How to choose the right countertop for a kitchen renovation in Gauteng

Countertops are going to be one of the most important decisions you will have to make, whether you are renovating a kitchen or building one from scratch.

The last thing you want is to have to replace or repair countertops every now and then, which means that longevity is at the top of the list of priorities for choosing countertops that last.

It’s obvious that whatever material you choose, you’d like it to be aesthetically pleasing as well, bringing personal style and functionality together in perfect harmony.

There are an abundance of countertops available on the market today, which is going to make the decision more than just a little overwhelming, making it a good idea to look into the pros and cons of different materials available, whether online or in design magazines.

Ultimately, if you work with an established, highly respected company like ProReno, you will have design experts at your side to advise you on your ideas, so that you are in a position to make an informed decision that will more than meet your expectations for a major decision like renovating or building a kitchen from scratch.

What’s also great about Proreno is that they have an unrivalled range of countertops and other kitchen products that are of outstanding value for money, giving you quality at market-related prices that will suit your budget.

Here are two examples of the pros and cons of some of the most popular countertops available:

·         Granite

Pros: Every piece of granite is unique, making each piece one of a kind. With the beautiful colours, patterns and mottling, you are able to choose the perfect colour to suit the style and décor in your kitchen. Granite is also tough.  It stands up to wear and tear for many years due to its ability to withstand heat, splashes of all kinds and any other nicks that may occur while cooking.

Cons: Granite does need to be sealed every now and then to avoid stains, which is a lot less expensive than the alternative of replacing countertops too often.  Proreno is able to design fitted kitchen cabinets that will be strong enough to support the weight of granite – if kitchen cabinets are not strong enough to withstand the weight of granite, sagging is inevitable.

·         Marble

Marble is one of most traditional choices when it comes to countertops.  The glamour and veining all contribute to an overall streamlined, stylish look that never goes out of style.

Pros: If you love baking, marble is the perfect choice for keeping any dough at the perfect temperature, no matter what you may be baking! Heat doesn’t affect marble, and it stays cool no matter the season.

Cons: You may want to think about only using marble in a few areas instead of on every countertop.  Despite sealing, marble can still chip or scratch, and is more likely to stain than granite and other countertop materials.

These are just two examples of what’s out there in terms of countertops.  There are many more, such as soapstone, laminate, butcher blocks, concrete and more, but please consult with the team at Proreno before you make the final choice.

Exclusive fitted kitchens in Johannesburg and Pretoria is what Proreno has been doing for many years successfully, with their attention to detail, along with award-winning service excellence, you will end up with the right countertop to suit your personal style perfectly.

Choose stunning kitchen design that will outlast any trends!

It’s very tempting to go with current trends, or those predicted for next year or the year after, but the most important thing is to have a kitchen that is designed to outlast trends and still look beautiful, year after year!

Gadgets and kitchen goodies for décor can be changed as quickly as they come out, however, the architecture, colours, textures and lighting are things that you may prefer to stand the test of time, to make this huge investment one that is of high value, aesthetically and financially.

The whole concept behind what ProReno does for kitchen design and kitchen renovation in Johannesburg and Pretoria, is to tailor a kitchen specifically suited to the role it plays in your home, as an extension of your personal taste and individuality, one that will last as trends come and go.

Some of us like the idea of an inviting, homey and comfortable kitchen that invites everyone into its heart with a warm energy, some like the sleekness that comes with clean monochromatic lines and others a large hub for friends and family.

Whatever you do decide on in terms of personal style and functionality for your kitchen, keep in the forefront of your mind that this is a kitchen you will be living in for many years to come, and we all know just how major an investment this is!

A kitchen is not like a cupboard full of clothes you can chop and change according to trends, any more than its like giving the home a make-over by changing the colours of walls, furniture and décor.  Once the kitchen is installed, it’s a fait accompli in terms of layout.

ProReno is passionate about the design and installation of stunning kitchens that are comfortable, functional and stylish, giving life to kitchens in Pretoria and Johannesburg at competitive prices for superb quality.

Add to this the latest technology that allows you to visualise the final product before you sign-off on the plans, along with master craftsmanship and you have the winning combination for tailored kitchens delivered with client-focused service excellence!

The kitchen you are dreaming about is the blank canvas waiting to be turned into a work of art between you and the innovative team of kitchen designers at ProReno, guiding you through an unrivalled range of kitchen products and ideas that have no limits.

Your dream kitchen will be in safe hands with this team that takes you from concept to final installation without missing a beat; browsing through projects completed by ProReno and speaking to clients that will readily tell you about their experiences with ProReno since 2004 will instil the kind of confidence you need with an investment this important.

Kitchen design, kitchen cabinets, built-in cupboards and shop-fitting all form part of the whole offered by ProReno in bringing dream kitchens to life. Project management, designing, manufacturing and fitting kitchens in Gauteng is at the core of success achieved by ProReno over the years.

If this type of personal, hands-on style appeals to you, reach out to this team to get started on your dream kitchen designed to outlast any trends!

7 Features You’ll Find in the “Perfect Kitchen”

If you’ve ever watched the food channel, you’ve likely experienced kitchen envy. Wishing you had all the features they had at their disposal, making cooking and baking look so effortless and fun. But you know what, you too can have the perfect kitchen. Below are some features you can easily add to your kitchen to make it more functional.

1. Island Cooktop

Recent trends split up ovens and cooktops. When you install your cooktop on your island countertop, your workspace doubles or even triples as does your storage space. What’s even better is that you don’t have to stare at the wall while cooking. If you have an open plan, you can easily communicate with guests or even watch your favourite tv program.

 2. Light

If your kitchen doesn’t have enough natural light, you can install layers of light to cover each area. Hanging lights over the island can add some light to work surfaces while under-cabinet lights will provide proper light on countertops.

 3. Corner Storage

Storage space is always a problem in the kitchen which is why you need to make every centimeter count. Make sure you use the space wisely so that nothing goes to waste. You can use a corner cupboard to store your groceries and if you want to get even more out of the space, add carousel shelving to easily access items at the back.

 4. Divided Storage

Every kitchen has that one drawer where you’ll find all kinds of treasures. It’s a drawer that just never seems to stay organised and when you’re looking for something specific, it’s never there. Divided storage is great for storing your kitchen utensils and give a more finished look.

 5. Bar Sink

Adding an additional sink to your kitchen can be extremely useful. Double your prep areas by installing a bar sink on your island.

 6. Built-in Trashcan

Trashcans are gross, and no one likes to associate grossness with kitchens since that’s where you prepare your food. Consider hiding your trashcan in a built-in drawer.

 7. On-counter Appliance Storage

Let’s face it, appliances aren’t necessarily pretty. And while you don’t want to store it away deep in your cupboards, you also don’t want to show them off. On-counter appliance storage is perfect for this scenario and should be incorporated in every kitchen.

 For more tips on kitchen renovations or if you require a quote from a reliable kitchen cabinet contractor, get in touch with the team at ProReno today!

5 Tips to Make Your Kitchen Renovation More Budget-Friendly

Your kitchen is the soul of your home. It’s where you prepare daily meals, enjoy your first cup of coffee and relax while baking your favourite treats. Since you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, it’s vital that the environment is welcoming – functional and pleasing to the eye.

 Renovating your home’s kitchen will add significant value to your home and is typically suggested by most realtors if you’re thinking of selling in the future. But that state-of-the-art kitchen you see on the food channel might set you back quite a bit if you don’t know what you’re doing so here are some tips on how you can save money on your renovation project.

 1. Don’t Move the Existing Plumbing

Be smart when planning your kitchen renovation. Moving kitchen drains and sinks can be costly so try to find a way to work around them. If you’re not crazy about your kitchen’s layout, try to find other ways to change the design like a kitchen island.

2. Reface Cabinets Instead of Replacing Them

Installing brand new kitchen cabinets can be pricey. If yours are still in good condition, consider refacing them with paint or keep the structure and just replace the cabinet doors.

 3. Make Superficial Changes

Sometimes the small changes to your kitchen make the biggest difference. For example, changing your backsplash or the colour of your cabinets won’t cost you much but will give your kitchen an entirely new look and feel.

4. Create a Budget and Stick to It

Put your budget on paper, make sure you have provision for unexpected expenses and then don’t go over the budget!

 5. Use ProReno for Your Kitchen Renovations Pretoria

ProReno is a kitchen cabinet contractor in Pretoria with more than 14 years’ experience in the industry and many satisfied clients to show for it. If you’re looking for affordable, reliable kitchen installations Pretoria, get in touch with the team today!

3 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Kitchen Renovation

Every homeowner dreams of a kitchen that’s stylish, modern, fully equipped and functional but, more often than not, they have to settle for a kitchen that is nothing like they hoped for. Which is why you might want to consider a kitchen renovation to achieve this goal.

 Kitchen renovations can be a challenge considering all the variables that come along with it. You’ll have to make a lot of decisions and sometimes you end up making the wrong ones because you’re overwhelmed. To be honest, expecting any kitchen renovation project to progress without hitting a few bumps in the road might be a little naive.  

 But, by avoiding the following mistakes, you can make the process go smoother. 

 1. Choosing appearance over functionality

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a beautiful kitchen with lots of bells and whistles but does it make sense from a functional point of view? To get the most value out of your kitchen renovation, you’ll want it to be as functional as it is beautiful. Balance is key. Shiny countertops won’t mean a thing if they aren’t durable or show every little scratch.

 2. Not choosing a timeless design

A modern kitchen might be cool but there are some design trends you might want to bypass to retain your property’s resale value. If you’re planning to sell your home in future, stick with a neutral, classic kitchen design.

 3. Not hiring professional kitchen cabinet contractors

Many people opt for a DIY renovation to save a few rands but if you don’t know what you’re doing you might spend more money hiring someone to fix your mistakes. If you want your kitchen renovation to look professional, consider hiring experienced and qualified contractors for the project.

 ProReno is a kitchen renovations contractor and cabinet manufacturer with nearly 15 years’ experience in the industry. Get in touch with the team for an obligation free quote today!

Fitted kitchen cabinets & built-in cupboards add style to your dream kitchen without wasting space

In order to have the kitchen of your dreams it’s important to have an idea of how your kitchen cupboards can be designed to offer easy access to everything you need based on the way you are using it, so that you don’t end up with cupboards that are too high to reach, or those that really just get in the way without being of much use – other than to accumulate things you seldom use.

When you are cooking, whether it is for the family, for a gathering of friends, or, to suit your passion for creating out-of-this-world award-winning dishes as a chef, comfort and functionality are paramount in what is more often than not the hub of any home.

Making the most of the space you have available when you are planning on a new kitchen, or giving the old one a complete makeover, is essential in the beginning stages; meeting with your kitchen design company with a good idea of what works and what doesn’t in your current space is going to make taking the first steps to your dream kitchen so much easier.

If, for instance, you are tall, and provided that you are the chief in the kitchen, the last thing you need is to spend your time in the kitchen folding yourself in half so that you can get to goodies you need in cupboards and drawers that are too low – which is where fitted kitchen cabinets and built-in cupboards take first place above anything that is mass produced!

The same applies if you are a little shorter, finding the small step ladder every time you need an appliance or ingredients that are stored a little higher than the rest of the goodies you use on a daily basis, is definitely going to make it worth planning fitted kitchen cupboards that are specifically designed to make finding everything a pleasure.

No doubt about it, if you have planned on having a dream kitchen designed and installed, then fitted kitchen cabinets and built-in cupboards are a must! Everything is designed to suit appliances perfectly and to make reaching for everything from pots and pans to ingredients, gadgets and cutlery a breeze, without wasting any space.

ProReno has been designing and manufacturing tailor-made fitted kitchen cabinets and built-in cupboards in Pretoria very successfully since 2004, offering a hands-on, personalised service that is focussed on making the most of the space and layout of your kitchen to make it uniquely yours, and only yours!

The extensive range of products offered by ProReno is unrivalled in the industry, and, through the use of the latest technology and software, this team of visionaries takes clients through a process that gives them a 3D picture of how fittings and fixtures will work in the layout so that before the kitchen is fitted by ProReno master craftsmen, clients will be able to see exactly what it will look like!

Having the best possible advice as you select fittings and fixtures is all part of the service excellence offered by ProReno. This team of innovative designers knows exactly how to take your specific requirements into account while considering your budget, without compromising on a superb standard of quality, beautiful workmanship and service excellence that makes creating your dream kitchen with ProReno an exciting adventure, from start to finish!