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Testimonial – Mr & Mrs Foster

From our first meeting with Ryan from Square kitchen’s we were very impressed. Square Kitchen’s are a family run business who come with a wealth of experience. There planning,competitve prices,workmanship, knowledge and quality of products used are excellant. From the very early stages time was spent getting every aspect of the job right this continued until the job was completed. Ryan, John and their team work very hard to achieve a fantastic end result. Going over and above at all times of what is expected of them.

We are delighted with our kitchen and wish Ryan and John a very sucessful future they certainly deserve it
Annabel and Paul Foster

Tue, March 15 2011 » Testimonials » No Comments

Testimonial – Mr Capes & Ms Ward

We received several quotes from various firms but were impressed with Square Kitchen’s innovative designs and enthusiasm for the job. It was nice to be able to work alongside a local company, and their attention to detail was second to none. Ryan’s customer service skills were excellent as was Jonathan’s workmanship. Our kitchen was totally redesigned with underfloor heating and new appliances. I would certainly recommend Square Kitchens as the end result gives a real wow factor.”

Tue, March 15 2011 » Testimonials » No Comments

Testimonial – Mr & Mrs Clayton

What we liked about Square Kitchens was that Ryan brought a lot of flair to his designs.

We didn’t want the same kitchen with different doors, so he gave us something unique. We changed the designs a number of times but nothing was too much trouble for him.

I would throw an idea at Ryan and he would come back the next day with a better one. It was an extensive job that including removing an archway but Square Kitchens project managed it all. Overall we were extremely happy with the quality of the kitchen and the workmanship.”

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Tue, March 15 2011 » Testimonials » No Comments

Testimonial – Mr & Mrs Parker

We were recommended Square Kitchens by a friend and were not dissapointed.  They were very professional throughout and advised us when planning the kitchen, to make best use of the space we had.  We found them to be extremely trustworthy and were happy to go on holiday whilst the work was being done, and came home to find everywhere clean and tidy.  We found Jon and Ryan to be very polite and the standard and quality of their work second to none.  The quality of the kitchen was unbelievable and we love showing it off to our friends, some who have also been happy to have their new kitchens through Ryan and Jon.  We would be more than happy to recommend Square kitchens to anyone wanting a top quality product and finish to their kitchen.
 
Mr & Mrs S Parker

Tue, March 15 2011 » Testimonials » 1 Comment

Refurbish my Kitchen?

Step One: Do I need to update my Kitchen?
Updating your kitchen can be easy, and Square Kitchens wants to help make it a fun and pleasurable experience for you. The vast majority of today’s house owners can update their kitchens with a few simple procedures such as adding some hinges, new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, or by re placing existing cabinets. So, before you begin, it’s a good idea to decide on the scope and magnitude of the refurbishments you want. There’s no sense in doing a complete refurb when for a few pounds and a couple of hours can accomplish what you want. We’ll help you through all the steps, from adding new knobs, to adding new doors and drawers, to replacing your worktops & cabinets.
Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets or Update Them?
Functionality should dictate the form of your kitchen. If you want to make changes or improvements in the functionality of your kitchen space, or change the location of your cabinetry, then replacing it may be preferable. If you’re happy with the existing layout and workability of your kitchen, updating your current cabinetry and adding some functional accessories is better. (Don’t worry or fret, updating your current cabinetry can transform your kitchen into a showcase. You can reface your cabinets, for example, and everyone will believe that you’ve installed completely new ones!)
Making your own cabinetry is an alternative but it is a major undertaking. Although the project can be a rewarding experience for the intermediate or advanced woodworker or handy man or woman (we don’t recommend this project for the beginner), it can be disruptive to family lifestyle. Even the best-planned construction project can obstruct the normal use of your kitchen for 6 months or more. Testy and unfavorable conditions even for the tolerant and patient kitchen boss. Buying ready-made or prefabricated cabinetry can be just as challenging.
Here are some of the benefits to updating your cabinetry versus replacing it:
• Old cabinets are often of better quality construction than those made by today’s standards. (That’s unless you make them yourself, of course or they are supplied by square kitchens.)
• You can save a substantial amount by refurbishing Your Cabinetry.
• Your existing cabinetry is already installed, leveled, plumbed, and operational. These can be difficult conditions to duplicate in the labor-intensive chore of installing new cabinets.
• Installing new cabinetry will entail the dismantling of your existing kitchen. That will require that you set up a temporary kitchen facility in another part of your home. Utilities may need to be shut off completely.
• Dismantling existing cabinetry can cause damage to existing fixtures, walls, electrical systems, and plumbing.
• You can save the hidden costs of installation, delivery, taxes, by Updating Your Cabinetry versus installing new.

Sat, February 19 2011 » Uncategorized » 3 Comments

Designing Small Kitchens

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) defines a “small” kitchen as one that is 150 square ft. or less. If like most people you have a small kitchen, being able to design an ideal kitchen can be less a problem of expense and more a problem of what you can fit & where.

mixing natural and ambient lighting, and carefully choosing your appliances. If you can learn about how to use the right design ideas in creating a more spacious space you can go from thinking only of making do with little, to being able to actually love and accept what you have

If you have a small kitchen to design then the problem of designing a great kitchen boils down to just what you can fit and where. There are many different cabinet designs and surface patterns that can help you provide your small kitchen design with a sense of space.

To create the small but efficient kitchen design, you need to work on three major areas of small kitchen design: storage, lighting, and appliances.

Small kitchens may seem to be a very difficult design challenge, but they can also be functional, beautiful and efficient. Even with a small budget and building restrictions, you can find that there are many options open to you to transform your kitchen into something more ideal for your needs.

To create a more spacious look for your small kitchen design the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends designing more unique storage solutions, mixing natural and ambient lighting, taking advantage of more space saving appliances, and adding personalized touches.

A small kitchen design requires creativity in coming up with storage solutions. Some ideas to try include:

1. Putting an island in the center of the kitchen that can provide freestanding storage that is also convenient from any spot in the kitchen.

2. Using a galley kitchen design in which the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor can work out very well for a small kitchen space.

3. Today’s appliance manufacturers have come up with more compact space-saving appliances make small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep, as well as appliances that can be hung underneath cabinets like microwaves.

4. Other small kitchen design tricks to create an eating area in the kitchen include using a drop table or a small sized round table with two small chairs that can be tucked into a corner. Or a built-in counter along the wall with chairs to provide an eating nook.

5. Another interesting challenge in small kitchen design is creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter. With the proper type of lighting the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.

6. The use of light colored cabinets with glass doors.

7. Installing deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase work space.

8. Flooring tiles can be placed on a diagonal, and in a galley style kitchen hardwood flooring can be run the length of the kitchen.

9. For storage you can hang up pots and pans. This is a perfect way to free up cabinet space, and they add a certain charm and character to your small kitchen design. The insides of cabinet doors can be used to hang up everything from utensils, oven mitts, and other miscellaneous items. Pantry storage with units that go all the way to the ceiling with the upper cabinets to provide more space for seldom used items while making the lower cabinets more accessible with rollout shelves, lazy susans, and tilt-out bins.

10. Install a large kitchen sink, since larger sinks are considered to be more practical than small sinks when it comes to cleaning pots and pans.

Remember most kitchens are small. When you look in kitchen design magazines you naturally notice that the kitchens featured are large and so you might think your small kitchen in inadequate. But good small kitchen design means being able to create space and incorporating ample storage facilities and being able to fit in all the necessary appliances.

Great Small Kitchen Designs

Sun, February 6 2011 » Uncategorized » 9 Comments

Applainces

Ten Inexpensive Kitchen Gadgets

Everybody loves a kitchen gadget for Christmas, and you’ll find various lists around – of the best gadgets to give as gifts – some of which, quite frankly, I wouldn’t give house room. Here’s my top ten list of inexpensive gadgets … which includes items for those who don’t cook so much:

1. Kenwood Triblade Blender £59.99
A hand held blender is included on most people’s top ten list of kitchen gadgets. This one’s pretty special, though. It has three blades, instead of the more normal two – making it speedy and efficient – and it has special attachments designed for the hand held blender’s most useful purposes … blending soups, and mashing potato, directly in the saucepan. It has a handy beaker too, for using with the standard attachment, to make smoothies.

2. Microwave Saucepan £3.99
If you’re like most people I know, you use china dishes with a plate over them, or sometimes a sheet of clingfilm … to heat up food in the microwave. Or sometimes you don’t bother and leave the dish open … and that’s when it inevitably spits and spatters all over the inside of the oven. This little saucepan stops all that and, unlike most plastic microwave dishes, it’s stain resistant. It also has a handle, to stop you burning your fingers and a spout to drain water from vegetables. Great idea. Great present for students.

3. Jar Opener £4.95
I’ve had one of these for years and I use it quite frequently. It can get the lids off of most sizes of jar, including those big jars of gherkins which we tend to buy at this time of year. This is quite a smart stainless steel version.

4. Kenwood Mini Chopper £16.45
This gadget is good for both those who cook a lot and those who just want to chop a few herbs or finely chop an onion. It’ll do breadcrumbs and chop nuts too … and it’s great for pureeing a single meal portion for a baby. It’s small enough to sit on the worktop permanently (unlike some of the much more sophisticated gadgets that can do the same thing) … and it’s easy to clean

5. Electric Knife £27
This looks like the perfect electric knife to me. It’s from John Lewis and they call it a bread knife … but it’s equally suitable for slicing meat and vegetables. It comes – with two blades – in a solid wood container with a safety lock, which can be stood up and kept on the worktop, or laid down as a tray within a drawer. The knife is suitable for both left and right handed use.

6. Scoop N Drain Coil Spoon £3.99
Especially useful at this time of year, when most of us get some pickles in. This nifty coil spoon means that you can avoid trying to spear those elusive last pickled onions with a fork … or dragging them – and a trickle of vinegar – out with a normal spoon.

7. Microplane Rotary Grater £34
I used one of these for years – in my younger days – when I cooked a lot more! It’s really good for grating chocolate or for large amounts of hard cheese … for a macaroni cheese, for instance … and your fingers are quite safe. This Microplane version looks far superior to the model I had. It comes with two grades of drum, for a start, so can be used for softer cheeses or for more coarse grating of hard cheese. It can also go into the dishwasher.

8. Salad Dressing Bottle £6
I find these really useful. You can use the recipes printed on the side – with graduated marks for adding the ingredients – shake up the dressing to mix – and serve straight from the bottle. You can then cork the bottles firmly (I have two for different dressings) and store any leftover mix in the fridge.

9. John Lewis Value Casserole £10
This would make a great gift for those who don’t yet cook a lot – but would like to learn – or anyone who values a very versatile dish. It’s oven safe up to 260 degrees C (I don’t think my oven actually gets that hot!) – it can be used in the microwave – you can put it in the freezer with any leftovers – it’s smart enough to use at the table – and it can be washed in the dishwasher.

10. Ice Crusher £25
Last, but not least, is this Barcraft acrylic ice crusher. This one’s for the boys – or whoever looks after the drinks at parties – and for all those who didn’t manage to squeeze a big American fridge-freezer into their kitchen. Just freeze some ice cubes, pop them into the top of your ice crusher, and turn the handle. Who needs expensive electronic gadgets? It holds about a litre of ice and even comes with a handy little scoop …

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Sun, February 6 2011 » Uncategorized » 7 Comments

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Sat, February 5 2011 » Uncategorized » 2 Comments

Welcome to Square Kitchens Blog

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Finally the Square Kitchens Blog has launched. Again a massive thanks to Tom King Creative for their exceptional work. Check them out at http://www.tomking.co.uk, they’re ace!!!

Fri, February 4 2011 » Uncategorized » 3 Comments