WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR THE HOB .
AND EXTRACTOR IN A NEW KITCHEN?
Induction hobs are rapidly overtaking gas in modern kitchens as they are super-efficient, completely controllable and easy to clean. Even range cookers are now available with induction tops.
Much attention is paid to hobs but a key aspect of design frequently overlooked in planning is extraction. Regulations often demand some form of powered extraction from the kitchen to the outside, but with so many side extensions, extraction is a problem in London houses with limited access to an external wall. So what are the options?
The first three options are all used in the capital’s homes depending on personal preference, budget and site conditions. The fourth option is a revolutionary new product that can provide extremely good extraction or re-circulation. They are incredibly efficient, quiet and provide the best extraction.
BORA invented this system, with several hob configurations and integrated extractors that work so much better than overhead or downdraught versions. There are other brands, but none as efficient as the BORA.
“GOOD DESIGN NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE”
A good kitchen is all in the planning. Really consider your daily needs as a family (whether homework is done in the kitchen, if you prefer to eat at a breakfast bar or a table, and if you would rather cook or wash-up at the island) and then decide on your style – classic or contemporary? Or how about contemporary Shaker? Either way, you’re spoilt for choice.
1. Maximise storage with ingenious door designs – Roundhouse. 2. Give the kids the run of the kitchen with some creative space – Run Projects. 3. Position stools around an island to give a communal feel similar to a dining table – Roundhouse.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING GLASS SPLASHBACKS
Approach a specialist. Glass splashbacks should be their primary business, not a sideline. Their experience will enable them to overcome potential problems with ease.
Full ‘Template and Fit’ service. Measuring and/or fitting yourself can be problematic and stressful. Let a specialist handle everything, from initial measurements to finishing touches, to ensure an easy and painless installation.
Be sure it’s toughened glass. Toughened glass is heat, chip and scratch resistant – non-toughened glass can crack in hot areas or on light impact.
Low-iron glass. Glass has a naturally occurring green tint. Low-iron glass has the majority of that ‘greeness’ removed, meaning whichever colour you choose, the appearance will be crisp and true, with very little distortion.
Colour & design choice. Virtually any shade of colour or design print can be produced. Choices are endless and what you choose is dependent on many things, including your personal taste and existing or desired colour scheme. Seek advice and samples.
Sealing. Once installed, your glass splashbacks will need sealing around the edges – part and parcel of the work.
Cleaning. A major appeal is that glass splashbacks are incredibly easy to clean. Use glass cleaner and a soft, non-abrasive cloth. As glass is non-porous, germs simply can’t stick around!
Guarantees. Ensure that you have not only a guarantee on the installation work, but also a guarantee to cover discolouration or fading.