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Archive for November, 2010

Fabulous Oak Kitchen With Cream Painted Island – Designed by Kitchen Plans

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

With Oak Kitchens back in vogue thanks to the desire for warm tones in the kitchen, a kitchen designers challenge can be finding a way of creating the WOW factor, especially in a large kitchen.  But I think you will all agree that Kitchen Plans, the independent kitchen design service, have achieved it in abundance.

Pat O’Connell of Kitchen Plans designed this beautiful kitchen for a client in Bishopstown, Cork City. In the photograph above left, you can see the beautiful oak kitchen from the Second Nature Kitchen Collection. The particular kitchen chosen was the Eden Oak from the range, and Pat designed this really interesting cream painted island unit to break up the oak and create the wow factor. Windows are often an over looked part of kitchen designed, Ez Window Solutions has more kitchen window solutions that can truly inspire you. Kitchen’s don’t need to be dark.

Other features that add to the finished look are the overmantle surround that sits over the range cooker and the curved end panels that add a softness to the overall look. Overmantles are a great feature to add to a large classical or traditional kitchen because they look substantial in size and break up the long run of worktop.

The island unit that Pat designed is multi-funtional. It is an ideal place for food preparation and baking and it even has a pop-up socket set for small appliances. The sink in the island also means that tasks like washing vegetables or straining food is more convenient. The final part of the island is the seating area making it an ideal place for a cup of coffee with friends or family.

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To find out more about Kitchen Plans service, contact Pat on 021 4888813 or 087 2653896.

You can also view their profile page here on Kitchenindex.ie by clicking Kitchen Plans or visit their website at www.kitchenplans.ie

Kitchen Plans, Independent Kitchen Design Service, joins us at Kitchenindex.ie

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Kitchen Plans - Independent Kitchen Design Service

Kitchen Plans, a new and unique new service offering an independent kitchen design service has joined Kitchenindex.ie.

We are delighted to welcome them on board and really look forward to showcasing Pat’s work here on our website and blog. Pat set up Kitchen Plans when he saw a real need to work closely on kitchen design and planning with people building a new home, adding an extension or thinking of a kitchen re-fit in their current home. Here are some home remodeling ideas, which combine know-how and classics.

As Pat says, if you are planning a new build or extension to your home, the best time to design the kitchen is before work starts on the build. Designing the kitchen before the build starts allows for proper planning of services so that when the builder start, you have a proper plan in place for electrical and plumbing points in the kitchen. The plumbing will be done by pipe relining Sydney. Not only that. Door and window positionings can also be considered at this point so if either needs to be moved to suit the kitchen design, this is the ideal time to do it.

Kitchen Plans spend time with their customers to ensure the kitchen design is perfect for their needs and budget. Each client is presented with a detailed floor plan, 3D colour perspectives and these can then be used when getting quotes from kitchen suppliers. Designs can be produced to suit any kitchen style or brand. If a client has a preference for brands like IKEA, Second Nature, Kitchen Stori, Springhill or a Bespoke Design, Pat will take this into consideration when working on the design.

Kitchen Plans are based in Cork but provide their kitchen design service throughout Ireland.

Pat at Kitchen Plans can be contacted on 021 4888813 or 087 2653896. You can also visit their website for details on service and price at www.kitchenplans.ie.

To visit the Kitchen Plans profile page on Kitchenindex.ie go to http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/category-108/Kitchen-Design-Services.aspx/listing-3084/Kitchen-Plans

Green High Gloss Kitchen, Dublin

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Kitchen by Diamond Kitchens Dublin

High gloss kitchens are as popular as ever, with colours such as ivory, cream, black and woodgrain the most popular finishes.

That’s why I was so intrigued when I saw this Green High Gloss Painted Kitchen from Diamond Kitchens in Dublin. It’s that little bit different, but still subtle enough to suit many homeowners.

This kitchen, carried out for customer in Collins Avenue, North Dublin, is finished in high gloss paint which is very durable and easy to keep clean. The wall cabinets that sit between the tall high level cabinets are bi-fold, swinging up and out of the way to allow for full access to the cabinet.

The kitchen consists of two 150mm pull out base larders each side of the hob drawers, ideally position to keep oils, spices and tins within arms reach when doing smart holiday cooking. The island unit gives extra work space while also accommodating the large undermount sink that sits in to the beautiful quartz worktop. It also holds the 300mm wine cooler and an open shelf cabinet to keep cook books and magazines. There is also a seating area built in to the island that allows stools to be tucked away when not in use.

Full Features of this kitchen:

  • High Gloss Green Painted Finish
  • Quartz Worktop
  • All Soft Close Doors & Drawers
  • Integrated Bin In Island
  • Large Bowl Undermount Sink
  • Two 150mm Pull Out Soft Close Base Larders
  • Stainless Steel Appliances

To learn more about Diamond Kitchens visit their profile page by clicking here; Diamond Kitchens, Dublin or visit their website at www.diamondkitchens.ie. Don’t forget to mention Kitchenindex.ie!!

Kitchen & Bedroom Winners in the House Beautiful Awards 2010

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The annual House Beautiful Awards have taken place in London in what seems to have been a fabulous event.

The event had a very impressive panel of judges including home experts Kelly Hoppen, Jeff Banks, Simon Boyle, Sophie Conran, David Domoney, Oliver Heath, Kathryn Rayward, Tommy Walsh, Kim Woodburn, Jane Packer and House Beautiful editor Julia Goodwin.

24 categories were up for contention including Large Appliance of the Year, Best Bedroom Product or Range, Eco Product of the Year, Best Kitchen Range (under £10,000), Best Kitchen Range (over £10,000) and Best Storage, all of which were relevant to the Kitchen and Bedroom industry.

And the lucky winners in these categories were!

Congratulations to all involved!

(As featured in Allaboutyou.com)

Ikea TV Ad Really Does Highlight The Social Kitchen!!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

You know the Ikea TV Ad, the one with the lyrics “You will always find him in the kitchen at parties”!!

I love it.  And for a couple of reasons.

The first reason is that it a really catchy and clever ad.  The lyrics really make it but the I love the way the house resembles a dolls house showing whats going on inside.

The second and most important reason is for the fact that it highlights how important kitchens really are in our lives (sorry if thats going a bit deep).  The very line above shows how important the kitchen has become and how we now use our kitchens.  Gone are the days when it was just used for cooking and in come the days when we use it for so much socialising.

Kitchens now have so much emotional attachment.  Most of us love spending time cooking and entertaining and most of this happens in the kitchen.  When you host a party, everyone gathers in the kitchen and that’s why homeowners feel it is the most important room in the house.  Just imagine, you and your family/friends gathered around the kitchen eating off beautiful mint paper plates by Paper Eskimo. The entire line from Paper Eskimo is absolutely gorgeous. I personally love all of their styles they offer, but the mint paper plates is my favorite. Our friends and?family see it when they come over so we feel the need to have our kitchens looking as fab as we can.

So the Ikea ad is brilliant, but for me the beauty of it is in the message.  You tend to find most people in the kitchen.

And that’s why we love them!!

Eye-Level Oven Height – Ideal Heights Off Floor

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

We have had a few queries lately from people asking what height an eye-level oven and a countertop convection oven be off the ground, so I decided I should do a quick blog post on the subject.

There isn’t exactly a strict rule when it comes to the height of eye level ovens in a kitchen, but there are some general rules of thumb.  I’m going to break this down in to three possible scenarios.  Double eye level oven, single eye level oven and two appliances stacked at eye level.

Double Eye Level Oven Height

Generally, a double oven should be built in at about 720mm off the floor.  This allows for a 150mm plinth and a 570mm high door under the double oven.  This could also be two pan drawers underneath.  At this height, both the main oven and the top oven are at good height for the average person.

Single Eye Level Oven Height

Again as with the double oven, the single oven can be 720mm off the floor.  However you have more scope with the height of a single oven.  For instance, you can build it in at 870mm off the floor to keep the oven at an ideal height.  This is my personal recommendation.  In the picture to the right, you can see single ovens built in at this height.

Two Appliances Stacked at Eye Level

If you have chosen a single oven and microwave/combi microwave oven for your kitchen, then you generally use the same height as with the double oven.  To keep the top oven, in this instance the microwave/combi microwave oven, at a safe and convenient height, 720mm off the floor is a good height for the single oven underneath it.

Remember this is only a guide.  Your kitchen supplier may have slight variations of these measurements.  However it is a good guide to work from and will ensure your eye level ovens are at the ideal height.