for smaller corridors, allowing one to make bigger work surfaces when space is limited.

Avoid always using the walls to position the cabinetry. Think of the focus as being the centre of the space with people using the kitchen being able to look around the room, not just the walls. This is more sociable and makes better use of the room.

As a design exercise imagine yourself moving around as if you were partially sighted. This helps you decide how easy it is to perambulate around the furniture without being injured or disrupted.

Be aware of the role of peripheral vision; what happens at the corner of our vision uses up a lot of mental activity surprisingly. The lack of sharp edges makes for more relaxed movement.

Use curves which add a soft, sensual quality to the design but don’t employ them everywhere. They work best when there is a functional basis to their deployment.

All extracts were taken from the book – Kitchen Culture by Johnny Grey.

Jul

5

A Guide To Kitchen Remodelers

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Remodelers. If you’re thinking about spicing up your kitchen or adding some new amenities to make life simpler then you may be looking for some kitchen remodeling tips. A good remodeling tip will either save you money, or save you time or both. This article will look at a couple of ways you may save money and time on your next kitchen remodeling project.

Best Times to Shop, If you are looking to save money on your kitchen remodeling project – One of the best ways to do this is either buying at the right time of year or finding the right source. Again you may be able to save 50 to 75% on many of the products you’re looking to use for your kitchen remodeling project.

Saving Time with Plans, Some other great kitchen remodeling tips are ways to save time on your next project.

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How To Create A Designer Kitchen

How do you create an attention-grabbing, designer kitchen on a reasonable budget? How do builders and remodelers design kitchens that sizzle? They’ve figured out the secret to creating kitchens that sell. They hire a kitchen designer! So, if builders think kitchen design is a smart idea, do you think it might be worth the investment? Read more »