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Jun-26-13

The Social Kitchen

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The Social Kitchen

Very large islands kitchen and the demise (or at least the very reduced capacity) of the table in the kitchen. Our kitchen designs are incorporating large island(s) that can accommodate cooking, prep work and dining. The area previously reserved for the breakfast table has been replaced with a sitting area in the kitchen. The large over-scaled island provides an area for your kids to spread out their homework and projects and still give mom and dad a place to prepare the meal in a social and spacious manner.

Jul-1-10

New Kitchen design 2

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New Kitchen design 2

Kitchen cabinets with handles of various sizes that also act as windows. In this way the user can choose what to expose and what to hide. In this way the kitchen can easily change character and will be much more personal

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Lift is a new kitchen concept that fulfils our daily needs for modular and dynamic systems. Apartments and houses are becoming smaller therefore we need to design products that are able to offer a lot and at the same time be compact. Our design features different sliding (up and down) modules containing all the necessary tools a kitchen must have. While your not working or cooking you can close the sliding units together and create different kinds of sideboards. Lift can be well positioned in a one bedroom apartment, in a studio, in a loft or in a open space kitchen / living room area.

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As a barrier-free, mobile and flexible kitchen, the Ideal Kitchen, with its L-shaped countertop, offers a high degree of design freedom and a very high level of design, in the opinion of the jurors. The countertop is suspended from the wall, so that it can be set at any height. A 17 cm-wide rear spine serves not only as a storage option for kitchen implements, spices and electric appliances, but also to keep the wall clean. Mobile containers and a kitchen cabinet offer additional storage space.

Since space comes as a premium, we need to design for a flexible lifestyle. Case in point is the kitchen. This design by Wiwat Pitakpongsanit takes multidisciplinary worktops to the extreme. This kitchen counter top is a place to cook, serve, meet, party, eat, and work. By reconfiguring the different sections, you can create a work surface to meet your needs.

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Designed to improve the mentality of a kitchen both physically and mentally. Every function a traditional kitchen has is hidden behind the kitchen wall allowing easier clear up of the kitchen. The form of hiding saves the room of the house, which exhibits a sense of freedom and comfort. Psychologically, hiding state conveys satisfaction to some extent for only the kitchen host to know exactly where all the things are. The tile colors can be changed and arranged to fit your personal style.

The CookIsland table consists of a worktop with integrated table top. The integrated dining table can seat up to five people. Centered on a rotation point the table can be pulled out, pushed in or rotated. This allows the CookIsland to be positioned right up against the wall of a small room, making optimal use of function and space. The front of the worktop, with drawers and a three-plate ceramic hob, is available in seven high-gloss colors. The body is white or silvery white.

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Jul-1-10

Kitchen Design

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    When it comes to kitchen design and kitchen layouts, no matter how much you spend on upgrades and high end materials, if it is not properly laid out, you will get that investment back when it comes time to sell. In no other room is the phrase “form follows function” more appropriate than in the kitchen. By contrast, if you have a kitchen that not only looks good, but is also allows for proper traffic flow and adequate work space, it will not only benefit you in your daily activities but it will also translate to the bottom line when it comes time to sell.

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    Potential home buyers are looking for kitchens that provide a roomy work space and that are open to the rest of the home, since kitchens tend to be the most used room in a house. Even when you have guests over, often everyone gathers in the kitchen. 
    

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May-19-10

Restoring a Vintage Kitchen

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When you purchase a vintage home, you will find that the kitchen is not up to today’s standards for family living. In many instances, you may find that the entire house will need to have restoration work. When preservationists restore vintage homes, they usually keep the facade and the main living areas in the style of the home. The kitchen, however, is usually redesigned to meet the needs of their family.Vintage Kitchen

Vintage not only means the restoration of pre-World War I homes but also bungalows from the 1950s and ranch style homes from the 1970s. The design and purchase of a home is a personal choice and the styles from various decades appeal to many people.Vintage Kitchen

When kitchens became a separate room in the family home, there were work areas. Everything in the kitchen was freestanding including the stove, the refrigerator, and the sink. The kitchen table was the work area and the appliances were all one color, white. Some had cast-iron stoves. Floors were wood or linoleum.

The decades of the 1960s and 1970s did see changes in color in kitchen appliances but some of the colors got old pretty quickly. It was difficult for everyone to live with avocado green and gold for twenty years.

When planning a kitchen redesign for a vintage home, you want it to feel warm and inviting and homey. You also want the hardware to have a period feel. The availability of period materials has grown. You can find period pieces in antique stores and well designed reproduction hardware and appliances in home shopping stores. Architectural salvage companies go through buildings and homes to be torn down and salvage materials for re-use.Vintage Kitchen

The look and feel of a kitchen is determined by its cabinets. If you want to keep an historic feel to your kitchen, check with architectural salvage companies for wood and metal cabinets. You can mix these cabinets with freestanding antique or reproduction pieces. You can also add other vintage pieces such as an antique dresser or other items such as plate racks and open shelves. When refinishing your salvage cabinet finds, you should make sure that you strip, buff, and lacquer the metal cabinets to prevent them from rusting. Old painted wood cabinets have a tendency to warp when striped. You should do them one at a time.

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You can use stone countertops in a vintage kitchen redesign. The stone should be honed to a soft finish. Vermont soapstone is a popular choice.

Flooring in a vintage kitchen redesign can be linoleum or wood. You may be able to find unused rolls of linoleum from early decades at an architectural salvage store. Many of today’s designs also complement the vintage kitchen. Linoleum companies are reproducing early patterns.

Many vintage kitchens, especially pre-war, used pressed metal in the ceiling. You can check for these at an architectural salvage store. An alternative is to use a heavy Anaglyptic paper. This is a cream colored paper embossed in a variety of period patterns. It costs less to install than pressed metal and when it is painted, achieves a similar look.

Since the mid-1980s, it has become easier to find authentic looking vintage stoves and refrigerators. Most old stoves are white but you can find some colors such as cream, green, or cobalt blue. Hoods used for venting were not used 100 years ago. In this case, you can have one built of the same wood as an overhead cabinet.Vintage Kitchen

It is not difficult to find antique hardware. In a vintage kitchen, you may want to choose antique brass, satin nickel, or blackened finish. You can find reproductions to fit just about any vintage period at your local hardware or home shopping store.

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A kitchen redesign for a vintage kitchen can make your home warm and family friendly. It just takes a little time to find the right pieces.

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May-19-10

How to Create a Mosaic Countertop

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How to Create a Mosaic Countertop

You have been planning your kitchen redesign. You have looked through magazines and watched the home improvement and home decorating shows on television. You saw a simply fabulous kitchen redesign using mosaic tiles to create a pattern on a countertop. You want to do the same. You can do it yourself in a few easy steps.Mosaic Countertop

A mosaic is a decorative design created by setting small colored pieces of tile into a setting such as a countertop. The first thing you want to do is visit a tile shop and look at the tiles and colors that are available. Take some time to research what you want to do. You can find books in the library on creating tile countertops with mosaics. Since you are using tiles for your entire countertop, you will want to buy tiles in the size you need for the major area and complementary colored tiles for the mosaic area. Sketch your idea on a piece of paper before you go shopping. Measure your countertop. The salesperson as the tile store can help to determine how many tiles you will need for your major surface and how much you should purchase to create your mosaic.Mosaic Countertop

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Sketch your pattern onto the surface where you will lay the tiles. Since you are creating a mosaic you want to break up the tiles you will use for it. The easy way to do this is to wrap the tiles in a towel and hit them with a hammer.

You will need small pieces for your mosaic and larger pieces for your border. You can use a tile nibbler to break the tiles into the size you need.Mosaic Countertop

Place the tiles on top of the sketch to make sure you are pleased with the pattern and the colors you have selected. Mark the location of the tiles with a magic marker. When laying the tiles on your countertop, you should start from the center and work outward.Mosaic Countertop

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  • The steps in creating your mosaic are:

    1. Prepare the surface by scoring it with a utility knife and then coating the surface with a mixture of watered down white glue.

    2. Spread a thin coat of tile cement (thin set or mortar), about one-eighth of an inch, over the surface.

    3. Score your mortar with a trowel.

    4. Place your tiles in the cement according to the pattern you drew.

    5. After the cement has set, apply tile grout over all the tiles.

    6. Apply the grout with a trowel. Smooth it over all of the seams between the individual tiles.

    7. Wipe away the excess grout with a sponge.

    8. Let it dry overnight.

    You can purchase grout in a variety of colors, not just white, to match the decor of your kitchen.

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