The heart of your home

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR OWN HOME -

They say home is where the heart is, and the very heart of your home must surely be the kitchen. For many of us the kitchen is where our day-to­day domestic lives are firmly cen­tred, with comings and go­ings, tears and laugh­ter, nur­tur­ing and nour­ish­ment all tak­ing place to the sound of a per­ma­nently boil­ing ket­tle. A well es­tab­lished, neatly fit­ted kitchen can be a

source of great com­fort to you and your fam­ily, with many of our ear­li­est mem­o­ries lodged in that room’s warm, sug­ary, bowl-lick­ing snug. Con­versely, the kitchen can be­come one of the great­est sources of anx­i­ety for a house­hold when it’s not work­ing well, for any one of sev­eral rea­sons. Ill-fit­ting cup­boards, bro­ken han­dles, scorched oven sur­rounds, noisy ven­ti­la­tors, leaky taps and in­suf­fi­cient work­ing space can all con­trib­ute to a sense of frus­tra­tion and de­spair in this crit­i­cal domestic haven. It needn’t even be some­thing so ob­vi­ous as a drawer that con­tin­u­ally falls off its run­ners, but could in­stead be a mat­ter of in­har­mo­nious colour schemes or fad­ing, scratched ex­te­ri­ors and bench­tops. Af­ter all, as well as be­ing a much-loved meet­ing place for fam­ily and friends, there’s the im­por­tant busi­ness of food prepa­ra­tion and cook­ing to be at­tended to, all of which takes its toll on your culi­nary in­fra­struc­ture. Peo­ple are fre­quently put off re­fur­bish­ing or re­plac­ing their kitchen due to the per­ceived high cost of car­ry­ing out such a project. You don’t have to take out a small mort­gage to work a small mir­a­cle in this most im­por­tant of rooms, how­ever. If your kitchen com­plaints are su­per­fi­cial: say colour, fix­ture or work sur­face re­lated for ex­am­ple, then a su­per­fi­cial so­lu­tion may be in or­der. A skilled joiner or kitchen spe­cial­ist is more than ca­pa­ble of work­ing up new bench­tops, doors and other su­per­fi­cial fit­tings that can trans­form your kitchen from mis­ery to ec­stasy in a short and straight­for­ward space of time. Take a lit­tle time to think about the sim­ple steps you could take to im­prove your kitchen hap­pi­ness this sum­mer, and get to the heart of the mat­ter.

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