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13th February 2015
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I’ve never been a fan of all the St Valentine’s Day hype… I’ve always been an “If you love me, show me you love me every day; not just when someone else tells you to” type of gal. Plus I could never stomach having an ‘intimate’ romantic dinner in a crowded restaurant where the waiting staff are rushed off their feet, or being presented with a dozen long stemmed red roses which have been purchased at outrageously inflated prices when red roses have never been a particular favourite of mine.
Far from being the party pooper though, it seems I’m not the only one to feel this way about the big day tomorrow…
Research carried out recently by Heritage Bathrooms, reveals that men should forget the chocolates and overpriced flowers, because all we women really want is a home makeover!
Apparently, just a third of UK women would actually be grateful for a traditional gift, as the majority would prefer the promise of a handyman.
With costs for Valentine’s Day including gifts, dining out and travel expected to reach just over £200, women across the UK are wishing that the money could be diverted into getting their house up to scratch – particularly as 43% of those questioned only expect to spend £500 or less updating the décor in their homes across the entire year!
Quizzed on how they would utilise a handyman’s time, 45% would stretch to a bigger £1,500 spend getting as many rooms in the home finished off or updated as possible, while 35% would use the same budget to focus on an entire revamp project such as updating an ageing bathroom.
The research also found that 39% of women, when looking to move to a new property, would seek somewhere that needed redecorating in the living areas, but boasted designer statements elsewhere around the home, while 32% of men see newly painted walls and new carpets throughout as the deciding purchase point.
As far as I’m concerned, the results of this research are bang on. I would however - bearing in mind the problems I’ve had in the past – add the proviso that the handyman would have to be truly excellent!
This Week's News
Using the online database of 8,000-plus products from almost 80 brands, consumers and industry professionals alike can choose bathroom and kitchen products to suit their lifestyle and budget - and - since most are looking to reduce their utility bills, the most water-efficient products will be chosen first, thus causing both water and energy consumption to tumble. Here, Yvonne Orgill, director, European Water Label, explains the development of this crucial scheme and how it to get the most from it...
Verla is an innovative new take on kitchen mixer tap styling with a 'V' shaped body design.
The smooth curved radii of the tap come together perfectly from the architecturally tall spout design, to the easy-to-operate style handles.
Europe's fastest growing kitchen and home appliance brand, Amica, has opened the first in a series of planned solus Amica showrooms in the UK.
Based in Andover, Hampshire, the new Amica showroom is a dedicated, branded space displaying a range of freestanding and built-in appliances from all categories.
The German manufacturer now offers six different kitchen ranges that can be ordered in any RAL or NCS colour. With thousands of options available, this colour matching service provides guaranteed colour accuracy.
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One for the true urbanites, the sumptuously soft hues of Light Grey work in perfect juxtaposition to the sharp styling and sleek handleless design of the Malmo. The result is a look which is boldly contemporary while retaining an air of light delicacy.
The group, established in 1987, now has showrooms in four locations across Worcestershire and the West Midlands and, according to director Gareth Davies, there are plans for continued growth.
S7, which is discreetly built into the fabric of a building, was primarily targeted at domestic settings, but in this case it was chosen for the substantial new showroom of high-end bathware manufacturer Victoria + Albert Baths.
Lisa has over 16 years of experience in the industry including trade merchant, specification and retail roles. She has worked with many of the big names in the market including Kohler, Mira, Twyford Bathrooms and Jacuzzi UK.
LDL Components has added Spax, the famous German screw manufacturer, to its portfolio of premium brands. Founded in 1823, Spax produces an incredible 50 million screws per day and has an unrivalled reputation for quality. Its products are widely used in the furniture, joinery, installation and do-it-yourself markets.
Simon Ogden, LDL Director, comments: "We are always seeking to expand our family of leading brands as part of our commitment to offering our customers the best products available. Quality is at the very heart of our business and, as such, Spax is a perfect business partner."
Twenty-two-year-old Dan is originally from Exeter but now lives in Cardiff and will work with the development team at Masterclass Kitchens, focussing on new concepts and design features for the company's expanding of quality kitchen.
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News in Brief
Congratulations to In-toto Kitchens, celebrating 35 years in business – www.intoto.co.uk ... Whirlpool’s new Jet Chef 33L ‘6th Sense’ microwave can store 30 recipes; perfect for time-poor consumers – www.whirlpoolcorp.com … Smeg has unveiled two new finishes for its award-winning SFP140 oven – E: firstname.lastname@example.org … Winners announced for 2015 Neff MasterPartner Awards - www.bsh-group.com
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"There is one thing that must rank before all others with any shower or wetroom installation - it must be leak free.
Deciding how this is achieved should come at the earliest stage of planning and design. Of course, the waterproofing properties of any product cannot be considered in isolation; aesthetics and ergonomics are also key factors in the decision-making process, along with practical thoughts about how the work will be executed on site.