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13th February 2015


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International News

Bespoke screens designed by SWA members are gracing the best bathrooms

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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.

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

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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.

Abode welcomes a further sink model to the successful Connekt family

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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.

ProApp delivers Geberit know-how straight to your Smartphone

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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.

Kilrock combats household damp with launch of new Damp Clear moisture range

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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.

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.

Welcome to the


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!





Jan Hobbs


This Week's News

The European Water Label: a force for good

* Water-label-chart.jpgDesigned to help all of us easily identify water-saving products, which, when installed and used correctly, use less water than other products, the European Water Label is having an enormous effect.

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...

Abode Verla receives award nomination

* Abode-award-nomination.jpgAbode tells us it is delighted that its Verla monobloc kitchen tap has been nominated for the 2015 Kbbreview Design Awards within the 'Kitchen Product Innovation of the Year' section.

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.

Amica opens first strategic showroom in UK

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Amica's first solus showroom opened during January 2015 within the head office building of one of its partner distributors, Portway.

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.

Choose a kitchen in any colour with new RAL options from Alno

* Alno.jpgAlno can now offer almost unlimited colour options for the kitchen with its latest launch for 2015...

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.

T: 0113 3315 100
W: www.alnokitchens.co.uk

Gone grey - Burbidge's contemporary classic Malmo in the shade of the decade

* Burbidge-Malmo-gloss.jpgWith the grey heyday showing no sign of abating any time soon, Burbidge is delighted to introduce its best-selling Malmo kitchen in a gorgeous new Light Grey high-gloss finish.

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.

Continued growth for Classic Kitchens

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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.

Systemline S7 installed at prestigious showroom in London Design Centre - Victoria + Albert Baths

* Systemline-Wagner.jpgNew multi-room audio system Systemline S7 has been installed in a high-profile showroom at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

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.

Astracast has appointed Lisa Vallance to the position of regional development manager for Yorkshire & the North East.

* Astracast_Lisa-Vallance.jpgLisa 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 to stock Spax screws

SPAX.jpgLDL 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."

Recent graduate Dan Marshall has been appointed to the post of product developer within the design team at Masterclass Kitchens.

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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: [email protected] … Winners announced for 2015 Neff MasterPartner Awards - www.bsh-group.com

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Do it right and you can build the perfect wetroom

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writes Ian Pattison, Managing Director, Abacus Manufacturing Group

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