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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

20

Kitchen Islands

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

A kitchen island design can be as simple or as complicated as you like and tailored to suit your specific needs.

You can design a kitchen island for any purpose. If you want to simply use it as a table for sitting around to eat or have a sink plumbed in to do the dishes in, it can be done. The first thing you have to decide therefore, is what you want from a kitchen island design.

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Once you know exactly what your kitchen island is going to be used for you can think about how you want it to look. You can get flat kitchen islands or multi-level kitchen islands. If you’re using your island to sit around then a flat level will be much better. However, for working and ease of use a multi-level kitchen island is the better design.

The kitchen island is often the focal point of a design, therefore special attention has to be given to it’s appearence. People often choose to have their kitchen island custom built to ensure it fits in perfectly with their design. Either way, it’s worth making sure the island will look right in the space before making any decisions.

The amount of space you have in your kitchen will also be a factor when deciding what to use your island for. If you have room for a bigger island then you can have things like a second fridge or dishwasher as well as a sink and space to sit at. Small kitchens will only be able to incorporate a smaller island with smaller features. However much space you have to work in, think about what you can realistically include in your island.

A new idea is to use multiple islands in a kitchen design. For instance, some people choose to have an island to sit around and eat and another for food preparation and the washing up. If you have the space, then a multi island kitchen can be both practical and original.

We have more information on kitchen design and can also divert you to some great suppliers of islands and other kitchen furniture.

Jul

1

Kitchen Planning Basics

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Planning Basics

The most important part of buying a new kitchen is the planning. What shape will the kitchen have, how big is the family that will use the kitchen and how often will the kitchen be used? In this part of the site we will take you through all the steps of planning your kitchen so that you can make the best decisions in buying your new kitchen.kitchen-planning-basics.gif

First it is important to choose whether you want a fitted kitchen or a freestanding kitchen. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you choose for a fitted kitchen, you will make the most of your space, as all the difficult corners can be hidden and used for storage. You can choose for flat pack, rigid or custom built to suit your needs and budget. A fitted kitchen will also add value to your home, but you can’t take it with you when you move.

 A freestanding or non-fitted kitchen however, gives that individual and informal look you maybe want to give to your kitchen. You can use all kinds of furniture to create the ambiance you prefer. When you move, you can take your furniture with you without a problem and use it again. You have to choose your furniture well though to create as much storage space as in a fitted kitchen.oak-kitchen.gif

On this website, we will mostly take the fitted kitchen as a starting point, but a lot of our storage and design tips will be equally as useful for a freestanding kitchen. And the planning of your new kitchen is of course important whichever style you prefer!

Who will use your kitchen?

 Different people have different lifestyles and since the kitchen is the centre in the house in which the food to live will be prepared, lifestyle is the key to planning a kitchen that works for you. It is obvious that a single person or a couple will have different expectations from their kitchen than families with growing up children. For example, if you’re a single person that eats out a lot, your kitchen will look completely different from a family that takes their evening meals together. Assess your kitchen area accordingly. Plan how much storage space you need for your groceries, cutlery and crockery, which equipment you will use (oven, grill, hob and time saving electrical appliances) and how much seating area you need.

In a small kitchen it is obvious that a large seating area is out of the question, but a small breakfast table might just fit in. In a big kitchen, the seating area will take a big part of the space. Decide which part of the kitchen area you want to commit to seating and work your kitchen around it. There are a lot of handy storage solutions to maximize your space in the storage section.

May

27

“Green” Cabinetry

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

You might not think of your kitchen or bath cabinets as having an effect on your home’s air quality, but some materials and finishes used in their manufacture may contain formaldehyde, which, if inhaled, can cause a condition that increases your sensitivity to other chemicals, such as those in paints, finishes, and even cosmetics. Even small amounts of formaldehyde can increase your risk of nose- and lung-related cancers.

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Stock cabinets are often made from medium- density fiberboard (MDF), which is essentially the waste from lumber mills (sawdust and shavings) pressed together with resin to create a solid piece of material. That resin, and some of the finishes used to stain and seal the members, contains formaldehyde.

To avoid the health risks and environmental effects of formaldehyde, you can install cabinetry made of PrimeBoard or of solid wood. Unlike MDF, PrimeBoard is made from wheat straw and a non-formaldehyde resin. If you choose solid wood, try to go with something environmentally sustainable such as bamboo. Cabinets should be made entirely of these alternative materials, not just the doors or drawer fronts.

“Green” cabinetry can be hard to find and is expensive because only a few manufacturers produce it—although more are beginning to offer formaldehyde-free products. To keep your budget in check, try looking for used solid-wood cabinets at salvage-supply stores, and install metal shelving where its appearance won’t be prominent, such as in the garage or pantry.

Unless you’re adept at carpentry projects, installing cabinetry is a job for a professional with the right skills and tools, especially for base cabinets, which will also need a countertop installed. If you are an experienced DIYer, you can find installation instructions for both cabinets and countertops in the Interior Improvements area of HomeTips.

Nov

19

Choosing a Good Quality Kitchen Cabinet

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

If you are planning for a kitchen renovation or buying a new kitchen, it is important to properly choose what to go with your new kitchen.

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If you spend much time in the kitchen, not just to be a functional space with all possible comforts it can offer? It should also be resistant to last a long time and resist the intensive use possible.

You will find that most of the kitchen furniture are made of different types of materials, depending on the price tag. These are often made up of particles, plywood, medium density fiber (MDF). Rarely can find kitchen cabinets that are made entirely from solid wood.

Particle is the material most commonly used cabinet. The components of a particle composed of wood chips, sawdust and other derivatives. The pressure is used to glue these materials together. Particles exhibit outstanding screw holding capacity.

Panel of medium density fiberboard, or MDF, is a basic high-quality material. This is done in the finest components of particles. Unlike particleboard, MDF can be shaped into the surface because it is smoother and cleaner than can be painted.

Plywood is a composite material made of layers of layers of wood. Its composition and the shape of each layer is placed to provide this material the same force in all directions. Veneers generally provides a good cabinet material, especially when covered by plywood. A cabinet made of wood covered with veneer is called solid wooden cabinet. Therefore, a solid mahogany wood furniture you can find in your favorite store in the kitchen can certainly not be mahogany, but is probably covered with wood veneer. Note that only can be plywood, but can still be a high quality product. It is often a common misconception that the property sheet as particle board medium density fiberboard and plywood have lower quality when used as building material for kitchen cabinets compared to solid wood. By contrast, property sheet are even better than wood in many ways. Solid wood is more expensive than sheet goods. Solid wood is poorly suited to most of the kitchen cabinet. Absorbs moisture. It is often unstable, as it contracts and dilates in response to changes in humidity. You can warp and crack when used for the sides, down, up and behind cabinets. Experts believe that even the best cabinets are made of plywood. However, the cabinet made up of particles or medium density fiber can sometimes exceed the quality of plywood cabinets facts – according to the manufacturer. Particles are generally used for cabinet interiors to reduce costs, as these are cheaper compared with plywood. Cabinets made from these engineered wood products like particle board medium density fibreboard and plywood considered solid wood, once covered with plywood, or even painting.

Finally, wood finishes also provides an important factor in determining the quality of a kitchen cabinet. Factory finishes that are in the cabinets of the populations are more consistent, smoother and last longer compared with the cabinets finished in the usual shops. This is because large manufacturers kitchen cabinet finish using an automatic process. Automation results in a more consistent finish small cabinetmakers find very expensive to maintain.

Nov

19

Installing Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

If you are considering replacing your upper kitchen cabinets, you may want to try doing it yourself. Hanging cabinets is really good in the skill set of the average homeowner.

With a little planning and the right tools, you can achieve a professional

look with your cabinet installation.

The easiest way to install the cabinets are pre-assembled and pre-finished cabinets that can be found in any large store home improvement. The benefit to them is that they come in stock sizes and can pick up when it’s convenient for you. They are also much less expensive than custom cabinets. You can also buy them unfinished and paint or stain to really personalize your kitchen.

After removing the old cabinets, take care measures. Since the cabinets come in a wide variety of sizes, you can mix and match to fit your space. If you like the design of its original furniture, but just want the new style, then buy the same size as the old. You also want to buy a stud finder, a level and a couple of pieces of 2×4 lumber.

If you are doing both upper and lower cabinets, always install the upper cabinets first, since it is easier to do without the base cabinets in place! Use the stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. Typically, studs are placed sixteen inches apart. Mark the location of each bolt with a pencil. Now you have to find a point of reference for the cabinets. Normally there are about twenty inches of space between the counter top and the underside of upper cabinets. So the distance measured from the floor (or on your desk) and mark the wall. Now he wants to use their level and trace a line along the wall where the bottom of the cabinets will be. Attach the 2×4 to the wall with screws temporary, with the top right of the wood in pencil line is level to the bottom of the cabinets. This piece of wood will give you a little time resting point of hanging the cabinets and make sure they are the same level. Then, remove all cabinet doors – this will make installation easier.

Installing the offices of the first corner. Place the cabinet against the wall with the bottom edge of the 2×4 and drill a screw into one of the bolts. You must attach the cabinets to the studs to support the weight of your dishes. Make sure not to over tighten the rope, as you may have to shim the cabinets. Make sure the parts are level and shim if necessary.

Now install the next cabinet. This is the hardest part – to ensure that the cabinet fronts are painted with each other. You probably have to shim the second cabinet, or adjust the wedges in the corner cabinet to be of color. Once you download, screw in the second cabinet wall studs and then screw the cabinets to each other with the long screws provided. Clamp the cabinets together.

Follow these steps for subsequent cabinets. If there is more space between the cabinets, or end, you can buy strips of filler in the same material as the cabinets out in these gaps. Simply screw the long screws in adjacent cabinet and clamp.

Once installed the cabinets, tighten all the screws, remove and put the clamps on the doors. Take care to ensure that the doors are level with each other, adjusting as necessary. Remove the 2×4 and patch the screw holes. Now, connect the hardware.

Installing new upper cabinets can be done in a weekend and will add value and beauty to your kitchen.

Oct

11

The Future Modular Kitchen For Men by Porsche Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

KBC is a luxury kitchen maker and is know for the bold, clean aesthetics, top-quality materials and innovation.A new showroom was opened in Texas which has become the largest showroom in the country.The showroom boasts of some of the best and finest hi-tech gizmos for kitchen.I like very much the black chrome fixtures, integrated sound system and sleek aluminum and textured-wood frame just scream luxury and class .

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