When Is The Best Time To Renovate Your Kitchen?

Have you ever looked around your kitchen and thought that your appliances need upgrading and that it looks like it has aged the last decade?

Maybe it is time to renovate your kitchen. However, you would want to make sure that your dream kitchen is installed quickly and seamlessly. Here are a few things you have to consider before taking the leap:

1) Affordability – This is what many consider to be the most important. You would want to make sure it fits your budget and that there are no hidden costs. When you ask Craftbuilt Kitchens for a quote, we make sure there are no add-ons. Everything discussed is included in writing prior to the installation.

If you feel that you still need finance to fund the new kitchen, you can apply for a loan with confidence knowing that what you are asking for covers everything. Craftbuilt Kitchens also provide a 10-year guarantee including a copy of guarantee provisions with insurance cover on the total price of the work, not just the cabinetry. This should help your lender to decide in your favour.

2) Seasonal Demand – Seasonal factors can slow down the progress of the new kitchen. It can upset the plans and budgets. However, seasonal demand is not a big issue for Craftbuilt Kitchens because we cater locally. We work with locals who work to our schedule and we have expert tradesmen whose work quality we trust.

3) Time – Craftbuilt Kitchens’ installation teams remove the old kitchen and install the new one on the same day. The only exception is stone bench tops, which require a little more time. We don’t want your food stuck in an Esky and your pantry goods in boxes in the dining room while the kitchen is a mess for days.

At the end of the day, you decide how it fits with your needs and Craftbuilt Kitchens deliver.

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Clean Out Unwanted Kitchen Items For Cash

Are you planning to renovate your kitchen? Planning something new for the kitchen is the perfect time to offload unwanted items that are cluttering around the place. Out with the old, in with the new!

But if you are clever, this is also an opportunity to earn some extra cash.

This way, you are hitting two birds with one stone – get rid of old and outdated things, and fund your kitchen renovation!

Make a Plan

Go through each drawer and cabinet. Even the smallest items can rake in some cash to add to your budget. Think of the items you have never used but can be useful for someone else. There are some that are not even worth selling but can be donated to charity instead. Lastly, if selling or donating these items won’t make the cut, it is straight to the rubbish bin then.

Check the Pricetag

There are a lot of websites that can help you out in selling your unwanted items. Others opt to hold a garage sale or make a stand at the local flea market. Whatever your choice may be, make sure to check out your favourite shopping websites to see the asking price of similar items. Set a price that is competitive but fair. Try not to set the price too high or else buyers will ignore your listing.

Clean the Stuff!

Once you’ve already sorted the items you want to sell off or give away, it is time to bring out the gloves and cleaning tools. They may be unwanted things but other people may be willing to take them off your hands if they are looking their best! For pieces like the oven and the fridge, be prepared to take out shelves and panels, then put it all back together again.

Take Great Photos

If you’re planning to post these items online, a great picture is always an eye-catcher. Don’t forget to write a description with the model numbers and product specs, too.

 

Be Prepared

Some buyers may want to ask for more information and negotiate on a particular item. Remember that the aim is to get rid of these items. Don’t be greedy and hold out for an extra five or ten dollars. You could be left with it.

Once your kitchen is clear from clutter, then it is going to be easy for renovators like Craftbuilt Kitchens to install your new kitchen. Our expert tradesmen and installers can move around quickly in a clean and clutter-free space. Craftbuilt Kitchens undertake to install every new kitchen within the timeframe discussed. This makes it possible for you to settle in quicker.

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Putting On Weight? Blame Your Cluttered Kitchen

In the quest for answers to the growing obesity problems our society is facing, many weapons have been engaged. From diet and exercise programmes, meal replacement shakes and gym sessions, to visualisation and meditation, everyone is looking for the magic answer. Now evidence is mounting that a messy kitchen can actually influence food choices.

Here at Craftbuilt Kitchens we couldn’t agree more. All our kitchens are designed along sleek and seamless lines with plenty of space for storage and shining benchtops that invite food preparation. We can’t understand why a home owner would clutter such an inviting space, especially if it is making them gain weight.

Takeaway Is Easier Then Clearing The Benchtop

Now that may sound a little silly at first, but there is sound evidence to support a link between cluttered kitchen space and weight gain. Most home owners are busy juggling jobs and social activities. Furthermore, if they have children, squeezing sport and homework into a crowded schedule will add to the stress. When they arrive home, they throw down their gear and the kitchen bench is where it lands. Add in the mail and newspapers, and suddenly there is no space on the benchtop to chop vegetables, crumb cutlets, peel potatoes or shell peas.

What about dinner? A quick phone call to the local takeaway and it arrives at the door. This is not a problem if it only happens occasionally, but if the kitchen is not geared for food preparation, a takeaway becomes a three or four times a week event. Slowly the weight starts creeping on. Our beautiful kitchen designs create spaces that need to be used and where the inner chef can escape and serve up delicious, healthy, low fat meals in no time.

Take Out, Take Away, Fast Food

New Storage Rule – Treats At The Back – Healthy At The Front

A simple trick to fool the taste bud is to use the ample storage space we build into our kitchens. Craftbuilt Kitchens suggests to keep the snacks and treats out of sight. Put them in opaque containers at the back of the shelving so they are hard to see and reach. Consumption drops and so does the weight.

Keep those sparkling benchtops clear of clutter but reserve a space for the humble fruit bowl. Instead of snacking on high fat, processed items, grab some fruit to go. Take all those fussy appliances like hot dog makers, waffle irons, pop corn machines and pie makers off the bench and put them away. No one needs all those gadgets to prepare a meal, and most of these involve lots of high fat ingredients.

Remember, if you have to clean up a messy, cluttered kitchen before you start cooking, chances are you will opt for a quick, high fat and unhealthy substitute. Check out our fabulous kitchens at our showroom located in 2958 Logan Road, Underwood QLD 4119 and find out how you can further improve your kitchen, food and eating lifestyle.

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A New Modern Kitchen For Valentine’s Day

Christmas has come and gone. Most have already cleared away their presents and decorations. The holiday season may be over but there is another occasion coming up. Valentine’s is a day of celebration for lovers and romantics. Those who celebrate the day mark the event with a gift, an evening out to dinner and even a movie.

Almost everyone around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, many of us don’t know the origin of this heart-warming tradition. During your romantic meal or while you are making the final touches to that special home-cooked feast for two, you can regale the story with your special someone. It started with a story about someone who sacrificed in the name of love.

On February 14th, the eve of the feast of Lupercalia, the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and drawn by the Roman boys. They were then partnered for the festival. At times they would fall in love and eventually marry. When Emperor Claudius II was in power, he was having difficulty getting men to join his army and believed it was due to a hesitancy to leave behind loved ones and lovers. As a result, he voided engagements and marriages. A priest named Saint Valentine was sympathetic to those wanting to join in a wedded union and married the couples in secret. When he was found out he was sentenced to death and consequently befriended by the daughter of the jail guard. She offered so much friendship and solstice before his death that when his time came, on February 14th, he left her a note thanking her and signing it “Love from your Valentine.” And so began the tradition.

It was quite a dramatic story. It is a testimony of great sacrifice for something that we can all take for granted at times.

This Valentine’s Day, make sure your loved one feels appreciated. You can purchase your partner any number of beautiful gifts and cook many tasty meals. But the best gift of all is something that lasts a lifetime. Something practical and used daily. How about giving your loved one a new functional kitchen to prepare future meals in? By talking to a qualified kitchen designer you can turn a disorganised and old kitchen into something that is a pleasure to be in. And most of all, functional in every way possible.

By visiting our Craftbuilt Kitchens showroom in Brisbane you can start “shopping” for ideas that will eventually become a fantastic kitchen, your perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

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Learning To Cook In Your Kitchen

In today’s modern and fast paced lifestyle, we are very busy and often overlook the importance of home cooked meals. But there are those who make time to attend cooking classes to make healthy home cooked meals.

What are the advantages of cooking classes?

When you learn to cook a healthy home cooked meal in your own kitchen, you will have more control over what goes into your meal. As a result, there is the opportunity to consume far less amounts of fat, salt and harmful food additives. Cooking at home not only saves your waistline, it can save your wallet, too.

Being budget conscious is important to people and eating out or buying take away food is often the more expensive option. When you prepare meals at home the ingredients you purchase at the grocery store can create more meals for approximately the same amount of money. And while you are saving money, you are creating good habits for your family. Children who see meals prepared at home have this memory of home cooking ingrained into their own family homes and they will be more likely to enjoy cooking for themselves later on in life.

Who can attend cooking classes?

There is absolutely no rule about who can attend cooking classes. Basically, if you are old enough to attend, then it’s a great idea to learn the basics of cooking in your kitchen. Men and women alike can learn to prepare simple yet delicious meals for their families at home. Cooking classes can be particularly enjoyable for couples looking to broaden their hobbies together, whilst providing great nutrition for the whole family. There are also cooking classes that are focused on kids! Helping out in the kitchen, is after all, a family affair.

When it comes to family, it can even be a great idea for any teenagers and kids in the home to also attend. They can share the load of preparing meals whilst building a very useful foundation for feeding themselves in a healthy manner when they move into their own homes in the future.

Getting the most out of your kitchen.

A fantastic time to consider taking a cooking class is when you are going to remodel your kitchen or if you are going to have a complete new kitchen installation. When you have a new kitchen installed or a simple makeover, making sure the kitchen is functional is top priority on the agenda. So while the tradies are busy fixing your cooking area, you are already preparing yourself for future cooking activities! Imagine making that roast you’ve always thought about doing in the new oven.

Cooking classes not only teach you what meals you can make, they also create the importance of organisation and time management. Putting skills such as these into practice will ensure that you are making the most use of your beautiful, functional kitchen.

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