Basket storage These InnoStor individual pull-out organisers with full extension runners are available in a range of widths and can be used two ways, either behind and attached to standard drawer fronts or mounted behind hinged doors as illustrated.
Base storage This universally mounted full extension pullout by InnoStor provides three adjustable storage baskets. It also offers the choice of hinged door application or front fixing to the door. Similar units are available in different widths and optimised for various storage requirements.
The item shown is a 'pull-out larder' from InnoStor. These can be fitted into standard larder carcasses of 300, 400, 500 and 600 mm width. It is now far less likely for items to languish at the back of the larder as they are readily seen and removed.
Also available are larder units with a conventional door of width 450 mm. These can be configured with one or two doors and are available in full or three-quarter height. About 30% of the shelf is fitted to the door, rather like the inside door of a refrigerator. However, when the door is opened, the inside shelves move forward, allowing for easy access.
Corner storage The item shown is a 'blind corner optimiser' from InnoStor. The framework and shelves slide so the whole contents of a 'blind corner' base unit (800, 900 or 1000 mm) can be pulled out for easy access. Each of the four shelves will hold up to 15 kg. This is but one of several items that can help alleviate those different corner storage problems.
Boiling water taps Has the day of the electric kettle come to an end? Boiling water taps are becoming increasingly popular. Kettles can be an expensive form of heating should you boil more water than you need. Conversely, despite being well insulated, the boiling water tanks use a little energy to keep the water hot and are not cheap to install. The Franke 'Minerva' tap illustrated delivers hot, cold and boiling water, the latter at a full 100 degrees.
Waste disposers These units have been around since the 1930s, but there is an increasing rationale as to why you might consider obtaining one. Food waste produces environmental health problems and should it end up in landfills, produces methane gas. Food waste that is burned is so wet that it uses more energy than it produces. But modern sewage plants convert food waste and other solids to fertiliser and the methane produced can be captured and used as fuel. Perhaps you simply fancy the idea of not having any smelly kitchen waste anymore!
'American' fridge Compared with a standard fridge-freezer, an American fridge is cavernous. Normally it has two doors, a smaller one to the left opening the freezer compartment while the large door on the right opens the refrigerator. Apart from the basic models, most American fridges require a cold water supply and produce both ice and filtered cold water. American fridges are deeper than standard units and are self-standing. Nevertheless, they can be integrated into fitted kitchens and the units that can be built to surround them can provide a great deal of storage space.
Built-in microwaves You might consider fitting a built-in microwave cooker above an oven should you be fitting an integrated oven in a tall housing. This could free-up valuable worktop space. Cheaper models are adaptations of worktop models and have horizontal opening doors, invariably hinged on the left. The more expensive models have a greater capacity and have a door that opens like a conventional oven. Indeed, if you are considering fitting both a conventional and a microwave oven, many manufacturers supply matching appliances. The most expensive models are combined conventional and microwave ovens. Typical height is 45 cm.
Induction hobs If you cook with electricity, then consider an induction hob. Whilst more expensive than a ceramic hob to buy, it is cheaper to run, far more responsive and because it does not get hot, it is much safer. Heat is induced into the cookware by magnetic energy which means that these hobs are not compatible with all types of cookware.
Built-in coffee makers Like a built-in microwave cooker, a built-in coffee maker is typically installed above an integrated oven in a tall oven housing. They are typically 45 cm in height.
Warming drawers Warming drawers, typically 15 or 30 cm in height, are fitted beneath ovens, usually in tall oven housings. They are ideal for warming plates or keeping cooked food warm until ready for serving.