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Kitchen Supply Specialists – So Kind To Stragglers

I am soon to be the proud owner of a brand new kitchen.  I was fortunate enough to have inlaws who were doing exactly the same task just a fw weeks ahead of me.  I’ve benefitted from their many hours of legwork doing research into the vast array of kitchens and settings that are laid before us in the massive out of town emporiums.  I find it all anxiety inducing, but I did pluck up courage to make an appointment with one major kitchen retailer.    It was all quite painless, I visited the showroom – showed some interest in the ranges, chatted to one of the inhouse design team and before leaving, I’d booked myself a designer appointment.  That was quite enlightening and I was impressed with the different choices I could look at.  She was informative with the pushiness and happily took out things that didn’t appeal or would have wasted my funds.    The automatic ‘surveyor’ visit was useful, laptop in hand he toured the space, ensuring the designer’s suggestions would actually fit in to the real space which was measured constantly from one wall to another.  Good stuff!

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Recalling The Modern Post War Kitchen

Wow, the thought of changing up to a modern kitchen just a few short weeks ago would have seemed quite beyond my grasp.  But now that I’ve been trailing around two or three out of town kitchen emporiums, I feel almost an expert at this game.   The general themes are of course much more exciting than in the days of my parents.   In fact the house I was born in was brand new – on an estate well out of London.  Thousands of London families were being shipped out of bomb damaged London.  The kitchens were the very best utilitarian available in postwar Britain. We  had a fitted kitchen of sorts – such a luxury then.  I can just remember the ‘houdini’ cabinet in the corner.  A stand alone item, with double cupboard up top, then a pull down hatch which served as the worktop . . .   then below was the saucepan and cooking implement cupboard.  How the two women in my life coped I don’t know but they did.  My new kitchen would be like absolute paradise for them!

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New Kitchen Choices Are Mind Bogglingly Complex

Oh how confusing I’ve found the subject of kitchen replacement to be.  Do I go for a completely different layout, i.e. move the double oven to new location near the island unit, with pull out storage larder next door, with large fridge next to that, or do I retain the large fridge freezer plan . . .  The colour of the units was not a worry.  Having moved in twenty years ago, the house reflects trends of the day.  My once smart birch colour cabinets look and feel ropey and very dated, and the way the kitchen points means that little bright sun comes in through the large window.  I have therefore opted for white units throughout.  A darker wood look luxe laminate work top and stainless steel hob, ovens and sink unit.  I also recalled that the inner panel of the cabinet doors always got dusty and mucky – requiring quite a lot of extra scrubbing.  So this time I’ve chosen curved recesses that apparently don’t attract dust!  Wooh the permutations are simply mind boggling.

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Knowing Kichen Limitation After Years Of Use

There are so many things about kitchens that we don’t appreciate until we’ve lived with one for several years.   Mine will be 20 years old soon – it’s the very same one that came fitted into the new house our family bought.  We were so excited to be buying a brand new house, yet to be completed, we didn’t really go into too much research about the kitchen or how it was to be arranged and fitted.    I do remember the excitement of being called to the sales showroom to select the colour and style of the cabinet doors, integral worktop, floor tiles and whether we required a particular style of sink and mixer tap etc.   We did not get a choice over the style of gas hob or the electric double oven.  We were so thrilled with the idea of a new house, we didn’t think to check anything on the spec list.   I would definitely have chosen a different radiator – a narrower vertical one would allow me to have a large upright fridge freezer at the farthest end of the worktop;  something elese I would reselect again, given the chance!

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Headaches Caused By Kitchen Lighting Limitations

Because I’ve had this house, and hence the kitchen since new, I’ve not given a great deal of thought to the subject of kitchen design.  I have however thought before now that maybe mine could have been arranged more helpfully but on the whole, I’m not big in cooking – I cook to survive rather than the other way around.     I has recently crossed my mind however that having a wider kitchen with an island unit may well have cured my problem of shadows from the strip of downlights at this wintery time of year.  Everywhere I stand in the kitchen, I am in a shadow.  I have to prop my iPad up against the wall tiles under a cabinet and then put thesmall under cupboard  flourescent light on just so that I can the recipe and instructions.  I know now why people make such a big deal about the kitchen when I occasionally watch auction  house sales or other property and life style programmes on tv.  There is merit in looking at all aspects of the kitchen when first viewing a house.  It’s expensive if the heart falls for a house with an unfortunate kitchen!

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Sensible Placement Of Wall Mounted Ovens

There have been some fantastic kitchen transformations in my neck of the woods.  When I moved into my very comfortable, executive style detached house, the kitchen was such a remarkable improvement on the one I was leaving, that the thought of ever ripping it out and doubling the size and make up of the room was never in my thought process!    Recently I was treated to afternoon tea at a pal’s grandaughter’s . . .   the kitchen itself where we all congregated was bigger than my kitchen, utility and dining room combined.  The middle island unit included the cokking hob – hidden from view until a touch of a sensor brought it up.  The ovens were all integrated and wall mounted – very conveniently adjacent to work top space.  A brilliant concept here.  How many times have you been in a room with wall mounted ovens nowhere near the closest worktop – you have to run half a mile with piping hot cookware to put it down, leaving the oven door wide open.  I’m so glad these things have now been addressed with fantastic new designs to make life so much easier and beautiful!

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Trust & Vision Needed For Kitchen Overhaul

There are so many fantastic kitchens out there these days.  For the modern young working mum, they have dreams of a long sleek, clean and generally empty counter top that they will use to create all manner of culinary miracles whilst tending to baby and entertaining the neighbours without a hitch . . . .  Oh they may dream!  However in reality most kitchen are anything but a scene of serene domesticity.  Firstly, the developers of modern houses generally fill the kitchen space with the cheapest form of cabinetry and line everything up in a uniform pattern.  There will rarely be room for an island and sometimes their idea for wall mounted ovens and microwaves are a bit off balance because you can’t always reach the nearest work space with really hot stuff straight from the oven.   It needs proper planning to be able to make a truly egonomic paradise.  This is where a professional kitchen design team will knock the spots off the average husband, his note pad and his bank balance.   It needs vision and a lot of trust to comit to having the kitchen completely overhauled.  But it will be worth it.

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Smal Kitchen Calls For Storage Overhaul

When we see tv shows about house refurbs or in fact the ones where folk want to change houses, the major consideration seems always to hinge on how big the kitchen is. Not everyone is blessed with a large sociable space to form an eye catching and inviting kitchen-diner.  Many in fact do not have the room for a massive kitchen island and range style cooker.  Very many of us have to contend with a much smaller space.  However with clever planning, there is a wealth of ideas to make this space more effective.  Storage is the most important element in a small kitchen.  Corner units that offer pull out racking systems that then cantilever themselves back round the corner are essential.    Thinking of where to store kitchen equipment and crockery helps.  In a wall mounted cabinet, store the most used items on the more easily reached lower shelf and put the special occasion pieces on the top shelf.   Put  saucepans in the cabinet under a wall mounted oven and hand a rack for the lids inside the utility cupboard.

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Kitchen Extension Project Exceeds Expectations

It’s certainly a good time to be refurbishing a current property.  With difficulties in marketing houses, whereas someone might think of selling and moving on up the scale, there’s an alternative now – get the builders in and extend out and up.     The lifestyle tv programmes that centre on improvements and rebuilds are responsible for families gaining confidence that they too are capable of achieving a dream of a kitchen and utility, easily worthy of magazine coverage.  My immediate neighbour has almost completed just such a project and their finished kitchen is stunning.   They described the project well before the work started and I’ve had the delight of builders wagons and deliveries, skips, portable loos etc. all over my part of our shared drive, but we’re good pals so . . .  The finished result of all that work and iinconvenience is a truly well thought out design with masses of cupboards, work top and space for everyone to be in the kitchen who wants to be, without falling over each other.

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Kitchen Condition Testament To Quality

About forty  years ago we had the breathtaking excitement of the arrival of the massive out of town scandinavian furnuture and homewares emporium.   For so long now they have been the ‘go to’ place to start incredible life journeys.   I can think of one of their kitchens that was installed back in 2004.  Since then it’s had a seriously tough life.  The whole family congregate around the huge island and it’s possible for 2 people to prepare completely separate meals at the same time.  There are masses of drawers down one side of the island, matching those that cover one entire 21ft wall of the kitchen.  The couple had paid extra to have installers in to fit every bit.  This really paid off as every drawer still closes softly, no banging.  Where there are cabinets, these are on casters and form slide ins that you pull out and they are open each side with acres of storage space on 8 small shelves.  Just right for the budding bakers – tray upon tray of useful implements, decorating mediums, I’m amazed at the quality, bearing in mind the company is renowned for being very cheap in price.  But not in quality.