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19th November 2010
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When attached to a Franke kitchen tap - such as the Olympus pictured here - the amount of water is almost halved from six litres per minute in line with regulations, with no loss of performance or power in the flow.
The flow restrictor is a small screw-in aerator which can be retrospectively fitted to a number of popular Franke models.
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Keep waste bins clean and dry with Brabantia's 100% biodegradable and compostable bin liners - specially designed for all organic kitchen waste and now available in three convenient sizes - 10lt, 12lt, 18lt.
EverGrip has been specially formulated for the installation of mirrors, with or without backing tapes, to a wide range of substrates.
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What should I find in my inbox this week but a press release entitled ‘How safe is your house insurance?’! The writers must have thought all their Christmases had come at once as the flooding in the South-West will have guaranteed that every journalist with the slightest involvement in housing, restoration and refurbishment, will have opened it up and read it!
I had already been discussing the issue of insurance with some friends who have a house in St Austell (which was one of the towns most seriously damaged) who happened to be spending the week in Surrey. We couldn’t quite work out whether it would be less stressful for them to remain up here or whether they might be relieved to return home and find that things weren’t quite as bad as expected...
Some years ago I spent a few days with some flood restoration professionals and insurance assessors, when Lewes was badly flooded. It was a real eye-opener as what you see of the clean-up on television really only scratches the surface – and there is the real nightmare of finding that your neighbour’s insurers handle things in a completely different way from yours and that while they seem to be looked after very well, you realise you’ve drawn the short straw when it comes to choosing your provider.
And although all this extra business which is soon to come is great news for those in our industry who will get to manufacture, supply and install all these new kitchens and downstairs bathrooms – as well as the Government, as VAT will have risen by the time most householders will be in a position to have new products installed – my heart goes out to those whose homes have been ruined.
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This Week's News
Night back Slate is one of a number of new laminate floor designs that faithfully replicate the richness of natural stone and the elegance of ceramic and marble tiling both visually and from a tactile dimension. This is what Faus calls 'Realfeel'.
Accessories in the Kingston range have been carefully crafted from solid oak, a warm and richly textured wood that adds instant character to the bathroom. Combined with elements of glass, chrome and ceramic, the range is a simple but striking fusion of materials that works in both classic and contemporary bathrooms.
What do people consider when buying a bath? Shape, size, maybe colour... but not much else. They wouldn't normally ever think about the bath's construction and how that will affect the eventual comfort and pleasure in use.
Leading international bathroom products manufacturer VitrA make a huge range of acrylic baths but each differs from other bath makes in a number of important ways.
Freezing freshly cooked food for re-heating at a later date is a great time-saver and food lasts up to five times longer when vacuum packed, as well as freeing up extra space in the freezer. Baumatic's Vacuum Packer is easy to use, simply place a plastic bag in the chamber, close the door and press start. The appliance will then remove the air from the bag, seal it and return the atmosphere within the unit back to normal, ready for freezing.
The brand new Fusion Worktop collection from UK manufacturer Mereway Bathrooms is continuing to lead the way in innovation and design. Inspired by opulence and beauty, the range brings stunning gloss and matt finishes that evoke elegance and timeless appeal.
New Fusion composite worktops boast a high quality construction and are more consistent in colour and texture than granite. Made from a special blend of polyester and acrylic non-porous surface resins, these surfaces are highly durable, heat resistant and extremely hygienic.
Stuart Turner, thought to be the UK's largest shower pump manufacturer, has updated its successful Pump Solutions brochure to include the latest new products and accessories. Retaining the same crisp, clean and easy-to-read style, the new brochure includes the new Showermate Universal, updated Monsoon Extra Pressure Sets and has a new 'Accessories' page that includes the new Stuart Flange.
Atag, the Dutch company famous for its technologically advanced built-in appliances exclusively available to the kitchen specialist, appears in the new series Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, on the Good Food channel.
Two of Atag's stunning HG1111MBB Panorama gas on glass hobs, from the 2010 Magna Design line, have been installed in the studio kitchen set.
But all that disruption is now a thing of the past since D R Services (London) has it taped! The company's DR-y Seal is simplicity itself to apply. Simply peel back the paper on the inside of the tape (100mm at a time) and then apply to a clean and dry surface.
Being a tape it wraps around corners perfectly and since there is no cure time, tiling can begin as soon as you have it taped and the tape is invisible in the finished installation.
Old fashioned, rusty, dripping taps...limescale covered showers that can barely manage a trickle....novelty shower curtains....brown swirly wallpaper from the 1970s - do these sound familiar? If so, you might have Britain's Ugliest Bathroom and you could be in for a treat - a complete bathroom makeover!
The 4th issue of the 'Housebuilding and RMI Forecasts Bulletin Great Britain' is now available. Providing a quarterly review of the domestic construction sector including new housebuild and RMI, it contains the very latest statistics and information on housebuilding, together with medium and longer term forecasts. The information covers Great Britain and includes regional statistics and forecasts for England, Wales and Scotland. Also included are data and forecasts for the English regions.
Ghostly goings on at PJH Group this Halloween formed another one of the bathroom and kitchen distributor's fundraising events for its 2010/2011 regional charity of the year, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.
The charity, as voted for by regional staff at PJH's head office and depots in Bolton and Manchester, was chosen due to the vital support work it provides at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Fundraising money ensures continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital, improving the lives of thousands of children each year.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers has launched a campaign to attract further sponsors, who would join AnyJunk, Blum, Classic Marble, Ezystone and Franke in promoting the Institute and its aims.
Launched in 2007, the not-for-profit registered organisation has just celebrated its third birthday with the announcement that it has over 500 installation businesses registered nationally.
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News in Brief
RhinoFloor's Nottingham slip-resistant vinyl bathroom flooring has the appearance of timber planks. It comes in two, three and four metre rolls. T: 0845 287 6197
Marmox floor-level, barrier-free, solid shower boarding trays are now sold by Essex-based online plumbing, heating & bathroom supplies retailer PlumbClick. T: 0844 8000 932
Fisher & Paykel's double ovens and 5-burner gas hobs are being used by the 'Hairy Bikers', hosts of a family cook off show every weekday on BBC2 at 17.15. T: 0845 600 1934
Graham Hayden's new KBB Industry training courses on Body Language (19th Jan) and 'Presentation skills using 'inner game' techniques' (16th Mar) will be held at Whirlpool, Croydon. T: 0207 712 1558
Harshad Patel has joined the Furniture Industry Research Association's Technical Services Department to help Phil Reynolds on research and technical projects. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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