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UPSHOT: forget the barbecue and
pizza oven -- they are givens. Instead,
look to mirroring the convenience of
your indoor kitchen outdoors.
1. all about marble
e hot items in kitchen storage are drawers
and LeMan s corner u nits, as well as waste
and recycling bins, according to e Maker
Designer Kitchens' Lincoln Trager. "Corner
cupboards are always a n issue," he says.
"Resea rch the corner units to best suit your
situation. Tier you r overhead cupboards to
maximise full-depth storage up high, and
make sure you have a mini ladder in your
kitchen." Pedini Kitchen's Complinari unit
is another winner in the design stakes. It
consists of big sliding doors that completely
cover appliances, such as the fridge, oven
and microwave, when not in use. ese doors
can also be operated electronically with
remote sensors. Meanwhile, the Pegaso unit
is perfect for hiding away items, such as
blenders, coffee machines and mixers. "It's
almost like a mini-kitchen," says Benedict
McKen na from Pedini Kitchens. "You're
clearing your work surfaces and creating
space." Hettich's Henrik Stollma nn agrees:
" e latest trends in storage are based on easy
access a nd organisation," he says. Hettich's
Intelligent Kitchen concept has identified five
zones in the kitchen that can be equipped
with accessories to suit that zone (food
storage, food preparation, cleaning and waste
disposal, pot and pan storage, and crockery
and cutlery storage). Plus, pack you r isla nd
bench with storage potential: drawers, wine
racks, knife storage a nd more. Storage is one of
the most important factors in kitchen design
-- get it right and your space will work for you.
Bottles, paper packaging, broccoli
stalks... "It's easy to underestimate how
much waste you produce," says Emma
Williamson of architecture firm CODA.
"A lot of times, people think they can open
one door a nd have the bin in there, but, if
you're going to properly sort you r rubbish,
you need enough bins to do it properly."
Hettich is just one company that has
addressed the need to sort recycling with
its clever in-drawer sorting bin s. e
InnoFlex waste sorting system lets you
separate your glass, aluminium and paper
easily, a nd keep the mess hidden. So,
make recycling easy through organisation
to ensure saving the pla net is a cinch.
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8. smart thinking
the outdoor kitchen
Okay, don't just think ba rbecue or pizza oven.
While these a re musts for the outdoors, the
built-in outdoor kitchen of today is more a
reflection of your indoor kitchen. In fact, in
many cases, the outdoor kitchen is running
on from the indoor kitchen, with the same
fittings and finishes, and only a glass sliding
door or bifold between them. People are
opting to use their outdoor kitchens when
cooking meat or during the sum mer months,
then moving indoors in winter. So, get
practical: think about plenty of bench space,
integrating below-bench refrigeration (fridge
drawers are good here) and a dishwasher.
"An average cost is about $25,000 for an
outdoor kitchen," says Henry Kowalewski
of alfresco specialists Infresco. Another
popular outdoor option is the IKEA kitchen
-- just make sure it is undercover.
Curves are back even bigger and better
thanks to Pedini. This Artika range provides
'wow' factor and ergonomic practicality.
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