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13th September 2013
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The DEVIflex works equally well beneath laminate, ceramic, stone, vinyl and carpet and, by removing the need for radiators, space is maximised.
Last Saturday, as part of my weekend estate agency job, I showed a family around an expensive house they were considering buying. Without even having seen the upstairs the husband examined the rather plush kitchen in detail, which isn’t normally how things are done, but as it gave me some real hands on experience of some of the things I write about in KBzine, I was happy to go with the flow.
I loved the kitchen, which was full of the types of appliances I can only ever dream of owning. He wasn’t as impressed though, first complaining that the fridge freezer was integrated, saying than the one in the rented accommodation he’s currently in keeps breaking down as the airflow is insufficient and that this is a common problem with some integrated fridge freezers, (I’d love your comments on this please!).
Then, reaching under the sink, he complained that the InSinkErator food waste disposer is an inferior model that the one he’s currently using and doesn’t ‘do bones’!
My first thought was that he might be about to do away with his rather badly behaved child, but my second was one of indignation. Complain about an InSinkErator? He’s lucky to have one as it is! And whether such a device ‘does bones’ or not, it has to be infinitely better than scraping leftover food into old newspapers before wrapping it and taking it out to the kerbside collection box!
Food waste disposers such as these divert around 20% of household waste away from landfill and have been judged to have a smaller carbon footprint than kerbside collection. They’re also much easier and more pleasant to use. I was most surprised to learn from a press release this week that they’ve been in manufacture for 75 years. Let’s hope that with landfill space being used up as quickly as it is, it won’t be another 75 years before every home has one – bone crushing model or not!
This Week's News
Coming out in direct support of its specialist retailers loyal to the Franke brand, Franke UK has introduced a new policy to ensure they can sell Franke product with confidence and protect them from 'market free riders' who have been deliberately and recklessly damaging the Franke brand on the Internet.
The future of the UK bathroom industry is in the hands of a rather select group of people. Customers. Your customers. But who, exactly are these people and how do they wield so much power?
This is one of the fundamental questions to be discussed and debated at the Bathroom Business Conference on 8th October 2013. This annual conference has grown over the last decade and has developed a reputation for tackling some of the difficult questions which the industry faces.
Carron Phoenix has extended the choice of its best-selling Isis stainless steel sink range to include two new undermount options in a single and 1.5 bowl.
Utopia Bathroom Group, described as the UK's leading manufacturer of complete bathroom solutions, has signed for the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, the third major bathroom manufacturer to join the association in as many weeks.
If you've never thought to keep count, then you don't have to. Experts at the Furniture Industry Research Association and Blum UK have worked this, and the way you use the rest of your kitchen, out for you.
This season, Ellis Furniture will unveil its largest collection of new bathroom products to date. With more new furniture ranges and door finishes than ever before, the manufacturer is also introducing a wide variety of new brassware, sanitaryware, worktops, handles, accessories and cabinet shapes and sizes.
InSinkErator, the global leader and the inventor of the food waste disposer, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the production of its 150 millionth disposal unit.
In a stylish design with 90cm wide flat front and rounded corners, this is the only hood in the range which, when in recirculatory mode, does not require a chimney so it can be fitted to a wall compactly, similar to a flat screen TV - a feature that is likely to find favour with tech-savvy customers.
Abode has announced that, in accordance with the new CE Marking legislation which came into effect in July this year, all sinks manufactured by Abode conform to the legislative changes that came into mandatory effect. Since kitchen sinks are covered by the Harmonised European Norm EN13310:2003, they will now form part of the Construction Products Regulations (CPR).
Maytag, the premium appliance manufacturer, renowned for its superior quality products and American heritage, has added a new user-friendly dishwasher with Steam Clean technology to its range.
Amica has added a new range of freestanding dishwashers to its line-up of feature-rich home appliances. As Poland's leading home appliance manufacturer and one of Europe's fastest growing, Amica is rapidly increasing its business here in the UK; building on an increasingly recognised reputation for first-class customer service.
Visitors to the show are invited to learn all about advances in cooking technologies, such as induction hobs and multifunctional steam ovens, as well as being given the opportunity to get hands on with AEG's products.
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This year's KBSA Designer Awards look set to mimic the success of last year's; with tickets selling fast it is likely to be fully booked by the end of the month.
It's never a joy going back to work after a break and with the Summer holidays coming to an end (well, in my neck of the woods, anyway) the 'back to work blues' is something many are dealing with right now. The good news is that we can all make things easier for our colleagues by taking note of the results of a survey carried out for Peninsula Business Services, the employment law consultancy, whose Group Director Alan Price, warns:
Insurers using the MA Assist building repair network will now be able to assure policy holders their homes will be refurbished by high quality contractors and tradesmen approved to Government-endorsed standards.