Articles by: Patrice Garrioch

Why Built-in Cupboards Are a Must in Your New Home

If you’ve grown tired of your current bedrooms look and feel, or you’ve moved into a new place and the decor just doesn’t seem to appeal to you, especially in a room as private as your bedroom then my friend I’ve got news for you. Those feelings are the exact feelings everyone has right before they opt for a bedroom renovation.

One of the key elements to a sound bedroom renovation is of-course the built-in cupboards and do they suit your look and personal storage needs. However,  most people don’t give these functional elements to a room much thought.

It’s just a place to hang my clothes out of site right? So what is all the fuss about? Why are built-in cupboards so important?

1. Because sometimes adults want secret lairs, too.

Not only can built-in cupboards provide a gateway to an entire realm of storage possibilities, they can also be the gateway entrance to an entirely new room! Think cupboards that so effortlessly blend with the rest of your built-in cupboard space. Now, picture these doubling-up as doors to your bathroom or walk-in closet! How’s that for a twist on a bedroom renovation?

Built-in cupboards like this are basically everything Narnia, but for adults. Although, make no mistake, kids enjoy these secret lairs just as much as we do! Can’t picture it? Check out this bedroom renovation we worked on in Newlands.

2. Built-in cupboards look good in your home and even better on your list of investments.

Firstly, built-in cupboards, especially custom-designed ones, age extremely well.

This means when you decide to build your own cupboards, you are actually building onto the house value as well. They are an addition which stays with the house itself, unlike regular freestanding cupboards which come and go.

Secondly, they’ll remain on trend forever.

Built-in cupboards can be customised to suit the exact look and feel of your newly renovated home. Not only are they the most modern choice, but they are also modest in that they don’t hog all of the attention. Instead, they create room, quite literally, to focus on and play with the rest of your space!

3. Less time spent cleaning, more time spent enjoying.

With built-in cupboards there’s no need to hassle your friendly neighbour from next-door, to help you drag your heavy cabinet out of the way. Built-in cupboards fit perfectly into the wall space, so there’s no need to have to heave your way through cleaning the dust beneath them. In fact, they require minimal cleaning, if any.

Are you using your bedrooms space correctly?

4. Lighten-up, Buttercup.

Another dull moment which can arise with free-standing cupboards, is a general loss of lighting. Oftentimes, they end up blocking light from windows if situated in the wrong place. Built-in cupboards fit effortlessly alongside existing wall space. This not only means no blocking of natural light, but it can also provide space for additional built-in light fixtures.

Looking for alternative light sources other than the usual light fixtures? Why not add a mirror against your built-in cupboards. This will add both light and space to your new bedroom!

5. Speaking of blocked windows…

Sometimes the space we are working with is less than ideal. Luckily, built-in cupboards tend to add to our space rather than to take from them. A great example of this would be using them to create both seating/bed platforms, as well as for storage.

One way would be to build bench-like storage.

Instead of using a cupboard cabinet which not only takes up vital space, but also blocks windows, why not build around those windows? This way not only can you save space, but you can enjoy a cup of tea on top of that storage, too!

Another way to maximize your space would be to create built-in storage, which doubles up as your mattress base. This makes for a great place to keep all your bulky winter bedding!

Whether it’s cleaning less, seeking out a daily adventure to Narnia, or merely finding more space to relax with your cup of tea, built-in cupboards are much more than just cupboards. They’re an exciting opportunity to make the most of your space in your new home.

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Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium bedroom renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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Tips For Spatial Distribution During Renovations

Every room is different, and this needs to be considered when thinking about home renovations. Whether you’re moving, remodelling or building a new room from scratch, the shape of the room affects what you can do with it.

Whether square, L-shaped or U-shaped, your room should be suited to your lifestyle, not the other way around.

Below are some pointers to get you through:

  • Make a rough sketch of the room and include all the fixed features such as doors, windows, gas, electrical and plumbing points.
  • Take precise measurements of the room. Don’t plan on filling the room to exact millimetre, leave some room for flexibility – filler boards can be used for gaps up to 150mm.
  • Walls are never 100% straight. Take measurements at three different heights – the floor, cabinet level and top level (head height). Use the smallest measurement to work with, as this will ensure that everything fits.
  • Consider the thickness of tiles when taking measurements, as this could affect the overall measurement if they are removed.

For kitchens

A kitchen remodelling comes with its own set of considerations namely:

  • Start from the corner and plan outwards.
  • Notice the direction that doors open and how far they swing outwards, as this may affect the usability of some appliances.
  • Place your fridge and grocery cupboards at the entrance of the kitchen.
  • Give yourself a shelf nearby, as this will allow room to place items from the shelf directly into the fridge, freezer and cupboards.
  • Preparation and cleaning areas should be placed close to the sink. This will make life easier when preparing food and washing dishes.
  • Cooking areas are best located around the range, stovetop and wall ovens.
  • Store pots and pans near to the oven and stove.
  • Appliances such as toasters, blenders, kettles and coffeemakers should also be around the cooking area.

Find out more about kitchen renovations

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium kitchen renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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What To Consider When Selecting Bathroom Features

In some cases less is more, but this is not the case with bathrooms. While simplicity is valued these days, a bathroom with lots of features is just preferable.

Below are some tips to contemplate when looking at a bathroom upgrade.

Consider the space

Firstly, designing a bathroom requires clever use of space. While more features will make the use of the room more fulfilling, remember to refrain from fitting features that the room simply cannot accommodate. A lack of space will restrict movement and detract from the overall experience.

Mirrors

Always go with a large mirror and a floated vanity basin. This will Improve the lighting and perception of space.

Towel rail

Heated towel rail? Seems a luxury to have but definitely worth it. It may cost a bit extra in electricity to run, but it will keep your towels warm while fitting in with the other decor in the room.

Showers

Closed shower or walk-in shower? Walk-in showers are the more modern and popular choice at the moment, but remember to use an 800mm panel to avoid water splashing and don’t forget to leave space for the opening.

Space around the toilet: allow a minimum of 250mm on the sides

Shower width: it is not recommended to be less than 850mm. Beware of uneven tiles that will retain water and potentially become a slip hazard.

Baths

About the bath: baths are less popular these days and less people use them, which means that you could get away with a bigger shower if you scrapped the idea of a bath. You could also use the space for a bigger vanity basin and mirror.

If you still insist on a bath, go freestanding – these are modern, sleek and look good. Remember to allow space on the sides of the bath for easy cleaning. We recommend at least 100mm.

Black sanitaryware and accessories

One of the latest trends at the moment and for good reason. Tired of seeing chrome everywhere?

Go black and you will never look back. We recommend going with: a black basin mixer tap; black clicka waste and trap for the basin; and black shower mixer, rose & arm. Finish the bathroom off with a black hand towel ring and black heated towel rail.

Tiling

Popular tiles that work well with black Sanitaryware are marble-look porcelain tiles or screed-look ceramic tiles.

Considering an updated bathroom?

Looking to upgrade your bathroom? Speak to a contractor like Home Decor Interiors – our customers love their bathrooms and will speak for us. Get in touch for a quote today.

Find out more about bathroom renovations

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium kitchen renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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Recommended reading

If you’re considering renovating your bathroom and you’re looking for more ideas, inspirations or insights on the subject, then you can find more bathroom upgrade advice here.

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Kitchen Countertops – A Complete Guide

Countertops are the first thing people see when they enter a kitchen and are at the top of anyone’s mind when they begin planning a kitchen renovation or upgrade. There is a wide range of countertops on the market, and below are some of the different types you will be able to find in the Western Cape.

Quartz

This man-made product comes in many different colours and thicknesses. It is often made to look like a natural product like marble and is available in honed or polished finishes. Although it does not stain easily, it is a common practice to maintain it.

Among the most popular brands are Caesarstone, Pro quartz, Vicostone, Eezi Quartz and Silestone.

Granite

Granite is a natural product that comes from volcanic rock and needs to be mined. It comes in many different colours and textures but the most commonly used granite colour is Rustenberg, which is actually cheaper than quartz.

It is also available in honed or polished finishes and is much more heat resistant than quartz. It does not stain but may be prone to chip slightly more easily than quartz.

Marble

This natural product also needs to be mined. It is susceptible to damage because it is much more porous than quartz or granite, but with proper care, it may last you many years.

It is not the most common countertop but you may find it in very high-end kitchens or bathrooms. Is considered a luxury product in the industry.

Porcelain

Porcelain is the best of the lot and can be used anywhere. It is very strong, heat resistant, scratch resistant and stain resistant, which makes it the most expensive choice.

It has highly varying properties and although thin, it can be built up to be any thickness.

Popular brands include Neolith & Dekton Surfaces

Select the countertop that suits your homes look and feel

If you’re still unsure and would like a home renovation expert consult you on the best materials and options for achieving the look you want, then reach out to us. We would be more than happy to help guide you through all the countertop options and find the perfect solution for your Cape Town based-home.

Find out more about kitchen renovations

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium kitchen renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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Recommended reading

If you’re considering renovating your kitchen and you’re looking for more ideas, inspirations or insights on the subject, then you can find more kitchen upgrade advice here.

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Kitchen & Bathroom Tiling – All your Options

Most homes have a kitchen and at least one bathroom and most kitchens and bathrooms are tiled. Tiles come in many shapes and sizes and are a part of our homes that we often take for granted, but they have a major impact on the look and feel of a room.

Tiling can be an expensive outlay and if not done correctly could become a costly maintenance task or even have to be stripped down and redone completely. Which is why you need to be certain that the tiles you choose for your home fit the form and function that you’re home needs.

Below are some different options that are available when you go about choosing the right tile for your kitchen or bathroom upgrade.

Ceramic

These tiles are used in lounges, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. They come in a wide variety of colours and patterns, and they complement many types of furniture.

They are very durable and very resistant to scratches and fading.

Porcelain

These are manufactured from ceramic material but are fired at much higher temperatures. You can find glazed or unglazed porcelain tiles on the market.

They are very resistant to moisture and frost and can be used for outdoor areas with high foot traffic.

Natural stone

Natural tiles are made from slate, sandstone, granite and natural marble and they work well outdoors because they are so durable.

They are very resistant to the elements and foot traffic and their colour doesn’t easily fade.

Mosaic

These tiny tiles come in a wide variety of materials such as glass, metal and natural stone. They are laid in beautiful patterns that bring life to the home.

They are easy to clean and are able to withstand extremely hot or cold temperatures, so they are ideal for areas such as the kitchen or bathroom.

Inkjet

These tiles offer customers the look and feel of more expensive tiling, but at a far lower cost. Homeowners are able to substitute the appearance of natural stone or solid wood flooring even when on a tight budget.

Looking to remodel? Speak to a contractor like Home Decor Interiors – our clients speak for us.

Find out more about kitchen renovations

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium kitchen renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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3 Ways to Add Freshness to Your Kitchen

Whether you are planning a full kitchen upgrade, or whether you’re just freshening your kitchen up a little bit, there are some top tips to adopt. With some guidance, a task of this sort in the home is always less daunting and the end product so much more fulfilling.

As one of Cape Town’s most reliable home renovation company, we’ve rebuilt our fair share of kitchens. In that time we’ve learned a number of lessons we feel would help you. Below are three points of direction to help you turn your kitchen into an area that people want to spend time in.

Start with a focal point

Have a focal point in your kitchen. This should be the first thing guests see when they walk in, and it should stand out. It can be a piece of art, an ornament or even a large painted wall.

Once you’ve decided what to use, you should base the rest of your kitchen on this portion – let it be central to the theme of your kitchen and build all your other ideas around it.

Exploit the use of colour

Colours are so important and they set the tone for the kitchen in a big way. The colours that you choose for your kitchen play a part in the vibe it gives off and the mood that people feel after being there.

Use 3 colours and stick to them:

  1. A fundamental colour
  2. A backup colour
  3. and A third colour.

The fundamental colour is one that you can’t easily control or change – this is usually the colour of the cabinets and is, therefore, most commonly white.

The backup colour should be a cooler colour; it’s an addition to the fundamental colour and doesn’t clash with it.

The third colour is slightly more shocking – the idea is to have some pieces of furniture stand out.

Example: If your colours are white, light blue (backup) and maroon (third). The white and light blue account for the majority of the kitchen. The maroon pieces add a bit of pop to the kitchen and allow the homeowner to make some bold statements with a bit of variety.

Spare shelf

Kitchen space is limited, which means that shelves in the room are generally utilised for useful and functional items, like crockery and utensils.

One needs to make sure the surfaces stay clutter free. A useful way of dealing with extra items from around the house is to make sure there are some spare draws in the kitchen, so that clutter can be placed out of eyesight.

Try to keep a spare shelf just for some ornaments and a plant or two. This will interrupt the usual, bland patterns in your kitchen and will give your guests something different to look at – the plants will grow and the ornaments can be changed when you want to keep things fresh again.

Find out more about kitchen renovations

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium kitchen renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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Recommended reading

If you’re considering renovating your kitchen and you’re looking for more ideas, inspirations or insights on the subject, then you can find more kitchen upgrade advice here.

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The Process – What does getting a New Kitchen entail?

Ever thought about upgrading your kitchen, but then stopped yourself mid-thought because you weren’t quite sure where to start? Many of our clients say that when they decided to upgrade, they had to educate themselves on the process of a kitchen renovation.

This can often be misleading because the client gets second-hand information from differing sources. Upgrading your kitchen is a process but it doesn’t have to be draining, time-consuming and cause your family inconvenience.

A kitchen renovation procedure

The procedure can be carefully managed. This is why HDI follows a process that has maintained our reputation as sound planners, and the Western Cape’s premium kitchen installers. Below is a bit more about our process:

When a prospective client makes contact, we visit them to discuss their needs and they are offered an initial quote and a design. When they accept this plan, they visit the showrooms with HDI and we assist them in choosing the materials they would like to use and make recommendations based on their budget, what they want, and what we have laid out in the plan.

The client finalises the decisions on design, layout and material and the quote is adjusted if necessary.

We order the carcasses and doors and have them assembled at our warehouse where they will eventually be delivered to the site once the prep work is ready. Our experience in the business allows us to make the time and space spent in your kitchen minimal and non-intrusive.

Next is the wetwork – the plumbing, electrical hardware and plaster that will provide the framework for your new kitchen is installed. Your new kitchen now begins to take shape.

The final pieces of the plan have come together, everything is on site and ready to be implemented – now it’s time to begin installing the kitchen cupboards. The site has been stripped and we have planned the layout of the new plumbing and electrics beneath the surface.

We fit the manufactured kitchen carcasses on site and assemble all the necessary remaining parts, which get fitted and adjusted on site. This is where the doors, countertops, taps, and other accessories that will eventually form your kitchen are put together.

The kitchen renovation look and feel

The next phase is called ‘making good’. It’s a simple name we use, but HDI takes great pride in this step as it’s crucial to the layers of the process that follow it. The plaster and skimming work is perfected and ready for painting while ensuring that all inner workings implemented in the previous step are in good shape.

Now all visible parts are fitted. Sinks, basins, taps, joinery and the works. After these steps are completed the cupboard doors are adjusted and aligned perfectly. The kitchen has taken its shape and will begin to resemble the final product.

The final steps of the kitchen renovation

Onto the final steps – tiling or glass backsplashing between your countertop and wall unit are installed to complete the look of your kitchen.

These occur in the following order: painting, flooring, sealing, filling and touching up. Ultimately your kitchen will be revered and remembered by your guests for how well this part of the job is carried out.

This is the final stage and it’s how our clients will judge our work. This is why HDI always ensures that our customers are 100% happy – that gives us the most satisfaction, and we consider it the final step of the process.

All of the above is fully project managed from start to finish by us.

Find out more about kitchen renovations

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium kitchen renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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The Do’s and Don’ts: Hiring the Best Kitchen Installer Cape Town Has to Offer You

With all this DIY information at our fingertips these days, it can be hard to convince yourself to do otherwise. Especially when handing your pride and joy, over to someone who you don’t even know. However daunting it may seem, some things are best left to the professionals. So how do you spot one? Here are some tips to look out for when choosing the best kitchen installer Cape Town has to offer you;

They should know how to read a floor-plan.

Chances are if someone cannot read a floor-plan, they do not fully understand what they are doing either. Floor-plans are critical for capturing and obtaining the correct measurements. This is the foundation of any build or renovation project. Make sure they help you understand the drawing as well, to avoid any disappointment.

Get your measurements wrong, and all the rest will follow.

As a famous saying in the industry goes, “measure twice cut once.”

If you are dealing with a professional, not only will they get it right the first time, but you might spend less money, too. DIY’s can be fun, but the risk of a do-over is always going to be 10 times more. Ask your installer to supply references so you know exactly what you are dealing with.

Speaking of money, a professional will know how to keep your budget on track.

Just because you are hiring someone else to do the job instead of burying yourself knee-deep in Google searches, does not mean it has to be expensive. A professional will be able to give you insight into various options to keep your budget on-track. This kind of industry knowledge only comes from experience, something you will be able to pick up on quickly if they provide zero flexibility. So, make sure to get more than one quote before you settle, all in writing.

Not Your Average Joe:

Another way to find the best kitchen installer Cape Town has to offer you is by making sure they have knowledge in more than just one aspect. Whoever is installing your new kitchen, also needs to have extensive insight into the most important aspects of any functional kitchen; plumbing, electronics, gas and storage. If it’s a big job, rather leave electrics and gas to the specialists.

Of course, there are many more tips, but much like anything well-built, we hope these serve as a solid foundation to help you find your way around your new kitchen.

Find out more about kitchen renovations

Home Decor Interiors has over 20 years of experience and during that time we’ve renovated hundreds of homes. We pride ourselves on being a premium kitchen renovator in the Western Cape. Let us help you customise or upgrade your dream home.

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