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14th December 2018
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New to the portfolio of clever innovations for the installer, designer and retailer is a range of four products for simple, effective installation of basins.
Gold mermaid fishscale tiles from Otto Tiles & Design appeared on George Clarke's 'Old House, New Home' featuring a property in Portsmouth, Claverdon, recently.
Otto Tiles & Design sees fish-scale tiles as the new trend upcoming over the next year, possibly to replace terrazzo tiles.
The new collection, which includes 14 designs in 9mm mdf and six in 4mm acrylic, can be used to create either a focal point splashback behind a sink or a hob, to create a feature wall, or all around the kitchen if desired.
Choose a style or finish that breaks from the norm and an instant style update is made, transforming the entire kitchen and turning one of its busiest areas into a focal point.
Each model has a wide tap ledge and a basket strainer to prevent food from going down the drain. Whether rinsing food, washing dishes or filling a vase, the large, deep bowl of the sink is ideal and most models in the Legra range are available for reversible installation.
Something that frustrates my colleague John Austen is that although all the news and product information for KBzine might have long been finished and uploaded, he has to wait for my leaders as I tend to leave them until the last minute to ensure that they're topical.
Not so this week, (or so I thought) since I prepared today's leader this morning. It began with: "Another week and I'm still without a fridge" and went on to say how the engineers arrived last Tuesday and discovered that far from my fridge being broken because I'd damaged it, the thermostat and/or sensor appeared to be faulty. After much bashing about they left my appliance in the middle of the kitchen where they'd found it and told me they'd ordered new parts as they don't carry them. They said the parts would "hopefully" be in sometime this week and that the retailer would be in touch...
I didn't actually respond that I wouldn't hold my breath - partly because none of this was their fault but also because I was biting my lip so as not to ask why the heck they didn't carry what I'd consider to be essential parts on the repair van! I waited patiently until this lunchtime before contacting the retailer to say I was still wondering what was going on.
I don't know if the fact that I'd taken to posting my despair on the retailer's Facebook page had anything to do with it, or whether it was the last post in which I included the Group managing director's email address and asked if it was the one I should use for my complaint, or whether the company realised it hadn't performed well, but I've just had a message to say that owing to the length of time I've been without a fridge, the company is going to replace the appliance.
Naturally I'm delighted, but it has rather messed up my leader which I've had to rewrite and caused John - and you - to wait again!
This is the second time a repair engineer hasn't had essential supplies on board - the last one had come specifically to replace my last fridge freezer's lead (chewed through by a rat my cat had brought in) and didn't have a lead or plug with him! New Year resolution for repair people perhaps... carrying all the parts that might be needed? Mine is to get my leaders done early in future!
This Week's News
Virtual Worlds, innovative CAD technology specialist for the KBB industry, has bolstered its sales team, with the appointment of Rhian Davies to the role of regional sales manager. Rhian will cover Wales, Midlands and the South West.
With more than five years' experience in sales and account management, Rhian joins Virtual Worlds from SSE Energy. In her new role, she will be responsible for managing current customer accounts and for introducing the benefits of the latest 3D and 4D software to more retailers and designers.
In what is believed to be a first for the UK's plumbing and heating industry, the Altecnic Intaball range of gas lever ball valves is one of the first UK products to be certified to EN 331:2015 (Class C).
Committed to achieving the latest industry standards, Altecnic has been working closely with BSI's Loughborough-based Product Certification Team and Centre of Excellence for the past two and a half years. Now, the company can demonstrate compliance with European Directives and Regulations relating to the ball valves and OEM equipment it manufactures and supplies across UK domestic and commercial markets.
As Big Ben strikes 12 and the first notes of Auld Lang Syne ring out, ensuring everyone has a drink to hand to raise a toast to the New Year is a breeze with for those with their very own cocktail cabinet in their kitchen or open-plan living space.
For anyone who loves hosting friends and family for special occasions, The Connery from The Signature Collection by Masterclass Kitchens is a must-have piece of furniture that will put the sparkle and style into any party.
Entering into the spirit of the season while reducing the amount of non-recyclable waste that Christmas can bring, tap and sink manufacturer Abode replaced the tradition of giving Christmas cards with a charity donation, raising money for local people in need.
For 2018 Abode sent the money it would normally spend on purchasing and posting Christmas cards to its customers, straight to the EyUp Charity. The organisation supports the work of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in making a difference to the community, mental health, wellbeing and learning disability services.
Hardwearing, good looking and easy to care for quartz worksurfaces are growing in popularity. The downside with most quartz tops is that they cannot be fabricated on site, which causes delay and extra cost.
Ever innovative, Bushboard M-Stone is a quartz surface that can be installed on site. M-Stone is entirely different to other quartz worksurfaces on the market because it offers fast and easy installation without the need for advanced fabrication, dramatically reducing both costs and waiting time.
DF Sales is a respected market leader for a multitude of products, including its comprehensive range of bar stools. The brand prides itself on its exceptional range of high-quality products together with its dependable next day delivery service, which is available to most areas of the UK.
Darker shades are on trend for 2019, with midnight blue and black predicted by many to be the popular shades for kitchens. Homeowners can make small changes to their kitchen to keep it en-vogue and stay at the height of fashion, such as adding a coloured award-winning Lustrolite glass effect acrylic wall panel.
The elegant panels can also add the same touch of sophistication to bathrooms.
In celebration of the launch of the Cookie Club Cookbook - being sold to raise money as part of Exeter rugby player Phil Dollman's testimonial year - rugby players and a team from Exeter City FC have just met for a second time in a Great Exeter Bake-off at The Room Works kitchen & bathroom showroom.
The Cookie Club, open to Exeter rugby players, meet throughout the season to surprise fellow members with delicious bakes, so there was pressure on the rugby team to level the score against the footballers and take home the trophy.
AKW, one of the UK's leading providers of accessibility solutions, has launched its complementary timber range. This means that installers will be able to buy CLS timber and plywood from AKW, saving them both time and money and enabling accessible bathroom purchasing and installation to become even more straightforward.
From boxing in pipework and over-boarding wooden floors, to creating stud walling or noggins, an adapted bathroom requires a variety of timber. The AKW timber range has been introduced to offer installers and contractors more of the components of a bathroom adaptation from one source. By offering WBP plywood - which uses water & boil-proof adhesive for added security - in 4mm and 12mm thicknesses and 3x2 CLS timber in treated and untreated finishes, installers can order
International bathroom manufacturer VitrA has expanded its UK sales team with the appointment of Paul Cook as contract sales manager for the South. Paul has a long and well-respected career working for several leading bathroom manufacturers - including VitrA in his earlier career.
Paul will be working primarily with housebuilders as well as government property developers. VitrA is enjoying huge growth in the sector thanks to exposure at leading industry events such as designjunction, Sleep + Eat and the high-profile RIBA + VitrA Talks Series which will carry on into 2019.
Hotpoint has launched a new range of induction hobs that feature ActiveCook technology, which provides users with extended cooking capabilities to provide a more versatile and flexible approach to cooking with induction.
Combining sensor technology, assisted-cooking and a fully-flexible cooking surface, the ActiveCook induction hobs make light work of cooking. The range is led by the 770mm model (ACP 778 C/BA), which features eight individual cooking zones that can each be precisely controlled with 18 different power levels.
Carron Phoenix and KWC distributor, The Sink Space, has launched a completely revamped, new-look website www.thesinkspace.co.uk and invested in its first ever showroom, to support its growing trade customer base.
Open now, the new showroom showcases a carefully curated selection of products from both brands including Carron Phoenix's popular Vela and Debut stainless steel and Bali granite sink ranges, mixer and pull-out taps, and premium sister-brand KWC's luxury ZOE and EVE tap collections.
Franke has launched a new UK-wide dedicated repair team covering its boiling water taps, hoods and waste disposal units. The full-time, fully qualified team are part of Franke's Consumer Care department and will respond to any issues with relevant products, whether they are in or out of warranty.
The service is only chargeable for products that are not covered under the Franke warranty.
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