Kitchen Renovation Ideas

It is important that you know how each material and design option is crucial as it determines the space, functionally and aesthetically.

Moderate, rejuvenate, innovate, contemplate. This is the mantra to renovate a kitchen. While one can find ample options and suggestions, putting together value based information before the start of the renovation project can be the best companion for all the right answers one seeks for a new kitchen.

It is very easy to fall into the trap of being lured by the most exclusive looking kitchen and spend a fortune on it only to realise in due course of time that it never really suits you.

Trends are only an indication of popularity and for spaces like a kitchen, it is recommended to look into one’s lifestyle and budget than look at what’s popular. Lifestyle and budget are key factors that should moderate the renovation project. Ask yourself some basic questions first: How do you use your kitchen? How much time will you spend in the kitchen every day?

How many of you will be using the kitchen at a time? Will you all be dining there as well? How much of storage do you need and most importantly what sort of storage? Let a clear understanding of your lifestyle guide your choices. Budget is imperative to the choices as well as determining the extent of the renovation.

Getting a new look for the kitchen need not entail a complete overhaul. At times, a revamp of a surface or interesting additions such as accessories can bring in the much needed renewal. The wall surface can be the most apparent to start with. Retiling the walls can be a start.

While tiles are useful when it comes to maintenance, one has to be careful about the joints and the height to which the tiles are being laid. The pattern on the tiles are important for creating the ambience of the space and in making the kitchen seem larger or smaller than it actually is.

Light, especially natural, adds exceptional warmth to the kitchen. Planning for a window in the kitchen adds value, preferably away from the cooking area. Even if the natural light can be filtered in through overhead openings, it should be accommodated.

Integrating light fixtures as accessories is good too. Colours matter. They rule the psyche. Each colour has a perception significance, which has made its impression on our minds over centuries. Colour affects our moods, whether it is in our living and working environment or in the clothing we wear. For a kitchen, colour is vital. Be it through paints or stains of the wooden furniture or the cabinetry, colours can revive a space.

Most often, one ends up in predictable types of kitchens. The layout of the work areas usually follows the conventional open, L shape, U shape, corridor or island kitchen types. While these are tried, tested and successful options, one should innovate and explore combinations of these types for an effective use of space and to evolve a personalised and interesting kitchen.

Segregating a pantry and breakfast area from the actual cooking area, exploring lighting fixtures as accessories, placing planters, integrating a music system in the kitchen; these are some “out of the ordinary ways” of setting up a kitchen. However, maintaining the work triangle is important for ease of work.

Innovation will surely add interest and more importantly personalise it making the use of the kitchen more delightful. However, the path to remain innovative yet generic could also be tried if one anticipates renting the space in the future.

In either case, the exclusiveness and identity of the kitchen is established.

Certain parameters have to be contemplated upon for any kitchen design. Ease of maintenance, quality and durability of material and hardware used, ease of operation and most importantly ergonomics are principal factors. All these have set standards but it is advisable to determine them based on one’s requirement especially the height of the countertops and overhead cabinetry.

Maintenance of different areas of the kitchen, especially the worktops and the underneath surface of the cabinets are critical. The worktops are the most used surface in a kitchen and the choice of the material for this has to be carefully evaluated. Stone tops like granite are the conventional ones. While they do not require a lot of maintenance, they can be aesthetically limited in terms of colour and pattern. The stone tops which are porous can become cold surfaces.

Acrylic solid surface countertops are a competitive option. Composed of nature’s minerals and acrylic polymers, this nonporous solid surface can be fabricated and installed with invisible seams.

The choice of colours and patterns are plenty and can be customised as well. Fixture choices determine the durability in kitchen apart from the worktop. The hardware used, especially of the cabinetry, hinges of shutters and drawer pulls, are the most taken for granted elements in a kitchen.

These need attention and their detailing holds the key to the kitchen’s longevity. The search for exclusivity and identity reigns in every section of the building industry. Base your kitchen renovation on personal choices than on market forces, making the smart picks to give your kitchen the right ambience it needs.

A Look At Cork Flooring For Your Basement

For some people, the basement is one of the least important rooms in the house and as such, many people don’t give a damn on the kind of basement flooring that they use. However, your basement is as equally important as other rooms such as the bedroom and the living room and it is essential that you are very careful when selecting a floor to use. When you design the basement in the best way possible, you will be amazed at the kind of comfort and happiness that this room will provide you with.

Your basement is very important

Even if you don’t agree with this, the basement is a very important room at your home and it is essential that you exercise a lot of creativity which picking a flooring material to use. Even though the basement is used commonly as a storage area, installing cork flooring is also a simple way of turning your basement in to a place for recreation, creativity and rest. In fact, you will be amazed to find that some people have designed their basements creatively and even converted it to some beautiful extra bedrooms or even a playing area for your kitchen. This is possible to achieve and cork tiles can help you it easily and make this part of the house very unique.

Cork flooring for basement

While there are many options available at your disposal when looking for a basement flooring, cork floors are an ideal option that you should certainly consider. However, as you might have probably noticed, some homeowners are a little hesitant to install cork flooring in their basement but of course, you certainly can’t blame them. One of their main arguments behind this is that the basement is an area that is highly prone to moisture and the cork floor stands to become damaged in case it gets in touch with the water. Actually, this is a sensible argument since the moisture may seep from the concrete right on the cork floor and when this happens, it can really wreak a havoc on the cork tiles. However, the good thing is that this can be prevented from happening in the first place.
Homes which use cork flooring for their basements usually use a floating floor design and this is the best type of cork floor that you should use. With this, after installation of the plywood on the concrete floor, the cork tiles are then laid over it. This acts as a moisture barrier and there are cork tiles without groves and are the best ones to use for the floating basement floor system. This way, you don’t have to worry at all about the cork floor becoming ruined by water in the basement.

Top 8 Conservatory Roof Systems For Protection And Style

Whether you want a dining room with a view, a well-lit study, a sanctuary for your plants or just a spot for your family to relax, conservatories fit the bill. Light streams in through the wide windows creating a bright space for any activity and you’re just a hop from your garden. Up above, conservatory roofs keep out the elements and add a grand sense of style.

Adding a conservatory is the perfect way to extend your home but you need to pay special attention to the roof. One key reason is, of course, the weather. There are many different types of roofing systems that you can choose from such as:

Victorian Conservatory Roofs

The most traditional conservatory style produced today in the UK, the Victorian conservatory roof can be firmly traced back to the elaborate Victorian styles incorporated in many public and private buildings seen across parks and landscapes in Britain.

The Victorian roof is based on the styles seen during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901, a time of great change in the home. Mass production meant more goods were available to buy and the newly emerging middle classes took great pride in their homes which they saw as a reflection of status. This elaborate and flamboyant style carried through many areas of construction particularly the design of glass roofs.

The Victorian conservatory roof has distinguishing architectural features such as a bay front, steeply pitched roof and ornate ridge details. Style variations can include a 3-facet Victorian where the bay front has three main windows, widely angled for maximum space and is suitable for the majority of locations or a 5-facet Victorian which is a bay front with five main windows, creating a pleasing period profile with a subtle rounded appearance which offers the ideal blend of space and classical looks.

Georgian Conservatory Roofs

The most popular conservatory roof adding maximum living space, Georgian conservatory roofs are typically flat fronted and gracefully understated variants of the Victorian conservatory. Georgian conservatories offer a clean and simple look with strong bold lines.

The full square corners on the Georgian style maximise the interior floor area as opposed to the more rounded corners associated with a Victorian. The style is based on The Georgian period. Typically this design period runs from 1714- 1830 and is heavy influenced by a tax which was brought in on the number of windows a property had, the more windows a property had, generally the more affluent the occupants and the higher tax paid.

A typical Georgian property of the eighteenth century was elegant and formal in style which clean understated lines and a style which stands the test of time. The Georgian Conservatory Roofs fabricated by Specialised Conservatory Roofs stay true to this original class and style offering cleanliness and understated appeal.

Edwardian Conservatory Roofs

Offering an elegant look, giving your maximum living space; Edwardian era design is characterised by strong, clean lines not dissimilar to that of the Georgian, in fact some conservatory roof companies do not distinguish between an Edwardian Conservatory Roof and that of a Georgian Conservatory Roof. Buildings and interiors of the Edwardian era were explicitly designed to achieve the effect of expensive simplicity.

Houses generally had wider frontages and were built to accommodate lots of space for sunshine and air. Colours and detailing were lighter than in the preceding Victorian period, instead returning to Georgian style aesthetics of a century earlier.

The Edwardian conservatory roof offers an elegant look with strong bold lines and gives maximum living space for any given area. It is completely adaptable to suit all house styles and bungalows. For bungalows and other height-restricted situations, a hipped-back roof with box gutter is normally supplied. The result is a conservatory focused on maximum use of floor space and maximising the availability of light.

With its bold square-fronted projection, the Edwardian-style conservatory maximises the available space whilst delivering a clean style. Designed to reflect the elegant and dignified simplicity of the Edwardian architectural style, this type of conservatory is often the most practical and efficient way to extend a home and create a practical living space.

Lantern Conservatory Roofs

The perfect finish to a stylish large conservatory; if you want the perfect finish to a stylish large conservatory then there is no other real option other than a Lantern Roof.

Lantern conservatory roofs consist of a roof in two tiers with the different levels separated by a row of small windows. This additional level of small windows adds height and presence to the overall construction whilst also increasing the sense of interior space and in addition, the openers for these smaller windows can be incorporated to increase ventilation.

To add that little extra to the whole appearance, it is possible to include decorative glazing to this tier to add colour or a clear design feature and not only do lantern roofs add a feeling of height to the conservatory, but they also give an enormous feeling of space and allow extra light to flood in.

Ultralite 500 Conservatory Roofs

Described as the original roof in a box the Ultralite 500 from Ultraframe is an unique low pitch roof system with 500mm wide panels, you can choose from either PVC panels or polycarbonate. Designed for use at just 2½ degrees, Ultralite 500 can be used on almost any property – even bungalows and awkward-shaped dwellings – plus it has a wide range of benefits for you, the installer, and to your customers which give it a significant advantage and enhance its performance.

The Ultralite 500 is a free-spanning conservatory roof system, with integral aluminium strengthening bars which makes it perfect for homes and large commercial properties.

The system has excellent light transmission properties and includes built-in sun diffusion and boasts a unique controllable ventilation system. The combination of these features ensures an interior climate that is cool in summer and warm in winter – the perfect conservatory.

Ultralite 500 has been designed with clean, uninterrupted lines – ideal for a contemporary Mediterranean-style conservatory. The roofs are designed to be as fitter friendly as possible and are packaged in colour coded boxes in order to remove as much time from installation as possible.

As well as being beautifully designed, exceptional value for money and easy to install, the Ultralite 500 roof system also has a BBA Certified ‘Life expectancy of at least 25 years’, a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty (on the white system) and has been subjected to stringent fire safety rating tests.

Elevation Conservatory Roofing

Increased flexibility that can be easily modified to smaller sizes
The Elevation lean-to system is available in two style options, the elevation and the elevation plus. Elevation is a direct replacement for Ultralite 500 and has all the convenience of Ultralite 500 but due to increased flexibility can be easily modified to smaller sizes.

The Elevation roofing system offers a choice of styles and is completely configurable to suit almost every property offering the choice of the more traditional lean-to style or hipped wing glazing bars to maximise on light able to enter the conservatory and provide a more contemporary appearance. Elevation uses Clicklock technology which makes it very easy to install.

The glazing bars simply click into place along the ridge & eaves. This means 90% fewer fixings and 75% fewer installation steps, you simply locate and click which in turn means no drilling, no nuts and no bolts, just simple and secure.

To further assist with fitting, Elevation has an integrated spirit level in the ridge, meaning that fewer tools are needed for installation and your hands are free to get the job done. The invertabar glazing bar reverses traditional glazing bar proportions by making a simple yet radical design change.

This allows for glazed areas to be maximised, creating a much lighter, brighter look, which is appealing to homeowners.
The Invertabar configuration means that Elevation boasts un-matched thermal performance – the internal temperature is isothermal, meaning that the bars are the same temperature as the polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is available in 25mm or 35mm.

The Clicklock technology stretches all the way down the glazing bar to the eaves beam connection, as does the PVCu cladding that makes this roof so thermally efficient. As there is no exposed aluminium on an Elevation roof, cold bridges are eliminated meaning that condensation areas that can occur on other roofs are eliminated.

Elevation Plus

Elevation plus is a totally unique product that due to its design features, ease of installation and overall appearance will give you a significant advantage over your competitors and lead to more sales. The revolutionary hipped wing design floods the conservatory with light, overcomes the need for firrings and creates an open and airy roof area which will sit stylishly with any property.

Elevation Plus can span up to 4 metres making it perfect for both domestic conservatories and commercial applications and it is specifically designed to work with Ultraframe’s unique Conservaflash.

The installation time of Elevation Plus in vastly reduced delivering one of the fastest installation times of any roof system.
Elevation Plus has a robust eaves beam all the way around for enhanced structural support particularly over the doors and the thermally efficient design meets current and future anticipated regulations.

Elevation Plus is available in White, Deeplas, Light Oak and Rosewood to match existing door and window finishes and is a suitable for timber, aluminium and PVCu frames.

Portal Conservatory Roofs

For conservatories that are extremely large and require extra support; conservatories that are extremely large and require extra support to take the weight of the roof and provide additional stability are known as large span or portal framed conservatories.

The uses for portal roofs are endless – from magnificent swimming pool enclosures to large commercial extensions; anything is possible due to the flexibility and advanced engineering of the large span system

A portal frame is an aluminium box section ‘skeleton’ used to support a roof. It sits on the inside of the cill line and the windows and doors form a cladding to the outside of the portal.

The aluminium is usually powder coated to complement the windows, doors & surrounding buildings. A portal frame is required when the roof may exceed the sizes set out in the design guide or when the design of the roof cannot be supported by the window frames.

Classic Conservatory Roof System

Combines state-of-the-art technologies with contemporary designs, the classic conservatory roof system combines state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies with elegant, contemporary designs.

The aluminium roofing system is strong, lightweight and rigid and has been developed over 18 successful years of use with ongoing improvements and enhancements being introduced to the system over the years.

The main advantage of the classic is its flexibility to deal with all sizes and configurations of roof giving a fully bespoke solution to unique designs. It’s fair to say that the Classic Roofing System has set the standards in conservatory roofing from design through to installation offering the flexibility, structural integrity and aesthetics that are required to satisfy the requirements of customers and consumers today.

The flexibility of the Ultraframe Classic Roofing System allows it to be used for various applications: swimming pool enclosures, glasshouses, roof-lights, home extensions, gazebos, summerhouses, shops, porches, hotels and restaurants.

The design of the classic roof system is based on the Classic Victorian style used on many of today’s conservatories. As with all roofs fabricated by Specialised, the roof can be personalised to include many variations of finishes, glazing materials, vents and so on.

The system offers a complete range of polycarbonate and glazing options (including 24, 25, 32 and 35mm) and profile colour options including white, deeplas, brown, mahogany, light oak and rosewood.