Making the Most of Your Kitchen Space No Matter the Size

Making the Most of Your Kitchen Space No Matter the Size

There are all kinds of kitchens and they all vary in shape and size. The good thing is that they all have the potential to become a great space, but the issue is making the best decisions to ensure that the layout is ideal. The work triangle, or rather the path between food storage, cooking and cleaning areas brings efficiency, but as needs and preferences change, there’s a demand for more. In this read, we are going to take a look at some of the best layouts and solutions for an array of spaces.

Large Kitchens

It is easy to think that with a large kitchen, your space decisions will be easier. However, that is not always the case. The best layout will depend on how you plan to use the kitchen, your style preference, as well as the number of individuals who will be using the room. There is also the need to achieve a balance between aesthetics and functionality as you do not want the kitchen to be too cavernous or too cluttered.

U-Shape Layout

If you have a large space in your kitchen, then you can pick the U-shape cabinet layout with an island in the central region. Cabinets across the three walls provide a large storage space, thus allowing you to keep appliances out of sight. The island on the central area acts as a multipurpose surface, and so, you can use for cooking, doing homework and even socialising.

L-Shape Layout

This is a more open plan configuration that is ideal for flexible dining and living. An L-shaped layout of cabinets accommodates the integration of lounge and dining areas into the kitchen. There is a lot of room to move around and so, this plan is excellent for a family with more than one cook and do not want them bumping into each other all the time.

G-Shape Layout

This is a layout where the kitchen cabinets continually fold into the room, thus creating a workspace that looks like a ‘G’. This layout is excellent if you want the functionality of a kitchen island while enjoying a single continuous stretch of the worktop. It’s also great if you want to maximise the cabinet space. It is popular for conventional designs that keep the dining area separate.

Small Kitchens

If your kitchen space is limited, then your cabinet layout choice is limited. For rectangle kitchens, the L-shape makes sense and for square ones, the U-shape layout without an island is the way forward. However, the vertical layout and storage are the most important factors when picking a design for a small kitchen. These elements are more flexible and can make a world of a difference when it comes to customising the space for your needs.


If you have a limited floor area, the inside of the cabinets is what makes the difference. To make the interiors of your cabinets more efficient, implement pull out solutions in order to gain access of the back of corner …

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Air Conditioning – Benefits Of Using Air Conditioners And Cooling Appliances

As temperatures change it is becoming essential for homes to be equipped with high-efficiency air cooling appliances and air conditioners. But, the biggest dilemma for homeowners is whether the comfort of having an air conditioning system in place is worth the extra month-to-month expense associated with it. The answer is simple; yes. But, these systems do not need to set you back a small fortune every month either.

Air Conditioning – Benefits Of Using Air Conditioners And Cooling Appliances

Proper cooling and ventilation in your home comes at a price but, having said this, the newer systems available are also more energy efficient for the home. According to Candice West, head of sales for AirconSpares, new technologies in the field of air conditioning systems allow for less energy wastage and therefore result in more bangs for your buck. She believes that more homeowners are turning to high-efficiency systems to save them money while allowing for exceedingly high levels of home comfort.

 “Older systems used to waste around 40% of energy in the home. This was due to heat and cooling loss through pipes. Newer high-efficiency systems allow for up to 98% usage. This means that you will not only be saving money, but you will have your home warmer or colder for a longer time making them better for the environment and your pocket,” says West.


High-efficiency heating and air cooling systems emit more even air cooling and heating throughout your home. These systems are also designed to maintain more constant temperatures throughout your home environment. This is done by producing a more even flow of air alongside unsurpassed control of humidity levels.

Flow of air

Variable speed motors and monitors in high-efficiency systems are designed to ensure your home is kept at a constant and comfortable variable throughout the day and night. This is done by increasing the static air pressures through home ducts and piping, controlled by variable motors with adjustable speeds. Additionally, these motors operate at levels which are designed to be the most energy efficient for your home. High-efficiency systems are able to run year-round without any major effect on your monthly utility bills. Another great advantage of using these systems is that the airflow is regulated and filtered to produce far cleaner air in your home.

Less noise

The constant hum of an old air conditioning system is a thing of the past. New high-efficiency systems are relatively noise free. There will be no noisy startup cycle. All noises emitting from the units are absorbed into the unit through the use of state-of-the-art materials. If you are looking for an air conditioning system which is felt but not heard, you should consider installing a high-efficiency system.

Environmentally Friendly

Looking after the environment has become more important today than it’s ever been. High-Efficiency air conditioning systems use a third of fuel of traditional and older systems over the same time period. This means they are suited for environmentally conscious households. Additionally, the systems are available in a range of options. Programmable thermostats will aid in …

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4 Must-Knows For Converting A Loft To Save Money

Many people today are weighing up the options for either moving home or converting their unused roof space into a loft. Today buying a new home will set you back around 100 times more than you would spend on doing a loft conversion. Additionally, moving home will require you to pay additional costs in solicitor’s fees and hiring a moving company. This amount will no doubt not cover any hidden costs.

4 Must-Knows For Converting A Loft To Save Money

It is for this reason that more people are turning to loft conversions. Not only are they saving on money but they are also finding that there is actually much more space available in the roof than they first thought possible. When looking at conversions for lofts, there are a number of options available to you and the one you choose is dependent on your needs. If you already have a larger home you might even find that you can convert a substantial portion of your roof and this will mean you can include two bedrooms and possibly even an extra area.

Chatting with your builder

Before you get started on your conversion you need to sit down with several qualified builders both those working independently and those who work for reputed building firms. Make sure that you get a number of quotes and find out in detail what will be covered in the building process. Additionally, ask around at what friends and family members paid for their conversions. By asking around in the area where you live, you will be able to get a good idea of how much other paid for their conversions and you’ll have a bench park figure on what builders will charge you.

Choosing the right people for the job

Once you have a few quotes you need to sit down and decide which type of company you will be going with. You might find that a building company will need to bring in additional craftsmen and this will cost you extra. Specialist companies dealing with loft conversions will arrive at your property will everything they need to complete the job. You might also find that building companies may take longer to complete the conversion that a specialist company would.

Do you permission to convert to a loft?

This is an important step in the process of converting your loft. Make sure that if you need to get permission for a loft conversion that you do so before work starts at your property. This is a simple process and will mean that you will need to pay a visit to your local council offices and put forward an inquiry. It really should not take long before you have your answer and will mean that your conversion will be done without you breaking any local laws.

Adding the extras

Once work has started on your loft you need to know that you can still change certain aspects of your conversion. Ask whether more plug points can be added to your loft or how about …

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Celebration for Being a Resident

It’s been close to one year since moving into the apartments in Parkville MO, and I decided to have a celebration. I invited my friends, some of which who I met in the apartment, over to my place to have a little get together. I really don’t like to have large gatherings at my place, because I’m always the one that has to clean it up after everyone has left, but in this case I made an exception. I just told everyone not to make too much of a mess while they were having a good time. People usually have good home training, so they don’t really try to make a mess of things, but there’s always one person who will do something stupid.

Things were going pretty went pretty well with the gathering, but I think we all had a little bit too much to drink that night. That night I tried my hand at playing the bartender and made some mixed drinks for everyone.…

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My Husband Was Right About Moving to a More Diverse Area

I loved the quiet, country-like area that I grew up in, and I have felt that exact way. When I got married to my husband, I never thought that we would end up moving away after we had a child. But he needed to move for work, so there was no choice. He said that we would look for apartments in San Antonio TX to live in for about a year or so before looking for a house. I hoped that I would like it a lot since I was already happy with where I’d lived for 35 years. He said that he thought our daughter and I would really enjoy the change.

One of the things that I liked about where I grew up is that there are a lot of woods, which means that our daughter had plenty of places to play outside in nature. I often sat outside while she played outside. Nature provides so many different things for a child to do, or so I thought. My husband brought home some brochures about San Antonio, and as I leafed through them, I realized there would be a lot more for her to do in a big city. There are museums, businesses that are geared towards children, and a lot of other different cultural things that would be perfect. In other words, her life would no longer be so one-dimensional if she were living in a bigger city.

We moved just in time to get our daughter enrolled for the new school year. There are over 100 children who are in her grade level alone. There are four hundred kids in the entire school. The school she went to before had only a total of 50 children in all grades. So now, she has access to so many more kids from all sorts of different cultures. she jumped right in and made friends quickly, too. …

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