Category : Kitchens

100 Years of Kitchen Development in Sheffield

100 Years of Kitchen Development in Sheffield

Kitchens have gone through a complete development within the last 100 years in Sheffield and around the world.

We have gone from those roaring days of the twenties to almost 100 years later to 2016 and some lucky few have seen this progress first hand.

For the rest of us, the extreme progression from 1920 to 2016 seems almost surreal and most take it for granted that the modern kitchen we see and love today happened overnight.

As previously mentioned it can be said that kitchens throughout the periods have developed drastically, the basic principles have stayed the same but the core function has changed. No longer is a kitchen just for purpose, kitchens of 2016 are now well and truly the heart of the home.

In terms of look, we don’t feel like there would have been much change since 2010, but from the 1920’s style we can definitely see some difference.

100 Years of Kitchen Development in Sheffield

The 1920’s kitchen… sinks were big, floors were tiled and cupboards were all of the same height.

Also as well as what we can see on the outside, the components inside have become far more advanced. With the development of hinges, drawers and lift systems. Kitchens are becoming a hub for new technology.

With all this in our minds, we wonder how  kitchens will look in the next 100 years… Going on the development of the last 100 years we think they could be more advanced.

Although Milestone haven’t been around for 100 years, we still understand, appreciate and strive to build, develop and craft that all important kitchen that meets our customers needs and provides the WOW factor.

As always if you would like a FREE no obligation quotation please ring our team or contact our team via the link below.

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Navy Kitchen Ideas

Navy Kitchen Ideas

Navy kitchen ideas that put style at the heart of your home: A navy blue kitchen might not be your first thought when deciding on a new colour scheme for the heart of your home, but think again, as the classically smart shade of blue can create a crisp and sophisticated look that works surprisingly well with a variety of combinations.

Navy blue commands attention, which is why it is best to let this shade do the talking and then back it up with more calming shades. The great news is that if you are seriously addicted to neutrals, heavy blue is the perfect foil to perk them up as they make a soothing and stylish base for this dramatic look. Choose just one shade of blue and one or two neutrals such as soft taupe or linen. The simplicity of this combo is its strength and it will lose impact if too many shades or accent colours come into play. If you must add an accent keep it tonal with stainless-steel appliances.

Alternatively, nothing makes navy blue stand out like bright white – they are the perfect combination for modern kitchens. Elegant, fresh and timeless, the contrast is instantly uplifting. Mix in warmer elements like natural wood to soften the strong effect. Or, for a more traditional farmhouse feel, team navy blue with cream and add plenty of rustic kitchen ideas touches such as a zinc-topped table and carved pine furniture.

For more traditional kitchen tastes, Shaker units become accentuated and high-end when painted in classic navy blue. If painting all cabinetry blue is a little daunting, why not go for one focal piece such as a dresser or kitchen island and tie the scheme together with navy kitchen tiles, a splashback or accessories. This is a tailored look perfect for those who love classic design.

For modern kitchen fans, navy blue can really pack a punch when used with clean-lined gloss cabinetry. Enhance the impact with red accents to take the look retro or pare it down with shades of grey or biscuit. If navy blue cabinets are too permanent, a quick coat of paint on a wall is the simplest and most cost effective way to add the tasteful shade to your kitchen for super chic results.

For a free design consultation by our expert team, contact Milestone.

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White Kitchens

White Kitchens

White kitchens will always be best sellers, won’t ever date, and the choice of white cabinetry provides a crisp, smart look for your new modern kitchen.

Choosing a white kitchen could be the best decision you’ll ever make, kitchen-wise. White cabinetry is always a best-seller, and although white is sometimes considered to be a safe option where wall colour (or lack of it) is concerned, white cabinetry is a stylish and fashion-forward option.

For those who are maybe a little dubious about bright colours and exotic timbers, white kitchens can be accessorised with a host of colours, finishes and textures.  The usual design rules apply though, particularly where white is concerned. It’s generally acknowledged that a totally white colour scheme can look clinical, reminding us of an operating theatre rather than a warm, welcoming room that is the ‘heart of the home’.

Incorporate contrasting finishes, such as natural stone or hardwood flooring, which also have textural qualities to make glossy or matt white cabinetry all the more striking when sitting alongside. Many designers suggest timber, or timber-effect carcases, with just doors and door fronts in white, which is a very good compromise if you’re wary of a totally white scheme. Add colour with paint – choose from muted, subtle shades of grey, mauve and green for a white kitchen in a period home, or go for zingy orange, mustard and lime for a very contemporary look.

For a timeless look in the kitchen, opt for simple painted cabinetry and kitchen island finished in a subtle white.

For more inspiration and a free design consultation contact Milestone.

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5 Tips to Make Your Kitchen Look Larger

5 Tips to Make Your Kitchen Look Larger

Not everybody has the luxury of having a large kitchen. However, this does not mean that such an important room in your home should look cramped and claustrophobic. There are some simple measures you can take to make your kitchen look larger. Here are 5 tips from Milestone to help you achieve this…

1) Units: Your choice of units is one way that you can make your kitchen appear more spacious. Choosing doors in lighter colours can reflect the light and create an optical illusion, tricking the eye into thinking that the room is larger than it actually is. Similarly, opting for units with a high gloss finish will have a similar effect. The handles for your units might not be something you have given much thought to and this is often one of the last decisions that people make when they are planning their kitchen. However, it is something that should be an important part of your decision-making process. By opting for handleless units, you will have a streamlined finish to your kitchen and the units will not look cluttered. This can contribute to the appearance of a larger kitchen.

2) Work Surfaces: Another simple trick is to choose worktops and units with rounded edges rather than a traditional square cut finish. This will maximise the space available in your kitchen. An added advantage if you have children is that there are no sharp corners for children to bump into. Choosing work surfaces that are similar in colour to the units is another clever way of creating a sense of space.

3) Integrated Appliances: The appliances in your kitchen will also make a significant difference to making a kitchen look bigger. Typically, integrated appliances will take up much less space in your kitchen than free-standing appliances. Those that are hidden by doors that match the other units in your kitchen will also create smooth, clean lines that draw the eye along the full length of the room looking for a place to rest. As a result, your brain is tricked into thinking that a kitchen is longer and has more depth.

4) Decluttering: A simple measure that you can take to make you kitchen appear larger regardless of its design is to declutter the room. Having a lot of gadgets out on your worktop and leaving piles of general clutter around your kitchen will automatically give the impression that your kitchen is much smaller. By clearing the work surfaces, the eye is deceived into believing that the work surfaces are longer and that the kitchen as a whole is much larger. To help keep your kitchen clutter-free, think carefully about storage solutions when you are designing your kitchen.

5) Mirrors: Adding mirrors is another simple and cheap way to make any room look bigger. The use of a mirror works in two ways. The first is that it makes the most of the natural light coming into a room. The second reason that a mirror works well is that opens up a small space if you choose a good position. The best places to put a mirror in the kitchen to create a deceptive sense of space are either directly opposite the door entering the room or facing a source of natural light.

At Milestone, we can help you to make the most of the space you have available in your kitchen. Our expert knowledge will help you to create a spacious kitchen using clever design and the careful selection of units, appliances and accessories.

Contact Milestone for a FREE no obligation quotation.

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Open Plan Kitchen and Diner in Sheffield

Open Plan Kitchen and Diner in Sheffield

This week we’ve commenced work on an open plan kitchen and diner in the Sheffield area.

The scope of work is to knock through from the existing kitchen into the dining room resulting in a vast open plan space that all the family can enjoy daily and entertain friends.

In the coming weeks we will update with regular video’s and pictures showing how the open plan kitchen and diner in the Sheffield area is progressing.

We will soon start knocking the supporting wall, install supporting steel framework, block up doors, install french doors to integrate the garden and living area together as well as installing new LED lighting, plastering, full kitchen and finally the decoration.

Our team of experienced craftsmen will be working to the architectures drawing ensuring the end result gives our customer the ultimate WOW factor!

As always our team work with our customer to ensure minimum disruption is made to their life whilst work is being carried at as well as working within strict health and safety guidelines.

If you would like to know more about our services or would like a free design consultation please get in touch.

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Kitchens by Milestone in Sheffield

Kitchens by Milestone in Sheffield

Bring the family together with open plan living and transform your home with a kitchen by Milestone Interior Developments.

An open plan kitchen can be a great asset to a busy family, a growing family or simply to add more space when socialising with friends and family.

From an initial design, quote, 3D drawings to completion of the project you will find the whole process easy and customer focused.

Check our introductory video to Milestone Interior Developments.

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Kitchen Storage Solutions Tips

Kitchen Storage Solutions Tips

Kitchen Storage Solutions Tips; Keeping a tidy kitchen cannot only make cooking meals at home just a little bit easier, but also a lot more pleasant. Get your kitchen organised, with plenty of good storage space, you might find yourself spending less money on eating out. Here are six kitchen storage ideas that will cut the clutter and create a well organised kitchen where cooking is a pleasure.

Top Row:

Keeping pots, pans and lids together is one of the biggest obstacles to organising your kitchen. If you can install a two-tiered cookware organiser. It helps you store pots and pans while maximising the most out of your cabinet space. Say goodbye to reorganising pots, pans or lids every time you take one off the shelf.

Countertop space is essential to a functional, organised kitchen, and nothing eats up space like small appliances– especially the larger, heavier machines such as mixers or juicers. We say keep them in a cabinet, and if possible seek out a kitchen heavy duty lift system do the heavy lifting for you. When you’re done et the lift system/shelf lower it back into the cabinet, out of sight.

Middle Row:

Although herbs and spices are small, they consume a lot of space inside cabinets. Improve your cooking efficiency with a in cupboard spice rack or pull down shelf from Howdens (as pictured). It’s the easiest way to keep spices organised, stored and close at hand!

Save time searching for scissors or stamps by giving your junk drawer a makeover. If you’re not sure where to begin (a.k.a. having a really messy junk drawer), start by emptying everything out. Once you’ve sorted things you want to keep and things you want to discard, repurpose household items like small food jars or egg cartons as storage for small items. Then divide and conquer by using a tableware drawer organiser to hold anything from batteries to lint rollers. Also to be extra organised label the containers so you know what is in each one at a glance.

Bottom Row:

Finding enough cabinet space in your kitchen can be a never-ending battle. While it’s hard to make new cabinet space magically appear, installing shelves isn’t as difficult. Consider adding floating shelves to your kitchen walls for a stylish way to store everyday items like mixing bowls or crockery. This is also a great project for a chef who loves having cookbooks close at hand.

Noisy baking sheets is a familiar noise in most kitchens. Keep your cookie sheets, drying racks and pizza pans in upright storage with a cabinet tray divider that rolls out. Install a second tray divider specifically for cutting boards, cheese trays or pizza peels.

Spring Clean your Oven

Spring Clean your Oven

Spring clean your oven; Below is a completely safe, natural and effective way to clean your oven — no harsh chemicals and no high-heat auto-cleaning with smoke detector funny business. It takes a little time and some elbow grease, but the payoff is well worth it. Plus, you most likely have everything you need to take on this project already in your cupboards.

If you’ve recently moved into a house or have neglected your oven for some time, then the oven may be coated with a black, sticky grime, burnt on food as well as numerous other residue. It may look as if someone has roasted a dozen whole chickens without using a pan.

Obviously you can call in the big guns which will cost you upward of £55 for a thorough deep clean and if you are on a budget sometimes this is not an option. However if you are like myself and obsessed with cleaning and being house proud this is also not justifiable cost each month.

You can buy extremely harsh chemicals that will eat through any remaining debris, but the fumes are strong enough to singe off your eyebrows. The accompanying dizziness probably isn’t worth it either.

However there is an alternative by cleaning your oven naturally with a little vinegar, baking soda, and good old fashioned elbow grease!

What You Need

  1. Oven (obviously)
  2. Baking soda
  3. Water
  4. Rubber gloves
  5. Damp dish cloth
  6. Plastic or silicone spatula
  7. Spray bottle (use a rinsed out old cleaning spray bottle if you have one)
  8. White vinegar

Instructions

  1.  Remove your oven racks and anything else you have inside the oven.
  2. Make a baking soda paste: In a small bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste. For me this took about 3 tablespoons of water to get the desired spreadable consistency.
  3. Put on your gloves for the next part.
  4. Coat your oven: Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements.  The baking soda will turn a brownish colour as you rub it in; it also might be chunkier in some places than others. That is fine. Just try to coat the whole oven to the best of your abilities, paying attention to any particularly greasy areas.
  5. Let it sit overnight: Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
  6. Clean your oven racks: Meanwhile, clean your oven racks with are brillo pad (or several dependant on how bad your oven is)
  7. Wipe out the oven after 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to help scrape off the paste as needed. I found that the damp cloth was enough for me, but a spatula might come in handy in those hard-to- reach places.
  8. Spray a little vinegar: Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam.
  9. Do a final wipe down: Take fresh clean damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy vinegar-baking-soda mixture. Repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar to your cloth as needed while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.
  10. Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you’re done!

Admittedly there is a bit of elbow work that goes into it however there is with any oven cleaning product depending on how dirty your oven is, but this way you will be fume free and it is less harmful to you, your children and pets as well as the environment too.

Happy spring cleaning.

As always, thanks for reading. B x

Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring Cleaning Guide: Whether or not you freely admit to it or not everyone at some point in their lives does a thorough spring clean of their homes – or if you’re super posh and not a tight Yorkshireman you’ll employ a Cleaner to undertake the mammoth task.

However if you are a tight Yorkshireman, slightly thrifty or simply love cleaning we have compiled a few pointers that should help you on your way to a beautiful sparkling home;

  1. Load up your dishwasher.  But not with dishes but with glass light fixtures, toothbrush holders and various toys.  Put it on a gentle cycle and skip the heated dry and detergent.
  2. Wash your windows on a cloudy day: If you try to clean windows on a sunny day the cleaner you use will dry onto the windows before you have managed to wipe it off, therefore you’re best to clean windows on a cloudy day or only clean windows that are not in direct sunlight. Use vertical strokes on one side of the window and horizontal strokes on the other side of the window, so if you see a smear you will know which side of the window needs the attention – therefore saving you time.
  3. However unlike the above, do your dusting on a sunny day – dust always appears in the most unusual places when a stream of sunlight hits it.
  4. Double up on doormats; Have one outside and one inside.  Make sure you clean them regularly so the can productively collect the dirt by hosing outside mats and vacuuming indoor mats
  5. Dust the forgotten places like curtains and lampshades.  Place curtains in a dryer for 10 minutes on a air only cycle to get rid of dust.  Alternatively if you can machine wash put them in the washer and then hang out on the line immediately so that the crinkles will drop out with the weight of the curtain thus avoiding too much ironing to be done.  With lampshades simply attack them with a lint roller.
  6. Pet hair on upholstery and curtains; scrap the lint roller for a simple pair of rubber gloves.  Simply put them on, dampen them and collect the fuzz.
  7. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to pay attention to the thing under the sheets. Press firmly with your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean the sides.Then, spot-clean stains with upholstery cleaner or mild suds. After spraying, let dry, then sanitise with a disinfectant spray like Lysol or Dettol.
  8. Kitchen grime is a mix of dust and grease.  Make sure the extractor fan is on every time you cook to keep away grease and regularly clean all doors, cabinets, work surfaces and handles with a good strong detergent.
  9. To make stainless steel truly sparkle and remove finger marks, rub a small amount of baby oil onto it and use a dry soft cloth and work with the grain
  10. Clean your cleaners.  Make sure filters are cleaned, bags/buckets are regularly emptied and wiped clean with a damp cloth and any threads caught in the vacuum head are removed.
  11. Dig into grout, mix 3/4 cup of bleach with a litre of warm water, get a old toothbrush and a pair of rubber gloves and start scrubbing.  Be careful not to get the liquid on clothes and upholstery as it will discolour them
  12. With a cap full of flash in a small bucket of water clean all tiles in your bathroom and kitchen and watch them sparkle plus your rooms will smell lovely

Do you have any more useful spring cleaning tips that you would like to share – if so get in touch, we would love to hear them.

As always, thanks for reading.

Buying Guide to Pots and Pans

Buying Guide to Pots and Pans

Buying Guide to Pots and Pans: When you consider that most saucepans are made to last many years and are used almost daily, it’s well worth investing time and money to select a few, high-quality pieces. So, whether you’re equipping a kitchen from scratch or looking for some reliable replacements, our guide will help you decide whichsaucepans are right for you.

Getting started

First, you need to establish what type of cookware will be suitable for your hob or cooker. Many manufacturers put symbols on the bottom of their cookware, identifying which hob or heat source it is suitable for. If in doubt, ask an assistant to double check.

Ceramic

You can use any pans except copper, stainless steel with an exposed copper base and glass ceramic. Make sure the pan has a smooth, flat base to provide the best contact with the hob ring. Traditional cast-iron pans can be used, but be careful not to drag them across the hob as they may cause damage.

Electric radiant

Any type of pans, except copper.

Gas

All pans. Lightweight pans are good as they allow you to get the full benefit of gas’s controllability. Remember to regulate the flame to prevent it from extending beyond the base of the pan, which can damage the handle and also wastes gas.

Halogen

All pans except copper, stainless steel with exposed single-layer copper base and pans with reflective bases. Choose pans that have dull or dark bases – if the base is too bright and shiny, the thermal limiter may cut out to prevent the glass overheating.

Induction

These hobs are increasingly popular but you may find you can’t use some of the budget ranges with induction heat – a light on the hob will start flashing if it’s not the correct type of pan. The only suitable pans are ones made with a magnetic material in the base, such as cast iron or stainless steel. Pure aluminium or copper pans will not work on an induction hob unless the base is bonded with a magnetic metal.

Range cookers

(e.g. Aga/Rayburn) Check with the manufacturer. As a general rule, heavy-based pans, such as cast iron, are best.

Sealed plate

All pans except copper.

Decision Time

You’ll then need to decide whether you want saucepans that are dishwasher safe. And finally where you’re going to store them. Some new ranges have removable handles, making them easy to store neatly in cupboards.

Some people like to make a feature out of hanging pots and pans on a suspended pot rack, over an island or peninsula, but you may find they start to collect grease and dust and need washing before each use. You’ll also need to keep them clear of passing heads! For a more streamlined look, you can arrange your cookware in a line on the wall using a linear rack. And if you’re building a kitchen from scratch, a carousel in a corner unit is a tidy way to store them and have quick access to your pots without having to root around in a drawer.

The Options

Aluminium
Many aluminium pans have an enamel coating on the outside and a non-stick coating on the inside, making it tough and easy to clean, while the interior is resistant to scratching and staining. You can also get hard-anodised (see below), or cast aluminium – which looks like cast iron but has the weight and good heat conductivity of aluminium. Uncoated aluminium pans are not suitable for cooking acidic foods.

Cast iron
Heats up slowly but retains heat well, so good for long, even cooking at a low heat. Remember, though, that your food will continue to cook for some time after the heat has been turned off. Cast iron rusts easily on its own, so pans usually have a non-stick interior coating or a thin protective layer of vitreous enamel. Uncoated cast iron is not dishwasher safe but most cast iron pans have enamel exteriors and enamel or non-stick interiors. The pans are heavy and particularly suited to range cookers, although they can be used on all types of hob, including induction. However, because of their weight, take care to lift rather than drag pans on a ceramic surface.

Copper
Excellent heat conductivity. Good copper pans are very expensive but should last a lifetime. As copper reacts with certain foods, pans are normally lined with tin or stainless steel to act as a barrier – unlined copper pans must be kept for display only. Copper pans have to be cleaned periodically with a proprietary copper polish to keep them looking their best. Don’t use them on a glass-topped hob unless they have a sandwich-base construction.

Hard-anodised aluminium
Distinguished by their steely grey or black colour. The surface has been electrochemically treated to produce a hard finish that will not chip, crack, peel or react with acidic foods. You can use metal utensils, although these can leave marks on the surface of the pan. These pans are not usually dishwasher safe, but their surface is stick-resistant. Hard-anodised pans are reasonably lightweight and heat up rapidly, eliminating hot spots. Expensive, but perform and last well and are suitable for all types of hob except induction.

Stainless steel
Good-quality pans that should last a lifetime, but they can be expensive. Food tends to stick, so you may have to use more oil. Stainless steel is a poor conductor of heat and is liable to have hot spots, so different materials such as copper or aluminium are usually incorporated into the base to improve conductivity – these are sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel. Cooking on a low heat also helps. Stainless steel is dishwasher-safe and food does not react with it. Overheating and minerals in water can cause a ‘rainbow’ effect, but a good stainless-steel cleaner will remove these.

Things to consider: Pan coatings

Enamel
Usually applied to aluminium, cast-iron or steel pans. Price varies according to the metal underneath. Enamel pans generally do not pit, scratch easily or react with food. They can, however, chip if treated roughly. Heat distribution can be a problem with some pans – if the coating is too thin, food may stick and burn, so avoid very lightweight pans, which can also warp over a high heat.

Non-stick
Ideal for frying, making sauces etc. A nonstick coating stops food sticking, reduces the need for additional fat and is easy to clean. Non-stick coatings are applied to most types of cookware, from aluminium and steel to cast iron and stainless steel. Choose the coating carefully as quality can vary – look out for branded coatings such as Teflon or Silverstone that come with their own guarantee. Do not use metal utensils or abrasive scourers as these can damage the finish.

Size and weight
Saucepan sizes are measured by diameter, with the smallest being 14cm. Cookware differs in weight from range to range. Although you will obviously be buying the pans empty, try to imagine how heavy they will be to lift when full. As a general rule, the inner capacity for the most common-sized pans is:

Wok
When selecting a wok, as with saucepans, you must consider the type of hob you have. All woks can be used on gas, but for glass-topped hobs, you must look for one with a smooth, flat base to provide good contact with the hob, as opposed to the traditional rounded base.

Traditional woks are made from uncoated carbon steel. Wash in warm water (without detergent), dry and then brush with a thin layer of vegetable oil to help to prevent rusting, as well as to season the wok.

If you don’t feel you have the time or inclination for the preparation and maintenance needed with traditional carbon steel, choose a wok with a non-stick interior. These do not appeal to purists but are easier to maintain.

Look for
✓ Dishwasher-safe As a general rule, pans with plastic or stainless-steel handles or knobs are dishwasher-safe; most pans with wooden handles and knobs are not.
✓ Flat base especially for electric cooking.
✓ Oven-safe Multi-purpose pans that can be used in the oven as well as on the hob save time and storage space. Check that the handle material is oven-proof.
✓ Pouring lips on both sides Ideal for a household with both left- and right-handers.
✓ Stay-cool handles and knobs Handles should be a good length and not too narrow.
✓ Well-fitting lids But free enough to allow steam to escape if there are no vents.

Maintenance

Never leave an empty pan on a hot burner or in a heated oven.

Try to avoid putting a hot pan in cold water or pouring cold water into it. This can cause the base of the pan to warp. It’s always best to leave a pan to cool before washing, in hot, soapy water, unless it is dishwasher-safe.

Take care particularly when cleaning nonstick pans, and avoid using scouring pads, steel wool or abrasives.

To remove burnt-on food, half fill with water and add a dishwasher tablet or tablespoon of biological washing powder. Boil for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.