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Interior Design | The Rewards of Excellent Service

The ultimate goal of an Interior Design project is to design a space optimally – to best serve its intended purpose. Successful projects achieve this goal effectively, efficiently and impressively.

Great Interior Designers combine art and science to achieve the functional and aesthetic objectives of a project within the constraints of the Project Plan. They deliver according to the agreed scope, time-frame and budget.

Tight deadlines, challenging requirements and result-focused clients ramp up the pressure on Designers. Successful designers are by default great conductors. They keep their orchestra playing in tune, on time and from the same page – despite the noise, the distractions and the pressure.

Great results are no accident, but instead flow from a balanced, yet sumptuous combination of artistic flair, solid project management capabilities and excellent communication skills. The results of a project mirror the caliber of the Designer and reflect their ability to bring a brief to life.

Every project has a unique set of challenges – some major, others minor. Challenging projects may become stressful for both the client and the Designer.

It’s therefore extremely gratifying when a challenging project has a happy ending. There’s no greater reward for a Designer than this, as is illustrated in this heartwarming “Thank-you” from one of our clients (edited for relevance), below:

Steve and Pat,

Re: Office Interior Design

I had the luxury of resuming my seat at my “just for me” high desk this morning (I can assure you no person has yet been able to fit underneath the desk but then again my wife and I may have drinks there tonight).

I then scoped the view, absorbed the aura and took a moment to appreciate the exceptional craftmanship displayed in the offices. From the glass “brainstorming” table to the practical pin boards above the desks, the warmth of the library to the durable “easy access” bar outside it is all incredibly well done.

I want to use this moment to personally thank you and your team for delivering such an exceptional product. I know you had to put up with a sub par project manager (yes, Paddy did warn me 1000 times) and my occasional tantrums and yet you still delivered above all expectations.

Thanks guys, much appreciated!!!
Clark.

Feedback from more of our Happy customers…

Hi Brandon & Steven,

Re: Vanity Design

Your team has completed the instillation and it looks absolutely stunning 🙂 Thank You!

Kind Regards
Anschi

Hi Patrick,

Re: Artscape Project

I saw the installation at the Artscape and was really impressed, it looks stuning!

The workmanship was really top notch and for a first time NeoLITH installation, your guys really did a great job.

Claire

The Gardner Interior Concepts Promise

At Gardner Interior Concepts, we pride ourselves on providing the best client experience.

Our Service Model is customer-centric – geared towards ensuring the best service and results.

A Full Service solution based on your requirements. One call does it all:
=> Design, Construction, Joinery, Manufacturing, Installation, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Tiling, Painting.

Management and Delivery for every component of your project:
=> Our in-house team of sub-contractors supplement our services to provide end-to-end delivery.

One Quotation for your entire project:
=> Our itemized Quotations provide a comprehensive breakdown of all fees and costs.

A Transparent Costing Model:
=> No hidden or unexpected costs. Additional items are agreed, costed and signed off before work is started.

A designated Project Manager:
=> Our experienced Project Managers guarantee success: Within scope and budget, and on time.

To Summarize:

  • One call does it all – One call initiates your project;
  • A one-stop-shop Service Model – One team and one point of contact;
  • One comprehensive Quotation – Itemized Breakdown for Everything;
  • Total Transparency with Costs – No hidden costs and no surprises;
  • Meticulous Project Management – No overruns on Cost, Schedule or Budget.

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Interior Design | The Rewards of Excellent Service

Gardner Interior Concepts | New Product Launches and Promotions

Welcome to the Gardner Interior Concepts Product Launch and Promotions update page. Here you will find our latest Product Launches, Exclusive Promotions and “one of a kind” Giveaways.

We have something special for everyone. Browse and explore our exciting new products and offerings below.

We welcome and appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to Contact us or leave a Comment.

Introducing the GIC River Table

Creative and Artistic Design

This exclusive artistic masterpiece brings the great outdoors right into your home – tastefully and beautifully.

The GIC River Table is no optical illusion or mirage. It offers a life-like and realistic impression so striking, it may have you hearing the sounds of the mighty river which it depicts so powerfully and amazingly.

This stunning table combines art, style and decor – seamlessly and elegantly. Get your River Table today.

The GIC River Table will be featured at the “Desert Expo” at the end of November 2018. Order yours now.

The River Table is designed to your personal specifications. Please provide your size preferences for your quote.

Use the Quick Response Form below to Place Your Order, Submit Your Inquiry, or Provide your Suggestions regarding any changes or improvements you wish to see in future releases of the River Table.

Don’t delay… Get your exclusive GIC River Table today. Click here to learn more about the GIC River Table.

Introducing the Gardner Interior Concepts Patio Server

The Essential Outdoor Party Accessory

The high quality GIC Patio Server brings exclusive style and convenience to your outdoor entertainment.

Perfect for Summer!

The versatile GIC Patio Server offers smart and innovative features – functionality, reliability and portability.

For durability, reliability and intuitive practicality, the GIC Patio Server offers unbeatable value.

A fully extendable drawer and six hooks for cloths and utensils keeps everything organized, and the lockable caster wheels enables smooth mobility and stationary stability – everything at your fingertips before you need it.

  • Lockable caster wheels;
  • Solid Oak timber slatted shelf;
  • Solid 32mm Oak or Bamboo worktop;
  • 6 x Utensil & Cloth hooks;
  • 1 x Fully extendable drawer;
  • Solid Meranti hand-painted frame.

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Finding The Right Surface | Countertops | Worktops


Are you designing a new kitchen or bathroom, or creating a new indoor or outdoor space?
Are you remodeling your kitchen or your bathroom, or any other space?

If your home improvement or renewal project is focused on your kitchen or bathroom, the central element of your project will be your tops, i.e. countertops or worktops. As the traditional center-piece and the face of your space, your choice of countertops will set the tone for all your design and decorating options.

Your choice of surface will ultimately determine the mood, ambience and character of a space. The functionality and practicality of your kitchen or bathroom invariably hinges on your choice of surface. Do not be alarmed if you’re overwhelmed by the myriad choices and options available on the market. We will assist with your choice.

Countertops, Worktops, Islands, Wall-cladding, Flooring

Should the words quartz, laminate, synthetic, or terms such as Green, Engineered, Manufactured or Fabricated, increase your levels of anxiety, fear not. Our professional insights and advice will quickly restore calm.

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The kitchen is the heart and the hub of your home. The choice of surfaces for your kitchen ultimately defines the character of your kitchen, and by extension, the rest of your home. An out of kilter kitchen may easily cause aggravation and frustration due to functionality that’s missing, impractical surfaces or dysfunctional design.

For high quality commercial and residential solutions that enhance your living space with beautiful finishes; making it comfortable, effective and functional, contact Gardner interior Concepts today.

Gardner Interior Concepts has the right solution for all the indoor and outdoor surfaces of your home, to suit your lifestyle. Our end-to-end solutions include countertops, worktops, kitchen islands, back-splashes, bathroom tops and vanities, as well as floors, walls, stairs and every other indoor or outdoor surface your home may need.

Understanding your choices and optionsOur in-house surface experts will guide you through our wide range of surfaces, colors and designs to help you find a solution that’s perfect for you. All our solutions are covered by a bullet-proof warranty – which includes our after sales support services – and comply with the relevant regulatory and safety guidelines.

The three questions that people often ask are:

1. “What is the best surface for my kitchen tops (worktops or countertops)?”
2. “Are quartz countertops better than granite countertops?”
3. “Are natural stone surfaces better than wooden or synthetic surfaces?”

These questions can only be answered satisfactorily as follows, but with a caveat: Every surface has its own pros and cons which may prove decisive in terms of defining the quality of your final results.

In order to make an informed choice, i.e. selecting the right surface for your intended usage and application needs, the following saying provides an insightful perspective:

A beautiful black stallion may light up our eyes, but choosing “horses for courses” is always smart and wise.

Gardner Interior Concepts offer solutions that are fit for purpose. After completing an assessment of your needs, we map your preferences to the features of the most suitable surfaces, in line with your objectives.

We factor your preferred look and feel; the characteristics of the surface in terms of liquid (water, wine, etc), chemical (stain) and heat resistance; weight bearing; durability, contact-impact resilience and cost into our final recommendation.

A wide range of surfaces to choose from

Contemporary countertop materials such as quartz, lava, green, porcelain, glass and synthetics – manufactured, engineered or fabricated – expand your range of options way beyond the traditional surfaces such as natural stone, wood, steel, concrete or the once-popular ceramic surfaces.

You will increase your odds for success dramatically by defining your requirements clearly up front. A well-defined set of requirements is essentially the core of the tick-list that will inform your final choice of surface. It may also illuminate key elements of your choice, which you may have missed or overlooked.

The list below highlights a few pertinent factors to consider when choosing a surface for any space in your home.

  • Your personal preference, style and taste – aesthetics;
  • The needs and requirements of your family;
  • The presence of young children in your home;
  • Your home environment – size and space;
  • The main usage of the surface you are considering;
  • The characteristics of the surface – porosity and resistance to stains and chemicals;
  • The durability of the surface – resistance to cuts, scratches, spills – wear and tear;
  • The resilience of the surface in terms of heat, weight and “heavy traffic”;
  • The cleaning and maintenance requirements;
  • The health aspect, e.g. any areas which allow bacteria to grow;
  • Last but not least, the cost of the surface.

A one-size-fits-all approach, or a selection process based solely on one or two characteristics of a surface such as “toughness” (durability), “looks” (finish) or price, may affect your results negatively.

The success of your project is determined by how well the characteristics of your preferred surface meets your needs and satisfies your requirements.

Gardner Interior Concepts offers professional advice and full service, end-to-end solutions for the best results for your kitchen, bathroom and every other space in your home. We simplify your choices for a functional, practical and high impact solution.

Natural Stone Wall Cladding

Natural stone introduces a striking variation in texture to any space and makes an impactful statement. Add a magical touch and a stylish accent to any space. Learn more. Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today.

Every surface is a unique package with its own set of features and characteristics and specific pros and cons.

We’ve listed a few key attributes of wood, stone, synthetic and quartz surfaces below – highlighting their salient features.

Wood Countertops

Wooden countertops – Butchers Block and other wood – bring a warm, homely and inviting ambience to a kitchen or any other space in your home.

Wooden tops are furthermore…

  • Fairly easy to repair;
  • Easily dented by heavy impacts;
  • Irreplaceable as bar counters;
  • Easily damaged by sharp or abrasive objects;
  • Not easily damaged by liquids;
  • Compatible with many decorating options;
  • Generally inexpensive to repair;
  • Comfortable for resting arms and elbows;
  • Safer for active young children;
  • Water-resistant if sealed and treated.

Natural Stone Countertops

Natural stone countertops offer the most striking, sleek and luxurious finishes.

Additionally, natural stone countertops…

  • Are generally cold, despite their stylish look and feel;
  • Tend to dictate and limit your decorating options;
  • May entrench a fixed kitchen style, color theme or palette;
  • Have a low-level of porosity;
  • Are generally liquid resistant;
  • Do not stain easily if sealed and treated;
  • Are not generally child-friendly – harder impacts;
  • May crack if heavy kitchen accessories, pots or pans are dropped on it;
  • May sustain damage or chip rather easily;
  • Are sometimes difficult and expensive to repair.

Synthetic Countertops

Synthetic countertops are man-made solid plastic surfaces and can be comprised of acrylic resins, polyester resins, and pigments, et, al. Synthetic countertops are gaining in popularity due to their modern, compact and clean “look and feel”. Synthetic countertops have a wide range of designs, textures and colors and can be designed to imitate the look of natural stone.

Synthetic countertops demand extra care with usage, because plastic…

  • Is vulnerable to heat damage due to its low heat resistance;
  • Can melt, warp, crack or discolor due to excessive heat;
  • Scratches easily – low scratch resistance;
  • Shows abrasions quickly due to heavy usage and impacts;
  • Can be repaired depending on the extent of the damage and the cost;
  • Is water-resistant (non-porous) but can be damaged or stained by household chemicals;
  • Reacts to exposure to the sun which may affect its integrity by causing warping;
  • Has health benefits – no hiding place for bacteria, mould or mildew – but must be maintained;
  • Can be re-polished to restore the integrity of the surface;
  • Is not as durable as natural stone surfaces.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops represent a stunning co-creation by man and nature. Quartz countertops mimic the look of natural stone, but is manufactured or engineered without the “flaws” – pores and cracks – of natural stone. Quartz countertops contain 90% crushed quartz and 10% resins, polymers and pigments. This nearly perfect countertop surface is challenging granite at the top of the stone pile.

Quartz is known for…

  • Exceptional durability – virtually indestructible;
  • High scratch resistance – not vulnerable to cuts and abrasions from knives or kitchen accessories;
  • Non-porosity – impervious to water and other liquids;
  • High stain resistance – no lasting effects from accidental spills;
  • Low maintenance cost and effort – easy to clean and need not be sealed;
  • Low damage potential – edges and corners may however chip;
  • Health and hygiene benefits – no places or spaces to harbor bacteria, mould or mildew;
  • Vulnerability to extreme heat – the jury is still out on this fiercely debated topic.

Quick Summary: Natural stone vs Synthetics. Which is better? Is there a clear winner?

Natural stone countertops include granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, and other stones. The aforementioned feature-sets indicate that Quartz countertops outperform both their natural stone counterparts and synthetic surfaces in many respects.

Quartz offers resilience and resistance to almost anything that happens or may happen in a kitchen in a normal day. Its toughness, ruggedness and durability is the driving force behind its high rating and growing popularity.

Natural Stone Flooring

Natural stone adds a luxurious, opulent and elegant feel to your floors and walls. Learn more. Contact us today.

How do you choose the right countertop surface?

Your intended usage of a surface should guide your selection. Granite may come second to marble in the ultimate luxury and exotic finish stakes, but granite has its nose ahead of marble in other respects. Quartz may suit specific uses better than granite, but granite still remains a firm favorite, despite quartz’s growing appeal.

Our highly-skilled team of Interior Designers, Kitchen Designers, Decor specialists and Projects Managers are committed to providing the best solution, and ensuring that your project is successful every step of the way.

We explore all your options and our comparative report translates preferences into feasible options.

We assist with the selection of materials; guide the design, layout and space planning stage, and manage the procurement, manufacturing and installation process. Our full-service, end-to-end service package brings the peace of mind that you deserve.

Conclusion

Whether your favorite countertop is quartz, granite or marble or if your preference is Laminate, Recycled Glass, Butcher Block or other Wood, or even other options such as Tiles, Steel or the eco-friendly Green variety, Gardner Interior Concepts will assist you with your choice and with your project.

Guaranteed Results and Generous Warranty

Our worktops and countertops reflect our passion: An unwavering commitment to quality, precision and superior craftsmanship. If your preference is stone, we will bring your stone alive, beautifully. If your favorite is wood, we will ensure that your countertops look as good as they should. Whatever your choice in worktops or countertops, we bring it home and make it home.

We can also assist with maintenance and treatment plans to ensure that your solution retains its elegance and magic for many years to come.

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today for the best end-to-end solution for your worktops, countertops, islands and any other indoor or outdoor surface.

We guarantee great results, excellent service, high quality workmanship and competitive pricing for your project.

Our iron-clad promise of a superior customer experience is cast in stone. Make the right decision today.

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today and live the difference – for life.

Finding The Right Surface | Countertops | Worktops

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Creating a Kitchen Design Winner

The Gardner Interior Concepts Kitchen Design team walked away with the Decorex Cape Town 2018 prestigious Franke Kitchen Design Trends Project Award at Decorex Cape Town 2018.

Take a glimpse into the making of a Kitchen Design Award winner below.

Our Decorex Cape Town 2018 Kitchen Design Winner – Slideshow

Click here to view our Winning Design for the Decorex Kitchen Design Trends Project.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Creating a Kitchen Design Winner

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Winning the Kitchen Design Trends Project

Exhilarating, Inspiring, Memorable, Successful. The 20th Decorex Cape Town show had it all, and then some…

Visitors to 20th edition of Decorex Cape Town were treated to an unforgettable display of design delights, as the top designers, decorators and style-innovators delivered beautifully on the 2018 theme, #rhythmoflife.

The hallmarks of this year’s inspiring and captivating lifestyle exhibition, was the exceptional creativity, excellent craftsmanship and masterful rendition of international trends.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre was abuzz with bright colors, stunning design and high-impact creativity from 27 April to 1 May as the leading décor, design and lifestyle experts showcased their talent.

This milestone show was especially memorable for the Gardner Interior Concepts team as they scooped the prestigious Franke Kitchen Design Trends award with a breathtaking kitchen design.

Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA, reflects on the show: “Two decades of Decorex Cape Town culminated in an abundance of elegant style, innovative features and on-trend designs that captured the essence of this beautiful city. It was a really memorable milestone celebration that allowed us to reminisce about the creative forces that have brought us to this point as well as bringing to life the current décor and design trends reflective of this region.”

Plascon, the headline sponsors of the exhibition for the past 20 years, entrenched their position as the color experts with a vibrant, colourful and dynamic feature. Their interactive ‘colour café’ saw experts explaining how color impacts – complements and contrasts – spatial perception and influences the cognitive process.

The 20th annual Decorex Cape Town Exhibitor Stand Awards ceremony was held on Friday 27 April – the first evening of the show – to acknowledge and reward the top exhibitors. An independent panel judged the Exhibition Stands based on the creativity and ingenuity of their designs. Bobby Breen (a renowned interior designer who featured at the first Decorex Cape Town exhibition); Kim Cupido, Zando Online Fashion Editor and Trend Forecaster; Marcelle Crowther, interior designer and John Autard, owner of Interior Placements, were all in attendance at this year’s show.

Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director of Decorex, congratulated the winners and hailed the exceptional standard of design and the high quality of the products on offer: “The exhibitors have truly outdone themselves for this milestone Decorex Cape Town exhibition. The judges were overwhelmed by the quality of products on offer, as well as the innovative designs of all the stands. Cape Town is a dynamic city that pulsates artistic inspiration and this is truly evident across the entire show.”

The kitchen component of the show was naturally very important to the Gardner Interior Concepts team where visitors could experience a life-size kitchen design.

This year’s designs continued the trend of a multi-purpose, open-plan, “hub and brain” of the home concept. Trending kitchen design ideas were on show at The Franke Kitchen Trends Project where Gardner Interior Concepts – along with other leading kitchen designers – integrated the latest Franke SA range into their model kitchens to the theme of ‘An Expression of Color’.

See: Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Creating a Kitchen Design Winner

The stunning Gardner Interior Concepts kitchen design model oozed color and life, and deservedly won the coveted Franke Kitchen Trends Project award.

Contact Gardner Interior Concepts today for a no-obligation consultation and a free quote. Our friendly kitchen designers are ready to design the kitchen of your dreams. Make the right choice. Contact us now.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 – Winning the Kitchen Design Trends Project

Decorex Cape Town 2018 features Gardner Interior Concepts

Cape Town will be swaying to the “Rhythm of Life” – from 27 April to 1 May 2018 – when Decorex Cape Town 2018 rolls into town.

Decorex Cape Town – co-sponsored by Plascon – takes over the city of Cape Town with an exciting, vibrant and inspirational theme for 2018, “The Rhythm of Life”.

Visitors to this award-winning exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), can expect to be wowed by innovative, creative, fashionable and trendy fabrics, interiors, world-class designs and stunning lifestyle products on display – at every wall-to-wall exhibition stall.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 is the perfect place to find inspiration, ideas, up-to-date news and the latest views – straight from the leaders and experts in the field of décor and design.

There is something for everyone. The features of Decorex Cape Town 2018 will resonate with all ages and tastes.

Gardner Interior Concepts will again feature at the popular Franke Kitchen Studio Project. Franke’s kitchen design brief for 2018 brief is ‘An Expression of Color’. Gardner Interior Concepts, along with other Kitchen Design experts, will incorporate some of the year’s best trends into their carefully curated #rhythmoflife kitchen models – characterized by the bold use of color.

SEE: The Kitchen Design Project – Decorex Cape Town 2017

The Kitchen Trend Feature for 2018 – presented by Careline Living Space Trends – will be dominated by kitchen design trends. Gardner Interior Concepts, together with the other participants from The Franke Kitchen Studio Project, will display a complete kitchen installation with inspiring #rhythmoflife features.

SEE: Gardner Interior Concepts at Decorex Cape Town 2017

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Visit the Decorex Cape Town 2018 Exhibition

Be inspired. Feel the rhythm of life and visit Gardner Interior Concepts at this one-stop festival of unbridled creativity and high quality design.

You will be treated to interactive displays and samples from some of the best DIY brands, including the Builders DIY Theatre, the @home Trend Haus presented by Decorex and the Decorex Designer Spotlight. This year’s not-to-be-missed features include the talk on “Color Therapy” in decor, by Kansai Plascon; The Tasting Room Wine Bar, and the Kitchen Trend Project.

Whether your preference is modern, ultra-modern or vintage, you’ll surely find something to excite and inspire you. Be there!

Venue: CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Time: 10am to 6pm
Email: decorexinfo@reedexpoafrica.co.za
Website: www.decorex.co.za
Facebook: Decorex Cape Town 2018
Twitter: @decorexSA

TICKET PRICES

Adults – R 110
Student/Pensioners – R95
Kids U12 – R20
Trade – R95
Exhibitor – R95

Click here to book your ticket now.

Decorex Cape Town 2018 features Gardner Interior Concepts

How to Remodel your Kitchen – Part 1

Remodeling or redesigning your kitchen is an exciting venture. The result of a successful project is an enhanced lifestyle – extra functionality, convenience and added comfort.

A failed project on the other hand brings only unhappiness, disappointment and resentment. Failed projects have far-reaching implications for your home, your property and your family.

Why then do some projects fail, when success seems so easily attainable?

The sad face of failure

Most failed projects share similar features and characteristics, of which the most common are the following:

  • Vague requirements,
  • Poor planning, and
  • Sub-standard workmanship.

The building-blocks of success

Successful projects deftly avoid these undesirable features and are instead built on…

  • Clearly-defined requirements,
  • Realistic project plans,
  • Superior workmanship.

SEE: How to select an Interior Designer

If your objectives are vague and sketchy, it follows that your requirements will be vague and sketchy too. Your results will inevitably mirror this uncertainty and indecision.

The kitchen designer is the pivotal role-player in every remodeling project. Contracting unapproved, unaccredited and unqualified kitchen designers will invariably limit your chances for success.

Plan for success

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Without fail!

The main ingredients of a successful project are planning, adhering to proven methodologies and adopting best practice.

This includes engaging accredited service providers who guarantee professional project management and high quality products.

Professional project managers provide the ultimate safety net for your project. They ensure that all the role-players and stakeholders are committed to the project and deliver on their tasks and actions.

Professional project managers stick to the plan. They identify potential challenges, find creative solutions, avoid common pitfalls, mitigate risks and remedy mishaps, effectively.

A professional project manager ensures that assumptions and misconceptions are replaced with relevant facts and figures.

The anatomy of a successful project

Successful projects generally exhibit the following set of features:

  • Clear requirements,
  • Realistic time-frames,
  • Achievable project plans,
  • Sound judgement,
  • Well-considered decisions,
  • Qualified Kitchen Designers,
  • Effective Project Managers, and
  • High quality workmanship

Clear Requirements

Clarity is the key to maintaining your sanity while specifying your requirements. Clarity of thought helps to simplify your requirements. Complexity and ambiguity cause confusion – muddled specifications.

Clarity brings all the relevant role-players onto the same page quickly – with sharp focus and common purpose.

Start off by reviewing your kitchen space and how you wish to use it. Once you know what you want, it’s easier to get what you want.

Important Design Elements

Consulting an accredited Kitchen Designer for advice is always a smart choice, but if you prefer to take the plunge on your own, it helps to understand your options and choices.

Allow your your personal preferences and your preferred kitchen style to guide your choices.

Articulate your preferences in terms of access points, movement and storage space – within the shape and size of your (new) kitchen – then wrap it smartly in your personal style and taste.

The key considerations listed below will assist in defining your requirements and will ultimately affect the quality of your results.

Wiring and Plumbing

The devil is indeed in the detail. In the kitchen, the devil lives in the wiring and plumbing. A kitchen will lose its luster and fail to pass muster if the wiring or plumbing misses the mark.

The quality of these critical installations have a major impact on your results and may affect the safety and security of your family.

Pay special attention to the location of power-points and water sources for all your appliances. Make a note of potential changes to these locations. Keep sustainability in mind and always consider energy-saving options first.

Placement

If the designated spaces for your sink area, cupboards, cabinets, pantry, large appliances and transient works-paces are fixed, your options to optimize or redesign the workflow may be limited. These items often predetermine the layout of your kitchen.

Should you have the option to redesign or optimize your work-flow, it helps to focus on the placement of the preparation area, as well as the landing and storage area for your food (cold, chilled, ambient).

Assign appropriate spaces for your utensils, appliances and accessories.

Careful consideration should be given to the location (zones) of the transient work-spaces to be used for chopping and unpacking. Don’t forget to assign a location for the “multi-use” holding areas for cleaned, rinsed or ready-to-be-used items.

Lighting

Effective kitchen lighting is essential, and your work areas should be brightened adequately and efficiently. Well-considered lighting is appealing and also economical.

Lighting solutions that support sustainability are always a good choice. These solutions include renewables, energy-saving options and natural light.

The latest lighting trends are innovative, and add a new dimension to lighting. Color and intensity settings can quickly change the mood and bring a magical touch to your kitchen.

Create your own lighting plan by highlighting the areas that need more light, and use your plan to guide the location and style of your lighting, fittings and switches.

Cabinetry, Cupboards and Furniture

Your preferred kitchen style will guide your choice of cabinets, cupboards and furniture, while the size of your space will determine whether you can include a dining table within your seating configuration.

The type, style, color and placement of your cupboards, cabinets and furniture – including doors, handles and accessories – should also be noted.

If you have an “open-plan” design, the size of your kitchen will determine whether you can arrange furniture items to demarcate different zones or not.

Countertops

Your countertops or worktops form the face of your kitchen, set the tone and define the character of your kitchen. Pay special attention to the color, style and type of your worktops.

Balance your worktops – as a blend or contrast – with your overall color-scheme.

Ceilings

High ceilings provide extra decorating opportunities and challenges due to the additional wall expanse. The following options add character to high walls by replacing emptiness with coziness and connecting the high walls to the rest of the interior:

  • Bold colors, vertical artwork and sculptures add a dynamic element to high walls,
  • Wallpaper, textiles and textures (fabric, wood and stone) clad high walls with a softer or warmer effect,
  • Increased cornice and skirting sizes can decrease the empty expanse of a high wall,
  • Elevated curtain rods and longer draperies conceal empty high wall space,
  • Shelves offer creative options to dress cold and empty high walls, and
  • A combination of artwork, textiles and creative effects can make an ordinary high wall extraordinary.

Flooring and Tiling

Your flooring and tiling complete the character and style of your new kitchen. Modern and innovative materials, textures and colors offer excellent, low-maintenance solutions for flooring and tiling.

Choose a solution that works for you, whether it’s unique and distinctive, or complements the overall theme of your home.

Finishing touches

The quality of your products and materials, combined with the suitability of your decor, colors, paints, fabrics and textures play a significant role in the outcome of your project, and should therefore remain in focus throughout the project.

Conclusion

It is important to have a clear definition of your objectives and an achievable plan to meet those objectives with your remodeling project.

If you need more storage space in your kitchen, define, plan and organize your space in line with your needs.

If your objective is to create an efficient and well-organized “cooking space”, focus on functionality and accessibility – within the constraints of your available space.

If your primary focus is to create a warm family space with a kitchen that is the heart of your home, focus on placement, access and lighting. Practicality should drive accessibility, efficiency, organization and functionality.

In order of priority, personal style and taste have a special place, but ultimately placement, functionality and practicality win the race.

Gardner Interior Concepts’ is an industry leader, and our in-house team of expert designers, project managers and craftsmen will deliver on all your requirements – elegantly and beautifully.

For a superior customer experience and excellent results, contact Gardner Interior Concepts today. Let’s get your project underway.

Click here to contact us now.

How to Remodel your Kitchen – Part 1

Kitchen Designers Cape Town | Gardner Interior Concepts

Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation – Innovation trumps frustration

Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation projects are always filled with excitement and hype – naturally and understandably – but as much as we believe that our project will be successful, it is better to be in the know.

So, what should we know, and why?

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Truth is: If we know nothing, we will accept anything.

There is much more to remodeling and renovating our kitchen than meets the eye. Let’s explore what this is, and why…

Many remodeling and renovation projects deliver striking and somewhat beautiful results, but a fair percentage of these projects miss the mark on critical issues. To understand what these issues are, and how and why things go wrong, we should review the fundamental characteristics of a successful remodeling or renovation project.

In terms of the final result and finished product, a successful project encapsulates and integrates the three most important design principles, i.e. functionality, ambiance (mood) and style (personality).

Functionality

Functionality – be it additional or enhanced – is the primary objective of almost every remodeling or renovation project. Functionality transcends aesthetics and is the de facto measure of success or failure. If your project enhances the functionality of your space and makes it work really well for you, it guarantees great returns on your investment.

Functionality embodies effective design which optimizes the usage of your space. Functional design improves flow and accessibility; facilitates organization, and places necessities within easy reach when you need it. Effortless efficiency!

Function-rich design replaces frustration with creativity and innovation. When functionality is sumptuously wrapped in tasteful aesthetics, it creates maximum eye-appeal – the “wow” factor. This is essentially the hallmark of a dream project – a resounding success, and a source of pride and contentment for years to come. Great projects deliver timeless results and retain their “wow” factor.

Functionality and Setting

For a project to deliver a magical result, it must deliver the required functionality within a setting which is fitting. The setting of a space is created by the ambiance (mood) and style (character) of the space. Creative, innovative and well-informed designers deliver dynamic and harmonious settings which are fit for purpose and meet your requirements.

In order to achieve a harmonious setting, specific design elements require careful consideration up font.

Balance, scale and proportion are three separate, but intertwined elements. Collectively, these three elements can make or break the mood and the character of a space.

Balance

Balance and equilibrium can be achieved either formally, by symmetrical design, or informally, by using various objects around your space, in order to create balance and equilibrium within the space.

It is important to note that the indiscriminate use of random objects to achieve balance, or to decorate a space, has a negative impact on harmony, because it results in a disjointed or cluttered look and feel. Both the selection and use of decorative objects must be guided by scale and proportion to maintain harmony in terms of color, size and also weight.

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Good balance flows naturally from well-considered design – supplemented with complementary decorations which fit the dimensions of the space and also enhances harmony.

It is impossible to achieve balance within a space if the color, size and weight of the decorations do not create a sense of harmony.

Scale and Proportion

Scale and Proportion are important elements for creating harmonious “size relationships” within a space. If either scale or proportion is not considered as important factors in the selection of decorative items, the balance of the space will be impacted negatively.

All the items in a space must have the correct scale and proportion to fit the dimensions of a space. It helps to measure the dimensions of the space and define the acceptable dimensions of every decorative item in order to maintain a balanced “size relationship” among all the objects in a space.

Conclusion

The objects in a space create, affect and impact the balance – equilibrium and harmony of a space. Formal balance is achieved by design, while informal balance is achieved by the placement of various objects. The “symmetrical design” option – formal balance – creates equilibrium intrinsically and naturally.

The use of decorative items to create informal balance results in a space which is subtly balanced and offers a subliminal sense of freedom, casualness, informality, and perhaps even playfulness.

If our kitchen designer successfully weaves the critical elements of functionality and balance (size, color, weight, scale and proportion) together harmoniously, we have the makings of a magical kitchen remodeling or renovation project. These are the ingredients of the recipe for success, befitting of a celebration for design innovation.

If you are searching for a kitchen designer who understands the principles and subtle nuances of both interior design and kitchen design, contact Gardner Interior Concepts today, and let’s create a masterpiece, together. We aim for success and nothing less…

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Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation Projects

Part 1 – Focus on success and nothing less!

Remodeling and Renovation projects can be successful and breathtaking or disappointing and heartbreaking. Unbridled excitement can blind us to the pitfalls of a project, because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. The first step towards improving our chances for success is accepting that knowledge is power. We have to be in the know.

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So, what do we have know about our project, and why?

Truth is: If you don’t know something, you will fall for anything.

Remodeling and renovating your kitchen is not an overnight exercise or a weekend job. It entails much more than meets the eye. Let’s explore what this is, and why…

Many kitchen projects deliver good results, but lack the “wow” factor. This is mainly because the designer overlooked critical factors or understated the importance of certain critical elements. To understand what these elements are, and how and why things went wrong, our best starting point is a review of the essential characteristics of a successful remodeling or renovation project.

Successful projects encapsulate and integrate important design principles, best practices, the latest trends, artistic flair and practical efficiency. The optimal placement of objects within the layout of a space is guided by the aforementioned elements. The placement of objects can make or break a space in terms of function, mood and personality.

Focal Points

The moment we enter a space, our eyes are automatically drawn to one or other item or object in that space. Quite often, this shift of focus is not merely accidental, but instead engineered. Great designers have the ability to deliberately and consciously grab us by our eyeballs and shift our focus to an object of their choice.

This object is commonly the focal point of the space and the designer is able to shift our focus, grab our attention or draw us in by virtue of the strategic placement of the object, the proximity of the object, the shape and color of the object, but mainly, the layout of the space.

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A focal point is essentially a standout feature of a space – a dynamic object which makes a silent statement with emphatic impact. It captures and captivates our focus.

Designers may use paintings, sculptures, ornamentation, wall-hangings and exotic rugs to serve as focal points – by design. On the other hand, plants or trees, large bay windows with panoramic views and fireplaces form very natural focal points. A space without a focal point is like an actor without a character. Lifeless!

Great designers have the ability to turn a focal point into a delightful treasure trove for the captivated visitor or viewer and creates maximum impact. A well-constructed focal point offers more than simple eye-appeal. It also introduces the rest of the design as our focus shifts from the focal point to the rest of the space.

Rhythm

As we perceive the rest of the space, the rhythm of the design becomes clear, as with a piece of music. The progression and repetition of lines, colors and forms can be either subtle or overt and it impacts us either positively or negatively. Subtle progressions translate into a sustained rhythm, while drastic changes in lines, colors and forms cause a break or change in the continuity of the rhythm.

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Great designers create a work of art in the same way that orchestra conductors create a masterpiece from various instruments. The continuity, repetitions or changes in rhythm can be either progressive or pronounced. This ultimately determines our response to, and our perception of the presentation. The effects of great music and inspired design are
however the same, in that we are deeply touched on many levels, despite their different sensual entry points. Design captivates our eyes as music captivates our ears. We immediately feel the rhythm and choose whether to run or dance.

Furniture

Our selection of furniture items must be guided by the intended usage and functional requirements of the space. Size, scale and proportion should determine the suitability of every furniture item. Maintaining a balanced “size-relationship” within a space is important for creating a harmonious atmosphere and the desired ambiance in the space.

The placement of furniture items must be planned with a well-considered approach. Ensure that each furniture item fits within the overall dimensions of the space. Measure each individual furniture item to ensure that it fits within the allocated area and sustains the visitor’s connection with the focal point of the space.

Importantly, furniture items should not impede access or obstruct the flow of movement in critical areas.

Lighting

Lighting has a significant effect on the mood and character of a space. Selected lighting according to the usage and required functionality of your space. Lighting has a profound effect on the senses and must be suitable and sufficient for the intended purpose. Adjustable lighting (dimmers) offers a wider range of uses and options.

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Energy-efficient lighting is an important component of global energy-saving efforts and drives the shift towards sustainability. Smart choices will ensure the best of both worlds in terms of functionality and efficient energy usage. Natural lighting is fast becoming a prominent feature of all modern-day kitchen designs.

The best lighting solutions combine eye-appeal, functionality and efficiency into a striking and effective package. Install accented lighting in appropriate areas to maximize impact and effectiveness. The use of spots for the floor; motion-sensor lighting; mounted or recessed spotlights, and touch-sensor lighting enhance the ambiance and character of any space. Perfect lighting is mood food, even without music.

Conclusion

Great designers use their “trade secrets”, skill and talent to create masterpieces which are revelations. They uncover hidden gems where others only see challenges. Their delivery amounts to more than just eye-appeal. They realize your vision effectively, efficiently and beautifully by balancing your requirements with the essential design elements for an eye-catching and harmonious solution that works well for you.

Great designers create inspiring visual delights. They don’t make idle promises, or hide behind jargon or catchy soundbites. Their designs guarantee a new kitchen that will be the focal point of your home and your family. Your lighting and furniture will be functional, practical and inspiring – enhancing your space and your property. Their designs have an intrinsic rhythm, creating the right mood and ambiance to keep you dancing for a lifetime.

If you are searching for a kitchen designer who understands the principles and subtle nuances of both interior design and kitchen design, contact Gardner Interior Concepts today, and let’s create a masterpiece, together. We aim for success and nothing less…

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