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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.

2

Feb

Ways To Ensure An Energy Efficient New Home

From installing solar panels, to the latest in insulation to installing skylights, there are loads of ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home. You may not realise it, but even the paint colours you choose can have an effect on lighting and heating levels. The best time to consider how to make your home energy efficient is when you are building, so that it’s done the right way from the very beginning – saving both energy and your hip-pocket now and in to the future.

Solar Power

Solar panels are a great way to drastically reduce your household energy usage. Once installed they require little maintenance, can be expected to last 20 years or more, and the electricity they generate is free.

You can also install solar-powered lighting in your garden or wrap solar-powered fairy lights in trees. This will add atmosphere to your garden and won’t use costly energy sources unnecessarily.

Upcycle

Before you start building your new home, identify building materials and appliances that can be re-used. Windows, doors, roofing tiles and dishwashers can all be salvaged and used again in a new build, adding charm and character to your property whilst cutting down on waste and spending.

Recycle

Make sure your builder has a waste and recycling plan in place before commencing a build and work with them to minimise waste. Try to recycle as much of the leftover building materials as you can in order to reduce landfill. Buying recycled building products not only saves on energy that is required for the production of new materials, it can also lead to considerable savings and add to the atmosphere of your home.

Internal temperature

In warmer climates, the presence of elevated flooring and light construction materials can help to keep your home cool without the need for air conditioning. Consider a metal roof, which can effectively reflect sunlight and keep the internal temperatures down. Using solid materials such as brick, concrete and stone in the right areas of your home can also provide sufficient thermal mass to absorb and store heat during the winter months and save on energy.

Hot and Cold

When planning the situation of your home on a site or block, face the living areas north to take advantage of the winter sun. North-facing windows get sun for the longest part of the day in winter and are easy to shade in summer. Since living areas tend to be the most occupied, it makes sense to naturally heat these rooms. Including windows or openings on more than one side of the living area will allow for cooling breezes, whilst high windows or skylights get rid of any rising hot air. Reduce the heat losses of your pipes by locating the appliances that require hot water as close to your hot water services as possible.

Ask An Expert

The friendly and experienced team at PJ Burns Builder can help you to create the home of your dreams that’s also energy efficient. We offer you direct one-on-one service, so browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today. Your dream home is closer than ever!

18

Jan

Making The Most Of Vertical Space At Home

Designs for narrow lot homes don’t have to mean space issues. In fact, with the right amount of creativity and clever thinking, you can make your vertical space a stunning and very functional asset. A properly designed narrow-lot house plan “lives” just like any other quality home and offers you more lot options once you make the most of your vertical space. Take our tips below, and you’ll never consider narrow lot homes as limiting again!

Embrace Natural Light

Making a small space seem more expansive means maximising the amount of light coming in the space. Integrate extra windows into your home design for lots of natural light, as this will make your home look larger and feel more open despite its narrow plan. Cleverly placed mirrors and glass create reflections and bounce light around, so hang mirrors at each end of a room in the upper third of the wall to reflect light throughout the whole area. You can tuck mirrors into corners of rooms and hang art in glass frames to create more reflections, and also try using a glass coffee table instead of a bulkier wooden one.

Reduce Dead Space

Spaces such as hallways and beneath staircases are often just areas of dead space. Try using bookcases to fill these areas, freeing up space in bedrooms or living areas for other functional furniture. Try connecting your bookcases together to create a full wall that not only displays all of your favourite literature as decorations, but stores them neatly as well. Extending your bookcase from the floor to the ceiling and over doorways can also give the illusion of more space as it draws the eye upwards.

Multitasking Furnishings

Get clever with sleeping arrangements, particularly in a child’s small bedroom. Keep the top bunk bed of a set of bunk beds for sleeping and convert the bottom bunk into an open space that can be used as a computer workstation, wardrobe or storage area. Bunk beds take advantage of the available vertical space with stylish flair and functionality.

Clutter Free Space

Small or narrow homes can easily feel cluttered, so it’s important to keep things as simple as possible. A soft, light coloured theme running throughout a small or narrow house allows the focus to remain on the sweeping views outside the living room windows, and can make the space feel larger than what is contained within the walls. The absence of rugs and small trinkets on tables can keep the “fussiness” to a minimum, and having only a few selected light framed artworks on the walls can also keep the space from feeling closed and cramped. If you like to keep trinkets and photo frames out, open shelving uses the notion of hiding things in plain sight to transform common objects into decorative collection, without the bulk of cabinets – just remember to keep it stark and minimalistic to avoid the feeling of clutter.

Ask An Expert

As an award winning residential and commercial builder, the friendly team at PJ Burns Builder can offer you direct one-on-one service to provide you with a home to suit any block, regardless of how narrow and it may be. Browse through our extensive range of designs or contact us today!

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