How To Engage With The Family In This Fast-Paced Age

These days, trying to gather the whole family for a meal is a challenge. Sitting down for a good home cooked meal or even take-out is not enough to get family members to put down their smart phones or take some time off to catch up over warm, hearty food.

The kitchen is the perfect place to gather family members and share the highlights of the day. It is the place where everybody has something in common. The love for food. What has changed? The introduction of TV dinners in the 70’s combined with the colour TV set in every living room was the first dinner time distraction. Now with smaller devices such as smart phones, the problem has worsened – conversation being the casualty.

How do we get the beauty of face-to-face conversation back? It may take some time but engaging in quality conversation, plus enticing them with their favorite dish certainly helps! Gather the family around the table and ask how their day went. This can be achieved by creating a fun area with a warm atmosphere. This is a factor that Craftbuilt Kitchens considers. Craftbuilt Kitchens can help design and build kitchens that are meant to be as the centre of the home.

Many families who renovate their old kitchens emphasize the importance of making meal gatherings an attractive event. At Craftbuilt Kitchens, we believe that every mealtime reinstated is another opportunity to build those important, lasting relationships. Pretty soon, the smart phone and the TV will become mere distractions to quality meal-time.

 

 

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The Kitchen Is The Most Happening Place

Nowadays, it is all about going to the most happening place in the area. Which is why the kitchen is still considered to be the most happening place – anywhere.

The kitchen is the heart and center of everything in the household. It contains one of the most important aspects of our socializing culture, and that is – food!

Sharing meals with other people is an opportunity to bond, share stories and connect. While it is still enjoyable to dine and party out, being invited to someone’s home for a home cooked meal is such an awesome privilege. Guests would often marvel at the luxurious spread that their host has prepared. While others appreciate the simplicity of the spread. Especially if the food and company are great!

Imagine getting invited over for dinner and your host went to the effort of preparing perfectly seared scallops with herb-infused brown butter. Buzzfeed considers this dish as one of their top 4 recommendations. Plus points when your host cooks it while you are watching. What a way to catch up on their latest news and show some frying-pan talent.

 

When it comes to family, everybody’s busy with school and office work, but they still know that it is important to sit down and eat together. This is often the focus when the Craftbuilt Kitchens Designers work with their clients. A warm and welcoming space is part of the creation.

Having friends over is a great way to just chill without the hassle of crowded places. Plus, it’s a break from the usual take-outs. There’s definitely going to be some Instagrammable shots in the kitchen. So when someone asks you where the most happening place is this weekend or tonight, you already know that it’s the kitchen.

 

If you’d like the same feel and atmosphere for your home, our Craftbuilt Kitchens designers can certainly help you plan and build the right kitchen for your family. Call us at (07) 3341 9166 or visit our showroom in 2958 Logan Road, Underwood QLD 4119 today!

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Kiddies and Kitchens

Any parent with a child knows too well how often they will wander into the kitchen. This can be when mum or dad is in the kitchen cooking or it can be when no one is present and the child is looking for something to entertain him or her.

We could all agree that the kitchen is not the best place for a child to be spending time, especially alone, but it does happen. Often parents can be whirling about preparing a meal only to find a small child under foot and a tripping hazard.

With this knowledge in mind at Craftbuilt Kitchens we encourage the design of a kitchen that will allow for the safe presence of your little loved ones. After all, the kitchen is considered the heart of the home more and more these days.

Family members often congregate in the kitchen area to chat and catch up after the end of the day so it goes without saying that young ones want to be there too. The choice is yours how you want this situation to pan out.

If you like to include your children in meal preparation or simply allow them to be nearby and watch, there are things you can do to keep them safe in the kitchen area.

Getting Involved

Being involved with cooking meals is great for little ones and if you have the patience it is a great bonding experience. If this is something you would like to do, there are a few different ways your design can allow for this.

There can be part of the benchtop which is lower than the rest. Perfect for little bodies to stand at but also sit at to do homework whilst being near you. A lower drawer or cupboard can be made as ‘their’ cupboard with access to the kitchen items they are allowed to grab and use.

This gives them a sense of independence and confidence that they are able to help in the kitchen.

Being Nearby

Some parents are pushed for time or don’t have the patience for mini master chefs, and that’s okay. In this instance you can again have a lower bench top or seat where children can sit and draw while they are opposite you.

Safety

Whichever way you decide to go, safety is important too. In the design phase, plan for sharp knives and glassware storage to be out of reach and inaccessible to kids. You can discuss other options that can be incorporated with one of our professional kitchen designers.

Drawers that contain items children shouldn’t have need to be locked or child proofed and, as suggested early, consider giving them a low drawer or cupboard that they can call their very own.

At Craftbuilt Kitchens we want you to have the perfect kitchen for your family situation. Contact us today to arrange a discussion with a designer for a kitchen that keeps toddlers and kids safe and happy.

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Family Mealtimes Are Character-Building

Technology has changed the way we work and live, and many time-honoured traditions have fallen on the sidelines as a result. Snail mail has been replaced with email responses and instant messages. These are now considered to be “old school.” Posting messages on social media to be read on smart phones and tablets has replaced face-to-face conversations and are considered to be a popular means of communication.

Learning Small Talk Takes Practice

What we began to lose then, which has continued to this day, was practice at establishing a personal connection with others. As a result, we have a whole generation of young people who struggle to make small talk, to instigate a dialogue with someone interesting or just to tell the family what happened during their day.

Here at Craftbuilt Kitchens, we believe this is one of the reasons for much of the family discontent that pervades our society. It is also a waste of one of the most important rooms in the home. We design and build spectacular kitchens that are meant to be used and enjoyed as the centre of the home, not just admired from afar.

Family Dinners Once A Seat of Learning

The family dinner table was the place to air your views, tell funny stores, share dreams and aspirations, or just bemoan the challenges of life. Children informed their parents that they needed new shoes, made it in the school choir or the football team and kicked their siblings under the table to get them into trouble.

The family dinner was where we learnt table manners and memorize the right cutlery to use with each dish. We were taught to eat with our mouths closed and to ask permission if we wanted to leave the table. But we also learnt much more.

Problems Shared, History Uncovered

We learnt to share our experiences, even the difficult ones, and felt a burden lifted because it had been shared. We heard snippets of family history, giving us a sense of belonging and place. We discovered that we could have spirited debates and still be respectful.

New Family Dinners Need New Kitchens

Much has been lost since we stopped having regular family dinners. Busy people who are aware of this and re-instigated them have seen positive changes in family interaction. To make the occasion more exciting, some households have also decided to renovate their old, tired kitchens to make these gatherings more attractive to everyone.

Craftbuilt Kitchens works with you to design your dream kitchens. We work our magic to make it happen and rediscover the importance of family mealtimes, once again. Every family dinner we reinstate is another opportunity to build those important, lasting relationships.

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Organised Kitchens Are Good For Your Health

With so much more knowledge about our physical and mental health these days we see more ideas that come about to aid in improving how we feel. Often our mental health is compromised by day to day occurrences that can bring us down, but our actual environment can contribute to feeling our low, too.

Homes that are disorganised and cluttered have been proven to have a negative effect on our mental state. For this reason it’s important to look around our home to see if there are any clutter contributing to this effect.

Don’t Put Up With Clutter and Disorganisation

The longer you leave clutter about your home, the worse it will get. The less organised your home feels the less org

organised you will feel. You will begin to feel less efficient, less energised and more muddled. As the issue continues around you, the task to get it all sorted gets bigger and feels bigger. The vicious circle of disorganisation begins.

Health Risks Involved With Clutter and Disorganisation

If you are feeling sceptical you only have to ask yourself if there has been a time when you have felt low. In this time did you find you let the housework or other chores go a little? Did this make you feel worse? Did the problem seem bigger?

Declutter Your Home

Clutter and disorganisation can make you feel stressed, anxious and fatigued. Following on from this you can experience sleep disturbance and more.

Don’t Delay The Job Any Longer

The best way to tackle clutter and disorganisation is one room at a time. At Craftbuilt Kitchens we believe the most important room in your house is the kitchen, so it should be first priority. Kitchens are often seen as the heart of the home.

Family or house members often chat here and share some time together and of course your meals are prepared here. Disorganised cupboards and items that are left on the bench due to lack of space quickly become a bother and make the space feel smaller.

Preparing meals on old worn benchtops is not an enjoyable task at all either. When you spend so much time in the kitchen of your home it’s important for this to feel like a warm, open, inviting space that is a pleasure to be in.

We can easily set you on the path to organising your home by providing you with a beautiful new kitchen that is functional, organised and lifts your mood. Our professional installers at Craftbuilt Kitchens will work efficiently so you will be on the road to organising your first room in no time.

Give us a call at (07) 3341 9166 to arrange a chat with one of our professional designers and start planning a new you, a new home and a new kitchen for the New Year.

Camphill Kitchen Renovation Laminate Benchtop

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A Kitchen Lay-Out for the Whole Family

Planning for a new kitchen renovation is an exciting time for the whole family. The kids can also look forward to the new home addition, just as much as the adults.

When you think about the design and layout of your new kitchen, you think about functionality, trends and storage space. There is also another thing to consider – is the kitchen family friendly?

Oftentimes, the parents prepare the meals in the kitchen. However, a nice idea might be to have a kitchen design that can bring the whole family together.

A Kitchen To Accommodate Everyone

How can you bring the whole family together into the heart of the home – the kitchen? The answer is in the lay-out. Food preparation, meal time and family gatherings are great moments to create memories and form strong bonds. Which is why the lay-out of the kitchen is important.

When you think of benchtops, for instance, a kitchen island can be a great unit. Island benches keep things a little more sociable. This gives you and family members the opportunity to stand around the benchtop and chat while meals are being prepared. It also gives enough room for members of the family to move about.

Making the kitchen kid-friendly is important, too. Thinking about space saving ideas for your kitchen is great but considering other parts of the kitchen that should be within the kids’ reach is a notable point. For example, which cupboards, shelves or drawers can they reach so they can grab items for you and participate in the meal process?

Open Plan Kitchen

Have you  considered an open plan kitchen? Compared to closed kitchens, an open plan kitchen design looks outwards to the outdoor entertainment area. While the adults are cooking in the kitchen and the kids are playing games in the living room, this lay-out encourages members of the family to still talk and connect with each other.

Imagine still being able to help your children with their homework and ask about what happened during their day while you are preparing dinner in the kitchen. You would still be able to keep eye contact with them and you will no longer be isolated from the whole family because an open plan kitchen encourages socialising in an open space.

There are other ways you can bring the family together in the home too, such as attending cooking classes so that once the new kitchen is installed you can all take what you have learnt and bring it into your very own modern kitchen.

However you decide you want to make your kitchen more family friendly, an expert kitchen designer can listen to your ideas and help you create the perfect space. For more information on building the perfect family kitchen for your home, talk to our consultants at Craftbuilt Kitchens today.

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Kids In Your Kitchen

Now that our professional team at Craftbuilt Kitchens have created an amazing place for you to create delicious meals, you might be thinking about bringing your little ones into the mix. Cooking with children is a great way to bond with them but also teaches them valuable life skills that they might not learn in school.

Not only that, it is also fun for them and will be a memory they will keep with them forever. Setting up the groundwork for kiddies to enjoy cooking means they have a better attitude towards preparing their own meals as adults. If you’re ready to take the plunge into cooking with your young ones, here are some great tips to get you on your way.

Hygiene First and Foremost

First of all, it is important to teach your little ones about hygiene. While this is an important lesson anyway, it is even more so when it comes to preparing food. Teaching your children proper hygiene early in life will be remembered in their adult years.

Timing and Planning

Timing and planning is everything. Firstly, you will need to choose a recipe that is suitable for your child’s age group. Choosing a meal or dish that is above their capability will not only cause disaster, the experience won’t be enjoyable for either of you.

Once you have chosen your recipe you need to set up well and allow for time to prepare. Children will naturally be a little slower at cooking and some extra time set aside, along with some patience, will go a long way.

Get Ready For Mess

This mission is going to get messy, so prepare for it. Lay down newspaper if you like; also wear aprons or even old clothes. Just be prepared for mess and plan not to worry about it until after the fun is over. Children are often not as dexterous as adults in the kitchen until they have had time to learn and practice. Teach them this skill with love.

Learning and Enjoying

This is an adventure. Have fun with your children; let them taste foods that are safe to eat raw. Talk about the different nutrients present in vegetables, for example. Teach them about cleaning up; teach them that patience and care can bring great rewards in tasty meals.

This is a fantastic opportunity to teach your youngsters about hygiene, tastes, healthy food, homemade treats and more. Enjoy your bonding time with your children and family in your Craftbuilt Kitchens dream kitchen and build memories that last forever.

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Spoil The Mother of Your Children

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and many are starting to think of something outstanding and original to surprise their mum with. As for the husband – a wise man would know full well that he should surprise his beautiful wife with something for Mother’s Day. She is, after all, the mother of his children, and deserves recognition everyday but more so on Mother’s Day.

Breakfast In Bed For Mom

So the perfect Mother’s Day would begin for mum by the kids presenting her with breakfast in bed. Depending on the age of the kids it might be wise not to let the very young choose what’s on the menu. Cocoa Pops with chocolate topping sure sounds good, but probably not the breakfast mum is hoping for. After presenting this fantastic breakfast in bed from the kids it might be the ideal time to surprise her by letting her in on your plan of taking her to visit some kitchen showrooms. Why? She may ask, to choose her very own new kitchen of course!

A New Kitchen For Mom

Before you start to think that this may not be a welcome gift as it’s a little too much like giving a woman a kitchen appliance for your anniversary, think again. A new kitchen is far more exciting, functional and thoughtful than an appliance. While an appliance might say, ‘cook me something nice’, a new kitchen says ‘cook in something nice’. If your lovely wife has been putting up with a tacky old kitchen for too long then it’s time to give her a new one, or at least a makeover, that she can enjoy spending time in. Cupboards that have become chipped and outdated can be replaced with modern ones that really add to the look of the kitchen but one thing that will really lift the feel of a tired old workspace is a new kitchen benchtop. Cooking up a storm on a brand new benchtop that is durable and set out well will not only inspire new love of cooking for the whole family, it will breathe new life into your home.

A great idea might be to stop into a kitchen showroom yourself and pick up some reading material to present your wife with on Mother’s Day so she can have a browse and start dreaming up her new kitchen that will soon be a reality.

Happy Mother's Day

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A Brand New Modern Kitchen for Mother’s Day

There is no doubt about the fact that being a mum is more than a full time job. It can be quite emotionally, mentally and physically taxing. So it’s a good thing that there is one special day, once a year, where we all get to say “Thank You” to our mums for all the hard work they have put in over the years. And if we are lucky, they still continue to do so! If your mother is the kind of mum who deserves to be spoilt, and you want to do something big for her this Mother’s Day, then this is the best Mother’s Day gift idea for you.

Remember when you were younger, whether you are an only child or you have siblings, your mom probably spent a good many hours in the kitchen. While you were busy growing up, she was busy preparing healthy and spectacular meals for you. No doubt, it’s igniting a ton of childhood memories right now! So here’s the perfect solution to pay her back for all those hours spent in the kitchen – a brand new modern kitchen. Nothing could say to your mum that you love her better than a brand new kitchen. Especially one that is not only functional but looks wonderful, too. It is designed perfectly to suit her needs. If you are financially capable or if you are looking to purchase a gift with other members of the family for your mum, you simply can’t go past a new kitchen. A quick trip to our Craftbuilt Kitchen showroom in Brisbane will help you on your way to organising the best Mother’s Day gift ever for your mum.

There is so much to consider for a new kitchen and there are choices to be made regarding benchtops, cabinets, handles, appliances and so much more. These decisions may be hard to make without the input of your mum so you may have to consider taking her along and pretending you’re just browsing for you or let her in on the idea. Here you will find fully qualified professional and friendly staff to assist you in all areas of kitchen designs.

There are a few different stages in the kitchen creation process that you need to go through. At the end of it all, you are assured that your mom will be enjoying a fantastic kitchen that has been designed with her needs and preferences in mind. Kitchens without stone benchtops can be installed in a day and your mum can be creating meals with love again in no time.

For the best Mother’s Day gift yet, consider a  new modern kitchen for mum with stone or laminate benchtops and great storage spaces. After all, the kitchen is the heart of every home and your mum has given so much from the heart for you.

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