The Next Generation

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.

A Guide To Great Kitchen Cabinets And Countertops

Are your kitchen cabinets and counter tops an eye sore? Or maybe plain jane? Do you have a kitchen which looks very clean and organized but when the cabinets open all the things inside start tumbling out? Do you have a new house that needs a handsome kitchen to go along with it? Once of the main focus in planning the interiors of the house is the kitchen. This area is always given much consideration since a lot of important things are done in the kitchen. So you need to look at your concept very well looking particularly on budget and over all look.

Before you buy or have your kitchen cabinets and counter tops done the way you like consider a few things such as:

– How small or huge is my area for the kitchen?
– Do I need a lot of cabinets?
– What will I put inside the cabinets (so you will know what kind of cabinet organizers to put inside)
– Should I consider high end materials?
– What main colors and theme will I want to use for my kitchen?
– Will I be cooking a lot here? Or will just be heating a lot of frozen items in the microwave?
– How many cooks stay in the house?
– Is having an island in my kitchen more functional for me?
– Can I afford moderately high end pieces?
– What type of designs do I want for my cabinets?
– What kitchen equipments will I use (ex. Stoves and Ovens)?
– What materials do I want to see in my kitchen (ex. Marble or granite)?
– How do I want my knobs to look like?
– Do I want my hinges to be visible?
– Should drawer slides be considered?
– What type of sink will I put in my kitchen? Will it match the overall theme?
– How tall do I want my counters to be?
– How high should my cabinets be?
– Is my counter top durable? Scratch free? Presentable? Is it safe for children when they around and hit the edges?
– Is my main focus for the kitchen just for aesthetics or will I actually need to use the area?
– Do I need shelves or do I want my shelves inside the cabinets?

White Kitchen

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A lot of kitchen cabinets are available on the market today all you just need to know and think of is how you want to your kitchen to mainly look like and most importantly you need to consider your budget. You don’t to have the high end pieces just to have a posh looking kitchen you just need to have a good eye for nice and beautiful things and you will be on your way to that great looking kitchen.

There are cabinets and counter tops that are already almost finished and will just be placed in your kitchen you can consider this or you may want something done exactly as your ‘vision kitchen’. You may also need to consider if you need someone else to do it for you or if you can do it yourself. If you have old kitchen cabinets and counter tops you can consider to have it remodeled, replaced, refaced or refinished (if you are on a very tight budget). Remember to have good shelving in your cabinets if you have old ones that are about to collapse change them now and don’t wait for the day you precious plates increase in number but n small fragments. There are great cabinet organizers available on the market today consider them and see which will work best with your needs. Replace your old hinges specially if your cabinet doors are falling apart or have been there for a century already.

Remember good planning and budgeting is the key for your perfect dream kitchen. Your kitchen cabinets and counter tops are the focal point in every
kitchen it must always look presentable, unique, simple and organized. So research well and put your dreams into reality. After all you will be spending a lot of time and money to put it together and another long hour using it.

Get that dream kitchen. Get the right kitchen cabinets and counter tops.


Stuck on your ‘vision’ for your kitchen? Look at our links for a great range of colour schemes! 

About the Author

Lee Dobbins writes for where you can learn more about kitchen cabinets and how to make yours look like a million

Designing your Dream Kitchen

Whether renovating or building new, kitchen design requires careful consideration of a family’s lifestyle. What happens in your kitchen dictates the first decision you make before further fine-tuning any design elements in your plan. Your first decision must be on kitchen size. For many families, the kitchen is indeed the heart of the home. Not only is the kitchen the site of food preparation, for many families who opt out of formal dining areas, it is also where all meals are served.

For the family oriented home-owner who leads a casual and traditional lifestyle, the kitchen is also where children gather to do homework, where Mom sets up her scrapbooking supplies, where friends are entertained. If this is you, your kitchen design must be planned to accommodate a variety of activities.

For home owners whose approach to the kitchen is more utilitarian, a compact, modest-sized kitchen might be more in line with the design you have in mind. The kitchen can be much smaller, with the saved space devoted to rooms that see perhaps a little more activity than the kitchen. For many of today’s singles and couples, cooking has become a hobby as much as a necessity. If this is you, your kitchen design will be a backdrop to showcase your interest and talent. Be sure your kitchen adequately accommodates this popular pastime.

No matter what your lifestyle, there are certain elements key to all kitchen design, all kitchen sizes. What appliances will occupy your kitchen space? Consider size and placement in your planning. Do you have room to work? Is an island necessary and is their adequate space to ensure its placement will not interfere with traffic flow? Is floor space sufficient for an easy flow of traffic from refrigerator to stove to sink to table? Have you allowed for adequate cupboard and countertop space? Do you have space for all your kitchen tools and those tools and appliances still on your wish list?

Once you have studied carefully your lifestyle, you are better prepared to decide on a kitchen sized to meet your family’s needs. It is then that you can move on to design that perfect kitchen. Consider searching the Internet to find some useful design tips, methods and designs in particular for your kitchen. Who said kitchen design is a hard and frustrating experience — it can actually be a lot of fun if you’re prepared with the right tools and knowledge.


AE Shopfitters prides itself on helping you to design the perfect kitchen for your needs. Want to get started yourself? Check our links at the bottom of this page for Easy Kitchen Design software!

About the Author

John Layton is the author of Designing Your Dream Kitchen and can provide additional tips and advise at his website he also publishes a daily blog at

Granite Counter Tops Colors

One of the most impressive things are walking into a newly remodeled kitchen, with its lovely colors and the elegant look of a granite countertop you can easily think you walked into a professional kitchen, or the home kitchen of some fashionable chef.

But most of us know that this comes at a price, not only the price for the work being made on the kitchen, the workers working to remodel the whole space, but also the cost of the materials used, while its true that the end result is indeed very satisfying most times, this is not something that you can plan and execute in a very short time, and it is almost impossible for one person to do this by himself, as in many other home improvement tasks. This is a work for the experts and its costs according to the quality and the material being used.

One important feature in any house and any kitchen is the lighting solutions, if you take the time and effort to remake your kitchen make sure you place high importance on the light that is going to light up the space, and if you are lucky enough to live in a pace that has sun most of the year, try and make the most of it and enjoy the natural sunlight in your kitchen.


The light is a huge issue, and this is certainly something that is very much connected to the colors that you choose for you granite kitchen counter top.

The color that you pick for your granite counter top is going to have a dramatic effect on all the kitchen and you may find yourself adjusting the whole space to go with the counter top color. This is not a bad thing, but it is important that you are aware o fit, before you start looking for a color, and it is also important to remember that granite counter tops have a very strong presence in the kitchen.

The good news are that there are many different colors to choose from, and that you can create almost any color theme in kitchens these days, and that the cost of all that is not too high when thinking about the overall cost of remodeling a kitchen. If you plan to keep some parts of your old kitchen and integrate the new features into the old, existing ones, you should pay extra attention to the colors and the granite counter top appearance in the room.

I always find that combining all the elements in the kitchen to create a general flow of color and design is the best way to go, if you use this concept while thinking of your new kitchen you could avoid a terrible clash of colors, that is sometimes a real problem that is discovered only once you have finished working on the kitchen and most of the money has been spent.

Granite counter tops can serve you well, in its durable usability and its clean and elegant looks, most people find that designing the space so that the granite counter top will seem like it is integrated into the kitchen makes the space looks complete and constant, which is a superior quality when talking about kitchen design.


AE Shopfitters can source a large range of granite and marble benchtops with excellent quality and a superb colour choice. Go and measure up your kitchen bench right now and find out what’s involved in giving you this ultimate in luxury.


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 writes tips and advice on Granite use at

Outdoor Kitchens Are The New Trend

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.

Image by proxop

Image by proxop

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

Pot Racks Do Wonders to Your Kitchen

Stacked Pots

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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.

Install properly

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!


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Kitchen Design And Storage

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.

Kitchen Bench

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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 he also publishes a daily blog at

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