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The newest addition to the shop fitting team is Andrew Medland starting full time as a first year apprentice in January 2018. Starting the long road to learn the trade then the business. Good luck Andy Happy to have you on board.
An Outdoor Kitchen is a fabulous addition to a house, it is something that will change your house completely.
Outdoor Kitchens are becoming more and more popular, the change is mainly due to the fact that a lot of people are trying to upgrade the familiar barbeque experience into something a little more elegant and comfortable – the Outdoor Kitchen.
Outdoor kitchen can be used not only as the main attraction at your parties, an outdoor kitchen can be used on a daily basis, with the whole family enjoying a meal n the open air, you may find yourself disappointed of restaurants when you start eating “out” a few times a week. Suddenly an evening in a closed space will seem like less fun compared to the outdoor kitchen experience waiting just a few steps from your living room.
The growing popularity of the outdoor kitchen in the last years has created many different products to choose when designing your outdoor kitchen, some people prefer to design a small and practical outdoor kitchen and save some costs, others go for the luxury additions when creating their outdoor kitchen design.
Today you can find outdoor kitchens in region of the world that have relatively short summers, people living in these areas try and enjoy the summer to its fullest, and install a kitchen that is built around the grill, this way they can have a barbeque without running in and out of the house and use a small kitchen in their backyard.
Weather conditions in your area will be very important when thinking of an outdoor kitchen design, in some cases extreme weather will call for unique solutions and custom made outdoor kitchens, these can be very expensive and take a lot of energy to put together, you may need to consider the conditions of your living area before going ahead with the plan to build an outdoor kitchen.
Naturally there are huge advantages to the outdoor experience, spending quality time with your family and friends and enjoying the outdoors, an outdoor kitchen can create the prefect setting for all these things on a regular, everyday basis. The work you will need to put into your outdoor kitchen is also something to consider before checking out the appliances, if you plan to do this by yourself you should be aware of the fact that building an outdoor kitchen may take a lot of time, so free a couple of your weekends and carefully plan and design your outdoor kitchen. If you plan to have a third party perform the construction of the outdoor kitchen make sure you know exactly what you want and start the negotiations from your ideal point, don’t forget that contractors sometime have their own preferences, but they are not the ones living in the house, so remember to make it absolutely clear that you are calling the shots on this outdoor kitchen design.
One last word about outdoor kitchens, you may find that some people are much nicer to you than they were before when you have your outdoor kitchen ready, some of them may even call and ask if they can come over for a nice sunny Sunday lunch and enjoy your new outdoor kitchen, you don’t have to invite all of these new friends, and if they complain about you never answering the phone or not getting the door, you can simply tell them you were outside, preparing a nice lunch in your new outdoor kitchen.
Outdoor Barbeques are perfectly suited to Australia’s weather and lifestyle. Call us today and make your dream a reality! 07 3206 6266
About the Author
Daniel Roshard is a interior designer fascinated by garden architecture, he is currently studying garden design and integration of house appliances to the outdoors. Daniel is writing reviews and tips on Outdoor Kitchens at http://outdoorkitchen.zupatips.com/
Do you consider your kitchen as your haven? Then build one that you can call the kitchen of your dreams! You should definately aim for anything that would improve the look and design of your kitchen. The kitchen should properly set your mood for cooking. At the same time, the kitchen should also allow you to properly work whenever you are cooking.
1. Pot Racks
The pot rack basically consists of a rack with hooks attached. The pots will be placed on these hooks. The wall mounted racks may have shelving units to it. This is indispensable in your household kitchen. Offering efficiency and saving storage space, you could not go on without the pot racks.
Another good thing about it is that you can actually save the cookware from being scratched or damaged when they are ordinarily cramped in your kitchen cabinet. The racks will let you display your pots and pans in your kitchen, adding more style and definition to the kitchen. It will also make your cookware neatly arranged, for more convenient access. There will be no need anymore to bend low to reach them below, from the kitchen cabinets. It will also save you the time of having to rummage through the kitchen cabinet looking for one stubborn item. It can also be used to store other kitchen utensils, not only your pots and pans.
2. Before Buying
– Consider the size of the home kitchen
– Take note of your height.
– Choose the type that suits your taste.
– Find a proper placement for your pot rack.
– Install properly the pot rack.
3. Basic Considerations
Consider the size of the home kitchen
The dimensions of your home kitchen should be one of the main determining factors in getting a pot rack. For hanging pot racks, the size of the ceiling should be taken ahead.
Take note of your height
You and your housemates will definitely be aided to easier cooking if you can reach those pots! A hanging pot rack should be structured or positioned at a height that you can easily reach. To get the exact height that will be convenient for you, extend your arms upward. The distance from the floor to your hands should be the same distance that the pots and pans would have when hanging from the pot rack.
Choose the type that suits your taste
There are wall mounted racks, ceiling pot racks, hanging pot racks. The ceiling pot rack and hanging pot rack would definitely save you more kitchen space. You can use the remaining storage space for other kitchen utensils or stuff. If you are more particular with the design of your kitchen, then you can opt for the wall mounted racks. They often come in beautiful designs and stylish details. Pot racks may also be made of different materials. They may be made of wood or metal, brass, copper, chrome, or wrought iron. Choose one that you think will suit best in your kitchen design. Get one that will also be within your capacity to maintain.
Find a proper placement for your pot rack
The placement of your rack will definitely contribute to your kitchen enjoyment. It should not interfere with your cooking. It should also make the kitchen look more pleasant and appealing. Pot racks are often placed over a sink or a counter. Hanging racks are usually placed above kitchen islands. Some would put it above the peninsulas. The wall racks are typically found between kitchen cabinets. Do not ignore this aspect as this will also contribute to the safety in your kitchen. It’s always good to avoid the unnecessary hits and bumps in the kitchen.
Mounting the pot rack should be done the right way, to save your kitchen from the marks and damages of any trial and error. Make sure that the ceiling or the wall has enough strength to support the pot rack. The installation should ensure that the rack has been firmly attached to the ceiling or the wall. The racks may sometimes be really heavy depending on the material and design. Add to it the weight of the pans that you will hang.
4. Where To Buy?
The pot racks can be easily purchased at you local kitchen stores, home improvement shops and even online. You can choose from a variety of styles and brands. They also come in different price ranges, depending on the features, design and material. A small and simple one may cost you only $50, while a large and exquisitely designed rack may require you to cash out at least a thousand dollars. Just make sure that you purchase one that will suit your needs and buying capacity.
Do YOU have a pot rack? Which do you prefer – pot rack or pot drawer/cupboard? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
About the Author
For more great pot rack related articles and resources check out http://potracks.dinningstyle.com
Critical to any kitchen design is the attention given to storage. How much cupboard space is enough? And is enough ever enough?
The minimalist will design his or her kitchen considering only the intended function of a kitchen: to prepare and serve meals. Said kitchens are designed only to store the tools necessary to such function. The minimalist will rue the day he shelved consideration of extra storage space.
A kitchen is unlike any other room in the house. While other rooms change to reflect changes in lifestyle – new couch, new lamps, new curtains — the kitchen grows with its owner, changes little, and brings a history with it. While I started out thirty years ago with a set of borrowed pots and pans and a mismatched set of yard sale cutlery, I have accumulated so much more, both voluntarily and by accident.
Fortunately, the initial owners of my home had the foresight to implement a kitchen design that accommodates these accidents of time. Ceiling high shelves, while rarely poked into, are the perfect spot for Christmas dishes, Grandmother’s set of old china, the children’s first dishes, my collection of college day beer steins, and some rather unique and unusual impulse purchases.
I mean, doesn’t everyone own a set of salt and pepper shakers shaped like a pig’s snout? Then there are the ‘theme’ dishes: apples, sunflowers, roosters. You name it, I’ve got it. Fortunately, I’ve also got a kitchen designed to take it.
Any kitchen design worth its snout in salt has to recognize that the kitchen is the main recipient of birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Fondue sets, martini sets, cheese sets, candy making kits, cake decorating kits, all of those “I knew you’d love it,” end up in the kitchen.
Where do you put thirty years of recipe books? How many junk drawers can you fill in a lifetime? Then there are all those nifty little appliances: waffle makers, crock pots, sandwich makers, electric griddles, food processors, bread machines, and so on. And these are the things I don’t use…
Go ahead dig the Internet and you’re bound to find some fresh new designs for your kitchen that will fit your needs. It doesn’t have to be frustrating experience it can also be a lot of fun if you do your homework.
But no matter what remember this… Kitchen design — it has to begin with storage. Lots.
Let AE Shopfitters show you how to maximise your storage space! Call us now on 07 3206 6266
About the Author
John Layton is the author of Kitchen Design And Storage and can provide additional tips and advise at his website http://www.kitchen-designnow.info he also publishes a daily blog at http://www.internetsighting.info