Rangehood ducting

Rangehood ducting

Selecting a new rangehood can be a challenging process for you and your clients. The aesthetics of a kitchen, the cooking styles of the homeowner (and their cooktop preferences), the height of the ceilings and proportions of the space will all play a part in the decision-making. A good understanding of the practical and legislative requirements associated with these appliances is essential, too, and will help you guide your clients towards a solution with optimum air extraction capabilities and minimum health and safety implications.

(Note: establishing a strong relationship with a knowledgeable, up-to-date appliance retailer is highly recommended. A proactive sales representative will be well-informed of the pros and cons of a broad range of appliances, and be an asset to you and your clients.)

In this Member-only technical bulletin, we’re setting out the two primary types of extraction used in domestic kitchens, and summarising the relevant legislation applicable to Australian dwellings. Complete the form below and we’ll send you the bulletin asap.

KBDi Video Conference | Producing A+ Plans

KBDi Video Conference | Producing A+ Plans

Thursday | 11 June 2020 | 4pm AEST

Having worked in cabinetmaking, design and drafting for over a decade, Aaron Meyer (Meyer Vision) has experience at both ends of the concept to construction journey. Aaron knows how clear and concise technical drawings can eliminate design fails and avoid on-site hassles, and he’s eager to share his top tips for producing plan sets that meet and exceed Australian Standards.

You’ll also hear from KBDi Corporate Partners, PYTHA 3D CAD, during this session. Pytha’s tech team will be on hand to answer any queries you have about the software, and you’ll learn what they’re doing to support their existing customers during this challenging time.


About the Presenter

Aaron Meyer entered the industry as a cabinetmaking apprentice in 2009. He loved his time on the tools, but was soon drawn to the technology used by his Adelaide employers, Workspace. He became proficient in PYTHA 3D CAD, and developed a great appreciation for the practical attributes of this concept-to-completion software. 

A move to Brisbane in 2016 allowed Aaron some new opportunities in a high-end design studio, and it was in this workplace that Aaron’s proficiency in producing high quality plans and outstanding 3D renders was taken to a whole new level. With a keen interest in design and an excellent eye for detail, Aaron is keen to share his knowledge with KBDi Members.

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Jolie handles are the details that make the design

Jolie handles are the details that make the design

‘The details are not the details. They make the design’.
Charles Eames

This quotation sits front and centre in the office of Two Tease director, Kevin Tuersley, and is a perfect reflection of the quality hardware on display in his adjoining showroom. The Crows Nest studio is home to a stunning range of cabinet and architectural hardware, and designers with a great appreciation for ‘the details’ will be awed when they step inside.

The ‘Jolie’ range of cabinet handles will catch the attention of kitchen, bathroom and furniture designers.

The brand was developed by two design-savvy visionaries who saw a gaping hole in the handle market for unique, high-end hardware.

Belgian, Ben Evens and Dutchman, Ferry van Herwijnen, combined their industry experience and passion for design to bring an exceptional solid brass range to the market. Their commitment to quality is evident at every stage of production: each piece is created using traditional sand-casting methods with the highest standard of precision machinery, at the hands of world-class artisans. Products are cast and forged, milled and drilled, pitted and lacquered under the watchful eye of the Jolie team, and identified with the ‘J’ insignia.

With finishes like Old Silver, Aged Bronze, Secret Aged Gold and – of course – a timeless Black, and a comprehensive suite of architectural collections, you’re sure to find the perfect ‘jewels’ to crown your interior designs.

Most importantly, you’ll know that your stock will be immediately available from the well-stocked Sydney showroom, or airfreighted directly from Belgium within seven to ten days.

Kevin is eager to welcome KBDi designers to his Crows Nest studio. Contact Two Tease today to arrange your personal viewing.

Designing kitchens with colour

Designing kitchens with colour

We all love to layer with whites or add drama with darks, but designing with bursts of colour can add a whole new level of joy (and some moments of trepidation) to our working weeks. In this feature, we’re sharing how some our 2019 finalists added hues to the homes of their clients with great success.

Michelle Burton CKD Au
Port Macquarie designer, Michelle Burton, gave this beachside home a cool coastal vibe with a striking splash of colour. The aptly-named Dulux colour, Noosa Heads RB74, adds a burst of beach-inspired energy to this space, while the natural tones of stone and timber add a sense of calm and tranquillity.

Sally Hart & Impala Kitchens
The client wanted a pretty pastel in her new kitchen, and this gorgeous pale blue (Dulux Salt Spray Quarter Strength) was the perfect pick for this beachy Balmain abode. Designer Sally Hart collaborated with Impala Kitchens to create this dreamy space, earning the creative team a high commendation in the 2019 KBDi Designer Awards program.

Anne Ellard
The client’s much-loved ornament inspired this gorgeous green colouring of this traditionally-styled kitchen. Brisbane designer, Anne Ellard (Kitchens by Kathie) had the two-pack paint colour matched to ensure the hue was on-point for the homeowner.

We’re looking forward to seeing more colourful kitchens and bathrooms in this year’s KBDi Designer Awards program. If you’ve got some colour-filled projects in your portfolio, why not consider entering them in this year’s Awards? Winners AND Finalists get plenty of exposure (you’ll see just a few of our media features here), so your entry fees could be money well spent. Learn more about the program and download your entry pack here.

Staron® Design Award Winners Announced

Staron® Design Award Winners Announced

A message from our Corporate Plus Partner, Austaron Surfaces

The Staron® Design Awards have been designed to create exposure for designers, architects and students using Staron® in outstanding applications. The winners of the Staron® Design Awards 2019 have been selected across three categories: Commercial, Residential and Concept.

The commercial category winners are Lisa Schiffermuller and Liane Jarvie of Ellivo Architects. They have been recognised for their design work at the The Whistle Dixie in Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

The Whistle Dixie Bar and Café sits on the ground floor of Aurizon’s sleek 15-storey office building. In a playful nod to the building’s main occupant, Australia’s largest rail freight operator, trains were used as the design inspiration to this space., the main counter and bar represents derailed carriages with train tracks hung above, a light box portraying the ‘X’ train stop sign that is seen in the front window, and the floors feature recycled timber sleepers that have been recessed into concrete.

Fabricated by Thermoform Fabricators, Staron® Solid Surfaces in Supreme Morning Sky was specified for the main bar counter and clad vertically due to its flexibility, strength, stain resistancy and finish. The counter is one of the main features of the space, and Staron® was specified as it offered a durable surface that could be curved through thermoforming to create the design that was envisioned.

A design concept was created to manufacture the face of the bar to resemble the pattern found on some train carriages. The fabricator was able to router the surface of Staron® to create the pattern that was conceptualised. The end result is a unique and urban space, emulating the look and feel of a retro train and train station.

Ashley Maddison, AM Interior Studio is the winner of the residential category. Ashley has been recognised for excellence in design for a stunning kitchen in a family home in Balmoral, QLD.

Ashley had full creative control of the interior design of this three level home, so when it came to the kitchen space, she wanted to create a piece of art with practical features.

Staron Solid Surfaces® was selected in colour Metallic Yukon and thermoformed to create curves.  The surface was fabricated by Thermoform Fabricators and wraps around the kitchen island being clad from the front to the back cupboard cabinetry and extends up to the benchtop. A polished concrete benchtop has also been used on top of the island and around the cooktop area, creating a beautiful contrast between the two materials.

Ashley specified Staron® Solid Surfaces as it achieved a smooth and monolithic appearance with no open joins. This contributes to the art form of the kitchen space, while the low maintenance and non-porous nature of Staron®provides practicality.

With an incredible view of the city skyline and beautiful, smooth kitchen curves inviting you into the kitchen, the end result is a space that is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing.

Congratulations to Shilpa Mohan, DDC Architecture + Interior Design for winning the concept category. Shilpa has been recognised for her concept design of a kitchen space.

Featuring Staron® Solid Surface is Supreme Dawn, Shilpa designed a stunning curved island. Staron® is clad on the vertical cabinetry and continues to the benchtop. The front of the island curves in to create an elegant and contemporary design feature.

Staron® is also featured on the back benchtop, splashback and extends to the base of the overhead cabinets over the cooktop. This creates a totally integrated cooking space with no open joins that would be easy to maintain and keep clean.

The end result is a clean, minimalistic design that has beautiful character. It is also a concept that is functional in design and could easily be created into a real kitchen project.

Staron would like to congratulate all of the winners of the Staron® Design Awards 2019. The program will return in 2020 to bring light to more Australian designs, program open dates to be announced soon.


Dishwasher decisions

Dishwasher decisions

Dishwasher decisions should be based on more than just an integrated versus freestanding discussion. As the workhorse of the kitchen, a dishwasher needs to meet the needs, priorities and habits of the homeowners. If you’ve got a great relationship with an appliance retailer, you’ll definitely want to send your clients there for the best advice. And if you want to give them a ‘heads up’ on what to ask about when they get there, the following may help.

Assessing your clients’ daily dishwashing

The size of a family or household unit is an obvious place to start when assessing dishwasher needs, but the habits of the homeowners should also be considered early in a design project. Frequency of meals and washing, cooking styles, crockery collections and favoured beverages (and associated glassware) should all be discussed early in the design project to avoid future dishwashing dramas in a shiny new kitchen.

Size and capacity

The size of a machine is pretty much a given, with most kitchens allowing for a 600mm wide unit. A smaller kitchen or scullery may require a smaller appliance, however, in which case a dishdrawer or 450mm unit may be a better fit (literally).

The capacity of a dishwashing appliance is an important consideration. Manufacturers often advertise the potential of a unit to hold 12 or 15 place settings, with a place setting including one dinner plate, one soup plate, one dessert plate, one teacup and saucer, one glass and associated cutlery for one. The ability for machines to hold a dozen or more of each of these is questionable, and at the end of the day, it’s probably irrelevant to most families. As set out below, the cooking and cleaning habits, along with crockery collections, is potentially more important.

Frequency of washing

Many households load a dishwasher throughout the day and only begin a cycle when the unit is full. If this is the case for your client, they’ll need to consider how long it will take them to fill a unit (and how many spare dishes they have) when assessing the internal capacity of a dishwasher. A retired couple may deem a dishdrawer to be sufficient, while a family of five may be looking for maximum capacity to take a day’s load. In the latter case, you may wish to steer your clients towards extra depth models or units with genuinely wider insides (and potentially thinner walls).

If your clients are looking for fast turnaround on their dishwashing loads, encourage them to compare the fast/quick wash cycles available. Conversely, if they’re more interested in an economical or efficient wash, you’ll want them to check out the range of eco, economy or bio washes. Half-load or load-sensing options may be desirable, but efficient and eco-minded clients will want to carefully consider the energy and water usage in comparison to full loads.

Cooking styles and pots-and-pans preferences

If your clients use whopping big pots on a daily basis, they’ll want to make sure their dishwasher can accommodate them. Fold-down racks could be advantageous, as could height adjustable shelves. (And if they have a decent collection of large cast-iron or non-stick pans, make sure you allow for a suitably-sized sink for handwashing.)

Crockery and glassware

As per the pots and pans comment above, your client may need height-adjustable baskets for serving plates and platters, or special consideration for wine, champagne or chunky beer glasses. Get your client to play with the in-store appliances and assess the user-friendliness of adjustable baskets. (Tip: if your clients are crystal collectors, consider how user-friendly the dishwasher – or potentially the sink – will be.)

Cutlery and cooking knives

Cutlery tray or basket? You can learn a lot about your client by their preferences for cutlery stacking (!!!). A tray lets you sort when you stack, while a basket enables you to sort when you’re loading back into the cutlery drawer. Trays are potentially safer (no accidental stabbing with an upright steak knife or fork), but they may take up valuable space. If you’re working with some keen cooks, they won’t want to put their best blades (cutting knives) in the dishwasher – keep this in mind when considering sinks.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Whether it’s wrong or right, when things go cactus in the kitchen, your client will be thinking of you. Help them avoid dishwasher disasters (and stay out of potential blame games) by pointing out the following considerations:

Accessible filters

Keeping filters clean and clear is essential for drama-free dishwashing. Make sure your clients check out the accessibility of the filers – are they easy to remove and clean?

Anti-flood devices and anti-burst hoses

Most dishwashers now have some level of anti-flood protection. An anti-flood device is a float switch inside the dishwasher that will detect water leaking into the cabinet, and stop it from flooding the kitchen. An anti-burst hose, on the other hand, has a mechanism that is a part of the inlet hose and shuts off the water if and when the hose fails. Ensure your client asks about these options when weighing up the pros and cons of various machines.

Fault displays and service calls

Fault displays help home occupants identify simple problems like an empty rinse-aid dispenser or blocked spray arm. These alerts can avoid unnecessary and sometimes costly service calls. On that note, get your client to ask about warranty and ongoing service calls – are parts easily accessible and affordable? 

Salt dispensers for softening hard water

If your clients live in an area with hard water, their detergent may not work as effectively as expected. Encourage them to look for a dishwasher with a salt dispenser; this will make the water softer and result in a better wash.

Hot or cold connections

Clients should determine whether a cold or hot connection is recommended for their preferred appliance. If a hot water connection is necessary, a tempering valve may be required to meet the recommended maximum hot water inlet temperature.

Energy efficiency

All dishwashers in Australia are labelled with water and energy ratings. Star ratings give consumers a general idea of how well a dishwasher will perform, with information about the expected kilowatt-hours per year and water usage per wash. It’s essential to go back to the daily habits here: an efficient machine used inefficiently won’t do the homeowner or the planet any favours. As professional designers, we should be encouraging energy and water-efficient practices and products, so give your client a helping hand to make an eco-friendly decision.