Category: Kitchen Design


The Most Important Room in the HouseLooking for one last nook or cranny for your dishes? Have you found yourself in your kitchen desperately needing more space for cooking? These are some typical signs that it may be time for a new kitchen. The Most Important Room in the House. Here is a list of signs that you may need to remodel your kitchen. 

Counter Top Space

Are you constantly looking for some space to do prep work in your kitchen? Has your kitchen island become the family’s mail room? Sometimes rearranging your appliances more efficiently can open up some counter-top space. However, if this is the case, you may want to consider removing walls to create a great room that contains your kitchen, living room, and dining room. Opening walls also gives you creative options to create a kitchen island.

Outdated Appliances

Are your appliances the same as they were when the house was first built? This could be a very noticeable sign that your kitchen is starting to show its age, but more importantly could be costing you more money than you might think. Recent advances in Green Technology have created a demand for energy efficient appliances that can save you time and money.

Kitchen Flow

You may be aware of the kitchen triangle (the distance between your stove, refrigerator, and sink). However, once again sometimes the minimum isn’t enough, especially if there is more than one cook in the house. To create multiple cooking stations you can easily add a prep sink to create another work station. A well laid out plan should separate the cooking areas from the gathering areas of the home where guests and family socialise.

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The Microwave and the ShelfKitchen Design

Do you know what is the most difficult feature of a newly designed kitchen? Apart from the clever and creative designing? The positioning of the The Microwave and the Shelf. This is an appliance that sometimes confounds those of us who never really had a place specifically designed for it.

One of the good things about a microwave when you compare it to other appliances, is that they come in a wide range of sizes. You have the choice then of building it into a cabinet or for a counter-top model, you just put it on a shelf.

Common sense tells you that you should put the microwave near the refrigerator as you usually take something from the fridge and place it into the microwave to defrost, or zap to eat.

Bench or Cabinet?

One bad thing about a microwave is the extra depth you need to install it, so positioning it at bench height for easy access is a bit of a pain. You can get some microwaves that have trim kits so they can be built into a cabinet, but many do not. Placing the microwave on the bench top takes up a lot of space and doesn’t look all that comfortable.

Oven type Microwaves

That you-beaut oven type microwave serves its purpose but there are some negatives to this model even though it is at least off the kitchen bench. The venting on these oven microwaves are somewhat ineffective and accessing them can be unsafe with food possibly cooking in pots below.

But, after considering all this, there is a solution!

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