5 Ways to Create the Perfect Commercial Kitchen
Feb21

5 Ways to Create the Perfect Commercial Kitchen

“Cookery is a wholly unselfish art: All good cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for.” – Andre Simon If you are in the business of feeding people, your commercial kitchen can be likened to an artist’s den.  Full of creativity, energy and the tools to inspire masterpieces.  Setting up a functional, professional kitchen is not just about your equipment.  It is also about design – for functionality, safety and performance. So where does one begin such a huge project?  Let’s break down the components which go to making up the perfect commercial kitchen.   Equipment   Having the right equipment for the job is absolutely the premium requirement for anyone setting up a commercial kitchen.  Not only is this necessary for safety, it is also attracts professional staff and in the long run, quality equipment will save you money by it’s longevity.  Consider such mainstays as:   Norris dishwasher – a heavy duty commercial washer, built to last Waldorf commercial ranges Trueheat grill Solid stainless steel racks, benches and shelving – regular and mobile Commercial refrigerators and freezers   Stainless steel benches with splashbacks need to be purchased with your kitchen design in mind (see below). Depending on the style of food you’ll be preparing, you may also need to consider prep stations, sauté stations, barbeque grills, pizza ovens, bain maries, deep fryers and salad stations.   Cooking   Commercial cooking ranges must be designed for high volume usage.  Look for designs which are:   Able to be banked together with other ranges or equipment; Have a gas connection on the front or side to facilitate ‘banking’ Specially designed for heavy, high volume use; these will usually be manufactured using thicker gauges of metal and contain more welded components Boast a higher energy output per burner than a standard range.   Ensure you have implemented a suitable ventilation system including an industrial range hood and H-VAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) ventilation. Benchtop equipment such as fryers, tunnel toasters and food warmers need to be suitable for industrial use, easy to be cleaned and large enough to cater to high volume turnover. Storage When selecting a commercial refrigerator and freezer, the design of your kitchen needs to be considered.  How much space allowance do you have to accommodate them? Consider placement of doors for easy access. Another consideration depends on whether your requirements will be larger storage of food longer term (freezer) or short term refrigeration.  The impact of such considerations needs to be decided prior to any purchase of big ticket items such as your cold food storage. Design The layout of your kitchen...

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A Simplified Guide to bathroom Renovation
Feb17

A Simplified Guide to bathroom Renovation

The bathroom is usually one of the most high-traffic areas within the home. It’s your sanctuary, your place to relax and forget about the day’s worries. According to plumbing experts in Melbourne, it is also one of the most expensive rooms when it comes to renovation (coming close second to the kitchen). When you consider each individual aspect of your bathroom such as the plumbing, bath, shower and sink basin, you can begin to see why bathroom renovation is a pricey affair. But how do you put a price on creating a beautiful bathroom that is both stylish, functional and that you and your family can enjoy for years to come? Below is a simplified guide to your next bathroom renovation.   Bathtubs Your bath is commonly the first point of call after a long and stressful day, so it’s important to ensure you find the right tub for your needs. If you’re in the market for a new bathtub be sure to take a trip to a number of showrooms and do not be afraid to try before you buy. There are so many styles to choose from depending on your budget. Inset tubs are great for those who are sticking to a tight budget, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes from traditional styles to something altogether more modern. If you have a larger budget and more space to play with then why not consider a freestanding bathtub. A classic claw foot tub can make a real statement in even the slickest, minimalist bathroom. (Image Source: http://www.dispenser.com/blog/page/8/) Toilets No bathroom is complete without a toilet. Depending on the quality and style in which you choose, the price of a loo can vary. The most cost-effective toilets are usually the close-coupled models. This traditional style features a cistern that sits above toilet pan. The higher quality close-coupled toilets usually have a wall-faced suite that sits close to the wall. This is to ensure that the water pipes that are connected to the toilet are well hidden and makes the simple design easy to clean. If you’re aiming for a more premium look it could be worth investing in a concealed or ‘in-wall’ model. Although these types of toilets are more expensive, the cistern is built into the wall cavity and is therefore totally concealed. Having the cistern in the wall cavity with only the buttons on show can really save on space and give the bathroom a more luxurious, high-end look.   Taps The type of taps you choose to instal in your bathroom can really make or break the overall look. The taps are often...

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Severing Bonds – The Roommate Survival Guide to Moving Home
Jan19

Severing Bonds – The Roommate Survival Guide to Moving Home

Rental prices can mean that sometimes you will have to live with someone else. Sharing a house or apartment is always an interesting time, not necessarily good and not necessarily bad, but it does test the boundaries of your friendship if you’re living with friends. Some people choose to live with people who they meet online or through friends, and this can often work out better, as there is less history between the two involved parties. For stuff like cleaning the house upon exiting, a cleaning service like Whizz Home Cleaning Service can take all of the work out of your hands, which can help to ease the moving-out tensions often brought on between housemates. Be Clear on Rules This is a very important point. Before moving in with someone, make sure to have a discussion about what they expect from the living situation, and clearly explain what you expect. Communication is key when it comes to interpersonal relationships, and sharing something as important and personal as a home means that everyone needs to have their say about what they need. You are included in this, don’t neglect to mention something on the basis that it is assumed, always assume that unless openly and clearly stated, the other person is unaware. This works to minimise errors in communication. Split Everything Often people will try splitting everything evenly, which can work well, however sometimes people will instead opt to pay prices based on what they have used or the size of their room. This is a different method which might not always work, but if you are going to attempt it, being clear on the parameters that define the costs is very important. Finance is a touchy subject, and friendships have been built and broken on less than a missing fifty dollars on a gas bill. Respect Each Other’s Privacy Always remember that you are living with another adult, and that that person has just as much need for privacy as you do. You don’t open their letters, go into their room, or look through their things without their permission, and you will have a harmonious household. Fail to do so, and you might stand to lose a friend. Keep in mind that you wouldn’t want people going through your things, and that trust needs to be built and maintained between two parties, not bought or sacrificed lightly. If you both treat each other’s privacy with respect, you stand a better chance of  having a mutually respectful and beneficial living arrangement. Make Concessions Everyone wants a perfect home, which includes you and your future roommate. Your tastes might be different,...

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Your Complete Guide To Mattress Shopping This Summer
Jan06

Your Complete Guide To Mattress Shopping This Summer

Summers are approaching, and you must be getting all charged up for it! I know it has been a lazy winter season and now you want to have a lot of fun in the sun. Well you must, but you should also keep some points in mind about how to stay fit and healthy during the season. If you are planning to buy a mattress this season and having sound sleeps, then here’s your complete guide to it. Before deciding for a mattress, you must also keep in mind the climate of Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth or wherever you are in Australia. Your mattress should be able to adapt itself as per the weather conditions. You should know your mattress well before purchasing one. Try a Memory Foam Mattress You got to implement certain methods for a better sleep because you can’t control the weather. By using a heat and pressure-relieving memory foam mattress you can sleep well in almost any weather condition. They are really comfortable and offer good durability. But they are a bit costly, so you will have to check if you can afford them. The Senso Memory Ultima Plus mattress is a good form of memory foam mattress which can easily adjust to the temperature of your sleeping environment. It is just the perfect mattress to survive hot and uncomfortable nights. It easily adjusts your body’s movements and accommodates your pressure points well. Your body must cool down and be relaxed if you want to sleep the right way. This mattress is an excellent combination of comfort and cooling sleep technology. Yes, you can get a mattress online! It’s perfectly fine to buy mattresses online these days like any other commodity. You can find a number of websites these days selling good mattresses along with other bed accessories like, headboards, pillows, bed frames, etc. Just do some proper research on these websites and you may find a very good deal. Make sure your seller includes all the important warranty policies for you. You must also insist your seller to offer you in-house trial feature. It is really important to try a mattress well before you finalize one. Follow a strict bedtime schedule The best way to sleep during any weather condition is by following a strict bedtime schedule. It helps you attaining a healthy body, so that you easily get adapted to abrupt temperature changes. Remember that bedtime routines are not similar for everyone. Exercise a bit Sudden changes in weather often lead to pain in the joints as well as poor blood circulation. You can avoid them by doing some stretches before you sleep...

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Behind the Business | Restructuring Your Office Setup For Style and Creativity
Nov15

Behind the Business | Restructuring Your Office Setup For Style and Creativity

If the face of your business is your office then you have to ask yourself “what does my face say about me?”  A beautiful office environment with clean lines and a contemporary feel speaks volumes about your success, productivity and style.  It is not uncommon however for companies even within the building or design industry to have become so concentrated on creating magnificent showpieces for others that they have allowed their own ‘faces’ to become somewhat unkempt. The office environment you present to the world not only has implications with your clients, it also impacts on things like employee creativity, productivity and mental health. Considering the high stakes involved, let’s take a look at a few initiatives that you can undertake to restructure and revitalise your office and workspaces. Livable Luxury There is nothing like working with a commercial interior designer to really create workspaces that come alive.  Not only can they design perfect spaces for your unique needs, but they can also source exceptional furnishings and finishes to give you that ‘one of a kind’ look.  As an example, check out One Stop Office Interiors executive chairs.  Leather chairs are the ultimate in sleek luxury and provide a happy employee combined with the beauty of natural leather. Interior designers can also supply a range of magnificent furnishings that are ergonomically designed and a delight to behold. It’s not all about the work If there is one thing any commercial interior designer worth their salt would recommend, it is downtime spaces. These are areas where staff can move away from their desks, and may be filled with communal lounges where they can sit and share their experience and ideas.  Don’t underestimate the value of this – it is all about the whole being greater than the parts.  Quiet zones and focus rooms are fast becoming common in the modern workplace. They allow employees a place to concentrate away from the noise and distractions of an open plan office or provide quiet areas away from the main hub to cater for confidential meetings and the like.  Private phone rooms and domed booths are also a great way to maintain open plan work spaces whilst allowing staff areas of privacy. Free Range Offices Just like free range chickens flourish over battery hens, people also flourish when they don’t feel tied to their desk.  Allow employees to go for walks in the sun which will improve their health, mental outlook and gets the creative juices flowing.  As a writer, I often hit a wall and seem to be lost for words so I take off for a long stroll.  100% of the...

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The Two Best Cities to Live in Australia
Nov08

The Two Best Cities to Live in Australia

Maybe your moving-to-Australia plan is the best thing you can do with your life, this plan need not necessarily be easy on your life. With the plan to move to Australia comes with the hardest choice to make for where to live in Australia. The choice is hard because the decision has to be made between the cities that are neck and neck in almost everything, whether it is visas, citizenship, infrastructure, culture, food, shopping, transport, safety, nightlife, accommodation, cost of living, cityscape, health care, locals, rules, weather, education, work culture, quality of life and so forth. And you cannot evade making this decision simply because it will have a huge impact on your future and will decide how comfortable you are going to feel in your surroundings. This article will try to help you out with making such a crucial decision. Read on! Option #1: Sydney No matter how aggressively other cities of Australia develop, Sydney is going to enjoy its top position forever. From the endearing sights of Sydney Harbour to the sands of Bondi Beach, Sydney is a metropolitan city of Australia that is tremendously famous all over the world for its impressiveness. It is one of the Australia’s largest and oldest cities which has caught the attention of the world mainly for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. It is also one of the busiest cities with the hectic pace like that of any other major metropolitan city, but with the overwhelming charm of iconic man-made landmarks that the entire world has ever seen. Sydney follows a set of seasons with the severity of Australian summer reported in the months from November to February. As far as transport is concerned, a poorly developed transportation system brings down the value of this city. Otherwise, economy-wise and education-wise, Sydney is abound with many great options. And remember to take into consideration that Sydney is the costliest city in Australia. Option #2: Melbourne After Sydney, Melbourne is considered as the Australia’s largest city. As it is brimming with one-of-a-kind sporting venues, there is no doubt that Melbourne is the country’s cultural and sporting hub. It is also known for bagging the title of “world’s most liveable city” for at least four consecutive years from 140 cities all over the world. Its residents are fond of both arts and sports and enjoy the finest nightlife ever. The dining options in Melbourne are also enormous and gratifying for all sorts of epicure. From weather point of view, Melbourne is less harsh as compared to Sydney. When it comes to transport, Melbourne showcases a systematically developed grid system which lets the...

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The Agony of Choice | Where to Look For Your Next Holiday
Oct10

The Agony of Choice | Where to Look For Your Next Holiday

Have you ever stood in the check-in hall of a major airport, just staring at the departures board in wonder at the seemingly limitless number of options for adventure and fun in this world of ours? I know that I have. It just serves to highlight how spoiled we are for choice when it comes to choosing our next holiday. From new to old, roughing it to being pampered, everyone can always find something that will perfectly suit their personality or mood. Bright Lights, Big City Few things can match the buzz of immersing oneself in one of the world’s great Cities. If it’s architecture, culture and a faster pace that you are after, Metropolises such as New York, Paris or London will get your adrenaline pumping. For more of the Eastern feel, hit up Tokyo, Shanghai or Seoul for an electrifying taste of the orient. Just wandering the streets of some of these great cities can inspire, educate, and amaze you with their sheer energy and diversity. Fun in the Sun Who doesn’t love to nestle into white sands with a great read in one hand and a cool, medicinal beverage in the other, as the warm waves lap at their feet? Nothing can deliver a more welcome and relaxing change of pace than your dream beach vacation. The only problem is; where do you go? The laid back atmosphere of the Caribbean might be your speed, or perhaps you want to catch some awesome surf in Costa Rica?  Bali tour packages from Travezl offer you the chance to relax and enjoy everything that the idyllic island has to offer, while for those who prefer to do things on the fly, simply rent a car or campervan and cruise up and down Australia’s almost 26,000km of coastline. Journeys Through Time Destinations rich in history can provide outstanding opportunities to combine the thrill of travel with education and learning. Walking the streets of Rome or Athens can leave you in awe at the rise of western civilisation, while the timeless pyramids and sphinx of Egypt stand today as testimony to mankind’s ingenuity and achievements. China’s great wall or Mayan ruins of Tikal and Chichen Itza offer the perfect opportunity to learn about the past and be inspired. Thrills and Spills Looking for some thrills? Bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand or white water rafting down America’s majestic Colorado River could be just the answer to your need for speed. Zoom through the rainforest canopy with Peru’s Amazon Zipline, or scuba dive through the coral cities of the Great Barrier Reef to get your adrenaline fix. Delectable Delights Sampling the...

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5 Choice Locations for the Melbourne Homebuyer
Sep05

5 Choice Locations for the Melbourne Homebuyer

Melbourne is an incredible city. It has a huge array of cafes, bars, restaurants and places to go. It also happens to be the most livable city in the world, which makes it a desired spot to set up a home for many people, and means that the housing market is diverse and plentiful. Buying a house in Melbourne is as simple as searching for Brighton Real Estate by Marshall White, and you’re one step closer to owning a beachside property that’s only 10 minutes from the CBD. As with any city, there are questionable suburbs, and there are higher-class suburbs, and it’s hard to see from the outsider’s perspective what would be considered a good place to put down roots. We’ve written up 5 choice locations for the Melbourne homebuyer as a way of giving you the inside knowledge of a wonderful city full of property that is just waiting to be occupied. Mount Waverley First up on the list is Mount Waverley. Mount Waverley is a south-eastern suburb that lies about 20-30 mins from the CBD, and boasts a network of public transport, a selection of schools, and a shopping area to suit just about every need. Mount Waverley has seen an increase in house prices recently, with a median house price of $1.27 million across the board, although cheaper buys do occasionally pop up. Mount Waverley is a family-oriented area, with a high level of safety and a low level of crime. Richmond Richmond is an inner-city suburb that is a short 5-10 minute tram ride from the CBD. It is surrounded on all sides by many  shops, different cuisines, bars, cafes, and other nightlife. A house in Richmond will be around the $1.11 million mark, and although it is cheaper than Mount Waverley and closer to the city, population density is much higher, crime rates are higher, and the average house size is much smaller. Keep these things in mind when purchasing in Richmond, but also remember to consider the purpose of your house. If you’re looking to relax, work, and enjoy your Friday nights and weekends with reckless abandon, Richmond might be the place for you. If you’re looking for more of a family house, another suburb might be a better option. Canterbury Canterbury is an older suburb in the south east of Melbourne, and is a wealthier suburb, too. It sits right on Canterbury road, and the streets are lined with huge trees whose canopies connect over the top of the road, making it a beautiful sight all year round. The houses in Canterbury are dignified and tend to either sport an older,...

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Follow These Tips to Keep Your House Clutter-Free
Sep03

Follow These Tips to Keep Your House Clutter-Free

A clean house is a clutter free house. If you have children, it can be difficult to keep the home clutter free. Kids have toys, they come home with papers from school, and many always pick up after themselves. If you have a small house, it can also be difficult to keep it clutter free, as it can be hard to find places to keep things. If you want to keep your home free of clutter, there are a few things that you should do. Do a Major Clean Out The first step to keep your home clutter free is to do one major clean out. You should clean your closets, cabinets, garage, basement, and attic. To get rid of everything quickly and easily, you may hire a company who specializes in rubbish removal. A rubbish removal Rockdale company will come to your home and take away everything that you need to throw away. You should do a major clean out once a year. Create Clutter Reserves Regardless of how hard your try, things will accumulate and clutter up the home. The best way to prevent this is to create clutter reserves. In the kitchen, you can put a basket in the middle of the table so you don’t have things all over the table and the countertops. Once every couple months, you can clean out the baskets and throw away the things that you won’t need. For your child’s school papers, you can create a folder. Anything you want to save can go in the folder, and as it fills up, you can throw away the things at the bottom of the pile. For magazines and catalogs, put a bucket in the corner of the living room, and keep them in there until you are ready to look through them. Once the bucket is full, throw everything inside away. Follow the ‘One in One Out’ Rule If you follow the one in one out rule, clutter will never be an issue. If you bring in a new magazine and catalog, throw away the one that you have on your coffee table. If your child brings home a school paper, throw away the one that they brought home the day before. Before your child has a birthday or before Christmas, clean out their toy box and donate any old toys to make room for the new ones. The same is true before you take your children school shopping. Donate their old clothes to make room for the new ones. Follow the ‘Everything Has its Place’ Rule Every item in your home should have a place. It is important to...

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Expert Tips on How to Choose the Best Mattress for Your Needs
Sep03

Expert Tips on How to Choose the Best Mattress for Your Needs

You’ve just walked into a mattress store, but there are multitudes of options before your eyes! How will you ever possibly choose? Fear not, there are a few key guidelines that you can adhere to, to ensure you pick the perfect mattress for your sleep. What are your budget and needs? Are you waking up with aches and pains? Are you having trouble sleeping? If the answers to this are yes, chances are you need a new mattress. From here, you’ll then need to consider how much you want to spend. This will narrow down the options you have to research, making the process of buying a mattress easier. Do your research It is crucial that you research your mattress options before you buy, choosing the size and type that will suit your individual needs. Think back to the times when and where you have felt most comfortable in bed sleeping, and try to pinpoint why. Was it a soft or hard mattress? How much pillows did you sleep with? Start with a store or brand you trust Furniture stores, department stores, sleep specialty shops and online boutiques all sell mattresses. Look for a retailer, such as Koala Mattress, that provides you with the right information and attention. If you don’t know where to shop, ask friends and family for their suggestions. Ask for help Work with knowledgeable salespeople who can guide you through your bedding choices. Ask questions and look for detailed explanations when needed. Whether it is online or in-store, If you don’t feel your salesperson is knowledgeable or helpful, take your business elsewhere. Test-drive your new mattress Once in the store, do the sleep test! Remove your shoes and lie down on several different models in various positions. Don’t be embarrassed! Be sure to spend extra time in the position you usually sleep in. It can take up to 15 minutes to relax enough to feel the true support of a mattress, so don’t rush it. The more time you take in a store, the less likely you’ll have buyer’s remorse later on. If you are making an online purchase, ensure there is a generous guarantee that allows you to return it within a set number of nights if it is not achieving your desired level of comfort. Compare It’s important that you compare and contrast a shortlist of mattresses to end up with the best possible option. A great way to compare mattresses is to see what’s actually inside the material. Ask the salesperson if they can show you illustrated or actual cutaways of the interior of the different mattress. It’s also important that you...

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