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Pro Panel: The 8 Biggest Kitchen Blunders
We’ve asked a panel of experts to share some of the most common mistakes kitchen renovators make
Poor planning and hurrying through the design process are the reasons behind most kitchen renovating disasters.
Take your time when planning and designing your kitchen, and be careful not to leave important decisions to the last minute.Select and order kitchen appliances well in advance and make sure your kitchen designer and manufacturer have all the details and dimensions prior to issuing the final drawings for construction.
Good-quality accessories and hardware, such as pull-out corner units, drawer dividers, soft-close runners and door hinges, often get excluded from kitchen designs due to budget constraints. But this can be a false economy in the long run as features like these can make a big difference to your kitchen, boosting its storage potential, and making the space far more pleasant to use.
Ensure you ask your kitchen designer about all the storage and hardware options available so you can make a fully informed choice.If you don’t specify exactly what you want, you may end up with less-than-ideal hardware and storage solutions, which can be a missed opportunity – think a set-up that consists of more cupboards than drawers, drawers without inserts and no soft-closing hardware. If budget is a concern, focus on those features that you feel will make the most difference to your experience of the kitchen.
People can often get so caught up in the aesthetics of the design they forget about the practical side of things, which can result in a kitchen that’s less functional than it ought to be.
Even before your initial appointment with your kitchen designer, start thinking about the practicalities of the kitchen and how you want it to perform.Ask yourself, how many people will be using the kitchen at once? How tall are the users? How do you cook – for example, will you need a lot of bench space for baking or a high-powered range hood for cooking curries? Do you plan to leave your benchtop appliances out on display or do you want them hidden away? Will the kitchen be used just for cooking, as a hub for family meals or a place where the kids will do their homework and display school notes? What frustrates you about your current kitchen and is there anything you like about it?At that initial consultation, give your kitchen designer as much information as possible about your lifestyle and how you plan to use the kitchen.
Some of the most common mistakes we see people making when tiling their kitchen come from a lack of preparation before the tiles are actually laid, for example not ordering the right quantity of tiles. This can be a costly mistake in terms of both budget and time. It’s recommended that you buy 10 per cent more square metreage than the area to be tiled.
Patience and preparation before tiling are key. Do your research, talk to the experts, and learn what to expect when having a space tiled. Most of the work needed for a perfectly tiled area is done before the first tile is laid.Measure twice and make sure you purchase enough tiles to cover the space, and then extra to allow for cuts and tile mishaps.Tip: Have a few tiles laid out in your kitchen to ensure that grout lines run in a direction that suits the space.
Another common mistake is laying the wrong tile or product for the space. Things such as choosing a tile with the wrong slip rating or laying floor tiles on a wall can appear fine when you’re laying them, but you’ll soon notice problems when you’re living in the space.
Be clear about where the tiles are going to be used. For example, you wouldn’t want a heavy floor tile on a splashback, but there may be a suitable alternative that matches your chosen style if you’re clear about where it’s going.Tiles: Beaumont Tiles
It’s surprisingly common for people to forget about the furniture and other finishes in a room when selecting tiles. Tiles can be a beautiful way to finish a floor, but not when they clash with other elements in a room.
When selecting tiles, keep in mind the look you’re trying to achieve and be confident in your choice. It’s also a good idea to go to the showroom armed with a mood board of the other elements in the kitchen, such as furniture and joinery, to make sure your chosen tile blends in well.A good rule of thumb is to avoid conflicting patterns, particularly between the walls and floor. If you’ve chosen richly patterned flooring, opt for simple wall colours; if you have a bold feature wall, choose simple floor tiles.
Placing lights above the walkways in the kitchen and not over the benchtops – where they’re actually needed – is one of the most common mistakes people make. As a result, you end up with shadows over your sink and prep areas, making it near-on impossible to see what you’re doing.Another common pitfall is choosing looks over function; renovators often select pretty pendants that don’t actually emit enough light over benchtops.
Think about where you’ll need to see clearly in the kitchen, such as cooking, washing and prep zones, and select the appropriate fittings. Make sure the globes you choose emit sufficient light, then make sure you position them in the right spots. For example, if you’re choosing ceiling downlights, place them centrally over benchtops.Adding lighting beneath overhead cabinetry is another way to boost visibility in your prep and cooking zones. It can also create great mood lighting at night in an open-plan kitchen, once the cooking is done.
When a kitchen feels cold, uninviting and commercial, it often comes down to poor lighting choices. The kitchen is the heart of most homes, so it’s important to choose a warm light that will create a welcoming feel.
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Guide to Milan 2018
By Caesarstone ,Thursday, April 12, 2018
Milan Design Week – the pinnacle event of the design world, taking place April 17-22 – attracts thousands of designers, architects and design enthusiasts from around the world every year.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Caesarstone has exhibited at Milan Design Week, the summit event of the design world. This year Caesarstone is returning to Milan’s Fuorisalone, to unveil “Altered States” – an installation designed by the New York-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture.
Showcased at the faded grandeur of Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana, open to the public for the first time during Milan Design Week, the installation guides visitors through an immersive experience of a conceptual kitchen island. At the centre of the space, a large circular kitchen island, made of Caesarstone, explores the changing states of water, ice, liquid and steam. Caesarstone surfaces are used in layers, referencing natural topography as a metaphor for nature.
Surrounding the main “arena” is an amphitheatre of over 250 Caesarstone and metal mesh pedestals using three different Caesarstone colours from the new industrial collection, Metropolitan, creating a white to grey, monochromatic gradient, rising to emulate the appearance of a natural landscape.
For those of you who are planning to visit Milan Design Week 2018, we have gathered for you the 10 top “do not miss” events, in addition to the groundbreaking collaboration between Caesarstone and Snarkitecture.
1 // Altered States
The installation, a collaboration between Caesarstone and Snarkitecture, examines the role of the island in the modern kitchen and is inspired by the altering states of water, both in the kitchen and in nature.
About ‘Altered States’
‘Altered States’ calls visitors to reconsider the primal elements of ice, water and steam and their connection to the everyday rituals of the kitchen island, such as cooking, gathering, entertaining and working. Presented as a playful series of interactive landscapes, the courtyard installation encourages visitors to interact with the various states of water while moving through an archipelago. Each island is constructed from a unique Caesarstone colour; Vanilla Noir, Alpine Mist and White Attica.
Under the cupola of the interior space, a large circular kitchen island made of Caesarstone White Attica is conveyed as an arena for performance and interaction, inviting visitors to discover and engage with the multiple functions of the island. A landscape of cylindrical pedestals, constructed from metal mesh and a monochromatic gradient of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection – Cloudburst Concrete, Airy Concrete and Rugged Concrete – form an amphitheatre surrounding the island, further highlighting its centrality to a collective experience.
Palazzo dell’Ufficio Elettorale di Porta Romana,
Corso di Porta Romana 10 • http://milan2018.caesarstone.com
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