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Is there a new kitchen working zone developing in today’s modern kitchen?

  Once upon a time the hard and fast rule to design a kitchen was to use the “kitchen working triangle”. This working triangle was key for Kitchen Designers. The design followed the rule of thumb - easy reach from three working zones - fridge – sink - oven. This was most helpful years ago when kitchens were smaller and tended to be separate rooms. Kitchens have evolved to become part of another space within the home such as a dining or living zone. With the evolution of the emerging modern kitchen designs and continual demand for open plan living there is an increasing storage / bench zones needed to be incorporated into working zones. Has the modern kitchen now evolved into four key working zones? Storage The modern consumer looks for ways to utilise storage like never before. With the increase number of appliances and the evolution of every day use appliances such as Thermomix, hiding appliances has become more important.  Kitchen Appliance Cupboard - Templestowe Kitchen Renovation Consumers often comment they can never have enough storage. This appliance cupboard takes care of a lot of storage, all at your fingertips.  We all know how much we store [...]

Is there a new kitchen working zone developing in today’s modern kitchen? 2017-12-12T14:04:21+00:00

The Block Kitchen Reveal

Wow, we love watching the Kitchen Reveals and The Block this season was no exception. The final reveals of all kitchens were sophisticated and warm. It helped that the kitchen spaces were large, not the average size due to the 5 bedroom houses and was great to see the incorporation of spaces like the butler’s pantries and study nooks. If you happened to miss it the winners were Josh and Elyse with the perfect score of 30 for a day. That was until this vote was overturned with the hotplate/Caesarstone splashback not meeting regulations. The judges deducted ½ point meaning Josh and Elyse became equal 29.5 with Jason and Sarah. Here’s what we thought of the kitchens. Firstly, Josh and Elyse Image: The Block 9now The mix of charcoal and white is always a winner, classic and timeless. The mix of dark underbench cabinetry with white benchtops and overheads created a classic style. We liked the way they decided to change the height of the stairwell so they created a huge butler’s pantry to hide all the mess. Surprising for the winning kitchen that the fridge wasn't hidden behind cabinetry to create the full sophistication. Turning the island bench [...]

The Block Kitchen Reveal 2017-11-28T17:46:56+00:00

Kitchen Renovation Sandringham

Kitchen Renovation Sandringham This Hampton Kitchen created the perfect update for this Sandringham Kitchen Renovation. In the initial discussions with this client, it was obvious he enjoyed the outlook of natural light, greenery and blue skies (when there is in Melbourne), to filter into his kitchen space. White cabinetry of some type was the preference.  As was a touch of timber to create warmth, and a differing colour benchtop other than white that would blend in with the hues of the space and the remainder of the home. The team at Cheltenham set about designing the kitchen around the lovely window backdrop connecting the kitchen to the outdoors allowing natural light to flood in. The choice of Hampton style white door was decided on, not only to connect the same style throughout the home, but also allowing the light to reflect into the warmth of the door. Kitchen Renovation Sandringham In considering the benchtop with so many choices the final YDL Smokey Grey was chosen which complements the kitchen space perfectly. The white mixed with the benchtop and Dulux grey paint on the walls provides the perfect feel from kitchen to neighbouring living and hallway. [...]

Kitchen Renovation Sandringham 2017-12-08T17:15:38+00:00

In The Media: The Weekly Review Feature Article

"Transform a dull and dark kitchen with a fresh new look" by Melissa Heagney. With a kitchen that was built the year Back to the Future was in cinemas, Andrea and Steve knew they needed an update. The Templestowe couple did a lot of research before choosing a new design that has transformed the once dull and dark kitchen into a light and lovely room with plenty of new storage. Why update? Andrea: The kitchen was so old – it dated back to the ’80s. Dark and tired, it was begging for a renovation. Some of the doors didn’t close properly and I was dreaming of lots of pot drawers and more effective storage. I was also sick and tired of all the appliances cluttering the bench space; I wanted them hidden. What were your priorities? We definitely wanted a brighter space, so I was thinking white or off-white and stone benchtops. An appliance cupboard was always on the agenda, as well as storage, but I guess storage would be important for everyone. I wanted a space all our family could enjoy. I have a husband and three kids, as well as a large extended family, so it can [...]

In The Media: The Weekly Review Feature Article 2017-12-08T17:16:41+00:00

How long should a Kitchen Renovation take?

You may be wondering how long a kitchen renovation takes and what elements are involved, so here's a guide to follow. Firstly, good quality, well-planned kitchen renovations take time so it is essential they are not rushed. From the initial showroom visit where you will view finishes and staff will help answer all questions an appointment is booked for a in-home design.  Once you are happy with your kitchen design and confirmed the design, the order is then placed with manufacturing and the process can be broken into the following. The first stage is a notification on your expected delivery date of your kitchen components including cabinets, drawers and accessories which should take around two to three weeks. At this stage, you will also be informed on your Installer who co-ordinates all the trades including the Plumber, Electrician, Stonemason, Splashback and tilers. The Installer should install your kitchen as quickly and efficiently as possible with the least amount of disruption possible. All trades are fully qualified and the Installer will begin by removing the old kitchen and then a “rough in” for electrical points and new pipes and wires can be fitted to the respective areas. The approximate timing of this [...]

How long should a Kitchen Renovation take? 2017-12-08T17:18:05+00:00

Zesta Kitchens Richmond Showroom Opening

Zesta Kitchens held a recent opening night to launch their newly designed Richmond Showroom.  This night brought together world class kitchen products and suppliers. A wonderful night shared with Kitchen Designers, kitchen suppliers, stonemasons, appliance suppliers and hardware suppliers, wining and dining together.   The new Richmond Kitchen Showroom displays state of the art products such as Egger, Caesarstone, Kleenmaid and Studio Solari Appliances and Hettich and Titus Tekform kitchen hardware.  Definitely worth a visit! Zesta Kitchens would like to thank all who attended to make this a special event in a wonderful night of celebration. We hope you all enjoyed the night!

Zesta Kitchens Richmond Showroom Opening 2017-08-29T06:49:40+00:00

Ideas to create the Perfect Kitchen

Everyone dreams of creating the “perfect kitchen”, one that will accommodate the whole family. The reality can be very different when you need to work to a space within a home.  Here's a few kitchen ideas to help. Whether the space is a small kitchen or a large one, there are simple but clever ways to work to the best space and create a kitchen the whole family (and friends) will love. This is especially important in the small kitchen which can be a struggle. Remember clever designed spaces with all storage possibilities can create the perfect kitchen every time. Start by thinking of the kitchen storage you need and the area that can accommodate storage – no space should be overlooked, think outside the square. Adding internal pull out drawers inside main drawers provides tiered, clever additional storage. Also using a movable chopping board that is designed to sit over the sink provides the perfect solution for extra benchtop space always important in the small kitchen. Keeping benchtops free of all objects and clutter is the secret to better utilisation of the space and providing a more open look where the kitchen will look larger than what it [...]

Ideas to create the Perfect Kitchen 2017-12-12T14:05:22+00:00

Before and After Kitchen Renovation

Look at this dark, old, tired kitchen that had outlived the family.  The customers decided it was time for a new kitchen renovation, having grown very tired of the wood, the clutter on the benchtops and the lack of storage - it was finally time to renovate. In the initial in-home kitchen design consultation the brief was simple, "remove all wood", "hide my appliances" and "lots of pot drawers".  Although wood is a beautiful, versatile product it can make a kitchen seem much darker than what the space actually is and as seen above, it not only made the space darker but also made the kitchen feel closed in. Joe, our Kitchen Designer from Zesta Richmond set about designing a kitchen that would become brighter whilst also maintaining the traditional look of the home.  The Hampton Kitchen is just the perfect style to transform this kitchen space. Kitchen Renovation - what a transformation! Using the Hampton Style door matched with the YDL Stone Benchtop achieved the brief, not only removing the wood but also creating a brighter kitchen space.  The abundance of storage through pot drawers has provided better utilised work and storage space for the family, and the slim handles top off the elegance [...]

Before and After Kitchen Renovation 2017-12-08T17:21:10+00:00

Kitchen Styling

The Kitchen is the hub of the home, somewhere we spend a lot of time cooking, chatting, reading, an afternoon cuppa or just passing through. Spending so much time means we need to provide a unique, fresh feel to this space.  Styling your kitchen needs to be unique to you and your home’s personality so we thought we could provide the latest tips and trends so you can add your “styling touch” to this important space. There are several options for kitchen styling - adding colour to your cabinets such as a timber grain or a striking benchtop or even a coloured splashback to really stand out from the crowd.  If you are a stand out personality this might be your thing but remember choose carefully and think of whether you will still like in 5 years time. A second alternative is to stick to neutral or white hues and add colour with home wares.  A copper pot or a red toaster can add that wow factor and when tired of the colour a new one can be easily replaced.  This means you can update your kitchen space according to the colours and styles in trend at the time [...]

Kitchen Styling 2017-12-12T14:08:58+00:00