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6th February 2015


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International News

It's a fine life...

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Clean lines and a clever combination of a narrowing shape with curved pedestals have made Fine one of the most popular ranges in the Britton Bathrooms collection.

High impact basins from Arcade offer several design options

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A large basin presents a brilliant opportunity to make an impact in the bathroom and is an inspiring alternative to the traditional pedestal model.

New & innovative product for members unveiled

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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers is proud to unveil a co-developed innovative software solution for its members, allowing them to produce instant and professionally designed quotes, estimates, invoices and receipts for their customers.

Abode Tempeau: an installer's dream

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Raising awareness of the dangers of hot water in the home was the basis of a debate and press conference linked to the last BMA conference.

Buckinghamshire New University to provide FDA sponsorship of the 2015 KBSA Designer Awards

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has reported that it has reached agreement with Buckinghamshire New University for sponsorship of the 2015 KBSA Kitchen Concept Designer Award.

Total relaxation in a customised luxury bathroom - what Grohe Spa is all about

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As the hectic pace of our everyday lives puts strain on our bodies and minds, the Grohe Spa range offers a space of calm and relaxation for all age groups, from professionals with young families to older generations.

Barwood Products welcomes DisabledGo report

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Barwood Products, which manufactures and supplies bathroom products for the disabled market, has welcomed a new report compiled by accessibility information provider DisabledGo, as 'sad but true.'

Tap into traditional and contemporary bathroom interiors with Laura Ashley

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Designed to complement its sanitaryware ranges, the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection's three brassware ranges cater for a variety of tastes and styles and come with a 10 year guarantee.

Liebherr appliances now to be supplied directly to the UK trade

From the beginning of this year, new stocks of Liebherr appliances have only been available from Liebherr GB.

Las Vegas anyone?

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Rev-A-Shelf's Shari McPeek has been in touch to remind us that there's a huge KBB exhibition & conference about to kick off in Las Vegas.

Abacus Elements wet rooms - high on technology, low on carbon footprint

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Create the ultimate luxury wetroom with Abacus Elements wet floor systems and installation guides...

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.

Sensio launches curved acrylic LED over mirror light

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Sensio's Cascade curved acrylic LED over mirror light is just one of the innovative furniture lighting solutions from the company's new bathroom lighting collection.

InSinkErator's stylish range of 3N1 taps adds an affordable splash of colour to any kitchen

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Following the launch of the 3N1 kitchen tap with filtered steaming hot, hot and cold water, InSinkErator, the global leader and inventor of food waste disposers, and major player in the steaming hot water tap market, has unveiled three brand new shades for the 3N1 range.

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.

Welcome to the


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?
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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…

To enter the draw, you need to visit www.winahotel.co.uk – and if, like me, you want to see whether all the bathrooms are like the one in the picture, visit www.hotelcontinentalharwich.co.uk





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

Do it right and you can build the perfect wetroom

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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.

Tradesmen and Screwfix visit treasury for talks on how to improve small business growth

* Screwfix-Tradesmen.jpgLate 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.

Bespoke screens designed by SWA members are gracing the best bathrooms

* Steel-Window-Association.jpgExploiting 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.

iSP initiative targets independents

* ikbbi-invite.jpgThe 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.

KBSA announces new categories for 2015 Designer Awards

* Clos-o-mat-apreshower.jpgThe 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.

Matrix - exciting new pantry display

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The dramatic pantry display shows Graham Barnards' flair for design and knowledge of the latest finishes to the best effect.

A little Kitchen Magic will help spread some cheer...

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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.

Abode welcomes a further sink model to the successful Connekt family

* Abode-Connekt-2-bowl.jpgStainless 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.

Baumatic appoints Simon Jones as regional sales manager for the North West

* Baumatic-Simon-Jones.jpgAs 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.

Two new faces at BagnoDesign

Andrew-Marsh.jpgBagnoDesign is welcoming two new employees into important roles at its European headquarters in Leeds: Andrew Marsh (left) as technical manager and Paul Sackley (below right) as general manager.

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.

ProApp delivers Geberit know-how straight to your Smartphone

* Geberit-pro-app.jpgTapping 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 Germany celebrates its 90th anniversary

* Blanco-founder.jpgThis year, Blanco, one of the world's leading manufacturers of sinks, mixer taps and waste systems, is celebrating 90 years since production began in Oberderdingen, Germany in 1925.

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 combats household damp with launch of new Damp Clear moisture range

* Damp-Clear-Range.jpgKilrock 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.

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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 protected]

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Some like it hot... (but women like it hotter)

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May Design Series returns for 2015

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Inclusive kitchen and bathroom products to grow by 20% to 2018

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Miele is star performer in the Which? 2015 Best Appliance Brands Survey

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Tom Howley opens new Bristol showroom

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Tom Howley, luxury bespoke kitchen expert, has got 2015 off to a good start with the opening of another new showroom - this time in Bristol.


iKBBI welcomes first female member

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The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers is delighted to announce that Pamella Edwards, of Plumbing Angel, became its first female member in December.

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