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Open plan kitchen vs closed plan kitchen – how to choose

  • Posted: Apr 22, 2018
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Open plan kitchen vs closed plan kitchen – how to choose

The kitchen hasn’t been a kitchen for a number of years now; it’s become our kitchen, our living room, our workstation and our entertainment base. We’re living in an era where getting the most out of your space is more important than ever before.

So when it comes to designing your kitchen it’s important to consider what structure will work best for your lifestyle, cue the open plan kitchen vs closed plan kitchen debate.
With both styles of kitchen still proving popular, you’re in no danger of going off trend whatever you decide. With design at the core of every practical kitchen, it’s time to consider some important factors.

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There can be no compromise on pool safety

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2018
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There can be no compromise on pool safety

I have had a dreadful experience of my son nearly drowning. We visited friends and they have a large swimming pool which is not covered. The children were playing around the pool, throwing toys into it and running up & down. We weren’t really worried, as we knew that we were sitting very close to the pool. There we were, 4 adults sitting outside chatting specifically about drowning and pool safety, when I heard a splash. I thought one of the children had thrown a toy in the pool, as they had been throwing the toys in the swimming pool a while back and the splash was soft. We carried on talking, when one of the adults shouted: “Oh my word! Jeadan is in the pool!”

I froze – I could not move. I saw everything in slow motion…the way he went under the water, coming up from underneath the water – gasping for air…then back under the water again. My husband reacted quickly and jumped into the pool and took him out. I ran closer and could see he was struggling to breathe as he must’ve swallowed a lot of water. My immediate reaction was to pat him on the back, and he started coughing up the water that he had swallowed. Only now after this do I understand how 69% of children who drown are under some sort of supervision at the time. This is how quickly it can happen.

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