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Incredible Modular Kitchens!
Incredible Modular Kitchens!
In most cases, for one to be able to achieve a modern look, minimalism is advised by designers, which is a good thing. In this picture we are able to see that the white modular glossy cabinets go well with the black island.
This lovely Mill Valley home in San Francisco is made up of pure beauty. For one, the island is painted with black, semi-gloss and paired with a white granite counter which complement each other and looks great matched with oak for the flooring!
According to the designers themselves, Pedini has been producing sophisticated luxury kitchens since 1956 and has prestigious heritage – globally renowned as one of Italy’s best style-experts on a par with Gucci, Armani, Lamborghini and Alessi – and one of the first companies to produce the modular kitchen. The company experiments with a range of new and innovative materials and is known for the flair and creativity that it brings to the industry, interpreting that the luxury segment demands.
Have you noticed the cool bar stools available to this kitchen? Unfortunately, the manufacturers for these stools are no longer in business but looking at this item, we can say it looks great with the Caesarstone counter that is present in the island. The exposed beams look fascinating too.
We started last number the publication of top 30 Australian Kitchen , as announced by Trends Magazine, in no particular order. Here is #2
COMMAND CENTRAL – A BUSY FAMILY GETS A NEW KITCHEN BY TONI ROBERTS
Designed by Toni Roberts CKDNZ, this new kitchen in a renovated villa features an equal mix of good looks and durable functionality.
The island features a layered treatment. Stainless steel provides a hard wearing work surface, while the timber element plays to the aesthetics of the wider space.
A sizable scullery provides additional storage and preparation and clean-up areas. The durable stainless steel and mosaic palette has been continued through from the kitchen.
The open-plan space is the nerve centre of the home. With this in mind, Roberts created an office hub where day-to-day planning can be carried out. A similar treatment was given to this space so it blends in with the kitchen.
From the industry
HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms Report - Past Growth and Future Prospects, 2012/13
HIA's Annual Kitchens and Bathrooms report provides a comprehensive overview of opportunities, attitudes, and forecasts for this all important sector of the residential construction industry.
Among many key points the 2012/13 report highlights are:
- In 2011/12 the total number of kitchen installations in new homes fell by 9.6 per cent, close to our forecast for a 10.4 per cent decline. The number of installations is forecast to increase by 2.6 per cent in 2012/13 to a level of 145,900. A flat year is forecast for 2013/14, followed by growth of 4.9 per cent in 2014/15 which would take the total number of new kitchen installations to 153,200.
- The total value of kitchen installations in new homes was $2.79 billion in 2011/12, an easing of 0.4 per cent compared to the previous year. The total value is forecast to fall by 4.5 per cent this financial year. Growth of 2.5 per cent in 2013/14 and 5.9 per cent in 2014/15 is forecast to take the total value to a record $2.89 billion.
- The total number of bathroom installations in new homes is forecast to increase by 2.6 per cent in 2012/13 to 277,300, from 270,300 in 2011/12. Following a flat year in 2013/14, an increase of 4.9 per cent is forecast for 2014/15 taking the total number of new bathroom installations to 291,100.
- The total value of bathroom installations in new homes was $3.62 billion in 2011/12, a decline of 2.8 per cent on the previous year. The total value is forecast to fall by 3.7 per cent in 2012/13. Consecutive years of growth in 2013/14 (2.8 per cent) and 2014/15 (5.9 per cent) is forecast to take the total value to a record $3.79 billion.
- The HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms survey found an average value for a new kitchen in 2011/12 of $17,695, very close to an average value for a kitchen renovation of $17,629.
- 37 per cent of respondents to the survey reported the average age of a renovated kitchen fell in the range of 11 to 15 years, with a further 36 per cent of respondents stating a range of 16 to 20 years. The largest response rate until this year was always the 16 to 20 year range.
- The HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms survey found an average value for a new bathroom in 2011/12 of $13,183 compared to an average value for a bathroom renovation of $14,856.
- In terms of the frequency of updating a bathroom, 37 per cent of survey respondents reported the average age of a renovated bathroom as falling in the range of 11 to 15 years, with a further 32 per cent of respondents stating a range of 16 to 20 years. The largest response rate until this year was always the 16 to 20 year range.