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Sub zero fridge freezers

June 22, 2013

Sub-Zero fridge-freezers

The big freeze:
They say that everything in the States is bigger and better, and that includes fridges and  freezers. These cool imported giants,
practically walk-in larders, include the Amana Houston (right), which measures 1758mm h, 915mm wand 600mm d. It’s available from
NRC Refrigeration and features an invaluable ice and water dispenser. High-street prices for the Houston range start at £2,100-£3,000. Sub-Zero fridge-freezers, imported by The American Appliance Centre, also have dispensers for chilled drinks outside or inside the appliance, and deep inside door shelves for large-size drinks containers. As well as ensuring that your new arrival will fit in the allocated slot in your kitchen, don’t forget to check that it can negotiate narrow corridors or stairs.

Stainless steel kitchens

May 25, 2013

stainless steel kitchens

Silvery touch:
Sophisticated stainless steel kitchens with their sleek, light-reflecting sheen are the look of the future. In this kitchen, cupboard fronts, sink, splashbacks and worktops are all in stainless steel, while the ovens, from Baumatic, are mirror-fronted. The kitchen is by Star-Beka, from Fulham Kitchens.

Dark kitchen

September 20, 2012

The kitchen was always dark, confining and entirely separate from the rest of the household. Finally, the homeowners decided that their 40-year-old ranch-style house in Cincinnati needed something more than a face-lift. They asked designer Charlyn Jackson of Neal’s Construction Company, a design/build firm, to help them conceive a plan. Her solution was to remove the wall separating kitchen and family room, remove the kitchens exterior wall and add a sunroom with glass windows and doors on three sides.
“They definitely wanted a two-cook kitchen,” the designer reports. “That was the object of creating the island, so one cook could work at the range, for example, and the other could put out salads and desserts. They also wanted the kitchen, sunroom and family room to be completely integrated, which is why we used 12- by 12-inch floor tiles throughout. We also painted everything white.”

Flexible kitchen

July 26, 2012

Highly functional and flexible kitchen incorporates features that permit all family members, whether young or old and regardless of level of ability or disability, to use it almost effortlessly. That such a kitchen need not suffer from a lack of good design is proven by this inviting kitchen, which follows universal design guidelines.
The challenge of combining function and good looks in a kitchen was successfully met by designers Dan Lenner, CKD, and Susan E. Spring, CKD, of Morris Black & Sons, Inc., in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Aiming to create a warm, country-style ambience but also wanting the kitchen to be accessible and useful to a multigenerational family, the team needed to plan carefully. They understood the broad range of capabilities in such a large family and knew that if their universal kitchen design layout was good, all who used the room for preparation and eating of meals would be comfortable in it. A primary consideration for the kitchen design was wheelchair accessibility. The designers specified open knee spaces beneath the smooth-surface cooktop and shallow island sink, as well as for the built-in country farmhouse table at one end of the island.

New kitchen ideas

July 8, 2012

Safety codes and industry guidelines are critical when planning your new kitchen and bath.

Kitchens and baths are undoubtedly the busiest rooms in your home. And because they’re so busy, these rooms have the greatest potential for mishaps and accidents.
All things considered, it’s no wonder that today there are national, state and local codes that specifically address kitchen and bath design. For multifam-ily homes, for example, there are federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) codes. Codes for one- and two-family homes are adopted state by state .
Though the codes vary from state to state, they are quite similar when it comes to basic safety. For example, all states require that outlets near sinks or in baths be equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shock. Other obvious nationwide standards are: All plumbing fixtures must be connected to a sanitary sewer or private sewage sytem; each kitchen must have a sink made of an approved, non-absorbant material; every toilet, bathtub or shower should be installed in a room that will afford privacy; baths must have windows of no less than 3 square feet, and half of those windows should open; 21 inches of clearance is needed in front of a toilet, and the toilet’s center line should be a minimum of 15 inches from the wall. Most people build to exceed these minimums.
Because there is no definitive national code that applies to kitchens and baths for single-family homes, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has issued its own guidelines. They match and in some cases exceed federal housing codes for multiple-family units, says NKBA director Nick Geragi. With a bottom line of safety, function and accessibility, there’s little reason to argue against doing it by the book. Here are some key guidelines they developed.

Kitchen flooring options

June 22, 2012


Directions: 1. After following all the preparation steps, top your primed floor with two coats of the cream paint (or your desired color) for the base coat. Allow to dry completely overnight. 2. Using measuring tape, map out a grid of 2-foot squares and tape alternate squares with low-tack tape. 3. With a roller, paint alternate squares green, then remove the tape carefully and let green paint dry (your floor should look like a checkerboard at this stage). 4. When paint is completely dry, retape the cream squares on every alternate row, then dip your roller in gray paint and paint over the taped cream squares (your floor should now have alternate rows of green and cream squares and green and gray squares). Let dry completely. 5. Using a !4-inch paintbrush, apply !4-inoh-wide cream lines vertically and horizontally down the center of the green and gray squares and ‘/i-inch-wide burgundy lines vertically and horizontally down the center of the green and cream squares.6. After allowing paint to cure for two days, apply three to five coats of low-sheen varnish for shine and protection; let varnished floor cure for one week.

Decorative flooring

June 21, 2012


Because of the work involved and the varnish application, decorated floors are more permanent than painted walls. If you don’t want that beautiful painted pattern on your floors to lift off or becorne damaged, preparation is essential. Your first step when reviving an old wood floor is to remove any wax, dirt, old paint, stain and varnish from the wood by sanding. You can use a sanding machine to save time, but be careful not to nick or gouge the wood. Otherwise, sand the floor twice, first using a heavy grade, then a light grade of sandpaper. If you find any large holes or cracks, fill them with wood filler and sand them smooth with a medium or fine-grade paper. Wear a mask to prevent inhaling harmful dust and remove any furniture and window treatments from the room. It’s also wise to close off adjacent rooms and heating vents to prevent dust from traveling. After sanding, allow the dust to settle for a few hours, then sweep up with a damp mop. Let the floor dry thoroughly. When the floor is dry, the next step is applying primer. Primer is used to seal the porous surface of wood before you paint; without it you would get spotty coverage when you apply your base coat. Use an alkyd or acrylic primer to seal wood, as water will soak into the wood and raise the grain with a latex primer.

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