KBzine: the original kitchen and bathroom industry e-news - since 2002
6th February 2015
We strongly recommend viewing KBzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The KBzine.
From the beginning of this year, new stocks of Liebherr appliances have only been available from Liebherr GB.
Abacus Elements is a range of easy to install, tileable wet floor systems for domestic and commercial applications. Made by specialist manufacturer and distributor of bathroom products, Abacus Manufacturing Group, the waterproof structural foam boasts high insulation properties and high compressive strength.
The stylish yet affordable one-piece kitchen tap is now available in three new finishes of Natural Stone, Orange and Pearl White; keeping with contemporary design trends and exhibiting an eye-catching splash of colour in any showroom.
OK so once again we haven’t had any snow to speak of in Epsom but the sun is shining and I’m feeling cheered by that and of course it’s Friday, so to get the weekend off to a good start I’m going share with you the opportunity of making over this rather ‘in your face’ bathroom!
You know what it’s like when you check into a hotel for the first time… Is the bed going to be a decent size and will it have a cosy duvet, will the WiFi be working properly, is the lighting sufficiently bright to be able to see what you’re doing and will the hairdryer lead stretch from the socket to somewhere near the mirror so you can actually see while you style your hair … but most importantly – what’s the bathroom like?
Well imagine peering around the bathroom door and seeing this! All thoughts of whether it’s been properly cleaned or not will be banished at the sight. And just imagine having to shower in there after a heavy night out!
What were they thinking of when they put this lot together!
This bathroom is just a small part of the 14 bedroomed Hotel Continental in Harwich, Essex which is being offered as the prize in a draw. Tickets cost £1000 each and the owners are hoping that the draw will take place 100 days from the start date on 1st May 2015.
If you have £1,000 to spare, it’s almost worth buying a ticket, just for the chance of making over that bathroom if you happen to win…
This Week's News
"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.
Late last month a group of Screwfix's 'Top Tradesmen' travelled to Number 11 to meet with Chancellor George Osborne to discuss how the current picture for UK tradesmen was looking and what else could be done to encourage further business growth across their sectors.
As 2014's national finalists and winner of the annual search for 'Britain's Top Tradesmen' by Screwfix, the tradesmen were delighted to have the opportunity to share their thoughts on how to keep business booming.
Exploiting the strength and slim proportions only steel can offer, bespoke internal glazed partitions, screens and shower enclosures are increasingly being designed and manufactured by Steel Window Association members for high-end commercial and residential projects.
Visually, steel has an innate solidity without being overpowering, a look no other material can really replicate due to the slenderness and robustness of the steel sections. Unlike the potentially chunky proportions required with timber or aluminium, a steel T-bar or glazing bar (a mere 25mm wide) is enough to ensure maximum strength while providing the greatest possible area for glass.
The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers have moved into phase two of the innovative Installation Standards Partnership initiative (iSP), as it invites independent retailers to participate.
The initiative calls upon retailers to support positive change within the installation sector, via independent accreditation of their installers.
The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced the categories for this year's KBSA Designer Awards - which, following a detailed review of previous events, now include new categories so as to reflect a changing market.
New categories are for 'Accessible / Inclusive Kitchen or Bathroom', a Bathroom Concept' - where designers work to the same brief ensuring entries will be judged on a level playing field, and 'Student Kitchen Concept' which comes from a partnership with Buckinghamshire New University to support the inaugural Foundation Degree Course in Kitchen Design.
The dramatic pantry display shows Graham Barnards' flair for design and knowledge of the latest finishes to the best effect.
It's the same every year; you take down the decorations, pack up the tree and the tinsel and lock away the wrapping paper. The festivities are over, and in comparison to the previous couple of months; the house looks somewhat lacklustre.
One area of the home that this can affect most is the kitchen. All of the fancy ingredients have either been used, discarded, or shoved into the back of the cupboard until next year. The worktops are bare, the oven's empty and there are significantly fewer place settings at the table. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Stainless steel inset sinks are one of the most popular choices of sink within the home today as they offer flexibility in design and installation. With this in mind, Abode has launched yet another new model into its value for money Connekt Family.
The affordable inset, reversible sink has two individual bowls and includes a practical and generous drainer area.
As part of its ongoing business expansion, Baumatic, part of the Hoover Candy Group, has appointed Simon Jones as the regional sales manager for the North West.
Offering technical assistance to the BagnoDesign team and to the company’s extensive network of customers, Andrew will help with showroom displays and service calls as required. He will also help to ensure that the BagnoDesign aftersales service remains of the highest quality and that its product offering continually improves in response to customer feedback.
Tapping into a digital world, installers can now enjoy access to product details and installation instructions for Geberit products directly from their Smartphone, with the launch of the Geberit ProApp.
Giving installers fast access to the information they need, when they need it, once downloaded the Geberit ProApp users can scan the barcode on the side of a Geberit product's box with their Smartphone to find out full product details. The ProApp also links through to the company's full online product catalogue, giving installers up-to-the-minute product details and fitting instructions, even when they're on the move.
Blanco has started the anniversary year exhibiting at LivingKitchen in Cologne, Germany, showcasing the company's 90-year 'Story of Quality' and highlighting new products, innovative materials, outstanding design concepts along with the company's well established high quality products.
Kilrock is extending its portfolio of problem-solving household products with the launch of new Damp Clear Moisture Trap - an effective and hassle-free solution for the removal of excessive moisture such as that which can be found in kitchens, utility rooms and bathrooms.
Damp Clear utilises a high air-flow design to make it 45% more effective than other moisture control products especially in large rooms up to 20sqm. It uses hydroscopic crystals (which attract and hold water) to absorb moisture.
The KBzine Archive Search
We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The KBzine. If you would like to run a search of the The KBzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.
News in Brief
T: 0845 0340 780 for Sensio’s 2015 kitchen & bedroom lighting brochure… AEG L75670WD washer dryer and Zanussi ZDC8202P tumble dryer given Which? ‘best buy’ status www.electrolux.co.uk… Caple’s new Lucet tap has a temperature-trigged, colour changing LED light 0117 938 1900… Rangemaster has launched a range of coloured glass splashbacks E: email@example.com
How to contact us at The KBzine:
REQUEST THE KBZINE HERE
The KBzine is broadcast
every Friday. You may receive it FREE each week by
clicking the link above.
Thousands of consumers are missing out on product safety warnings as they fail to register appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines, according to research published yesterday. Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson is encouraging more people to take this important step and use 'register my appliance.'