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Home Living : September 2nd 2008
10 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 2, 2008 Turning up heat on style Write to Ask The Experts about individual problems in the home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question or fax Ask The Experts 9689 5399. HOMELIVING ASK THE EXPERTS » ADVERTISING FEATURE Jack Henderson wants to install a kitchen that is specific to his family's needs and made to last. Mr Henderson admits his family of six is a little rough on the house so he wants a kitchen with components that will last. The layout of a kitchen depends on the family's way of living and habits, Schmidt Kitchens owner Roger Franchi says. ''Our job starts by listening and talking to clients to understand how they live and cook and the time they spend in the kitchen so that we can refine a personalised layout that fits to perfection,'' he says. Schmidt is a leading French brand and top-ranking exporter of kitchen furniture. The company's know-how is based on 50 years' experience. Schmidt products are distributed throughout Europe and the kitchens are now present in 17 countries throughout the world. Mr Franchi says the kitchen is made from five areas of activity in which all sorts of preparation, cooking, dishing-up, washing and storage takes place. ''We optimise the organisation and enable the owner to carry out the various tasks under optimal conditions to simplify life,'' he says. Because one-quarter of all accidents at home take place in the kitchen, safety features are a high priority at Schmidt. These include overflow and overheating safety features and anti-flood dishwashers -- all considered in the design stages. Child safety is also a major consideration in the kitchen and there are some extremely sensible protective fittings to consider, such as magnetic latches and cold- door ovens. With practical tips and storage ideas, space can be gained to optimise cupboards. There are bread boxes and wine racks, lift doors, extendable tables, a waste bin for selective sorting, and other innovative ideas. The quality of the finish is such that the carcass of storage areas is 19mm thick and joins are dowel and glued. The colour of the unit body matches the doors. Inspect the innovative kitchens at the Schmidt Kitchens showrooms at 107 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne (call 9181 3188), or at 49-59 O'Riordan St, Alexandria (call 8338 0099).
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