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4th October 2013
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I’m always telling everyone not to believe what they read in the papers but the consensus really does seem to be that these wonderful islands of ours are finally lifting themselves out of the doldrums.
With construction projects on the increase, more people finding employment and house prices rising (which always tends to give property owners that feel-good factor despite only really benefiting those who are either downsizing or selling up for good, but never mind…) it really looks as if we could have turned the corner, which can only be good news for the KBB industry.
I only hope that the problems currently being faced by the US Government, which have caused president Obama to warn creditors that they may not be paid what they are owed, are not going to send everything into a downward spiral before we have a chance to really reap the benefits from the upturn…
This Week's News
Construction companies ended the third quarter of 2013 with a strong expansion of overall output levels and a further improvement in their new order books. This boosted employment numbers in the sector for the fourth consecutive month and the rate of job creation reached its fastest for just under six years.
This October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year Better Bathrooms has teamed up with Breast Cancer Care to help raise money for this important campaign.
The Abode design team creates taps for people who have come to expect the perfect blend of design, performance and sheer quality. Earlier this year Abode launched four brand new great value, designer kitchen taps, all offered in popular chrome and brushed nickel finishes and now widely available. They are:
- Linear Flair - Strong linear lines turn this architecturally tall, slanting monobloc tap into a great design.
The October 2013 release of Approved Document A of the Building Regulations now includes reference to the Eurocodes. The old British Standards are no longer being maintained and will become increasingly out of date, so engineers need to be using the new Eurocodes.
Designed to ensure the bathroom is a comfortable place for everyone, regardless of any mobility issues, Geberit has introduced the Monolith Vario, which enables ceramics to be mounted at a higher position.
Offering a simple yet highly effective solution to what will become an increasingly common issue as our population ages, the Geberit Monolith Vario is a base cover, which can be added to the bottom of the Monolith for WCs to allow for an adjustable height option.
Three of the leading organisations in the KBB industry have come together to launch a new design accreditation that will, for the first time, allow qualified kitchen and bathroom designers to be recognised for their kbb design skills and experience.
Imagine enjoying a private cookery lesson from a celebrity chef - then dining with him afterwards in your own home! That's exactly what Cathy Keir from Emsworth and her lucky friends enjoyed on Wednesday evening after winning a nationwide Zanussi competition.
Vanessa Feltz commissioned Glartique to design and create a 7m bespoke printed glass splashback for her kitchen and printed bath panels for her master bathroom.
Conservative Member of Parliament and member for South Basildon & East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe MP (pictured) this week demonstrated support of The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers, as he officially became its second Patron - joining fellow party Member of Parliament Brian Binley MP.
De Dietrich has introduced the DTi1358DG Chef 65cm dual zoneless induction hob with interactive colour display as part of its Premium collection of sophisticated and advanced appliances. Available in dark grey colourway, this stylish hob features a full colour display with touch controls to navigate the user through the four separate zoned and zoneless configurations:
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While tracking the number of shopping days until Christmas, people also should track the number of remodelling days until the relatives arrive, says the managing director of one of the UK's largest property management firms.