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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, November 19, 2012 --- 19 119254 No-obligation quotations on the following: • BATHROOMS • RENOVATIONS • ALTERATIONS • CARPENTRY • ELECTRICAL • HOME IMPROVEMENTS Professionalism & Reliability – Guaranteed PH: 09 533 6248 MOB: 021 764 511 Email: email@example.com 104663-V3 Kitchens, Doors, Windows, Cabinetry, Decking, Fencing Helping to make your house your home! A quaint, English-style cottage complete with a detailed kauri kitchen may be suited to some tastes, but for Sharon Daly from Botany Downs, it was not ideal. From moving in nine years ago, Sharon had always wanted to renovate the entire house. So when the time came, the working mum already had a pretty good idea of what she wanted -- especially from the kitchen. "I wanted everything off the benches and I wanted all my appliances away so that it was clean and crisp and easy to maintain," she says. And from the old kitchen Sharon had plenty of ideas of what she didn't want. "The old kitchen was, literally, falling apart! I had a stove top where only one element worked and the oven didn't have a grill." She recalls many nights of cooking on the barbecue just because it was easier. "Cooking in the kitchen was such a chore." Add to that the lack of a pantry -- "I had lived without a pantry for nine years and it was about doing my head in!" -- and Sharon was ready for a new kitchen. She considered a number of different places until she met Jag Kitchen designer Jess Lilly. "I really gelled with Jess -- she was so easy to work with. Within an hour we already had a plan!" Sharon says. Jess says it was a matter of combining Sharon's ideas in a cohesive manner. "Sharon really knew what she wanted and I was able to put it all together on the computer fairly quickly." Relocating the kitchen meant making sure the style of the kitchen would match updated interiors, a task easily accomplished with Jess' help. "She helped me choose a style that would work with the house and also assisted with things such as cupboard placement, inserts, and something more innovative like a revolving Mondo corner," Sharon says. Instead of an avocado green bench, a relic of the '80s, a granite bench in beautiful, sparkling 'Kalahari' now takes centrestage. "I loved the colour and particularly chose parts of the stone that I liked." The pantry now extends from the foor to the ceiling and has plenty of storage space for Sharon and teenage daughter, Sophie. "Having so much space in the kitchen has made me enjoy cooking again. It's clean, pristine and there's lots of bench space too." The soft white colours of the Dezignatek cabinetry complement the stainless steel curved handles which match the new appliances that work like a charm. With the addition of induction hobs and a concealed dishwasher, the kitchen is now a fully-functioning space. "Having new appliances and having everything do what it's supposed to do makes such a huge difference," Sharon says. "I've started entertaining again. I couldn't be bothered before because it was too diffcult. Now, every night, my daughter says of the food, 'wow, this is gourmet!'" In love with her kitchen, Sharon and Sophie are really looking forward to entertaining friends over summer. "It was totally worth it. It's exactly what I wanted. "This kitchen is functional, it looks pretty and works very well. I needed it to be modern but still work with the style of the house and I'm really pleased with how it all came together." Specialising in custom-sized kitchens designed to exactly ft the room without resorting to fller panels, Jag Kitchens has its own manufacturing plant and also uses a sophisticated 3D computer design programme to show clients beforehand exactly how their new kitchen will look. And remember, Jag Kitchens designs and builds to all budgets. Their advice and design service is FREE OF CHARGE. Visit www.jagkitchens.co.nz for more information on a wide range of materials and design options or to see more kitchen examples. Traditional kitchen receives makeover Inside Danske Mobler, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 Days. Ph 271 3131. www.jagkitchens.co.nz Whether you are thinking of a major renovation or simply planning to replace an existing kitchen do contact Jag Kitchens. All designers have years of experience and are happy to discuss your kitchen project free of cost and obligation. Sharon Daly lost her passion for cooking after nearly a decade of putting up with an unusable kitchen, but thanks to a new Jag kitchen, her passion has been renewed. Jag designer Jess, left, with Sharon Daly. Times photo Wayne Martin 118208-v6 vacuum cleaner dust, wood ash, bark and dry leaves, make up the rest. Create Your Own Eden suggests thinking of the carbon as the bread of a sandwich and the nitrogen as the ﬁlling. Triﬂe-like layers about 5-10 centimetres deep are ideal, but a soup mix of green and brown will work too. For the gourmet compost chefs, a garnish of nettles, seaweed or dandelion leaves will help to activate the pile. Ingredients to avoid are pet droppings, meat, ﬁsh, oil and bones. The ﬁrst can cause disease while the others can attract rodents. A sprinkle of chilli will get rid of them. Like lunch, portion size will determine how the compost is digested. Keep food scraps to the size of a golf ball and woody garden material to the diameter of your little ﬁnger. When the bin gets a third full, it’s time to turn. A number of methods are shown how to do this. When the compost is ready, which can take a few weeks to 18 months, use it as garden nosh or return it to the top of the pile to help the next batch. The course also covers bokashi fermentation and worm farming. Bokashi kits use a culture to break down kitchen waste and can be performed on the bench top. Create Your Own Eden courses are held region wide. Anyone interested in attending the course will ﬁnd course locations, dates and booking information at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call 301-0101. On completion of the three- hour course, participants are offered a $46 discount on the purchase of a composting system. MULTI-PURPOSE: A compost bin can be used whether you have bountiful vege beds or no garden at all. Times photography Daniel Silverton NOTHING WASTED: Keep a separate container on the bench or next to the rubbish bin for raw food scraps.
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