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The Working Triangle

The Working Triangle

The working triangle is the most important aspect of the kitchen design. You need to create a working triangle for all the components to interlock and work in harmony. This will make working in your kitchen a pleasure.

"…this will make working in your kitchen a pleasure."

Sink, Fridge and Stove

Sink, Fridge and Stove/oven are the 3 points of the triangle.

Each leg of the triangle must not be less than 1,2 meters long and not more than about 3 meters.

These distances will ensure that there is some storage/cupboard space between each center… and also makes sure you won’t need roller skates to get to each center!

Helpful Tips

  • No traffic or any other item should interfere with the basic triangle. Interferences interrupt the cooks movement and can be dangerous if the cook is carrying hot food, and so on.
  • Don’t have a tall unit within the work triangle

Does your Kitchen have a good Working Triangle?

Top value-add home renovation trends

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06 Mar 2014

In the competitive environment of the real estate market, standing out above the crowd is essential for homeowners who want to increase the value of their property and ensure that they get the best possible price for their homes should they decide to sell.

Homeowners with the space and resources are focusing on creating luxurious bathrooms, which include underfloor heating, stand-alone tubs and showers that feature multiple water options.

Many homeowners have turned to renovation as the key to increasing both the home’s value and its appeal to would-be buyers. This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who says renovation projects are currently on the upswing.

He notes that while renovating could be the answer for those looking for an edge in the market, it is essential that any remodelling project be undertaken in the correct manner to ensure that it has the desired impact.

He says if adding value is the end goal, then it is imperative that the project is handled by a trained professional who has the qualifications to complete the work according to the highest possible standards. The cost of fixing badly completed renovations will far outweigh any savings made by cutting corners or using someone who is not qualified, he says.

Goslett advises that homeowners speak to several well-regarded contractors before moving ahead with any renovation projects. He says they should provide each of the contractors with the same information so that it is possible to compare quotes and that they also check the contractor’s references and read any reviews that may be online. “This is a great way to obtain information about the contractor and establish whether or not any previous clients have reported any problems with regard to communication, delays or site clean-up.”

According to Goslett, certain home improvements will add more value to a home than others such as kitchens and bathrooms, for example, which remain the most popular areas to upgrade. Statistics suggest that while these rooms can be costly to renovate, they will push up the value of the home more than any other remodelling project.

Knowing the current renovation trends and what potential buyers are looking for will assist homeowners to decide which projects to undertake and how to make the most of them.

Goslett has the following tips for homeowners…

Open plan living areas 

Many renovation ventures involve removing walls to create an open space and flow between the rooms, particularly the kitchen and living areas. Removing the walls can make smaller homes appear bigger, and can create a more social atmosphere where household members can interact even while they’re busy in different areas of the house.

These renovations include placing an island in between two previously separated rooms to define the spaces while still creating flow. Often, hardwood or similar style flooring is used in the kitchen and living spaces for continuity.

Energy efficiency

A growing trend among homeowners is the need to reduce wasting energy. A large proportion of home improvements include eco-friendly systems that effectively cut down on energy usage and a home’s carbon footprint. These renovations include home automation systems, water-restricting showerheads, solar panelling and replacing old light bulbs with LED lights. 

A growing number of homeowners are also including recycled building materials into newer spaces to save on resources and create an eclectic combination which is trendy.

Bathroom bliss

Homeowners with the space and resources are focusing on creating luxurious bathrooms, which include underfloor heating, stand-alone tubs and showers that feature multiple water options. The emphasis is on both extravagance and comfort.

Smart technology customisation

With technology being very much a part of our everyday lives, many property owners have included smart technology customisations into their renovation projects such as charging stations for phones or computers. Some of these renovation ideas involve adding charging stations into existing cupboards so that the gadgets and wires are out of sight or installing electrical outlets with built-in USB charging ports.

Goslett says while knowing the top trends is important, it is more important to ensure that the project grows the investment value of the property and adds to its appeal. With any renovation project the key is to have a budget and a plan before getting started, he says

Home décor trends for 2014

21 Feb 2014

While most people are big believers in decorating according to personality and style preference, it’s always nice to know what décor analysts are predicting for the year ahead and to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in the world of interiors.

The hottest colour in 2014 is predicted to be yellow.

Metal elements

Having entered the décor scene in 2013, the popularity of brass, copper and steel is set to increase in 2014.

These durable metals are affordable and timeless. They can be used to give a space an industrial feel, but work just as well with a vintage theme.

The former can most easily be achieved in the kitchen, with brass pots and pans, and cooker hoods. Do vintage in the bedroom with brass or copper bed frames, antique brass lamps, or more affordably with vintage brass handles and knobs. Or add an industrial touch with galvanised pipe fittings and accessories.

Yellow, mellow or not

The hottest colour in 2014 is predicted to be yellow.

The hue will depend on your personal taste but you can choose any tint from neon or acid tints if you’re daring, or pastel shades if a softer look is preferred.

Male influences will be seen much more widely in homes this year.

Great colours to team yellow with are greens, blues and whites. These combinations work especially well in sun rooms, living rooms or deck areas. It is easy for yellow to overpower other colours, so keeping it for accents only is a recommended option.

Introduce small splashes of yellow with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint in satin or gloss. You will find the full range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse.

Neo classical inspiration

Ancient Roman and Greek busts are set to be huge this year.

The Roman and Grecian influence will filter through to furniture as well. Think couches with elaborate rounded feet and arm rests.

Ancient Egypt will play a big role in décor too, from paintings to wallpaper and sculptures. You can opt to fuse these elements with more modern pieces to redo entire rooms, or scatter a few small pieces throughout your home.

Circular and geometric shapes

Square shapes are out in 2014. The focus will be on circles and geometric lines.

Square shapes are out in 2014. The focus will be on circles and geometric lines.

They appear in tables, chairs, couches, bedding, carpets, chandeliers and other overhead lights. They make it to the table and walls as well in the form of bowls, vases, clocks and oversized pendant lights.

The playful shapes of circles and geometric lines have been seen at design expos the past year or two, so it’s great to see that they’re finally making their way into our homes. They are shapes that are perfectly suited to individuals with a taste for futuristic elements and clean silhouettes.

Male influences

With gender roles overlapping more and more, it was only a matter of time until the pieces in the den were moved into the lounge or bedroom.

That’s right, male influences will be seen much more widely in homes this year. But it won’t be about transforming a room to be purely masculine, it will be about fusing the leather and heavy furniture typically favoured by men with softer elements preferred by women.

The key to success will be in striking a healthy balance, so look forward to interesting debates with your other half in 2014.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

2014 luxury kitchen trends

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10 Jan 2014

Almost every homeowner would look at ways to add affordable style to their kitchen, but what about those who want only the best… the ultimate luxury for their kitchen?

When shopping for new appliances it’s essential to look at the energy saving options that are incorporated.

Here are the latest trends in kitchen design and how you can add luxury to any kitchen.

Stainless steel finishes continue to draw consumers, but a move towards natural materials gains momentum as new products are launched, engineered for practical use.

Where do I start to plan a new kitchen?

To create a designer kitchen with all the mod cons and luxury fittings, you need to keep up with the latest products and know what’s on the market, from countertops and fittings, to the latest high-tech kitchen appliances.

Browse online to review kitchen installers in your region. Looking at what’s on offer will not only give you an idea of what’s trendy for your new kitchen installation, but also offer you a variety of styles to create an online collection of images that define your style and what you want from your kitchen.

Don’t settle for less than the best when lighting a kitchen.

Modern kitchens are functional, versatile and practical. They are a place where family and friends can gather and create.

With so many options to choose from, how do you know which is the right kitchen countertop for you?

When designing a new kitchen, or remodelling an existing one, you’ll want to call in the professionals to do the installation for you. These guys know what’s on the market, any new product launches, and can make recommendations based on your choice of design and how hard the kitchen works.

In a rustic kitchen you may want to look at natural wood or wood grain finishes that are warmer and softer on the eye, while a contemporary kitchen demands granite or caesarstone and ultra-smooth satin or high-gloss finishes.

While eco-friendly materials are increasingly available, you don’t want to compromise on design excellence.

Kit out your kitchen with the latest technology

Online window shopping has never been easier. Simply select your supplier of choice and view the products on offer. You will be able to choose a finish that matches the style of your kitchen, whether it be white, stainless steel or colour.

A stand-out design with luxury taps will not only look good, but will add even more functionality to a well-planned design.

When shopping for new appliances it’s essential to look at the energy saving options that are incorporated. Not only saving you time and money, energy efficient appliances are the future.

High-tech appliances have evolved to meet the changing trends for cooking and entertaining at home.

It’s all in the details

Sinks and taps

As the saying goes…”Everything but the kitchen sink!” It might only be one element in a kitchen design, but fitting the right sink means everything at the end of the day. When installed in a separate scullery, the sink is not as important as one that is the feature in a kitchen.

A stand-out design with luxury taps will not only look good, but will add even more functionality to a well-planned design.

Handles and knobs

You will need pull-out drawers for pots and pans, easy access to the bin for kitchen waste, plus other accessories that make your kitchen functional and a pleasure to cook in.

When designing a kitchen many homeowners tend to forget the small details… handles and knobs. It’s these details that add a finishing touch to any kitchen. Soft-touch drawers are a popular choice for a streamlined kitchen design, but there’s no denying that handles and knobs add character and function to every kitchen.

Storage

Designing a kitchen with plenty of storage is a number one priority, unless you have a built-in pantry or scullery. You will need pull-out drawers for pots and pans, easy access to the bin for kitchen waste, plus other accessories that make your kitchen functional and a pleasure to cook in.

Discuss your storage requirements in detail with the kitchen installer, so that everything is covered before the installation begins.

Lighting

Don’t settle for less than the best when lighting a kitchen. Layered lighting is essential in a room that caters for a wide range of activities at all times of the day.

Shop around for general, accent and task lighting that will enhance functionality and complement the design.

The trick to creating a luxurious dream kitchen is to keep it simple with a few select finishes that incorporate textures. You want a look that is modern and luxurious without being cluttered and over-the-top.

Let the design speak for itself and add a few extravagant touches to enhance the overall look and feel.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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