Why should you get a 21st Century Kitchen

An old, severely used kitchen is never a pleasure to cook in. With the hanging cupboards doors, less efficient appliances, it may put you off cooking for a while. A kitchen needs to match the style of you and your cooking, that’s why we are here to help you achieve that.

There are many advantages as to why upgrading your kitchen may benefit you in the longer run. Although it may seem like a costly thing to do, in the long run it will be more cost effective for you. Newer, more modern appliances are now more energy efficient, therefore, are less money to run when compared to older appliances. Hence, in the long term, it is better to renew your kitchen, as bills will reduce etc, making it cheaper overall. Also, by upgrading your kitchen appliances, you’ll have better equipment to use. This means that you will be able to use new and advance appliances to create your favourite dishes, making it a pleasure to cook.

Also, as the years go by, your kitchen may become unsafe for you. This is as the older appliances and as such can be hazardous without you realising. Therefore, by upgrading your kitchen, you will be also ensuring your safety in the kitchen is at it’s utmost it can be.

By upgrading your kitchen to a newer, more unique kitchen suiting to this century and your style, it will encourage you more to get into that kitchen and whip up something delicious! When we buy a new piece of clothing, we want to wear it and show it off to everyone, likewise with a new kitchen, you will immediately want to show it off but also use it! A 21st Century kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean a modern, out of this world kitchen. If a traditional kitchen is what your heart is going towards, it will still have the appliances and a feel of a modern, updated kitchen, whilst still holding the traditional kitchen vibe.

Who wouldn’t want a new kitchen? With our help we can help you achieve your dream kitchen goal at affordable prices, with our bespoke designs and ideas that will cater for all. By having a 21st Century kitchen, you can have all the perks you would only dream of, due to the advances in technology. We at CJC kitchens strive for perfection and make sure you will never be disappointed with the service and job we provide to you. Give us a call now for more information about our quality kitchen designs and fittings.

5 Movies to inspire you in the kitchen

As the leading kitchens companies in Leicester, movies have an been inspiration to all in some way, like dance movies encourage you to start dancing, and likewise films in relation to food and cooking may inspire you in the kitchen to work your magic, which you may not know you have! Here’s our top 5 films which we think have inspired us to cook and build a kitchen worthy of it.

  • Julie & Julia – this feel inspires the inner chef within you. Julie & Julia is about how Julie Powell, a blogger, accepts the challenge of Julia Child, of cooking every single recipe from her first cookbook. Based on a memoir from the blogger, this film makes us wonder how Julie cooked 527 recipes in her tiny kitchen, showing no matter what your kitchen is like, you can cook as much as you like!
  • Ratatouille – making a film about a rat being a top chef isn’t something normal, but this Pixar film goes to show that if a rat can cook, I’m sure we can cook as well! This critically acclaimed film showed how a rat climbed his way up to the top, with the help of the beloved garbage boy to cook of course. This film inspires people to get and start cooking, and with our help, you can get a kitchen to match!
  • Chef (2014) – this film makes us believe that no matter what the kitchen is, a cook can whip up anything almost anywhere. After being fired, a top chef tries to reignite his career by creating Cuban sandwiches in a food truck. This film reignites our hope and faith in our skills in cooking, although we would prefer cooking in an upscale restaurant over a food truck! However this film shows that no matter what your kitchen style maybe, the food can still be of a 5 star quality.
  • Super Size Me – this film made you think twice about that McDonalds you have been craving. A documentary shows the director, Morgan Spurlock, just having a diet consisting of fast food, particularly McDonalds, for a whole month, showing the harsh effects of such a diet. This film inspires you to stay in and cook a hearty healthy meal over quickly nipping to the nearest take out place, encouraging that healthy cooking in your homely kitchen is the way forward.
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Based on passion and dedication, this film will remind you the extent some people will go to to present the best food that’s possible for them. This film explores the best sushi chef Jiro Ono, and how he runs his acclaimed sushi bar in a subway shop in Tokyo with his son. With his passion and drive being shown throughout, this film encourages for us to get into the kitchen and whip up something with passion!

These films to us inspire us to go and cook something that would be applause worthy, in of course, our kitchens. No matter what size or type of kitchen you have, the love and effort put into the food made is what will be seen. If you want a kitchen to match your style of food, we are here to help and will guide you every step of the way.

Best Celebrity Kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and for celebrities, it’s where they can show off their other skills! As the leaders in proving kitchens in Leicester, here we give you the top 5 celebrity kitchens we believe are worth applauding and a dream to cook in!

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

John-Legends-KitchenThis very modern kitchen has many aspects that shine out immediately. The big gold stools, bright big chandeliers and unique bookcase within the kitchen make this kitchen an envy for everyone! The kitchen is modern yet has an antique feel to it, with all the little details added to it, such as the intricate designs on the dining chairs, adding that little extra to the kitchen. The modern yet unique look makes this kitchen an inspiration for all.

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto-Cavalli-kitchenRoberto Cavailli’s traditional but stylish kitchen is one for everyone to know about. This traditional Italian kitchen has a very rustic and old feeling yet with the interesting colour scheme of yellow and black, this kitchen stands out against them all. The little details such as the intricate black chandelier and silverware detail on the wall give this kitchen an extra edge, making this kitchen a unique one.

 

Lauren Conrad

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This all white, sophisticated kitchen is very easy on the eye. Lauren Conrad’s kitchen design is very airy and simple, yet is one that many people would dream to have. This large, spacious kitchen makes it easy to move around, with a large window giving a beautiful view to see. The simplicity of this kitchen is what makes it desirable, with the minimalistic features attracting us to it.

Lady Gaga 

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Lady GaGa’s grey themed kitchen is a desirable one to say the least. The big open space around the kitchen makes it an enjoyable experience to cook in and the rustic wooden dining table adds a country effect to the kitchen. With the hanging lamps over the breakfast table and the delicate chandelier add to the kitchen to create a rustic yet modern feel to the kitchen, making it a desire for all to have!

 

 

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

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This homely, cute kitchen of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi proves that bigger isn’t always better! The warmth of the fireplace, intricate design on the rug and the homely features make this kitchen more of a second home too most. What stands out is the interesting wooden ceiling, a unique piece that makes this kitchen something special.

With these celebrity inspirations, we hope you gain some inspiration to create something different for your kitchen, with us helping you every step of the way to make it happen.

Kitchen Designs from Around the World

We Britain’s are used to the same old type of kitchen, with different adaptations done to them to create our own unique kitchen. However, have we ever wondered what other kitchens around the world are like? Different countries mean different cultures, which means different types of kitchens. Some wealthy countries, like America, have very modern, advanced kitchens, whereas other countries, like India, those who even have stoves are considered lucky. Here we talk about the different kitchens we see around the world, and how their cultures have impacted it.

brazil-kitchenThis photo is taken from a family home in Brazil. As you can see the conditions in the house are very cramped, with the kitchen and the living area most likely being in one place. The kitchen itself is just an old gas cooker with an oven, connected to a gas tank, something we don’t see anymore in the UK. Compared to the kitchens we are used to cooking in, this one is tiny in comparison and must be difficult to cook in! 

pakistan-kitchenThis photo is taken from a home in Pakistan. This is what you would call a makeshift kitchen, where pots and dishes have been placed on top of a table making this their kitchen. As you can see, it will be very difficult to cook that, would it even be possible for us to cook in that?! This kitchen is world apart from what we are used to seeing, but this must be the normal for people living in Pakistan, especially those with less money. It goes to show that although we have the advanced technology, not all countries do.

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Another traditional kitchen setting is shown in this picture, taken in a village in India. With the very traditional cookware, the way of cooking the food is also as traditional, using a cook stove. This kitchen culture is different to what we define as a kitchen, with this being much more difficult to operate than our kitchens at home. This very rural kitchen is common across India, with this style of cooking using the stoves being a tradition.

 

africa-kitchenThis is a traditional on street restaurant in Dar Es Salaam, Africa. The boy seen in the picture is flipping the famous Zanzibar Pizzas, a famous local street food of basically bread filled with a certain filling. Again different to what we call the normal, this is a traditional way of preparing, cooking and serving food, which goes to show that even though the kitchen ware may not be of the best quality, delicious food can still be cooked no matter what.

All these kitchens are very traditional and without the technology we have in our kitchens in this point of time. However, people still can cook food, which shows that if you have a passion for food, you can make the best of any situation.

Top 7 things to do in Leicester

Leicester is a vibrant, beautiful city with lots of different cultures, our kitchens showroom (of course!) and history packed into it. A city worth visiting, here we list the top 7 things we think are must to do when in Leicester:

  • National Space Centre – this out of the world experience is one not to miss. The National Space Centre is the largest planetarium in the UK, dedicated to space exploration and science. With many attractions inside, such as a thrilling 3D simulator experience and the 42 m high rocket tower, you will not be disappointed with this unique experience, perfect for a family day out.

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  • King Power Stadium – ever since Leicester City Football Club have won the Premier League, their stadium tours have been soaring. Running on weekends, go take a peak of the areas of the stadium, where popular players such as have Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have stood, and get the opportunity to learn about the clubs history. If you a football fan, this is a must to do!
  • New Walk Museum and Art Gallery – the original museum in Leicester, this one is perfect for a family friendly day out. Including a range of galleries such as Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Victorian Art, containing the finest of art collections, and one aimed for under fives, The Den, this museum has a range of art to cater for all ages.
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre – this centre has been built to tell the story of the extraordinary search and discovery of King Richard III’s body. In August 2012, a search began for King Richard III’s remains underneath a car park and five months later the skeleton unearthed was confirmed to be his. The centre stands on the site where his body was buried 500 years ago and for those who thrive off history, this exhibition will be the perfect choice for you.

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  • Leicester Guildhall – Being one of the best-preserved timber framed halls in the country, it’s an essential in Leicester’s history. Having now been standing for 600 years, it has had many uses throughout the years such as the mayor’s parlour and a courtroom, it is now home to Medieval Leicester Galleries, where you will be taken back to the Medieval times, walking through the streets of Medieval Leicester, uncovering a new era!
  • Great Central Railway – being UK’s only double track, main line heritage railway, this attraction is a unique one! Running every weekend, bank holidays and some days during summer, it’s the only time and place in the world where full-size steam engines can be seen passing each other.
  • Golden Mile – A whole mile dedicated to the Asian culture, showing the city’s vivacious side. With a variety of ethnic shops such as Indian clothing wear stores, gold and jewellery stores; this road is must to visit as it defines Leicester.

High Tech Gadgets for Kitchens

  1. Smart Breakfast Maker

Bespoke kitchens are in fashion now. Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day however many of us never seem to have the time to make a hearty breakfast or have any at all. The Smart Breakfast maker could not make breakfast any easier, it can toast bread and fry bacon, while poaching, boiling or frying your eggs all at once! It includes an automatic power off feature as well as a self-centering system and 7 browning settings for your ideal toast.

  1. Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer

Healthy eating is becoming more and more important in many households. Using an air fryer allows you to make tasting chips using up to 80% less fat. Not only can you fry food, you can also bake, grill and roast a variety of dishes. The Philips AirFryer collection uses a Rapid Air Technology that constantly circulates hot air to guarantee crisp on the outside and tenderness on the inside.

  1. Simplehuman Sensor Cans

Simplehuman sensor cans help reduce the amount of bacteria spread around the kitchen. Dustbin lids are covered in germs and bacteria build up from hands and rubbish thrown into it. Simplehuman have created a can that opens automatically by waving your hand. It adapts to your surroundings to avoid the lid from opening unnecessarily. With a hidden liner storage inside the can, you’ll save time scuffling around your kitchen trying to find one.

  1. Crock-Pot Digital Slow Cooker

This slow cooker is great to cater for up to 5 people with 2 heat settings to give you a variety of cooking options as and when you need them. It includes a programmable timer to set between 30 minutes and 20 hours. Once the timer is up, the cooker will automatically switch to its keep warm function.

  1. Drop Connected Kitchen Scales

These kitchen scales are great to use for both professional and amateur cooks. It connects through Bluetooth to your iPad to give you an interactive recipe app guiding you every step of the way. If you are running low on certain ingredients, simply place the amount you have on the scale and the ass with resizing and adapt the other ingredients for the recipe. With an auto progress and wireless button, there is no need to touch the iPad with your covered fingers.

Why choose us to build your kitchen?

At CJC Interiors we have over 30 years of experience to help and guide you in creating your perfect kitchens in Leicester. Our team of friendly experts guarantee the highest quality results alongside exceptional service. No matter what type of kitchen you need, from contemporary to traditional, big or small, we will do our utmost to deliver your needs and requirements.

If you desire to have a bespoke kitchen, then CJC Interiors are the right choice for you! Creating bespoke kitchen is one of our hallmark services in Leicester and around the Midlands. Our designs are specially constructed to minimise the clutter yet maximise the usage of your space. We are one of limited qualified fabricators for Mistral, Corian and Tristone kitchen worktops, meaning we are able make the worktops in our in-house workshop.

We provide something we call a ‘one-stop service.’ This enables us to offer a broad range of designing, building, electrical and plumbing services in-house, thus allowing our team of professional experts to manage your kitchen from start to finish. We will be by your side from the initial designs, through manufacturing to the final fittings. Our designers have a keen eye for detail and use state of the art 3D technology to create elegant design suited to your needs.

Remodelling kitchens or any other part of your home can be expensive and a frustrating process. We strive to provide quality results at a reasonable price with high standard customer service. No matter how big or small your budget or space may be, we guarantee to put 100% of our effort to building the kitchen of your dream.

Not only do we build kitchens, we are also able to design and build bespoke, contemporary fitted wardrobe for your bedrooms, create a home office designing specifically for you and also make quality fitted bathrooms in Leicester and around the midlands. We have a passion for what we do, we aim to build relationships with our customers allowing both parties to discuss and work together effectively. Call us today or send us an email to begin discussing your perfect kitchen with CJC Interiors.

Why Choose a Modern Kitchen Design?

The kitchen in many modern homes has become more social area, for family and friends to spend quality time, enjoying each other’s company as well as dining. Modern kitchens are perfect to cater to busy areas as they tend to have an open plan that can contain a range of different kitchen furniture. This area can be designed to suit your family seamlessly to the rest of your kitchen by including matching storage space and style.

Modern kitchen designs allow you to be different and think outside of the box. You are able to incorporate curves and different shapes instead of a standard linear style. Using different shapes like curves creates a feeling of roominess and space, connecting the different areas of your kitchen effortlessly.

There are a variety of features that can be included in modern kitchens, either to add more storage or facilities that would add to the look. Storage is a huge advantage of modern kitchens now that internal storage fittings are available. These fill all types of units ensuring that you are able to reach and see all your items. Big drawers are popularly used in modern kitchens, not only wide but available in deep and shallow sizes.

If you are looking to add a bright colour to your kitchen, then a modern design would be suitable for you. Modern designs look great in both neutral colours as well as in bright colourful shades. It is not necessary to have the entire kitchen is a bright colour either, you could use a neutral colour and add spots of colour in the details.

Modern designs provide a sleek look to your kitchen, the lack of paneled doors and shelves and therefore cleverly hide plates, cutlery and appliances behind the smooth doors. Kitchen are not something that you change often and many worry than choosing a modern kitchen design can become outdated after a while, however we at CJC Interiors believe that a modern kitchen is a piece of art, something that will always be appreciated for their unique design.

What are the Different Types of Wardrobes?

The wardrobe is one of the most important parts of the bedroom for a lot of people. Some need to have a large space for hanging clothes whereas others prefer to neatly fold and pile up. No matter what type you prefer there are plenty of options, we at CJC Interiors offer fitted sliding doors, free standing wardrobes to purpose-built walk in wardrobes, we are the leading wardrobe fitters in Leicester. Below we have produced a guide to each of these types to help you decide which is best for you.

Walk-In Wardrobes

A walk-in wardrobe is probably the most versatile of the three options as they can be designed to be specifically to anyone. As they are a for much larger space, you are about to arranged hanging space or shelves anywhere without worrying about using too much room. A walk-in wardrobe could be added using a partition or alternatively converting a spare room.

Fitted Sliding Door Wardrobes
The biggest advantage of fitted sliding door wardrobe would be being able to use the extra space above hanging rails for storage. As the door would be from ceiling to the floor, no space is wasted, and also since the door slide across you don’t need to worry about space to open the door outwards. The wide range of colours and finishes available for sliding doors makes it great to match the current style of your bedroom.

Free-Standing Wardrobes
Free-standing wardrobes are a popular choice due to the fact that it can easily be moved around one room or around your home. These types of wardrobes are available in a range of different sizes and are can be made in metal, glass and plastic however are usually made with a wood finish. We would like to point out that if you do want to go for a free standing wardrobe then you may need to allow space for opening the doors.

CJC Interiors understand how expensive it can be to buy wardrobes that even become weak and damaged easily. Therefore, we use 18mm thick carcass systems with 2mm ABS edging, guaranteeing the sturdiness of your wardrobes for as long as possible. We include everything you may require for your wardrobe such as tie racks and trouser rails to pull down garments lifts and shelves. We also have access to a broad range of materials allowing us to build you a wardrobe to blend in with your current décor to the tee, we do everything we can to make the customer happy.

Top 5 Kitchen Worktops

The durability and appearance are equally important when it comes to a kitchen worktop. It needs to fit in with your theme colour and style wise while still being strong enough to handle daily use. As the leading worktop fitters in Leicester, at CJC Interiors understand how confusing it can get to pick the right one for you, hence we have created a list of the top 5 Kitchen Worktops that you could possibly use.

1. Composite

Composite worktops are very strong and more durable than many other natural stones. It is of a very practical material as well as beautiful than can be anywhere around the kitchen such as around the sink or next to the hob. If you are looking to create a traditional kitchen, we would recommend using neutral colours, whereas for contemporary kitchen dark blues and grey look fantastic. Composite worktops simply need to be wiped to avoid marks and can be sanded down if any scratches occur as the colour runs through the material.

2. Laminate

Laminate worktops are very low maintenance and can perfectly mimic other worktop materials such as slate, mood and granite to match your kitchen. However, they are dependent on the quality of the laminate. They are resistant to most chemicals and stains however ones from the lower end of the market are prone to heat damage and are not suitable for a cutting surface.

3. Stone

Stone worktops can be expensive however they would make a beautiful addition to your kitchen. Granite is one of the most popular stone worktops that customers think of however there are many other types of stone you can use such as limestone, marble and stale. Remember that different types of stone require different care so be sure to check that the stone would be suitable for your kitchen.

4. Glass

Glass work surfaces work best in contemporary kitchens either around the sink or possibly as a feature worktop in smaller kitchens to give the impression of space since its reflective surface. They do need to be frequently wiped to remove fingerprint and water marks, nevertheless they are very hygienic since there are fewer joint to trap dirt.

5. Corian

Corian can be formed into any shape that you require without the unattractive joints and bends. It is low maintenance and can be cleaned using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. Corian is great to use in wet areas as it is water and stain resistant and is available in many colours. Pale shades work well in traditional kitchens and bright colours integrate into modern and contemporary kitchens. Similar to granite, scratches can be sanded down.