What Goes Into Designing A Beautiful Kitchen?

new kitchen designIt is not surprising that the kitchen is the favourite room for most people. In fact, it has been said to be the heart and soul of the home. This is for the simple reason that it is where the family gathers in the morning to start the day and it where most will gather to wind down the night over supper.

What’s more, the kitchen is the part of the home that forms poignant childhood memories of a warm stove, a simmering pot, and a mom.

It is not surprising then that the kitchen should be given due attention in terms of design, given the value that is attached to this section of the home.

There are a myriad Kitchen designs that can add intrinsic value to your home.

Today’s kitchen designs borders on a closed kitchen, meaning there is a wall that secludes it to an individual room or an open kitchen that flows into another room usually the living room or dining area without any separation. You can click here to know more about kitchen design.

The latter is becoming more popular.

If your house floor plan leans toward an open kitchen, then it means you would need to make a deliberate effort to have an exquisite kitchen because it is visible to everyone who walks into the house. This being the case, exquisite does not necessarily mean expensive but simply visually appealing.

An open kitchen also gives you an opportunity to take advantage of showcasing your creativity such that the kitchen not only serves the function of cooking, storage, and a gathering point but also as ornamental complementing the rest of the house.

What Goes Into A Kitchen Design?

There are several aspects that go into designing a kitchen. We take a look at few below;

  1. What do you intend to use the kitchen for?

Other than the obvious reasons of cooking washing and storage of cutlery, one has to figure out what they want their kitchen to be.

Naturally, people in the house will gravitate toward the kitchen albeit not linger too long after getting what they need.

If you envision having your family and friends gathering there, then it makes sense to incorporate an island that may serve as an extra storage space as well as a seating area where the kids can get their homework done and family can keep you company as you cook.

  1. Construction Materials
  • Cabinets

This is an important aspect of design as the material you choose for your cabinet doors will determine how your kitchen looks like.

The upside is there are a variety of colours to work with that will suit your fancy, whether you want neutral colours or something more eclectic and loud like luminous orange.

Cabinet material options include

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  1. i) Solid wood
  2. ii) Decorative laminate Veneer

iii) Medium density fiberboard (MDF)

iii) Polyethene

  1. iv) Aluminium
  • Kitchen countertops

Kitchen countertops play a crucial role in the design element as they should complement the cabinets in terms of aesthetics while remaining absolutely functional, tough, easy to clean, and durable. Options to choose from include;

  1. i) Granite
  2. ii) Marble

iii) Quartz

  1. iv) Stainless steel
  2. v) Composite Granite
  3. vi) Wood

vii) Glass

viii) concrete

  1. Lighting Options

Light is an amazing component that can be incorporated into kitchen design to accentuate the ambience of the home and the kitchen.

Secondary lighting in cooking spots or inside strategic places such as corner cabinets with glass doors can also help to add beauty to your kitchen.

When constructing or remodelling your kitchen, engaging a qualified kitchen designer is advisable as he can help you sort out the technical aspects such as plumbing and heating as well as the aesthetic parts so that you end up with a beautiful harmonized kitchen that works for you.

Save Space in Your Fitted Bathroom with Corner Baths

1359315390Maximising available space is always of utomost importance when upgrading a hotel, and is a problem that I had to wrestle with for most of my working life. Now that I am renovating my own home, I am facing the same old problems again in some of the rooms, especially bathrooms in an old house.

Luxury and comfort cannot be achieved without giving attention to space. Space enables people to maximize their share of fun. However, most homes today tend to have little rooms that make it quite hard to have fun around your home. But it can get so enjoyable when one takes time to relax in the baths particularly after a hectic day.

Thankfully, one has the opportunity to install corner baths which is an excellent option when you want to maximize space in your fitted bathroom. While I may still have the knowledge and drive to do all of this renovation, I am no longer physically able to do the hard work required, so many thanks to my local bathroom renovation business – Fitted Bathroom Solutions Derby and their most helpful and accommodating team.

How Corner Baths Add Style and Save Space
Ordinarily, corner baths are quite larger than the standard baths but very well designed to fit in smaller spaces. You might have a bigger bathroom but you will usually discover later that there’s never enough space for all the elements you want to install. It’s in the effort of trying to free up more room and adjust the layout to match one’s taste, style, and preference that corner baths come handy.

Presently, there are various types of corner baths you can install in your fitted bathroom. All of them can suit almost any type of design and make your fitted bathroom not only spacious but uncluttered. And in choosing a corner bathtub, several factors have to be put into consideration.

Deep or shallow corner bathtub
You have to decide which one you want to choose between the two since that will have an effect on the cost of buying and installation. Money is definitely an important aspect to many people. Most common corner style baths are the average capacity, with a 60-70 gallon bathtub being quite common. Compared to deeper corner style, these ones are quite cheaper. Deep corner style baths are like deep soaking tubs. Most of them often hold 80-90 gallons. You can as well soak yourself in them up to chest height or even deeper.

Size is always important
You also need to decide whether you need a larger unit or the common size. Larger units can take up more than two people at the same time. However, choosing a corner style bath that features a round bathing furniture1area will usually be enough for two people to sit in comfortably. Smaller units will only take in one person at a time. Nonetheless, both styles and sizes can be purchased in seated versions which allows for a very comfortable experience.

While installing it in your fitted bathroom, you can always arrange it with shelving units and also storage cupboards. Fit them above the bathtub. This will allow you more space rather than using the floor space.’
Generally, the ultimate joy of designing or remodeling your fitted bathroom is that you can go for options that suit you best.

Most generic homes hardly realize the pleasure they could be missing when they are without corner baths. Much as it takes almost the same space as the regular times or sometimes even smaller, the level of style you’ll have incorporated into your fitted bathroom will be one you will live to enjoy.

With the right care and attention to detail, you can easily turn your bathroom makeover ideas into reality. Besides giving the much-needed space, corner baths will as well offer that comfortable and relaxing environment we all wish to have.

How to install a new gate post

Another of my little projects that I wanted to brush up on so that I didn’t do something stupid. When you haven’t done things in a long time, it’s easy to forget the little stuff and wish you had done a bit of research.

So here is another reminder from the University of DIY!

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How To Re-Felt A Shed Roof

I thought this video was worth sharing….

I had a problem with my shed roof, been leaking all winter, but I thought I would wait until spring to get it repaired. I called in a couple of local companies because I am getting lazy and couldn’t really be bothered with doing the work myself, but what a shock. They both wanted a couple of hundred pounds to fit new felt to my roof!

I soon forgot about being lazy and decided to do it myself. I have done this several times in the past without a problem, but wanted to get a refresher video just so that I didn’t forget anything. I found the video here and thought it well worth sharing.

I got the whole roof done for under £40. Result!!