Tips of A perfect kitchen

Hi, guys welcome back to our blog, today we I serve up my top tips and considerations to help you create the perfect kitchen design. Keep reading get familiar 

COLOURED CABINETS 

Don’t be afraid to go for bold colour on your kitchen cabinets – mid- to deep greys, blue tones and even shades of peppermint or sage green make great alternatives. If your walls are white, don’t go for white cupboards too; it’s a missed opportunity to inject a little more personality into your space. Of course, a dark hue is also a lot more forgiving where sticky fingers are concerned! I recommend asking your carpenter to have cabinet doors coated with a satin two-pack painted finish in your favourite shade (they’ll be able to match any colour). This is a very hardy paint finish, ensuring a sleek look which is robust and super easy to wipe clean. 

Colour blocking in the kitchen is great way to bring in colour without being overwhelming. Adding a feature row of contrasting cabinetry in colour or timber grain instantly transforms a plain kitchen into a dual-toned space with depth and unique visual appeal

THE KITCHEN TRIANGLE

The Kitchen Triangle refers to the positioning of the three most important features in any kitchen – the fridge, cooktop and sink.Make sure you have the ‘triangle of efficiency’ in place. Your journey from the countertop workspace, to the stove, and to the sink should not be too big or have obstacles in the way.

The Kitchen Triangle In this U-shaped kitchen, the amount of traffic is minimised and the main w ork zones are kept handy. Other kitchen layouts will always benefit from well-considered placements of fridge, cooker and sink.

You also need to consider things like the placement of windows and doors, ceiling heights, high-traffic areas, as well as making the most of natural light.

 STORAGE AND ACCESSIBILITY 

Storage will usually be a combination of under-bench cabinets, overhead wall cabinets and tall cabinets, with either drawers or doors

items can be put away or stored out of sight, the kitchen will be a much better place to work. Go through all the things you have in your cupboards and then work out where they would best be placed in the new kitchen: oils and spices near the cooktop, baking trays near the oven, platters and chopping boards near the workspace, and access to dinnerware and cutlery away from the work zone so others can assist in setting the table or dishing up.

For difficult corners, there are some amazing pull-out and slide-out options, and tall slide-out pantries work a treat for narrow spaces.

Don’t forget to use the height of your room. Tall cabinets may be hard to get to on a daily basis, but they offer great storage

 BENCHTOPS: 

Benchtops come in a range of looks, from price-conscious laminate to hardwearing man-made stone surfaces in a wide range of colours, textures and widths; from natural stones such as marble and granite, to synthetic surfaces that can offer the look of no joins. Think which one works best for your needs, your overall design and your budget.

KITCHEN APPLIANCES 

Coloured appliances are an ideal way to make a strong design statement, adding contrast, interest and style to the kitchen. I’m a fan of putting my appliances on show and love the appearance of stainless steel, but there are also many options for integrated appliances. Whatever look you go for, spending wisely on quality appliances will make even the smallest and most budget-conscious of kitchens sparkle.

THE SINK 

Sinks come in many forms and differing qualities, so be careful when buying that cheap sink-and-tap deal, as the stainless steel will scratch and tarnish quickly. The double-bowl undermount is the sink of choice, providing two deep bowls with a clean, under-benchtop look. The downside is they have no drain board, but some come with drop-in cutting boards and separate drain boards.

Avoid placing your sink on the island bench, especially if you are a drip-dryer, because a messy island bench makes for a messy looking house. Alternatively, build up the bench around the sink to hide the mess.”

THE KITCHEN SPACE 

When planning a kitchen, it’s important to give careful consideration to how the space will be used. Some questions need to be answered, like ‘Do you want people in the kitchen with you while you are cooking?’ and ‘Do you want people sitting on the other side of the bar talking to you while you cook?’ How a kitchen should function is a personal matter, and your kitchen design should reflect that

 

Those are just few kitchen tips to consider when building or buying a house.  For any queries drop us an email

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Most famous buildings in the world [ part 2]

Thank you for making it to your number one informative , interesting and constructive construction site Construction web.This article is a continuation of our previous series on the worlds most famous buildings . Missed that ? Worry less Click here 

We hope you get inspired by this blog and travel more this year. Enjoy the read


1.BINOCULARS BUILDING 

The building is located in venice, Los Angeles United states. It was originally designed for an advertising company. In 2001 Google leased 100,000 square feet in order to increase employment presence in Los Angeles.

Google offices in Los Angeles

2. MAURITIUS COMMERCIAL BANK

The Bank is an ellipse which sits on 4 travertine clad pillars themselves resting on championship golf lawns covering the roofs of the service areas, staff canteen and kitchen. This building needs a full article on it’s own. Kindly come back for the full focus on mauritius commercial  bank building.

Mauritius commercial bank building at night

3. GATE TOWER BUILDING 

The 5th, 6th and 7th floors of this 16-story office building is occupied by an express highway – passing right through the building. On the building’s floor information board on the ground floor, the tenants for the three floors are listed as the Hanshin Expressway. You can’t alight there though as the elevator skips from the 4th floor straight to the 8th.

Gate tower building in Osaka Japan

4 RYUGYONG HOTEL 

Construction began in 1987 but was halted in 1992 as North Korea entered a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. After 1992 the building stood topped out, but without any windows or interior fittings. In 2008 construction resumed, and the exterior was completed in 2011. It was planned to open the hotel in 2012, but this did not happen. A partial opening was announced for 2013, but this was also cancelled.As of 2017, the building remains unopened

The Ryugyong tower hotel.


BEL AIR PROPERTY

The house features four levels, 38,000 square feet of interiors, 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, an 85 feet infinity pool with a swim-up bar, a bowling alley, a candy room and a movie theater Upstairs, the home features an indoor-outdoor modern kitchen with a waterfall, a giant $1 million art installation of a Leica camera and a $2 million winding staircase.

Bel Air house
bel air house

6.KIEFER TECHNIC SHOWROOM

The Kiefer technic showroom is located in Austria. The showroom changes changes its shape to regulate the interior temperature. Read more about it Click here to read more about Kiefer technic showroom .

kiefer technic showroom

7. SANTA MONICA CIVIC CENTRE

This 300,000-square-foot structure is a parking garage, the building showcases a successful effort at saving energy and protecting the environment . Along with 900 spaces for traditional cars, the garage reserves 14 spots for electric vehicles and has storage for bicycle  The building is powered by solar panels which double as shades for cars on the roof.

Santa monica civic centre

8. FIRST WORLD HOTEL AND PLAZA

Located in Malaysia , First World Hotel & Plaza is the largest hotel in the world. Also known as Genting Highlands it comprises of two colourful tower blocks that house slightly over 7000 budget rooms overlooking the outdoor theme park at Genting Highlands. Extremely popular among visitors by virtue of having the cheapest rates, the hotel sits above the First World Plaza shopping center. It boasts of accommodating more than 33.5 million visitors since 2006.

First world hotel and themed park

9. CROSS TOWERS IN SEOUL KOREA 

The 21 000 square metres site is positioned next to the existing urban fabric in the future development zones of the Yongsan master plan. BIG’s design includes two elegant towers with a height of 214 and 204m. To meet the height requirements of the site, the exceeding building mass is transformed into an upper and lower horizontal bar, which bridge the two towers at 140m and 70 m height. The two towers are additionally connected through the arrival bar at the ground level – and a courtyard below ground.

biggest residential building in seoul korea

10. THE TWA FLIGHT CENTRE 

The TWA Flight Center was “designed before the age of computers and decades ahead of its time. The building uses concrete and glass to capture all of the excitement,  “At every view and every angle, there is something new to admire. 50 years after it opened, it somehow manages to feel like it’s still from the future.”

Twa Flight centre

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Fire safety and protection systems

Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi Kenya was on Saturday night razed down by a fire that started from their workshop. The incident drew my attention to fire protection systems that help a great deal when such a mishap occurs.

When a fire occurs injury and death might be due to asphyxiation from poisonous fumes,  burns from direct exposure to the fire, heart attacks because of stress and exertion, the impact resulting from structural collapse, explosions, and falls.

Not only does the life safety and property protection influenced by the design of the structure and its fire protection measure but also, they affected by construction material quality, maintenance and building content.

Balanced design depends on three systems to decrease the danger of death and risk to property as a consequent of fire.

The three systems are a detection system to warn occupants of a fire, a contaminant system to limit or restrict the extent of the fire, and an automatic suppression system to control the fire until it can be extinguished.

These systems of balanced design complement each other by adding fire resistance feature which is not offered by other components. Moreover, some balanced design component features are redundant which mean if a certain part is failed the other part will offer fire safety.

In addition, to apply an excellent physical balanced design for fire safety, a perfect education and training program needs to be integrated by the government.

PROTECTION SYSTEMS

  • Automatic detection
  • Automatic suppression
  • Compartmentation
  • Property protection
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Automatic Detection of Fire

The first and most important measure against fire, which is slow with smoke but without fire and low heat that does not activate sprinkler head, is an exact early warning.

From life safety point of view, detectors are substantially significant because they warn occupants close to the source of the fire to run away.

To alert fire department, alarm systems could be installed to decline reaction time of firefighters, increase the speed of rescue operation, and restricting the spread of fire and structural damages.

If detectors are fixed at corridors and connected to a central alarm, the evacuation of the whole occupant will be easy and potential injury and death will be reduced. Smoke sensing fire detector is the most usual detector that employed for early warning.

Generally, detectors need to be connected to continuous power supply and should have a battery as a backup for the case where power is failed.Automatic detector location is specified based on general building code requirements. In residential building, detectors should be provided in all sleeping rooms, areas adjacent to sleeping rooms, and on all level of the building including the basement.

The selection of suitable detectors is based on the number of storeys, obstruction rooms, amount of air movement, and other factors.

The installed detectors are vulnerable to various unanticipated malfunctions for example lack of maintenance because of human neglect, faulty of the power supply, and the act of sabotage.

AUTOMATIC SUPPRESSION SYSTEM

The purpose of the automatic sprinkler system (suppression system) is to control the fire at its origin. Despite that fact that residential sprinkler is not produced to extinguish the fire, but it is dependable and influential in limiting the fire source in the room until it can be stopped completely.

the suppression system

The automatic sprinkler can reduce the possibility of flash over that can be the dangerous event. Not only does the fire suppression permits access to building to help occupants out of the dangerous area but also allows the continuation of fire suppression. 

suppression system in the kitchen

 

Compartmentation of Buildings

Compartmentation restricts the spread of fire by dividing the building into compartment areas surrounded by firewalls and by fire rating floors and ceilings. Added to that, the spread of smokes and poisons fumes to adjacent areas of the building is limited by compartments.

Large and destructive fire beyond compartments is avoided by restricting total fuel load increasing the fire.

Not only do compartments provide a safe place for occupants for whom unable to escape such as elderly and handicapped but also safe refuge areas for the long time when the fire are blocked or filled with smokes.

The compartment boundary which is not combustible limit structural damages and substantially decreases the repair time after the fire. Generally, the repair is nonstructural and possibly it involves the replacement of doors, windows, switches, electrical outlet, wiring, heating ducts, and covers of floors, walls, and ceilings.

I would personally recommend the government should enforce a law in building fire resistant commercial houses and schools as well this will save lives in future don’t you think?

 

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kitchen flooring trends

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Kitchen flooring might need to be practical and hardwearing, but there’s no need for it to be dull. Natural materials such as stone and hard wood flooring is always a popular choice and lends authenticity to a a kitchen. A 2017 tiles trend is ‘mimica’ porcelains, which re-create the look of natural materials.Mimica porcelain because they mimic natural flooring materials for instance marble,hardwood and stones. So today we’ll be taking a look at the flooring options that best compliment this color scheme. First and foremost, you need to know what TYPE of flooring will work best for your lifestyle. Your choices are tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and specialty materials such as cork. While there are many more flooring options, those are the most prevalent in kitchens today. They each have pros and cons, but your household and lifestyle can help you decide on a good fit.

You want the toughest flooring. ?
You like the look of stone or hardwood ?
You want low maintenance. ?You want slip resistant tiles ?

Mimica porcelain tiles are the best

Porcelain flooring tile, a version of common ceramic tile, is the durability champ. It’s fired at high temperatures that produce an extremely hard, durable, stain-resistant tile that is impervious to moisture.

In fact, it’s so tough it can be used outdoors in virtually any climate. Like common ceramic tile, porcelain tile comes either unglazed or glazed. The unglazed versions take on the color of their clay mixture, so they have naturally earthy tones.

Glazed tiles have a glass-like coating that can be made in virtually any color, and can mimic the look and texture of real stone at a much lower cost than stone.. here are some few examples on mimica porcelain tiles

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open concept kitchen ideas and other modular contemporary kitchens

Hi guys , hope you enjoyed and got inspired on my previous post on bedroom cupboard designs  Today lets draw attention on the kitchen.

The kitchen is also one of the most valuable areas of your home. If you put money into remodelling, revamping or – decorating your kitchen, it will do wonders for the value of your house.The kitchen stands alone as a hub of importance in the home,In other countries it couples up as a family space other than the lounge or rather living room, such kitchens are open kitchen concept..

pendant lighting separates the kitchen from the sitting area

open concept kitchen- living room is perfect for small apartments but it also looks gorgeous in big spaces when the kitchen is connected with the dining room and the living room. It gives to the space more elegant and sophisticated look. For inspiration check out the following lovely photos

two-toned kitchen, with a contemporary chaise longue
modern decor for small spaced kitchens

proper lighting is key to a well revamped kitchen . natural sunlight through the glass facade and LED panel lighting encased in a gypsum ceiling.

Picking interesting materials is key for helping your kitchen ideas stand out. When it comes to counters, granite and marble countertops are elegant options, while concrete, limestone and stainless steel counters are a little more in vogue. If you’re looking for kitchen design ideas that have a bit of color, add a bright mosaic tile backsplash or pick out a vibrant floor finish. Frosted cabinets are great for a more modern element, while painted cabinets make for a nice but inexpensive touch.

for your inspiration here is a a few of kitchen designs… the decor varies from traditional , contemporary and  country decoration

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