Yearly Archives: 2015


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 |2019-08-19T18:41:41+10:00June 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 |2019-08-19T18:41:41+10:00May 20th, 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 |2016-03-15T23:40:55+10:00May 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 |2019-08-19T18:41:42+10:00May 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 |2019-08-19T18:41:42+10:00May 5th, 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 |2019-08-19T18:41:42+10:00April 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not all Kickboards are Equal

Kickboards are like the foundation of a house, they must be strong.  They should be built in a ladder construction so they can easily support the weight of a kitchen for its lifetime.  Clip on kickboards leave unsightly gaps that invite vermin. They also pose a problem around breakfast bars and the ends of the [...]

By |2016-03-16T00:07:05+10:00March 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments