• Modern Design

    straight square lines creates the most modern designs

  • Counters

    create two tone effects with doors and counters

  • No Handles

    create modern sleek designs with handle less doors

  • Splash Backs

    bring some colour into your kitchen with glass splash backs

  • Build Ups

    thick counter tops can create a bulky look

Kitchen Cupboards

Dream Kitchens

Of all the rooms, the kitchen is definitely the heart and soul of your home

Bedroom Cupboards

Open Units

Use open shelving and hanging space for your smaller walk-in closets

TV Units

Modern Cabinets

Today's modern designs require creative thinking when it comes to TV cabinets

Vanities

Floating Vanity

Ultra modern floating vanity designs that will take your breath away

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Materials

Melamine, Wrap, Acrylic, Semi Solid

Counters

Granite, Quartz, Bamboo, Formica

Do It Yourself

We Manufacture and you Install

What We Offer

Backup, Service, Integrity, Know How

Avoid 9 Kitchen Design Mistakes

Mistakes

Dreaming of a new kitchen? In order to make your dreams a reality, consider nine common mistakes to avoid in designing and remodeling your kitchen to save you time, money and aggravation.

1. Over-customizing and inflexibility

Unless you have money to spare, remain flexible regarding materials and design for your new kitchen. For example, you're vacationing in southern Italy and the beautiful tiles you find in the craftsman's shop are perfect for your new dream kitchen. You can't live without them, even though he has to chip the marble off the mountain by hand and each one takes three weeks to make, because they have fossilized leaves imprinted in them.

If you need two hundred tiles, stop dreaming and do the arithmetic. Three weeks, each one, two hundred tiles. Forget it. Buy everything he has on the shelf and leave the store. Use the fifteen you bring home in your suitcase as accents imbedded in the floor here and there, or in the tiling around the sink and keep them a beautiful memory.

Likewise, the German track lighting with special light bulbs which cast a delicate hue of light. Those light bulbs are so special and unique that they are only available in Germany!

Avoid difficult and over specialized items so that repairs and replacements don't turn into logistical nightmares. 

2. Changing the Plans

Once work has begun, any change will cost you money even if materials are downgraded. This is because measurements have been calculated and materials ordered. Even a small change such as a two inch longer built in convection oven could mean that the hand cut granite counter which is already installed and ready, has to be pared down on one side which means you lose a customized finish.

Be warned by the plight of those who changed so much in quest of the perfect kitchen that they abandoned their budget in the middle and ended up without the funds to finish. Living for years with an unfinished kitchen is not a very appealing option.

3. Spending It All At Once - Over-Budgeting

Set a budget, then plan on spending 80% of your projected figure. Remember, no one ever pays less than the estimated amount; it always costs more. That 20% you held back from your budget will be used to cover the usual unforeseen circumstances which inevitably pop up such as minor changes, previously unperceived problems and other charges.

4. Using the Wrong General Contractor

The contractor you choose should be an expert in kitchens, not roofs.

5. Inaccuracies in Measurement

This shouldn't be your problem at all, but frequently this common mistake is passed on to the customer's wallet. Before you sign a contract, insist that the contractor take responsibility for any inaccuracies in measurement or factory flaws which often occur. Don't settle for almost fits or good enough. They have to promise and deliver a finished result according to the specifications that were agreed on.

6. Throwing Money Out the Window

Buying cheap actually cost you double later on. You get what you pay for. 

7. Handing Over the Design of Your Kitchen to a Designer

Your new kitchen should reflect your taste. Work with your designer to achieve the practical tasteful space that fits your needs and lifestyle. Ask to see a virtual model of the plans and stay involved throughout the design process.

8. Investing Too Much

Yes it is your dream kitchen but practically speaking, even the most expensive kitchen renovations should not cost more than 15% of the current market value of your home. The average kitchen renovation adds about 25% to market value. If you ever want to sell your home, an appealing kitchen is a big plus.

9. Indulging The Latest Fads

Resist the temptation to choose trendy designs which will make you queasy after you get over the pizzazz. Remember your kitchen is the heart of your home. Make wise choices with an eye on livability. The best strategy is practical, modern and timeless. We’ve all seen kitchens designed in the latest fashion. Nothing becomes as outmoded as yesterday’s modern look. Avocado green cabinets anyone? Mosaic daisies tiled into the walls? Also try to resist flamboyant displays of self expression. In the end, you will live happily ever after! Remember, fashion is a NOW statement and is not modern. Modern is what keeps going on.

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