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Dec

12

What is a 10×10 Kitchen?

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

10x10-kitchen-design

A 10×10 kitchen is a sample kitchen layout designed for simple price comparisons of our various cabinet lines. This 10′x10′ sample kitchen is based on the 11 cabinets listed below and shown to the right. It does not include moulding, hardware, countertops, sink, faucet or appliances. The drawing shown is an example of what you can expect to receive when taking advantage of our FREE professional design services.It is comprised of one Base cabinets18″, one Lazy Susan cabinets 36″, one Sink Base cabinets 36″, one Base cabinets 24″, one Wall cabinets 36×15″, one Wall cabinets 18×30″, one Wall cabinets 30×15″, one Wall cabinets 12×30″, one Wall Diagonal Corner cabinets 24×30″, one Wall cabinets 36×30″, and one Wall cabinets 24×30″.

Jan

21

L Shaped Kitchen Layout

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

L Shaped kitchen designs are great for small spaces and open concept rooms.

This design locates all appliances and counter space along two walls in the corner of the kitchen space at approximately a 90 degree angle. An L shaped kitchen design allows for a compact workspace while freeing up much needed space for a dining area or storage.

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

1

Kitchen Shapes

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Shapes

The shape of the kitchen is an important feature in the planning of your kitchen. It narrows down the possibilities considerably, which will make it easier for you to plan your kitchen. The most important thing to remember is, whichever shape your kitchen will have, try to plan your kitchen as efficient as possible. This means that food preparation, sink and cooking must not be too far apart. A rule of thumb is that there must be a piece of worktop between sink and hob, where the food can be prepared. 

The place of your fridge in your kitchen is very important as well. Place your fridge between the main entrance and the main cooking area. This way the other members of the house have easy access to the fridge and you can get rid of your shopping as soon as you enter the kitchen. Try however to avoid placing the fridge next to the hob as the difference in temperature will make both appliances work less efficient.

There are four main shapes a kitchen can have. These are galley kitchens, two-way galley kitchens, L-shaped kitchens and U-shaped kitchens. Here, they will be explained and also the pros and cons of each shape will be discussed. Read more »