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How to Choose the Right Type of Kitchen Sink

From washing hands to cleaning dishes, your sink plays an essential role in the function and design of your kitchen. Here’s exactly how to choose the right type of kitchen sink.

Choosing a kitchen sink and kitchen tapware takes careful consideration. As well as complementing the way you cook and clean, both items need to seamlessly flow with the style of the space and improve efficiency.

A quality sink and taps are an investment. As you will likely be using them frequently every day, it pays to buy the best your budget can afford. Cheap items simply won’t last as long and so will require regular replacement. A quality set, however, should serve you well now and into the future. 

Also consider how the kitchen tapware and kitchen sink will work together. A smaller sink calls for a smaller tap, while a bigger sinks requires balance with bigger taps.

Stainless Steel sinks outsell all others and for good reason. A stainless steel sink is hard-wearing, easy to keep clean and inexpensive compared to most other options. There are so many sizes and designs available, you can find a stainless steel sink that’s perfect for almost any kitchen.

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So, how do you choose the right kitchen sink? There are essentially three different types of sinks, each installed in a different way: top-mount sinks, under-mount sinks, and flush-mount sinks.

Top-Mount Kitchen Sinks:  As the most common type of kitchen sink, the top-mount sink is installed by inserting the sink into a pre-cut hole in the countertop. The wide rim around the sink supports it on top of the countertop, and is then caulked in place with silicone for a water-tight fit.

However, top-mount sinks have some functional as well as aesthetic drawbacks. Because the lip of the sink is exposed, it’s not possible to sweep food or liquid directly into the sink, making it harder to clean the edges of the sink and the countertops in general. What’s more, in a tight kitchen, the inch or two that the rim takes up can eat up valuable counter space. Because of these reasons, the top-mount sink is sometimes seen as undesirable and dated, without the clean lines of other sink types.

Under-Mount Kitchen Sinks:  As the name implies, under-mount sinks are attached to the underside of a countertop, where special clips ensure the sink stays in place or the sink is supported from underneath by the base cabinet structure.

Under-mount sinks are the answer to just about every negative aspect of the top-mount sink. The seamless transition into the sink makes for easier cleaning and a modern aesthetic, and they take up less counter space than a top-mount sink of the same bowl size.

But under-mount sinks aren’t without their share of negative aspects. They’re typically more expensive than under-mount sinks, and can require a bit of careful design of the mounting system if the sink is particularly heavy.

Flush-Mount Kitchen Sinks (Integrated Sinks): A flush-mount sink is one in which the surface of the countertop flows seamlessly into the sink, with no visible edges or changes in material. This is often achieved with solid surface sinks using Corian bench tops.

The integrated sink shares the same space-saving and easy-to-clean attributes as the under-mount sink, but with the added benefit of a consistent material. While some people like the look of stainless steel, for some, the use of one material is desirable.

Because integrated sinks are custom-order items along with the countertops they are made with, they can’t be purchased off the shelf and are more difficult to find and more expensive.

Choosing the right kitchen sinks

Kitchen Sink Configurations: The configuration of a sink refers to a broad range of characteristics, from number of faucet holes to the shape and number of bowls.

How to Choose the Right Type of Kitchen Sink.

Single Bowl: A single bowl sink is self-explanatory: it consists of a sink that is not divided up into separate areas. A single bowl sink is ideal when it comes to saving space. It comes in a range of sizes and shapes, from smaller round sinks to larger rectangular sinks. Because the sinks aren’t divided into two or more distinct bowls, a wider range of items can fit in the sink to be cleaned, like large pots and pans. They’re also typically less expensive than double bowl sinks, and work well as secondary sinks or bar sinks. Depending on how you do your dishes, a single bowl sink can use more water and dish detergent, and you won’t be able to sort different items into different bowls.

Double Bowl Sinks: Similarly, a double bowl sink is also quite self-explanatory, created either out of one large sink with a divider or from two distinct bowls framed into a single sink. A standard configuration is one large bowl with an adjacent smaller bowl, but it is also possible to find sinks with two bowls of equal size, or one deep bowl and one shallow bowl.

Double bowl sinks are great because they can be used for prep or drying, allowing for more versatility than a single bowl sink. Again, depending on how you will wash your dishes, the double bowl arrangement may allow you to use less water, and you may find a range of sink accessories like a cutting board or colander made to fit into one of your bowls.

However, double bowl sinks are typically a bit more expensive than single bowl sinks, and they’re also usually larger and therefore not ideal for smaller kitchens.

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Benefits of Custom Designed Kitchens

Benefits of Custom Designed Kitchens

The Benefits of Custom Designed Kitchens and Cabinetry Essentials 

When designing custom kitchen cabinets, or doing a kitchen renovation, one of the primary goals is to gain more space for storage. You want your new kitchen to be organised and spacious.

We design and build kitchen cabinets to precisely suit your home. When you buy modular or flatpack you cannot be sure that everything will fit exactly, and operate the way it’s intended to. Very few homes, old or new, are perfectly level and square. A custom made kitchen will be manufactured to overcome these common issues.

If you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen, you owe it to yourself to carefully consider storage ideas. In the kitchen, aesthetics and functionality are the two most important things to keep in mind. The amount of storage and its location within the kitchen will impact both.

If you have inadequate storage, your kitchen is likely to look cluttered with items that may otherwise be stored out of sight needlessly taking up valuable counter space.

The benefits of custom designed kitchens is a showpiece that enhances the value, function and comfort of your home.

A kitchen renovation will dramatically improve the style and overall value of your home.

When you are looking to remodel your kitchen, you may want to consider the benefits of custom designed kitchens.

By creating custom made cabinets for your new kitchen design, you will be able to improve the functionality of your new kitchen space with a luxurious look and feel.

Handle-less Kitchen Cabinets

Here are some Benefits of Custom Designed Kitchens and some cabinet storage ideas on how to make using your kitchen more enjoyable.

Butler’s Pantry

If you have the space, a butler’s pantry is a luxurious feature, providing a segregated area for storage of foodstuffs and appliances.

Walk-In Pantry

Similar to the butler’s pantry, this area should be capable of storing all the tinned and packaged foods you require in your kitchen.

Slide-Out Pantry

For those kitchens where a walk-in pantry isn’t feasible, a slide-out pantry may be the next best option. Modern Blum storage solutions help convert even narrow areas into very usable pantries.

When not in use, these slide-out pantries simply slide back into their original position. They’re great at seamlessly blending into the surrounding cabinetry in your kitchen.

The benefits of custom designed kitchen cabinetry is to have enough storage space and be easily accessible. When there’s a lack of space, practical solutions help ensure available space is used to its fullest potential.

Gain additional space by using Blum pull-outs with closed side panels or deeper drawers. Blum cabinet solutions for corners or the sink area also create additional usable space.

Base Cabinets

Drawers are ideal for storing provisions with spacious full extension giving you clear visibility and easy access.

Space Corner Cabinets

The Space Corner Cabinet puts corner space to optimal use, creating ample storage space for provisions. The spacious drawers give you easy access to packs of pasta, flour and tins. What’s more, you don’t have to bend down to get to things.

Pot Drawers

A relatively recent innovation, pot drawers are over-sized drawers that are deeper than normal drawers. They’re designed specifically to accommodate all of your pots and pans. For convenience, remember to locate pot drawers within easy reach of your cooktop and oven.

Under-bench Rubbish Bins

Apart from being unhygienic, there’s nothing more unsightly than rubbish bins in a kitchen. Modern design allows bins to slide out of sight, so that when the bins aren’t required they simply slide shut and blend in with you kitchen cabinets.

Utensil Storage

Suitable Blum Utensil containers will save wasting drawer space. And the right choice of Utensil containers can complement the décor of your kitchen, as they’re available in a myriad styles.

A practical interior with well-thought-out solutions ensures workflows are smooth and ergonomic. Easy access is assured through full extension Blum runners and the inclusion of Blum’s ORGA-LINE inner dividing system.

Overhead Cabinets

Powered by Blum SERVO-DRIVE, the overhead cabinet door lifts effortlessly. On the lower shelf, there are plates, bowls and mugs used daily;and occasionally used items on the shelf above.

Blum door lifts, drawer and hinge systems withstand the intensive daily use for the lifetime of the kitchen cabinetry.

Blum fittings work within the kitchen cabinetry creating the perfect balance between exterior form and interior function ensuring the functionality and beauty of the kitchen cabinet designs becomes a reality.

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Handleless Kitchen Cabinets

handle-less kitchen cabinets

f you are looking for a modern, sleek and streamlined design, handleless kitchen cabinets might be the perfect option.

There’s something about the clean and effortless look of a handle-less kitchen cabinets that homeowners seem to love, particularly in contemporary kitchens.

Handleless kitchen cabinets and handle-less cabinetry are currently very much in vogue.

Planning a new kitchen can be an exciting process. You will be using it every day, so it’s important that your kitchen not only looks good but is practical too.

Blum’s motion technologies support the design of handle-less lift systems, doors and drawers. 

Whether electrical, mechanical or a combination of both, Blum offers the right solution for every kitchen cabinetry.

Blum fittings allows us to design lift systems, doors and drawer units to suit your requirements in the kitchen and throughout the home.

Blum gives us four motion technologies to create, plan and implement your unique handle-less kitchen designs.

Electric opening with SERVO-DRIVE

Handle-less cabinets opens at a single touch with the SERVO-DRIVE electrical motion support system. And it closes again softly and effortlessly when combined with soft-close BLUMOTION. Lift systems close with ultimate ease at the press of a switch.

Mechanical opening and closing with TIP-ON BLUMOTION

TIP-ON BLUMOTION combines the TIP-ON mechanical opening system with tried and tested soft-close BLUMOTION. Cabinets open at a single touch and closes with a gentle push. The system works on a purely mechanical basis.

Mechanical opening with TIP-ON

The TIP-ON mechanical opening system allows you to implement handle-less cabinetry throughout the home. Fronts open at a single touch, too close, simply press shut.

Mechanical soft close with BLUMOTION

Soft-close BLUMOTION ensures that handle-less kitchen cabinetry closes softly and effortlessly no matter how hard you slam fronts. The feature can be combined with lift systems, hinges, box and runner systems.

Handle-less Kitchen Cabinets
Handle-less Kitchen Cabinets

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Ensuite Bathroom Vanity Ideas

Ensuite Bathroom Vanity Ideas

Introducing a range of ensuite bathroom vanity ideas that offers a practical and stylish solutions to the ensuite bathroom.

The ensuite bathroom can often become the most neglected room in the house. Ensuite bathrooms are often small and get squeezed into tight spaces.

Floating vanities help small rooms to appear bigger by showing more of the flooring.

Double basins

A double basin has become more popular in areas with large spaces. In smaller areas it is best to have a single basin and allow increased bench space surrounding it.

If you are considering renovating your bathroom and would like to discuss options and ideas for your next bathroom renovation project, use the enquiry form on this page or visit our bathroom showroom.

For Ensuite Bathroom Vanity Ideas and  bathroom renovations, visit our showroom and chat with our consultants about your initial thoughts and ideas.

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Kitchen Benchtops

Kitchen Benchtops

Kitchen Benchtops/Countertops Options

No kitchen renovation is complete without a perfectly kitchen benchtop. It is one of the most important features.

Quality kitchen benchtops can be found in all styles and price range. 

Kitchen benchtops are an investment because they must withstand wear and tear and last for years to come.

Timber Benchtops

A timber bench top is an economical option that never goes out of style, whether your preferred aesthetic sits at sleek and modern, or raw and rustic.

Each piece of timber is a gift from nature. Treat it with the love and respect it deserves and it will reward us with its beauty forever.

Make a quality statement that’s unique, because each piece of timber is a “one-off” piece of nature’s artistry.

Kitchen Benchtops
Timber Kitchen Benchtops

Engineered Stone Benchtops

For many, engineered stone from Caesarstone®, Smartstone, Essastone or TCE Stone is the holy grail of kitchen materials.

Rich in sophistication and style, the premium nature of engineered stone countertops will be a drawcard not just for you and your family, but for anyone who walks into your dream kitchen.

Engineered stone is where the beauty of natural stone meets the durability of quartz. It is the ultimate choice for stone kitchen benchtops.

Why choose Engineered Stone:

Highly scratch, stain and heat resistant

Low maintenance, cleans easily with soap and water

Hygienic, built with Bacteriostatic Protection

Available in 20mm, 40mm with a thick modern edge

Built to last with a 10 year plus limited warranty

Waterfall ends available

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Laminate Benchtops

Laminate bench tops from Polytec, Laminex, Wilsonart or Formica are very good budget options.

The diversity range of laminate colours, finishes and prints are designed to work together, paves the way for highly original and bespoke kitchen designs.

The laminated benchtops are made using melamine High Moisture Resistant (H.M.R.) board.

The benchtops can be made to the standard thicknesses of 33mm or 38mm.

Why choose Laminate

Fully sealed and resistant to stains, scratches and moisture

Durable and hard wearing

Variety of colours, including stone and timber looks

Easy to clean

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Top Trends In Kitchen Cabinetry Design

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Kitchen cabinetry is not just for storage. It is an essential element to your kitchen’s style when doing a kitchen renovation.

While simple clean cabinetry will keep getting popular, some homeowners will prefer unique customised styles that will make a clear statement. Here are the top trends for kitchen cabinet design.

Open Shelving

Open shelves look beautiful in the magazines, but not necessarily a “must-have” for most homeowners. Lets face it, you have to have a matching set of dinnerware or specialty pieces you want on display.  But with good organisation and the right kind of shelves, you can create a really unique cutting edge style for your kitchen.

Multiple Colours in the Kitchen

For cabinetry, homeowners are favouring customised colours that perfectly fit their kitchen spaces. Neutral colours are currently big favourites with tones like grey, but don’t count out the darker colour.

You might have the upper cabinets finished in white while the base cabinetry is a natural wood look.  An interesting kitchen cabinet design is to make the island a different colour than the perimeter cabinets. Since the island is more like a piece of furniture, it’s an easy breakaway piece that you can feel comfortable being bold.

Under Cabinet Lighting

LED lighting has had a particularly good run as homeowners change over from traditional incandescent bulbs. It provides good lighting for activities, comes in a variety of colours and the bulbs last for a really long time. 

This has made it a popular option for under-cabinet lighting. Under cabinet LED lights come in different forms including pucks, strips, and bars. When fixed under the wall cabinetry, they help add light to the working area as well as improve the overall ambiance.

Kitchen Sinks and Tapware

Focused on functionality, today’s kitchens are being designed with large single bowl sinks or with multiple sinks.

Large single bowl sinks are popular mostly for their large deep sizes, that allows for more comfortable use, and style. These sinks are perfect for larger items such as cookie sheets, stockpots, and skillet handles.  

We are also seeing a rise of unique and fun kitchen tap designs. Today, kitchen tapware come in all shapes, curves, and twists.

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Powder Room Vanity Ideas

Powder Room Vanity Ideas

Powder Room Vanity Ideas

Introducing a range of small space vanities that offers a practical and stylish solutions to the powder room.

The powder room can often become the most neglected room in the house. Powder rooms often get squeezed into tight spaces.

You can use these small space vanity designs to express your style and delight your guests.

Remember, simplicity and elegance are the key to creating a stylish space, however, don’t be afraid to make a statement.

Floating vanities help small rooms to appear bigger by showing more of the flooring.

Shallow vanity basins and sinks usually come hand in hand with powder rooms. Their main purpose is for cleaning your hands. Brushing teeth or washing hair is not something you do in powder rooms often.

Here are our some of our powder room vanity ideas.

For bathroom renovations, visit our showroom and chat with our consultants about your initial thoughts and ideas.

At Great Indoor Designs, we are dedicated to providing quality standard and custom designed bathroom vanities, basins, tapware, luxury bidets, bidet toilet seats and toilets at the most affordable prices.

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Reasons to Choose Custom Designed Wardrobes

Reasons to Choose Custom Designed Wardrobes

Custom Designed Wardrobes:- Custom made wardrobes can make the very most of your existing space and take care of your individual storage requirements in ways that other flat-pack storage solutions cannot.

Walk in Wardrobes:– Whether you have space to burn or you want to make better use of a small wardrobe space, we can design and build complete walk in wardrobes tailored exactly to your needs. We combine features such as drawers, shelving, hangars, racks, corner units and even seating to create a practical and stylish dressing room for your home.

Built in Wardrobes:– We have been designing built in wardrobes for many years and know exactly how to get the most out of your available space. From wall-to-wall wardrobes to storage solutions for small wardrobe spaces, we custom fit to your exact requirements.

Sliding Wardrobe Doors:– We offer a variety of attractive sliding door wardrobes with a choice of finishes and materials. Sliding wardrobe doors can offer a more modern look and come in a variety of attractive designs using mirrors, coloured glass and other finishes.

Drawers, Shelving & Hanging:– Our custom wardrobes look great on the outside and are completely versatile on the inside. A range of drawer sizes, adjustable shelving, hanging rails and other features can be installed in any configuration of your choosing.

We understand that you will be using your wardrobe space virtually every day of your life so we ensure it is designed and built to suit your storage needs.

Reasons to Choose Custom Designed Wardrobes

When planning for your wardrobe renovation, it’s important to get the best advice and wardrobe design.

We will not ask you to sign a contact on the first consultation, we prefer to ensure the wardrobe design is perfect before proceeding.

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Top Considerations for a Bathroom Renovation

Ensuite Bathroom Vanity Ideas

Once you’ve decided it’s time to renovate your bathroom, it’s tempting to rush out to a bathroom showroom and buy your dream fixtures. But that approach can lead to renovation hassles and a higher cost. 

With a few key considerations, you can turn your bathroom renovation into a faster, less costly affair with great results.

Style: Your bathroom should match both the style of your home and your taste. When in doubt, go with classic styles and clean lines and choose inviting colours that will continue to be popular years from now, but which also suit your tastes.

Space: Some people are fortunate to have large  bathrooms. Knowing your space limitations from the beginning gives you a better idea of what’s feasible.

Layout: Some renovations can make a bathroom worse. If a room is poorly designed to begin with, simply replacing the fixtures with today’s larger models could make the room more cramped. Consider how you use the bathroom, you may find that your needs and wants are different and you may need to adjust your goals accordingly.

Lighting: Ever tried to shave or apply makeup with a single overhead light? Recessed lighting is popular in modern bathrooms, but you should also install ample lighting over the shower and bathroom vanity.

Maintenance: No one enjoys cleaning the bathroom. Choose surfaces and fixtures that resist stains, mold, and water marks to make maintenance less frequent and cleaning easier.

Top Considerations for a Bathroom Renovation.  Keep Your Bathroom Renovations on a Budget.

You’ve heard the horror stories about bathroom renovations that ballooned in time and budget. Don’t fear, it is possible to hold to a budget by following a few simple tips:

  1. Select all your major pieces at the same time. Buying your bathroom fittings together will ensure that they match.
  2. Shop early and stick with your choices. Nothing blows a budget faster than changing your mind about the vanity two days before it’s due to be installed.
  3. Bathroom trends change quickly. Skip the trendy fittings, you can’t go wrong with bathroom fittings that will remain popular for many years.
  4. Purchase quality bathroom fixtures for the Long-Term.

Spend a few extra dollars to get quality fixtures that will last for years with minimal maintenance.

A bathroom renovation is a daunting task, but a little thought and careful planning keeps it from being overwhelming. For the latest in quality bathroom fittings and other bathroom design advice, visit our showroom in Mt Gravatt.

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