Food, food, glorious food, enlivening our taste buds, and nourishing our bodies. Everyone looks forward to enjoying a delicious meal, especially when it is shared with friends and family. The time taken to prepare the meal is always made worthwhile when you see how much it is enjoyed, and the compliments come from all those at the table. Of course the preparation is always made easier if the kitchen is practical and functional, and all ingredients and utensils are readily accessible. It needs plenty of room on benchtops for creating all those culinary delights as well. But there is another important feature that is sometimes overlooked.

Have you noticed that men seem to be the main cook in the house nowadays? It looks like an increasing trend. There seems to be a shift in the social structure that sees more men in the kitchen than ever before. As well as that there are more women in the workplace, many arriving home later than the hubby. This of course makes it necessary for him to pick up children and get dinner underway. Others do it just because they love to cook. Whether the numerous cooking shows on television have had anything to do with them being inspired or not, statistics show that men are frequently cooking in kitchens in Brisbane.

Men Cooking In The Kitchen

This brings us to the often overlooked feature for kitchens, suitable heights for benches and for range hoods over the cooktop. Some women find that the standard heights are too low for comfortable use as they often end up stooping over them. This also applies to kitchen sinks while washing dishes. For men in the kitchen this would be even worse, as the majority of men are so much taller than women. Too much stooping while working is bad for backs and necks and puts strain on the shoulders. When planning your kitchen design in Brisbane make sure the height is a good working height so the man in your kitchen can be a happy top chef.

Retractable range hoods are a great idea in the kitchen as they are only out when cooking is taking place. Many heads have come into painful contact with fixed range hoods when cleaning the cooktop. This is an area where the height could be better planned, even for the retractable type. After all if our men are showing interest in cooking, we should be doing all we can to encourage them by making sure it is not only comfortable to work in but a safer environment as well.

When you begin thinking about upgrading your kitchen, most people think first about how it will look. Have you, for example, already started searching cabinet finishes, the desired colour for bench tops, new appliances and other such details? Naturally, you want the finished product to look great and add value, but you practicality is also a key factor.

A Practical Layout Without The Clutter

The last thing you want in your new kitchen is a layout that is difficult to move around in. This is particularly important in a modest-sized kitchen, where space is at a premium. The finished result to look cramped and cluttered.

Lucky for you, our designers at Craftbuilt Kitchens have many years of experience at addressing this dilemma. They have successfully solved this problem for many of our clients who needed to upgrade their kitchen and wanted the latest of everything in a limited space.

What Is The Work Triangle?

We design our kitchen spaces around the concept of the work triangle. This is the distance between three critical locations in the kitchen. The first is the dry storage and refrigeration area, which we like to place as close as possible to the entry point. The second is the cooking area, best placed close to the dining area, and the third is the sink, which sits between these two locations.

Are There Ideal Dimensions?

The ideal dimension in this space is less than 6.4 metres and no more than 7.9 metres, at which point the distance between the three key points becomes inefficient. In a modest sized kitchen, this could be made smaller and still be functional, but too small and it becomes difficult. The concept supports the three main functions of a kitchen – storage, preparation and cooking.

Entry Point for Storage

With the refrigerator and pantry at the entry point, and a bench top measuring 38 to 61 centimetres beside the pantry, you have space to set down frozen food and other items ready for preparation.

The Preparation and Cleaning Area

The area around the sink is ideal for preparation and cleaning, with crockery, cutlery, dishwasher and other utensils handy. A bench top from 45 to 92 centimetres next to the sink is your working space.

Where The Magic Happens

Everything needed for cooking should be arranged around the oven and cook top. Deep drawers and cupboards close by will hold pots, pans and other essential utensils. An ideal size for the adjacent bench top is between 53 and 92 centimetres, depending on the space available.

The measurements at the lower end of those suggested would suit where space is an issue. Our experienced designers work with your preferences and they will help you make the best decisions to suit the space that is available.

Many of us live a busy and fast paced lifestyle. In one’s home, at times, there can be guests coming and going. Everyone’s making time to share a quick meal or light snack, and even on their own before rushing off to work.

This is the reason why eat-in kitchens are very popular in kitchen designs. In modern kitchens, most residents and home-owners prefer adjoining kitchen and dining rooms. They realise the convenience of enjoying their meals in the same area as the kitchen. Right where the food is still hot and fresh from the stove or oven.

Dining At The Counter

If you are short on space then this kind of eat-in kitchen design is perfect. Counter or breakfast bars are very popular and for good reason. They allow residents to enjoy a meal without taking up too much room like a table would and also adds a nice modern feel to the style of kitchen.

The Breakfast Nook

For a more cosy and traditional theme to your eat-in kitchen, the breakfast nook may be for you. You will need a little more space though but it is still a good solution if you don’t have a huge area. The breakfast nook is easier for young children to dine in compared to the counter style because the table is a standard height.

Perfect for large kitchens, you can select a larger dining table and chairs that suit the style of the kitchen. If you would really like to stick with the theme, you can even have a table made using the same material as the kitchen benchtop.

There are many fantastic ideas for each style of eat-in kitchen. It all depends on the “feel” you are after. The eat-in kitchen enables families and friends to enjoy a more casual way of dining and conserve the space they have by not having bulky tables and chairs.

Selecting the right kitchen company to design and install your eat-in kitchen means you will be treated by their knowledge and expertise to the very best ideas possible including space saving ideas for cupboards and the kind of layout that will better suit the space you have to work with.

If you have a home that is bustling with energy of all ages or a group of adults, the eat-in kitchen certainly has its place, if you would like to talk to kitchen specialists with over 40 years of experience,  please call 07 3341 9166. Craftbuilt Kitchens is here for your when you are ready to redesign your kitchen’s look.

The whole point of owning an investment property is to create an income with it. For this to happen you need reliable tenants who pay their rent on time and who take pride in the place they reside in, even if it is a rental.

A good rule of thumb is that if your investment property is in good condition before you rent it out, then you are more likely to attract the kind of tenants to help your investment flourish. There are many ways to ensure your property looks good enough to look after, but stunning kitchens are definitely a focal point.

Why The Kitchen?

The kitchen is the room in the house that the occupants will spend a good deal of time in. Meals are prepared in the kitchen but a lot of spending time together and conversing happens here too. With this in mind, tenants will be looking for a rental that has a well functioning kitchen so they can prepare all their food.

Kitchens that are tidy and look good are a major draw card too as they often have a nice ‘feel’ to them and contribute to the overall look of the home. Good tenants will choose rentals that are nice to live in and make them feel cozy and at home.

How We Can Help?

At Craftbuilt Kitchens, our professional staff members are ready to listen to your preferences and discuss with you the kind of style and, of course, the budget you have in mind. In our showroom you will be able to view some of our beautiful displays, discover great storage ideas and find out more about a new kitchen for your investment.

When you meet with one of our friendly kitchen designers at Craftbuilt, you will discuss the size of the space there is to work with as well as how to maximise it. Rental kitchens benefit from having a good amount of storage space and being well set out to ensure the most functionality.

You will be given a quote with no hidden costs and a guarantee that all work carried out will be efficient and of high quality workmanship. We have been servicing Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs for many years, providing dream kitchens to all of our clients.

Contact Craftbuilt Kitchens today to discuss the perfect kitchen for your rental property so that you will be able to attract the best tenants possible to take care of your investment.

Food is essential to our survival and a pivotal part of every culture. Sharing our meals with others is an opportunity to bond, to share stories, pass on family history and make those vital connections between family and friends that enrich our lives. To be invited to someone’s home for a meal is a privilege that is not offered to everyone and therefore should not be taken for granted.

Table Manners – Will They Survive Our Electronic Generation?

There are as many different customs around eating as there are different cultures, and an action that is acceptable in one country can be taken as an affront in another, as many unwitting travellers have found. Table manners were considered as essential learning in past generations, and it remains to be seen if this will survive our current preference for electronic devices at meal times instead of talking to our companions.

Family Meals In The Kitchen

Traditional Dinners Every Night Now A Rarity

That being said, we still consider the kitchen to be the heart of every home. It is the one place where everyone in the family usually congregates at some part of the day, even if it is only for a few minutes. With individual family members often heading off in different directions to work, school, university and other places they need to be, the traditional dinner together at the end of every day is now a rarity.

Busy Families Still Make An Effort

However, we know from discussions with our clients that busy families are still aware of the importance of eating together regularly. They make an effort to sit down around the table at least a couple of nights a week. When working with clients to design their Craftbuilt Kitchens we take the time to understand these needs so we can design a kitchen that suits their lifestyle.

Muarrie Kitchen Renovation

New Kitchens – Sleek, Uncluttered and Welcoming

Modern kitchens need to be easy to keep clean, functional, have all the required appliances within easy reach and, at the same time, look sensational. We consider everything in the build, including the cabinetry and bench top finishes, the type and colour of the splash backs and any matching accessories. The overall look that most of our clients want is one that is sleek and uncluttered, but that it also conveys warmth that is welcoming.


Belonging – The Heart of The Home

Whether the kitchen is large enough for an “eat-in” space, or compact with a breakfast bar, clients want a dedicated eating area where they can gather together to discuss the events of the day over a meal. They want the delicious aroma of food cooking and the clink of plates and glasses, as well as a hum of conversation, laughter and, above all, those feelings of love and belonging that are the heart of the home.

If you’d like to achieve the same 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!

Getting your kitchen renovated will be, by far, one of the most exciting experiences you will have as a home owner or even as an investment owner. A new kitchen makes homes look divine and gives them an overall fresher feeling.

However, it is not just about the aesthetic appeal. Of course, kitchens, particularly new kitchens, provide a functional value in the home, too. If your kitchen looks old and shabby after several years, you will begin to realise how important it is to have a fully functioning kitchen. Nevertheless, even old kitchens can benefit from an overhaul.

The first big decision to make after you decide it is time for a new kitchen or to have a revamp is who you will choose to do the renovating. With plenty of kitchen renovation companies available to choose from, you may wonder how you will find the best. Well, the good news is you’re already on your way to doing this.

The Ultimate Design With Ultimate Care

Craftbuilt Kitchens is easily one of the leaders in the field of kitchen renovations. They have proven that they are here to stay with a history of over 40 years in business. Family owned and managed, Craftbuilt Kitchens places importance on making your dream kitchen a reality other than just wanting to close a sale.

From the moment you enter the showroom you are warmly greeted by the friendly staff and you feel at ease like an old friend visiting. Your desires and needs for your new kitchen are listened to and are actually heard. You will then be guided over different samples, displays and ideas that will suit your interest.

The process will be incredibly simple due to the fact that you won’t be treated like any old customer. Rather, a client whose needs really matter to the team at Craftbuilt. Every part of the process will be explained to you in detail and your designer will work with you to create the kitchen of your dreams.

You will see your kitchen come to life in 3D so that you can really visualise how it will look once installed. The installation part is easy as only qualified installers work effortlessly to get your kitchen up and running in no time.

Because there are no hidden fees all you have to do once your kitchen is finished is to enjoy one of the best kitchen designs.

Visit Craftbuilt Kitchens today to learn more about what they offer and find out where to find their showroom.