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Kitchen Ergonomics

Top tips for kitchen layouts that work

Getting your kitchen layout right is the most important factor in ensuring a functional and practical kitchen area. Whether your kitchen is small and cramped or large and expansive, a clever layout will make all the difference in helping you to get the most out of the space.

More than any other rooms - in the kitchen, there is a lot more to layout than just placing furniture and cabinetry: ergonomics has a huge role to play as well. Getting the heights right, ensuring efficient movement, locating of appliances correctly are going to factor in you getting the most from the Heart of the Home.

The floorplan of your home will determine the type of layout options that your kitchen will have, however you need to optimise the area to work efficiently.

These are some kitchen layout tips to help you do just that.

Kitchen Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study of how equipment and furniture can be arranged in order that people can do work or other activities more efficiently and comfortably.

Kitchen ergonomics, the basis of great kitchen design

 

The Kitchen Work Triangle

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The Work Triangle

The work triangle was devised in the 1920’s as one of the first measures of efficiency in a residential kitchen. The triangle creates a clear path between the area for food preparation (stove top), the cleaning area (kitchen sink) and the food storage area (refrigerator).

The Principles of the Kitchen Work Triangle:

• The length of each triangle leg is between 1.2 and 2.7m

• The combined length of the three legs should be between 4m and 7.9m

• There should not be any appliances or cabinetry intersecting any of the legs of the triangle

• There should not be any major traffic through the triangle

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Good design always involves some degree of compromise, but to give you an idea of the best case scenario..

Guidelines for Kitchen Efficiency and usability 

• Entry doors to the kitchen should be at least 812mm wide

• An entry door should not interfere with the safe operation of any appliances, cabinet and appliance doors should not interfere with one another

• Walkways should be at least 915mm wide

• Seating should be a minimum of 610mm wide for each person

• Allow a 460mm leg clearance at a table that is 760mm high; 380mm clearance at a kitchen counter ( and 305mm at bar counter or island 

• If there is only one sink, it should be located next to or across from the stove top and fridge

• Kitchen Sinks should be flanked by a minimum 610mm landing area

• The work surface of at least 760mm wide and 600mm deep should be next to the sink

• Dishwashers should be within 1m of the sink

• There should be a landing space of at least 380mm next to the handle side of the fridge or one no further than 1200mm opposite the fridge

• The cooking surface should have minimum landing areas of 300mm on the one side and 380mm on the other side

• There should be a minimum of 600mm between the cooking surface and the non-combustible surface above it

• Provide a cooking ventilation system above all cooking surface appliances

• Do not locate the cooking surface under a window and provide a fire extinguisher near the kitchen’s exit, away from cooking equipment

• Microwave ovens should be placed based on the user’s requirements, with 75mm below shoulder height being ideal

• Provide a landing area of at least 380mm above, below or next to the microwave oven

• Provide a landing area of at least 380mm next to the oven or one no more than 1200mm opposite the oven

• In addition to general lighting, each work surface should be well lit by appropriate task lighting.

 

Guidelines as recommended by the National Kitchen and Bath Association

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 - 01/10/2020

Crittall Doors

Crittall Style Doors in Solid Wood

There’s no denying that Crittall-style has been staging a comeback – and not just as windows and doors, but as walls, rear extensions, room dividers and even shower screens.

Crittall Doors helps create different zones, without compromising on light or space.

Striking but minimalist, the thin-framed grid-like doors complement other all sorts of styles, from mid-century modern to Scandi-style, while their sleek frames feel contemporary and add a hint of industrial style.

Our Solid Wood Crittall style doors can be used as internal partitions and connecting doorways, and they’re great for dividing up and zoning spaces. There’s no arguing that open-plan living has become increasingly popular, allowing for more space and light.

Tearing down all the walls isn’t always practical, and sometimes spaces still need to be divided up somehow. Crittall style is perfect here, and using these sleek-framed partitions to create floor plans that feel both light and inclusive but retain an element of separation.

Crittall doors are also perfect for framing courtyards, gardens and rear extensions, creating a seamless transition between inside and out.

Crittall style is not new. In 1860 that Francis Henry Crittall, an ironmonger in Essex, first used this method to create steel-framed windows. Yet despite being around for nearly 160 years they still feel as contemporary as ever. Framed glazing has never looked so good.

See some of the Glazed Screen Doors that we have made

 - 11/29/2019

Sustainable Heating

Waste Wood Heater

Its mid November here in Dublin and its starting to getting cold and damp! Time to light our Waste Wood Burning Heater. 
Although we work hard to keep it to a minimum, our joinery produces plenty of waste wood. During busy weeks this can be over 350kg of waste wood and sawdust. It really mounts up quickly.

Our Waste Wood Heater is the soloution to both problems.
It takes care of all our off cuts and wood waste. It burns very efficiently and produces almost no ash. Because the fule is all kiln dried wood the fire emitts almost no particulate pollution. So its a much more sustainable method of heating.

In the past the costs involved in removing this wast was considerable. When you add the savings to our heating costs it won't be long before the heater is paid for.

Meanwhile, we have a cosy joinery to work in. That keeps the carpenters happy and happy carpenters creat amazing work!

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 - 11/22/2019

Why We Love Solid Wood

4 Reasons we love Solid Wood

Strength and durability

Our Solid wood kitchens are sturdy, durable and requires very little maintenance. Wood is a long-lasting natural material that can stand constant use, whether it's spills in the kitchen or scratches in the dining room. Solid wood furniture will last for generations with minimum care.

Sustainability

When responsibly sourced and certified, wood represents an excellent option for sustainability, and is thus an ecologically sound way of furnishing a home.Wood that is responsibly sourced is actually the only renewable building material - trees that are harvested for their wood can be replenished by new growth.

The carbon footprint that results from the production and processing of wood products is much lower than that for other building materials.
With up to 50 per cent of the dry weight of wood being carbon, they also have the capacity to store carbon, something that’s crucial in the fight against climate change.

It will develope with you

Getting tired of the look of your kitchen?  No problem - The beauty of building with wood is that it can be changed over time to give it a new lease of life. By simply sanding, staining, or repainting, you can refinish your solid wood kitchen and give it an entirely new look. 

Value for money

You may pay a little more for solid wood furniture, quality wood costs a bit more than other materials however, the strength, durability and versitility that comes with wood means that you will save in the longer term and enjoy the benefits for years to come. 



We believe that solid wood makes the best kitchens and furniture. It looks and feels great. Wood will last a lifetime and can be easily refinished to give your home a new lease of life. Solid wood is a sustainable material that is environmentally sound.

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 - 11/15/2019

8 Reasons to Choose Reclaimed Flooring

8 Good Reasons to Choose Reclaimed Wood Flooring

1) Environmental

Using reclaimed wood saves trees by reducing the demand from forests.
Harvesting wood involves felling, transporting and processing the trees, which have a massive impact on the environment. Using reclaimed wood reduces this impact

Another green benift of using reclaimed wood is that when you lay it as flooring it effectively traps air. This makes it a great insulator, saving you money on your energy bills.

Using wood that’s been saved from landfill is an environmentally responsible choice, and it’s one of the top reasons to choose reclaimed wood.

2) Give Old Wood New Life

Distressed woods, in particular, look great when reused. Reclaimed wood provides a vintage look and is really long-lasting.

We have supplied flooring from lots of interesting places - Bolands Mills in Dublin city center for example. When you buy old wood, you’re also purchasing a piece of history and great dinner party conversations!

3) Amazing Character of Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is unique in that it offers ageless distinction and beauty. It’s also unparalleled in terms of its architectural quality. Every piece is different and cannot be replicated. Reclaimed wood has so much character, and its age only brings out its allure, depth and color even further.

There is a specific uniquely weathered beauty about reclaimed wood that has so much more “heart” than mass produced modern pieces. Old wood displays random character marks and has a rich patina that draws you into it.

Every piece has its own story and history. This provides a real talking point when friends and family come over, as every piece has its own appeal and interest that can never be found in modern wood.

4) You Can’t Buy Old-Growth Wood Anymore

The term “old-growth” refers to trees that have naturally reached their full maturity within an environment that encourages slow growth. Old-growth trees are typically stronger and larger than others because they took decades and sometimes centuries to mature.

The more slowly a tree grows, the denser the fiber becomes. Every species of tree becomes mature at a different age as well. Old growth wood is more stable than newly harvested, a top reason to choose reclaimed

Because of the diversity of old-growth forests, they are now protected, and you can’t buy old-growth wood anymore. That means using reclaimed old-growth wood is the perfect alternative. 

5) Durable and Strong 

Reclaimed wood is both durable and strong. When our country’s old residences, warehouses and factories were built, only the most stable and durable timbers were used to support them. It’s a fact that many of these old buildings have stood strong for many hundreds of years.~

Old wood is far stronger than the timber of today because the pieces originating from before the 20th century endured little to no air pollution. Additionally, most old wood comes from trees that grew for  hundreds of years.

6) The Most Stable Wood Available

Old growth wood is more dimensionally stable than wood that’s been newly-harvested. This is due to old wood having been exposed to many changes in humidity over prolonged periods of time.

This gives pieces constructed from old wood far more stability than fresh timber, and it is particularly desirable for use in high-traffic areas such as your floors. Reclaimed wood for flooring is an ideal choice since the wood has already been contracting and expanding for many years, or perhaps decades.

7) Wider Planks

If you’re looking for reclaimed wide plank flooring, keep in mind that reclaimed wood beams are stronger and stable enough to be sawn into wider planks than those that have been newly harvested.

8) Originality

Nowadays, so many items we buy are mass produced. If you want to find something original for your home, it’s going to cost the earth. However, when you buy reclaimed wood, you can be sure each and every piece is 100 percent original and isn’t mass produced like other modern wood products.

Reclaimed wood is a one-of-a-kind product, with no two boards ever being exactly alike. So, if you want your home to have a distinctive and personal look, choosing reclaimed wood is the way to do it.

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 - 09/27/2019

Recycling in the Kitchen

What are the options for a Greener Kitchen?

Our intergrated recycling bins will help you keep your kitchen floor free and help your family recycle as much as possible without it taking over. If you have a solid system in place to seperate your kitchen waste you will increase the amount thats recycled and reduce the effort required to do so!

We recommend the popular 4 compartment intergrated system. Its easy to seperate the waste as its being disgarded and the whole system is easy to empty and clean.

There is a wide range of services and facilities to recycle domestic waste. As well as reducing the volume of waste going to landfill sites, recycling and composting your domestic waste helps to minimise charges for waste collection.

Many of the items used in the home can be recycled. The benefits of recycling include a cleaner environment, the safe disposal of hazardous materials, greater awareness of excess packaging and a careful approach to the use and re-use of materials.

Many products carry international recycling symbols that help to identify how they can be re-used and/or disposed of safely.

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Why is recycling important?

The good news is that 98% of Irish people are switched on to how important recycling is – but there’s still work to be done. Even though most of us recycle, there are still issues around recycling contamination meaning that even those of us with the best intentions are actually putting the wrong thing in that green bin.

Key Facts
Paper and cardboard products make up 23.7% of waste in the household bin and plastic 12%
Manufacturing recycled paper instead of new paper from virgin wood plump uses 54% less energy and 58% less water. Paper products use up to 35% of the world’s annual commercial wood harvest. One piece of office paper can be recycled up to seven times.

Plastic is made from crude oil – a valuable and limited non-renewable resource. Recycling plastic saves 2/3 of the energy required to produce plastic from raw materials.

Look at things this way – if recycled properly, plastic can be turned into amazing and useful stuff like raincoats, wellies, footballs, rugby balls, game consoles, plastic toys, smart phones – fleece clothing, garden furniture, sleeping bags and jacket insulation and carpets…. The list goes on.

 

What can go in the recycling bin?

Paper

Newspapers and magazines 
Junk mail and envelopes/paper
Food boxes, milk cartons, egg boxes

Aluminium
Aluminum drinks cans (like a Coke can etc)
Steel
Food and pet food tins/cans
Biscuit tins

Plastic bottles (PET1)
Mineral and water bottles 
Mouthwash bottles 
Salad dressing bottles

Plastic bottles (HDPE2)
Milk and juice bottles
Cosmetic and shampoo bottles
Household cleaning bottles
Plastic bottles (PP)
Yoghurt pots
Margarine tubs
Any rigid food packaging (except black)
Liquid soap containers
Fruit containers

What is recycling contamination?
Contamination in your recycling bin can be as high as 36%.

According to stats from Repak.ie, just over a third of what we actually intend on being recycled actually makes the grade. But there are steps that you can take to ensure your recycling bin is in better nick and that more of your waste can be reused.
The most common types of contamination include: dirty nappies, food waste, garden waste, electrical wires, batteries, materials with soiled oils, plastic bags, ashes, clothes, shoes, sheets, cushions, contaminated food containers, half full bottles or cartons with liquid.

If you contaminate your recycling bin, you can ruin a load of quality material that can be recycled again and turned into something brand new.

 

So – how do I recycle better?

Ensure you rinse any food or liquid residues from containers
Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled
Know your recycling day so you don’t become tempted to dump recyclable waste with other rubbish
Flatten and crush/open up boxes to make best use of space

Do not put mixed recyclables into a box or bag and then into green bins (these need to be pulled out for mechanical separation)
Do not put food waste or other compostable materials (such as garden waste) in green or blue bins
No electrical items, clothes, old shoes, used batteries should be into the green bin

Recycle more items from the bathroom or others areas of the house and think about where else you could be recycling

Full list of what goes into what bin

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 - 09/27/2019

What are In-Frame Kitchens?

What are In-Frame Kitchens?

In-Frame Kitchens have the cabinet doors inset within a wooden frame as opposed to the doors being fixed on to the frame of the cabinet.

The frame provides strength to the front of a cabinet and is also considered a visual feature. In-Frame Kitchens is the traditional cabinet furniture construction method, makes the entire construction stronger and of course adds durability.

Inframe is currently on trend, however ALL our kitchens are inframe and always have been. 

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Advantages of In-Frame Kitchen Cabinets

Inframe doors add to the traditional look and feel of the kitchen, door edges of the cabinet doors are less likely to show wear and tear, keeping your kitchen looking great for longer.

Bespoke Finish – All the doors are made to fit perfectly into the frame. 

Inframe Kitchens are stronger. The frame adds strenght to the cabinet which in ture adds drability to the kitchen - its a win win!

In-frame cabinet doors will remain straight and won’t sag over time. Because of the extra rigidity and strenght the doors will hang correctly and wont be inclined to sag or catch the way onframe doors invairiably do

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 - 05/11/2018
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ADDRESS

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Swords Road,
Dublin, Ireland
K67 N7C1

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Saturday : 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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