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Start early when planning a new kitchen for Xmas

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Consumers looking at new kitchens with a view to making over this part of their property in time for Christmas may need to start planning now.

Speaking to the Detroit News, Wayne Weintraub of US firm Kurtis Kitchen and Bath Centers says it is important to begin thinking about a new kitchen design as soon as possible – especially if it is likely that things like cabinets will need to be specially ordered.

He also recommends sticking to a particular kitchen design once it has been drawn up, rather than making changes to it later on and risking delaying the completion of the project.

“People think if they decide to change from a single-bowl sink to a double sink that it won’t affect the timeframes, but that little change impacts the plumbing and countertops,” Mr Weintraub notes.

Rachael Liska of Fresh Home magazine recently advised in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article that consumers should give careful thought to the layout and storage options associated with their new kitchen.

They may also want to consider the availability of power points in the locations where appliances will go and the adequacy of the lighting they have chosen.



Property market woes may encourage new kitchen fittings

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Property market woes may encourage new kitchen fittings


Britons weighing up whether to invest in new kitchens may be encouraged to press ahead by new figures relating to the UK housing market.

Santander has revealed that 1.1 million Britons have attempted to sell their homes since June 2009, compared with just 725,000 successful property transactions.

Furthermore, the company noted that over half (53 per cent) of those who tried to relocate cited a failure to find a buyer as the main barrier to their aspirations.

Commenting on the figures, estate agents Savills claimed that the situation is likely to continue for the remainder of 2010.

This may provide the perfect opportunity to improve a property with a contemporary kitchen in preparation for when the market eventually begins to recover.

“The economy is slowing and we expect the housing market to slow down again in the second half of this year,” said Jacqui Daly, director of research at Savills.

“We do expect transaction activity to stay low – where it is now.”

Writing for the Manila Bulletin recently, Carlomar Daoana advised homeowners weighing up how to progress with their new kitchen design that the area is rapidly becoming “the new living room”.



Making the most of a small kitchen

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Making the most of a small kitchen

Less is more, right? And even though it may seem like an obstacle at first, a small kitchen can be a cute, fully functioning, intensive workspace rather than a cluttered and pokey hole. Follow our tips and your kitchen will be transformed in no time.


Sliding doors

Consider whether you want to keep your small kitchen intact or knock through an interconnecting wall to open it up to the living area. This doesn’t mean being permanently committed to open–plan living. You can divide any large opening with sliding doors and wooden floor–to–ceiling door systems will look traditional and warm without being too domineering.

Open doors

Don’t obsess about the traditional kitchen rule of sink, oven and hob in a user–friendly triangle formation. Position them in a way that suits your kitchen and the way you cook. However, you mustn’t forget about doors; your oven (preferably a double oven or with built–in microwave) door should be able to open fully without hitting anything else. Experiment before you install or use sliding doors on cupboards to avoid this. Read more »



How to create soft geometry in your kitchen by Johnny Grey

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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.



Luxury Kitchen Designs from Comprex

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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.




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.


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.



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 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.



Italian Kitchen Cabinets

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Italian Kitchen Cabinets

Italian Kitchen Cabinets

Italian kitchen cabinets can make a surprising impact on the atmosphere of that space.

For many families, kitchens are the heart of their homes that are more important than simple food prep.  Beyond eating and cooking, this room is a natural meeting space – a sort of extension of the family room – where family members can gather, talk, and enjoy a drink, snack, or meal.  The décor of this room impacts the overall feel of the space and whether you choose contemporary. modern, antique, or country kitchen cabinets, this will have an influence.

Italian kitchen cabinets have become very popular among interior designers and individuals decorating their own kitchens as the soothing, welcoming feel of the Mediterranean became recognized as an ideal ambiance for this casual family sharing space.  That being said, the basic elements of it have been used in kitchen décor for many decades now.  These elements include pieces such as a large table, warm neutral colors such as terra cotta, iron racks for hanging kitchen tools, and other traditional pieces you’d see in an old fashioned Italian home.

Italian Kitchen Cabinets – Combine Old World With New World

Of course, today the traditional style isn’t the only option.  There are also gorgeous modern options, with Italian kitchen cabinets to match.  Whether the space is large or small, there are appealing cupboards and drawers to complement the needs of the room and your individual taste.  It combines the appeal of the Old World’s wood and workability with the clean lines and modern conveniences of the world today.

In the space, the table should be the center of the room while the Italian kitchen cabinets – not entirely different from some forms of country kitchen cabinets – frame one, two, or even three of the walls.  Below them, there should be places on the walls and countertops for utensils to be conveniently and yet decoratively stored, combining functionality with the actual décor of the room.  Hooks should hang nicely aligned somewhere near the stove so that oven mitts, potholders, and cooking utensils can be easily found and accessed. 

The entire room should use the Italian kitchen cabinets for storage of items such as glasses, mugs, and dishes, while the working elements should be proudly displayed for ease of reach and the warm feeling that the kitchen is indeed used and lived in.  This classical, practical, and very down-to-earth design will make the room a natural place in which to gather and remain together as a family. 

It wastes no space and doesn’t hide the fact that the room is also highly functional for preparing the family meals – an important event that is shared with each family member every day.  It gives a natural, old fashioned feel without sacrificing the luxuries that we appreciate today.

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“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.



Preparing to Install New Kitchen Cabinets

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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.