The new “must have” in kitchen design

Large wide drawers are fast becoming the new “must have” in kitchen design! As you can see they not only hold a huge variety of items but also give you easy access to the contents too.

You can use to store crockery, pots and pans and normal everyday items too, tins, jars packets etc.
There are many advantages of drawers over conventional base units. Firstly from an aesthetic point of view they give the kitchen a completely different look and feel. As you can see from the pictures they add a very contemporary sleek look to the kitchen and make for a more pleasing modern looking kitchen. However for me the best feature is how much more practical they are versus a standard base unit.

Firstly they hold a massive 50 kg in weight which is 50 bags worth of sugar! As you can see they are extremely versatile too. But the best thing is that you can see exactly what’s in them as the whole drawer comes out to you giving you easy access to the contents. No more rummaging about down on your hands and knees in the backs of cupboards trying to nd things, and food stu going out of date, because you’ve forgotten it was there! You can see at a glance not only what you have but you can easily access it too.
They’re also a great boon for anyone who has trouble bending or has a sore back etc.
So all in all although wide drawers are more expensive than a standard base unit with doors the benefits are there for all to see. We even have a new range of 1200 mm wide drawers for even more flexible storage!
So remember to discuss the options of wide drawer storage when we design your new dream kitchen for you, you won’t regret it!

All you need to know about pyrolytic ovens

Cleaning your oven is no-ones favourite chore. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have an oven that cleans itself? Well now you can! Pyrolytic ovens have been available since 1968 however since then the technology has improved dramatically making them more efficient, effective and affordable. Here’s all you need to know about pyrolytic ovens.

What does pyrolytic mean and how does it work? Pyrolytic cleaning uses high temperatures of around five hundred degrees centigrade to burn of the grease and spills from cooking food. At the end of a pyrolytic cycle all you have to do is wipe the excess ash with a damp cloth.

How often should you clean your oven? Wiping up spills when cooking each time will mean you do not have to use this feature regularly. Most manufacturers recommend the feature to be used once or twice a month.

When is the best time to use the pyrolytic clean option? Typically the cleaning cycle lasts around 3 hours so bare this in mind when you activate this.

Does it cost a lot to run? Modern pyrolytic ovens are very energy efficient and a cycle typically costs less than an oven cleaning pack from your local supermarket. Some ovens are able to detect when the grease is gone and stop the cycle early to save energy.

Questions? Ask an expert. Visit our fitted kitchen showrooms in Falkirk and Kirkintilloch for inspiration or click the button and one of our kitchen experts will answer your question.

4 things you need to know when buying a fitted kitchen

The kitchen really is the heart of the home. A typical family may only buy 2 or 3 in a lifetime yet a fitted kitchen has a huge impact on how you can enjoy your home, entertain and of course the value of your home. At Homeworld we have decades of experience in fitted kitchen design and this article is designed to help you realise the kitchen of your dreams.

#1 Kitchen Practicality

Fitted kitchens must be glamourous and so it is easy to forget that they have to be functional as well as stylish. Start with the function how often will it be used? How many people will use it? And what will it be used to cook? Ask one of our kitchen experts about the work triangle to get the most from your space.

#2 Kitchen Style

When it comes to kitchen style the options are almost limitless. Kitchen doors are available in almost any colour and nish imaginable. From gloss white to hand painted blue there is a fitted kitchen to suit your style with a host of complimentary accessories to match.

#3 No regrets!

A comment we often hear is “I wish I had done something diferent with my last fitted kitchen”. Always dreamt of a dishwasher? Or an oven that cleans itself? How about a kettle tap?! Let us know and you might be in for a pleasant surprise!

#4 Kitchen Appliances

Are you the next winner of The Great British Bake Off or do you prefer beans on toast? Either way choosing the right appliance package is essential to make sure your fitted kitchen.

These questions along with our design guidance can help you make the most of the space in your kitchen.

Questions? Ask an expert!

Visit our fitted kitchen showrooms in Falkirk and Kirkintilloch for inspiration or click the button and one of our kitchen experts will answer your question.

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Kitchen work triangle

Have you heard of the kitchen work triangle?

The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts.

The primary tasks in a home kitchen are carried out between the cooking area , the sink and the fridge freezer.

These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle.

 

Questions? Call one of our designers on the numbers below:

Kirkintilloch Showroom: 0141 777 6777 I Falkirk Showroom: 01324 632 566

Prawn and spinach biryani

 

A fragrantly spiced pilaf-style dish that doesn’t take much more effort than ringing for a take-away yet is much healthier as it is low in fat. Serve with a refreshing raita to complete the meal.

 

Ingredients 
Serves: 4

400g can chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced

15g fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp ground nutmeg

225g basmati rice, rinsed

pinch of sugar

300g baby leaf spinach, washed and roughly torn

225g peeled, raw tiger prawns, thawed if frozen

 

Method
Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min

 

  1. Drain the tomatoes in a sieve over a heatproof measuring jug, then set aside. Bring a kettle of water to the boil.
  2. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole over a medium heat. Add the onion, chilli and ginger and stir for 3 minutes. Stir in the cumin, coriander, turmeric and nutmeg and continue stirring until the onion is softened.
  3. Add the rice and drained tomatoes to the casserole and stir to mix with the spices. Add enough boiling water to the reserved tomato juice to make up to 450ml. Stir this liquid into the rice with the sugar and add a pinch of salt, then bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly and leave the rice to cook without lifting the lid for 10–12 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed, the rice grains are tender and tiny holes appear on the surface.
  5. Stir in the spinach, as much as you can at a time, adding more as each addition wilts. When all the spinach has been added, lay the prawns on top, re-cover the casserole and turn down the heat to very low. Cook for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave to stand for 1 minute, without lifting the lid, by which time the spinach will have wilted further and the prawns will have cooked through. Gently fork together to combine the rice, spinach and prawns. Serve immediately.

 

Credit: allrecipes.co.uk

Vietnamese Style BBQ Pork

Brown sugar on pork give these luscious skewers their tasty crunch. The fish sauce, now more widely available in shops, is definitely essential to achieve that Vietnamese flavour. The marinade should be enough for up to four steaks.

Ingredients (Serves: 2)

2 pork loin steaks

2 shallots roughly chopped

3 tsp dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp cooking oil

Method
Prep:4hr  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:4hr10min

  1. Put shallots, brown sugar, chilli and fish sauce in a food processor and blend until it makes a paste. Stir in the oil.
  2. Cut pork loin steaks across the grain into 7 cm long strips about 2.5 cm wide.
  3. Mix pork pieces and the paste in a medium bowl with your hands, rubbing in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for between 4 to 24 hours.
  4. Thread pork on skewers and barbecue until cooked, rotating skewers for approximately 5-10 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Serve in a baguette with pickled veg for Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) or on top of rice noodles and mixed salad with nuoc cham as a dressing.

Credit: allrecipes.co.uk

Things to consider when buying your new kitchen.

Buying a new kitchen can be a very daunting task indeed! Where to go? Which style? How much do I need to spend? Which appliances? Which worktop, laminate or solid? Which type of sink? What type of flooring? Should I fit it myself or have it fitted professionally? There’s a multitude of things to consider!

For us here at Homeworld we always say you’re not just buying a kitchen it’s a whole package your investing in.

We will help with the initial planning and design of your kitchen and after discussing various options on the design that suit you and your requirements we’ll come up with a design which we will put on 3D cad computer drawing, so that you can see it on screen in the actual kitchen you are thinking of buying.

This really helps you to visualise it rather than just imagine how it might look. We can then tweak it if necessary to reflect any changes you may wish to make or change the door, worktop colour, or type of door to let you see a different look.

But that’s just the start. If you decide after discussion you wish to proceed with your order there is a lot of decisions to be made!

Once you have settled on a door you like our designer will go through the various options on worktops, handles, flooring, splash back or tiles, lighting etc. to pull the whole design together so that the kitchen turns out exactly as you want it to. People no longer just want a functional kitchen everyone wants a bit of wow factor too so that you end up with not only a beautiful, practical kitchen but a jaw dropping one too, that you and your family will be proud to show off!

But who does all the work? The ripping out and disposal of old kitchen, the plastering,flooring,tiling,lighting,knocking the wall down, fitting the new French doors?etc etc etc.

Well that’s where we come in. At Homeworld we will take care of all of that for you. We totally project manage the whole job for you from start to finish and take the strain away from you. Most people these days don’t have the time or inclination or indeed contacts to take care of all that work.

We have our own team of kitchen & bathroom fitters who we employ and can also take care of everything else too as mentioned above.

A typical installation will usually take us 5/6 days but that normally includes all the rip out , refitting, electrics,plumbing,gas,plastering and flooring etc and we take away all the rubbish too including your old kitchen.

Annemarie from our customer care dept will call you each evening to make sure you are happy with every aspect of your installation too thus making sure everything runs smoothly!

I think when investing your hard earned money in a new kitchen these are things you should consider very carefully and it’s nice to deal with someone local where you can pop in a speak to a person  over a coffee rather than calling a faceless call centre from miles away!

So in short if you want to have a professional, properly designed kitchen or bathroom, with great quality and advice, where you can pick everything in the one studio backed up by personal experienced service then choose Homeworld for your next home improvement.

You won’t regret it!

Kitchen Islands

Not everyone has been to an exotic paradise island but perhaps  you can at least have one in your new kitchen!

An island isn’t for everyone and you do need a very large kitchen to carry it off successfully! However if you have the space it can make a real statement and a great focal point in your new Homeworld kitchen.

As you can see from some our clients finished projects it can serve several purposes.

It can house your hob and or your sink perhaps, or as in our last picture our client only wished to have it as a seating area.

In the two white gloss handleless kitchens it is in fact the only worktop in the kitchen and is teamed up with a bank of tall units housing the ovens, integrated fridges etc. giving a very sleek contemporary look to the room. Also there is a combined hot water tap installed kso no need for a kettle cluttering up your worktop! Ideal if your a minimalist at heart.

So if you have the room and are brave enough to be a little more daring and you have the room then go for an island! Dare to be different and make your new Homeworld kitchen a real talking point with a great focal design element too!