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5 Features Every Dream Home Should Have

At one point or another, you have probably imagined your dream home and all the features that it will include. While we can’t all go on to be movie stars or win the lottery, there is no reason that you can’t aspire to have a home that more closely resembles the picture that you have got in your mind. So, here are a few of the features that you can aim for in your home to make it as special as possible.

Open Living Plans

Nowadays, people are looking for as much space as possible within their houses. Many new homes are being built without the same sense of compartmentalisation. Instead, it is all about open-concept living, with the traditional divides that used to separate one room from another much less defined. This tends to be much better for families looking after their kids, as well as providing a lot more space when it comes to entertaining.

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Ample Kitchen Counter Space

There is nothing more frustrating when you are trying to cook than when you find that you don’t have enough space. It is also a nice feature to have a breakfast bar that is separate from the main food preparation area. Of course, you need to have a decently sized kitchen in the first place, but there is no reason that everything can’t be designed with space saving firmly in mind. The idea of an island in the centre of the kitchen helps to open up more space for cabinets, as well as allowing for additional seating.

Big Storage Facilities

Probably right near the top of this list is a walk-in wardrobe. When it seems like your wardrobe is fit to burst, this can end up solving all your problems! But storage facilities all over the house is something that many families aspire to. People have an increasing amount of stuff that they need to keep hold of these days, so creative storage systems are always in demand.

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Deck or Patio

On those long summer evenings, there is nothing nicer than a deck or patio area to entertain guests. Luckily, this is something that doesn’t have to be too expensive as long as you have a decent amount of outdoor space. You will probably want to have plenty of outdoor seating, as well as the right lighting and heating equipment for when you want to continue the party long into the night.

A Beautiful Garden Area

Staying on the outside of the home, a beautiful garden is something that many homeowners are looking for. There are two ways that this is going to be achieved. The first is by shelling out some money to call in the professionals to sort it out for you. The other is by actually putting in the hours of hard work and effort yourself. No matter which way you decide to go, getting the garden of your dreams is not something that is totally out of reach.

2018-01-08T03:33:18+00:00 April 8, 2017|Home Decor|

4 Things in Your Kitchen to Splash Your Cash On!

When moving into a new place, there are a lot of things that you need to buy. Furnishing the house is usually the first step, but then you need to consider all of the smaller things. One room that people often miss things out of, is the kitchen. There are plenty of items that are vital if you want to make the most of your kitchen. Here are some of the things that no good kitchen can do without.

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Good Knives

Having good knives is absolutely essential if you plan on preparing food in your new kitchen. Buying a set of knives can seem a bit daunting because there are so many different options out there. Some of them can be quite expensive and you don’t want to risk wasting the money on a set that are no good. But there are some key things to look out for that can help you to choose wisely.

Different people like different knives so it’s best to go into a shop where you can hold them. Feel the weight of it, and whether it is comfortable in your hand. Find the one that feels right and buy that. Once you get home, test it and make sure that it is sharp enough. It is also important to sharpen your knives regularly. Using a blunt knife is dangerous, and if you don’t take good care of your knives they will become permanently blunted and you will have to buy some more.

Good Quality China

It is likely that you will be hosting guests in your new home, and you’ll be wanting to impress them when you do. If you are cooking food for them, it is important to have a set of good quality china to serve it on. Companies like The Longest Stay, can offer good quality, stylish tableware that will be sure to dazzle your guests, and it is well made so it will last you for years to come.

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Skillet

Having a good quality skillet in your kitchen will open up a lot of possibilities. It is perhaps the most versatile piece of equipment and, if you care for it properly, it can last you a lifetime. You can prepare almost any meal in it, but you need to make sure that you avoid getting a cheap one, and put a bit of time and effort into choosing a good one.

Cast iron is the best material for a skillet because, although it is quite a lot heavier, it will give more even cooking and the pan will be more durable. Once you have purchased your skillet, you need to make sure you look after it. Some of them will say that they are dishwasher safe, but for real longevity, it is best to hand wash it.

Crock Pot

A good crock pot is a must have if you have a busy schedule. You can put all of your ingredients in before you go out and it will do the rest for you. Once you get back you simply need to serve up and eat. There are thousands of different recipes that you can cook in a crock pot, without putting the effort in at all.

2018-01-08T03:33:18+00:00 April 5, 2017|Home Decor|

Making The Most of Your Kitchen: Bright, Airy, Beautiful!

The kitchen is the hub of the home, and when it’s used for everything from preparing and cooking food to eating and entertaining- regardless of your lifestyle it’s always going to be a well used space. Most of us probably already know what our dream kitchen would look like but there are things you can do to improve the space you have that don’t involve completely ripping it out and starting again. Here are a few ways you can make the most of your kitchen and make it as bright, airy and beautiful as it can possibly be.

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Declutter and Organise

This was one of the best tips as a first step that I’ve gotten from my Vancouver kitchen renovation friend. Decluttering regularly allows you to get rid of things that are taking up precious space, so you have more room for the things you do use and love. Things like popcorn makers, waffle irons and even ice cream machines can be bought with the best of intentions, but once the novelty wears off they sit in the kitchen cupboards taking up a massive amount of space.

If you have things like this that haven’t been used in the last year, pass them along to someone who will enjoy them and reclaim the room in your cupboards. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen or can be re-homed to another room too. Once you’re down to the basics of the things you actually need and love, organising everything efficiently will make your life much easier. For example you could set aside one small cupboard for trays, pans and the big bulky things so you’re not having to rummage through them unnecessarily.

You could put all baking equipment somewhere else, and small appliances that you do use somewhere else. Then when you’re mid way through cooking and realise there’s something that you need, you don’t have to turn over the whole kitchen to be able to find it. It makes the most of the room you have and makes it easier to keep everything tidy too.

Be Smart With Storage

The issue with most kitchens is storage, and if you find yourself constantly getting stressed out when you’re in yours then storage is likely to be the problem. Look around for any areas that are wasted space and utilise them, for example you could put baskets on top of wall cupboards to create a new row of storage. You could create a ‘pull out pantry’ in a small gap next to the fridge, and you could use any free areas of wall space to create rows of shelves to display prettier items such as pottery pieces, cookbooks and your best cups and plates.

A wall mounted spice rack will make cooking much easier and will free up cupboard space for something else, and foil/ cling film/ kitchen roll holders mounted underneath your wall cupboards will save space in a drawer. Even if you don’t have the means or desire to rip out your entire kitchen and have it refitted with more storage space, there’s plenty you can do to add more and customise it for the things you use most often.

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Let In More Light

One of the quickest ways to make a room look big, airy and beautiful is to let in as much natural daylight as possible. This could be just a matter of changing up whatever you currently have up at your windows, remove heavy curtains and fit blinds where you can easily adjust the light you have coming in. If the window in your kitchen is especially small, having it opened up and having a new larger one installed will immediately change up the space.

You could even consider an aluminum bi-fold door system which will flood the room with light, give you a great view and easy access to your garden. Alternatively if all (or part) of your kitchen has been built in a single story extension, skylights are a good option.

Refresh The Decor

Kitchen walls can become casualties of spills and splashes and damage from steam and smoke. They can build up slowly until one day you look at your walls and realise they no longer look their best. Refreshing the decor is a quick and easy way to bring a new lease of life to the space and make everything look new again. If you need inspiration check out SDB kitchens.

Choose light colours that will open up the room and make it look bigger, don’t be afraid of white and light neutrals. The reality is, in a room like the kitchen you’re probably going to have to regularly redecorate it anyway to keep it looking nice. Choosing a dark shade won’t get around this, and all it will do is make everything look drab and enclosed. To refresh how it looks even further, you could change up the cupboard and drawer handles and even replace the kitchen tap. This will modernise and bring a new look to the kitchen, without having to change the entire thing.

2018-01-08T03:33:37+00:00 December 12, 2016|Home Decor|
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