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Jun

Keeping Your Kitchen Organised

Kitchens have come a long way in the last few years with luxury features like soft close drawers now standard in most family homes. Modern kitchens also come with storage solutions that make it easy to access and clean up all your favourite appliances, keeping your bench spaces clear.
New home designs can incorporate an abundance of storage options that make organising your kitchen a breeze.

Beyond the Lazy Susan

Sophisticated kitchens of the past may have featured a Lazy Susan in a corner cupboard, but today’s kitchen storage options take that a step further. Modern kitchens include everything from a specially designed bread box drawer to subtle vertical spaces that are perfect for storing baking sheets and pizza trays.
Overhead storage has become more functional with lighting and pull-out shelves, so you can say goodbye to balancing on a stool, or even the kitchen bench.
Drawers in the staging part of the kitchen are really where most of the innovation has happened. Lighting, under-bench pantry item storage, and customised storage inserts are among the solutions making their way into new house builds and renovations.

Butler’s Pantries become Standard in New Build Homes

Modern house floor plans are tending towards a large open plan kitchen with a butler’s pantry, where food and appliances can be stored and accessed easily. This leaves the kitchen free to be used as a dining room, an office, or even a coffee stop. A butler’s pantry will typically include a space for a second fridge or freezer, a sink for washing up and your dishwasher, or a second dishwasher if you entertain a great deal. With bench space for preparing quick meals and enough room to operate appliances like toasters and kettles, butler’s pantries are becoming a standard in most contemporary homes.

Floor to Ceiling Cabinets and Integrated Appliances

Create an eye-catching presentation for your glassware with bench-to-ceiling glass-fronted doors. Not only is this a trendy solution, it also provides the added benefit of being able to see exactly where an item is that you’re looking for.

Built in appliances can also minimise the cluttered look in your kitchen. Integrated cabinets give your kitchen a fluid look, making a smaller space look much larger.

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Whether you’re looking for luxury home builders on the Sunshine Coast or cheap new houses, PJ Burns is here for you. Our award-winning designs and new home builds have become iconic from Brisbane to Hervey Bay and beyond. Call us today to make organising your kitchen easy!

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6

Jun

Making Your Home a Teenage Friendly Zone

As your kids start maturing, wanting more freedom and hopefully taking some responsibility, you may find that playroom isn’t really working anymore. House floor plans need adjusting as your needs change and it’s important to make these alterations throughout your home.

From the kitchen to living areas and other rooms in your home, changing features of the house will make it easier for you to live together and provide practical solutions.

“There’s No Food in This House!”

Complaining about a lack of food is a common cry of the average teenager. You can make it easier for them to navigate the kitchen with some small house design changes.

By the time your child reaches thirteen years of age, they’re able to making ready a meal without the risk of hurting themselves or placing off a smoke alarm. With more people cooking in the kitchen, it might be outlay investing in a larger kitchen area. Consider an open plan design that merges the kitchen mutually your dining area. This can draw it easier for everyone to move around the kitchen to cook, nip and (hopefully) clean up.
Your teen is likely to use your kitchen as a ready-made food source, so investing in hardy floors that won’t wear easily is another good idea. Also, consider small touches like rearranging your pantry and your fridge to put their favourite foods in plain sight. This can save time and – in the case of your fridge – energy.

Teens need what you want them to do to be explicit, so areas that are open and inviting will make it easier for them to make meals. A good house plan can be as detailed as defining an area where the toasters and/or sandwich presses sit side-by-side with bread that’s ready to go for hungry stomachs on the move.

A Retreat That Works for Everyone

Setting up an inviting rumpus room where your teenagers can entertain is another good idea. This not only helps them to develop socially, it also gives you the peace of mind that they are in a safe place. Try coupling their PlayStation or Xbox with some nice concealing cabinets that sit with the television set. This way your children get easy access to entertainment and you have an elegant solution to hide their games and uphold your décor.

If you’re designing your dream home, consider a separate living space for teens to entertain. This way you can section them off when their friends are over, letting Mum and Dad enjoy a quiet night in the next room.

Talk to an expert

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15

Feb

Trending Styles for Kitchens

Take design cues from the latest trending styles from the runways at fashion week to create a glamorous focal point for your home. With a simple colour palette and by adding glamorous metallic accents, you can create a stylish and functional kitchen that will be the envy of all your dinner guests. Try these simple kitchen ideas when renovating or building your dream home for a kitchen that’s about more than just eating food.

White Hot

Clean, striking and timeless, white cabinets are a versatile choice for any kitchen. White cabinetry works with multiple design styles – including traditional, country chic, and contemporary – and opens the room to a range of decor choices and colour palettes. There really are no boundaries with a white backdrop. Continuing the white throughout the kitchen will also help to make your space appear much bigger.

Luxe Metallics

While silver, chrome and stainless steel are three metallics commonly used in the kitchen, we’re currently seeing some warmer metals, like gold, copper and bronze as well. Their texture and gleaming finish provide a stunning accent to most palette choices, standing out brilliantly against the simplicity of all white cabinetry.

Industrial Lighting and Fixtures

Your kitchen needs to be well lit in order to keep up with your culinary adventures, but also provide the perfect place for conversation and mingling. An industrial look can work well for kitchens, as it lends to that commercial, professional feel. Some key industrial elements include: black steel, stainless steel, wire cage sconces, clear glass and old-fashioned style lightbulbs, copper or brass, rivets and other industrial hardware.

Multitasking Areas

Family kitchens are more frequently including a workstation hidden behind kitchen cabinet doors, or are created as an extension to the kitchen cabinetry. Born from the increased demand for work/life balance, these areas tend to have extra power points built in for charging electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Streamlined Spaces

As they become an increasing popular area for entertaining, people generally want to showcase a clean, streamlined and uncluttered kitchen space. This has led to more sleek lines and handle-free cabinetry dominating design looks. Those with more space to play with are opting to include a butler’s pantry in or adjacent to their kitchen area, often with a second sink. These are ideal for homeowners who love to entertain and keep their kitchen clean and simple while keeping dirty dishes and glasses out of sight. Deep drawers for stacking are still the storage of choice in the kitchen itself.

Kitchen or Living?

Kitchen cabinets are becoming increasingly reminiscent of fine furniture, and counters and islands are becoming more and more like dining tables. With open plan layouts not going out of style anytime soon, banquet seating has become the ideal offering of comfortable seating for people who congregate in the kitchen for more than just the food.

Ask An Expert

With so many kitchen design ideas, styles and layouts available, creating your dream kitchen is easier than ever, even when customising from an existing floor plan. As an award winning residential and commercial builder, the friendly team at PJ Burns Builder can offer you a direct personalised service to decide on the perfect design to suit you. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today for a consultation.

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