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Form Follows Function

Posted On: December 30, 2015

At Aladdin, we are dedicated to the phrase “form follows function.” This expression originated over a century ago by Louis Sullivan, an American architect. The idea behind this concept is that a structure is built based on the purpose for which it was designed. Kitchens and bathrooms created by Aladdin reflect this approach. The rooms are not just visually appealing. They serve multiple purposes. After the planning, designing and construction has been implemented, you can now start thinking about the décor that will add to your personalized layout.

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Maximizing Kitchen Counter Space

Posted On: December 28, 2015

Previously we discussed some ideas to make the best use of available space in a compact kitchen. Now we’ll examine solutions to using counters. And if those counters are actually going to be used for food preparation, the counter should be kept clear. Every item needs to have a home, whether it be utensils, sponges, soaps or bottle openers. Take advantage of walls and side of cabinets with hook attachments. Extra shelving units above the sink always help to maximize counter space. 

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Maximizing Space for Small Kitchens

Posted On: December 18, 2015

When a room is limited in size, a smart strategy is to maximize all space available. This means using the walls, ceiling and interior of cabinet doors. Once all of your kitchen accessories are organized with this in mind, the compact kitchen will be a user-friendly environment.

Refrigerators are a popular spot for magnets, but they can be used for more than just decorations. Locate items that will fit into small containers or jars, which in turn have a magnet affixed. Interior sides of cabinet doors are also a logical place for either magnets or peg boards. Retail stores use hooks on peg boards to hold products, so why not apply the same idea in your kitchen? The same works for suspending kitchenware such as pots and pans from the ceiling.

There may not be much else you can do from the ceiling, but shelves and cabinets can certainly make their way to just beneath the ceiling. Unless you have a ladder on which to climb every day, keep less-used items near the top.

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Kitchen Islands

Posted On: December 08, 2015

If there is enough space in the center of the room, a kitchen island provides an area for food prep as well as additional space for storage. Brought to a further level, a larger island could potentially act as a compact kitchen on its own. An elaborate set-up may include a built-in sink. Stools, which are a separate design to play with on their own, are the popular style of seating around these islands.

Like most other kitchen counters and tables, the tops of an island are usually constructed of wood, stone, tile or even stainless steel. A light fixture over the center should provide plenty of brightness. This is especially practical when precise measurements of cooking ingredients is essential. Speak with Aladdin Remodelers about creating the perfect layout for your home.

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