Home Is Where The Heart Is… So Is It In The Kitchen?

Home Is Where The Heart Is… So Is It In The Kitchen?

The Rise and Rise of the Kitchen Renovation

The humble family kitchen has always been known as the heart of the home. Even with the changing landscapes of families, lifestyles, homes and our use of space, the kitchen remains the focal point of every home. Whether your home is big or small, the kitchen remains the heart of the home.

How the Kitchen Has Changed…

The same as the way gadgets and cars have progressed, evolved and adapted to today’s world, so has our home kitchen. No matter how big or how small. Kitchens in today’s contemporary world are now the location for living. No longer is it just the location for cooking and cooking alone. Now it is a joint space for cooking, homework, reading, dining, drinks, entertaining and just spending time together. It is the central hub of the home.

How are Kitchens Evolving?

We are seeing kitchens getting bigger and bigger to accommodate their myriad of additional uses. The space per metre they cover is larger, tables are bigger to accommodate the influx of people and island benches that match the natural flow of the family comings and goings. We are now spending more time considering the design and functionality of our kitchens.

Likewise, kitchens are changing for our kids too! New research released by Medicare finds that more than half of primary school–aged children are currently helping their parents prepare a meal. This not only provides a chance for family bonding but is also important in the education of healthy eating in our children.

Kitchens and Resale

There is no doubt that renovating your kitchen adds to the resale of your home. It is often the first room of the house that prospective buyers look at. If you are the owner of an older style home, buyers will be considering the costs of renovating an old or out-dated kitchen as part of the purchase price. Walls are being knocked down and spaces extended to allow for an open-plan, airy and bright kitchens.

Thinking About A New Kitchen Design?

So, you are thinking about a new kitchen renovation? Keep these tips in mind:

  • Have a budget

Firstly, have a budget and stick to it! That way there is no nasty surprises or big bills at the end of your project to put a sour note on your new kitchen.

  • Consider your lifestyle

Your lifestyle should be a major factor that influences your design. So think about who does the cooking? Do you cook as a family? Is there a lot of home entertaining? Do you have small children or school-aged children? All these aspects influence the design and functionality of the space so should be considered.

  • Remember appliances!

Remember to factor in appliances in your kitchen renovation. This is an area where you can quickly and easily exceed your budget and overspend. Harvey Norman Commercial have a wide range of appliances in their showroom and will help you stick to your budget .

  • Choosing cabinetry

There are many variables to consider with cabinetry. We recommend Germancraft Cabinets – Gold Coast high quality & award winning cabinet makers. You can visit their amazing showroom where they will guide you through your kitchen cabinetry needs.

  • Tapware

The amazing team at Reece at Bundall can also take your through their showroom for tapware, sinks and all the latest kitchen trends.

Above all, ensure you planning and design suit both your budget and your family needs. Finally, have fun in creating the heart of your home!

How Important is Pest Treating your Home?

How Important is Pest Treating your Home?

Pest treating your home is something that should be on your yearly home maintenance checklist. Ensuring that you regularly pest treat your home will ensure you are protecting one of your greatest assets from pest damage or nasty infestations.

A general pest control treatment will generally treat for:

  • Cockroaches
  • Silverfish
  • Ants
  • Spiders

We also recommend a regular termite inspection whereby your pest controllers will conduct a thorough inspection both in and outside your home and supply a final written report. Most operators will package up both a pest and termite inspection and treatment into one package at a discounted rate.

Benefits of Pest Treating your Home

There are several benefits to enlisting the services of a professional pest control service.

Firstly, they are trained technicians in the field. This means that they are the best people for the job to identify and treat infestations. Better yet, they can help to prevent them from happening again.

Secondly, when building a new home, we recommend a pest and termite treatment at the pre-construction phase. Treatment at the pre-construction phase means treating the perimeter of your home, with products such as ‘Kordon’ in a proactive effort to keep the bugs away and infestations from occurring.

Gold Coast and Tweed Pest Control

As with most services, word of mouth is everything. We highly recommend Danny Burgess and his team from Capital Pest Management. Not only do they provide expert service and workmanship, they are dedicated to using the greenest products to ensure the wellbeing of your family, home and beloved pets. They provide an ongoing service for your home and provide a detailed report following every treatment. They are family-owned, affordable and provide quality service with over 40 years in the industry.

So be sure to put pest control treatments on your yearly maintenance schedule. If starting a new build with Measured Up, we will include an initial pest control treatment in your initial building quote. We will take care of the treatment as part of the building process, and then hand you over to Danny and his team for ongoing management.