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Learn the 3 Zones for Storage in Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the entire house and houses a lot of various kitchen essential. Figuring out just how to store all your kitchen necessities can seem like a daunting task. Badel Kitchens and Joinery is here to help you organise your supplies to ensure you have the one of the best kitchens in Sydney.

Typically, there are three main zones of storage in every kitchen. The main areas of storage are: the refrigerator, the sink, and the range.

1. The refrigerator zone


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The refrigerator is arguably the most used appliance in the entire kitchen. It’s the receiving and initial food preparation area in your kitchen. For maximum efficiency, position your kitchen near the door so you can store groceries the moment you come in.

A countertop should ideally be placed across your refrigerator to serve as an area to set your groceries down while you sort them out.

Kitchen staples and preparation essentials (such as mixing bowls, measuring spoons, graters, etc.) are best placed in this area for quick meal preparation and easy access.

Your pantry and dry food storage should also be located in the refrigerator zone. Your pantry should be at least 500 cubic cm to be able to store all your dry goods.

2. The sink zone

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Following the triangle of work (http://www.kitchens.com/design/layouts/the-work- triangle/the-work-triangle), the sink should come in between the refrigerator and the range. The sink gets the highest amount of traffic in the kitchen so it’s important to plan your sink storage efficiently.

Glassware, silverware, and flatware should all be kept by the sink for quick storage after washing. A disposal unit should also be positioned nearby as well as storage areas for cleaning supplies, polishing, and drying.
Kitchen knives and cutting boards are best stored midway between the sink area and the refrigerator area.

3. The range zone

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Anything that involves the cooking process should be stored within the range zone. Ovens, cooktops, microwaves, and toasters, among others, should all be positioned close to each other. Store pot holders and the like close to any heat source for easy access.

Cooking essentials such as spices, pots, pans, and cooking utensils should be kept near the cooktop. Store them in order of frequency of use and personal preference.

Serving pieces should also be kept in the range zone for quick serving right after cooking. While the kitchen may include three main storage zones, how you choose to organise within these zones is all up to you. Find out how you like to sort out your kitchen necessities and what works best with your routine.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery is sought after for exceptional kitchen renovations in Sydney (West). Talk to us about how you want your kitchen storage to look like. Contact Badel today.

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Finding the Best Cooktop for You

Remodelling your kitchen can be a fun and exciting project. But with any renovation, it’s important to incorporate products that suit you and your lifestyle.

When it comes to the kitchen, however, the cooktop is oftentimes the most used tool. Finding a cooktop that complements your lifestyle and needs is essential in getting the biggest ROI.

Here’s how you can find the best cooktop for you.

There are 3 basic ranges available in the market: Gas, Induction, and Ceramic.

 

Gas


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Gas cooktops work best with people who love to cook but are on a budget.

Gas cooktops heat up quickly and can change temperature with a simple twist of the knob. Most chefs prefer gas cooktops because the visible flame allows them to see just how much heat is going into the pan.

Gas cooktops are the most flexible as all pans work well on a gas cooktop. The biggest con, perhaps, is the open flame which could be a potential safety hazard.

 

Induction


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Induction cooktops are best suited for people who love to cook or those who have small children. Induction cooktops use electromagnetic energy to heat up your cooking vessel, so you don’t have to worry about open flames or gas leaks. They heat up very quickly, and keep the heat isolated to only the area that touches your cooking vessel.

With all the benefits of an induction, its main disadvantage is its steep cost.

If you’re looking for a great induction cooktop, check out Bosch PIE651F17E. It comes with 4 induction cooking zones with PowerBoost function for each cooking zone. It even shows you how much energy you’ve used for your most recent cooking function. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about your children accidentally turning on the cooktop with Bosch’s built in child lock function.

 

Ceramic


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If you’re looking for a cooktop that’s easy to clean up like an induction cooktop but not quite as expensive, then ceramic is for you.

Unlike induction cooktops, ceramic cooktops use coiled metal elements under tempered ceramic glass. They’re safe to use around small children as there’s no open flame and models often come with child lock features.

Most cookware is suited for use on a ceramic cooktop, so you don’t have to worry about changing the cookware you currently have.

Before ordering your cooktop, make sure you order one which is perfect for you.
Badel Kitchens and Joinery is one of the best kitchen renovators in Sydney. Contact us for any enquiries about kitchen renovations in Sydney (West).

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Planning the Perfect Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands have become a staple in homes all across the world. While seemingly easy to design one, it can involve quite a lot of planning and preparation.

We’ve worked on some of the best kitchens in Sydney and have gained decades’ worth of experience building incredible kitchen islands. Here are our tips for planning the perfect kitchen island.

1. Determine its main function


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Before picking out cabinetry and cooktops, it’s important to first establish your kitchen island’s main function. Will you use it for prep work, cooking, or eating? Knowing its function is necessary when it comes to figuring out how large your kitchen island will be.

 

2. Think about your appliances

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After determining your kitchen island’s function, it’s time to think about what appliances you’ll install in it, if any. If you’re thinking of using your island as a prep station, you’ll need to install a garbage, compost, and recycling area. For a cleanup area, perhaps a dishwasher or sink.

 

3. Allocate ample storage space

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Make the most out of your kitchen island and use it for additional storage. Cabinets will typically fit into a 60 cm deep kitchen island. Your island can be as short as 1.2 m but if you’re planning on installing a dishwasher and cooktop, you’ll need it to be at least 2.1 m.

4. Let your personality show


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Kitchen islands aren’t only for utility – they’re a great way to showcase your personal style as well. Forget about rectangular islands with solid colours. Experiment with different textures, materials, finishes, and colours.

 

5. Contact an expert

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With all the planning, preparation, and building involved, it’s best to hire an expert. An expert will not only have years of experience under his/her belt, but will also have a list of trusted suppliers who can provide you with good deals and prices.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery has long been trusted as one of the leading experts in kitchen renovations in Sydney. Contact us today and begin planning your perfect kitchen island.

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16 Kitchen Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

With these, you would spend less time organising, searching, and cleaning around the kitchen and
have more time for cooking and eating.

1. Use magazine holders to create freezer shelves.

If your freezer is a mess and the frozen items are all over the place, you can use some magazine
holders to protect flat-shaped goods.

 

2. And to organise your bakeware and cutting boards.

The most common mistake committed in kitchen planning is not allowing enough storage. Make sure cabinets go all the way to the ceiling, instead of leaving space for dust to accumulate. Invest in custom drawers that allow easy access to stored pots and pans as well as in creating space for appliances so your kitchen wouldn’t look cluttered.

 

3. For utensils, you can try hanging them onto a rod.


Perfect for small kitchens, maximize the wall space by hanging up some utensils and cooking ladles
against the wall so you can easily grab them while cooking and use the drawer space for something
else.

 

4. Or hang them inside your cabinet.


Keep them organised by using a coat of chalkboard paint and labelling them accordingly.

 

5. Or use them to make an entire wall space stand out.


This is created using a pegboard, wood, some screws, and hooks. Check out the steps here at
Apartment Therapy.

 

6. Create a labeling system.


Label your jars and canisters to remove the guesswork and easily get the spices and ingredients you
need. You may also put labels on top of containers located inside the drawers.

 

7. Or save on paper and simply use chalkboard paint on the lids

 

8. Extend the shelf life of food in plastic bags and make them easier to store by covering them with the tops of water bottles.


Just like this.

 

9. Turn the spice containers into ref magnets.


And save space in the process.

 

10. As well as small canisters so they can save as pen and note holders to help you remember errands and recipes.


As well as small canisters so they can save as pen and note holders to help you remember errands
and recipes

 

11. Use rolling shelves to maximise cabinet space.


Rolling shelves are a great way to ensure every corner of the cabinet is maximised. Ask us about
building custom-designed cabinets for your kitchen here.

 

12. Or create new drawers using unopenable parts of the cabinet.


You can change the old design of your cabinets with our help. Our team can change your cabinets’
look and kitchen design to maximise space and improve function.

 

13. Lazy Susans are the best way to make use of awkward corners in cabinets and
refrigerators.


They make everything really accessible.

 

14. A rolling cart can also give you extra storage.


A rolling cart can also give you extra storage.

 

15. Invest on kitchen renovation by adding a kitchen island.


If you have the space and the budget, get your kitchen renovated to add an island that can serve
both as a place to eat or prepare food and provide more storage space.

 

16. Or better yet, have your cabinetry customised to fit your kitchen’s size and design.


You can get corner cabinets and top kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling for more
space.

Need help in or renovating your kitchen designs? Contact our team today!

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How to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Bigger

Planning on getting a kitchen renovation makeover? Don’t fret if you’ve got a small kitchen. Work with what you’ve got and maximise the space you have. Here are some kitchen designs to help you maximise your space and make it appear bigger and more spacious than it actually is.

1. Pick a white-centric colour scheme

1 Maximise the colour white

White is the perfect choice for small kitchens because it reflects light; enhancing space and making the walls seem to recede. Justine Hand from the Remodelista agrees. “It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this cloud-like effect. And it serves to blur the boundaries between wall and celling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher.”

2. Consider using glass panels for your cabinets

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Glass panels help lighten the look of the cabinets and allow the eyes to travel back, making the room seem more expansive. This would be more effective if all the items inside the cabinets are organized and colour-coordinated; a cluttered and disorganised cabinet will make the room seem smaller. Check out this kitchen designed by Weil Friedman Architects for inspiration.

3. If plain is too boring, you can try using elongated patterns

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If you want to add a little more flair to your kitchen, rethink getting bigger kitchen accents. Geometric and vertically striped walls or floors add just as much character but will draw your eyes forward along the lines, making it seem like the room is longer or taller than it actually is.

4. Choose light décor and furnishings

4 Choose light décor and furnishings

Choose kitchen accessories and fixtures that do not obstruct the line of sight and reduce visual weight. Shop for backless bar stools, wire kitchen islands, and glass pendant lights which are just as chic but minus the bulk.

5. Flood the space with light and mix it with ambient lighting

5 mix it with ambient lighting

A skylight will open up the ceiling and visually expand the space. Having large windows will also create a more open feel around the room. Balancing this natural light with some ambient lighting will surely provide the same feeling during the night.

6. Shiny surfaces can also do the trick.

6 Shiny surfaces can also do the trick

When shopping for kitchen appliances and furnishings, you can opt for stainless steel appliances, glossy floors, glass tiles, and sleek cabinets. These work similar to mirrors that reflect light strategically.

7. Consider maximising the room’s layout.

7 Consider maximising the room’s layout

If the kitchen is connected to another section, such as the dining area, you can borrow space by cutting walls and make it seem that the other room is a natural extension of the kitchen design. You can also consolidate the appliances, for example, putting the cooktop and oven in the same area to save counter space. You can also build the appliances into the cabinetry to prevent clutter.

Thinking of a kitchen renovation project? Talk to our team and we will provide customised recommendations to help you change the look of your small kitchen and transform it into a more functional and visually appealing room. For bespoke kitchen designs, trust Badel Kitchens and Joineries, the leading experts in kitchen makeovers in Sydney.