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Today in Kitchen Thursdays: we tour two kitchens, everything about choosing the best material for your countertop and we learn about how kitchens would in the future.

Shauna’s French–Inspired Renovation

Shauna's French–Inspired Renovation

Shauna's French–Inspired Renovation

After a flooding accident this family needed a new kitchen and they decided to transform a major annoyance into a great opportunity for change. The whole kitchen was renovated and even though it is an awkward space they didn’t make any structural changes to the space.

The inspiration for the kitchen was French styled kitchens: spacious and full of light. The big windows in the dining area help to add more light to the whole space. A big pantry next to the cooker allows for very little space next to the cooker (barely a bit extra to the right) so they added a shelf above the cooker for spices and other ingredients. To help with the flow a small table between the cooker and the sink help with food preparation and improve the layout.

Of course having an awkward space and not very regular means your best way of optimizing the space is going to be using custom made cabinets.

It’s a great renovation project and the result is beautiful and very practical. Jump to the article to see all the photos.

Kitchen of the Week: Vintage Elegance, Pocket Size

Kitchen of the Week: Vintage Elegance, Pocket Size

Kitchen of the Week: Vintage Elegance, Pocket Size

This kitchen belongs to a 1920’s home. Old houses tend to have small kitchens and they need to be well planned if you want to get the best out of that space. Any renovation in that kind of house needs thorough planning if you want your kitchen to be efficient and practical.

That’s exactly what the owners of this house did. They carefully planned the kitchen to increase its efficiency that also took most of the budget, but in the long run it’s going to end up being cheaper than undergoing major structural works like an extension. In this case relocation of the stairs in and out, the windows and raising the ceilings were some of the works needed to improve the kitchen.

And the result is great as you can see in the picture: a family friendly renovation with a great vintage feeling that everyone can enjoy, even the family dog.

Kitchen Countertops 101: Choosing a Surface Material

Kitchen Countertops 101: Choosing a Surface Material

Kitchen Countertops 101: Choosing a Surface Material

One very important element in your kitchen is the countertop. They are the work surfaces in your kitchen and the very important if you want to increase the life span of your cabinets. A good choice will improve your cooking experience and help you save money.

In this article you would be guided through the different materials you can choose for your countertops: granite, solid surfacing (Corian), Quartz surfacing, marble, tile, laminated, soap stone, stainless steel, concrete, wood, etc. You would learn about their advantages and disadvantages and will have a rough idea of their cost (it’s very similar to the ones in Ireland).

Jump to the article to read more about this and get ideas for your next renovation.

What is the Future of Kitchen Technology ?

What is the Future of Kitchen Technology ?

What is the Future of Kitchen Technology ?

 

Technology is invading each area and space of our lives and the kitchen is not an exception. Our appliances are becoming more and more advanced and complicated to use. For good or bad that is a trend that is going to continue in the future.

The article is an interview with Stefano Marzano, the newly appointed Chief Design Officer at Electrolux and they talk about how the kitchen of the future is going to be. Some of the most noticeable trends are the energy saving and the environment friendly. Appliances are going to use less and less energy and be more efficient. They will also be using less toxic, if none, materials and components.

People living in small family units or alone and having less space will be forced to use smaller appliances.

If you want to have an idea of the latest developments in kitchen design and technology and want to know how the kitchen of the future is going to look, jump to the article to read more.

What do you think about today’s links? Let us know in the comments. And if you are looking for more kitchen ideas or inspiration visit our Kitchen board in Pinterest.


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