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Jan

7

Box Kitchen: Clever Portable Counter, Cabinets & Cooker

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

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Who says you can’t take it with you? This innovative portable kitchen from Targa Italia lets you pack up and transport your entire kitchen: fixtures, storage and all. Designed by Piero Esposito, this unique kitchen-in-a-box is appropriately dubbed Opening.

When closed, Opening’s clever design lets it fit neatly into two wooden boxes. In this handy transport mode, you can move your entire kitchen to a new location. Upon arriving at your new place, simply remove four screws and say hello to instant cooking, storage and eating space. Read more »

Apr

19

Ideas for a Kitchen Island

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Finding the right kitchen island for your kitchen may not be as easy as picking one off of a home-improvement showroom floor. A kitchen island takes on meaning in a kitchen space when its design and function is tailored to the needs of the kitchen. Plan the design of a kitchen island to have the features and functions that will enhance and improve the work flow of the kitchen.

Work Surface

  • A simple island design is one that adds an additional work and serving surface to the kitchen. Some island designs incorporate a main sink or an additional prepping sink in the island that takes the food handling away from the dirty dishes.

    In addition to providing an extra work surface, cooktops can be added to a kitchen island as a stand-alone feature or with a prepping sink. These additions will transform the island into a central location for food preparation.

    Extended kitchen island counters can make extra room for seating. A curved island top mimics the feel of a round table that makes the island feel like a meeting place in the kitchen.

Shape

  • Every kitchen island does not have to be rectangular in shape. Design a kitchen island that has an S- or U-form whose curves will give a kitchen space a unique and stylish appearance.

    An L-shaped island can define two different work areas on the same island, such as one for prepping food and the other for cooking or eating.

Size

  • The available space in a kitchen will dictate the practical size of a kitchen island. Large islands can make large kitchens feel more cozy and welcoming, while small islands in smaller kitchens become functional, space-saving solutions in the kitchen for chopping food and for storing items underneath.

Materials

  • When you look to ideas for the kitchen island, a variety of materials can be used to make an island unique to your kitchen. The base of the island can be assembled with ready-made cabinetry or constructed of shelving and leg posts.

    Kitchen islands can take on new definitions when you think out of the box. Convert an old large table into an island; replace its legs if necessary, add wheels to make it mobile or add a shelf to make a storage space on the island.

Function

  • A kitchen island can function as a room divider between the kitchen area and an adjacent eating or living area in an open floor plan. Its layout can flow with the lines of the floor plan, where it takes on a custom shape, such as a triangle or pentagon.

    Kitchen islands can extend the storage square footage of a kitchen by incorporating shelving, cabinetry and appliances under its counter space. It is quite common to find storage shelves for books, bowls and plates, a small refrigerator, a dishwasher and warming drawers located in a kitchen island.

Architectural Features

  • The design and architectural features of a kitchen can be carried over to its kitchen island. Wood carvings, ornamental trim molding and posts and countertops that have decorative routed edges are some ideas for a kitchen island that makes it stand out as a showpiece in a kitchen design.

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May

16

kitchen entertainment design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

1. kitchen  island platform to the program table

The center of the kitchen island of the ordinary, just a little below the island of Taiwan, design, and you can put two chairs. In addition, one of the cabinet on the wall cupboard converted into shelves, used to place the book to study or work day. Thus, an island platform and two shelves in the kitchen area to form easily achieved.

2. kitchen cabinets turned book desk

In the whole cabinet, the use of wall cabinets and floor cabinets to open up a free space between the small table, a desk notebook and flowers, and then install the sockets, cable and telephone lines. Container handling at the top of the table, but also no longer display cupboards and other kitchen supplies, books and information but are replaced, cabinets are replaced the drawer. Who says this is not a small study it?

3 . kitchen cabinets turned worktops

Although the kitchen space is limited, you can still set up a desk at the table opposite. Although the adjacent cabinets and tables, but are arranged neatly in the corner of the window, do not take up too much space. A computer, a number of commonly used stationery and simple shelves to help you easily enrich the writing desk. Even if occasionally busy, and you can dine with the family, even if it is sitting next to it!

Mar

27

Choosing Your Kitchen Benchtop

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When it comes to buying a new kitchen, choosing the right benchtop is probably the biggest decision you’ll make. Not only does it need to perform well with the rigours of cooking, but it should harmonise with your kitchen cabinetry and have an enduring style that will last at least several years. The most popular choices include natural and engineered stone, Corian, laminate and stainless steel, each with its pros and cons.

What Are The Main Benchtop Choices?

Engineered Stone

Materials such as Vstone and CaesarStone are made with around 95% natural quartz, giving you the look of natural stone, but with added durability. Engineered stone is scratch, stain and chip resistant, and will give your kitchen a sophisticated, modern look. It’s less costly than granite and marble, and requires no special maintenance.

Granite

Natural granite will give your kitchen the wow factor, but it’s expensive and does require sealing. Choose between a glossy polished finish, and a more contemporary, honed finish. Liquid spills should be mopped up immediately to prevent staining.

Corian

Corian is an acrylic material and can be formed into just about shape, making it possible to create a curved benchtop or an integrated benchtop and sink. It’s non porous, stain and scratch resistant, and has a chic, modern look.

Laminate

You can recreate the look of just about any material you like with laminate, including stone, concrete and timber, at a fraction of the cost. Look for quality laminates that are specially withstand the rigours of a busy kitchen – it will have a tougher, more scratch resistant surface than standard laminates. Can be installed by a competent DIYer.

Stainless Steel

The benchtop material of choice in professional kitchens, stainless steel will give you a professional look at home and blends in well with both contemporary and traditional kitchen styles. It tends to scratch and show fingerprints, so probably not the best choice for families.

Oct

5

Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Resurfacing kitchen cabinets can be a less expensive alternative to replacing cabinets and will update your kitchen and give it a whole new look. To resurface your cabinets, means literally to “give them a new surface”. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this – some expensive and some for budgets.

Typically, refacing or resurfacing kitchen cabinets should be done by a professional. It consists of replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and putting a matching veneer on the cabinet frame. You can get any type of wood or plastic you want so your options are unlimited. It can be quite costly ranging anywhere from $3500 to over $10,000 and takes 2 to 4 days depending on how big the job is.

This type of resurfacing can be a good idea if you like the cabinet layout and your cabinets are in good solid condition (many of the older cabinets are very solid and high quality). If, however, your cabinets are weak or damaged or you want to change the design you will probably want to get replacement cabinets – it might not cost that much more and could add a lot to the usefulness of the room and your homes value.

If you don’t have $3500 in your budget for resurfacing kitchen cabinets, then there are several alternative that are much less costly!

My number 1 choice for changing cabinets is paint. You can make a huge change just by painting them – especially if you are going with a retro look and you are daring enough to use a splashy color like pink, turquoise or orange. For those really brave souls you can even paint designs on the cabinets or use stencils or a faux finish. Wouldn’t a country kitchen look nice with painted cabinets and a nice country stencil on the top? Just add some matching hardware and you’ve got new cabinets for under $300!

Another idea is to remove the doors altogether. This would only suit a few decorating themes but would be great way of resurfacing kitchen cabinets in a cottage kitchen design or even an antique Victorian design. You can line the shelves with lace or doilies that flap over the edge to add to the look. Maybe you could even find old windows that are the right size to use as doors or make up new doors from another type of material that goes with your theme like bamboo or even fabric.

Another idea for resurfacing kitchen cabinets is to wallpaper them or apply contact paper. Of course you’ll want to use something with a plain pattern and that is washable. Just prepare the cabinets the same way you would if you were wallpapering a wall. You don’t need to wallpaper the whole thing, you can cut out shapes or patterns from the contact paper or wallpaper and just paste those on. I don’t think this type of resurfacing would last forever but it might make a nice short-term change.

Sep

8

Kitchen design ‘becoming more customisable’

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen design ‘becoming more customisable’

The last century has seen kitchen design evolve to the extent that it is now much more customisable than at the start of the 1900s.

This is according to Museum of Modern Art curator Juliet Kinchin, who told the New York Times that kitchen design underwent a particular sea change during World War I.

She cited the example of Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky’s Frankfurt kitchen, which the architect designed in the 1920s as part of a project to build more affordable housing in Frankfurt.

The kitchen featured storage bins for sugar and flour, as well as a pull-down ironing board, a chopping board work surface close to the window and a right-hand drawer for scraps.

“Since then, the kitchen seems to have gone from a modular, efficient place to one customised to various tastes, outfitted with computers, TVs and non-ergonomic tools,” Ms Kinchin remarked.

Alexandra Lange of the School of Visual Arts recently noted in a post for the New York Times’s Opinionator blog that kitchen design has also changed over the years to become more efficient, as seen in contemporary kitchens utilising integrated cabinets, worktops and appliances.

Sep

8

Black ‘can be a great colour for kitchen design’

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Black could be a good colour to use when fitting and decorating a new kitchen, according to one expert.

Writing for the Deseret News, interior decorator and HGTV host Candice Olson notes that many people tend not to think of black when considering new kitchens.

“Used properly, however, it can provide a great anchor in a large room and bring a sense of sophistication and style to any space,” she remarks.

Ms Olson gives the example of one property where she fitted black kitchen worktops to begin with, creating an “immediate” change.

She then set off the contemporary feel created by the black worktops with an aluminium backsplash and a black and burnt cream area rug in the dining part of the kitchen.

Last month, Helen Green of the Terry’s Fabrics blog claimed that black kitchens are proving particularly popular at the moment and may be “here to stay”.

She recommended using black high gloss kitchen units and balancing the dark colour with shades of white and grey to create the perfect black kitchen.

Jul

5

Worktops & Countertops for Kitchens

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Worktops & Countertops for Kitchens

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Countertops and Worktops for kitchens are available in a variety of materials. The most popular options include: Laminate, Granite, Stainless Steel, Wood, Quartz Surfaces and Corian.

The countertop is not only necessary for a kitchen it is also an integral part of its design. Food preparation can deliver a large amount of wear and tear to the surfaces in the kitchen. Within this article we look at the various materials used for countertops and discuss the reasons for choosing them for your kitchen. Whether its durability, hygiene or cost, you can find both the advantages and disadvantages of each material below.