Friday, 27 February 2009

Fitted Kitchens - Tips Before You Buy a Kitchen

The Work Triangle or The Work Area:

One of the most important aspects of any kitchen and its one of the areas of planning that must involve the impact the cook or chef. There are three main appliances that will determine this area and these are, the cooker, the fridge and the sink or waste area. You may well ask why, well these when you think about it are the three most used places in any kitchen. If any of these areas are too far away from each other it can make using the kitchen to its full potential difficult.

So the work area or the work triangle should be given the attention it deserves before proceeding to the other areas of choosing your kitchen.

Available Kitchens:
When you go to any showrooms today you will see a huge range of kitchens displayed under strategically placed bright lights, and you think I must have one of these. A little advice, don't rush that decision.

One of the areas to check out is the kitchen carcass or the frame. This is where the doors are attached by hinges that will be used many times every day, and you certainly don't want to be adjusting doors in a few weeks after your purchase because some manufacturer decides to cut corners by using rubbish wood from framing, and the hinges and other fittings like runners become loose because the screws used for to attach such fittings are not gripping properly.

Maple Kitchens
This is a very valuable hardwood timber, we have in North America the Sugar Maple while in Europe we have the Sycamore Maple. Butchers blocks and bowling pins are mostly manufactured from hard maple from North America and it has a beautiful decorative wood grain.

Ash Kitchens
This wood is a tough hardwood and is used for making bows, kitchens, electric guitar bodies and one of the famous sporting accessories the hurley stick. Hurling is a sport played by sporting warriors all over Ireland and is deemed to be the fastest spot in the world. Not for the faint hearted.

Oak Kitchens
One of the hardwoods with a very attractive grain and is widely used for furniture making for centuries. It is also used for making whiskey and wine barrels and is one of the timbers used for the construction of timber framed houses. American Oak kitchens when manufactured and finished of well are just beautiful.

Knotty Pine Kitchens
Pines are mostly grown in the Northern hemisphere and are extremely important in the commercial world and is widely used in the making of kitchens, windows and roofing and floors.

In-frame Kitchens
These kitchens can be made of any wood and are simply manufactured by having the doors and drawers sit into the the frame rather than having them protrude like a normal kitchen. They are by far the best style available to day. Leinster Woodcraft are specialist in this type of manufacturing and you can see their kitchens by visiting the links below.

Painted Kitchens
These kitchens are where the kitchens are painted and can be refreshed over the years. A popular kitchen is where the kitchen base and overhead units are painted cream with an Oak work-top to add contrast and style.

Advice, look behind the lovely new kitchen door and ask questions, after all its your hard earned money your spending. Visit the links below this article to view images and get quotations.

Daniel is a freelance author and writes articles on home improvements and solar energy and for more information visit House and Homes and Solar Homes

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