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Should I Replace or Facelift?

Like anything we do in life, it depends… I have found that many people have been over charged on a facelift. For the same price, or not that much extra, they could have had a brand new kitchen installed. When I get enquiries about doing a face lift, I always ask how far do they [...]

By |June 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Look After Your New Kitchen

Different kitchen finishes require different maintenance.  When it comes to benchtops, the most popular benchtops and how you care for them are as follows: Laminate – wipe clean with a sponge, hot water and maybe a touch of dish soap. If your laminate benchtop has a rough finish and you have been rolling dough, or [...]

By |June 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Tell The Difference Between a Good & Bad Kitchen

The first thing I would like to say is it is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between a good and bad kitchen as it can take time for faults to appear.  Popular products that sell in volume can often be copied and produced cheaper, so it can be very hard to tell the [...]

By |May 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Awful Grey Area

The kitchen design is only one process involved in your new kitchen; there is the manufacturing of the kitchen, then the installation. The advice I give to all my clients is to take your time. The challenge you have is to convey your ideas of style, design and specifications, (which could just be floating around [...]

By |May 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Advantages & Disadvantages of Laminate Bench Tops

LAMINATE: Laminate is the most versatile material invented. It is made up of approximately 10 layers of paper impregnated with resins, then pressed together. The last layer, or face, is like a photograph and is textured to the required finish. The advantages for laminate are as follows: Impervious to water, it does not soak up [...]

By |May 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Colour or Finish Do I Choose

Choosing the finishes and colours for your new kitchen can be quite bewildering. You have to consider colours and finishes for benchtops, doors, drawers, kickboards, and splashbacks. All the while you also have to consider your paint colour choice in the kitchen and adjacent rooms. Then, last but not least, is your flooring choices. Wow, [...]

By |May 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bench Space vs. Cupboard Space

Don’t get me wrong. Both the bench space and cupboard space are very important.  When I am with the clients designing their kitchen, they often focus on cupboard space. They always want plenty of cupboard space to load up on all the gears and nic nacs that are sold to us as a ‘must-have’ to [...]

By |May 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Want My Kitchen to be Perfect

After designing approximately 20,000 plus kitchens, I can put my hand on my heart and say there is no such thing as a perfect kitchen. No matter how large your budget is, or how big your area is, where your new kitchen design is going, there is always one or two compromises that a client [...]

By |May 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Playing the Pretend Game

After building kitchens since 1979 and designing approximately 20,000 custom-made kitchens for all types of clients with various personalities and needs, I have concluded that kitchen design ideas are not that hard. When Rod’s Kitchens designers arrive at the client’s house, the first question that we ask is, “Have you played the pretend game?” More [...]

By |April 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

High Pressure Sales Tactics

Don’t be fooled by these “You must sign up now or miss out on a great deal”, or “I can only keep this discounted price if you sign on the dotted line now” tactic. These tactics are designed to not give you time to look at their competition, and for you to do a fair [...]

By |April 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments