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28th January 2020
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Enhancing an already impressive palette, the new 'Noble' colours introduce three metallic shades in bronze, gold & silver, the warm tone of curry provides interest & depth, whilst pearl beige and pink add light, providing the finishing touches for a modern interior be it in the home or office.
Including a comprehensive selection of bathroom essentials, the Accessories range typifies the innovative approach for which HiB is known.
The light tones of the worktop will contrast with dark cabinetry to lighten a kitchen scheme or will blend seamlessly with muted coloured doors and drawers.
'We can expect raw appeal with refined surface,' it says. 'Think natural wild oak and black flamed effect, all with high quality and low maintenance. These new timber style fronts create appeal that fits perfectly in both contemporary and urban interiors.'
That's why Königstone, the champion of engineered quartz and natural stone worktops, has pulled together a recipe to enable homeowners to invite friends over and enjoy afternoon tea at home.
Stamp duty costs & the slow housing market in recent years have encouraged homeowners to renovate rather than relocate. But where do we go for our inspiration? Magazines? TV programmes? Exhibitions? Well, according to a recent survey, many of us copy our neighbours! website myjobquote asked 2,113 homeowners if they've ever imitated aspects of a neighbour's house & a whopping 66% admitted that they had! The figure could, in reality, be higher than that, as 19% said they were unsure. Only 15% gave a definite 'no'.
When asked what they'd copied, the homeowners responded: Indoor furniture/items (72%), Colour schemes (57%), Outdoor furniture/items (53%), External house design (45%), Indoor accessories (41%), Garden design (34%), House architecture (29%), Room design (23%), Floor plans (9%).
Respondents recalled a variety of emotions when learning that their designs had been copied: Discomfort (67%) came top, followed by flattered (56%, Challenged/competitive (49%), Violated (42%), Angry/annoyed (31%), Happy/pleased (24%), Anxious (20%), Inspired (18%), Pressured (13%), Sad (10%), Impressed (8%).
Are social pressure and competition the drivers? Apparently so. When asked how pressured they feel to compete with surrounding properties, the most common answer was 'somewhat' (35%). This was followed by 'very' (23%), 'not very' (19%), 'a little' (15%), not at all (7%) and finally, 'depends on the renovation' (1%).
Sadly for our industry, most don't have a huge budget for renovations, with the majority saying £0-£5,000 (31%). This was closely followed by £5,001 - £10,0000 (26%), then £10,001 - £20,000 (17%), £50,001+ (15%), £20,001 - £50,000 (11%).
My thoughts were that the 9% admitting to having copied floorplans must have done so with their neighbours' blessings (as the plans will have had to be shared or handed over), & that the 8% of those who were 'impressed' at being copied must have been the same people. But the 1% difference? What happened there, I wonder?
The survey reminded me of the time I had my roof done and the scaffolder loaned me his contraption for several weeks free of charge so I could regrout the brickwork whilst continuing to display his advertising board. I wondered whether any KBB retailers, fitters, or manufacturers ever offer discounts to those who are willing to place similar boards outside their homes, inviting passers-by to make an appointment to view the renovations. Judging by the survey here, it might just bring in some extra business, don't you think?
This Week's News
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association has welcomed another independent retailer as a member of the association: Sovereign Bathrooms is a premier luxury showroom based in Winchester offering a fully managed, design, supply and installation service.
Duravit has introduced a new RIBA-approved CPD: 'Material Innovation in Bathroom Design'. It incorporates: an overview of the latest material innovations used within the bathroom; an understanding of the differences and advantages between materials used in bathroom product manufacture, and 'an overview of the quality features of innovative bathroom materials'.
Founded in 2001, VictoriaPlum.com has been at the forefront of online bathroom buying for many years, pioneering new and innovative ways to help make life easier for its customers.
As the digital home evolves, VitrA has combined smart technology with water-saving design in a modern and elegant flush plate. Made in glossy black glass, the panel features an anti-fingerprint finish making it easy to wipe clean.
For consumers and retailers looking for innovative designs that extend planning flexibility, the Enfasi Design40 All Black range, from Italian appliance manufacturer Steel Cucine, has it all, with knobs on.
Linear design with industrial influence features the latest matt black soft touch finish. This is a look that is leading trends into 2020 and beyond. The range includes extraction hood, single and double ovens with grill and pizza.
Multi-award-winning Nottingham-based The Kitchen Lab installed ArtiCAD-Pro design software on the day they opened for business two years ago, and followed this up by buying ArtiVR - ArtiCAD's new virtual reality package - on the first day that it was released. The company likes to innovate and stay ahead of the competition, and ArtiVR is certainly playing a key role in this.
City Plumbing / PTS has unveiled its 368th branch at the new Taurus Road location, Bristol. The new CPS branch, located in Filton has created thee new jobs in the local area and includes a new concept Bathroom Showroom, City Heating Spares and expansive Electrical department.
Tile distributor Verona will be launching its newly revamped trade catalogue to customers this month. Featuring the company's hugely popular product portfolio, the catalogue has been redesigned to ensure it is simpler for customers to navigate and thus identify ranges for selection.
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