Kitchens-Renovations & Equipment
Adding a new window on kitchen design
Adding a window in your kitchen renovation might be in order - especially if you want to blur indoor-outdoor boundaries. Here's how to add a window, without drama and, if you're brave, without the help of a kitchen remodeling contractor!
Bright ideas for cheap kitchens
A limited budget doesn't have to hamper your vision of a 'dream kitchen' - in fact it can ignite your creativity. Here are some ideas for budget, discount and cheap kitchen renovations, and how to avoid costly mistakes. 'Maximum impact, minimum spend' is a good philosophy when it comes to renovating a kitchen on a budget. The general manager of architect David Hallett says planning and prioritising are the key to keeping kitchen renovation costs down.
Ceiling height cupboards for your kitchen renovation
Extra kitchen storage and saying goodbye to the duster are just some of the reasons why ceiling-height kitchen cupboards are gaining popularity with kitchen renovations.
Choosing a tiled splashback
Glass splashbacks or natural benchtops? Choosing kitchen materials is not only one of the trickiest decisions, it's also one of the most important. Many designers believe that when it comes to deciding where to spend your precious kitchen renovation budget, surfaces should be given priority. "Not only are they the things you'll spend most time looking at, they're also what creates impact in your kitchen," says kitchen designer Jenny James.
Choosing the right cafe espresso machine for your kitchen
Just because you're making that cup of coffee at home doesn't mean your only option is the instant variety. Enter the cafe espresso machine - a way to create the perfect cafe-style coffee in your own home. But what should you look for and what do the different types do?
Country kitchen with a modern twist
Mention the words 'country kitchen' and most people think of a room that's either cutesy or full of gingham, and very definitely homely rather than stylish. But these days, not only are country kitchens stylish, they're taking on a modern look. But how can you get it right? And should you even try? Here are a few things to consider:
Creating timber kitchens without the confusion
Don't be left in the woods when it comes to using timber in your kitchen renovation. We compare the different timbers available for timber kitchens - solid, veneer, stained and timber-look laminates.
Designing a kitchen with the professionals
Although the appeal of creating our own kitchen designs may be very attractive, the final result could miss the renovation mark. Consulting with a kitchen designer will give you the best interior for your home.
Find a kitchen renovator
Before you sign your kitchen budget away, make sure you've chosen the right kitchen company for your project. Do you know what to consider when choosing a kitchen company for your kitchen makeover? Ask yourself:
Granite used for landscape etched in stone
A landscape construction contractor applies his expertise to flesh out this garden design, in which beautiful grey granite is the star. After their new home was built, Sonja and her family needed a landscape to be created around it. They engaged garden designer Mary Graham to come up with a conceptual design for the garden, and when Mary suggested landscaper Dean Speldewinde to manage the construction, they gladly accepted her advice.
How to design your own eco-friendly kitchen
These days, 'eco-friendly' is a buzz term in kitchen design, where energy and water-hungry appliances once reigned supreme. But there's more to creating a green kitchen than just buying the most efficient fridge or dishwasher. Here are some other things to consider when designing an eco kitchen:
How to plan for a flat pack kitchen in the home
Compared to the custom kitchen variety, a flat pack kitchen is a great economical choice, provided you get your planning right.
Kitchen design layouts for keen cooks
If you're a keen cook, then getting your kitchen design layout right is crucial. Here are five must-haves for the keen cook's kitchen renovation:
Kitchen designs for people that don't cook
Every house needs a kitchen - no secrets there. But, if yours needs renovating and you prefer eating out or ordering takeaways rather than cooking, it can be tricky to justify spending money on a room that you won't spend much time in. So how can you strike the right balance?
Kitchen displays that ooze of modern trends
When you're in the market for a new kitchen there are a variety of styles and 'looks' to choose from, but how do you know which kitchen displays will last the distance and which will go out of fashion? While there are no hard and fast rules, and predicting what looks will still be 'in' from one year to the next isn't an exact science, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to set your new kitchen on the right track.
Kitchen island style: Finding a good fit for your kitchen
Kitchen islands are wildly popular in kitchen renovation projects, offering versatility in style and function. Available in an array of colours, sizes and materials, they're a great way to maximise bench space and make your kitchen cook-friendly.
Kitchen renovation ideas for retirement
Planning for retirement generally revolves around financial security, but it's also important to prepare your home for accessibility purposes. Our checklist on kitchen renovation designs for retirement may help your peace of mind.
Make a small kitchen look bigger
When you're designing a kitchen, no matter how much space you have there are a few inclusions that you can't do without. But how and where you choose to position them, as well as what type of finishes you opt for, can play a big role in how roomy your kitchen feels. Get it right, and even if your kitchen is on the small side, you can easily give the impression of more space. Here are a few things to consider.