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Your guide to renovating and building Your guide to renovating and building DESIGN & BUILD www.times.co.nz Design & Build – Times Newspapers Supplement, August 2014 — 19 THE fast-paced world of kitchen design is brimming with fresh ideas for inspiration but narrowing these down can be a real challenge. Luckily, Jag Kitchens owner Malcolm McLagan knows a thing or two about trends. “These days, gloss white cabinetry is becoming increasingly popular for its ability to create space and light whilst achieving a polished look.” Block colours and simple lines are also on the rise, with fewer kitchens featuring intricate woodgrain cabinetry. One of the biggest trends to watch out for is thinner benchtops, says Malcolm. “We see a lot of thin benches overseas in Europe and Australia – 20ml as opposed to the chunky 50ml we’re used to here. It has no bearing on the strength of the bench and, naturally, it could potentially mean more under bench storage space.” Material-wise, stone benches are staying firmly put. “It’s sleek, versatile, and the varieties are simply endless.” However, people should spare a thought for good quality cabinetry – the bones of the kitchen. “It’s really important to go for quality,” says Malcolm. “Good quality stone benchtops generally last forever but the cabinetry won’t if people take shortcuts. Choose high quality moisture-resistant Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) for best results.” Waterfall ends, too, remain strong on the benchtop front. “We’re still seeing a lot of waterfall ends. Again, it promotes a clean, simple and contemporary image that many home owners love.” As for kitchen sinks, shapes are changing with more square and rectangular sink bowls featuring. “While traditional stainless steel is still the majority, we’re seeing some clients opt for Silgranit sinks (granite) as an alternative – it can look really smart.” For more inspiration, check out the Jag Kitchens showroom in Botany Town Centre or speak to a friendly Jag Kitchens designer. Kitchen FAQs and answers Jag Kitchens was launched nearly 10 years ago by long-time locals, Malcolm and Lesley McLagan, who have extensive experience in the kitchen industry. A family-owned business with Malcolm and Lesley’s son, Nick, overseeing the production and manufacturing process, Jag Kitchens’ expertise in professionally designed, custom-sized kitchens has won over thousands of home owners. What’s more, the expert design team at Jag Kitchens has successfully guided numerous clients through the kitchen design process and have come up with a list of questions to consider when buying a new kitchen: What is the likely cost of a new kitchen and are there likely to be hidden extras? Kitchens can range from $8,000 to upwards of $50,000. However, before setting your budget it’s important to first consider these factors: Size: How big is the actual area of the kitchen? Type of material required: The type of material used for the cabinets and benchtop can have a significant bearing on cost as can extra features. Building work: Spaces may need to be opened and rearranged, so don’t forget to factor in materials, gib stopping and other building costs – plumbing, electrical work and gas fittings. Modular or custom-sized? Modular kitchens are kitchens composed of standard-sized components such as drawers and cabinets that are mass-produced. While they help save money, these often leave extra space which has to be corrected with filler panels. Modular kitchen cabinetry will stop well short of ceiling height, whereas custom-sized kitchens can have cabinetry right up to the ceiling, utilising space and generally looking better. Modular is more affordable, but not by a huge mile thanks to computer design software and technology. Which materials should I use? As mentioned, materials can impact on costs significantly, so it pays to choose the right type of material. In doing so, there are two factors to consider: Lifestyle and purpose of the kitchen: A family with active children or those with a rental property will require a more durable kitchen. A good, practical, well-designed kitchen with lower cost materials will work just as well as a kitchen with high end, designer materials. Material choice determines the durability. Quality of materials: The life of a kitchen is extended by the type of board the cabinets are made from and the hardware used. A large percentage of kitchen companies and all modular kitchen suppliers construct their cabinetry using Particle Board, which swells when exposed to excess moisture and spillage. A small percentage of manufacturers use higher quality, moisture-resistant MDF which is waterproofed and will not swell. Don’t neglect the quality of hinges, drawer runners and pull- out mechanisms as they keep the kitchen working every day. Companies with reliable, 10-year warranties or transferable warranties will offer invaluable peace of mind that your kitchen will last. What about council approval? If there are no structural changes to the house, you will not need permits or consents. All internal, non-structural (non load-bearing) walls can usually be altered or removed without council permission but talk to a qualified builder if considering major changes. I have already talked to a number of kitchen companies but have received conflicting advice. Who is correct? It’s important to deal with a company with access to a full range of materials as that’s where expertise lies. The appropriate advice in terms of materials should also be expected. Be wary of hidden agendas. Is the company you are sourcing your kitchen from tied to a specific manufacturer? If you suspect this, make sure they back their recommendations with valid reasons and try asking for different materials to gauge their response. Specialising in custom-sized kitchens designed to exactly fit the room without resorting to filler panels, Jag Kitchens has its own manufacturing plant and also uses a sophisticated 3D computer design programme to show clients beforehand exactly how their new kitchen will look. And remember, Jag Kitchens designs and builds to all budgets. Their advice and design service is FREE OF CHARGE. Visit www.jagkitchens.co .nz for more information on a wide range of materials and design options or to see more kitchen examples. Jag Kitchen ideas hot from the oven Tired, old kitchen stifling your culinary flair? Has the family outgrown the kitchen space? Then perhaps it’s time to think about installing a new kitchen. The Times spoke to Malcolm McLagan, owner of local kitchen company Jag Kitchens about the latest trends and tips for a smooth-sailing kitchen renovation process. Whether you are thinking of a major renovation or simply planning to replace an existing kitchen, do contact Jag Kitchens. Their showroom is open seven days or a visit to their website will give you lots of information and photographs.
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