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Home Living : November 3rd 2009
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 9 Making room for kids in the kitchen HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE ASK THE EXPERTS We asked Kitcheners Kitchens when, working with families, what are a few design elements you recommend when creating a new kitchen. Michael Kitchener says this all depends on space. It is great to create an eat-in area in the form of a breakfast bar overhanging an island. ''Utilising the dynamic space philosophy -- as storage is always an issue -- to best use the space available. Traditionally people want large pantries (even walk-in) to cater for their family's needs. These can come down in size with the use of drawers, making the space more useable,'' he said. Are there any special considerations for kids in the kitchen? Depending on their age, there are some recommended dos and don'ts, such as don't design a microwave to be sitting under the bench. If the oven is going under the bench (opposed to being mounted in a wall unit) select an oven with a child lock, and also choose an oven that is either triple or quadruple glazed. This means three or four layers of glass on the door to keep the face of the oven door cool to touch. There is a large selection of child-proof locks for cabinet doors to prevent toddlers from opening things. Keep in mind that as your children grow you will want to easily deactivate these locks. Some can be built into the cabinetry while others are later additions. Does selection of materials come into play when designing the family-friendly kitchen? Yes. You will want to go with a durable material. I recommend always going with the look you are after, but that look can be achieved with a variety of different materials at different budgets. Polyurethane kitchens have a similar paint to that on a car. It will easily scratch if you have skateboard games being played in the kitchen. I would also recommend using handles opposed to a handle-less look, as kids with grubby hands will grab the handles rather than the doors. Are there any common mistakes people make when designing their family-friendly kitchen? Space. Make sure there this is enough space for people to work around each other. There should be at least a metre between counter tops. Some bells and whistles might not be the best solution for a family. For example, a lazy susan in a corner unit will not be ideal for all that Tupperware that a family needs, but a large pot drawer will be ideal. What are some tips for that ideal family kitchen? Have a look at different solutions, especially internal storage solutions. Some simple, inexpensive solutions can make a world of difference, such as a divider in a large drawer to separate Tupperware lids from the bases. A kitchen will last for 15 to 20 years, so keep in mind how your family's needs will change over the years. Visit kitcheners.com.au or call 1800 826 144. 30%-50% off new kitchens* "If you love cooking like me, let Kitcheners custom design your dream kitchen. Plus with great savings of up to 50% off normal prices on selected ranges, it's never been more affordable to speak to Australia's favourite kitchen company. Plus their award-winning designers can bring the showroom to you." CUSTOM MADE DESIGNER KITCHENS FROM $6 - $60K HURRY AND ORDER NOW FOR PRE-CHRISTMAS DELIVERY Kitcheners Kitchens made just for youTM +Approvedapplicants&selectedproductsonly.Feescharges&conditionsapply.Seeinstorefordetails.GECreditlineisacreditfacilityprovidedbyGEFinanceAustralasia PtyLtd(ABN88 000015485). GOMastercard&BuyersEdgeis a creditfacility providedbyGE CapitalFinanceAustralia(ABN42008 583588),both tradingas GEMoney. Huge discounts on custom made kitchens + Call 1800 826 144 now (24hrs) for a free design and quote or visit www.kitcheners.com.au blinds shutters curtains awnings louvres retractable roofing ecosmart fires outdoor furniture centor fly screens the retractable sunroom customised awning systems for outdoor living visit our new showroom 1 Chard Road Brookvale Mon-Fri9am-5pm Sat10am-1pm www.blindmaster.com.au 9938 4977 indoors outdoors motion BLINDMASTER 2225642m 201009 HLN17
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