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How to plan your kitchen-diner

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Earlier on this week, we brought you some of our favourite kitchen-diner designs. Today we’re going to get a little more technical however, and show you how you can go about planning your kitchen-diner. After all, the more prepared you are, the better the outcome will be. So follow these simple steps to plan your dream kitchen-diner today.

 

Consider the space

Choosing an open-plan kitchen-diner will create a vast space in your home. What’s more, it’ll allow for entertaining while you’re cooking. And let’s face it, the majority of families spend their waking hours at home in the kitchen, don’t they? That’s one reason why a kitchen-diner can be so useful. It gives you enough space for family members and guests to sit down, without being under your feet while you’re preparing food.

For that reason, it is vital to plan your space carefully. Create different zones to ensure that the dining area is distinctly separate from the food preparation area of the kitchen. One easy way to do this visually is to install a breakfast bar between the kitchen and dining table.

 

Bright ideas
It’s a good idea to position the dining table in the part of the room that gets the most light. Housetohome.co.uk recommends installing different degrees of lighting to help you easily separate each of your zones. Spotlights can work well over any preparation worktops, while warm lighting around the dining area will create a welcoming, cosy atmosphere.

 

Décor inspiration

When it comes to the design aspect of your kitchen-diner, it is wise to complement both dining and kitchen areas. So if you’re planning to decorate the kitchen using country-kitchen colours and traditional-looking appliances, make sure that you, in turn, opt for rustic furniture in the dining area. Likewise, if your kitchen is full of the latest mod-cons and stainless steel work surfaces, choose modern colours and tableware in your dining area.

 

Hide the clutter
Open-plan kitchen-diners can look messy and cluttered if you fill your worktops with cereal boxes, loaves of bread, and cartons of juice. Try to invest in kitchen furniture with incorporated storage. For example, you could make the most of the storage space provided by your kitchen island, like in this kitchen from lovehome.co.uk. Hanging pots and pans from suspended storage racks will free up your cupboard space. What’s more, it’ll work well as a design feature.

Do you have any further tips for planning a kitchen-diner?

If your existing kitchen is a little on the small side and you have no dining room, why not consider converting your unused loft into an open-plan kitchen-diner?

Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal firm to complete the job for you.

Take a look at our gallery for further design inspiration. Our impressive client testimonials prove why we are the right people to transform your loft.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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28.11.2013 No Comments

5 of the best kitchen-diners

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Regular readers of our blog will have heard us say countless times that the kitchen is the hub of any home – but can the same be said about kitchen-diners? These rooms are not a new phenomenon. Indeed, they can actually be a really useful addition to any household, particularly if you often have guests over. The open kitchen – dining room aspect allows for great hosting. You’ll effectively be in the same room as your guests during the cooking process. You may even want to demonstrate a few skills. Today we’ll be taking a look at five of the best kitchen-diners.

 

Vintage kitchen bar
How about this for a cool kitchen? Part kitchen, part 1940s inspired bar, we’re willing to bet that the owner of this home enjoys hosting. To give the room an authentic touch, the designer has chosen to use vintage accessories, such as these old-school bar stools. This kitchen bar from easyliving.co.uk is ideal for showcasing your cocktail making skills while your guests relax.

 

White and red
An all-white kitchen-diner can look quite clinical and sterile. However, once you’ve added some dark chunky furniture and colourful red accents, the room is transformed. We love the homely look of this kitchen-diner from roomenvy.co.uk. It gives the impression that a lively, welcoming family live here – what more could you want?

 

50s style
We couldn’t resist this 1950s style American kitchen-diner, seen on Pinterest.com. The monochrome tiled flooring and the shiny PVC-backed chairs look like they’ve come straight out of a 50s movie. Carry on the theme into the rest of the kitchen with retro accessories and bright colours – who said decorating can’t be fun?

 

Small kitchen-diner
If your kitchen-diner errs on the small side, do not panic. The clever people at beautifulkitchensblog.co.uk recommend investing in foldaway chairs and an extendable table. We love the traditional country style of this kitchen-diner. The balance of cream and honey coloured wood adds warmth, while the colourful checked blind adds a splash of colour.

 

Curved kitchen-diner
This striking curved design seen on housetohome.co.uk stands out as the centrepiece of the room. Almost reminiscent of a theatre circle, it’s ideal for putting on a culinary show for your guests. The high backed leather chairs will allow your guests and family to dine in comfort, while the burgundy table and lampshade add a splash of colour to the room. Ceiling spotlights give the room a professional finish.

Have you ever considered turning your unused loft into a kitchen-diner? Set away from the rest of the house, this would be the ideal place to entertain guests.

 

Here at Econoloft, we have over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry. This makes us ideally qualified to complete the job for you.

We tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications. If you are looking for more design inspiration, take a look at our gallery of previous work.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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26.11.2013 No Comments

Contemporary Kitchen Designs – Our Top Picks

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As you know, this week we’re focusing on kitchens, and more specifically, how you can turn a bland kitchen into something bold and fun.

Earlier this week we gave you some tips for sprucing up an old, tired kitchen. Today, we’re going to look at the other end of the scale – contemporary kitchen designs. Here are our top picks.

 

Breakfast bar
Check out this modern, girly breakfast bar kitchen from housetohome.co.uk. Having a breakfast bar between the open plan kitchen and dining room gives you a great place to chill with friends or relax in the morning with breakfast. The designer has gone for a clean finish with girly floral accents, seen in the pink plastic stool backs, the tea towel design, fake pink flower and the “I heart” message on the extractor fan above the cooker. We can just imagine this as the shared home of two BFFs.

 

Bright and cheerful
We love these colourful patchwork style kitchen cupboards. Along with the bright chairs and lemon yellow light shade, this kitchen seen on Pinterest.com is an array of mood boosting colour. You can continue the theme by investing in brightly patterned accessories such as tea towels, plastic cups and pots and pans.

 

Steely grey
Although the monochrome checked tiled floor effect strikes a chord with Victorian design, the steely grey shade of the kitchen cupboards and the dresser, seen on redonline.co.uk, brings this country style kitchen bang up to date. Despite country classic elements such as the Belfast sink, the hanging utensil storage and industrial style pendant lights add a sleek and contemporary look.

 

Curved island
Okay so we cheated and chose another design from housetohome.co.uk. However, we think that this curved island kitchen design would look just perfect in a city apartment. The polished white finish is accented by the sparing use of black accessories, while the exposed brick style of the opposite wall serves to further highlight the sleek, contemporary design. We could definitely make ourselves at home here.

Which contemporary kitchen design is your favourite?

If the thought of having a second kitchen appeals to you, why not consider turning your loft into the kitchen of your dreams?

Econoloft has been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years, so our extensive knowledge and experience makes us more than qualified to complete the job for you.

Take a look at some of our previous designs in our image gallery, or read through our impressive client testimonials to find out what makes us the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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24.10.2013 No Comments

Ways to brighten up a tired kitchen

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You’ll often hear people say that the kitchen is the hub of a home. It’s the place where everyone congregates at parties, where your kids sit and do their homework while you prepare the evening meal, and maybe even where you all sit down as a family to eat. As such, you should pay the most attention to the décor.

After all, if you’re going to be spending that much time in there, you’ll want to make sure it’s to your liking. So if your kitchen is looking a bit old and worn, here are some ways to brighten it up, and transform it into the kitchen of your dreams.

 

Hang pots and pans
Do you often find that when it comes to needing a specific pan, you have to reach right into the back of your kitchen cupboard? Well, thanks to this nifty solution from housebeautiful.com, all of your pots and pans will be within easy reach and you can even use them as a decorative feature – what’s not to love?

 

Sort out your lighting
If nothing else, you should always ensure that the lighting in your kitchen is good. Invest in spotlights around your cooking and preparation area to aid with optimum visibility. If you have an open kitchen, you should consider down lighting over the dining area – this will cast a soft warm glow that is more relaxing in the evenings. We love this kitchen from channel4.com – the multiple lights really help to brighten up the dark worktops.

 

Chalk board the wall
You’ll never have to worry about misplacing your shopping list again with a chalkboard kitchen wall. There will be no need for a calendar as you can simply wipe away tasks and add new ones daily. What’s more, it’ll even provide a creative outlet for your children. Easyliving.co.uk has completely nailed it with this kitchen idea.

 

Custom-write your kitchen splashback

 

We think this customisable kitchen splashback seen on housetohome.co.uk is the ideal way to personalise any kitchen. It’s easy to fit as it just sticks to the wall, so there’s no need to worry about tiles and grouting. What’s more, you can choose up to 100 words, allowing you to customise it to your exact wishes. How about having one made with a list of your favourite dishes from around the world?

 

Here at Econoloft, we love to bring you great ideas to help you spruce up your home.

If you’re in need of a bit of extra space, you may be considering converting your loft. Our 40 years’ experience in the industry means that we’re more than qualified to complete the work for you. What’s more, we’ll tailor the design to suit your requirements, so you’ll be left with the loft of your dreams.

Take a look in our gallery where you’ll find plenty of design inspiration. Our client testimonials prove why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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21.10.2013 No Comments

Five of the best country kitchen designs

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The kitchen is fast becoming the central hub of any family home. No longer is it just the place where we prepare meals, it’s also a place for doing homework, eating breakfast and evening meals together, and is often the main social area during dinner parties.

With that thought in mind, we’ve decided to focus on five of the best country kitchen designs to transform any kitchen in to a warm and welcoming room.

1. French Country Kitchen
When it comes to food, it’s safe to say that the French take great pride in preparing delicious, hearty home-cooked meals. In France, they take time over every meal, savouring subtle tastes and enjoying the social aspect of dining with friends and family.

The mismatched furniture in this kitchen helps to give it a homely feel. Exposed brick can make a room feel cold, but the warm shades of teak, offset by the copper pans actually has the opposite effect. We love how this kitchen is jam packed with furniture and accessories yet still looks neat and organised.

 

 

2. Open-plan Country Kitchen
An open-plan kitchen will give a light and airy feel. It can also be a great way to combine the cooking section with the dining area so you can entertain as you make food.

Painted white cupboards and neutral stone tiles make this housetohome.co.uk kitchen look light and fresh. If you have lots of space on your walls, fill them cleverly by hanging pretty plates.

 

 

3. Traditional Country Kitchen
Conserve original kitchen features and make them in to a focal point.

Channel4.com recommends incorporating the original features into the rest of the design. Here a range cooker has been set into a chimney breast. Simple colour schemes help give a traditional feel.

 

 

4. Rustic Country Kitchen
Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a rustic country kitchen design.

Houzz.com features this beautiful rustic country kitchen design. We love how the cool marble fireplace has been offset with a warm fire. The red painted cabinet adds a splash of colour to the room, whilst wooden flooring and furniture keeps the room rustic.

 

 

5. Farmhouse Country Kitchen
Do you remember visiting relatives out in the countryside when you were little? Remember how huge and homely the kitchen felt?

Check out the size of the sink in this gorgeous country kitchen pinned on Pinterest.com. Exposed beams add to the countryside farmhouse feel. We love how the wood has been preserved and used to create clever storage nooks for crockery. We get the feeling that the owner of this kitchen loves to prepare food for the family – who wouldn’t in a kitchen like this?

 

So what do you think of these country kitchen designs? Do you wish you had a kitchen like this? Or perhaps yours tops these designs? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

If you’ve always longed for a large, homely kitchen, but yours is quite small, maybe you could convert your unused loft space in to the perfect kitchen of your dreams.

Take a look at some of our constructional videos and find out what our clients had to say.

Let Econoloft help you make your dreams become reality. Call us today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 for your FREE estimate or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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22.02.2013 No Comments