Pros and cons of a cooktop & wall oven vs. conventional kitchen stove

Separating the cooktop from the oven can add unique functional benefits and design features to your new kitchen. However there are some drawbacks to consider before committing to separate or an all in one appliance. The following list of pros and cons will help you to familiarize yourself with the key advantages and disadvantages of both.

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Under counter lighting will change your kitchen and how you use it

Most kitchens were originally designed with a light in the centre of the room. This not only draws your eye to some place that serves no purpose, it makes the room feel smaller and you are always working in your shadow.

Unless you specifically want the light fixture itself to be a prominent feature in the room then the purpose of kitchen lighting is generally to:

  • Draw attention to things that you do want to stand out,
  • Provide general Illuminate for the room,
  • Provide task lighting over workspaces.

That’s a lot to ask from a light in the middle of the room. One area that often gets overlooked and where all of these functions come into play is under counter lighting.

5 things that under counter lighting will do for you and your kitchen:

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Things you should know about storing wine in your kitchen

Wine racks were a very popular part of kitchen design in the 80’s and 90’s. You don’t see them much anymore and there are a couple of very good reasons why.

Wine, as it turns out, is very particular about it’s environment. It doesn’t like heat or light as both can cause it to age prematurely and therefore spoil. It doesn’t like vibration either and temperature is critical and specific for different types of wines.

Fridges specifically designed for keeping wine are the solution and have become as even more popular than the wine racks of the past. Generically known as Wine Coolers, these fridges are available in a wide range of makes and models and vary substantially in terms of size, features, functions and cost. If you’re planning on storing wine in your kitchen you will need to do some research to determine which appliance is best for you.

3 things to consider when purchasing a wine cooler for your kitchen:

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Drawers and roll-out trays organize your kitchen and simplify your life

Storage is really about accessibility and that means being able to get things whenever you want and always having a place to put them away when you are done.

The best way to organize your kitchen cabinets is with a combination of drawers of various sizes and roll-out trays to accommodate the taller and larger items that won’t fit into drawers.

Drawers are the handiest because they provide access from 3 sides and are most useful when equipped with dedicated organizers. Kitchen drawers are usually grouped in banks of 3 or 4 to maintain the horizontal cabinetry lines throughout the kitchen. Very few kitchen items cannot be stored in drawers.

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The best way to store your cutting boards and baking sheets

For your kitchen to be really efficient, the things you use every day need to have a home that is readily accessible. Two of the most frequently used kitchen items are cutting boards and baking sheets and they are also two of the most awkward to conveniently store.

Relatively inexpensive vertical dividers made of sturdy ¼” chrome plated wire and designed specifically for this purpose are readily available. They are sold individually and can be easily retrofitted to any full depth cabinet. You can set the spacing to accommodate wider or narrower items as required so that you get the best use out of available space.

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Stone kitchen countertops – Awesome but bewildering

One of the most prominent features in any new or restyled kitchen is the countertop. Stone tops are very popular these days and you have a lot of options so you really need to educate yourself about features and benefits as well as why prices vary so dramatically in order to make an informed decision in choosing one over another.

Pros & Cons of the 3 most desirable types of stone kitchen countertops:

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Classic door styles and colours make new kitchens timeless

There was a time when cabinets were the main architectural detail in the kitchen but that’s changed with appliances, countertops, floors and backsplashes now playing very important roles. All of these have gone decidedly upscale and meant to be noticed. Unfortunately you can only have so many strong elements in the same room before they all start to compete and distract from each other.

Today the role of the cabinets has changed from the main feature in the kitchen to one that supports the other strong elements by holding everything together. It’s also a key reason why white cabinets are so popular. White acts as a neutral and provides clean separation between the other elements helping them to be features by getting the attention they need.

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Adding a kitchen island is a home and lifestyle improvement

The kitchen is perhaps the most important room in the home yet it is the only room that is not named by its function. You have a living room, dining room, family room, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. So what is the function of the kitchen and how does it fit in to our daily lives?

For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home and where a lot of what we do every day happens. Aside from the activities associated with providing nourishment, it’s often the only place where busy families get to interact on a daily basis and when we entertain, there is no way to keep the main action out of the kitchen.

The vast majority of the kitchens built since the 70’s were designed to have a table for dining and other household activities at one end with a working kitchen at the other. However, the furniture and equipment required for the respective activities isn’t really compatible and typically both require space that they compete for at the expense of the other. There really has to be a better way to accommodate all of the activities that happen in the room that we call the kitchen.

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Simple guidelines for planning an efficient kitchen layout

For more than a hundred years, architects and homeowners have endeavored to develop the most practical kitchen layout. The first really scientific plan was the Work Triangle developed in the late 1940’s by a group of architects at the University of Illinois. The concept is based on positioning the 3 principal appliances, the stove, fridge and sink, as 3 points of a triangle.

Basic rules for using the work triangle:

  • The sum of the sides of the triangle should be between 15 and 25 feet with the optimum being around 21
  • The distance between any two of the three major appliances should be no less than 4 and no more than 9 feet
  • If possible, traffic should not flow between the sink and stove
  • Tall cabinets should not be place between points on the triangle

Simple but effective, the work triangle was developed when kitchens were relatively small and used primarily by one person. It was the golden rule for kitchen design and kitchen planners used it faithfully for nearly 50 years.

Today, nothing is quite that simple.

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How to get the most out of a free kitchen design consultation

Having difficulty turning your dream of a new kitchen into a workable plan? You can get help from an experienced professional and it’s free. Most better quality kitchen companies offer free design consultation but, to benefit fully, you need to prepare.

The best kitchen renovations are the result of a collaborative process. Our job as designers is to make recommendations but it’s your kitchen, your home and your lifestyle so and we need your help to understand what will work best for you.

3 things you should do before meeting with a kitchen designer:

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Quality stands the test of time

6 things you should know about kitchen cabinets

Quality kitchen cabinets

Planning to invest in stone countertops or other permanent elements?

Make sure that the quality of your new cabinets, that will support these heavy counters, will stand the test of time.

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A frequent question from our clients….Do I have room for an Island in my kitchen ?

Most Excellent Modern Kitchen with Classic Styling

Here are some numbers to keep in mind. On the working side of your island you will need approximately 37 and 42” between the kitchen cabinets. On this prep side of the island you will need room for appliance doors to open and still allow the cooks to pass one another. Generally you would like […]